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Tag: Issaquah

Aug.
15th

Football: Preseason state rankings for all classifications

Bellevue running back Ari Morales stretches for a touchdown in the Wolverines' 35-16 win over O'Dea in the 2011 Class 3A state championship game. (Photo credit: Peter Haley, TNT)

What do preseason rankings mean?

Not much, at least when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. Rankings still play no part in that process.

But they’re fun to debate — at least in every classification besides Class 3A, right Bellevue? — and, if enough research is done and luck accumulated, can be an accurate predictor of how the season might unfurl.

Take the TNT’s 2011 preseason rankings. We pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). We ranked the eventual state champs in 1A (Connell) and 2B (Waitsburg-Prescott) second in their respective classifications and pegged the 1B winner (Neah Bay) fourth.

So, take these preseason rankings for what they’re worth — conversation fodder and the impetus for anonymous emails that will clog my in-box — and we’ll update them after each week in the regular season.

Tacoma News Tribune’s 2012 Preseason Football Rankings
(2011 records in parenthesis)

CLASS 4A
1. Skyline (11-3)
2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
3. Mead (9-2)
4. Skyview (11-3)
5. Federal Way (10-1)
6. Bothell (6-4)
7. Chiawana (8-1)
8. Issaquah (7-3)
9. Camas (11-2)
10. Wenatchee (5-5)
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Oct.
6th

Prep Football: Trip around the state

Once again, it’s time for our weekly trip around the state. With the postseason drawing near, I’ve compiled some links that relate to legues and teams outside of the TNT’s coverage area that will likely make the playoffs so South Sound fans can stay apprised of what’s going on outside our region.

Issaquah, last season’s Class 4A runner-up, began the season as top-5 team. But the Eagles struggled early, losing to Bothell and Mount Si in the first two weeks of the season. Since then, Issaquah has won three in a row, including last week’s impressive 14-13 victory over former top-10 team Eastlake. The Eagles have been without running back Grant Gellatly for much of the season, but appear to be molding themselves back into a playoff contender.

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