Boys High School Rankings for Week of 10/30/2011 (Final Regular Season Ranking)
By virtue of winning the North Division, the Newport Knights earned an automatic berth in the State Championships and avoided the mayhem and pressure of the divisional playoffs at KCAC. With no one to play locally, the Knights headed to San Diego for a little playoff primer against the California boys. You can expect the Knights to earn a few wins along with a few servings of humble pie. Regardless of the outcome in California, the Knights are still No. 1 in Washington. Bellevue faced a daunting task to start the week. If they wanted to advance to State, they needed to secure victories over Bainbridge and Roosevelt. The Wolverines took care of business in workman like fashion, grinding out a three point win over Bainbridge and a two point victory over Roosevelt. Welcome to State and the No. 2 ranking. Bellevue is also travelling to San Diego. Like Newport, the Wolverines should get a few wins and also learn a few lessons. Last week, the committee advised Roosevelt to pick up the wheels and put them back on the bus before heading down to KCAC for the North division playoffs. It was just assumed that the Roughriders would remember to inflate the tires before they left. Roosevelt overcame a sluggish first half against an upset minded Mercer Island and narrowly averted playoff elimination by outscoring the Islanders 6 to 1 in the 2nd half and surviving with a 1 point victory. Against Bellevue, the Roughriders were in the game the whole way before Bellevue shut them down in the 4th quarter. Roosevelt drops to No. 3 this week, but at least they're still alive in the playoff hunt. Hey Roosevelt, you just might want to tighten the lug nuts before your Halloween trip to KCAC. Bainbridge started the week with a first round match against Bellevue. In a hard fought battle, the Spartans fell short and found themselves needing to beat a rejuvenated Mercer Island or face elimination. Bainbridge easily took care of business downing Mercer Island by a score of 14 -3 and hold on to their No. 4 ranking. Now Bainbridge has the pleasure of facing Roosevelt in a winner to state/loser out game on Halloween night. That's right folks, it's No. 3 vs. No.4 in an elimination game. Wow, it just doesn't get more exciting! A note to fans and parents planning to attend this game. This one promises to be a thriller. If you either have heart problems, are pregnant, or think you are are pregnant, please check with your health care professional before attending this event. In the most anticipated game of last week, Curtis visited Rogers in another rematch of last years' championship. Rogers was looking for a regular season sweep and a chance to move up in the rankings. Curtis was looking for revenge after dropping an earlier season match by 2 points. Normally one would expect a lot of offense when these two powers meet, but it turned out to be the defensive showdown of the season. Curtis was up 4-1 at the half and held on for a 5 - 3 victory and claim the title of West Division Champion. Offense may win games, but defense wins championships. Both teams look ready to take their show to State. Curtis finished the regular season with wins over Puyallup and Lakes, and retain the No. 5 ranking. Rogers closed out the week with a victory over Mark Morris and enter the state playoff ranked No. 6. Looks like Auburn Mountainview took the Committee's suggestion to tighten up their defense seriously. The Lions made a big statement by slowing down Auburn Riverside's potent offense in a 12 -7 victory. The Lions closed out the week with an impressive 21 -10 win over Wilson and move up one spot this week to No. 7. Auburn Mountainview is the East Division Champion and appears to be ready for the playoffs. The Committee knows the Lions believe they should be ranked higher, but there is a bit of a logjam ahead of them. The Enumclaw Hornets have been getting a little better each week and last weeks 14-13 victory over Auburn Riverside has to be the icing on their cake for the regular season. It might have been a bit of a slow start at the beginning of the season, but the Hornets are proving that they can play with anyone. Playoff opponents beware, the Hornets jump up to No. 8 this week. The Ravens of Auburn Riverside had their feathers ruffled this week in division play with tough losses to Auburn Mountainview and Enumclaw. With those two teams moving up, the Ravens drop down two positions to No. 9. Probably not the way they wanted to end the regular season, but a valuable lesson to learn before the playoffs. Rest up Ravens, its been a great season and a good run in the playoffs is not out of the question. Yes Puyallup, that means you are dropping one spot to No. 10. It's not your fault. The Vikings added to their win total with victories over Emerald Ridge and Kentridge. A three point loss to Curtis is very respectable and shows improvement from earlier in the season. Hey, it's really no big deal. Puyallup is still moving onto the playoffs and the rankings don't influence the playoff seeding (I think). Win a few in the playoffs and move up.