Mount Baker cracks top 5 in 1A poll

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 6, 2013 

Mount Baker’s Andrew Zender, right, rolls out for the pass against Meridian on Thursday, Oct. 31, in Laurel.

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Following the final week of the regular season, the Mount Baker football team managed move up one spot to get back into the top five in the Class 1A Associated Press Washington State High School Football Poll, which was released Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The fifth-ranked Mountaineers (8-1) staved off a second-half rally to beat Meridian 24-17 last week, locking up the Class 1A Northwest Conference title and the automatic berth to the state playoffs that came with it. Mount Baker will be idle this week, while it awaits a first-round opponent as the top seed out of the tri-district.

Zillah continued to be a unanimous top selection in the 1A ranks among three other unbeaten teams - Cascade Christian, LaCenter and Freeman.

Tumwater continued to get more first-place votes than Lynden in the Class 2A poll, as the Thunderbirds held off Lynden for the No. 1 spot. Tumwater received 10 first-place nods to Lynden's two to hold a nine-point margin over the Lions for the top spot. Like the top two team's No. 3 Ellensburg, No. 4 Sumner, No. 5 Lakewood and No. 8 Lindbergh have yet to lose.

Lynden (9-0) stayed perfect with a 26-7 victory over Squalicum on Friday, Nov. 1, and will now play Sultan at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, in the 2A Bi-District Playoffs with a trip to the state playoffs on the line.

Lummi (7-2) held steady at No. 5 in the Class 1B poll behind unbeaten unanimous No. 1 Neah Bay. The Blackhawks wrapped up their regular season with a 51-6 victory over Tulalip Heritage and will travel to face Evergreen Lutheran at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Muckleshoot Tribal School.

Camas and Bellevue remained unanimous No. 1 selections in the Class 4A and 3A polls, respectively, while Morton/White Pass received nine of 10 first-place votes in Class 2B. Bellevue will host Ferndale at 7 p.m. on Friday in the 3A Quad-District Playoffs.

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL

Selected by a statewide panel of Sports writers and editors:

Class 4A

1. Camas (12) 9-0 120

2. Skyline 8-1 106

3. Graham-Kapowsin 9-0 90

4. Ferris 8-1 80

5. Chiawana 8-1 77

6. Union 7-2 41

7. Curtis 8-1 28

8. Edmonds-Woodway 8-1 25

9. Richland 8-1 20

10. Federal Way 7-2 16

(tie) Bothell 7-2 16

Others receiving 6 or more points: 12. Bellarmine Prep 15; 13. Gonzaga Prep 10.

Class 3A

1. Bellevue (12) 9-0 120

2. O'Dea 9-0 107

3. Marysville-Pilchuck 9-0 96

4. Shadle Park 8-1 84

5. Mount Si 8-1 72

6. Lincoln 8-1 58

7. Eastside Catholic 7-2 50

8. Mt. Spokane 7-2 30

9. Glacier Peak 7-2 18

10. Blanchet 7-2 10

Class 2A

1. Tumwater (10) 9-0 118

2. Lynden (2) 9-0 109

3. Ellensburg 9-0 95

4. Sumner 9-0 82

5. Lakewood 9-0 70

6. W. F. West 8-1 64

7. Mark Morris 8-1 46

8. Lindbergh 9-0 35

9. R.A. Long 8-1 22

10. Othello 7-2 11

Class 1A

1. Zillah (11) 9-0 110

2. Cascade Christian 9-0 93

3. LaCenter 9-0 89

4. Freeman 9-0 74

5. Mount Baker 8-1 69

6. Cashmere 8-1 52

7. Woodland 8-1 45

8. River View 8-1 32

9. Connell 7-2 20

10. King's 7-2 19

Class 2B

1. Morton/White Pass (9) 9-0 99

2. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (1) 8-0 91

3. LaConner 8-1 78

4. Napavine 8-1 71

5. Raymond 7-1 60

6. Wahkiakum 6-2 47

7. Waitsburg-Prescott 6-2 33

8. North Beach 7-2 30

9. Darrington 6-3 10

10. Concrete 6-1 8

(tie) White Swan 8-1 8

Class 1B

1. Neah Bay (9) 8-0 90

2. Touchet 8-1 77

3. Wilbur-Creston 8-1 68

4. Liberty Christian 8-1 64

5. Lummi 7-2 52

Others receiving 6 or more points: 6. Colton 9.

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