Lynden stays ranked third, Lyncs fall to No. 9 in AP prep poll

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 19, 2014 

The Lynden boys' basketball team scored an important win against Anacortes during the Class 2A Bi-District Tournament semifinals and maintained its No. 3 ranking in the Associated Press Washington State Basketball Poll, which was released Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The Lions (18-3, 9-3 NWC) beat the Seahawks 53-43, avenging a one-point regular season loss, to solidify a spot in the regional round of the Class 2A State Tournament.

Lynden received 80 voting points, 10 behind second-ranked and defending 2A champ Pullman, and also earned one first-place vote.

The Lions meet Lake Washington in the district championship at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Mount Vernon High School.

Lynden Christian's boys' team was the only club to move in the latest rankings. The Lyncs fell from No. 8 to a tie for No. 9, earning eight voting points.

LC (17-7, 9-3 NWC) enters the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament against Cascade Christian after winning back-to-back games against Mount Baker and Friday Harbor. Meridian, which beat the Lyncs in the district tournament semifinals, earned five voting points but did not break into the top 10.

Sehome (16-6, 9-3) and Bellingham each received five 2A voting points. The Mariners play Archbishop Murphy next in the consolation round of districts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Mount Vernon High. Bellingham's season is over.

No team movement existed in the polls on the girls' side.

The Lyncs (20-3, 12-0 NWC) maintained their No. 4 ranking in Class 1A. LC is riding a 15-game win streak and will play an opponent still to be determined at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the tri-district title game at Mountlake Terrace High.

Blaine (18-7, 9-3 NWC), which beat Bellevue Christian 44-41 Tuesday, Feb. 18, to advance further in the tri-district tournament, remained ranked No. 9, earning 13 voting points.

Lynden was the only other team to receive votes. The Lions (16-6, 9-3 NWC) earned five voting points but did not break the 2A poll's top 10.

Reach Andrew Lang at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for Whatcom County sports updates.

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON STATE PREP BOYS' BASKETBALL POLL

Selected by a statewide panel of sports writers and editors

CLASS 3A

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Rainier Beach (10) 22-0 100 1

2. Stanwood 23-0 88 2

3. Bellevue 18-3 74 4

4. Wilson, Woodrow 19-2 73 5

5. Lincoln 19-3 60 3

6. Eastside Catholic 18-4 49 6

7. Seattle Prep 17-6 28 9

8. Columbia River 17-3 24 10

9. Mercer Island 16-6 21 7

10. O'Dea 16-8 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Enumclaw 8. Shorecrest 4. Timberline 3. Franklin 3. Kennedy 2.

CLASS 2A

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Clarkston (7) 18-2 96 1

2. Pullman (2) 17-2 90 2

3. Lynden (1) 18-3 80 3

4. Anacortes 16-5 66 4

5. Grandview 16-3 59 5

6. Mark Morris 17-5 47 6

7. Hockinson 16-4 37 7

8. Bremerton 17-3 21 8

9. Sumner 14-7 11 9

(tie) White River 16-7 11 10

Others receiving votes: Lake Washington 9. Ephrata 8. Bellingham 5. Sehome 5. Sequim 2. Sedro-Woolley 2. East Valley (Yakima) 1.

CLASS 1A

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Okanogan (6) 22-0 87 1

2. Zillah 22-0 76 2

3. King's (3) 21-2 72 3

4. Seattle Academy 18-3 64 4

5. Brewster 18-4 48 7

6. University Prep 17-3 36 9

7. Kalama 19-2 30 6

8. Vashon Island 18-3 27 5

9. Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 15-6 17 NR

(tie) Lynden Christian 17-7 17 8

Others receiving votes: Woodland 9. Meridian 5. La Salle 4. Cashmere 1. Toledo 1. Riverside 1.

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CLASS 1B

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Neah Bay (7) 15-1 79 1

2. Garfield-Palouse (1) 19-2 71 2

3. Tulalip Heritage 20-1 65 3

4. Pomeroy 19-2 57 4

5. Lummi 18-4 30 5

Others receiving votes: Three Rivers Christian School 18.

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON STATE PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL POLL

Selected by a statewide panel of sports writers and editors

CLASS 3A

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cleveland (8) 20-2 80 1

2. Glacier Peak 20-2 65 4

3. Blanchet 20-3 52 3

4. Prairie 17-3 50 6

5. Bellevue 19-5 43 7

6. Mountlake Terrace 18-4 35 8

7. Holy Names 18-6 31 5

8. Juanita 19-4 25 2

9. Kamiakin 15-6 22 9

10. Sunnyside 18-3 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Wilson, Woodrow 11. Mercer Island 4. Liberty (Renton) 3. Auburn Mountainview 3. Shorecrest 2. Lincoln 1.

CLASS 2A

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Mark Morris (8) 20-1 80 1

2. W. F. West 20-2 72 2

3. Ellensburg 18-2 59 5

4. River Ridge 17-4 49 4

5. Sumner 21-2 43 3

6. West Valley (Yakima) 18-3 33 7

7. East Valley (Spokane) 17-3 28 T8

8. White River 18-5 27 NR

(tie) Black Hills 17-5 27 6

10. Cedarcrest 18-5 6 T8

Others receiving votes: Port Angeles 6. Renton 5. Lynden 5.

CLASS 1A

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Cashmere (8) 21-1 80 1

2. Brewster 20-2 72 2

3. Woodland 21-0 62 3

4. Lynden Christian 19-2 55 4

5. Montesano 22-0 44 7

6. King's 17-4 41 5

7. Okanogan 17-5 31 8

8. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 20-3 16 6

9. Blaine 19-6 13 9

10. Cascade Christian 16-4 12 10

Others receiving votes: La Salle 10. Granger 2. University Prep 2.

CLASS 1B

School Rec. Pts. LW

1. Colton (5) 21-0 66 1

2. Wilbur-Creston 22-0 53 3

3. Pateros (1) 15-1 49 4

4. Neah Bay 15-1 46 5

5. Sunnyside Christian (1) 20-0 43 2

Others receiving votes: Entiat 9. Shoreline Christian 8. Mount Vernon Christian 6.

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