High School Basketball

Lions keep rolling, maintain top spot in power rankings

eabell@bhamherald.com

With not very many pivotal games this week, little movement existed within the power rankings. Lynden continued its winning ways, pushing its win strak to seven games, and Lynden Christian and Squalicum are right behind.

Bellingham finally moved off the bottom with its first win of the season, and Burlington-Edison leapfrogged Sehome.

1. Lynden (previous rank: 1): The Lions are absolutely rolling right now as winners of seven straight. Lynden is averaging 71.1 points during the streak.

2. Lynden Christian (previous rank: 2): The Lyncs took care of business this week with a lopsided win over Blaine. Now LC prepares for a couple of big matchups against Ferndale and Mount Baker.

3. Squalicum (previous rank: 3): Damek Mitchell has been outstanding during the Storm’s six-game win streak, and Squalicum looks like an awfully dangerous team heading into the postseason.

4. Anacortes (previous rank: 4): You can’t fault the Seahawks for losing to Squalicum and Lynden Christian. Anacortes can beat any NWC team on any given night proven by its 16-point road win over Lynden.

5. Mount Baker (previous rank: 5): Look out for the Mountaineers come postseason. Next week should provide a good measuring stick for Mount Baker with games against Squalicum and Lynden Christian.

6. Ferndale (previous rank: 6): The Golden Eagles were overmatched during thier loss to Lynden, but the Golden Eagles have a wealth of talent and just need a few more players to elevate their games.

7. Burlington-Edison (previous rank: 8): After a slow start to the year, the Tigers are playing good basketball and are winners of three of their last four.

8. Sehome (previous rank: 7): A tough two-point defeat to Burlington-Edison gave the Mariners their fifth loss in six games and suddenly Sehome’s season looks to be unraveling.

9. Blaine (previous rank: 9): The Borderites have two winnable games left on their schedule with Meridian and Nooksack Valley on the horizon and a late push for a postseason berth isn’t out of the question.

10. Nooksack Valley (previous rank: 11): Credit the Pioneers, they played Anacortes tough this week, but Nooksack Valley seems to be lacking consistency.

11. Bellingham (previous rank: 13): It’s a shame injuries derailed the Red Raiders’ season. Now with Kyle Hofstetter back and mostly clean bill of health, Bellingham earned its first league win.

12. Sedro-Woolley (previous rank: 10): The Cubs appeared poised to win two in a row following an impressive win over Sehome, but then Sedro-Woolley gave Bellingham its first league win.

13. Meridian (previous rank: 12): The Trojans have lost seven straight but could end the season strong with winnable games left against Blaine and Sedro-Woolley.

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