Sports Blog

Sports Blog: Week 3 AP prep boys' basketball poll reaction

A weekly reaction to the Associated Press' new boys' basketball poll.


1. Pullman (11-1)

2. Grandview (11-1)

3. Lynden (11-2)

4. Anacortes (10-3)

5. Clarkston (11-2)

6. Hockinson (12-3)

7. Lake Washington (10-4)

8. Mark Morris (12-4)

9. White River (9-5)

10. West Valley (Spokane) (10-3)

Reaction: There was a lot of movement within the newly released Class 2A AP prep poll, but the only news concerning the Whatcom County is the Lions drop from No. 2 to No. 3 this week. Lynden has shown some vulnerability after winning its first nine games of the year. The Lions lost two games in a week, first falling at home to Anacortes 58-57 on Jan. 10 before losing to rival Lynden Christian 48-39 on Friday, Jan. 17. The Seahawks built a large early lead before rallying back late. Against LC, the Lyncs contained Scott Hastings and forced Lynden to try to win from the perimeter. I voted Lynden fourth this week, putting Anacortes at No. 3 due to the head-to-head win. Sedro-Woolley appeared top-10 worthy before losing games to Mount Baker and Bellingham in the last week. Another team that could earn some votes in the next poll is Sehome. The Mariners have won seven of their last eight and would certainly garner voters attention with wins against Bellingham and Lynden this week.


1. Okanogan (14-0)

2. Zillah (13-0)

3. King's (12-2)

4. Vashon Island (11-2)

5. Seattle Academy (9-3)

6. LaCenter (12-2)

7. Lynden Christian (10-4)

8. Brewster (11-3)

T9. Kalama (12-1)

T9. University Prep (12-2)

Reaction: The Lyncs had a big week and were rewarded with their play by jumping from No. 9 to No. 7 in the latest Class 1A AP prep boys' basketball poll. Lynden Christian earned a huge rivalry win against Lynden before knocking off a strong Ferndale team at home 55-51. LC has won five of its last six games and its 6-1 Northwest Conference record puts them atop the league standings. Coach Roger DeBoer had done a tremendous job getting his Lyncs to where they are at this point of the season. LC was struck with a myriad of preseason injuries and graduated a large portion of its 2012-13 state team. Class 1A boys' basketball is loaded with talent this year, but the Lyncs have positioned themselves for a strong postseason seed.

Northwest Conference Standings

Lynden Christian10-46-1
Mount Baker3-111-5
Nooksack Valley0-130-6