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Sports Blog: Prep boys’ basketball power rankings w/stat leaders

Here are our latest prep boys’ basketball rankings through Wednesday, Jan. 20:

1. Anacortes (13-2, 7-0 NWC): The No. 3-ranked Seahawks have won five straight since the new year and are the only undefeated team left in the Northwest Conference. While Ty Johnson powers Anacortes, its offense has received a big boost the last four games from Daniel McInerney, Joe D’Amelio and Jacob South. The Seahawks still have a tough road ahead to clinch the league with games against Squalicum, Sehome and Sedro-Woolley left. Last week: 1

2. Lynden (11-3, 5-1): The Lions, who are tied for No. 3 with Anacortes in the latest AP poll, are also riding a five-game win streak. Lynden looks to be catching its stride, winning each of its past four games by double digits, but a big test awaits with rival Lynden Christian this Thursday, Jan. 22. The Lions have won with strong defense. Their 49.7 points allowed per game ranks best in the NWC. Sterling Somers have elevated his play in the past four games, averaging 20 per night during those contests. Last week: 2

3. Sehome (11-4, 5-1): The Mariners just finished a brutal three-game stint away from home, beating Lynden Christian, losing to Ferndale and beating Sedro-Woolley. Sehome coach AJ LaBree was satisfied with taking two out of three, and now the Mariners get to host Blaine before a big showdown against city-rival Squalicum, which should help determine postseason seeding. The Mariners will have to finish the rest of the regular season without Leighton Kingma, who is out with a hand injury. Last week: 3

4. Squalicum (10-4, 5-1): The Storm have subtly crept into a tie for second place in the Northwest Conference, and interestingly enough with games left against Anacortes, Sehome and Lynden, Squalicum has to be thinking it can win a NWC title. Beating all three or even taking two out of three is a tall task, but Squalicum has been impressive this year. With Josiah Westbrook, Damek Mitchell and Darious Powell, the Storm are talented enough to beat any team on any given night. Last week: 6

5. Lynden Christian (10-5, 4-3): If a few plays down the stretches of games were executed differently or a bounce or two goes the other way, the No. 7-ranked Lyncs could easily be a one-loss league team. LC lost a triple overtime game to Sehome and are fresh off an OT defeat to Anacortes. Led by Zach Roetcisoender, who is coming off a season-high 36-point effort, the Lyncs are a talented group. Cody Fransen gives the club a strong inside presence while Jake Poag is a talented perimeter shooter. Last week: 4

6. Ferndale (11-4, 5-2): Since last week, the Golden Eagles scored a huge home win over Sehome, a victory the team can rally around as it goes through the rest of the regular season. Ferndale is a versatile group with Austin Honeycutt, who ranks second in the NWC in scoring, post player John Weg and guard Brady Shearer. The Golden Eagles have positioned themselves with a great chance to finish 8-4 or even 9-3 in league play. Last week: 7

7. Sedro-Woolley (8-6, 3-4): The Cubs had a tough two-game stretch this last week, playing Lynden and Sehome. Both were losses, but Sedro-Woolley was in both games. While Sedro-Woolley, led by Jackson Price, has a number of players who can score, its plagued by a lack of size. Still, the Cubs should be in the mix by season’s end to nab one of the five Northwest Conference district playoff spots. Last week: 8

8. Bellingham (8-6, 3-3): The Red Raiders followed a nice 2-0 league start after the new year with back-to-back disheartening losses. A loss to Anacortes may have been expected, but surely Bellingham would have liked a better showing than a 71-42 loss. The loss to the Seahawks was then compounded by a crippling 60-57 defeat to Blaine that might come back to bite the Red Raiders when it comes to determining the final district playoff spot. Last week: 5

9. Blaine (4-10, 3-4): With a three-point win over Bellingham Tuesday night, the Borderites already have matched last year’s league win total. Next up? A berth in the district playoffs? Blaine has a tough road ahead with games against Sehome, Ferndale and Lynden Christian, but the Borderites have put themselves in the mix for a postseason berth. Blaine owns one of the league’s lowest scoring offenses, but the combination of Shaq Woods and Kier Munzanreder have been huge this season. Last week: 10

10. Meridian (8-8, 0-7): It seems a long time ago since the Trojans started the year 6-0, but in Meridian’s defense, it has played well during the majority of its seven league losses. The latest heartbreaker came Wednesday night when the Trojans suffered a 47-45 loss to Ferndale. Meridian is a talented group and should have ample opportunities down the stretch to add wins with a front-loaded schedule. Alex Martin, ranked third among NWC scorers, gives the Trojans a winning chance any night. Last week: 9

11. Mount Baker (5-10, 1-5): The Mountaineers finally broke through last week with a 55-52 win over Burlington-Edison. It can serve as a building block as Mount Baker enters the second half of its Northwest Conference schedule. Timothy Soares, Grant Balvanz and Colton Ranson give the Mountaineers three double-digit scorers, but it’s Baker’s defense, which ranks last in the NWC, that needs improvement. Last week: 12

12. Burlington-Edison (2-12, 1-5): There hasn’t been much to get excited about in Burlington this winter, but on the bright side the Tigers earned their first league win Wednesday night by beating winless Nooksack Valley 49-47. The second half of the league schedule doesn’t get any easier with games against Lynden, Sehome, Squalicum and Ferndale. Last week: 11

13. Nooksack Valley (1-13, 0-6): A tough 49-47 loss to Burlington-Edison Wednesday night leaves the Pioneers as one of two Northwest Conference teams still searching for their first league win. Give Chris Scrimsher credit, though, Nooksack Valley has been competitive in most games. Connor Beard has given the Pioneers a bright spot, as the only player averaging double figures. Last week: 13