SBLive’s Washington boys basketball coaches polls: Lynden moves to No. 2 in 2A after beating Sehome

A new speed bump arises seemingly weekly, but the high school basketball season trudges on across Washington through cancellations and new restrictions tied to the nationwide COVID-19 surge.

With a new week comes a new coaches poll.

Coaches across the state cast votes again for an updated boys basketball coaches poll for 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A classifications. Each poll and is comprised of voting coaches from programs across the state in the corresponding classification. Points are awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Number of first place votes are indicated in parentheses. The poll is organized by SBLive analyst Dan Dickau.

Bit by bit, the state picture is becoming clearer, but not much changed at or near the top of each poll. Two Wesco programs — Jackson (4A) and Shorecrest (3A) — made entrances after strong weeks. Lynden moved up to No. 2 in 2A after handling Sehome, 62-44.

Here are the polls, which reflect opinions of coaches around the state as of Sunday, Jan. 9.

1A POLL
1. Lynden Christian 67 (3)

Record: 9-0

2. King’s 62 (4)

Record: 11-2

3. Zillah 53

Record: 7-0

4. Life Christian Academy 38

Record: 7-1

5. Freeman 37

Record: 9-1

6. Seattle Academy 35

Record: 4-4

7. Annie Wright 30

Record: 9-1

8. Toppenish 26

Record: 9-1

9. Quincy 12

Record: 10-3

10. Overlake 10

Record: 8-1

Others receiving votes: Colville, Chelan, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls).

Voting 1A coaches: Rick Skeen (King’s), Tony Callero (Chelan), Chad Hand (Deer Park), Jeremy Ecklund (La Center), Adam Lynch (Cedar Park Christian), Matt Leslie (Northwest School), David Bigelow (Overlake).

2A POLL
1. North Kitsap 76 (6)

Record: 6-2

2. Lynden 64

Record: 5-1

3. R.A. Long 61 (1)

Record: 6-1

4. Pullman 48

Record: 9-1

5. West Valley (Spokane) 35

Record: 9-1

6. Franklin-Pierce 25

Record: 5-1

7. Tumwater 24

Record: 6-2

8. Port Angeles 18

Record: 5-3

T-9. Mark Morris 16

Record: 7-3

T-9. Sehome 16

Record: 7-2

T-9. Clarkston 16

Record: 6-1

Others receiving votes: Lakewood, W.F. West, White River, Grandview, Selah, Highline.

Voting 2A coaches: Jason Buffum (Ridgefield), Scott Orness (North Kitsap), Brandon Evenson (Ephrata), Jesse Buck (Woodland), Riley Bettinger (Archbishop Murphy), Jay Humphrey (West Valley of Spokane), Bill Bakamus (Mark Morris), Josh Wilson (Tumwater).

3A POLL
1. Garfield 79 (7)

Record: 10-0

2. Auburn 70 (1)

Record: 9-1

3. O’Dea 60

Record: 10-1

4. Rainier Beach 56

Record: 8-0

5. Mt. Spokane 45

Record: 10-2

6. Gig Harbor 38

Record: 10-0

7. West Seattle 30

Record: 6-1

8. Seattle Prep 18

Record: 8-3

9. Bellevue 14

Record: 8-1

10. Shorecrest 11

Record: 8-1

Others receiving votes: Mount Tahoma, Ferris, Arlington, Mount Vernon, University, Kelso.

Voting 3A coaches: Garrick Phillips (University), Micheal Kelly (Seattle Prep), David Wagenblast (Mt. Spokane), Ryan Hansen (Auburn), Joe Hardy (Ingraham), Brett Henry (Evergreen of Vancouver), Nalin Sood (Mountlake Terrace), Brayden Leyde (Kennewick), Joe Hardy (Ingraham).

4A POLL
1. Mount Si 106 (8)

Record: 7-0

2. Kamiakin 85 (1)

Record: 8-1

3. Union 75

Record: 8-3

4. Curtis 70

Record: 6-2

5. Olympia 62 (1)

Record: 8-1

6. Camas 57 (1)

Record: 7-1

7. Jackson 34

Record: 8-1

8. Federal Way 33

Record: 4-2

9. Glacier Peak 27

Record: 5-1

10. Tahoma 17

Record: 7-2

Others receiving votes: Skyline, Davis, Gonzaga Prep, West Valley (Yakima), Richland.

Voting 4A coaches: Blake Conley (Union), Mark Hein (Lake Stevens), Matty McIntyre (Gonzaga Prep), Tim Kelly (Curtis), Joe DeGrazia (Kamiak), Matt Gruhler (Skyview), Jason Griffith (Mount Si), Blake Solomon (Kentwood), Wayde Knowles (North Creek), Brian Meneely (Kamiakin), Brandon Horstman (Mount Rainier).

Past coaches polls

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