Northwest District RPI rankings updated, with some changes for CHS basketball, plus our Athletes of the Week for 1-16

Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week coming up, but we have some news for you this morning on Cedarcrest High School’s playoff situation.

The Northwest District last night did another run of their Ratings Percentage Index computer rankings which helps determine seedings for the upcoming playoffs. There are some changes to report for both Red Wolve teams in this latest run.

First, with the boys, the Cedarcrest boys are now ranked eighth overall with a rating of 0.45, well ahead of ninth-place Bellingham and just behind seventh-place Sehome. If this ranking holds, the Red Wolve boys will host an opening-round playoff game. As for the girls, Cedarcrest’s ladies dropped from the fourth to fifth slot this week, and that’s important because that means the loss of a first-round bye. Still, though, as we noted last week when we mentioned this for the first time, that fourth-place opening ranking provided the Red Wolves with a lot of cushion to work with as the season winds down in terms of getting a home game in either of the first two rounds of the tournament. Cedarcrest has a .5714 ranking, just ahead of sixth-place Liberty.

It’s a busy week this week for both teams as they meet Meadowdale and Archbishop Murphy, with the Friday double at home with the Wildcats potentially being huge for both Cedarcrest teams. 6:30 and 8:10 Friday night at Cedarcrest HS in Duvall for girls and boys respectively.

We should also add that the ScoreCzar ranking service which is among several who do rankings of Washington high school basketball is out as well this morning with another round of rankings. We have been tweeting those out to you so look for that this morning on our Twitter @snovalleysports. Mount Si and Cedarcrest are both represented in those rankings.

Time now for the Athletes of the Week. Boys this week.

CEDARCREST – We don’t have full results for you from their wrestling team’s King of the Mountain tournament action from this past weekend, but we thank their statistician, Christi Norris, for sending us word that five of their athletes won their weight brackets as the Red Wolves took second as a team in the event on Saturday. Four of those we will recognize here today. Austin Link (132 lbs.), Michael Norris (145), Preston Goodwin (152) and Matt Weinert (182) joined previous AotW Caleb Lay (195) on the podium with first-place trophies in their weight classes at the Darrington event. Cedarcrest took second overall on the strength of this tremendous showing from their athletes. The Red Wolves are at Archbishop Murphy for a dual meet Thursday.

MOUNT SI – We’re going to recognize the entire Mount Si High School boys’ basketball program and coach Jason Griffith today for helping spearhead the efforts which culminated last Friday in a strong community show of support for fellow Mount Si High School student Ryan Gerlitz. You all know the story by now, Gerlitz is facing a most difficult challenge – fighting cancer – and Mount Si’s program helped lead the way in supporting the freshman as he faces this challenge. The Wildcats this past week showed everyone they’re not just solid basketball players on the floor, but that they are also caring, supportive young men off it, and they learned valuable life lessons along the way as well. Their efforts took steam on Twitter, and resulted in opposing Eastlake’s boys basketball team also wearing the “Ryan Strong” T-shirts that were very much in force at last Friday’s game, and also attracted some TV attention, too, from KING-TV, providing the region an opportunity to see the best of our young people in action, always a good thing for sure. Mount Si faces Newport tomorrow for Senior Night at 7:00 at Mount Si High School. #RyanStrong #TeamRyan

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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