WIAA releases new ranking system for boys, girls basketball

Liberty junior Nick Chung drives down court Tuesday during a home game against Lake Washington. On Jan. 11, the Patriots were ranked 31st in the newly released Washington Interscholastic Activities Association ratings percentage index ranking. LEAH ABRAHAM, The Reporter

Liberty junior Nick Chung drives down court Tuesday during a home game against Lake Washington. On Jan. 11, the Patriots were ranked 31st in the newly released Washington Interscholastic Activities Association ratings percentage index ranking. LEAH ABRAHAM, The Reporter

On Jan. 6, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released its first Ratings Percentage Index standings for boys and girls basketball.

In a release from the WIAA, the rankings will be updated daily throughout the regular season. These standings will also be used to determine seeding for the 2017 Hardwood Classic.

The formula used to determine the rankings, according to the WIAA release, is 25 percent the team’s winning percentage, 50 percent the opponent’s winning percentage and the remaining is the winning percentage of the teams playing the opponents.

This data is collected by MaxPreps, which is the official digital media partner of the WIAA, the release stated.

The release also said, “It is the responsibility of WIAA member schools to manage their schedules and scores using MaxPreps.”

This RPI ranking system was approved by the WIAA Executive Board in September 2016.

On Jan. 6 when the rankings were first announced, the Liberty Patriots were ranked 38th.

The Patriots ranking changed after winning two games in a row, the first being Friday 68-49 over Juanita and the second Tuesday 64-55 against Lake Washington.

On Jan. 11 Liberty was ranked 31st. The Patriots hold a 8-3 overall record and sit in second place in the King Co 2A/3A behind Bellevue.

The Lindbergh Eagles were ranked a few spots behind Liberty at 43rd when the rankings were first released.

And on Wednesday, the Eagles were still ranked 43rd. Lindbergh is 8-5 overall and sit in second place in the South Puget Sound League 2A behind Foss.

Lindbergh won its last game 73-62 when it hosted White River Monday.

And the Renton High School Indians started the rankings two spots lower at 45th.

But on Jan. 11 the Indians had jumped up to 38th in the state. Renton went on a two game winning streak since Friday, beating Highline 78-54 and Clover Park 75-68.

Renton is leading the SPSL 2A with an overall 9-5 record. The Indians are 7-1 in league play with its only loss coming in mid-December against River Ridge.

When the rankings first came out, the Hazen Highlanders were ranked 61st. And on Jan. 11 the Highlanders had fallen one spot to 62nd.

Hazen is 2-12 on the season and lost its last game 67-26 against Kentridge.

Girls

On the girls side, the Highlanders were ranked 33rd on Jan. 6 when the WIAA first released the rankings.

But on Jan. 11 Hazen moved up two spots to 31st.

The Highlanders lost its last game 76-34 to Kentridge and are 9-6 overall on the year so far.

The Patriots were 44th in the state and on Jan. 11 Liberty had fallen one spot.

Liberty is 4-8 overall and lost its last game 52-31 to Bellevue.

Lindbergh sat in the 33rd spot and on Jan. 11 the Eagles remained in the same spot.

The Eagles are in fourth place in the SPSL 2A with a 8-6 overall record.

On Monday, Lindbergh had lost its game 80-51 against White River.

And finally the Indians were 19th but on Jan. 11 Renton had falled to 25th.

Renton is on a two game winning streak and are leading the SPSL 2A with an undefeated 8-0 league record.

To continuely check the rankings of the Indians, Patriots, Eagles and Highlanders, visit the WIAA’s website at http://wiaa.com/DirRPIz14.aspx?SecID=1178 for boys and http://wiaa.com/DirRPIz14.aspx?SPID=13 for the girls standings.


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