• <br>Enterprise staff
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:28am

The first Associated Press high school state basketball polls of the season were released this week.

A top-five finisher at state the last four years, Meadowdale topped the Class 3A girls poll.

Two-time defending state champion King’s was one of three Chinook League teams ranked in the Class A top 10. The Knights are listed fourth — two spots behind reigning league champ Seattle Christian and five spots ahead of Bellevue Christian.

The King’s girls are ranked second behind perennial power Brewster, the 2000 and 2001 Class A state champion. The Knights edged Brewster by three points in the semifinals of last year’s state championships.

Northwest A League girls favorite Archbishop Murphy won its first three league games by an average of 38.3 points and is a close third to King’s. The teams could meet at next month’s Tri-district tournament.

MAVS ON TO STATE: The Meadowdale boys swim team has qualified one individual and a pair of relays for state. Sophomore Jonathan Keane posted state qualifying times in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles before the holiday break. The Mavericks’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams also are headed to state.

“When you put the right combination, it works pretty well,” said Meadowdale coach Wally Nagel. “The goal is to get all three relays qualified for state.”

Keane is hoping to qualify for at least one more individual event. The Meadowdale standout advanced to state in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle last season. Keane also was a member of the 400 freestyle team that went to state.

“He’s just a strong swimmer,” Nagel said. “He’s a kid with some good natural talent.”

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