Hoquiam tops 2A while the Brewster Bears are alone atop 1A.
As we have stressed, pre-season rankings mean nothing. In fact with 2A and 1A, take numbers 2 through 10, mix em up anyway you want, and it would probably work out to be about as legit as any list. But dadgumit, Hoquiam and Brewster will always be at the head of the line.
We got some input from coaches, talked to some hard-core hoops junkies, threw a few darts, watched a little summer ball and here's what we came up with.
1. Hoquiam- Grizzlies lost just once a year ago and six of their top eight plus a very good transfer return. Trio of Reed, Wayman and Brittinen have the Griz pointed towards title.
2. Lynden Christian- Two tough sophs, Coston and Burgers, and a bunch of hungry seniors could be enough for Lyncs to enjoy many big cookies.
3. Connell- Huge front line, led by 6-9 Steve Dorman, plus Hall of Fame coach have Eagles looking tough.
4. Pullman- Hounds have plenty of pieces back from 2003 runner-up.
5. Medical Lake- Lots returning for Cards, who played well all summer.
6. Blaine- Three starters back, excellent back court, with assorted shooter plus a good summer performance have B-ite's looking good.
7. – Ridgefield- Spudders return four starters from state tourney team. Johnny Peru is big time scorer.
8. Meridian- Three starters back for Coach Shook's 2003 state tourney Trojans. Jeff Devries leads the way.
9. Nooksack Valley- Defending champs graduated a ton but Willemsen and Vinkes plus a tough JV squad of guys moving up may allow Coach Kelly to reload for another run to Yakima.
10. Steilacoom- Coach Wusterbart has a pair of starters back and Sentinels always find a way to get to Yakima.
Keep an eye on Cashmere, Chelan, Othello, Chewelah, Ki-Be, LaCenter, Mount Baker, Ilwaco.
1. Brewster- David Pendergraft and crew look good to repeat and give Coach Taylor and da Bears their sixth big gold ball. Look out for 98812.
2. Seattle Christian- Coach DeBoer has some shooters and is always in the running. No change this year perhaps.
3. Granger- Spartans have everybody back, especially Chris Cardenas.
4. Napavine- Solid backcourt should carry the Tigers. Godsey and Bluhm both can light it up.
4. Zillah- Coach Burge returns seven of top eight scorers from last year's state tourney team.
5. LaConner- Tough guard Luke Keel leads a solid squad. But Braves must overcome loss of big man Danny Hagen.
6. Toledo- Big hoss Artem Wallace and crew could be tough.
7. Freeman- Scotties seem to always be in the hunt and have three starters back from a state tourney squad.
8. King's- Chris Faidley is back for a fourth year. Knights always tough.
9. Lake Roosevelt- Big Steve Breeze leads the boys from the Lake.
10. Orcas- One more time for Josh Gage and crew.
Keep an eye on Winlock, Goldendale, North Beach, Toutle Lake.