1. Sehome: The Mariners have been historically dominant and have the pieces to be so again this year.
2. Squalicum: If the Storm can find a scoring threat, its hunger for a state berth may be satisfied.
3. Bellingham: The Red Raiders are fast and should score plenty with Larkyn Nelson, Kate Troutman and Mary Dyrland back.
4. Anacortes: With Mount Vernon's NWC departure, the Seahawks are the non-Whatcom County team to beat.
5. Meridian: Andrea Ames' club returns some strong players from its 2011 state team.
6. Burlington-Edison: Defense keeps clubs in matches, and the Tigers seem to always have a sturdy back line.
7. Lynden Christian: Coryn Bajema will be missed, but the Lyncs got a taste of state last year and have ambitions to return.
8. Ferndale: The defense was there last season, and Ferndale has scoring threats in Kelli Bannerman and Jordin Bartel.
9. Lynden: The Lions are young and have a new coach but talent is scattered throughout their lineup.
10. Blaine: The Borderites have gotten a year older and have tested seniors in the front, middle and the back.
11. Mount Baker: Scoring more goals is on Baker's mind. It has the personel to do so.
12: Nooksack Valley: Valentin Villalobos steps in as coach, and he has some talent to work with.
13. Sedro-Woolley: The rest of the 2A schools will now have to contend with the Cubs.
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