1. Burlington-Edison: Despite two key losses, the Tigers seem to have the pieces to once again make a deep postseason run.
2. Blaine: Few teams in the Class 2A ranks have as talented a starting five as the Borderites.
3. Ferndale: Lots of talent, experienced upperclassmen and strong defense usually equates to a special season. The Golden Eagles are on to something.
4. Lynden Christian: Even with the departure of Jasmine Hommes, the Lyncs always seem to reload, and this year is no different.
5. Lynden: The Lions have work to do if they want to continue their streak of state appearances, but Rob Adams has a knack for getting Lynden to play its best at the right time.
6. Mount Baker: Graduating all five starters doesn't typically bode well for the next season, but teams will get to know Deming's fresh crop of talent.
7. Nooksack Valley: The Pioneers return 10 varsity players and are looking to take the next step this season.
8. Sehome: Rachel Albert can score with the best, but the Mariners are in the midst of a rebuilding year.
9. Bellingham: Coach Brad McKay wants to sew up the Red Raiders' defensive issues. Bellingham has the athleticism and speed to do it.
10. Anacortes: Melanie Martin is one of the top guards in the NWC, but graduating eight varsity players hurts.
11. Meridian: The Trojans have to replace a lot of talent in key spots, but Meridian should be competitive.
12. Squalicum: The Storm return the bulk of last year's varsity roster, and coach Mark Wright believes Squalicum is steadily improving.
13. Sedro-Woolley: The Cubs can only go up from last year, and Sedro-Woolley has enough pieces to win some games.
14. Lummi: Rebuilding doesn't usually translate to a lot of wins, but new coach Woody Bakke is working hard to construct a winning product.
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