Coach: Brad McKay
Last year: Won the Northwest Conference title. Won the 2A Northwest District title and sent six golfers to state. Won the 2A state title.
Players to watch: Jenn Paul (jr.), Audrey Orem (sr.), Brooke Branigan (sr.), Madi McNeely (jr.), Sadie Steele (so.), Emma Lochridge (fr.), Alex Ferrier (fr.)
Outlook: After last spring having one of its deepest teams - one to six - during an 11-year span that has seen the Red Raiders win 10 state championships, Bellingham doesn't have that kind of depth this year. The Red Raiders still are very strong one to four, but "it falls off after four, and we'll see who fills that five and six spot for us," McKay said in a phone interview. "It's going to be an interesting journey for us." Even before it finds its five and six, Bellingham is loaded with Paul, Orem, Branigan and McNeely, which should be more than enough to contend for a fifth straight state title. Paul and Branigan tied for fourth at state last year, while McNeely was 18th and Orem 19th. "They've gone through it before," McKay said. "It's been neat watching golfers like Audrey and Brooke progress the last three years."
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.