Lynden Christian and Sehome have distanced themselves from the pack, but the fight for the final 2A playoff spot is just picking up. Here are my Northwest Conference power rankings with the postseason just around the corner.
1. Lynden Christian (15-0, NWC 7-0): The Lyncs have height and star power in nearly every position, and it seems that this team doesn’t just have regular season and district championship aspirations, but state championship expectations.
2. Sehome (9-0, 7-0): The Mariners have cruised through their past three matches, not dropping a set in each. Dani Johnson is making a real bid for player of the year, too.
3. Burlington-Edison (4-4, 4-2): The Tigers got swept, mind you, SWEPT, by Lynden Christian. This isn’t the same Burlington-Edison squad that won the state title last year, but it is still pretty darn good. Just not in LC’s class right now.
4. Ferndale (6-2, 4-2): The Golden Eagles fought Sehome to a tight 3-2 loss, their only other loss coming to LC in four sets. This is a better Ferndale squad than I think people realize.
5. Anacortes (6-2, 4-2): The Seahawks handed Bellingham a huge blow to its postseason hopes by defeating the Red Raiders in straight sets Thursday night. Anacortes looks to be right in the mix for a 2A playoff berth.
6. Bellingham (5-4, 3-4): The Red Raiders have showed some serious grit and willingness to play long matches this season, five different occasions going five sets, losing two and winning three. Matchups with Squalicum and Lynden loom as playoff hopes hinge on strong performances.
7. Lynden (4-4, 4-2): The Lions have only lost to LC, Sehome and Ferndale this year. Not bad. Still, the Lions have some work to do to make the playoffs.
8. Squalicum (3-5, 3-3): The Storm have won three of its last four matches, with Hannah Loy and Kate Alvord leading the pack.
9. Blaine (4-4, 2-4): The Borderites continue to show the most improvement of any team from last year to this year.
10. Mount Baker (2-6, 2-4): The Mountaineers are better than their record suggests. Emily Yost is a stud in the middle, her performance being key in their five-set win over Blaine Thursday.
11. Nooksack Valley (1-8, 1-6): All the losses the Pioneers suffered from last year to this year are really beginning to show.
12. Meridian (0-8, 0-6): The Trojans have yet to win a match all year, but they pushed Sehome in the first set of their meeting on Thursday. This team is getting better, and it is doing it quickly.
13. Sedro-Woolley (0-8, 0-6): The Cubs have yet to win a single set this year.