High School Sports

NWC volleyball preseason power rankings

1. Burlington-Edison: The Tigers have proved to be an elite program year in and year out.

2. Lynden Christian: The Lyncs will be serious contenders for the 1A title this season.

3. Sehome: Dani Johnson might be the most impactful outside hitter in the conference.

4. Bellingham: This looks like the year the Red Raiders break through into the 2A playoffs.

5. Ferndale: The Golden Eagles have some key players back for another run to state, but they are young.

6. Squalicum: The Storm might have lost more than anyone, but Squalicum has a group of fighters.

7. Lynden: The Lions hope to catch the same momentum they had at the end of last season and at state.

8. Nooksack Valley: Its going to be an entirely new Pioneers team, but that’s not to say they won’t compete.

9. Anacortes: The Seahawks had flashes of excellence last year, but consistency was a struggle.

10. Mount Baker: The Mountaineers came to life at the end of last year. Hopefully that will continue.

11. Blaine: The Borderites hope to make some noise after struggling in conference play last year.

12. Sedro-Woolley: The Cubs struggled to even be competitive against top competition last year.

13. Meridian: The Trojans have some stability from last year, so that’s something they want to build upon.