1. Squalicum (previous rank: 1): The Storm continue to cruise. Burlington-Edison, who the Storm face Thursday, was the last team to score against Squalicum — 11 games ago.
2. Burlington-Edison (previous rank: 2): Edie Breckenridge scored six goals against a fairly strong defense in Bellingham. She’s in top form right now and leads NWC with 24 goals.
3. Sehome (previous rank: 3): After a strong performance against Meridian, Mariners coach Andria Fountain still was seeking more from her team. That’s the sign of a great program.
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4. Lynden (previous rank: 4): The Lions are tied for second in the NWC. The schedule coming up, though? Bellingham, Burlington-Edison, Ferndale and Squalicum. That’s a tough road.
5. Meridian (previous rank: 6): Meridian’s a little battered and bruised after a string of 2A opponents but the Trojans have competed. The schedule gets even tougher now.
6. Ferndale (previous rank: 7): That was a tough loss to take against Squalicum but the Storm have done that to everyone. It will only help the Golden Eagles come postseason.
7. Bellingham (previous rank: 5): Mark Wright’s squad has too much talent to lose 9-0 to anybody. They responded with a strong win but the next two games will be key.
8. Sedro-Woolley (previous rank: 9): Goalkeeper Charmaine DeWit got high praise from Squalicum coach David Kish. She’s kept the Cubs in the last two games against top-tier teams.
9. Blaine (previous rank: 10): The Borderites broke the seven-game winless streak with a win over Mount Baker. Now can they carry that success over to the last five games?
10. Lynden Christian (previous rank: 8): This offense is in an unbelievable slump right now — six straight scoreless games. There’s so much talent, it’s hard to say what’s going wrong.
11. Mount Baker (previous rank: 11): The Mountaineers have been snagging a point here and there when they can. Next on the bucket list? An NWC victory.
12. Anacortes (previous rank: 12): There are some winnable games in the last five games. It’s a great opportunity for the younger girls to build confidence heading into next year.
13. Nooksack Valley (previous rank: 13): First-year coach Kevin Rus doesn’t want to finish winless. Tuesday’s game against Mount Baker is a perfect opportunity to avoid that.