We’re about one week away from the postseason, and things are still quite murky regarding the final 2A playoff berth. Here are this week’s updated Northwest Conference power rankings.
1. Sehome (11-0, NWC 9-0): The Mariners upended Lynden Christian on Tuesday in four sets, showing the fight and grit of a team poised to go far in the 2A classification. Dani Johnson made a real argument for All-Whatcom County Player of the Year with her match-high 20 kills.
2. Lynden Christian (17-1, 9-1): Make no mistake, the four-set loss to Sehome might be exactly what the Lyncs needed. Lynden Christian at times looked like the more imposing team, but errors plagued it. I would still expect them to be in the 1A championship game when all is said and done.
3. Burlington-Edison (7-4, 7-2): The Tigers have rattled off three consecutive wins after a straight-set loss to Lynden Christian on Oct. 9. In the process, Burlington-Edison jumped up six spots in the 2A coaches polls to No. 4 in the state.
4. Ferndale (9-3, 7-3): The Golden Eagles have won nine consecutive sets, defeating Meridian, Squalicum and Mount Baker all in straight sets. Taryn Potter is emerging as a go-to hitter for Ferndale.
5. Anacortes (8-3, 6-3): The Seahawks have the inside road to the No. 3 Class 2A district spot, owning the tie-breaker with Bellingham if the two were to tie. With that said, Anacortes finishes up against Lynden Christian and Sehome, which if things get tight, doesn’t bode well for the Seahawks.
6. Bellingham (8-4, 6-4): The Red Raiders staged the biggest win of their season last week, defeating Lynden in five sets. That gave the Red Raiders a leg up in the conference if the two teams were to finish tied for the final 2A spot, which is a likely outcome at this point. All Bellingham has to do is make it past Mount Baker and it should be good.
7. Lynden (5-6, 5-4): Lynden basically needs to win out to earn one of the final 2A district spots, although a matchup against Ferndale on Oct. 23 posing a great challenge for the Lions. If Lynden gets past a tough Golden Eagles squad, all they have to do is take care of business against Mount Baker and Squalicum unless Bellingham runs the table. Then all is for not.
8. Squalicum (4-7, 4-5): The Storm are playing for pride at this point, as Squalicum will need a miracle to make the playoffs. With a regular-season finale against Lynden on the horizon, the Storm could very well be in a position to play spoiler, which is always exciting.
9. Mount Baker (4-8, 4-6): The Mountaineers have played well of late, grinding out tough five-set wins over Blaine and Nooksack Valley. All those teams are not separated by much, but it looks like Mount Baker, with Emily Yost and Maddy Tanis, hold the slight upper hand.
10. Blaine (4-7, 2-7): The Borderites have lost five in a row, including two that went five sets. A matchup with Nooksack Valley on Thursday night could help turn the tide a bit, although the season is mostly gone now.
11. Nooksack Valley (2-9, 2-7): A straight-set win over Sedro-Woolley doesn’t say a whole lot about this team, but matchups against Blaine and Squalicum in the future certainly will. This team has battled quite a bit and not seen victories come from it, three losses coming in five sets and two more coming in four already.
12. Meridian (0-12, 0-10): Sometimes progress doesn’t always come in the form of victories. That was the case Tuesday night when the Trojans took a set of Squalicum, a state competitor from a year ago.
13. Sedro-Woolley (0-11, 0-9): The Cubs still have yet to win a single set this season.