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Sports Blog: Boys’ soccer power rankings

The playoffs are just around the corner and the playoff picture has really started to become apparent. Here’s how the teams rank before the intensity cranks up:

1. Squalicum (12-0-3, 9-0-2 NWC) -- The Storm will likely get through another regular season without a loss, meaning the streak will reach 39 games without being defeated. It seems like the Storm is just hitting its stride, so don’t be surprised to see another deep postseason run. Last ranking: 1

2. Anacortes (10-2-3, 8-2-1) -- The Seahawks haven’t lost since April 1. That span includes wins over Sedro-Woolley, Lynden and Nooksack Valley. They have a plethora of weapons on the offense and could make some noise come postseason. Last: 5

3. Sedro-Woolley (11-4-0, 9-2-0) -- Schedules don’t get much harder when trying to make the postseason than the Cubs’. They had Lynden Christian, Nooksack Valley, Bellingham, Lynden and Burlington-Edison to close out the year. Well, they won the first four of those and only the Tigers remain. That takes a lot of resolve from a strong team. Last: 2

4. Burlington-Edison (11-4-0, 8-3-0) -- The Tigers led the Northwest Conference for most of the season before a 2-0 loss to Squalicum and a 2-1 loss to Lynden sent them spiraling to fourth. Burlington-Edison’s offense hasn’t been spectacular this year and when teams can score two goals against the Tigers, they win. It’s been done four times this season — all Tigers’ losses. Last: 3

5. Nooksack Valley (11-4-1, 7-4-1) -- The challenges the Pioneers were faced with to end the season may end up paying off. A 2-1 loss to Sedro-Woolley and a 4-1 loss to Anacortes sandwiched a win over Lynden Christian in the last three games. It’s been the Pioneers only big slip-ups all season, but this team has the talent to run through 1A teams and the Pioneers only have to face 1A teams in the postseason. Last: 4

6. Sehome (7-4-4, 6-3-2) -- What a way to get to the postseason. This team didn’t look good for a large part of the middle of the season, but the last three games — all wins — the Mariners have scored 17 total goals. If the defense can stay consistently strong in the postseason, the Mariners’ offense coming alive is going to start to scare some teams and rightfully so. Last: 7

7. Lynden (7-6-2, 5-4-2) -- This team deserves to be in the postseason but too much inconsistency throughout the season doomed the Lions. It didn’t help that Nicolas Parris missed the last few games; it would have been great to watch him in the playoffs. Last: 8

8. Lynden Christian (5-10-1, 3-8-1) -- On Thursday, the Lyncs did something for the first time in history — beat a city school. A 1-0 win over Bellingham shows this team is ready for the postseason and the Lyncs have the talent to compete for a state spot. Last: 9

9. Bellingham (4-5-7, 3-4-5) -- A disappointing season for the Red Raiders, but the lack of success on the attacking end really hurt them. The Red Raiders only scored only 14 goals in 16 games. No matter how good the defense is, games are won by putting the ball in the net. Last: 6

10. Ferndale (3-8-4, 2-6-3) -- The Golden Eagles have showed a lot of promise this season. A 1-0 win over Lynden, a tie with Bellingham and, most recently, a 5-4 loss to Sehome. Scoring four goals against a very good Mariners defense is extremely good. Last: 10

11. Meridian (3-9-4, 1-8-3) -- The Trojans squeaked into the playoffs and credit the four second-half goals against Mount Baker for edging out the Mountaineers. That showed what the Trojans are made of and what happens when the season is on the line. That’s only a good thing for the postseason. Last: 12

12. Mount Baker (2-12-2, 1-9-2) -- A 1-1 draw against Ferndale was a nice rebound to a 4-2 loss to Meridian, but a win could have sent the Mountaineers to the playoffs. There were some strong showings from Baker throughout the season but it wasn’t enough. Last: 13

13. Blaine (3-10-2, 0-9-2) -- The Borderites are still searching for a conference win and Ferndale lies on the slate for Monday. On Senior Day, it would be a great way to send off the upperclassmen. Last: 11