We’ve spoken to coaches and high school sports reporters across the state, so I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on what teams are expected to be among the best this season. Of course, “expected” doesn’t mean a team will be one of the best, so take these rankings for what they are: an educated guess based on last year’s performances, returning players and expected contributions from newcomers.
One thing before we get to the rankings. Like we did last year, we’ll be sending out in-game score updates on Friday night via Twitter. I’ll also be sending out a “how the top 10 teams fared” on Friday nights and our weekly rankings on Sunday evening/Monday morning via Twitter. So, if you want to receive all that instantly, you can sign up here.
In doing the preseason football rankings, Class 1A proved to be the most difficult.
• There’s no clear-cut No. 1 team like in the other classifications — Skyline, Bellevue and Lynden were easy selections.
• The two teams that played for the 2008 state championship lost big chunks of their teams to graduation.
• Some of the teams that look primed for successful seasons don’t have much of a postseason pedigree. Will they be able to overcome that inexperience?
What does all that mean? Don’t be surprised if the Top 10 looks vastly different in two weeks.
That disclaimed, let’s get to the rankings.
1. Montesano 12-1
2. Royal 12-1
3. Connell 6-5
4. Orting 10-2
5. Cashmere 13-0
6. Nooksack Valley 9-2
7. Cascade Christian 12-2
8. Kalama 8-3
9. Vashon 7-5
10. Zillah 8-3
Next: Castle Rock, Chelan, Leavenworth Cascade, Lynden Christian, Meridian, Omak