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AP Football Poll: Napavine 1 in Preseason Rankings

The Associated Press’ preseason state football poll is here! (It’s below, obviously.) Here’s a breakdown of the local teams, and how I feel about their ranking:

WF West: Ranked 8 in the 2As. That’s fine. They lost a little, but I don’t think anyone expects them to be in the No. 1 conversation with Archbishop Murphy (which got all 10 first-place votes) or anything.

Napavine: Ranked 1 in the 2Bs. That’s to be expected after winning a state title. They’re not the best team in the state, or in their own league, or even in their half of the county, though; just ask them.

Toledo: Ranked 2 in the 2Bs. Look, I enjoy Toledo as much as the next fella, but No. 2 in the state? That’s a bit high. New coach, new QB, mostly new running backs … Toledo deserves a spot in the top 10, but No. 2’s a few places too high. (I had them in the top 5.)

PWV: Ranked 6 in the 2Bs. Eh, sure, that’s fine. They lost a lot to graduation, and they’ll have to find someone new to take over Kaelin Jurek’s massive two-way workload (not an easy guy to replace), but sure, they were in the top 8 last year and you could throw them in the top 10 now without too much debate. I think they were on my ballot.

Adna: Ranked 7 in the 2Bs. Everyone’s talking about Adna’s big front line, and the preseason coaches polls in the SWW 2B League all had Adna right up there with Napavine in the Mountain Division conversation. That’s a fine spot, and probably pretty good bulletin board material if you’re an Adna coach or something heading into your Week 1 Saturday game with PWV in Menlo.

Kalama: Ranked 3 in the 2Bs. Not a local team, but pretty close. Everyone seems to think Kalama’s the team to beat in the SWW 2B League (which, basically, means the team to beat on the West side). Lotta preseason buzz about those guys.

Anyway, here’s the full rankings:

Class 4A
1. Camas (7) 81
2. Sumner (1) 63
3. Richland 58
4. Gonzaga Prep 48
5. Graham-Kapowsin 46
6. Bothell 44
7. Woodinville (1) 42
8. Skyview 35
9. Lake Stevens 27
10. Chiawana 24

Others receiving 6 or more points: Skyline 12.

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Class 3A
1. Eastside Catholic (7) 88
2. O’Dea (2) 75
3. Kamiakin 67
4. Lincoln 61
5. Bonney Lake 42
6. Garfield 30
7. Ferndale 24
8. Peninsula 22
9. Squalicum 19
10. Mt. Spokane 16

Others receiving 6 or more points: Timberline 12. Mountain View 10. Bellevue 9.

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Class 2A

1. Archbishop Murphy (10) 100
2. Lynden 81
3. Tumwater 75
4. Liberty (Issaquah) 58
(tie)Ellensburg 58
6. Burlington-Edison 31
7. Sedro-Woolley 28
8. W. F. West 20
(tie)West Valley (Spokane) 20
10. Prosser 19

Others receiving 6 or more points: North Kitsap 18. Fife 10.

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Class 1A
1. Royal (8) 89
2. Connell (1) 82
3. LaCenter 54
4. Mount Baker 47
5. Cascade Christian 46
6. Montesano 32
7. Deer Park 24
8. Meridian 23
9. Colville 19
10. Nooksack Valley 15

Others receiving 6 or more points: Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 14. Zillah 13. Freeman 12. Okanogan 10.

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Class 2B
1. Napavine (6) 77
2. Toledo 51
3. Kalama (1) 47
4. Liberty (Spangle) 43
5. Asotin (1) 42
6. Pe Ell Willapa Valley 37
7. Adna 31
8. LaConner 24
9. Northwest Christian (Colbert) 22
10. Lind-Ritzville1Sprague 13

Others receiving 6 or more points: Ilwaco 9. Rainier 8. Life Christian Academy 8. Dayton 8. Colfax 7. Lake Roosevelt 7.

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Class 1B
1. Lummi (1) 55
2. Neah Bay (3) 53
3. Almira Coulee-Hartline (1) 48
4. Odessa-Harrington (1) 41
5. Sunnyside Christian 40

Others receiving 6 or more points: Tacoma Baptist 21. Odessa 10.

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