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THE STORY LINES
Single league, less opportunity
The league no longer is split into divisions. That means two playoff berths instead of three.
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The Bruins won nine games and made the playoffs a year ago, but can interim coach Eric Dinwiddie get Cascade back to the top?
THE CAN’T-MISS GAMES
Sept. 12: Marysville-Pilchuck at Lake Stevens, 7 p.m.
• Nonleague, but features top Division I prospects on teams expected to win 4A, 3A leagues.
Sept. 19: Lake Stevens at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.
• First league game for top two contenders.
Oct. 24: Lake Stevens at Kamiak, 7 p.m.
• Knights wait until final league contest to get their shot at the favorite.
Predicted order of finish in the WesCo 4A League, based on a survey of league coaches, with 10 points for first-place vote, nine for second, etc. (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches not allowed to vote for their own teams.
School, 2013, Points (first-place votes)
1. Lake Stevens, 6-4, 70 (7)
2. Mount Vernon, 7-3, 59 (1)
3. Kamiak, 6-4, 56
4. Jackson, 5-5, 55
5. Cascade, 9-2, 47
6. Monroe, 4-6, 39
7. Mariner, 1-7, 36
8. Snohomish,1-9, 35