Ilwaco state hoops

Ilwaco's Makenzie Kaech, powers through Davenport's defense for a lay-in during the first quarter Friday. 

Ryan Snow, For The Daily News

POWER 8

Pound-for-pound rankings 

BOYS

1. Toledo (9-1) – A win over Napavine officially cements the Indians as the early frontrunner for a highly contested C2BL crown.

2. Adna (9-1) – And then there’s a close second in the Pirates, who own a win over Morton-White Pass but a loss to Napavine.

3. De La Salle (10-1) — The Knights continue to do their thing in the Lewis and Clark League, where another league title seems likely.

4. Columbia River (8-2) — The Chieftains look mighty tough with their only losses coming to talented 4A squads.

5. Mark Morris (5-4) — Ignore the record, because the Monarchs have played some stiff competition. Bill Bakamus will have his squad ready for the games that matter.

6. Morton-White Pass (8-2) — Likely the most exciting team in the area, the Timberwolves own a lopsided win over Napavine, and a narrow defeat to Kittitas.

7. Kelso (7-3) — Making the Surf N’ Slam title game out of the top division says everything you need to know about the Scotties.

8. Toutle Lake (9-1) — The Ducks may very well go overlooked all year, but this squad is a legit contender for a state trophy.

Local: 1. Toledo, 2. Mark Morris, 3. Kelso, 4. Toutle Lake, 5. Naselle, 6. Winlock, 7. Woodland, 8. Kalama

GIRLS

1. Ilwaco (11-1) — A nonleague defeat to a tough Lynden squad up north is only going to help this squad.

2. La Center (9-1) — The Wildcats are the real deal, with some nice wins already on the slate, including over Kelso, Washougal, Woodland, Meridian and Snohomish.

3. Prairie (6-2) — It’s always hard to judge out-of-state tournaments but the Falcons ran through their nonleague slate littered with 4A teams and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be the favorites in the GSHL 3A.

4. Napavine (6-0) — The Tigers haven’t had many stiff league tests yet, so it’s hard to gauge just how high their ceiling is.

5. Washougal (7-3) — After a three-game skid, it appears Beyonce Bea and company are ready to roll through whatever the GSHL 2A can throw at them.

6. Wahkiakum (8-2) — The Mules’ two defeats? To 2B favorite Ilwaco and 1B favorite Colton. Those are what you call good losses.

7. Clatskanie (10-1) — The freshman duo of Shelby Blodgett and Olivia Sprague are just doing incredible things in the Beaver State.

8.  Rainier (8-4) — There could be a stiff test to Rainier atop the Lewis and Clark League, but make no mistake, the Columbians have plenty of talent to pass any challenge.

Local: 1. Ilwaco, 2. Wahkiakum, 3. Clatskanie, 4. Rainier, 5. Woodland, 6. Mark Morris, 7. Kelso, 8. Toledo

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