Take it from one who should know, this will be an interesting year, rendering predictions impossible, in the GSL. “I saw several of the teams (at the Deer Park Invitational) and everybody looks much improved,” Mead coach Phil McLean said. “Mt. Spokane may be the most solid team early in the year. They looked good. The league looks much more balanced.” … If Deer Park is an indication, the Wildcats could just as easily win the GSL as standbys Mead, Central Valley or University. They were second to Hermiston and ahead of Mead and five other GSL schools. … It will be tough for the Panthers to follow last year’s act – four state champions, eight total placers, and second as a team – but they return 16 regional veterans. … Central Valley has added firepower from a team that placed seven in state last year. … University was young but the league surprise last year, tying the Bears for second and placing ninth in state. “We’re more experienced and balanced than last season,” coach Don Owen said. … North Central, Shadle Park (fourth at state last year) and Rogers, under enthusiastic young coaches Luke Leifer, Shawn Howard and Martin Mitchell, continue on the rise. So, too, does Lewis and Clark second-year coach Mat Orndorff, and Ferris is deeper. Gonzaga Prep has more seniors and is deeper than previous years, coach Danny Pearson said.
Wrestlers to watch
4A: Mead junior Chandler Rogers is a two-time state champion and Tyler McLean was a finalist last year. They are among six Panthers state veterans. … Central Valley is led by state third place Colton Orrino, fifth placer Blake Beard and Tanner Davis. Beard’s freshman brother, Bryson, will factor.
3A: State champion Terrence McKinney led Shadle. Teammate Cameron Babcock placed seventh. … U-Hi brings back state placers Kwest Osborn and Ryan Gabel. … Mt. Spokane’s John Hoover was fourth and Kiegen Schauer was a state qualifier. They’ll be bolstered by Riverside transfer and state placer Brandon Roberts … North Central’s Izaec Quintanilla took fifth as a freshman.