La Center believes it can make another final four run, or beyond, while other teams look to improve.
It’s sports. Anything can happen, right? There are no sure things.
Still, it would be difficult to see anyone from the Trico League beating La Center this year. Not that it can’t be done.
White Salmon could be the team to do it, right?
Castle Rock? Scored 20 on La Center last year, so it’s possible, right?
Stevenson? Improved, but maybe not ready to conquer La Center.
What about the private schools, King’s Way Christian and Seton Catholic? This year, both schools are trying to build their own programs instead of combining talents.
OK, so looking at that list, it is no surprise just about everyone believes La Center is the top of the league.
After all, the Wildcats won 11 games in a row last year. They fell in Week 1 game against Class 2A Greater St. Helens League champion Hockinson, then did not lose again until the 1A state semifinals in Week 13
Plus, the team returns six all-league players and has 25 seniors. Yes, 25 seniors for a Class 1A program, the most coach John Lambert has had in his 18 seasons at La Center.
No sure things in sports. But it would be a stunner if La Center was not the league champion in 2017.
Here are a few more storylines from the Clark County schools in the Trico League.
- King’s Way Christian has a new coach and a young team. The Knights are getting to know each other, trust each other, in hopes of creating a lifetime bond, not just a football bond.
- La Center’s Jackson Leslie is one of a few four-year starters for the Wildcats. He is like a coach on the field.
- Seton Catholic is home. The Cougars have a school of their own, a field of their own, and, after a one-year break, a program of their own. They will play an independent schedule this season.