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BOLD Predictions: How Things Will End in the GSL

Even without Ben Goodwin behind center Ferris will be too much for the rest of the GSL to handle this year -again. (Photo: SWX) Even without Ben Goodwin behind center Ferris will be too much for the rest of the GSL to handle this year -again. (Photo: SWX)

It's already starting to feel like fall, which means it's about time I walk the plank and put out my predictions of how things will shake out in the Greater Spokane League this year. Choosing a champion looks like it will be easy. Looks can be deceiving, which is why we call this a prediction and not a prophesy.

So here it is:

  1. Ferris will repeat as GSL champions simply because of the system they have in place on the South Hill. As long as they have athletes in each position – and all indications are they do – the Saxons will be just fine and will make another run at a state title in November. They may have lost starting quarterback Ben Goodwin to injury but Sharkey's
    GSL on SWX

    Mt. Spokane
    Central Valley

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    son, Drew, combined with a talented running back in Kole Heidinger, will make the offense shine. The defense isn't too shabby either.
  2. I admit it: I am a fan of Rick Giampetri. The veteran coach at Central Valley has proven his critics wrong year after year. Like Ferris, though not to the same extent, he has put a great system in place to help kids be successful on the football field. This year will be no different. The Bears will surprise a lot of people this year and lose just two games behind the most talented passer in the league, Gaven Deyarmin.
  3. Mead, with a new Wing-T offense, the Panthers will finish third in the league. They have impressive size and experience on both sides of the ball. And did I mention they are big? They will be able to wear defenses out to the point of exhaustion. Well, most of them at least.
  4. It's time for coach Bill Deidrick to take his team to a new level. University will be the top 3A team in the league with an explosive offense and a decent defense. Remember the Titans.
  5. Gonzaga Prep finishes fifth because they will be in some sort of a rebuilding mode. Unless they have a secret weapon hidden in their pocket I don't see a Bishop Sankey-like hero to come to their rescue. The Bullpups will be decent but not great.
  6. I know, I know. I fully expect to get lit up here, but I think the Wildcats' run is coming to a close. Chase Naccarato is the real deal – probably the best talent in the GSL - but one man is not a team. Mt. Spokane will lose four games and be the second place 3A team in the league.
  7. No one really knows much about Lewis and Clark and that's a problem. Nothing they've shown me over the past two years shows me they have what it takes to be a top 4A team in the Greater Spokane League. Too bad, too. Their mascot is awesome!
  8. This is where it gets difficult. Shadle Park returns a lot of players from last year's team but last year's team wasn't good. So does that mean anything? It might, and if it does than I'll put the Highlanders above the Tigers. But for now I'm keeping them at No. 8.
  9. Toss a coin on No. 9 and No. 10. I'll put Rogers here, giving them credit for hanging in there and getting just a little bit better every year.
  10. North Central, from what I've been told, just doesn't have the numbers this year.

Do you have a different idea? Well, then, let's hear it!

For your viewing pleasure, Greg Lee at the Spokesman-Review also published his picks on Thursday. His predictions are pretty close to mine, with the biggest difference being between Central Valley and Mead.

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