Grandview finished fifth in the CWAC during the regular season but found its second wind, which carried the Greyhounds all the way to state.
They survived two loser-out games at CWAC districts to earn their 13th state appearance. In an amazing testament to effectiveness at state, the collected their 13th state trophy, finishing eighth.
Well, the 'Hounds are back, and this time they probably won't surprise anybody.
With three returning starters, including all-CWAC first-teamer Christian Schrank (17.0) and second-teamer Tony Vela.
Prosser is used to having some options inside the paint, but an undersized crew could leave the Mustangs without much presence inside.
There is hope, however, behind guard Dominic Garza, a 3-year starter and Craig Gustafson.
"We're pretty small, but I think we're going to compete every night," said Prosser coach Joe Prior.
Othello isn't short on size, but the Huskies didn't have much luck winning last season, finishing just 5-15. They hope to turn that around this year behind senior post D.J. Cantu and junior guard Caleb Garza.
Wapato guard Jacoby Howe is the CWAC's only other returning all-league player. He'll try to help the Wolves find their way back to state.
Ephrata finished third at state last season, but may have lost too much firepower, including forward Patrick Simon, now at WSU.
Selah and Ellensburg, which battled it out for the No. 3 and 4 spots at CWAC districts, should contend for the top spot.
Predicted order of finish
5) East Valley
Coach: Roy Garcia (3rd year).
Last state trip: 2010.
Returning players: G/F Daniel Nielsen, sr., 6-1; G Adrian Reyes, sr., 5-6; G/F Christian Schrank, sr., 6-2; G Adrian Vela, sr., 5-7; G Tony Vela, sr., 5-7.
Stepping up: G Ivan Campuzano, sr., 5-9; C Brandon Curtis, jr., 6-3; F Salvador Escabedo, jr., 5-10; F Carlos Garcia, sr., 6-0; G Hector Godinez, jr., 5-8; G Kiki Mendoza, jr., 5-6.
Coach: Pete Patitucci (3rd year).
Last state trip: 2003.
Returning players: P D.J. Cantu, sr., 6-4; G Caleb Garza, jr., 5-10; G Sam Para, sr., 6-1; F Dustin Rodgers, jr., 6-2; C Drew Scott, jr., 6-3.
Stepping up: G David Garza, soph., 5-10; G Tyson Mollotte, jr., 6-0; G Andrew Ortiz, sr., 5-11; G Jacob Tovar, jr., 6-1; G Horacio Valdez, jr., 5-7.
Coach: Joe Prior (8th year).
Last state trip: 2008.
Returning players: G Dominic Garza, sr., 5-10; G Craig Gustafson, sr., 5-11; G Chad Hancock, sr., 6-0.
Stepping up: G Gumaro Cruz, sr., 5-11; F Wade French, jr., 6-3; G Kyle Kilian, soph., 6-0; F Travis Massengale, sr., 5-11; G Kennen Pilot, sr., 5-10; G Danny Raap, soph., 5-10; F Jordin Silva, sr., 5-11.