If there's one thing that Roy Garcia has learned from his lifelong association with the Grandview Greyhounds basketball program, it's this: The show must go on.
And every year, it does. This season will be no different. The Greyhounds will scrap, battle and fight the same way they have done since winning their first state title in 1989.
"We've run on the same principles ever since I got here," Garcia said. "It's about basketball IQ and toughness, and the ability to go out and play as one."
Garcia said this team, led by four seniors and three promising sophomores, is way ahead of others he's had in terms of chemistry.
Ellensburg and Toppenish will be among the teams fighting for a league title.
Wapato, Selah and Quincy will battle for the next three playoff seedings.
Othello, a team that showed improvement toward the end of last season, could be the surprise. The Huskies return their top three scorers in guards Caleb Garza (9.3) and David Garza (12.3), and post Drew Scott (13.1).
Prosser will suffer through some tough graduation losses, but has to be encouraged by a young, talented base of underclassmen led by guard Danny Raap (5.3).
It's definitely a rebuilding year at East Valley. The Devils' top returning scorer -- post Sterling Sauve -- averaged just 5.9 points a game.
Predicted finish: Ellensburg, Grandview, Toppenish, Wapato, Selah, Quincy, Othello, East Valley, Prosser, Ephrata.
Coach: Roy Garcia (4th year).
Last state trip: 2010.
Returning players: C Brandon Curtis, sr., 6-3; F Salvador Escabedo, sr., 5-10; G Hector Godinez, sr., 5-8; G Kiki Mendoza, sr., 5-6.
Stepping up: G Jay Armendariz, fr., 5-7; F Bryce Carpenter, soph., 6-1; P Isaiah Gonzalez, soph., 6-2; F Daniel Lara, sr., 6-1; G Marcus Morales, sr., 5-7; G Andy Rodriguez, soph., 5-6; G Isaiah Ruiz, soph., 5-9; G Joey Saenz, soph., 5-8.
Coach: Pete Patitucci (4th year)
Last state trip: 2003.
Returning players: G Caleb Garza, sr., 5-10; G David Garza, jr., 5-10; G Tyson Mollotte, sr., 6-0; F Dustin Rodgers, sr., 6-2; C Drew Scott, sr., 6-3; G Jacob Tovar, sr., 6-1.
Stepping up: F Henry Boersma, sr., 5-10; F Derek Cantu, jr., 6-1; G Juston Lind, jr., 5-10; F Trevor Walker, jr., 6-1.
Coach: Joe Prior (9th year).
Last state trip: 2008.
Returning players: F Wade French, sr., 6-3; G Danny Raap, jr., 5-10.
Stepping up: F Wyatt Baker, sr., 6-1; G Andrew Flores, sr., 5-9; G Trino Flores, soph., 5-10; G Bubba Frank, jr., 5-10; F Kyle French, jr., 6-0; F Jeff Hamilton, jr., 6-0; P Mason Schutt, soph., 6-3.