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With the completion of today's Final Winter Workouts, Teams move into Spring Break with surf, sand and girls on their minds or at least staying out of the weight room for awhile!!!
And with that Spring workouts and practice are on the horizon!

2016 was a terrific year for many teams in the west and I think 2017 will be as well, but before we get there, let's look back at the final 2016 Power Rankings (issued on October 30, 2016) and see where we stood at that time:

BluegrassPreps - FINAL Western Kentucky Power Ranking & Playoff Preview - 10/30/16

1. Bowling Green 5A (10-0)
2. Mayfield 2A (10-0)
3. Franklin Simpson 4A (10-0)
4. Greenwood 5A (8-2)
5. South Warren 4A (8-2)
6. Owensboro Catholic (8-2)
7. McCracken County 6A (7-3)
8. Owensboro (8-2)
9. Christian County 5A (8-2)
10. Hopkinsville 4A (9-1)

Well, what do you think? As you'll note, only McCracken County had 3 regular season losses on that list, with the rest really good records.

WKY Team Snapshots:

Bowling Green - Just keep doing their thing. One of the best teams they have ever had will graduate this May. Many guys that barely saw the field last year will now get their shot.

Mayfield - The mighty Cardinals traveled to Louisville and lost a tough ball game to the eventual 2A Champions. No shame there. Lose a Ton from a powerful team, but usually have plenty in the cubbard to restock the shelves.

Franklin Simpson - Breakout season for the Wildcats! I know they fell victim to a Very strong Johnson Central squad in the State Championship game, but ALOT to like about last season. Lose many key guys off that squad. Who will step up now? I know about Saul Brady, but who else.

Greenwood - The Gators continue to improve. Lost a tough road playoff game at always tough Rash Stadium in Owensboro. No shame there. QB Jackson Adams will be a Senior. Young man is a real player, but he will need help. Could the Gators make history and beat BG this season? We'll see.

South Warren - The Spartans played their hearts out and lost a good game down in Franklin. The heart and soul of that squad that won the championship 2 years ago graduates this May. Also of note, the Spartans will step up to 5A this season and are placed in the same district with Greenwood and BG. Interesting games indeed...

Owensboro Catholic - Team Little Engine That Could will be back for a Strong Run in 2017. 2016 saw the Aces blossom before our eyes winning a Tough game vs cross-town rival Owensboro and coming up just short against the vaunted Mayfield Cardinals. The QB/RB combo of Warren and Williams are as good as any in the state. Look out!

McCracken County - Team Which Way Is Up seems to continue to go through instability. HOWEVER, I LOVE the hiring of Coach Marc Clark (formerly at Hopkinsville). For the time of things, I feel this is a home run hire for the Mustangs. You lose a ton off a fine team. Who will fill their shoes?

Owensboro - Red Devils just continue to adapt and move forward. Solid season last year. No shame in losing to that BG team twice. But you lose some absolute studs (RB - Landon Board to name just 1 did not get the praise he deserved IMO). You have terrific younger classes (this upcoming Frosh and Soph classes are dynamite). Look out here too!

Christian County - At #9 - Come on Purple88 get in the game!!! Fantastic, talented, athletic, tough squad that gave BG their toughest game in the playoffs. Many solid athlete, including special athlete Keyron Catlett, will graduate. But many are back as well including a 4 year starter at QB Kolbi Langhi. Look out!!!

Hopkinsville - Lost an absolute heartbreaker to the South Warren Spartans in the playoffs to end a fine season. Coach Marc Clark has moved on to McCracken County. Who will replace him. Athletes are usually coming out the windows at HHS, but you need a leader of the band to fine tune this squad and take them farther than last season.

Teams Outside the Top 10 Worth Considering:
Caldwell County, Graves County, Adair County, Glasgow, Calloway County, Paducah Tilghman, Russellville, Butler County, Muhlenburg County, Allen County-Scottsville

So Who Do You Expect To Be Charging to the top of the Polls this Season?
Who are the Top Players (in your opinion) in the West?
What are the keys to getting your squad to the carpet at WKU this December?

What say you?