North Central Washington 2B league
2010 champion: Manson.
Top returners: Miguel Lopez (Manson), Juan Arroyo (Brewster), Preston Iverson (Oroville), Roberto Velasco (Brewster), Carlos Pineda (Manson), Jorge Rincon (Brewster), Angelo Angulo (Manson), Bernardo Martinez (Brewster).
Impact newcomers: Christian Montez (Manson),
Favorites: Brewster, Manson.
Dark horse: Bridgeport.
The skinny: Brewster, which finished in third place in the Caribou Trail League last season and advanced to the 1A state tournament, and Warden will join Oroville, Bridgeport, Liberty Bell and Manson in the revamped North Central Washington 2B league. The Bears return a strong core group of players and should make a strong run for the league title as long as academic issues don’t become too big of a problem, according to Bears coach Ernie Santos.
Manson has had a strong program in recent years and figures to challenge for the league championship as well, led by returning league MVP and leading scorer Lopez.