Teams to watch statewide: Brighton, Traverse City Central, Traverse City West


Top local teams: Rockford, Heritage


Preview:  Heritage coach David Corcoran likes his team’s prospects. Ashleigh Bicknell was a first-team all-conference skier in the slalom and giant slalom and was an individual state meet qualifier in slalom. She is back this season.

State finals prediction: Traverse City West sneaks past Brighton and Traverse City Central for the title




Teams to watch statewide:   Marian, Cadillac, Hancock, Harbor Springs


Top local teams: Clare, Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Okemos


Preview: Cadillac returns three-time all stater Marissa VanAlst and Abby Divozzo.


State finals prediction: Hancock takes the title to the upper peninsula.