Posted On: 10/20/15 1:15 AM

Over the last month, we’ve previewed each team in the Continental League. Now, with the season fast approaching, we are previewing the league itself -- as we will do with each major league in the state over the coming weeks. Today, we give our predicted order of finish in the Continental. Tomorrow, we’ll pick our first-, second- and third-team all-Continental preseason teams.

These predictions certainly were not easy to make by any means in one of the state’s best leagues, but here is the list.

1. ThunderRidge. It’s easy to look at the defending state runner-up Grizzlies and see they are down a 7-footer with Zach Pirog now playing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. But Joe Ortiz’s program is a well-oiled machine that will benefit from the emergence of Clay Verk, who is becoming a more and more versatile big man. Austin Mueller, a Wyoming commit, appears ready to lead and the depth on this squad -- Troy Brady, Austin Seng, Kaison Hammonds, Elijah Rodriguez, the list goes on -- will make it tough to beat.

2. Legend. This senior-laden group has played together for years, and this could be the year that chemistry makes them a major state championship

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