GREEN BAY (WLUK) --The girls basketball season has tipped off so no better time than to release the initial FOX 11 Top 11 rankings.
At the top has to be Bay Port, winners of last season's Division 1 state title. Following the Pirates is Kimberly, which fell to Bay Port in a state semifinal last season, while Hortonville, Green Bay Preble and Notre Dame round out the top five.
Here is this season's first Top 11:
FOX 11 TOP 11
1. Bay Port: Pirates lost one starter (Grace Krause) from last year's team.
2. Kimberly: Papermakers welcome the return of Courtney Pearson from a torn ACL and have good freshmen.
3. Hortonville: Polar Bears will aim for fourth straight trip to state.
4. Green Bay Preble: Hornets were the only team to beat Bay Port last season.
5. Notre Dame: Tritons have a strong junior trio, led by Sammy Opichka.
6. Appleton East: Patriots add transfer Lily Hansford (Ashwaubenon) which will add scoring punch.
7. Freedom: Irish hope to make second straight trip to state tournament.
8. Wrightstown: Tigers will battle Freedom for top spot in North Eastern.
9. Kaukauna: Galloping Ghosts ready to make noise in the FVA.
10. Mishicot: Indians following the lead of Kylie Schmidt and Desiree Kleiman.
11. Kewaunee: Storm will be led by Mackenzie Tlachac.
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