Updated: November 8, 2008, 11:03 AM ET

ESPN RISE takes a look at the teams to watch this month in this area:

Boys' Basketball -- Kentwood

The departure of three talented starters could leave a gaping hole for most high school programs, but not the Kentwood basketball squad. The Conquerors feature the No. 4 junior in the ESPNU Super 60 in 6- foot-10 junior center Josh Smith  the ideal plug for veteran coach Michael Angelidis to bridge the gap between last year's veteran cast and this winter's younger unit. "I have never coached a player as talented as him," Angelidis says of the South Puget Sound North's reigning MVP. "Very few high school teams will match his size, and his perimeter game has started to blossom." Smith averaged a double-double (21.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg) and shot an astounding 74 percent from the field in helping Kentwood win the SPSL crown with a 19-7 mark last season. While the team's success centers around him, Kentwood boasts an outstanding complementary trio headlined by junior guard Tré Tyler. "Last year we had other guys who could score, but this year he will be the primary compliment to Josh," Angelidis says. Senior forward Greg Humphreys and senior guard Henry Everette will be strong defensively, while sophomores Alec Wilson, Jason Boyce and Danny Bounds will vie for playing time. "Last year we had a lot of returning players,"Angelidis says. "This year we have a lot of young guys and energy. We just have to find the right combinations and gel as a team."

Girls' Basketball - Issaquah

With the return of talented seniors Alexa Smith and Erin Nicol, Issaquah could be primed for a deep run in the District 3A tournament. The duo combined for nearly 21 points a game for the Eagles but will need to improve that number to fill the void left by the graduation of leading scorer Alyssa Shoji. Before bowing out of the District 3A tournament with back-to-back losses to Bellevue and Lakeside last year, Issaquah racked up 22 victories  15 league wins  and captured the KingCo 3A title.

Wrestling -- Lake Stevens

Lake Stevens secured its second straight Class 4A championship last winter, buoyed by the performances of three individual champions. Junior Josh Heinzer returns after capturing the title at 103 pounds and will be joined by senior George King, who won the crown in the 145-pound weight class. The team will also have a strong veteran contingent with seniors Jack Stillwell, Sean Anderson, BJ Alewine, Zach Teuber, Jake Welch and Alex Pelligrini on board.

Girls' Bowling -- Bremerton

In 2006, the Bremerton girls' bowling team placed fifth in the state. A year later, it finished fourth overall. Last year, the Knights finally got over the proverbial hump. After falling to Shelton in the West Central District tournament, Bremerton avenged the loss with a win in the 3A/2A state championship against the defending state champs. Senior Ariel Waag returns for the Knights after finishing third at the West Central District championships last year, and will be counted on to replace senior Emmy Thomas.


Sophomore guard Sarah Hartwell is an emerging star on the hardwood for the Lions.

Jorden Hand is back to lead the defending 1A champs in his final season.

Senior Gwen Smithberg, the Class 3A all-around and bars champion, looks to go out in style.

After finishing as the runner-up in Class 4A last year, Kamiak aims to dethrone three-time champ Snohomish.