The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network’s preseason prep football poll was released Monday.
And Kodiak begins the season unranked. The Bears, however, did receive votes.
Kodiak coach Todd Cook is fine with not being one of the top five small-school teams to begin the season.
“We weren’t on there, which is great. I don’t mind that a bit,” Cook said.
Occupying the top two spots are two teams Kodiak knows well: fellow Northern Lights Conference opponents Soldotna and Kenai.
Soldotna enters the season as the top-ranked team in the state, while Kenai is second. The Stars defeated the Kardinals in last season’s small-school state championship game.
Thunder Mountain, a Juneau-based school, is third. The Falcons made their first playoff appearance in school history last season.
Skyview and Homer, both NLC teams, round out the top 5. The NLC holds four out of the five slots, while no Great Land Conference team cracked the list — Barrow did receive votes.
South Anchorage topped the large-school poll, followed by Bartlett, Chugiak, Palmer and West Valley.
Both South and Bartlett missed the playoffs last season.
The high school football season begins Friday.
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Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network preseason poll
1. South; 2. Bartlett; 3. Chugiak; 4. Palmer; 5. West Valley.
Also receiving votes — Juneau, Colony, Service, West Anchorage.
1. Soldotna; 2. Kenai; 3. Thunder Mountain; 4. Skyview; 5. Homer.
Also receiving votes — Kodiak, Barrow.