A closer look at our MIAA statewide top 25, which can be found here.
Who's on top and holding steady: Still Catholic Memorial, but the Knights had a bye, as did No. 2 St. John's Prep, so of course there is no movement there. Really, everyone in the top 15 either had a bye or took care of business, so we did not feel the need to make any changes there.
Moving out: Four teams leave the top 25 in New Bedford, Marblehead, Nashoba, and Lincoln-Sudbury. New Bedford stays in the "First 15 out" because its game with Brockton was close enough to go the other way. Marblehead, too, you're looking at a team that has lost to two undefeated, top 25 teams by a combined seven points. Nashoba and Lincoln-Sudbury are all the way gone for now, but have the chance to get back in with big games still on the way. Minnechaug was upset by Northampton and is out of the 15 out, but in a Division 3 West bracket that includes Springfield Central, there is always potential for moving up.
Moving in: This week's top 25 has four new teams. We think Franklin's decisive win over Attleboro has Eain Bain's group in good position to make a run in Div. 1 South. BC High's defense has been playing well and will give it a shot in the same bracket. Brockton's defense held an explosive New Bedford offense to its lowest point total of the season, and it was the only time the Whalers did not hit double-digits. Milton was inexperienced at the beginning of the season, but is still senior-laden and getting confident at the right time. In the 15 out, Hingham just keeps winning since that loss to Duxbury and could emerge from a muddled Div. 3 South. Wayland's dominant win over Lincoln-Sudbury puts that team further into the conversation of Div. 4 state title contenders. Shepherd Hill is back in based on a big win over Shrewsbury following a loss to Wachusett that keeps the Rams in the ever-competitive Div. 3 Central playoff mix.