Sept. 5 MIAA Divisional top 10 lists

These are our statewide top 10 rankings for each division. Teams not ranked in our MIAA 40-team preseason countdown will have write-ups.


Division 1 1. Catholic Memorial 2. Everett 3. Central Catholic 4. Xaverian 5. St. John's Prep 6. BC High 7. Franklin 8. Brockton 9. Methuen 10. Andover Division 2 1. Mansfield 2. King Philip 3. Barnstable 4. Natick 5. North Andover 6. Reading 7. Bridgewater-Raynham 8. Wellesley — Returns a mostly experienced team that nearly upset rival Natick last year. 9. New Bedford — Great line play, and a program on the upswing. 10. Braintree — Size at some key positions could help offset the loss of Billy Silvia. Division 3 1. Springfield Central 2. St. John's (S) 3. Tewksbury 4. Wachusett 5. Duxbury 6. North Attleboro 7. Lynn English 8. Shrewsbury 9. Doherty 10. Billerica Division 4 1. Marblehead 2. Nashoba 3. Wayland — Returns a ton experience and size up front. 4. Tantasqua — Ryan Sears is a bullish back for this program on the rise. 5. Marlboro — Lost a lot to graduation, but never easy to play against. 6. Dracut — Has some playmakers and confidence coming off last year's playoff run. 7. Melrose — Line play will be strong, and good experience coming back. 8. Grafton — Lost a lot but always in the mix. 9. Milton — Passing attack is never an issue here, but a lot to replace. 10. Gloucester — Lost nine All-NEC players, but will Wing-T teams to death. Division 5 1. Holliston 2. Scituate 3. Canton 4. Dennis-Yarmouth 5. Swampscott — Very clear favorite in the North. 6. Amherst — Coach Chris Ehorn has this program ready to roll. 7. Nipmuc — Quarterback Judah Dishington hoping to lead this team back to the state title game. 8. Foxboro — The Warriors will be battle-tested after the Hockomock schedule. 9. Longmeadow — Some nice size at a few spots. 10. Falmouth — Kyle Connolly is the best option quarterback in the state. Division 6 1. Stoneham 2. Old Rochester — Still a lot of talent in these upper classes. 3. Bishop Fenwick — Crusaders will look to get Joe Rivers (Holy Cross commit) the ball more on offense this season. 4. Rockland — Dante Vasquez leads a Bulldogs team ready to bite. 5. Littleton — Will once again make noise in Central Mass. 6. Ipswich — Brings back a good nucleus. 7. Medway — Anthony Mazzola takes over a program with some good players on it. 8. Ashland — Clockers made some noise last year and could again.

9. Dedham — Lost a huge senior class but still on solid ground.

10. East Bridgewater — Vikings always find themselves in the thick of it.


Division 7


1. Abington — One coach said of this team, "Everyone's chasing Abington."

2. Cohasset — Four offensive linemen return, and lots of lacrosse players on this roster.

3. Leicester — Brings back a ton.

4. Blackstone Valley RVT — Done doubting this program's ability to reload.

5. Mashpee — Good line play but has to replace some very good skill.

6. Nantucket — Good luck keeping up with the speed in the backfield here.

7. West Boylston/Tahanto — This team lost a good amount, but is always fine.

8. Wahconah — Lost a ton, but this program has simply restocks the shelves.

9. Oxford — Niko Murray has graduated, but the team has a big line and a chance to make the postseason in the highly-competitive Central bracket.

10. South Hadley — Was young last year. Now can take the next step.


Division 8


1. St. John Paul II — Experienced group capable of big things.

2. St. Bernard's — Lost Walter Morales to Lawrence Academy, but still enough to be dangerous.

3. Lunenburg — Only loss last year was to state champion St. Bernard's. 4. Hoosac Valley — Always one of the more physical teams in the state.

5. Roxbury Prep — Alingcrove Paul is a disruptor on the defensive side of the ball..

6. Lynn Tech — Tons of speed for the Tigers.

7. West Bridgewater — Coach Justin Kogler in his first year with the Wildcats brings a winning resume to the table to follow the legendary Bill Panos.

8. Randolph — Blue Devils poised to make a move in the South. 9. Millis — Mohawks go against the iron in the Tri-Valley League yet always contend.

10. Boston English/New Mission — Co-op program has a chance to move forward this year.

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