Maine Class B Poll
The Waterville Purple Panthers was dominant in Class B as they won every game against Class B competition this year. Their only loss this season was against the Class A champions – the Lewiston Blue Devils. The year was capped off with a 7-4 victory over the York Wildcats to capture their second Class B Championship. Most of their roster were seniors so expect next year to be a rebuilding year.
York was outstanding as they reached the state championship. Despite being the No. 2 seed in the South they had the most regular season victories in the region. They should have another competitive year next year as they should have some key pieces coming back.
The Greely Rangers were one of the hottest teams in the second half of the season as they reached the regional final where they were five minutes away from playing for a state championship. The future is also bright as some of the key players down the stretch were freshmen this year. If no one leaves they should be near the top of Class B South all year in 2017-18.
Old Town/Orono had spent the past few seasons building up to this year. Their hard work paid off with a regional final appearance. In any other year they would have probably been a favorite, but Waterville was returning all their key pieces this year. They gave the Purple Panthers all they can handle in the final regular season game and the regional final.
Hampden Academy had a very solid season with 14 wins this season. They drew Waterville in the regional finals and hung in with the champs for most of the game. They will be losing some key seniors, but expect them to be competitive next season.
The Gardiner Tigers earned the No. 1 seed in the South and a first round bye in the playoffs by playing a strong schedule. Their season was cut short in the regional finals when they ran into Greely. The Tigers were senior heavy this year.
Brewer had a solid year before falling to Old Town/Orono in the regional semifinals. They were another team in the North that was senior-laden.
The Yarmouth Clippers hoped to get back to the state championship game, but they never seemed to get on track this season. Their playoff experience did help them defeat the No. 3 seeded Cape Elizabeth in the first round of the playoffs.
Cape Elizabeth did come into the playoffs winning four of their final regular season games to earn the three seed in the playoffs. But in the south there’s no easy game as the depth of the region is strong. They will lose some seniors but they have depth in the program to be competitive next year.
Kennebunk struggled at the end of the year after a great start. Again it shows the depth of Class B South as anybody can beat anybody on any night. They fell in the quarterfinals to Greely after a 12 win regular season.