Boys Prep Top 15
There has been plenty of exciting action since our last Boys Prep rankings came out in the pre-season, and that great action has resulted in a lot of movement in this first HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15 of the regular season.
Although it missed out on advancing to the title game at the Floor Marr Tournament, Kimball Union (10-0-1) moves into the #1 spot. The Wildcats did finish 3-0-1 at the tournament, including a win over Salisbury. KUA, which also has a win against Kent, will return to action January 7th against Northwood School.
The Flood Marr Tournament champion – Nobles – vaults all the way up to #2 as it remans unbeaten at 7-0-1. Next up for the Bulldogs is the New Year’s Showcase it hosts with St. Sebastian’s.
#3 Avon Old Farms (8-1-0) saw its perfect start to the year halted in an overtime loss to Kent in the finals of the Avon Christmas Classic. The Winged Beavers have been solid on defense, allowing just 10 goals in those nine games. Avon is now off until a January 8 meeting with Taft.
#4 Dexter Southfield (5-2-1) avenged an earlier loss with a win over #5 Cushing (6-1-1) at the Groton/Lawrence Tournament, knocking the Penguins from the ranks of the unbeaten. Both teams are back at the Watkins Tournament commencing December 31 at Cushing.
A shootout loss to Northwood (goes in the books as a tie) cost #6 Brunswick (5-2-1) a St. Sebastian’s Tournament title. The Bruins get right at it after the holiday participating in the Belmont Hill/Nichols Tournament.
#7 Kent (7-3-0) is flying high after its Avon Christmas Classic title. The Lions are next up on January 8 vs. #14 Loomis Chaffee.
Pre-season top choice Salisbury (5-4-0) finds itself in unfamiliar territory with four losses this early in the season. Three of those losses, however, are to teams above them. Be sure the #8 Crimson Knights find their stride soon.
Two new teams in this latest installment of our Top 15 are #9 Belmont Hill (6-0-1), the winner at the Lawrenceville Tournament, and #11 Holderness (7-0-0), perfect through seven games and outscoring its opponents 47-12 during that span.
TEAMS TO WATCH: Tabor, St. George’s, Pomfret, Milton Academy, Phillips Andover