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New Hampshire D3 Poll: Belmont/Gilford new No. 1

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New Hampshire D3 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
2John Stark/Hopkinton11210

Well now, things just got interesting and based on the best possible barometer — head-to-head result(s) — new No. 1 Belmont/Gilford leads the pack following its 5-3 win against former No. 1 and now No. 2 John Stark/Hopkinton on Saturday.

Belmont/Gilford also routed No. 8 Laconia/Winnisquam earlier in the week and faces a packed week with Moultonborough/Interlakes, Kennett and No. 6 Souhegan all on the schedule. JSH, meanwhile, looks to rebound against ConVal before facing off against Kennett.

That same head-to-head logic applies to the next two teams as well.

Having ended a three-game slide last weekend, No. 3 Berlin/Gorham then dealt Kennett its first loss of the season Tuesday, 4-1, in its only game this week. Coupled with an earlier 1-1 tie between the teams, the Mountaineers took three of four possible points, enough to jump up.

No. 4 Kennett took out its frustration on the first-year Sanborn program Saturday. The Eagles have a jammed three-game week against Laconia-Winnisquam, Belmont/Gilford and JSH.

No. 5 Moultonborough/Interlakes won both of its games to nudge above .500 and faces Sanborn, Bemont/Gilford and Laconia/Winnisquam in the coming week.

Given the number of head-to-head meetings of Top Five teams this week, this poll could look decidedly different a week from now.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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