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New Hampshire D3 Poll: John Stark/Hopkinton makes a statement

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New Hampshire Division 3 Poll

RankTeamWLT
1John Stark/Hopkinton200
2Belmont/Gilford200
3Kennett101
4Berlin/Gorham101
5Souhegan110
6Kearsage110
7Laconia/Winnisquam110
8Moultonboro/IL110

No. 1 John Stark/Hopkinton delivered an immediate statement by doubling up defending State Champion and pre-season No. 1 Souhegan in its season opener, 6-3. JSH then stepped up a division to knock off Portsmouth/Newmarket, 3-1, and should be able to to build some serious momentum when league play resumes next Saturday.

No. 2 Belmont/Gilford (2-0-0) is off to an explosive start, having outscored Laconia-Winnisquam and Conval by an aggregate 16-2 count. A key early test against Berlin-Gorham looms on Jan. 7.

Mike Lane said No. 3 Kennett (1-0-1) would have to adopt a defensive stance this season and the Eagles have done exactly that, yielding two goals in two outings. Their next stiff test in Jan. 17 against Belmont-Gilford.

Following an opening tie against Kennett, No. 4 Berlin/Gorham (1-0-1) dismantled Manchester West. The first full week of league play presents big tests against Belmont/Gilford (Jan. 7) and Souhegan (Jan. 10).

No. 5 Souhegan (1-1-0), the pre-season No. 1, rebounded from its opening loss to JSH with a double-digit walloping of No. 6 Kearsage (1-1-0).

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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