New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10
There’s no way around this: We start this season where we ended last year with No. 1 Concord (16-2-0) at the head of the pack after crushing their post-season competition, 25-3, to claim the program’s 10th State Championship.
The same scenario could play out this winter as most of the marquee players return for 32-year coach Duncan Walsh (514-184-20, 8 State Championships).
No. 2 Exeter (12-4-0) was in full flight for much of last season before running out of steam and falling to Bedford in the D1 quarterfinals, a frustrating finish for sure and motivation for this season.
Just a hunch that No. 3 Pinkerton Academy (4-6-0), as coach Sam Littlefield suggests, could be more relaxed and successful with the normalcy of a full season. Makes sense for every program.
This will be an intriguing year for No. 4 Bishop Guertin (12-3-0), which lost heavily to graduation. However, as long as 30-year coach Gary Bishop is on the bench, the Cardinals will be in contention.
No. 5 Keene (6-5-0) make its full return to D1 this season for the first time since 2002. Coach Chris McIntosh, owner of two State titles in his fifth season, hopes an influx of 13 freshmen helps make a smooth transition.
No. 6 Londonderry (4-9-0) looks forward to the next step after being eliminated by rival Pinkerton in the first round of last year’s Region One Tournament.
New coach Jon Garrity is is excited to accept the challenge of keeping No. 7 Bedford (10-5-1) in the state’s top tier following the retirement of Marty Myers.
No. 8 Salem (14-2-0) reached the state final last winter. If the Blue Devils can replace some key losses, they will be a challenger.
A combined total of 16 juniors and sophomores return for No. 9 Windham (0-11-0) Coach Shawn Dunn hopes that on-the-job training proves beneficial.
No. 10 Bow (4-8-0) has a veteran core of returnees, leading coach Tim Walsh to believe the Falcons could make forward progress.