The Chieftains will enter the tournament on a 15-game winning streak as it looks to defend its D1 North title. The other favorites in D1 are No. 2 Needham in the South and No. 3 Ludlow out West, but there will be a lot of teams that can challenge for the title this season and the South sectional looks particularly difficult to call as the regular season wraps up.
Defending D2 state champion No. 11 Groton-Dunstable moves up two spots as they continued a 14-game unbeaten run. Oliver Ames moves up four spots as well after an impressive win over Milford clinched the Davenport division title for the Tiger. Hingham drops out of the Top 20 after losing out on the Keenan division title to Silver Lake, which took its spot in the rankings and jumped into the No. 17 spot.
Two central teams, Algonquin and Marlborough, round out the rankings after losing a couple of games down the stretch, but expect both to challenge for the D1 sectional title with No. 10 Worcester North.
Several of the teams that just missed out on a spot in the rankings should also be considered threats in the tournament, including Franklin (D1 South), Bedford (D2 North), and Medway (D2 South).