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Final pound-for-pound high school rankings for 2017-18

  • Concord's Ryan Devine (149) and David Cook (148) are seen early on during the Division I boys' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz



Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TEAM

1. CONCORD BOYS’ X-C put together one of the best seasons in decades let alone a year. The Crimson Tide’s 28 points at the Division I championships was the lowest team score in at least 30 years and easily outdistanced runner-up Pinkerton (89). Concord’s Forest MacKenzie, Eli Boesch-Dining and Oliver Spencer became the first 1-2-3 finishers from the same team at the D-I championships since 1963. And the Tide followed that up a week later by posting the lowest average time (15:53.92) in Meet of Champions history.

2. CONCORD BOYS’ NORDIC won its 10th straight Division I title in impressive fashion, but more importantly won the NH Coaches Series, a two-part competition against public school teams from all divisions as well as private school and club teams. The Tide took the top five spots in the D-I classic race, the top three spots in the freestyle race and finished with 787 points, well ahead of the 738.5 posted by runner-up Keene.

3. NEWFOUND FIELD HOCKEY outscored its opponents in the regular season, 67-5, and didn’t slow down in the playoffs. The Bears allowed just one goal in three tournament games before beating Mascoma, 2-0, to claim the D-III title and finish 17-0.

4. HOPKINTON BOYS’ LAX wrapped up back-to-back 17-0 championship seasons with a 13-6 win in Saturday’s D-III final against Laconia. The Hawks averaged 13.1 goals per game and really shone on defense, where they gave up just 3.9, led by two-time D-III Defensive Player of the Year, Gerry Donahue.

5. BOW GIRLS’ TENNIS lost its top three players from the 2017 undefeated title team, but still went 17-0 to extend the program’s winning streak to 35 straight and win another D-III title after a convincing 8-1 win in the final against No. 2 Conant.

6. BOW GIRLS’ SOCCER went 19-1, outscored its opponents 77-6 and posted 15 shutouts, including three in the tournament. The last clean sheet came in the D-II final as the Falcons blanked No. 2 Souhegan, 1-0, to claim its fourth championship in the last five years.

7. PITTSFIELD BOYS’ HOOP finished 21-1 and avenged its only loss twice, first in the regular-season rematch with Newmarket and then with a 43-40 win in the D-IV final against the Mules, giving the Panthers the first boys’ basketball title in school history.

8. WINNISQUAM VOLLEYBALL finished 18-1 and avenged its only loss in the D-III championship match with a 3-0 win against previously unbeaten Inter-Lakes. Winnisquam’s Shannon Goodwin and Talia DeBlasie were voted co-Players of the Year for D-III.

9. PEMBROKE BOYS’ SOCCER showed its grit when it mattered most with a 1-0 semifinal win in penalty kicks against No. 3 Bow and a 2-1 double overtime win in the D-II final against No. 1 Windham to claim the program’s first title since 1958.

10. JOHN STARK SOFTBALL averaged 9.3 runs per game during a 14-2 regular season and then scored 28 runs in four tournament contests, capped by a 9-6 win in Saturday’s D-II championship game against Coe-Brown.

Others receiving votes: Concord girls’ Nordic, Kearsarge girls’ Alpine, Concord softball, Bow boys’ tennis, Laconia girls’ lacrosse