1. Cape Elizabeth: A solid defense should keep the Capers in the thick of the race in Western Class B.

2. Falmouth: The Yachtsmen have enough talent at both ends of the field to contend for a second consecutive Class B state title.

3. Scarborough: An explosive offense should keep the Red Storm in the running for their fifth Class A state title in seven seasons.

4. Thornton Academy: A mix of youth and experience could propel the Trojans into Western Class A upper echelons.

5. Yarmouth: Following an off-year, the Clippers look ready to roll back into prominence in Eastern Class B.

— Paul Betit