1 Greely (19-1 last year): The Rangers feature three of the best players at their positions (forward Courtney Sullivan, defenseman Ellie Schad and goalie Nica Todd). Greely may be the area’s best team but defending state champion St. Dominic has all its top threats returning. “They will be tough to beat,” Greely Coach Nate Guerin said.

2 Falmouth (15-3-2): The Yachtsmen have another good turnout with 29 players (11 of them freshmen). Some of their top scorers are gone, but centers Evie Clement and Devon Sarazin will fuel the offense. All-South defenseman Caroline Proctor is back and Ally Hurdman provides experience in net.

3 Scarborough (18-2-1): Two-time Telegram Player of the Year Sami Shoebottom has moved on to prep school so the Red Storm may struggle scoring, although forward Lucy Bogdanovich is back. The defense is strong with Lily Nygren and Courtney Brochu in front of goalie McKenzie Cormier.

4 York/Traip Academy (10-10): The Wildcats usually contend, and look improved with the return of defenseman Emma Ford and goalie Sophie Stephens. Five of the team’s top forwards are back, including two players from the top line, Grace Campbell and Katherine Bertolini.

5 Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland (6-13): The Capers have 17 players out and could battle York for third place in the South. Solid scorers Hannah Bosworth returns, as do defensemen Eliza Connolly and Kate Ginder, and goalie Abby Joy.

– Kevin Thomas