1. Scarborough: A solid defense should keep the defending Class A champion in the hunt.

2. Windham: Talent and experience at both ends of the field should bring the Eagles closer to their first appearance in a Class A final.

3. Deering: The senior-laden Rams have the speed and savvy to become a factor in Western Class A.

4. Falmouth: After winning three consecutive Class B state championships, the Yachtsmen have enough talent to make some waves in their first Class A season.

5. Cape Elizabeth: A season after playing for the Western Class A championship, the Capers will take their talent and speed to Western Class B.

6. Gorham: The Rams plan to control the pace by using an intricate passing game.


7. Thornton Academy: The Trojans intend to use their speed to put pressure on opposing defenses.

8. Greely: Ball possession should provide the key to the Rangers’ first foray into Class B in more than three decades.

9. Brunswick: A potent offense should keep a perennial contender in the Eastern Class A picture.

10. Oceanside: With juniors Emily Gould and Payton Billingsley in the lineup, the Mariners have the toughness and talent to move up in Eastern Class B.

– Paul Betit, Staff Writer