For the first time under the new MIAA football playoff format, neither Everett nor Xaverian advanced to the Division 1 Super Bowl.
It was a season of parity in which St. John’s Prep (10-2), despite losing to rival Xaverian the night before Thanksgiving at Fenway Park, finished as the unquestioned top team in the state after throttling Catholic Memorial, 40-22, in the Super Bowl.
Winning eight of its last nine games, the Prep earned the Globe’s No. 1 ranking at season’s end. Riding a state-best 13-game winning streak, North Andover (12-0) is No. 2, followed by Catholic Conference champion Xaverian.
The Nauset boys’ soccer team (23-0) soared into the top spot on Oct. 1 after 9-0 start and never relinquished the honor on the way to capturing the Division 2 state title for the second time in three seasons. D1 runner-up Wellesley (15-4-1) is second and D2 finalist Arlington third.
After coming within a penalty kick of the Division 1 state title under the direction of new coach Dave Wainwright, the Natick girls’ soccer team (15-3-5) finished No. 1 in the Globe’s rankings. Bay State Conference rival Brookline is No. 2, and Division 2 champion Winchester third.
The Somerset Berkley field hockey team capped a 23-1 season with a 2-1 victory over Nashoba Regional for the program’s first Division 1 state title, earning the Globe’s top ranking, followed by Division 2 champion Dennis-Yarmouth, which defeated nine-time defending champion Watertown in the state semifinals.
On the volleyball court, the Newton North girls took the top spot after claiming their second consecutive D1 title with a 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Barnstable in the final.