The final Globe Top 20 fall high school sports rankings are out
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.
Final fall Globe Top 20s