And now, the 2013 New Haven Register Preseason Top 10:
Three-time defending Class LL champion Xavier narrowly edged Ansonia for No. 1 in the Register’s preseason Top 10 media poll.
Xavier finished No. 1 in 2010 and 2011. It was No. 2 behind two-time Class L champion Hand a year ago.
But while Hand was ranked at No. 10, voters seemed much more confident Xavier would not only contend for a fourth-straight Class LL championship, but that it would be the best team in the state.
Ansonia, a two-time 14-0 state champion, came in at No. 2 with 13 votes. 2012 Class LL runner-up NFA earned one first-place vote. Hand received two.
Dropped out: Hillhouse (4), Windsor (3), Staples (7), Glastonbury (8), North Branford (9)
Others receiving votes:
11. Windsor, 316; 12. Glastonbury, 256; 13. Greenwich, 234; 14. Staples, 219; 15. Masuk, 141; 16. Hillhouse, 139; 17. New London, 137; 18. Shelton, 71; 19. Berlin, 58; 20. Fairfield Prep, 43; 21. Naugatuck; 22. Valley Reg./Old Lyme, 28; 23. Capital Prep/Classical/Achievement 27; 24. Oxford, 26; 25. Ledyard, 21; 26. Rocky Hill, 20; 27. Platt, 16; 28. Foran, 14; T29. Farmington and Wolcott, 12; T31. Guilford, North Haven and North Branford 8; T34 Amity, Bethel, Gilbert/Northwestern 7
The following voted: Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bob Barton, New Haven Register; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Sean Patrick Bowley, New Haven Register; Don Boyle, Sporting News CT; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Kyle Brennan, Waterbury Republican-American; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; George DeMaio, WELI; Gerry deSimas, The Collinsville Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Tom Evans, Norwalk Hour; Francesco Graziano, CPTV; Ned Griffen, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican-American; Ken Lipshez, Meriden-Record Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Kevin Nathan, WVIT-30; Pete Paguaga, Torrington Register Citizen; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Kevin Roberts, Bristol Press; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.
Poll Compiled by Mike Pucci