Rye’s moving up. (From Class C.)
John Jay and Somers are still there.
The result: A class that is as stacked as Section 1 has ever seen.
Who do you think is the team to beat in Class B?
Be sure to exercise your right to vote by casting your ballot in our latest poll and weigh in with your thoughts right here.
Make sure to provide your assessment of how the team (whether it’s one of the “Big Four” or another Class B contender) you’re picking stacks up talent-wise — and otherwise — for the 2011 season.
In the meantime, here’s some historical perspective on the “Big Four” that will be battling it out in Class B:
* John Jay: Winners of four sectional titles the last five years, with one in Class A (2006, when it beat Yorktown twice during the season) and the rest in Class B. The Indians will be led next season by four-year varsity standout Mike Daniello, a Hopkins recruit who is the nation’s eighth-ranked rising senior.
* Yorktown: The Huskers have failed to win sectional championships just three times since 1980 (1997, 2006 and 2010). Yorktown will be led by D-I recruits Justin Mabus (Towson) and Ty Schuldt (Hartford).
* Somers: The Tuskers have made back-to-back Class B sectional title-game appearances vs. John Jay, winning 14-9 in 2009 and losing 9-6 this past season. Seniors Eddie Schurr (Johns Hopkins), a defenseman, and Anthony Lombardo (Binghamton), a midfielder, are the Tuskers’ D-I recruits.
* Rye: There’s no denying the Garnets’ dominance in Class C, where they made six straight title-game appearances, including four straight titles (2005-08). Defensemen Michael Collins (Binghamton) and middies Matt McReddie (Bates) and Jack O’Callaghan (Colgate) are Garnets who have already committed to colleges, with more on the way.
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