The local KVAC teams are down this year as a group, and that is going to make the conference very competitive within itself, but it will likely struggle on the bigger scale. A shift in the WMC has St. Dom’s with a big advantage, and the MVC is wide open after Winthrop suffered some graduation losses. Here is a closer look at the conference breakdown:

KVAC

The Class A schools in the KVAC all find themselves in a race for the conference tournament, where a few lucky teams will advance to the state tournament. Oxford Hills would appear to have an inside track. The Vikings are deep and have experience. Lewiston, under the guidance of a new coach, should be solid in the middle, and will look to develop one strong No. 1 golfer. Edward Little continues to emerge, and should be in every match, while Leavitt continues to rebuild, a few golfers at a time. In the North, Mt. Blue will surely improve on last year’s record with a much more balanced attack.

In Class B, Oak Hill returns some solid golfers and will continue to make headway against the league’s heavyweights from the East.

MVC

Winthrop returns three of its six golfers from last year’s title run, while Mountain Valley is looking for a quick rebound two years removed from its last title. Telstar will make a go of it with just four golfers, and will still be in every match, while Livermore Falls has resurrected its program with a lot of interest among the youth. Monmouth is looking toward improvement with a bit more consistency. Look out for Georges Valley as a sleeper.

WMC

An interesting dichotomy here. Gray-New Gloucester is already assured a berth in the Class A state tournament, so the Patriots’ focus is already shifted. Among Class B schools, Cape Elizabeth and York are again favorites, and Poland is in Year 2 of its rebuild. St. Dom’s heads the class in Class C, and should be a favorite come tournament time.


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