MIAA releases first batch of statewide power ratings

  • Frontier players huddle up at the start of the second half against Amherst earlier this season. The Redhawks are the No. 20 ranked team in Division 5, according to the MIAA’s statewide power rating system. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/4/2021 8:44:20 PM
Modified: 10/4/2021 8:44:21 PM

Come get your power ratings.

The first batch of long-awaited MIAA power ratings were released over the weekend, with field hockey, boys and girls soccer and volleyball published on the organization’s website (miaa.org). Football power ratings were not yet available as of press time.

The power ratings are used to determine seeding for the new statewide tournament, with the top 32 teams in each division automatically qualifying. Any team whose record is over .500 also qualifies for the tournament even if they aren’t in the top 32 of the power ratings.

Here’s where things stand with local teams after the first release, with all records in accordance of when the ratings came out (Sept. 29 for boys and girls soccer and field hockey, Sept. 30 for field hockey):

Field hockey (four divisions)

All eight local field hockey teams are in Div. 4, though just three teams would be in the tournament if the season were to end today.

Frontier is rated No. 7 out of the 55 teams in the division with a 6-2-1 record while Greenfield is rated No. 12 with a 4-3 record. The Redhawks and Green Wave are safe bets to be in the postseason.

Franklin Tech (7-0-2) is just outside the top 32, ranked No. 36, but the Eagles need just one more point across their final eight games to punch an automatic bid.

Mohawk Trail (44), Turners (45), Pioneer (49), Mahar (52) and Athol (54) are all on the outside looking in.

Volleyball (five divisions)

Like field hockey, all eight Recorder area schools are part of the 70 schools that make up Div. 5 for volleyball.

Defending Div. 3 state champion Frontier is the highest-rated of the bunch, currently No. 3 with a 6-3 record. Turners isn’t far behind, seeded No. 10 with an unblemished 9-0 record.

Mohawk Trail is No. 35 in the rankings but its 6-3 record has the Warriors positioned to be in the tournament. Franklin Tech (4-4) is No. 45 but a strong finish to the season could propel it in.

Athol (49), Greenfield (52), Pioneer (57) and Mahar (71) will need a big second half push to get in.

Boys soccer (five divisions)

Let’s start in Division 4, where Frontier is the No. 1 overall seed after posting a 9-0 record to open the season. The Redhawks’ rating of 1.8679 is just ahead of No. 2 Rockland (1.8327), while Western Mass. foes Easthampton (No. 5) and Hampshire Regional (No. 6) are also in the mix near the top.

Mahar is the only other local team in the Div. 4 landscape, and the Senators would be in the postseason right now if the season ended at No. 30 despite a 1-5 record.

In Division 5, Greenfield (3-4) is the highest-ranked local team at No. 26, while Franklin Tech (39) and Pioneer (41) are just on the outside looking in.

Athol (55) and Mohawk Trail (71) round out the Recorder area schools.

Granby is the No. 1-ranked team in D5 at the moment, followed by Hoosac Valley.

Girls soccer (five divisions)

Just one local team is aligned in Division 4, and Mahar sits at No. 20 in those first batch of rankings despite a 2-5-1 mark. Hamilton-Wenham Regional is the No. 1 seed to open the power ratings.

In Div. 5, Frontier (4-3-2) is in decent early shape for a postseason berth after being ranked No. 20. Greenfield (4-5-1) is No. 34, just two spots outside the top 32, while Pioneer (3-3) is close behind at No. 37.

Athol (51) and Franklin Tech (62) are the other area schools in the mix. Division 5 has 83 schools in total for girls soccer.

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