Coach: Steven Nichols
Outlook: The Eagles are regarded as one of the best in the nation with Division I-caliber players spread throughout the field. McDonogh has nine returning starters.
Coach: Jon Seal
Last season: 17-2-3, No. 1
Postseason: MIAA A Conference champion
Outlook: The Greyhounds are among the top 40 teams in several national polls.
3. Mount St. Joseph
Coach: Mike St. Martin
Last season: 13-4-2, No. 8
Postseason: MIAA A Conference semifinalist
Outlook: The Gaels return six starters after battling injuries last season. The upside is that St. Martin was able to give some of his younger players valuable playing time.
Coach: Paul Linkins
Last season: 15-3-1, No. 3
Postseason: Class 3A state champion
Outlook: The Gators are determined to build on last season's state title, and they have the talent to defend their crown in what will be a deep Howard County league schedule.