The Independents are always in the mix.
Last year, Cushing finished as Elite 8 runner-up after a dominant season. Brunswick made it to the Elite 8 as well, Dexter Southfield and Northfield Mount Hermon reached the Large School tournament and Frederick Gunn earned a Small School tournament berth.
This season figures to be no different. Cushing is primed for another powerhouse season, while Brunswick is sure to be in title contention once again. Meanwhile, NMH, Frederick Gunn and Dexter have their sights set even higher this season. There will be plenty of tough outs along the way in the NEPSIHA, though.
Here's a breakdown of how the Independents stack up this winter: