Lenox Coach: Dick Salinetti (11th year)
Last year: 15-1
Key returnees: Kris Vahle, Sr.; Cam, Sibley, Sr.; Ben Epstein, Jr.; Kevin Coakley, So.
The Millionaires have a lot to live up to from 2012. They were undefeated in Berkshire County, won the South Division crown, placed second in the Western Mass. Division III tournament and 12th at states.
That's the type of season that can overwhelm opponents, but it won't be easy for Lenox to duplicate that kind of success this season.
Four of last season's loaded starting five are gone, including Tom Villetto. Vahle -- who should challenge the county's other top players for the top spot -- is the lone starter back, which means the other four players will need to learn quickly for Lenox to keep pace in a tight division.
Fortunately, there's a handful that saw some playing time in 2012. Sibley, Epstein and Coakley all spent time in the top five last season, so while the core of the team is inexperienced, it has some knowledge to draw upon. That will be huge in the early part of the season. Salinetti said the group should improve as the season progresses.
That still leaves one spot free in the top five. Newcomers Zach Lavesque (Jr.), Lucy Schwartz (So.) and Noah Hunter (8th) may see some time in that fifth slot.