Maine South has won the CSL 20 times in the last 21 years. The Hawks are one again the favorites in the South Division, while Deerfield and Vernon Hills enter the season as the top contenders in the North Division.

Maine South has been the class of the Central Suburban League, while Deerfield has emerged as a postseason contender in the CSL's North Division.

Maine South is typically the first program to come to mind when discussing the Central Suburban League, but it was Deerfield that put together a state semifinal run last season.