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Break up the Southern White! Montgomery, Rumson/Fair Haven, and Middletown North all pulled off victories over Southern Red competition in the last two days, clambering onto the bottom of the ladder. Other big results were had this week by St. Peter’s Prep, Mountain Lakes, and Paramus Catholic. This is probably the most wide-open season since Hudson Catholic’s championship season of 1999-2000, and even that year the parity was only among the top teams.
Check out the White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams.
Top 20 (records as available through 1/5/03)
1 — Seton Hall Prep (4-2-1, 4-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/7 @ BC, 1/9 @ Del
Pirates defend top ranking in consecutive tough road tests.
2 — CBA (7-1, 3-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/7 vs. DBP, 1/9 SJV
Colts were 3-0 at Maine HS Hockey Invitational, return to Gordon play this week.
3 — St. Peter’s Prep (10-0, 4-0 Central Red)
This Week: 1/9 vs. BR
Marauders earned high placement with 3-1 win over then-No. 2 BC; should run January table.
4 — Bergen Catholic (5-3, 5-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/7 vs. SHP, 1/9 vs. LaS-PA
Crusaders are 1-3 in their last four games after losing just once last year.
5 — St. John Vianney (7-2, 4-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/7 @ SJMet, 1/9 CBA, 1/11 @ Bri
Lancers earned revenge with 4-1 win over DBP, face busy week with Gordon and Shore A clashes.
6 — Don Bosco Prep (6-4, 3-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/7 @ CBA, 1/9 @ PJ, 1/11 @ HC
Ironmen were impressive in runner-up performance in New Hampshire tourney; tough road games this week.
7 — Delbarton (5-3-1, 5-0 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 1/9 vs. SHP
Green Wave still have not beaten a non-league foe; Friday night rivalry clash is proving ground.
8 — St. Augustine Prep (9-0, 5-0 Southern Red)
This Week: 1/7 @ BE, 1/9 vs. MidS
Hermits won Lawrence Tournament and have beaten BM three times already; Wednesday BE test is big.
9 — Pope John (8-1, 6-0 Northern Red)
This Week: 1/6 vs. SJMont, 1/9 vs. DBP
Lions finally get first Gordon test in a big one Friday.
10 — Morris Knolls (5-1, 0-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 1/8 Ran, 1/10 Rox
Golden Eagles finally get to face some competition with must-see Randolph clash Thursday.
11 — Bishop Eustace (4-1, 4-1 Southern Red)
This Week: 1/7 vs. SA, 1/9 vs. RFH, 1/11 vs. MidN
Crusaders face fellow Southern Red pariah St. Augustine Wednesday before no-win games Friday & Sunday.
12 — Hudson Catholic (2-5, 2-4 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/9 vs. Bri, 1/11 vs. DBP
Hawks have best chance at back-to-back wins with Gordon home games.
13 — Ridge (5-3, 5-2 Central Red)
This Week: 1/9 @ Cli, 1/10 vs. Mclr, 1/12 @ WWPN
Red Devils lost close 3-2 encounter to No. 3 SPP Friday, face a huge four-day stretch of public-school contests.
14 — Notre Dame (5-2, 5-0 CVC Colonial)
This Week: 1/7 vs. Penn
Irish badly need to pick up a North Jersey game. DBP, SJMet, PC, MKA have schedule room.
15 — Montclair (5-2-2, 2-2-1 Central Red)
This Week: 1/7 vs. Bay, 1/10 @ Rid
Mounties need some offense but haven’t lost since Dec. 16.
16 — Middletown North (10-1, 8-1 Southern White)
This Week: 1/8 @ TRS, 1/11 vs. BE
Lions were No. 20 until I saw they beat BM 8-4. Wow. Southern White is on fire.
17 — Randolph (5-2-2, 3-1-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 1/8 MK
Rams are so fast at forward and yet simultaneously so inept around the net. Great team play is a constant.
18 — West Essex (6-2-2, 2-1-2 Central Red)
This Week: 1/8 @ Bay
While I’ve been trying to figure out their 9-0 loss to MK, Knights have started to put it together.
19 — Montgomery (8-3, 5-3 Southern White)
This Week: 1/6 vs. SA
Cougars face No. 9 SA tomorrow in their biggest test to date. 3-0 win over MidS their claim to fame.
20 — Rumson/Fair Haven (7-4-1, 4-2-1 Southern White)
This Week: 1/9 @ BE
Bulldogs benefit from big-time scheduling, pulling off 1-0 upset of RBC Monday night.
Best of the Rest (ranks 21-32, alphabetically)
Red Bank Catholic
St. Joseph’s Metuchen
Toms River East
Toms River South