Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
Well Delbarton and CBA didn’t do me any favors, so you can all but take your pick of the top teams. Nobody has earned the right to be ranked first at this point, since Delbarton has not played enough tough opposition, Seton Hall Prep lost to Delbarton, and Bergen Catholic lost twice to Seton Hall. But somebody has to be No. 1.
Check out the White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams.
Top 20 (records as available through 1/11/03)
1 — CBA (8-2, 4-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: suspended
Oh, controversy reigns. Until somebody else proves themselves as the No. 1 team in more than just one game…
2 — Delbarton (6-3-1, 5-0 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 1/16 vs. PDS, 1/17 MK
Two wins next week would probably cement the No. 1 spot after the Green Wave completely outplayed SHP Friday.
3 — Seton Hall Prep (5-3-1, 5-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/12 vs. DBP, 1/14 @ SJMet, 1/16 @ HC
Busy Gordon Conference week for the Pirates with three winnable games.
4 — St. Peter’s Prep (11-0, 5-0 Central Red)
This Week: 1/16 vs. Bay, 1/17 @ WE
Marauders continue to cruise through their Central Red schedule and await tougher opponents.
5 — Bergen Catholic (6-4, 5-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/16 @ DBP
Struggling Crusaders can focus on road trip against hungry Don Bosco.
6 — St. John Vianney (10-2, 7-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/16 vs. MidS
Record appears a bit gaudy after CBA forfeit, but the Lancers are for real and can prove it next week.
7 — Don Bosco Prep (8-5, 4-3 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/12 @ SHP, 1/16 vs. BC
Ironmen still trying to beat one of the top three in their race with St. John.
8 — Pope John (9-2, 7-0 Northern Red)
This Week: 1/12 @ SJMet, 1/16 vs. Para
Lions go after their first Gordon scalp today against St. Joe’s.
9 — Morris Knolls (7-1, 2-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 1/13 Cha, 1/17 Del
Golden Eagles earned a big win for the program against local foe Randolph; now a rematch with Delbarton.
10 — Bishop Eustace (7-1, 5-1 Southern Red)
This Week: 1/14 vs. TRE, 1/16 @ SA, 1/18 @ BM
Crusaders earned division lead with 2-0 win over SA, now try to keep winning.
11 — St. Augustine Prep (11-1, 6-1 Southern Red)
This Week: 1/15 @ TRN, 1/16 vs. BE
Hermits suffered first loss but have a quick chance for revenge Friday.
12 — Ridge (6-3-1, 6-2-1 Central Red)
This Week: 1/12 @ WWPN, 1/17 vs. Ber
Red Devils get a much-needed non-league contest (they still have several spots available).
13 — Montclair (6-2-3, 3-2-2 Central Red)
This Week: 1/14 vs. Cli, 1/16 @ BR
Mounties should breeze through a two-game Central Red week.
14 — Hudson Catholic (2-6-1, 2-5-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/14 @ CBA, 1/16 vs. SHP
4-4 tie with Brick was a bit disappointing, but the Hawks are still very tough night in and night out.
15 — Middletown North (11-2, 9-1 Southern White)
This Week: 1/13 vs. RBR, 1/18 vs. RFH
Lions face an early tune-up before a Sunday showdown with Rumson.
16 — Randolph (5-3-2, 3-2-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 1/12 Mtville, 1/17 Rox
Rams have a pair of easy games to try and find their scoring touch.
17 — Montgomery (8-4, 5-3 Southern White)
This Week: 1/13 vs. TRS, 1/16 @ Wall, 1/18 @ Msqn
Cougars stay ranked after one-goal loss to St. Augustine Prep.
18 — Notre Dame (5-3, 5-0 CVC Colonial)
This Week: 1/14 WWPS, 1/16 vs. SB
Stop losing to Pennington and schedule some Northern teams. Please.
19 — West Essex (7-2-2, 3-1-2 Central Red)
This Week: 1/17 vs. SPP
Knights have a week to rest up for Sunday clash with St. Peter’s Prep.
20 — Rumson/Fair Haven (7-5-1, 4-2-1 Southern White)
This Week: 1/12 vs. OB, 1/14 @ MD, 1/18 vs. MidN
Bulldogs can prove themselves this week, but this is a much-disputed spot.
Best of the Rest (ranks 21-32, alphabetically)
Red Bank Catholic
St. Joseph’s Metuchen
Toms River South