Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
I gave in this week and ranked Delbarton No. 1 despite the cancellation of its Friday game with PDS. The decision was made easier by St. John Vianney’s 4-4 tie with Middletown South, but I still had to rank the Lancers second ahead of Don Bosco Prep based on more consistent Gordon Conference play. From there, comparative results are relatively simple until you reach the Central Red teams. West Essex’s win over St. Peter’s Prep, Montclair’s losses to Clifton and Bridgewater-Raritan, and Ridge’s tie with Bernards all shook things up.
Check out the White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams.
Top 20 (records as available through 1/18/03)
1—Delbarton (7-3-1, 6-0 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 2
This Week: 1/19 Mtville, 1/22 Cha, 1/23 @ SJV
Green Wave had PDS test cancelled but still take over after others slip up.
2—St. John Vianney (10-2-1, 7-2 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 6
This Week: 1/19 @ SHP, 1/23 vs. Del
Underrated last week, Lancers move up to No. 2 despite 4-4 tie with Middletown South.
3—Don Bosco Prep (9-5-1, 5-3-1 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 7
This Week: 1/19 vs. HC, 1/23 vs. SJMet
Ironmen beat SHP, tied BC, and now must avoid a letdown.
4—CBA (8-3, 4-3 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 1
This Week: suspended
5—Seton Hall Prep (6-4-1, 6-2 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 3
This Week: 1/19 vs. SJV, 1/24 @ LaS-PA
Pirates lost second straight before beating St. Joe’s; huge SJV clash today.
6—Bergen Catholic (6-4-2, 5-2-2 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 5
This Week: 1/21 @ SJMet, 1/25 @ Bri
Crusaders should get back on track with relatively easy two-game week.
7—St. Peter’s Prep (12-1, 6-1 Central Red) Last Week – 4
This Week: 1/23 @ BR, 1/26 vs. PJ
Even first loss can’t knock Marauders down too far; they need two wins this week though.
8—Pope John (10-2, 8-0 Northern Red) Last Week – 7
This Week: 1/20 vs. Rox
Lions have light week before tough non-league tests in the final week of January.
9—Morris Knolls (8-2, 3-2 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 9
This Week: 1/20 vs. MB, 1/21 @ WWPS, 1/23 vs. WWPN, 1/24 Cha
Golden Eagles taking advantage of the make-up rule that allows one four-game week per season.
10—St. Augustine Prep (12-1, 7-1 Southern Red) Last Week – 11
This Week: 1/20 @ RBC, 1/21 @ SB, 1/23 vs. TRE
Hermits avenged only loss with 3-1 win over Bishop Eustace.
11—Bishop Eustace (9-2, 7-2 Southern Red) Last Week – 10
This Week: 1/18 @ BM, 1/20 @ TRN, 1/23 vs. MidS
Crusaders flip-flop after SA loss but are still strong in Southern Red.
12—Hudson Catholic (3-6-1, 3-5-1 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 14
This Week: 1/19 @ DBP
Hawks can pour their energy into Monday’s clash with a week of rest ahead.
13—West Essex (8-2-2, 4-1-2 Central Red) Last Week – 19
This Week: 1/19 @ WWPN, 1/23 vs. Bri
Knights riding high after win over SPP, face big-time game Friday against Brick Township.
14—Ridge (7-3-2, 6-2-2 Central Red) Last Week – 12
This Week: 1/24 vs. Cra
Red Devils have light week, facing only old Central White foe Cranford.
15—Randolph (7-3-2, 5-2-1 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 16
This Week: 1/19 vs. WWPS
Rams not impressive in 5-3 win over Roxbury, but still a top public team.
16—Montgomery (9-4-1, 6-3-1 Central White) Last Week – 17
This Week: 1/19 @ RFH, 1/20 vs. Ste, 1/23 vs. OB, 1/25 @ MidN
Cougars move up as top Southern White team despite disappointing 3-3 tie with Wall.
17—Bridgewater-Raritan (6-6-1, 4-3-1 Central Red) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/22 @ Bay, 1/23 vs. SPP
Inconsistent Panthers make the rankings after 2-0 win over Montclair.
18—Rumson/Fair Haven (9-5-2, 6-2-2 Southern White) Last Week – 20
This Week: 1/19 vs. Mtgry, 1/26 vs. Wall
Bulldogs score second 3-2 win over Middletown North, face huge Mtgry clash today.
19—Middletown North (12-3, 9-2 Southern White) Last Week – 15
This Week: 1/19 @ TRN, 1/23 @ Wall, 1/25 vs. Mtgry
Lions have a lot to lose this week, but beating Montgomery would near a division title.
20—Middletown South (6-5-1, 4-4 Southern Red) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/23 @ BE, 1/25 vs. BM
Crosstown Eagles move up after 4-4 tie with St. John Vianney.
Best of the Rest (ranks 21-32, alphabetically)
Red Bank Catholic
Toms River East
Toms River South
St. Joseph’s Metuchen