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The Top 10 was fairly easy to figure out, with Delbarton proving its top ranking with a 5-1 win on the road against St. John Vianney, but Nos. 11-20 were very difficult because almost every team has a reprehensible loss or a tie in the past two weeks.
Check out the White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams.
Top 20 (records as available through 1/25/03)
1—Delbarton (10-3-1, 8-0 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 1
This Week: 1/30 @ SHP
Green Wave proved they are for real with 5-1 dominance of SJV, face tough rematch with rival SHP.
2—Don Bosco Prep (11-5-1, 7-3-1 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 3
This Week: 1/30 @ PDS
Ironmen riding six-game unbeaten streak into serious contention; only NJ team to beat Delbarton.
3—Seton Hall Prep (9-4-1, 8-2 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 5
This Week: 1/26 vs. PDS, 1/30 vs. Del, 2/1 @ Bri
Pirates beat SJV 5-2 to reestablish themselves near the top of the polls.
4—CBA (8-4, 4-4 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 4
This Week: suspended
5—St. John Vianney (10-4-1, 7-3 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 2
This Week: 1/28 vs. BC, 1/30 vs. HC
Lancers need to rebound in a big Wednesday matchup to position themselves for Gordon Cup seeding.
6—Bergen Catholic (8-4-2, 7-2-2 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 6
This Week: 1/28 @ SJV
Crusaders rebounded from three game Gordon winless streak with wins over SJMet and Bri.
7—St. Peter’s Prep (13-1, 7-1 Central Red) Last Week – 7
This Week: 1/26 vs. PJ, 1/30 vs. Mclr, 1/31 @ Rid
Marauders face a huge week with No. 8 PJ before two key Central Red contests.
8—Pope John (11-2, 8-0 Northern Red) Last Week – 8
This Week: 1/26 @ SPP, 1/28 @ MalP, 1/29 vs. MK, 2/1 @ SJMont
Lions face a difficult four-game week mostly unrelated to divisional play.
9—St. Augustine Prep (14-1-1, 9-1-1 Southern Red) Last Week – 10
This Week: 1/26 @ TRE, 1/30 vs. RBC
Despite RBC tie, Hermits nearing Southern Red title if they can win out.
10—Bishop Eustace (11-2, 9-2 Southern Red) Last Week – 11
This Week: 1/28 vs. RBC, 1/30 vs. SB
Crusaders no longer control Southern Red destiny, but can put pressure on with two more wins.
11—West Essex (10-2-2, 4-1-2 Central Red) Last Week – 13
This Week: 1/31 @ Ber
Landmark win over Brick allows Knights to relax this week with only one game.
12—Morris Knolls (10-3-1, 3-3-1 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 9
This Week: 1/27 Ran, 1/31 WMC, 1/29 @ PJ
Rough four-game week is just the beginning, as Golden Eagles continue to face a busy schedule.
13—Hudson Catholic (3-7-1, 3-6-1 Gordon Conference) Last Week – 12
This Week: 1/26 vs. SM, 1/28 @ SJMet, 1/30 @ SJV
Hawks face a crucial Wednesday game with Gordon Cup playoff ramifications.
14—Morristown-Beard (7-1-2, 6-1-2 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/26 @ SJMet, 1/27 vs. MKA, 1/29 vs. PC
Crimson make their debut after a huge 5-3 win over Knolls; one loss in a tough division, but a lot to prove.
15—Randolph (8-3-2, 5-2-1 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 15
This Week: 1/27 MK, 1/31 vs. Pin
Despite unimpressive wins, Rams have been able to avoid bad losses.
16—Middletown North (14-4, 11-2 Southern White) Last Week – 19
This Week: 1/30 @ PkV, 2/1 vs. TRS
TRN loss forgotten after 5-1 win over Montgomery; GREAT scheduling to pick up PkV game.
17—Ridge (7-3-3, 6-2-2 Central Red) Last Week – 14
This Week: 1/30 @ BR, 1/31 vs. SPP
Red Devils tied White Division Cranford 2-2 and need a win to stay in the Top 20.
18—Montgomery (12-5-1, 8-4-1 Southern White) Last Week – 16
This Week: idle
5-1 loss to Middletown North likely condemned Cougars to third place.
19—Rumson/Fair Haven (9-6-2, 6-3-2 Southern White) Last Week – 18
This Week: 1/26 vs. Wall, 1/29 @ OB
Montgomery loss was disappointing, but ’Dawgs should still earn a first-round bye.
20—Red Bank Catholic (8-5-1, 6-3-1 Southern Red) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/28 @ BE, 1/30 @ SA
After 4-4 tie with St. Augustine, Caseys have chance to play spoiler twice this week.
Best of the Rest (ranks 21-32, alphabetically)
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