Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
Super Bowl weekend in my temporary home city, plus homework and a baseball preview, and I’m expected to do Top 20s? Unbelievable. Spots 1-12 are fairly easy right now, and even the others are beginning to sort themselves out. Two weeks to the state tournament deadline.
Check out the White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams.
Top 20 (records as available through 2/1/03)
1—Delbarton (12-3-1, 8-0 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 1
This Week: 2/3 vs. MB, 2/5 Cha
Green Wave squeaks out a 1-0 win over Seton Hall Prep and now turns to the local ‘rivalries.’
2—Don Bosco Prep (12-5-1, 7-3-1 Gordon) Last Week – 2
This Week: 2/6 @ BC, 2/8 vs. SPP
Ironmen post impressive victory over PDS to earn the No. 2 spot ahead of a big week.
3—Seton Hall Prep (10-6-1, 9-2 Gordon) Last Week – 3
This Week: 2/7 vs. SPP
Pirates have little to gain and a lot to lose in Saturday’s matchup.
4—CBA (8-7, 4-5 Gordon) Last Week – 4
This Week: 2/4 vs. SJMet, 2/6 vs. MidS, 2/8 @ Bri
Colts are back in action with a lot to prove.
5—St. John Vianney (11-4-1, 8-3 Gordon) Last Week – 5
This Week: 2/6 vs. SJMet
Saturday’s ugliness aside, Lancers remain ahead of BC until they meet again.
6—Bergen Catholic (9-4-2, 8-2-2 Gordon) Last Week – 6
This Week: 2/6 vs. DBP
Crusaders face a big one Friday if they’re going to finish ahead of DBP.
7—St. Peter’s Prep (16-1, 9-1 Central Red) Last Week – 7
This Week: 2/2 vs. Cli, 2/5 @ Bay, 2/7 @ SHP, 2/8 @ DBP
Marauders face a busy weekend against tough Gordon foes; can’t look past Central Red games.
8—Pope John (13-3, 9-0 Northern Red) Last Week – 8
This Week: 2/3 vs. Ran, 2/7 @ Ten
Lions won the games they were supposed to win in a tough week; still can’t beat SPP.
9—Bishop Eustace (12-2, 10-2 Southern Red) Last Week – 10
This Week: 2/4 @ Mclr, 2/6 @ RBC
Crusaders move into first after SA slip-ups; good scheduling to pick up Montclair.
10—St. Augustine Prep (14-1-2, 9-1-2 Southern Red) Last Week – 9
This Week: 2/6 vs. Msqn
When you have a weak non-league schedule, conference slip-ups must be punished.
11—West Essex (11-2-2, 5-1-2 Central Red) Last Week – 11
This Week: 2/4 @ BR, 2/6 @ Cli
Knights trying to catch Ridge in the Central Red playoff race.
12—Morris Knolls (11-4-1, 4-3-1 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 12
This Week: 2/4 Men, 2/6 Mtville, 2/7 vs. Para
Golden Eagles disappointing in Pope John loss, but still a top public.
13—Randolph (9-3-2, 6-2-1 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 15
This Week: 2/3 @ PJ, 2/7 vs. MB
Rams face two big games against private schools this week.
14—Red Bank Catholic (8-5-2, 6-3-2 Southern Red) Last Week – 20
This Week: 2/6 vs. BE
Moved up after second straight tie with SA; third in difficult Southern Red.
15—Middletown North (15-4, 11-2 Southern White) Last Week – 16
This Week: 2/4 @ PPB, 2/8 MidS
Does it get any better than Sunday’s rivalry game? Rarely.
16—Ridge (8-4-3, 7-3-2 Central Red) Last Week – 17
This Week: 2/4 @ Pin, 2/7 vs. Bay
Red Devils played SPP close but could drop to third in Central Red soon.
17—Montgomery (12-5-1, 8-4-1 Southern White) Last Week – 18
This Week: 2/7 @ Penn
Cougars biding time before late-season run-up to playoffs.
18—Rumson/Fair Haven (10-6-2, 7-3-2 Southern White) Last Week – 19
This Week: 2/2 vs. PPB
Bulldogs narrowly avoided upset in 2-1 win over Old Bridge but are not convincing.
19—Montclair (9-5-3, 5-5-2 Central Red) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/4 vs. BE, 2/7 vs. MKA
Mounties face a big week of non-league games with Bishop Eustace and rival MKA.
20—Montclair-Kimberley (13-4, 10-0 Central White) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/4 @ West, 2/7 @ Mclr
Cougars need to prove they’re for real after narrowly avoiding a letdown against Westfield.
Best of the Rest (ranks 21-32, alphabetically)
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