Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
This is the only ranking for the bottom half of New Jersey high school ice hockey. To make it organized, I have chosen to rank the White and Blue Division of the NJIHL, the Haas and Charette Divisions of the MCSSIHL, the Valley and Patriot Divisions of the CVC, and the three public-school independents (Vernon, Point Pleasant Boro, and Red Bank Regional). This comes to 59 teams, more than half of New Jersey’s total. There is hardly enough interregional play to put together these rankings, but I’ve done my best.
White/Blue Top 20 (records as available through 2/1/04)
1—Middletown North (15-4, 11-2 Southern White) Last Week – 1
This Week: 2/4 @ PPB, 2/8 MidS
Clutch 5-2 win against Pascack Valley keeps Lions atop the charts.
2—Montgomery (12-5-1, 8-4-1 Southern White) Last Week – 2
This Week: 2/7 @ Penn
One game in two weeks for the Cougars before the home stretch.
3—Rumson/Fair Haven (10-6-2, 7-3-2 Southern White) Last Week – 3
This Week: 2/2 vs. PPB
Bulldogs also have an easy week before completing division schedule.
4—Montclair-Kimberley (13-4, 10-0 Central White) Last Week – 6
This Week: 2/4 @ West, 2/7 @ Mclr
These Cougars move up after huge 4-2 win over Morristown-Beard.
5—Mountain Lakes (10-0-5, 9-0-1 MCSSIHL Charette) Last Week – 4
This Week: 2/2 Reg, 2/7 Peq
Lakers still have four decent tests left but could finish the regular season unbeaten.
6—Monsignor Donovan (8-6-2, 5-5-2 Southern White) Last Week – 7
This Week: 2/3 vs. Wall
Griffins knocked off TRS and are unbeaten in four division games.
7—Toms River South (11-5, 7-3 Southern White) Last Week – 5
This Week: 2/2 vs. Msqn, 2/5 vs. OB
Indians still have a shot at the division title if they win out.
8—Fair Lawn (11-4-2, 6-1-2 Northern White) Last Week – 8
This Week: 2/8 @ WM
Cutters cruise into a big matchup with West Milford Sunday.
9—Cranford (7-6-1, 6-1 Central White) Last Week – 9
This Week: 2/2 vs. John, 2/3 @ Sum, 2/6 @ HC
Cougars must win division games before facing Hudson Catholic Friday.
10—Pascack Valley (13-2, 9-1 Northern White) Last Week – 10
This Week: (2/1 vs. Rmpo), 2/3 @ WM, 2/8 Lak
Indians get nothing but props for scheduling and losing to Middletown North.
11—West Milford (11-4-3, 6-2-1 Northern White) Last Week – 12
This Week: 2/3 vs. PkV, 2/8 vs. FL
Highlanders get their chance to prove they belong at the top of the Southern White.
12—Old Bridge (4-10-1, 2-8-1 Southern White) Last Week – 13
This Week: 2/5 @ TRS
Knights still have the potential to pull some upsets.
13—Vernon (9-4-1 independent) Last Week – 16
This Week: 2/6 @ Mill, 2/7 MH
Vikings will get some more tests this week to earn such a high ranking.
14—Jefferson (13-3, 8-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 17
This Week: 2/2 MH, 2/3 MH (Sky)
Only bad losses to Vernon; chance to put up or shut up against MoHills this week.
15—Parsippany Hills (8-6, 8-4 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 11
This Week: idle
Vikings lost to Jefferson but are still favored to finish second.
16—Princeton (8-8-1, 6-3 CVC Valley) Last Week – 15
This Week: 2/6 WWPN
After respectable loss in Titans Cup final, Little Tigers need to lock up a state spot.
17—West Orange (13-2-1, 9-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 18
This Week: 2/2 vs. Day
Mountaineers still have a difficult road to the top seed in the division.
18—Millburn (15-1-1, 11-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 19
This Week: 2/2 @ Liv, 2/6 vs. Vern, 2/8 @ GL
Millers need to finish out the Central Blue to keep the pressure on West Orange.
19—Morris Hills (7-5-1, 5-2-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 20
This Week: 2/2 Jef, 2/3 Jef (Sky), 2/7 @ Vern
Big week for the Scarlet Knights, with two huge league games and a good Vernon matchup.
20—Ramsey (9-5-4, 6-3 Northern Blue) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/6 vs. Hac
Hard to pick out of a crowd, but the Rams are second in the NBIL and should finish in the top half.