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There’s no way to win with this Top 20. Delbarton and CBA are the only main contenders who have not lost in the last two weeks, so they remain at the top of the rankings. State tournament deadline is past, and 18 private schools and 43 public schools qualified, pending the result of the Old Tappan-Ridgewood dispute and the awarding of at-large bids.
Check out the White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams.
Top 20 (records as available through 2/15/03)
1—Delbarton (14-3-4, 10-0-2 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 1
This Week: 2/17 @ PJ, 2/19 Ran
I’m going to take a lot of heat for this, but it’s hard to drop a team that hasn’t lost since December.
2—CBA (12-7-1, 7-5-1 Gordon) Last Week – 6
This Week: 2/16 @ SHP, 2/18 vs. TRN
Colts look back in form after one-goal wins over St. John, Don Bosco.
3—Don Bosco Prep (14-6-1, 8-4-1 Gordon) Last Week – 2
This Week: 2/16 @ BC
Ironmen can wrap up third seed with win Monday against BC.
4—St. Peter’s Prep (21-2, 13-1 Central Red) Last Week – 3
This Week: McInnis Cup playoffs
Marauders breezed to Central Red title and should have little trouble in conference tournament.
5—Seton Hall Prep (13-7-1, 11-2 Gordon) Last Week – 4
This Week: 2/16 vs. CBA
Pirates win another Gordon regular-season title despite dropping to fifth.
6—St. John Vianney (14-5-1, 10-4 Gordon) Last Week – 5
This Week: 2/20 @ RBC
Lancers can wrap up Shore A title Friday (thanks to January CBA forfeit).
7—Bergen Catholic (9-5-3, 8-3-2 Gordon) Last Week – 7
This Week: 2/16 vs. DBP, 2/17 vs. SetC, 2/20 vs. FP
Crusaders have busy week in preparation for Gordon Cup playoffs.
8—Pope John (17-4, 12-0 Northern Red) Last Week – 8
This Week: 2/17 vs. Del
Lions continue to win games they should win.
9—St. Augustine Prep (17-1-2, 11-1-2 Southern Red) Last Week – 10
This Week: Handchen Cup playoffs
Hermits win division title after RBC spoils Bishop Eustace’s shot.
10—Bishop Eustace (14-2-1, 11-2-1 Southern Red) Last Week – 9
This Week: Handchen Cup playoffs
Crusaders hoping for Handchen Cup final rematch with St. Augustine.
11—Ridge (12-4-3, 9-3-2 Central Red) Last Week – 13
This Week: 2/21 Ran
Red Devils finish second in extremely competitive Central Red.
12—Morristown-Beard (10-3-5, 7-2-4 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 18
This Week: 2/18 @ PDS (Prep B Final)
Give credit where credit’s due (and watch the PDS game closely).
13—Morris Knolls (13-6-2, 6-5-1 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 16
This Week: 2/18 Mtville, 2/21 WE
Only Sunday’s 4-3 win over Randolph keeps the Golden Eagles this high.
14—Randolph (11-4-3, 7-3-2 MCSSIHL Mennen) Last Week – 11
This Week: 2/19 Del, 2/21 @ Rid
It’s impossible to separate these three Mennen Division foes.
15—West Essex (12-4-3, 5-3-3 Central Red) Last Week – 14
This Week: 2/16 vs. Bay, 2/20 vs. Cli, TBA @ Cli
Knights should claim third spot in Central Red.
16—Red Bank Catholic (8-7-3, 6-5-3 Southern Red) Last Week – 12
This Week: 2/20 vs. SJV
There is no joy in Mudville after the Caseys struck out in 4-2 loss to TRN.
17—Toms River South (16-5, 11-3 Southern White) Last Week – NR
This Week: Dowd Cup playffs
Indians beat Middletown North on last day of regular season for top Southern White ranking.
18—Middletown North (17-5, 11-3 Southern White) Last Week – 15
This Week: 2/16 @ HC
Lions blew division title in last game but can make up for it in playoffs.
19—Montgomery (15-5-1, 9-4-1 Southern White) Last Week – 19
This Week: 2/16 vs. SB, 2/18 @ SJMet
Cougars locked up third seed in Dowd Cup playoffs.
20—Rumson/Fair Haven (12-7-2, 7-4-2 Southern White) Last Week – 20
This Week: 2/16 vs. Wall
Bulldogs go after first-round home game Monday against Wall.
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