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12.22.02 Sunday

There’s a lot more to go on this week than last, but there’s also a lot of confusion, especially thanks to Jekyll & Hyde teams like Brick and Toms River North. As a whole, Morris County and the CVC appear to be better than usual, relative to the NJIHL.


Top 20 (records as available through 12/20/02)

  1 — Bergen Catholic (5-0, 3-0 Gordon Conference)

            Outscored Gordon Conference foes 21-4.

  2 — Delbarton (5-0, 4-0 MCSSIHL Mennen)

            40-1-2 against NJSIAA opposition in last three seasons.

  3 — Seton Hall Prep (4-2, 3-2 Gordon Conference)

            Played Bergen close, edged St. John.

  4 — Hudson Catholic (3-1-1, 2-1-1 Gordon Conference)

            Impressive 4-0 shutout of CBA.

  5 — CBA (4-2, 3-2 Gordon Conference)

            Win against SHP the highlight so far.

  6 — St. John Vianney (2-3, 2-3 Gordon Conference)

            Avenged St. Joseph’s loss with 4-2 win Friday.

  7 — Brick Township (1-1-2, 1-1-1 Gordon Conference)

            Very unconvincing, especially in 1-1 tie against TRN.

  8 — St. Joseph’s Metuchen (1-4, 1-4 Gordon Conference)

            Split season series with St. John.

  9 — Bishop Eustace (1-2-2, 0-2-2 Gordon Conference)

            Somebody figure out this team, they get blown out by CBA and SHP.

10 — Randolph (4-1, 3-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)

            Truly explosive offensive will be tested in Montclair ‘tournament’.

11 — Pope John (5-0-1, 4-0-1 Northern Red)

            Weak non-league schedule means they will be judged within division.

12 — Hopewell Valley (6-1, 5-1 CVC Valley)

            Only beat Bayonne 4-3, but give‘em the edge as the top CVC squad…

13 — West Windsor/Plainsboro North (4-1-1, 4-1-1 CVC Valley)

            …keeping these guys in mind.

14 — Morris Knolls (4-1, 1-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)

            Haven’t beaten anyone yet, but finally managed to win the Cron title.

15 — Montclair (3-1-1, 3-1-1 Central Red)

            Nipping at St. Peter’s heels despite earlier 2-0 loss.

16 — Don Bosco Prep (3-0-1, 3-0-1 Northern Red)

            Paramus win their first big game of the season.

17 — Paramus (4-2-1, 4-2-1 Northern Red)

            They know how to beat public schools, but Bosco handled them.

18 — St. Augustine (3-2, 2-1 Southern Red)

            If you have the Southern Red figured out, give me a call.

19 — Toms River North (3-1-3, 2-1-1 Southern Red)

            Tied Brick — Great! Now take care of business in your division.

20 — Hightstown (5-1, 5-1 CVC Valley)

            Nice win over Notre Dame, but that eight-spot to HoVal is troubling.


Best of the Rest (ranks 21-35, alphabetically)

Bridgewater-Raritan — More skillful up front than several division foes.

Clifton — Down year for the Central Red? Rough loss to WWPS.

Middletown South — Lost to CBA by one; crushed RBC 7-0.

Morristown-Beard — Underwhelming, but they beat teams they should beat.

Notre Dame — Not impressive so far, but played well against Steinert.

Ramapo — Wins over Pascack Valley and Fair Lawn…Mackay tourney is big.

Ridge — I hate ranking White Division teams, but they belong in the Red.

Roxbury — They’ll eventually reap the benefits of a tough schedule.

St. Joseph Mont.—Poor Cron Tournament, but a long way to go in North Red.

St. Peter’s Prep — I can’t drop them out entirely, but a couple bad losses.

Steinert — Could surprise the Valley Division trio when they meet.

Tenafly — May not face a serious test until 2003, but they’re impressive so far.

Toms River East — Tied both TRN and TRS. Say what?

West Essex — Big win over St. Peter’s Prep.

WWPS — Big win for the whole conference over Clifton.


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