Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
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.
Past Polls: Dec. 15