The Post-Gazette football rankings are out for this week.
The biggest quandary for this week was what to do with the Class AAAA state rankings. Two teams from Philadelphia - St. Joseph's Prep and La Salle College - that were ranked in the top five last week lost this week. But one lost to an out-of-state team that has a strong program and one lost to a top Class AA team.
So what do you do with St. Joseph's and La Salle College? St. Joe's was hammered by Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey, 42-0. Now, Don Bosco Prep is a perennial power, but Don Bosco was coming off a down year - and shouldn't St. Joe's have had a better showing than a 42-point loss?
Then there is La Salle College. It lost to Imhotep Charter, 40-28. True, Imhotep Charter is a top team in Class AA (ranked No. 2 in the P-G state rankings). But it's still Class AA. A top Class AAAA team shouldn't lose to any Class AA team and not drop in the rankings.
So we at the Post-Gazette decided to drop St. Joe's and La Salle College out of the rankings. Remember, we only do the top five. If we did a top 10, both would still be in the top 10.
Easton and Neshaminy are the new teams in the top five.
And if you want another opinion on the state rankings, the Pennsylvania Football News is out with its state rankings for this week.
Top swimmer makes U.S team
It's not often we talk about swimming on this blog, but this was definitely worth mentioning. Ambridge graduate Lindsay Vrooman, who is now a senior at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., has been named to the U.S. National Team. Only six swimmers in every event are on this team. Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin is one of the National Team members.
A big shoutout to Vrooman, who was the Big Ten Conference swimmer of the year this past season.
Bears on TV
If you would like to see the high school football team with the longest winning streak in the country, tune in PCN cable television Friday night at 7. That's when Clairton will play California in a game televised live. Clairton has won 65 in a row.