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Carmody vs. Simmons highlights big games ...... new state boys rankings

Written by Mike White on .

The teams make Tuesday night's Mars at Moon game a big contest. I'll spare you the line of "this game is out of this world." But Mars is ranked No. 2 in the Post-Gazette WPIAL 5A rankings and Moon No. 4.

But it's also two players that make this one of the best games of the WPIAL season so far. Robby Carmody and Jarrod Simmons go head to head.

Carmody (pictured to the left) is Mars' talented 6-foot-4 junior guard who has a number of scholarship offers from Division I colleges, including Pitt, Duquesne, Penn State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State and Syracuse, among others. Simmons is Moon's 6-foot-7 forward who is playing his first season for the Tigers. He grew up in Moon, but went to a prep school the first three years of high school.

Simmons will most likely choose between Pennsylvania and Princeton.

It's unlikely the two will guard each other, but you never know. The way Carmody goes to the basket, you can bet he will run into Simmons a few times.

Carmody averages 24 points and had a monster game Friday against Montour with 42 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks. Don't look for the big scoring night again. Montour plays a style that can let other teams score plenty. Moon coach Adam Kaufman would probably like to control tempo a little more. 

Will Mars have anyone inside to contain Simmons? That's a big question. Simmons (pictured to the right) averages a double-double at 17 points and 13 rebounds. I'm having trouble picking a winner in this one. But if you make me pick, I'll go Mars.

This should be an interesting one. I would expect a big crowd, even though it is only a Tuesday. 

Looking ahead, there could be another mighty big game Friday with Pine-Richland playing at North Hills. Pine-Richland is undefeated at 10-0 and North Hills is 9-1, the best start for North Hills in many decades. The two teams are tied for first in Section 1 of 6A. They both play games Tuesday night against opponents that can be pesky (Shaler and Seneca Valley). 

The Pine-Richland-North Hills game features another interesting matchup of players. North Hills' Nick Smith and Pine-Richland's Andrew Petcash are two of the best guards in the WPIAL. But in games like Carmody-Simmons and Smith-Petcash, it is often the "other" players, the role players who decide it.

I'll be at both big games. Follow @mwhiteburgh on Twitter for live updates.

State rankings

The newest batch of state rankings for boys basketball is in. Speaking of Pine-Richland, the Rams are ranked No. 6 in 6A. Penn Hills dropped out of the top 10 after being upset by Central Catholic Saturday.

The WPIAL is well-represented in Class 2A, with five teams ranked in the top 10. They are Greensburg Central Catholic (No. 3), Sewickley Academy (5), Bishop Canevin (6), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (7) and Laurel (8).

The rankings are compiled by Mike Bullock and www.cityofbasketballlove.com

(records through games of Jan. 8/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

CLASS 6A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. William Allen (11) 11-0 1
2. Reading (3) 10-2 3
3. Roman Catholic (12) 11-1 5
4. Archbishop Ryan (12) 10-1 2
5. Emmaus (11) 9-1 7
6. Pine-Richland (7) 10-0 6
7. Abington (1) 9-3 9
8. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 9-2 4
9. Father Judge (12) 9-3 OW
10. Downingtown East (1) 10-0 10

Checked in: No. 9 Father Judge.

Checked out: No. 8 Penn Hills.

Others to watch: Butler (7, 7-4), Carlisle (3, 8-2), Central Dauphin East (3, 7-3), Cheltenham (1, 6-3), Coatesville (1, 8-3), Conestoga (1, 9-1), Council Rock South (1, 8-2), Dallastown (3, 8-3), Fox Chapel (7, 10-1), Harrisburg (3, 8-2), Hatboro-Horsham (1, 6-4), Hazleton (2, 6-2), La Salle College (12, 7-4), Latrobe (7, 9-1), North Hills (7, 9-1), North Penn (1, 9-3), Penn Hills (7, 9-1), Pennsbury (1, 7-4), Perkiomen Valley (1, 9-2), Peters Twp. (7, 10-2), Pocono Mountain West (11, 8-2), St. Joseph's Prep (12, 7-3), State College (6, 7-3), Williamsport (4, 7-4), Woodland Hills (7, 7-3).

CLASS 5A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Archbishop Wood (12) 8-3 1
2. Bangor (11) 9-0 2
3. Abington Heights (2) 10-1 3
4. Archbishop Carroll (12) 9-3 4
5. Northeastern (3) 12-0 5
6. Whitehall (11) 9-2 6
7. Bonner-Prendergast (12) 11-1 7
8. Chester (1) 6-2 8
9. Meadville (10) 10-0 9
10. Penncrest (1) 9-2 10

Checked in: None.

Checked out: None.

Others to watch: Academy Park (1, 4-3), Allentown Central Catholic (11, 7-4), Bayard Rustin (1, 6-4), Bishop Shanahan (1, 6-5), Blue Mountain (11, 7-2), Cathedral Prep (10, 5-4), Chartiers Valley (7, 7-1), Hampton (7, 7-5), Highlands (7, 6-5), Hollidaysburg (6, 7-4), Holy Ghost Prep (1, 6-3), Manheim Central (3, 9-0), Mars (7, 8-2), Martin Luther King (12, 8-4), Mastery Charter North (12, 12-0), Mechanicsburg (3, 9-2), Milton Hershey (3, 6-2), Montour (7, 5-4), Moon (7, 7-1), Palmyra (3, 12-1), Pottsville (11, 6-2), Simon Gratz (12, 7-4), Spring Grove (3, 7-3), Springfield-Delco (1, 6-4), Strath Haven (1, 8-2), Upper Merion (1, 9-3), West Scranton (2, 7-3).

CLASS 4A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Imhotep Charter (12) 9-1 1
2. Scranton Prep (2) 8-1 2
3. New Castle (7) 9-1 3
4. Quaker Valley (7) 9-1 4
5. Bethlehem Catholic (11) 7-3 5
6. Universal Audenried (12) 6-2 6
7. Lancaster Catholic (3) 10-1 7
8. Clearfield (9) 9-0 8
9. Strong Vincent (10) 7-2 9
10. Berwick (2) 8-0 OW

Checked in: No. 10 Berwick.

Checked out: No. 10 Beaver Falls.

Others to watch: Beaver Falls (7, 4-4), Berks Catholic (3, 6-4), Central Martinsburg (6, 7-2), Central Valley (7, 6-4), Conwell-Egan (12, 4-6), Eastern York (3, 9-1), Farrell (10, 4-5), Indiana (7, 7-2), Lower Moreland (1, 6-2), McGuffey (7, 11-1), Meyers (2, 5-3), Middletown (3, 6-2), Nanticoke (2, 7-1), Punxsutawney (9, 7-1), Salisbury (11, 7-3), St. Marys (9, 7-2), Wyoming Area (2, 8-0).

CLASS 3A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 5-5 1
2. Trinity (3) 10-0 2
3. Lincoln Park (7) 8-2 3
4. Valley Forge (1) 9-3 4
5. York Catholic (3) 10-1 5
6. Del-Val Charter (12) 8-4 6
7. Lancaster Mennonite (3) 11-1 8
8. Greenville (10) 10-0 OW
9. Mid Valley (2) 8-1 9
10. Loyalsock (4) 9-2 10

Checked in: No. 8 Greenville.

Checked out: No. 7 Steel Valley.

Others to watch: Annville-Cleona (3, 8-3), Bellwood-Antis (6, 7-2), Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7, 8-4), Central Cambria (6, 7-2), Columbia (3, 9-2), Dunmore (2, 4-4), East Allegheny (7, 7-2), Fairview (10, 10-0), Girard (10, 7-3), Juniata (6, 9-0), MaST Community (12, 10-1), Richland (6, 5-2), Shady Side Academy (7, 9-3), Steel Valley (7, 6-5), Washington (7, 6-3), Wellsboro (4, 8-3), Westmont Hilltop (6, 7-3).

CLASS 2A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Math, Civics & Sciences (12) 10-1 1
2. Constitution (12) 8-4 2
3. Greensburg C.C. (7) 10-0 4
4. Church Farm (1) 7-2 6
5. Sewickley Academy (7) 6-3 3
6. Bishop Canevin (7) 7-3 5
7. Our Lady Sacred Heart (7) 7-3 OW
8. Laurel (7) 7-2 OW
9. Marian Catholic (11) 6-1 OW
10. Coudersport (9) 8-0 OW

Checked in: No. 7 OLSH/No. 8 Laurel/No. 9 Marian Catholic/No. 10 Coudersport.

Checked out: No. 7. Bishop Guilfoyle/No. 8 Mahanoy Area/No. 9 Shenandoah Valley/No. 10 Ridgway.

Others to watch: Bishop Guilfoyle (6, 3-3), Bishop McCort (6, 6-1), Brockway (9, 8-3), Cambridge Springs (10, 7-2), Clarion (9, 6-3), Clarion-Limestone (9, 6-3), Fort Cherry (7, 9-2), Keystone (9, 7-1), Mahanoy Area (11, 7-2), Millersburg (3, 8-3), Moshannon Valley (6, 9-0), Motivation (12, 9-4), Neshannock (7, 7-3), North Penn-Mansfield (4, 9-3), Penns Manor (6, 8-2), Ridgway (9, 8-2), Rocky Grove (10, 9-1), Shenandoah Valley (11, 9-2).

CLASS 1A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Kennedy Catholic (10) 8-1 1
2. St. John Neumann (4) 8-0 2
3. Elk County Catholic (9) 8-0 3
4. Monessen (7) 5-4 4
5. Saltsburg (6) 8-0 5
6. York Country Day (3) 7-3 6
7. Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 9-1 7
8. Lincoln Leadership (11) 8-2 9
9. Lourdes Regional (4) 8-3 8
10. Southern Fulton (5) 8-1 10

Checked in: None.

Checked out: None.

Others to watch: Clairton (7, 5-3), Cornell (7, 8-3), Faith Christian (1, 7-2), Ferndale (6, 9-1), Jenkintown (1, 6-4), Millville (4, 8-0), Rochester (7, 8-2), Sankofa Freedom (12, 7-5), Shade (5, 8-2), Turkeyfoot Valley (5, 6-3), Union (7, 8-2), Vincentian (7, 6-2).

 

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