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New boys and girls state basketball rankings ...... Lincoln Park-Pine on Thursday

Written by Mike White on .

The latest state rankings for boys and girls basketball are out for this week. On the boys side, no WPIAL is ranked No. 1, but New Castle moved closer to the top in Class 4A. The Red Hurricanes went from No. 3 to No. 2.

Before the rankings, a quick note about an interesting game Thursday. Allen Deep runs the Roundball Classic and also puts on events throughout the season, usually on Saturdays. Well, he put together a game Thursday that is interesting.

Lincoln Park will play at Pine-Richland at 7:30. It will be a game between two No. 1's. Lincoln Park is the Post-Gazette's No. 1 WPIAL Class 3A team while Pine-Richland is No. 1 in 6A. In the state rankings, Lincoln Park is No. 3 and Pine-Richland No. 7.

You can see two of the top guards in the WPIAL go head to head. Lincoln Park has Nelly Cummings, the second-leading scorer in the WPIAL and a Bowling Green recruit. Pine-Richland has Andrew Petcash. (Cummings is pictured going up for a shot in a game against Highlands).

Now, may we bring you the best teams in the state:

State boys rankings

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

(records through games of Jan. 15/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

 

CLASS 6A

 

No.  School                                              Rec    Pvs

1.     William Allen (11)                              13-0        1

2.     Reading (3)                                       12-2  2                           

3.     Roman Catholic (12)                         12-2        3

4.     Emmaus (11)                                     11-1        5

5.     Abington (1)                                       12-3        7

6.     Pine-Richland (7)                               12-0        6

7.     Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1)                  12-2        8

8.     Archbishop Ryan (12)                        12-2        4

9.     Father Judge (12)                              10-3        9                             

10.   Hazleton (2)                                         7-2    OW

 

Checked in: No. 10 Hazleton.

 

Checked out: No. 10 Downingtown East.

 

Others to watch: Baldwin (7, 10-4), Butler (7, 9-4), Carlisle (3, 9-4), Central Dauphin East (3, 7-4), Cheltenham (1, 10-3), Coatesville (1, 10-3), Conestoga (1, 11-2), Council Rock South (1, 9-4), Dallastown (3, 10-3), Downingtown East (1, 11-2), Fox Chapel (7, 12-1), Governor Mifflin (3, 12-1), Harrisburg (3, 10-3), La Salle College (12, 8-6), Latrobe (7, 10-2), Lebanon (3, 10-3), North Hills (7, 10-2), North Penn (1, 10-4), Penn Hills (7, 11-1), Pennsbury (1, 9-4), Perkiomen Valley (1, 12-2), Pocono Mountain West (11, 9-3), Spring-Ford (1, 10-4), St. Joseph’s Prep (12, 9-3), State College (6, 9-3), Williamsport (4, 9-4), Woodland Hills (7, 9-4).

 

CLASS 5A

 

No.  School                                              Rec     Pvs

1.     Archbishop Wood (12)                       9-3         1

2.     Bangor (11)                                      13-0         2

3.     Archbishop Carroll (12)                    11-3         4

4.     Abington Heights (2)                        11-2         3

5.     Northeastern (3)                               15-0         5 

6.     Chester (1)                                         9-2         8

7.     Whitehall (11)                                   10-3         6

8.     Bonner-Prendergast (12)                  11-2        7

9.     Meadville (10)                                   12-0        9

10.   Penncrest (1)                                    12-2      10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Academy Park (1, 6-5), Allentown Central Catholic (11, 7-6), Bayard Rustin (1, 8-5), Bishop Shanahan (1, 8-5), Blue Mountain (11, 9-3), Cathedral Prep (10, 6-6), Chartiers Valley (7, 9-2), Ephrata (3, 11-3), Glen Mills (1, 7-4), Great Valley (1, 10-4), Hampton (7, 9-5), Hollidaysburg (6, 8-5), Holy Ghost Prep (1, 8-4), Manheim Central (3, 10-1), Mars (7, 10-3), Martin Luther King (12, 9-5), Mastery Charter North (12, 16-0), Mechanicsburg (3, 11-3), Milton Hershey (3, 9-2), Montour (7, 6-4), Moon (7, 8-3), Palmyra (3, 13-2), Pottsville (11, 8-3), Simon Gratz (12, 9-6), Southern Lehigh (11, 11-4), Spring Grove (3, 9-3), Strath Haven (1, 9-3), Upper Merion (1, 9-5), West Scranton (2, 7-4).

 

CLASS 4A

 

No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Imhotep Charter (12)                            11-2        1

2.     New Castle (7)                                      11-1        3

3.     Quaker Valley (7)                                  11-1        4

4.     Scranton Prep (2)                                 10-2        2

5.     Bethlehem Catholic (11)                         9-3        5

6.     Universal Audenried (12)                      10-2        6

7.     Strong Vincent (10)                               10-2        9                                      

8.     Lancaster Catholic (3)                           11-2        7

9.     Clearfield (9)                                          11-1        8

10.   Berwick (2)                                            10-0      10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Beaver Falls (7, 6-4), Belle Vernon (7, 8-3), Berks Catholic (3, 8-4), Bishop McDevitt (3, 7-5), Central Martinsburg (6, 9-2), Central Valley (7, 8-5), Conwell-Egan (12, 6-6), Eastern York (3, 10-2), George Jr. Republic (10, 7-3), Grove City (10, 8-4), Indiana (7, 9-3), Lewisburg (4, 8-3), Lower Moreland (1, 7-4), McGuffey (7, 12-2), Meyers (2, 7-3), Middletown (3, 9-2), Nanticoke (2, 9-2), Salisbury (11, 9-4), St. Marys (9, 9-3), Wyoming Area (2, 10-0).

 

CLASS 3A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                             8-5        1

2.     Del-Val Charter (12)                              12-4        6

3.     Lincoln Park (7)                                     10-3        3

4.     Valley Forge (1)                                     11-3        4

5.     York Catholic (3)                                    13-1        5

6.     Trinity (3)                                                11-2        2                                  

7.     Lancaster Mennonite (3)                        13-2        7

8.     Greenville (10)                                        13-0       8

9.     C.W. North Catholic (7)                          10-4    OW

10.   Loyalsock (4)                                          10-2      10

 

Checked in: No. 9 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

 

Checked out: No. 9 Mid Valley.

 

Others to watch: Annville-Cleona (3, 10-4), Bellwood-Antis (6, 8-3), Central Cambria (6, 9-2), Columbia (3, 11-2), Dunmore (2, 5-4), East Allegheny (7, 8-3), Everett (5, 9-3), Fairview (10, 11-1), Girard (10, 9-3), Hughesville (4, 8-4), Juniata (6, 12-0), MaST Community (12, 12-2), Mid Valley (2. 9-2), Richland (6, 7-2), Seneca (10, 9-2), Shady Side Academy (7, 10-4), Southmoreland (7, 11-2), Steel Valley (7, 7-6), Washington (7, 8-3), Wellsboro (4, 10-3), Westmont Hilltop (6, 8-4).

 

CLASS 2A

 

No.  School                                                    Rec    Pvs

1.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                 10-4        1

2.     Constitution (12)                                     10-4        2

3.     Greensburg C.C. (7)                               11-0        3

4.     Church Farm (1)                                       9-3        4

5.     Sewickley Academy (7)                            8-3        5

6.     Bishop Canevin (7)                                   8-3        6

7.     Our Lady Sacred Heart (7)                       9-3        7

8.     Marian Catholic (11)                                 9-1        9                                     

9.     Laurel (7)                                                11-2        8

10.   Coudersport (9)                                      11-0      10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Bishop Guilfoyle (6, 6-3), Bishop McCort (6, 8-2), Brockway (9, 8-3), Cambridge Springs (10, 9-2), Chartiers-Houston (7, 9-3), Clarion (9, 8-3), Clarion-Limestone (9, 9-3), Fort Cherry (7, 10-3), Holy Cross (2, 5-5), Jeannette (7, 7-6), Keystone (9, 10-1), Mahanoy Area (11, 8-4), Millersburg (3, 9-4), Moshannon Valley (6, 11-0), Motivation (12, 10-5), Neshannock (7, 8-4), North Penn-Mansfield (4, 11-3), Penns Manor (6, 11-2), Ridgway (9, 9-2), Rocky Grove (10, 11-1), Shenandoah Valley (11, 11-2), Wilmington (10, 8-5).

 

CLASS 1A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

 

1.     Kennedy Catholic (10)                          10-1        1

2.     St. John Neumann (4)                            9-0        2

3.     Elk County Catholic (9)                         11-0        3

4.     Monessen (7)                                         7-4        4                                  

5.     Saltsburg (6)                                         11-0        5

6.     York Country Day (3)                              9-3        6

7.     Shanksville-Stonycreek (5)                   11-1        7

8.     Lourdes Regional (4)                            11-3        9

9.     Faith Christian (1)                                   9-2    OW

10.   Southern Fulton (5)                                 9-2      10

 

Checked in: No. 9 Faith Christian.

 

Checked out: No. 8 Lincoln Leadership.

 

Others to watch: Clairton (7, 8-3), Cornell (7, 11-3), Ferndale (6, 12-1), Jenkintown (1, 8-5), Lincoln Leadership (11, 9-4), Millville (4, 10-0), Rochester (7, 9-3), Sankofa Freedom (12, 9-6), Shade (5, 9-2), Turkeyfoot Valley (5, 8-3), Union (7, 10-3), Vincentian (7, 8-2).

 

State girls rankings

CLASS 6A

Compiled by Jeff Reinhart and Lancaster Newspapers

1. Cardinal O’Hara (District 12) 8-3 — last week: 1
2. Pine-Richland (WPIAL) 13-0 — last: 2
3. North Allegheny (WPIAL) 12-2 — last week: 3
4. Cumberland Valley (District 3) 11-2 — last week: 4
5. Central Bucks West (District 1) 11-2 — last week: 8
6. Cedar Crest (District 3) 13-0 — last week: 9
7. North Penn (District 1) 10-2 — last week: 10
8. Easton (District 11) 10-1 — last week: NR
9. Penn Hills (WPIAL) 10-2 — last week: NR
10. Mt. Lebanon (WPIAL) 11-3 — last week: 5

Moving out: Central Bucks South, Nazareth.
Coming in: Easton, Penn Hills.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Abington (1) 9-4, Altoona (6) 9-4, Bethel Park (WPIAL) 9-4, Boyertown (1) 9-3, Cedar Cliff (3) 10-4, Central Bucks East (1) 7-5, Central Bucks South (1) 12-2, Central Dauphin (3) 10-2, Central Dauphin East (3) 9-3, Central York (3) 12-2, Coatesville (1) 11-3, Conestoga (1) 13-0, Council Rock North (1) 9-3, Downingtown East (1) 8-3, Garnet Valley (1) 11-1, Governor Mifflin (3) 11-2, Hempfield Area (WPIAL) 8-2, Methacton (1) 10-2, Nazareth (11) 11-2, Neshaminy (1) 10-3, Northampton (11) 9-3, Norwin (WPIAL) 8-4, Parkland (11) 9-2, Peters Township (WPIAL) 8-4, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 12-0, Spring-Ford (1) 10-4, Souderton (1) 10-3, Upper Dublin (1) 9-4.

CLASS 5A
1. Archbishop Wood (District 12) 7-5 — last week: 1
2. Southern Lehigh (District 11) 12-0 — last week: 2
3. Hampton (WPIAL) 11-0 — last week: 3
4. Trinity (WPIAL) 12-1 — last week: 4
5. Archbishop Ryan (District 12) 14-1 — last week: 8
6. Archbishop Carroll (District 12) 10-2 — last week: 5
7. Harrisburg (District 3) 11-2 — last week: 6
8. Fort LeBoeuf (District 10) 11-1 — last week: NR
9. Warren (District 10) 10-1 — last week: 9
10. Springfield—Delco (District 1) 12-1 — last week: NR

Moving out: Greencastle-Antrim, Oakland Catholic.
Coming in: Fort LeBoeuf, Springfield—Delaware County.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Armstrong (WPIAL) 9-4, Central Tech (10) 8-3, Cocalico (3) 9-4, Chartiers Valley (3) 8-5, Dover (3) 11-3, Fleetwood (3) 8-2, Gateway (WPIAL) 9-3, Greencastle-Antrim (3) 10-2, Henderson (1) 9-3, Lampeter-Strasburg (3) 11-2, Lower Dauphin (3) 9-4, Mars (WPIAL) 9-4, New Oxford (3) 12-2, Oakland Catholic (WPIAL) 10-2, Pittston (2) 8-2, Pottsville (11) 10-3, Slippery Rock (10) 9-1, South Fayette (WPIAL) 8-3, Susquehannock (3) 11-3, Twin Valley (3) 9-3, Wallenpaupack (2) 9-3, West York (3) 10-4, Wyoming Valley West (2) 7-3.

CLASS 4A
1. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (WPIAL) 11-1 — last week: 1
2. Villa Maria (District 10) 9-4 — last week: 2
3. Bethlehem Catholic (District 11) 9-1 — last week: 3
4. Greater Nanticoke (District 11) 10-0 — last week: 4
5. Northern Lebanon (District 3) 12-1 — last week: 5
6. Forest Hills (District 6) 12-0 — last week: 6
7. Lancaster Catholic (District 3) 10-2 — last week: 7
8. Athens (District 4) 11-0 — last week: 9
9. Mercyhurst Prep (District 10) 8-2 — last week: 8
10. Montoursville (District 4) 9-1 — last week: 10

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Beaver Area (WPIAL) 9-2, Bedford (5) 9-3, Berwick (2) 8-2, Bishop McDevitt (3) 11-3, Blackhawk (WPIAL) 6-7, Bonner-Prendergast (12) 11-3, Keystone Oaks (WPIAL) 10-2, Lower Moreland (1) 8-1, Mifflinburg (4) 11-2, Oil City (10) 7-3, Punxsutawney (9) 7-3, St. Marys (9) 7-4, West Perry (3) 9-3, Wyomissing (3) 11-1.

CLASS 3A
1. Neumann-Goretti (District 12) 10-3 — last week: 1
2. Dunmore (District 2) 10-0 — last week: 2
3. Neshannock (WPIAL) 13-1 — last week: 3
4. Mount Carmel (District 4) 11-1 — last week: 4
5. St. Basil Academy (District 1) 15-0 — last week: 5
6. New Hope—Solebury (District 1) 13-0 — last week: 6
7. Holy Cross (District 2) 10-1 — last week: 7
8 East Allegheny (WPIAL) 12-0 — last week: 8
9. Holy Redeemer (District 2) 7-3 — last week: 9
10. Bishop Canevin (WPIAL) 8-4 — last week: 10

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Carlynton (WPIAL) 7-3, Charleroi (WPIAL) 9-3, Delone Catholic (3) 10-4, Everett (5) 8-4, Juniata (6) 11-1, Mid-Valley (2) 8-3, Mohawk (WPIAL) 10-2, Moniteau (9) 10-2, North East (10) 11-2, Pine Grove (11) 8-3, Riverside (WPIAL) 9-3, South Allegheny (WPIAL) 9-3, Tyrone (6) 8-2, West Shamokin (6) 12-1.

CLASS 2A
1. Minersville (District 11) 13-0 — last week: 1
2. Mahanoy Area (District 11) 10-0 — last week: 2
3. California (WPIAL) 13-1 — last week: 3
4. Bishop McCort (District 6) 8-2 — last week: 4
5. Bishop Guilfoyle (District 6) 11-2 — last week: 5
6. Bellwood-Antis (District 6) 11-2 — last week: 6
7. Sayre (District 4) 12-1 — last week; 7
8. Camp Hill (District 3) 10-3 — last week: 8
9. Coudersport (District 9) 10-0 — last week: 9
10. Chartiers-Houston (WPIAL) 12-2 — last week: NR

Moving out: Cranberry.
Coming in: Chartiers-Houston.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Blairsville (6) 9-3, Brentwood (WPIAL) 10-3, Burgettstown (WPIAL) 9-3, Cochranton (10) 9-2, Cranberry (9) 11-3, Frazier (WPIAL) 9-3, Greensburg Central Catholic (WPIAL) 8-3, Homer-Center (6) 8-2, Kane (9) 8-3, Marian Catholic (11) 7-3, McConnellsburg (5) 7-3, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (WPIAL) 9-4, Southern Columbia (4) 9-2, Vincentian Academy (WPIAL) 9-3.


CLASS 1A
1. Jenkintown (District 1) 11-1 — last week: 1
2. Kennedy Catholic (District 10) 11-0 — last week: 2
3. Bishop Carroll (District 6) 10-2 — last week: 3
4. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional (District 4) 10-2 — last week: 4
5. North Clarion (District 9) 12-0 — last week: 5
6. Winchester Thurston (WPIAL) 9-0 — last week: 6
7. Lebanon Catholic (District 3) 10-4 — last week: 7
8. Linden Hall (District 3) 10-1 — last week: 8
9. Halifax (District 3) 11-1 — last week: 9
10. West Greene (WPIAL) 10-2 — last week: 10

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Christian Academy (1) 11-2, Christian School of York (3) 10-2, Cornell (WPIAL) 9-3, Elk County Catholic (9) 8-3, Faith Christian (1) 9-4, Farrell (10) 10-0, Galeton (4) 9-2, Harrisburg Christian (3) 13-1, Juniata Valley (6) 10-2, Northern Potter (9) 8-1, Portage (6) 8-3, Quigley Catholic (WPIAL) 9-3, Rochester (WPIAL) 7-3, Southern Fulton (5) 7-4, Sullivan County (4) 11-1.

 

(records through games of Jan. 15/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

 

CLASS 6A

 

No.  School                                              Rec    Pvs

1.     William Allen (11)                              13-0        1

2.     Reading (3)                                       12-2        2                           

3.     Roman Catholic (12)                         12-2        3

4.     Emmaus (11)                                     11-1        5

5.     Abington (1)                                       12-3        7

6.     Pine-Richland (7)                               12-0        6

7.     Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1)                  12-2        8

8.     Archbishop Ryan (12)                        12-2        4

9.     Father Judge (12)                              10-3        9                             

10.   Hazleton (2)                                         7-2    OW

 

Checked in: No. 10 Hazleton.

 

Checked out: No. 10 Downingtown East.

 

Others to watch: Baldwin (7, 10-4), Butler (7, 9-4), Carlisle (3, 9-4), Central Dauphin East (3, 7-4), Cheltenham (1, 10-3), Coatesville (1, 10-3), Conestoga (1, 11-2), Council Rock South (1, 9-4), Dallastown (3, 10-3), Downingtown East (1, 11-2), Fox Chapel (7, 12-1), Governor Mifflin (3, 12-1), Harrisburg (3, 10-3), La Salle College (12, 8-6), Latrobe (7, 10-2), Lebanon (3, 10-3), North Hills (7, 10-2), North Penn (1, 10-4), Penn Hills (7, 11-1), Pennsbury (1, 9-4), Perkiomen Valley (1, 12-2), Pocono Mountain West (11, 9-3), Spring-Ford (1, 10-4), St. Joseph’s Prep (12, 9-3), State College (6, 9-3), Williamsport (4, 9-4), Woodland Hills (7, 9-4).

 

CLASS 5A

 

No.  School                                              Rec     Pvs

1.     Archbishop Wood (12)                       9-3         1

2.     Bangor (11)                                      13-0         2

3.     Archbishop Carroll (12)                    11-3         4

4.     Abington Heights (2)                        11-2         3

5.     Northeastern (3)                               15-0         5 

6.     Chester (1)                                         9-2         8

7.     Whitehall (11)                                   10-3         6

8.     Bonner-Prendergast (12)                  11-2        7

9.     Meadville (10)                                   12-0        9

10.   Penncrest (1)                                    12-2      10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Academy Park (1, 6-5), Allentown Central Catholic (11, 7-6), Bayard Rustin (1, 8-5), Bishop Shanahan (1, 8-5), Blue Mountain (11, 9-3), Cathedral Prep (10, 6-6), Chartiers Valley (7, 9-2), Ephrata (3, 11-3), Glen Mills (1, 7-4), Great Valley (1, 10-4), Hampton (7, 9-5), Hollidaysburg (6, 8-5), Holy Ghost Prep (1, 8-4), Manheim Central (3, 10-1), Mars (7, 10-3), Martin Luther King (12, 9-5), Mastery Charter North (12, 16-0), Mechanicsburg (3, 11-3), Milton Hershey (3, 9-2), Montour (7, 6-4), Moon (7, 8-3), Palmyra (3, 13-2), Pottsville (11, 8-3), Simon Gratz (12, 9-6), Southern Lehigh (11, 11-4), Spring Grove (3, 9-3), Strath Haven (1, 9-3), Upper Merion (1, 9-5), West Scranton (2, 7-4).

 

CLASS 4A

 

No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Imhotep Charter (12)                            11-2        1

2.     New Castle (7)                                      11-1        3

3.     Quaker Valley (7)                                  11-1        4

4.     Scranton Prep (2)                                 10-2        2

5.     Bethlehem Catholic (11)                         9-3        5

6.     Universal Audenried (12)                      10-2        6

7.     Strong Vincent (10)                               10-2        9                                      

8.     Lancaster Catholic (3)                           11-2        7

9.     Clearfield (9)                                          11-1        8

10.   Berwick (2)                                            10-0      10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Beaver Falls (7, 6-4), Belle Vernon (7, 8-3), Berks Catholic (3, 8-4), Bishop McDevitt (3, 7-5), Central Martinsburg (6, 9-2), Central Valley (7, 8-5), Conwell-Egan (12, 6-6), Eastern York (3, 10-2), George Jr. Republic (10, 7-3), Grove City (10, 8-4), Indiana (7, 9-3), Lewisburg (4, 8-3), Lower Moreland (1, 7-4), McGuffey (7, 12-2), Meyers (2, 7-3), Middletown (3, 9-2), Nanticoke (2, 9-2), Salisbury (11, 9-4), St. Marys (9, 9-3), Wyoming Area (2, 10-0).

 

CLASS 3A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                             8-5        1

2.     Del-Val Charter (12)                              12-4        6

3.     Lincoln Park (7)                                     10-3        3

4.     Valley Forge (1)                                     11-3        4

5.     York Catholic (3)                                    13-1        5

6.     Trinity (3)                                                11-2        2                                  

7.     Lancaster Mennonite (3)                        13-2        7

8.     Greenville (10)                                        13-0       8

9.     C.W. North Catholic (7)                          10-4    OW

10.   Loyalsock (4)                                          10-2      10

 

Checked in: No. 9 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

 

Checked out: No. 9 Mid Valley.

 

Others to watch: Annville-Cleona (3, 10-4), Bellwood-Antis (6, 8-3), Central Cambria (6, 9-2), Columbia (3, 11-2), Dunmore (2, 5-4), East Allegheny (7, 8-3), Everett (5, 9-3), Fairview (10, 11-1), Girard (10, 9-3), Hughesville (4, 8-4), Juniata (6, 12-0), MaST Community (12, 12-2), Mid Valley (2. 9-2), Richland (6, 7-2), Seneca (10, 9-2), Shady Side Academy (7, 10-4), Southmoreland (7, 11-2), Steel Valley (7, 7-6), Washington (7, 8-3), Wellsboro (4, 10-3), Westmont Hilltop (6, 8-4).

 

CLASS 2A

 

No.  School                                                    Rec    Pvs

1.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                 10-4        1

2.     Constitution (12)                                     10-4        2

3.     Greensburg C.C. (7)                               11-0        3

4.     Church Farm (1)                                       9-3        4

5.     Sewickley Academy (7)                            8-3        5

6.     Bishop Canevin (7)                                   8-3        6

7.     Our Lady Sacred Heart (7)                       9-3        7

8.     Marian Catholic (11)                                 9-1        9                                     

9.     Laurel (7)                                                11-2        8

10.   Coudersport (9)                                      11-0      10

 

Checked in: No one.

 

Checked out: No one.

 

Others to watch: Bishop Guilfoyle (6, 6-3), Bishop McCort (6, 8-2), Brockway (9, 8-3), Cambridge Springs (10, 9-2), Chartiers-Houston (7, 9-3), Clarion (9, 8-3), Clarion-Limestone (9, 9-3), Fort Cherry (7, 10-3), Holy Cross (2, 5-5), Jeannette (7, 7-6), Keystone (9, 10-1), Mahanoy Area (11, 8-4), Millersburg (3, 9-4), Moshannon Valley (6, 11-0), Motivation (12, 10-5), Neshannock (7, 8-4), North Penn-Mansfield (4, 11-3), Penns Manor (6, 11-2), Ridgway (9, 9-2), Rocky Grove (10, 11-1), Shenandoah Valley (11, 11-2), Wilmington (10, 8-5).

 

CLASS 1A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

 

1.     Kennedy Catholic (10)                          10-1        1

2.     St. John Neumann (4)                            9-0        2

3.     Elk County Catholic (9)                         11-0        3

4.     Monessen (7)                                         7-4        4                                  

5.     Saltsburg (6)                                         11-0        5

6.     York Country Day (3)                              9-3        6

7.     Shanksville-Stonycreek (5)                   11-1        7

8.     Lourdes Regional (4)                            11-3        9

9.     Faith Christian (1)                                   9-2    OW

10.   Southern Fulton (5)                                 9-2      10

 

Checked in: No. 9 Faith Christian.

 

Checked out: No. 8 Lincoln Leadership.

 

Others to watch: Clairton (7, 8-3), Cornell (7, 11-3), Ferndale (6, 12-1), Jenkintown (1, 8-5), Lincoln Leadership (11, 9-4), Millville (4, 10-0), Rochester (7, 9-3), Sankofa Freedom (12, 9-6), Shade (5, 9-2), Turkeyfoot Valley (5, 8-3), Union (7, 10-3), Vincentian (7, 8-2).

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Moon's Jarrod Simmons picks Penn ..... North Hills' Nick Smith close to record

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A few basketball notes:

Moon basketball player Jarrod Simmons was born in Princeton, N.J., and Princeton University was one of two colleges on his final list. But when it came time to pick a school, Simmons decided not to return to his roots.

Simmons, a 6-foot-8 senior forward and one of the top players in the WPIAL, made a verbal commitment Saturday to Pennsylvania of the Ivy League. Princeton finished second in the Simmons chase. 

Penn had been recruiting Simmons for a while. Coach Steve Donahue was at Moon's game against Mars this past Tuesday. (Simmons is pictured in the Mars game next to Mars standout Robby Carmody).

"The coaching staff [at Penn] is one that felt like family to me," said Simmons. "Plus, Philadelphia is not too far from home, and Penn is a program where I thought maybe I could play right away."

This is Simmons' first year at Moon. He grew up in Moon and his family has lived there for a while. But he attended a prep school in New England his first three years of high school. But he decided he wanted to finish his career at Moon.

At one time, some other major colleges were interested in Moon, including Boston College. When Jamie Dixon was at Pitt, he offered Simmons a scholarship at one time.

 "The Ivy League was very appealing to my family and myself," said Simmons. "The schoolwork, the academic thing, is very important to my family."

Simmons was recruited to play the "4" position, but believes he could possibly eventually play the "3."

North Hills' Smith nears long-standing record

Latrobe's Austin Butler and North Hills' Nick Smith are two of the premier guards in Western Pennsylvania. A week ago, Butler became the all-time leading scorer at Latrobe. Smith likely will follow suit at North Hills this week, breaking a long-standing record.

Smith (pictured in a game against Butler) is a senior guard who has scored 1,454 points and needs 13 to break the North Hills record of 1,466. North Hills plays North Allegheny Tuesday.

The North Hills record has been around for 38 years and is held by Ed Crankovic, a 1978 graduate. Crankovic was an excellent player, but also a sad story. Crankovic was going to be a Division I college player, signing with Bucknell as a senior. But Crankovic drowned in a New Jersey hotel pool in June of 1978, a few days after high school graduation.

As a senior, Crankovic helped North Hills win a section title. Last year, Smith helped North Hills win a section title for only the second time since Crankovic's senior year.

Smith is averaging 27.2 points a game this season.

Getting back to Latrobe's Butler, he and the Wildcats have a big game Tuesday against Penn Hills. Butler has more than 1,500 career points. 

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Pine-Richland vs. North Hills one for the ages, bringing back B.B. memories

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One of the biggest games in the WPIAL this year is Friday's Pine-Richland at North Hills game. It's making me go all history on you today.

The Pine-Richland-North Hills game is bringing back memories of a great game, and also memories of one of the greatest players in Western Pennsylvania history who was widely known by just two letters.

B.B.

First, the Pine-Richland at North Hills game. Pine-Richland is 11-0 and North Hills 10-1. They met in the WPIAL 4A final last year and their starts to this year have been historical.

For Pine-Richland, you can't have a better start. It is believed that no Pine-Richland team has won its first 11 games, even when the school was Richland. Heck, before 2000, the team had been to the playoffs only five times. The 1982 team under Jack Wilson won a section and got to the WPIAL semifinals, but didn't have a perfect start. The 2000 team under Dave DeGregorio made it to the WPIAL 3A final, but lost 10 games that season.

As for North Hills, records show that this is the best start for the Indians since at least the early 1970s, and maybe ever. Last year's team won a section title for the first time since 1983, but was 6-5 after 11 games. The 1983 team didn't win 10 of its first 11 games. The 1978 team that won a section title started 9-2.

Considering the success of Pine-Richland and North Hills (Pine-Richland is ranked No. 1 in WPIAL 6A and North Hills No. 5), considering their records, considering first place in Section 1 is at stake, I'll make this statement: This is the biggest regular-season game AT North Hills since 1975. Sure, North Hills has been in some big regular-season games with playoff implications. There have been meaningful games against North Allegheny. But there hasn't been a regular-season game on North Hills' home court involving two teams so highly-rated, and with such good records since Valley at North Hills in 1975.

That brings me to the memories and a kid named B.B. On a Tuesday night in January of 1975, Valley came to North Hills with a 12-1 record. North Hills was 11-2. First place in the section was on the line. The game was played in North Hills' old gymnasium. It is used for only middle-school and elementary school games now and is affectionately known as "The Dungeon." The place was packed on that Jan. 21 night 41 years ago. I know. I was there.

I was in grade school at the time and lived in the North Hills district. I remember the enormity of the game. North Hills was excellent and many wanted to see this Valley phenom, a kid named B.B. Flenory. 

B.B. FlenoryHis real name was Baron Flenory, but he was B.B. to everyone. The kid made Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd two years earlier for scoring 81 points in a ninth-grade basketball game. Yes, I said 81 - IN A FRESHMAN GAME!!! Hence, the name B.B. I still remember in 1975 how word had spread around Western Pennsylvania about Flenory and his talent. I had heard about him, and my Dad took me to see him play North Hills. I still remember being awed by Flenory.

Flenory was a guard who was a dazzling ballhandler and loved to play to the crowd. Some called him a "hot dog." And, oh, how he could shoot. He scored 1,800 points at Valley in only three seasons (he didn't play varsity as a freshman). He would've certainly had 2,000 if there was a 3-point line back then. (The old school picture is of Flenory in a game against Fox Chapel when he was a junior).

At Valley, Flenory played for Mike Rice Sr., who would go on to coach at Duquesne University. You may have heard of his son, Mike Jr., the former Robert Morris and Rutgers coach.

But back to Flenory and that North Hills game.  It went to overtime and North HIlls, coached by Tom Maloney, won, 73-70. Joe Galvin scored 21 points and Gary Evans 15 for North Hills. But Steve Fedell, who would go on to play linebacker at Pitt, also scored 15 and hit a game-tying shot with eight seconds left in regulation. Fedell was matched that night against Valley wide body Benjie Pryor, who also went on to play football at Pitt. Pryor fouled out and Fedell hit two big free throws late in overtime.

Flenory came into the game averaging 30 points and he didn't disappoint, pouring in 32 against North Hills. A few weeks later, Valley beat North Hills and the two tied for the section title. My, how things have changed since then. Back in the 1970s, only section champs went to the WPIAL playoffs and most of the tournament in the largest classification was played at the Civic Arena. In 1975, North Hills and Valley had a one-game playoff to decide the section championship. It was played at the Civic Arena and the crowd was more than 5,000.

Valley won the one-game playoff and went on to the WPIAL title game, only to lose to Uniontown. The next year, Valley again made it to the championship, only to lose to Farrell.

I say Flenory is one of the greatest players in WPIAL history. He went on to a very successful career at Duquesne. He left as the fifth-leading scorer in Duquesne history and was one of the final cuts of the Boston Celtics in 1980.

Flenory was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in 2010. He is in the Duquesne hall of fame, as well as a few others. You want evidence how good Flenory was at Valley? Well, consider this: The prestigious Parade All-American team has been around since 1957. Flenory is one of only 13 WPIAL and City League players selected to the team.

I will be at the Pine-Richland-North Hills game Friday night. That first sighting of B.B. and that game in 1975 will certainly pop into my head.

This Week In High School Sports

Who will win the Pine-Richland-North Hills game? Well, Brian Batko and yours truly pick the game and talk about many other big ones in the latest This Week In High School Sports show. Check it out:

 

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Steel Valley coach says Ford "fully committed" to Pitt

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Steel Valley football player Paris Ford created a little stir over the weekend when he told a reporter for Rivals.com that he is considering Miami and might visit Miami. According to Ford's coach at Steel Valley, Ford is still "fully committed" to Pitt.

Ford committed to Pitt during his junior year. He is Pitt's top recruit so far and has a bright future. He is a standout defensive back who had a tremendous senior season. Attempts to reach Ford have been unsuccessful, but Steel Valley coach Rod Steele said he met with Ford Monday. (Ford is pictured making a tackle against Neshannock in the WPIAL 2A championship).

"The only thing he told me was he is still committed to Pitt, he has talked with coach [Pat] Narduzzi and everything is good," said Steele.

Steele said Ford will make his official visit to Pitt this weekend, as originally planned. Ford played in the Under Armour All-American Game New Year's Day in Florida.

"He said some guys that he played with in that game were just trying to get him down [to Miami]," said Steele.

When asked if Ford plans to visit Miami, Steel said, "He never mentioned it. The only thing he said was he is committed to Pitt."

Also, Steele said Ford will probably start playing basketball for Steel Valley this weekend.

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

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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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