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Pine-Richland near the top in new girls state rankings

Written by Mike White on .

The Pine-Richland girls basketball team is still undefeated and fresh off a big victory against previously-undefeated North Allegheny. The success has put the Rams near the top of the Class 6A state rankings.

Pine-Richland is now No. 2 behind Cardinal O'Hara. North Allegheny was No. 2, and switched spots with Pine-Richland, which was No. 3. Pine-Richland is led by senior guard Amanda Kalin, a Duquesne University recruit who is the third-leading scorers in the WPIAL. (Kalin is pictured driving to the basket in last week's game against North Allegheny).

The girls basketball state rankings are published by Jeff Reinhart and Lancaster Newspapers. The Post-Gazette's WPIAL rankings are published every Friday. Here are this week's state rankings:

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

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Allen (11) 7-3, Altoona (6) 7-4, Bethel Park (WPIAL) 7-3, Boyertown (1) 8-2, Butler (WPIAL) 8-2, Central Dauphin (3) 8-2, Central Dauphin East (3) 8-3, Central York (3) 10-1, Coatesville (1) 9-2, Conestoga (1) 11-0, Council Rock North (1) 8-2, Easton (11) 9-1, Garnet Valley (1) 9-0, Governor Mifflin (3) 9-1, Hempfield Area (WPIAL) 7-1, Methacton (1) 8-2, Neshaminy (1) 7-2, Northampton (11) 7-3, Norwin (WPIAL) 7-4, Parkland (11) 7-2, Penn Hills (WPIAL) 8-3, Peters Township (WPIAL) 7-3, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 10-0, Shaler (WPIAL) 7-3, Spring-Ford (1) 8-3, Souderton (1) 6-3, Truman (1) 6-3, Waynesboro (3) 7-2.

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

Moving out: South Fayette.
Coming in: Oakland Catholic.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Armstrong (WPIAL) 8-3, Central Tech (10) 7-2, Cocalico (3) 8-3, Dover (3) 11-1, Fleetwood (3) 7-2, Fort LeBoeuf (10) 9-1, Gateway (WPIAL) 7-3, Girard (10) 6-3, Henderson (1) 7-0, Lampeter-Strasburg (3) 9-1, Lower Dauphin (3) 8-3, Mars (WPIAL) 7-4, New Oxford (3) 9-2, Pittston (2) 7-1, Pottsgrove (1) 6-2, Pottsville (11) 7-3, Slippery Rock (10) 6-1, South Fayette (WPIAL) 6-3, Springfield—Delaware County (1) 9-1, Susquehannock (3) 9-3, Twin Valley (3) 7-2, Wallenpaupack (2) 8-2, Wyoming Valley West (2) 6-2.

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

Moving out: Beaver Area.
Coming in: Montoursville.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Beaver Area (WPIAL) 6-2, Bishop McDevitt (3) 8-3, Blue Mountain (11) 8-3, Bonner-Prendergast (12) 8-3, Bradford (5) 8-3, Eastern York (3) 9-2, Keystone Oaks (WPIAL) 7-2, Lower Moreland (1) 7-1, Mifflinburg (4) 9-1, West Perry (3) 7-3, Wyomissing (3) 9-1.

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

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Charleroi (WPIAL) 8-2, Delone Catholic (3) 8-3, Everett (5) 6-3, Imhotep Charter (12) 4-3, Juniata (6) 10-1, Loyalsock (4) 7-1, Mid-Valley (2) 7-1, Mohawk (WPIAL) 8-2, Moniteau (9) 8-1, North East (10) 9-2, Riverside (WPIAL) 8-2, Tyrone (6) 7-2, West Shamokin (6) 10-1, York Catholic (3) 6-3.

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

Moving out: Homer-Center.
Coming in: Cranberry.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Blairsville (6) 7-3, Brentwood (WPIAL) 9-2, Burgettstown (WPIAL) 7-3, Chartiers-Houston (WPIAL) 9-2, Cochranton (10) 7-2, Frazier (WPIAL) 7-2, Greensburg Central Catholic (WPIAL) 5-3, Homer-Center (6) 7-1, Kane (9) 7-3, Maplewood (10) 6-2, Marian Catholic (11) 6-3, Southern Columbia (4) 7-2, Vincentian Academy (WPIAL) 6-3.

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

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

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

 

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A quarter to remember for Reid ...... Is Paris Ford considering Miami?

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Anthony Reid is not afraid to shoot, and shoot often. I've seen him play. Sometimes a number of his shots don't go in. Sometimes, a lot go in. On Friday night, a lot went in - especially in the first quarter.

Reid, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, had a quarter he will probably never forget when Baldwin defeated Upper St. Clair, 69-36. In fact, Reid had a game he will probably always remember.

But first, the first quarter. Baldwin outscored Upper St. Clair, 19-3, in the first quarter. Reid (pictured) scored all 19 Baldwin points. He went on to have 11 3-pointers and scored 42 points. Wow.

Scoring all of a team's 19 points in a quarter is not something you see often. And 11 3-pointers is not something you see often. Heck, the WPIAL record is 13.

Check out what Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer had to say:

"He was unconscious," said Holzer. "I give him credit. He was hitting step-back 3's, and 3's from everywhere. They were winning 16-0 and he had all of their points. Other than T.J. McConnell or Matty McConnell [of Chartiers Valley] going off, that's the biggest barrage of 3-pointers I've seen against us, probably in my entire career."

Before Friday night, Reid was averaging 17 points a game.

Paris Ford and Miami?

It's hard to say how much there is to this, but could Steel Valley football Paris Ford end up playing at Miami and not Pitt?

Rivals.com ran a story Friday night quoting Ford about considering Miami and possibly making a visit to the Hurricanes. Ford made a verbal commitment to Pitt during his junior season.

Ford could not be reached for comment and Steel Valley coach Rod Steele said he has no idea about the Miami situation. He has not talked with Ford lately. He said as far as he knew, Ford was still going to make an official visit to Pitt next weekend.

It would be a huge loss for Pitt if Ford flips. 

Hamton's Ionadi hurting

Hampton lost to Chartiers Valley Friday. That wasn't all that surprising. But Hampton scored only 37 points. That was a head scratcher because Hampton had been averaging well above 70 points a game.

But there was a major reason Hampton struggled offensively. Antonio Ionadi did not play.

Ionadi is a senior guard and one of the best shooters in the WPIAL. He had 31 3-pointers in the first nine games and was averaging 24 points. But Ionadi has a shin injury and did not dress for the game. He watched the game with a protective boot on his leg.

Ionadi is unsure how long he will be out. Hampton will miss him dearly in that rough section.

Other thoughts

**** Seeing Quaker Valley play last night, the Quakers are, in a word. good. In two words, real good. They don't have a true post player, but so what. Nowadays, a number of high school teams win plenty without one. Plus, Quaker Valley has good size across the board with a 6-5 Danny Conlan and a few 6-3 or 6-4 players.

This team shoots it well, plays together and has an excellent point guard in Amos Luptak. The Quakers' success is proving once again how Mike Mastroianni is one of the best coaches around. He might not be as well known as some others in the WPIAL, but he is in the upper echelon. Heck, he won a WPIAL title in his first term at Quaker Valley. He won a WPIAL title at Bethel Park. And Quaker Valley is a serious contender for the WPIAL 4A title this year.

Quaker Valley has won loss and it was AT New Castle. Enough said.

**** Brandon Stone, Southmoreland's 6-10 junior center, had another big game Friday with 37 points. He took unofficial trips to Dayton and Butler this week. He is supposed to be at West Virginia today. Those schools have not offered but it will be interesting to see how the level of colleges that do offer Stone. He has a handful of offers already, including ones from Duquesne and Appalachian State.

**** Add Olajawon Owens to the WPIAL All Name Team. Shouldn't they just call him Hakeem the Dream? Olajawon had 12 points for East Allegheny in a big win over Steel Valley Friday.

I also noticed Friday another one for the All Name Team. Jiggz Cabral had five 3-pointers for Brashear. Shoutout to Jiggz.

And like colleague Brian Batko said earlier this year, Quaker Valley has an All Name Team of its own. You have to like any team that starts Wolf, Coletrane and Amos.

**** Nobody is having a better season in WPIAL girls basketball than Amani Johnson. She is averaging 32 points a game. She has suddenly become a serious candidate for Fab 5 at the end of the season, I would think.

**** On Tuesday, Mars at Montour. Robby Carmody vs. Jarrod Simmons. I'll be there.

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High school notes: Twin peaks at Highlands

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Some items that fell off my latop

Whether it's a boys or girls basketball game at Highlands High School, there is a Boda in a Ram uniform who usually scores a good number of points.

It's Highlands' version of Twinsanity.

Ryan Boda (pictured) is a senior guard and the second-leading scorer for the boys team at 15.9. He is an excellent shooter and came into this week with 31 3-pointers for the season. His twin sister, Nicole, plays for the Highlands girls team. Although the Bodas averages aren't identical, they're close. Nicole averages 16.5 points to lead the girls team.

Scoring leaders

Who are the leading scorers in WPIAL-City League basketball? We will run a complete list in tomorrow's Varsity Xtra section in the Post-Gazette. But here are the leaders in boys and girls (statistics are entering games Monday):

BOYS

Austin Butler, Latrobe, 30.4
Nelly Cummings, Lincoln Park, 30.2
Mason Mraz, Laurel, 29.1
Nick Smith, North Hills, 29.0
Brandon Stone, Southmoreland, 28.2
Darius Wise, Beaver, 28.1
A.J. Myers, Chartiers-Houston, 27.2
Matt Popeck, Washington, 27.0

GIRLS 
Amani Johnson, East Allegheny, 32.8
Mikayla Lovelace, Leechburg, 27.0
Amanda Kalin, Pine-Richland, 25.4
Brooke Poling, Frazier, 24.7
Michelle Burns, Hempfield, 24.3
Sam Breen, C.W. North Catholic, 23.6
Daeja Quick, Cornell, 23.6
Lauren Gilbert, Baldwin, 22.9
Laura Graytok, Latrobe 8 180 22.5
Ayanna Townsend, Winchester Th'rstn 3 67 22.3

 

West Greene winning again

The West Greene boys team has a big game tomorrow night against Monessen? Wait, West Greene has a big game? That sounds strange.

But hey, it's true. West Greene has a 5-2 record in WPIAL Class 1A. Monessen is ranked No. 1 in Class A. The Pioneers are not a threat to win a WPIAL title, and Monessen might roll to an easy win. But 5-2 at West Greene is tremendous. This comes after a 12-9 season last year.

Do you know how bad West Greene's program was for years? Last year was the first winning season since 1993. From the 1993-94 season through 2014, West Greene's record was 71-400. Twelve times during that span the Pioneers won only two or fewer games.

And the girls team at West Greene also is doing some good things. So here's a shoutout to West Greene sports.

Cherpak national coach of the year?

Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak has been selected the Pittsburgh Steelers nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. The award is named after the winningest coach in NFL history.

Cherpak (pictured) is one of the most successful coaches in WPIAL history. He won his sixth WPIAL championship this season. He will be invited and recognized in special ways during the NFL's week-long celebration of football at the Pro Bowl in Orlando. 

 

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WPIAL in guarded condition: Butler, Carmody, Cummings, Schifino, Smith off to torrid starts

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(State boys basketball rankings below notes)

Austin Butler. Robby Carmody. Nelly Cummings. Sherron Schifino. Nick Smith. Those five came into the season with reputations as top-notch guards in the WPIAL. They have done nothing but enhance their reputations.

Those five have been absolutely killin' it the first month of the season. Not only are they scoring at a big clip, but doing plenty of other things. Three of them are future Division I college players. Smith and Schifino hope what they are doing might attract more college interest.

**** Butler is a 6-foot-5 senior guard with shooting range from the locker room. I haven't seen him yet this season, but coaches have said he is doing much much more than shooting this season. His stats show it. Butler is averaging 30.1 points a game and is shooting 53 percent from the field. He has made 18 of 45 3-pointers (40 percent), but he is scoring in a variety of ways. He is also averaging 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals.

Butler is a Holy Cross recruit.

**** No one in the WPIAL has been hotter than Smith lately. A 6-1 senior guard at North Hills, Smith has averaged 38 points over the past three games. He scored 34 against Central Catholic, 37 against Baldwin and a school record 44 against Hampon. Smith (pictured in a game against Butler) broke the school record of 43, set by Mickey Schramm 50 years ago. Now for the most coincidental thing: Schramm set the record also against Hampton. 

Smith is now averaging 29 points a game. He is shooting 48 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free-throw line. He also is averaging 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals.

Smith has a few offers from Division II colleges. A few Division I schools had expressed interest in the summer and fall. But for now, Smith is trying to simply worry about playing his senior season, and let the college chips fall where they may afterward.

**** Lincoln Park's Cummings was the most heavily-recruited senior in the WPIAL before signing with Bowling Green. Cummings (pictured in a game last week against Highlands) is averaging 30.3 points and shooting 93 percent from the free-throw line. He is shooting 42 percent from the field. He now has more than 1,700 career points. He made 29 consecutive free throws to start the season.

**** Schifino also is doing much more than shooting outside shots this season - although his 3-point percentage is startling. He is averaging 24 points a game, but get this: He is shooting 63 percent (24 of 38) from 3-point range. Penn Hills upended New Castle at New Castle in the championship of the New Castle Tournament. That is no easy feat. And Schifino was named MVP of the tournament. That says something.

Schifino is hoping his play attracts some more colleges.

**** Carmody is a junior at Mars and one of the most heavily-recruited players in the WPIAL in a decade. He has scholarship offers from Pitt, Duquesne, Penn State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Louisville and others. Kentucky and Arizona also have shown recent interest in the 6-4 guard. 

Carmody (pictured in a game against Seneca Valley) is averaging 21.9 points a game and is one of the most versatile guards in the state, evidenced by his statistics. He is averaging a double double at 12.3 rebounds a game. He is shooting 71.5 percent from the field. That's amazing for a guard. He is shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Go check out these guys at a game. They're impressive. But they are not the only guards doing well. Laurel's Mason Mraz might not be as widely-known as some of the aforementioned, but he has been impressive, averaging 29 points a game. 

We will run the leading scorers in the WPIAL in Friday's paper. We are still compiling leaders. But it seems like individual scoring is up so far this season.

One of the top scorers is not a guard, but he is impressive. Southmoreland's Brandon Stone is 6-10, but can step outside and shoot, as well as handle the ball. He is averaging 28 points a game. He has a few Division I college scholarship offers, including one from Duquesne.

Undefeated showdown

There is a big game in the WPIAL Tuesday night that matches undefeated teams. Fox Chapel is 9-0 and plays at 7-0 Penn Hills. Schifino is a player to watch, and it will be interesting to see how Fox Chapel senior inside player Jake Livingston does against Penn Hills' Chavar Williamson, and how Fox Chapel guard Carson Cohen does against Penn Hills' defensive pressure.

State boys rankings

Here are the state boys basketball rankings heading into this week. The rankings are compiled by Mike Bullock and cityofbasketballlove.com

(records through games of Dec. 31/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

 

CLASS 6A

 

No.  School                                            Rec    Pvs

1.     William Allen (11)                             8-0        1 

2.     Archbishop Ryan (12)                      9-0        2

3.     Reading (3)                                      7-2        3                            

4.     Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1)                7-1        4

5.     Roman Catholic (12)                        8-1        5

6.     Pine-Richland (7)                             7-0      10

7.     Emmaus (11)                                   6-1         8

8.     Penn Hills (7)                                   7-0     OW                               

9.     Abington (1)                                     7-3         6

10.   Downingtown East (1)                      9-0    OW

 

Checked in: No. 8 Penn Hills/No. 10 Downingtown East.

 

Checked out: No. 7 Carlisle/No. 9 Pocono Mountain West.

 

Others to watch: Butler (7, 6-3), Carlisle (3, 6-2), Central Dauphin East (3, 7-1), Chambersburg (3, 6-3), Cheltenham (1, 5-2), Coatesville (1, 6-3), Conestoga (1, 7-1), Council Rock South (1, 7-1), Dallastown (3, 7-1), Father Judge (12, 7-2), Fox Chapel (7, 9-0), Harrisburg (3, 5-2), Hatboro-Horsham (1, 5-3), Hazleton (2, 4-2), La Salle College (12, 6-3), Latrobe (7, 7-1), North Hills (7, 6-1), Pennsbury (1, 5-3), Perkiomen Valley (1, 6-2), Pocono Mountain West (11, 6-2), St. Joseph’s Prep (12, 6-2), State College (6, 6-2), Stroudsburg (11, 5-2), Williamsport (4, 6-3).

 

CLASS 5A

 

No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Archbishop Wood (12)                     6-2         1

2.     Bangor (11)                                      6-0         2

3.     Abington Heights (2)                        8-1         3

4.     Archbishop Carroll (12)                    8-1         7

5.     Northeastern (3)                               9-0         5

6.     Whitehall (11)                                   8-1         6

7.     Bonner-Prendergast (12)                 8-0         8

8.     Chester (1)                                       5-2         9

9.     Meadville (10)                                  8-0       10

10.   Penncrest (1)                                   7-2     OW

 

Checked in: No. 10 Penncrest.

 

Checked out: No. 4 Upper Merion.

 

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

 

CLASS 4A

 

No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Imhotep Charter (12)                             8-1       1

2.     Scranton Prep (2)                                  6-1        2

3.     New Castle (7)                                       6-1        3

4.     Quaker Valley (7)                                   7-1        4

5.     Bethlehem Catholic (11)                        6-2        5

6.     Universal Audenried (12)                       6-2    OW

7.     Lancaster Catholic (3)                           8-0        8

8.     Clearfield (9)                                          7-0        9

9.     Strong Vincent (10)                                5-2    OW                                       

10.   Beaver Falls (7)                                      3-3      10

 

Checked in: No. 6 Universal Audenried/No. 9 Strong Vincent.

Checked out: No. 6 Meyers/No. 7 Salisbury.

 

Others to watch: Berwick (2, 6-0), Blackhawk (7, 4-4), Central Valley (7, 5-3), Conwell-Egan (12, 4-4), Eastern York (3, 6-1), Farrell (10, 3-4), Forest Hills (6, 5-1), Franklin (10, 5-2), Lower Moreland (1, 4-2), Meyers (2, 3-3), Middletown (3, 5-0), Nanticoke (2, 5-1), Punxsutawney (9, 7-0), Salisbury (11, 5-2), Strong Vincent (10, 5-2), Universal Audenried (12, 6-2).

 

CLASS 3A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                            3-4        1

2.     Trinity (3)                                                8-0        2                                  

3.     Lincoln Park (7)                                      5-2        3

4.     Valley Forge (1)                                      7-3        4

5.     York Catholic (3)                                     7-1        6

6.     Del-Val Charter (12)                                6-4        7

7.     Steel Valley (7)                                        5-4        5 

8.     Lancaster Mennonite (3)                         8-1        9

9.     Mid Valley (2)                                           6-1        8

10.  Loyalsock (4)                                             7-1     10 

 

Checked in: None.

 

Checked out: None.

 

Others to watch: Bellwood-Antis (6, 5-2), Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7, 6-3), Central Cambria (6, 6-1), Columbia (3, 8-1), Dunmore (2, 3-4), Fairview (10, 8-0), Girard (10, 6-2), Greenville (10, 8-0), Juniata (6, 8-0), MaST Community (12, 8-1), Notre Dame-Green Pond (11, 5-4), Richland (6, 3-2), Shady Side Academy (7, 6-3), Steel-High (3, 3-3), Wellsboro (4, 7-2), Westmont Hilltop (6, 5-3).

 

CLASS 2A

 

No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                 8-1        1

2.     Constitution (12)                                    7-3         2

3.     Sewickley Academy (7)                          5-1        3

4.     Greensburg C.C. (7)                               8-0        4

5.     Bishop Canevin (7)                                 6-2        5

6.     Church Farm (1)                                     5-2         6

7.     Bishop Guilfoyle (6)                                2-1         7

8.     Mahanoy Area (11)                                 6-0         8

9.     Shenandoah Valley (11)                          7-1        9                                       

10.   Ridgway (9)                                             7-1    OW

 

Checked in: No. 10 Ridgway.

 

Checked out: No. 10 Our Lady of Sacred Heart.

 

Others to watch: Bishop McCort (6, 5-0), Brockway (9, 6-2), Cambridge Springs (10, 5-2), Clarion (9, 5-2), Clarion-Limestone (9, 4-3), Coudersport (9, 5-0), Fort Cherry (7, 7-2), Keystone (9, 5-1), Laurel (7, 8-0), Marian Catholic (11, 4-1), Millersburg (3, 7-2), Moshannon Valley (6, 7-0), Motivation (12, 7-4), Neshannock (7, 6-1), North Penn-Mansfield (4, 6-3), Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7, 5-3), Penns Manor (6, 6-2), Portage (6, 6-1), Rocky Grove (10, 7-1), Williams Valley (11, 7-2).

 

CLASS 1A

 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Kennedy Catholic (10)                            5-1        1

2.     St. John Neumann (4)                            6-0        3

3.     Elk County Catholic (9)                           6-0        4

4.     Monessen (7)                                          3-4        2                                   

5.     Saltsburg (6)                                           7-0        5

6.     York Country Day (3)                              5-3        6

7.     Shanksville-Stonycreek (5)                     6-1       7 

8.     Lourdes Regional (4)                              5-2        9 

9.     Lincoln Leadership (11)                           7-1        8

10.   Southern Fulton (5)                                 7-1      10

 

Checked in: None.

 

Checked out: None.

 

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

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New boys and girls basketball state rankings

Written by Mike White on .

Below are the latest state rankings for boys and girls basketball. This was heading into the week.

BOYS

Rankings compiled by Mike Bullock and cityofbasketballlove.com.

(records through games of Dec. 24/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

CLASS 6A

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

Checked in: No. 10 Pine-Richland.

Checked out: No. 9 Williamsport.

Others to watch: Bethlehem Liberty (11, 3-3), Butler (7, 4-2), Central Dauphin East (3, 7-0), Central York (3, 3-3), Cheltenham (1, 5-1), Coatesville (1, 5-2), Conestoga (1, 5-0), Council Rock South (1, 6-1), Dallastown (3, 6-1), Downingtown East (1, 7-0), Father Judge (12, 5-2), Fox Chapel (7, 6-0), Garnet Valley (1, 5-2), Harrisburg (3, 3-2), Hatboro-Horsham (1, 4-2), Hazleton (2, 3-2), La Salle College (12, 3-3), Latrobe (7, 5-0), Lower Merion (1, 4-3), North Hills (7, 4-1), Parkland (11, 2-4), Penn Hills (7, 5-0), Penn Wood (1, 2-2), Pennsbury (1, 4-2), State College (6, 4-2), Williamsport (4, 4-2).

CLASS 5A

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

Checked in: No. 9 Chester.

Checked out: No. 9 Highlands.

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

CLASS 4A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Imhotep Charter (12) 4-1 1
2. Scranton Prep (2) 4-1 4
3. New Castle (7) 5-0 2
4. Quaker Valley (7) 5-1 7
5. Bethlehem Catholic (11) 5-1 5
6. Meyers (2) 3-1 6
7. Salisbury (11) 4-1 8
8. Lancaster Catholic (3) 6-0 OW
9. Clearfield (9) 5-0 10
10. Beaver Falls (7) 2-2 3

Checked in: No. 8 Lancaster Catholic.

Checked out: No. 9 Conwell-Egan.

Others to watch: Berwick (2, 6-0), Blackhawk (7, 4-2), Central Valley (7, 4-2), Conwell-Egan (12, 3-3), Danville (4, 7-0), Eastern York (3, 5-1), Farrell (10, 1-3), Franklin (10, 4-1), Lower Moreland (1, 4-2), Middletown (3, 3-0), Nanticoke (2, 5-1), Punxsutawney (9, 5-0), Strong Vincent (10, 3-1), Universal Audenried (12, 6-2), Valley View (2, 5-2).

CLASS 3A

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

Checked in: No. 10 Loyalsock.

Checked out: No. 10 Central Cambria.

Others to watch: Bellwood-Antis (6, 4-1), Camp Hill (3, 4-2), Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7, 5-2), Central Cambria (6, 4-1), Columbia (3, 6-1), Dunmore (2, 2-3), Fairview (10, 6-0), Girard (10, 5-1), Greenville (10, 6-0), MaST Community (12, 6-1), Notre Dame-Green Pond (11, 5-2), Steel-High (3, 2-2), Wellsboro (4, 6-1), Westmont Hilltop (6, 4-3).

CLASS 2A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Math, Civics & Sciences (12) 7-0 2
2. Constitution (12) 5-3 1
3. Sewickley Academy (7) 4-0 4
4. Greensburg C.C. (7) 6-0 8
5. Bishop Canevin (7) 4-2 9
6. Church Farm (1) 5-2 3
7. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 1-0 7
8. Mahanoy Area (11) 4-0 NR
9. Shenandoah Valley (11) 5-1 6
10. Our Lady Sacred Heart (7) 5-1 5

Checked in: No. 8 Mahanoy Area.

Checked out: No. 10 North Penn-Mansfield.

Others to watch: Bishop McCort (6, 3-0), Brockway (9, 4-2), Cambridge Springs (10, 5-2), Clarion (9, 4-1), Clarion-Limestone (9, 4-1), Coudersport (9, 3-0), Holy Cross (2, 2-3), Keystone (9, 4-1), Laurel (7, 6-0), Marian Catholic (11, 4-1), Moshannon Valley (6, 5-0), Neshannock (7, 4-1), North Penn-Mansfield (4, 5-2), Ridgway (9, 6-0), Rocky Grove (10, 5-1).

CLASS 1A

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

Checked in: No. 8 Lincoln Leadership/No. 9 Lourdes Regional.

Checked out: No. 7 Sullivan County/No. 8 Faith Christian.

Others to watch: Clairton (7, 1-2), Cornell (7, 6-1), Faith Christian (1, 3-1), Ferndale (6, 6-0), Jenkintown (1, 4-1), Millville (4, 4-0), Rochester (7, 5-1), Shade (5, 4-1), Sullivan County (4, 2-2).

GIRLS

Rankings complied by Jeff Reinhart and Lancaster Newspapers

 

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

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Abington (1) 3-3, Altoona (6) 5-3, Bethel Park (WPIAL) 4-2, Boyertown (1) 4-2, Canon-McMillan (WPIAL) 3-3, Cedar Crest (3) 6-0, Central Dauphin (3) 4-2, Central Dauphin East (3) 4-2, Central York (3) 6-1, Coatesville (1) 6-0, Conestoga (1) 6-0, Council Rock North (1) 5-1, Downingtown East (1) 4-1, Easton (11) 4-1, Garnet Valley (1) 5-0, Governor Mifflin (3), 5-1, Hazleton (2) 4-1, McDowell (10) 2-2, Methacton (1) 5-0, Neshaminy (1) 4-1, Northampton (11) 5-1, Norwin (WPIAL) 4-2, Parkland (11) 4-1, Peters Township (WPIAL) 3-3, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 5-0, Souderton (1) 5-0, Spring-Ford (1) 5-2, Upper Dublin (1) 3-2.

CLASS 5A
1. Archbishop Wood (District 12) 3-4 — last week: 1
2. Southern Lehigh (District 11) 4-0 — last week: 2
3. Hampton (WPIAL) 5-0 — last week: 3
4. Trinity (WPIAL) 6-1 — last week: 4
5. South Fayette (WPIAL) 3-1 — last week: 5
6. Mars (WPIAL) 5-2 — last week: 6
7. Chartiers Valley (WPIAL) 5-2 — last week: 7
8. Greencastle-Antrim (District 3) 5-0 — last week: 8
9. Archbishop Carroll (District 12) 4-0 — last week: 9
10. Harrisburg (District 3) 6-1 — last week: 10

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Archbishop Ryan (12) 7-0, Armstrong (WPIAL) 6-1, Central Tech (10) 6-1, Dover (3) 5-1, Fleetwood (3) 5-0, Fort LeBoeuf (10) 5-0, Lower Dauphin (3) 5-1, New Oxford (3) 6-0, Oakland Catholic (WPIAL) 3-1, Penncrest (1) 5-0, Pittston Area (2) 5-1, Pottsgrove (1) 5-1, Pottsville (11) 3-1, Slippery Rock (10) 5-1, Springfield—Delco (1) 3-1, Susquehannock (3) 6-2, Twin Valley (3) 6-1, Wallenpaupack (2) 4-1, Warren (10) 5-0, West Chester Henderson (1) 4-0.

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

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Athens (4) 5-0, Bonner-Prendergast (12) 4-1, Eastern York (3) 5-0, Keystone Oaks (WPIAL) 5-1, Lower Moreland (1) 5-1, Mifflinburg (4) 4-1, Oil City (10) 4-1, Scranton Prep (2) 5-1, Wyomissing (3) 4-1.

CLASS 3A
1. Neumann-Goretti (District 12) 5-2 — last week: 1
2. Dunmore (District 2) 5-0 — last week: 2
3. Holy Cross (District 2) 5-0 — last week: 3
4. Neshannock (WPIAL) 7-0 — last week: 5
5. Bishop Canevin (WPIAL) 3-2 — last week: 6
6. Mount Carmel (District 4) 5-0 — last week: 8
7. York Catholic (District 3) 4-1 — last week: 4
8. Carlynton (WPIAL) 3-2 — last week: 7
9. Holy Redeemer (District 2) 2-3 — last week: 10
10. Delone Catholic (District 3) 6-0 — last week: NR

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Central Cambria (6) 4-1, Charleroi (WPIAL) 5-1, East Allegheny (WPIAL) 6-0, Everett (5) 4-1, Imhotep Charter (12) 3-2, Juniata (6) 7-0, Karns City (9) 3-2, Marion Center (6) 5-2, Moniteau (9) 4-1, Mohawk (WPIAL) 4-1, New Hope—Solebury (1) 6-0, North Schuylkill (11) 3-2, Notre Dame—Green Pond (11) 4-1, Riverside (WPIAL) 5-1, St. Basil Academy (1) 4-0, South Allegheny (WPIAL) 4-1, Tyrone (6) 5-0.

CLASS 2A
1. Minersville (District 11) 5-0 — last week: 1
2. Bishop Guilfoyle (District 6) 5-0 — last week: 2
3. Mahanoy Area (District 4) 5-0 — last week: 3
4. Bishop McCort (District 6) 4-1 — last week: 4
5. California (WPIAL) 6-0 — last week: 5
6. Bellwood-Antis (District 6) 4-2 — last week: 6
7. Camp Hill (District 3) 4-2 — last week: 7
8. Sayre (District 4) 7-0 — last week: 10
9. Greensburg Central Catholic (WPIAL) 3-2 — last week: 8
10. Leechburg (WPIAL) 3-2 — last week: 9

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Beth-Center (WPIAL) 4-1, Blairsville (6) 3-2, Brentwood (WPIAL) 5-0, Chartiers-Houston (WPIAL) 5-1, Cochranton (10) 4-0, Coudersport (9) 4-0, Cranberry (9) 6-1, Homer-Center (6) 4-0, Kane (9) 4-1, Maplewood (10) 5-1, Vincentian Academy (WPIAL) 2-2.

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

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Christian School of York (3) 5-1, DuBois Central Catholic (9) 5-1, Elk County Catholic (9) 4-0, Farrell (10) 5-0, Galeton (4) 3-1, Harrisburg Christian (3) 5-0, Northern Potter (9) 4-0, Oswayo Valley (9) 5-1, Portage (6) 4-1, Quigley Catholic (WPIAL) 3-2, Sewickley Academy (WPIAL) 4-0, Southern Fulton (5) 4-0, Sullivan County (4) 6-0, The Christian Academy (1) 6-0.

 

 

 

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