Posted On: 12/30/18 10:55 PM
Two weeks ago we took a shot at a pre-season top 20 a few days into the season. This is the latest version and there are some major changes. This has been a wild season so far and not much seems to separate of bunch of the teams. IND, Long Reach and Catonsville fall out of the rankings. I think IND and Long Reach are good teams but their records are sub par right now. Even with tough comp you can't get ranked if you're under 500. Old Mill, South River, St. Paul's and City all jump into the mix. Reservoir is up from 20 to 14. 1. St. Frances No Angel Reese? No problem. The Panthers rolled over league comp anyway with easy wins against St. John's Catholic and IND. They will only get tougher when the "Big Ticket" returns for league play. 2. Roland Park Big win over McDonogh should give them confidence going forward that they can play with anyone. 3. Poly They scored 67 points in a loss to Bishop McNamara and 69 in a win over Western. A Poly team that is putting up those type of points will be dangerous. 4. McDonogh Lost a close one to Roland Park but beat a good Imhotep team out of Philly. 5. Pallotti 8-1 with their only loss coming to nationally ranked National Christian Academy. Convincing wins over Atholton, John Carroll and IND speak volumes. 6. Pikesville 4-0 with a 45 point win over Chesapeake (BC). 7. Mt. De Sales This is a well coached team that can shoot and they do not let bad teams hang around with them. 9-1 with several blow outs to their credit. 8. Oakland Mills They are 7-0 after 4 wins in 6 days. They might be the team to beat in Howard county. 9. Western Picked up a big win at She Got Game and dropped a close one to Poly. 10. Howard Stumbled against Long Reach but bounced back against Meade. They are taking a 5-1 record into the holiday week. 11. Frederick The Cadets are 6-0 and rolling along. They posted an 86-2 win over South Hagerstown. 12. South River At 5-0 they are looking like one of Anne Arundel county's best teams, as usual. Match ups with Old Mill and Chesapeake will be big. 13. Mt. Carmel 6-1 record headed to Title IX where they will be tested. 14. Reservoir They go into the holiday break with a 6-2 record, including a win over Long Reach. 15. St. John's Catholic They have played a tough schedule so far and have managed a 6-4 record. 16. Chesapeake (BC) Good win over Coppin Academy but took a beat down against Pikesville. 4-2 overall record keeps them ranked for this period. 17. Coppin Academy Tough losses to City and Chesapeake have them at 5-2. 18. Old Mill The Patriots had a good week with a couple of nice wins. 5-1 overall puts them into the top 20. 19. St. Paul's St. Paul's brings a sporty 6-0 record into the top 20. 20. City At 4-1 City gets the nod over John Carroll in a close one for the final spot. Also considered: Long Reach, IND, John Carroll, Chesapeake AA.