Before we dive into the rankings, I’d like to apologize for the delay in posting them. I decided it would be best to let the holiday fervor die down before posting.
The top teams in this weeks’ rankings remain virtually unchanged, but the middle and lower parts of the top 15 will see a lot of changes. A couple new teams have been added, and the position of certain teams has changed quite a bit. It seems that at this point in the season, we’re starting to see which teams are a bit more consistent. Those teams will continue to hang around in the rankings.
As will be the case all season, these rankings reward results, taking into account opponent strength and margin of victory/loss. Teams will not be ranked highly because of the hype or publicity surrounding their teams, but rather the consistency and impressiveness of their play. Rankings will typically be released every Monday.
BSR Top 15: Week 3
- Mount St. Joseph’s, 11-0 (Last Week: #1)
- Patterson, 5-1 (LW: #2)
- St. Frances, 6-2 (LW: #5)
- Milford Mill, 4-0 (LW: #4)
- John Carroll, 12-2 (LW: #3)
- Dunbar, 6-0 (LW: #6)
- Forest Park, 6-1 (LW: #12)
- Poly, 5-2 (LW: #11)
- Edmondson, 6-1 (LW: #7)
- Archbishop Spalding, 8-3 (LW: #15)
- Arundel, 4-0 (LW: #9)
- City, 5-1 (LW: #8)
- Owings Mills, 4-1 (LW: #10)
- Glen Burnie, 7-0 (LW: Unranked)
- Centennial, 6-0 (LW: Unranked)
As I stated in the introduction, the top five remained fairly stagnant. John Carroll was the only shake-up, as their close loss to a solid Archbishop Spalding team (now #10) pushed them down to the fifth spot. Patterson and Mount St. Joe’s are as close as a #1 and #2 team can be. I give the nod to MSJ because of their win over St. Frances, but Patterson is arguably more talented, and if they can string together a few wins during one of their several out-of-state trips, the Clippers could be back at the top very soon.
I really like Edmondson, and the fact that Poly beat them is very impressive. I’ve had Poly ranked very highly from the start of the season, and the Engineers are now justifying that ranking. With Dunbar and Forest Park also in the top 10, this season in the Baltimore City League figures to be a great one.
Outside of the top five, you’ll notice only one private school (Spalding). The teams in the MIAA continue to beat each other without any true pattern, showing the depth of the league. You have McDonogh sitting at 6-4, and Calvert Hall at 6-5; two very talented teams who have struggled against extremely tough schedules. However, as the publics enter league play and begin to beat each other up in the same way, look for some privates to sneak their way into the rankings with fairly unspectacular records simply because of the difficult schedules they face.
This week’s new additions–Glen Burnie and Centennial–play in weaker conferences, but it’s impossible to argue with the results. If they can continue to win games at this pace, they could find themselves ranked in the top 10 very soon.
Key Games This Week
- #13 Owings Mills vs. Digital Harbor, Tuesday, 12/27, 4 pm (at Northwestern HS)
- #9 Edmondson vs. John F. Kennedy, Tuesday, 12/27, 7 pm (at Northwestern HS)
- #9 Edmondson vs. #15 Centennial, Wednesday, 12/28, 5:30 pm (at Northwestern HS)
- #2 Patterson vs. Plymouth Whitemarsh (PA), Wednesday, 12/28, 6:30 PM (at Widener Univ)
- #3 St. Frances vs. #6 Dunbar, Wednesday, 12/28, 8 pm (at Wicomico Civic Center)
- #6 Dunbar vs. St. John’s Prep (D.C.), Thursday, 12/29, 8 pm (at Wicomico Civic Center)