Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Penn Wood moves into the top spot

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Penn Wood moves into the top spot


Penn Wood moved up one spot to No. 1 in The Inquirer’s Southeastern Pennsylvania boys’ basketball rankings.

The Patriots replace Neumann-Goretti, which dropped to sixth after losing to fifth-ranked Friends’ Central on Dec. 29.

Ninth-ranked Archbishop Carroll and 10th-ranked Plymouth Whitemarsh moved into the rankings for the first time this season.  They replace

Germantown Academy and Norristown . The Patriots were ranked ninth, while  the Eagles  had the 10th spot.

-- Keith Pompey


Here’s the Southeastern Pennsylvania Top 10 rankings that will appear in tomorrow’s Inquirer.




Team                                    Record


Previous rank in parentheses. Records through Sunday.


1. Penn Wood (2)                   9-0


The Patriots have been unstoppable since a one-point victory against Southern. They defeated their next six opponents by an average margin of 24.3 points.


2. Roman Catholic (3)             5-4


The Cahillites’ record is a bit misleading: Roman’s four losses are a result of having played arguably the toughest schedule in the nation.


3. Pennsbury (4)                      6-2


The Falcons are making life miserable for Suburban One National Division foes. They take a 48-game league winning streak into tomorrow’s game with Council Rock North.


4. Chester (5)                          6-1


The “Baby” Clippers are the area’s most exciting team to watch. And they are only going to get better.


5. Friends’ Central (6)            12-1


It’s a shame that the Friends Schools League isn’t a member of the PIAA. The Phoenix would surely contend for a PIAA state title.


6. Neumann-Goretti (1)           5-1


It didn’t take the Saints long to erase memories of their setback to Friends’ Central. They won their next two games by a combined 26 points.


7. Conestoga (7)                      11-0


The senior-dominated Pioneers have been the area’s feel-good story of the early season.


8. Imhotep Charter (8)                9-1


The Panthers are the Public League’s finest. As a result, they’ll provide the league’s best chance to win a state title.


9. Archbishop Carroll (NR)     10-0


The Patriots are proving that there is more to Carroll that its girls’ basketball team.


10. Plymouth Whitemarsh (NR) 8-2


The Colonels have excelled since switching to a smaller lineup. But their five-game winning streak will get tested in tonight’s showdown against rival Norristown .


Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Bartram (9-0), Communications Tech (6-2), Germantown Academy (9-4), Malvern Prep (12-4), Norristown (7-2), St. Joseph ’s Prep (7-2).

-- Keith Pompey

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Bill Iezzi has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1985 and South Jersey sports since 2006.

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer high school sports reporter since 2004. He was named the 2007 media person of the year by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.

Don Beideman has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1989. Among his favorites are field hockey and lacrosse.

Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Phil Anastasia has followed the South Jersey sports scene since 1980. A South Jersey native, Phil joined the Inquirer as a sports columnist in May 2008 after nearly 30 years with the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill.

Marc Narducci has covered South Jersey high school sports for the majority of his tenure with The Inquirer, which began in 1983. After a few years of covering the NFL and NBA, Marc returns to South Jersey, serving as the assigning editor, columnist and beat writer for various sports.

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