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.

 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

 

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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