Monday, December 22, 2014

Phil Anastasia: Super Seven Power Rankings

The best teams in South Jersey, regardless of sport:

Phil Anastasia: Super Seven Power Rankings

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The best teams in South Jersey, regardless of sport:

SUPER SEVEN POWER RANKINGS
(Records through Saturday)
1. Eastern field hockey (16-2): Vikings rebounded from loss to Emmaus (Pa.), the nation’s top-ranked team, by beating three South Jersey opponents last week by a combined score of 18-0. It will be a shock if this team loses again this season.

2. Haddonfield boys’ cross country (10-0): Jon “Boo” Vitez set the meet record with a time of 14 minutes, 57 seconds and teammates Matt Nussbaum, Ben Potts and Colin Baker placed in the top five at the Colonial Conference all-star meet Thursday at Pennypacker Park. These guys have their eyes on a November for the ages.

3. Haddonfield girls’ tennis (30-0): The second doubles team of junior Taylor Noll and sophomore Rebecca Senopoulos is playing at a high level. The duo won both its matches in straight sets as the Bulldogs beat Gov. Livingston and Pascack Hills by 5-0 scores to capture the Group 2 state title Wednesday at Mercer County Park. They came back Sunday and whipped Moorestown's No. 1 doubles team in straight sets in the semifinals of the SJIT.


4. Paul VI girls' soccer (14-0): Given the nature of the sport and quality of the competition, it's something special when any South Jersey girls' soccer team can get to the end of October with an undefeated record. The Eagles might not pull it off, but they've made a great run at it. The key has been their remarkable balance.

5. Williamstown football (6-0): Could both teams be 10-0 when Williamstown hosts Delsea on Thanksgiving? There's talk of moving the game to Friday night, which would draw 5,000-7,000 people. But the Braves will have to win two Group 4 playoff games to get to that point, and that won't be easy.

6. St. Augustine boys' soccer (15-0): The Hermits put on a clinic Friday against Haddon Heights in the quarterfinals of the coaches tournament. This team plays a tremendous possession game, and has a vocal leader in goalie John Richards.

7. Cherokee football (6-0): Even big, strong teams such as the Chiefs need to be able to pass the football at times in the tournament. Cherokee junior quarterback Andrew Martin has six touchdown passes and could be a key to the team's playoff hopes.

Under consideration: Gloucester Catholic girls' soccer, Lenape girls' soccer, Rancocas Valley boys' soccer, Delsea football.

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