Sunday, May 24, 2015

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:

1. Eastern field hockey (21-2): Vikings have that familiar, focused look. They've outscored three tournament opponents by 30-0 as a loaded senior class led by Kelsey Mitchell and Melanie Dawson is squeezing most out of their final days in Cardinal and Navy.
2. Haddonfield girls' tennis (32-0): Veteran coach Jeff Holman, one of South Jersey sports' best people, already is nervous about next year's challenge matches.
3. Haddonfield boys' cross country (10-0): Bulldogs looked primed in Saturday's sectional finals at Delsea. They went 1-2-4-5 in the Group 2 race as Jon Vitez, Colin Baker, Matt Nussbaum and Ben Potts all covered the course in 16 minutes, 10 seconds or faster.
4. Lenape girls' soccer (19-1): Since that 1-0 loss to Paul VI on Sept. 16, the Indians have won 16 in a row, outscoring opponents by 56-8. Since 2007, this team is an astounding 50-0 in Olympic American, South Jersey Coaches tournament and Group 4 state tournament play.
5. Rancocas Valley boys' soccer (18-2-3): Living dangerously is just fine by the Red Devils. Over the last nine games, they've gone 8-0-1, winning five times by one goal and advancing another time on penalty kicks.
6. Williamstown football (8-0): This is it. Braves host dangerous Toms River North team Friday night with chance to win program's first tournament game and fully establish their legitimacy as a South Jersey Group 4 power.
7. Cherokee football (8-0): South Jersey Group 4 is loaded but the road to the title runs across that new artificial turf in the big bowl in Marlton. When the Chiefs control the line of scrimmage and get power back Sean Farrell running downhill, they are all but impossible to stop.

-- Phil Anastasia

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