High-SchoolMassachusetts: POWERADE state rankings

It was a fairly quiet week in Massachusetts baseball, as most of the top teams in the POWERADE state rankings enjoyed first-round byes in the MIAA tournament.

No. 1 St. John's (Shrewsbury) and No. 2 Springfield Cathedral were among the inactive teams, but they'll have to knock off the rust quickly as their playoff schedules resume this week.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. St. John's of Shrewsbury (20-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Springfield Cathedral (18-2) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Franklin (19-2) — Last week: No. 3
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The regular season has come to an end, and while there isn't much turnover in this week's POWERADE state rankings, expect that to change in the coming weeks as we get deeper and deeper into the state tournament.

No. 1 St. John's (Shrewsbury) is the top-seeded team in the Central Mass Division 1 bracket, while No. 2 Springfield Cathedral is the top seed in Western Mass Division 1. The postseason is unpredictable, but both teams have to be considered heavy favorites to win their brackets and advance to the state semifinals.

Division 1 North is a loaded bracket, with No. 5 Lowell and No. 3 Franklin on a collision course as the top two seeds.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. St. John's of Shrewsbury (20-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Springfield Cathedral (18-2) — Last week: No. 3
  3. Franklin (18-2) — Last week: No. 4
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The top half of this edition of the POWERADE state rankings remains unchanged from last week, but there has been significant turnover in the bottom half.

The most shocking is probably the absence of East Longmeadow, which spent a good portion of the season ranked No. 1. But the Spartans have hit a rough stretch over the past couple weeks, and a loss to West Springfield was enough to drop them out of the Top 10 for the first time all season.

New teams this week are No. 6 Lowell, No. 9 Milford and No. 10 Chelmsford.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. St. John's of Shrewsbury (16-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Walpole (16-1) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Springfield Cathedral (15-2) — Last week: No. 3
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For the second week in a row, there's a new team atop the POWERADE state baseball rankings, as St. John's (Shrewsbury) takes over the No. 1 spot for the first time this season.

The Pioneers beat two elite teams last week, silencing No. 10 Burncoat and then dropping BC High, which was ranked No. 1 at the time.

Walpole jumps from No. 5 to No. 2 after a 3-0 week, and Springfield Cathedral is the new No. 3 team after holding off Western Mass rival East Longmeadow.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. St. John's (Shrewsbury) (14-2) — Last week: No. 4
  2. Walpole (14-1) — Last week: No. 5
  3. Springfield Cathedral (14-2) — Last week: No. 3
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After a two-week run in the top spot, East Longmeadow is no longer the No. 1 team in the POWERADE state rankings after dropping a tough decision to No. 5 Walpole.

Last week's No. 2 team, Lowell, couldn't capitalize, however, losing to Chelmsford and dropping to No. 8. That left the door open for BC High to ascend to the top spot despite having the week off.

BC High may have backed into the No. 1 ranking, but the Eagles will get a chance to prove their worthiness very quickly. They've got dates with No. 6 St. John's Prep and No. 4 St. John's (Shrewsbury) this week.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. BC High (11-1) — Last week: No. 3
  2. Lincoln-Sudbury (10-1) — Last week: No. 4
  3. Springfield Cathedral (12-1) — Last week: No. 8
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East Longmeadow remains at No. 1 for the second week in a row, but it wasn't easy. The Spartans had to outlast No. 9 Minnechaug, 1-0, in order to hold on to the top spot.

BC High enjoyed a fantastic week, beating then-No. 2 St. John's (Shrewsbury) and then-No. 3 St. John's Prep. Those impressive wins bumped the Eagles up to No. 3 in this week's rankings.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. East Longmeadow (11-0) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Lowell (7-1) — Last week: No. 4
  3. BC High (10-1) — Last week: No. 7
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There is a new No. 1 in the Massachusetts POWERADE state rankings after last week's top team, Lincoln-Sudbury, suffered its first loss of the season. L-S fell to Xaverian, leaving the door open for BC High to slide into the No. 1 slot.

No. 3 St. John's Prep also lost its first game, coming up short against St. John's (Shrewsbury). East Longmeadow moves up to No. 2 in this week's rankings, while St. John's (Shrewsbury) assumes the No. 3 spot.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. BC High (5-0) — Last week: No. 2
  2. East Longmeadow (6-0) — Last week: No. 5
  3. St. John's (Shrewsbury) — Last week: No. 8
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With the first full week of baseball season complete, there hasn't been any major commotion at the top of the POWERADE state rankings. The top four teams all took care of business in Week 1, holding onto their spots from the preseason rankings.

Things really start to heat up this week, as No. 1 Lincoln-Sudbury faces its first major challenge with a matchup against No. 9 Xaverian. No. 2 BC High has a tough game against Catholic Memorial, and No. 3 St. John's Prep hosts a quality Malden Catholic team. There could be some big changes in the rankings at this time next week.

POWERADE State Baseball Rankings
  1. Lincoln-Sudbury (1-0) — Last week: No. 1
  2. BC High (2-0) — Last week: No. 2
  3. St. John's Prep (2-0) — Last week: No. 3
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POWERADE hoops rankings: Final

March, 20, 2012
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With the state tournaments wrapped up, there isn't much room for debate in the final edition of the 2011-12 POWERADE state rankings. St. Mark's was the preseason No. 1 pick, and the Lions held on to the top spot by going 27-2 and winning the NEPSAC AA tournament.

Springfield Central was unranked to begin the season, but made up ground by going 22-1 and claiming the Division 1 state championship with a 67-46 win over No. 4 Brockton. Northfield-Mt. Hermon started the season at No. 2 and finished at No. 3 after locking up the NEPSAC AAA crown. St. John's (Shrewsbury) and Mahar were both outside the Top 10 when the season started, but they climbed to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Mahar won the Division 2 championship.

Looking ahead to next year, both St. Mark's and Northfield-Mt. Hermon will lose a significant amount of talent to graduation, but they should be able to re-stock and build around the players that are returning, like junior forward Anthony Dallier (NMH) and freshman forward Aaron Falzon (St. Mark's).

POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
  1. St. Mark's (27-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Springfield Central (22-1) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Northfield-Mt. Hermon (23-4) — Last week: No. 3
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POWERADE hoops rankings: Week 13

March, 13, 2012
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The state tournament wreaked havoc on this week's edition of the POWERADE state rankings, with five of last week's top 10 squads seeing their seasons come to an end.

There is stability at the top, however, as St. Mark's remains at No. 1 after winning the NEPSAC AA title two weeks ago. Springfield Central is the top MIAA team, checking in at No. 2. Central will take on No. 5 St. John's (Shrewsbury) in the Division 1 semifinals, with the winner of that game advancing to face No. 4 Brockton in the state title contest.

POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
  1. St. Mark's (27-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Springfield Central (22-1) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Northfield-Mt. Hermon (23-4) — Last week: No. 4
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POWERADE hoops rankings: Week 12

March, 6, 2012
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As MIAA teams get deeper and deeper into the postseason, a pair of non-MIAA schools have already clinched impressive championships. No. 1 St. Mark's won the NEPSAC AA title, while Northfield-Mt. Hermon claimed the NEPSAC AAA crown.

The win keeps St. Mark's locked into the No. 1 spot, while NMH's takedown of Brewster Academy (N.H.) in the AAA final helps the Hoggers jump from No. 7 to No. 4 in this week's POWERADE state rankings.

In MIAA tourney action, No. 2 Springfield Central still looks like the favorite to come out of WMass, while No. 3 Charlestown and No. 5 Central Catholic are on a collision course in the Division 1 North bracket.

POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
  1. St. Mark's (27-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Springfield Central (20-1) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Charlestown (18-4) — Last week: No. 3
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POWERADE hoops rankings: Week 11

February, 28, 2012
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The MIAA tournament is underway, so in essence every team in the field is starting over with a record of 0-0. But some teams, like No. 2 Springfield Central and No. 3 Charlestown are entering the postseason on a roll. Others, like No. 5 Brockton and No. 10 Catholic Memorial, have stumbled late and must recover before their next loss ends their season.

In the NEPSAC tournament, No. 1 St. Mark's continues to dominate and looks like a good bet to earn a rematch with the Tilton School (N.H.), which beat the Lions in last year's Class AA title game.

POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
  1. St. Mark's (24-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Springfield Central (19-1) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Charlestown (16-4) — Last week: No. 4
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POWERADE hoops rankings: Week 10

February, 21, 2012
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Springfield Central continues its steady climb up the POWERADE state rankings, as the Golden Eagles now reside at No. 2 after dispatching rival Springfield Commerce last week.

The other big news concerns the team Springfield Central replaced in the No. 2 spot - Brockton. The Boxers had won 15 straight, but they played poorly in a 68-50 loss to Charlestown in the finals of the Comcast Tournament. Brockton shot just 9-for-22 from the free throw line in the loss and dropped to No. 6 as a result.

POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
  1. St. Mark's (22-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Springfield Central (18-1) — Last week: No. 3
  3. Northfield-Mt. Hermon (20-3) — Last week: No. 4
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POWERADE hoops rankings: Week 9

February, 14, 2012
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It was another hectic week for the Massachusetts POWERADE state rankings, with major shake-ups throughout the top 10. Last week's No. 2 team, Northfield-Mt. Hermon (which actually held the top spot earlier in the season), lost to Brewster Academy, dropping the Hoggers down to No. 4 this week.

Former No. 3 Catholic Memorial also suffered a setback, dropping a heartbreaking game to Brockton at the buzzer. Brockton moves from No. 6 to No. 2 with the win, while CM falls to No. 6 this week.

Western Mass power Springfield Central also reaches its highest point so far this season, checking in at No. 3 after downing Springfield Cathedral.

POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
  1. St. Mark's (19-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Brockton (13-1) — Last week: No. 6
  3. Springfield Central (14-1) — Last week: No. 4
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POWERADE hoops rankings: Week 8

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
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Central Catholic had been one of the last undefeated teams in the MIAA, but an upset loss to Lowell dropped the Raiders from No. 3 to No. 7 in this week's POWERADE state rankings. Catholic Memorial jumps into the No. 3 spot, behind No. 1 St. Mark's and No. 2 Northfield-Mt. Hermon.

POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
  1. St. Mark's (17-2) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Northfield-Mt. Hermon (15-2) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Catholic Memorial (13-2) — Last week: No. 6
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