High-SchoolNew-Jersey: Jackson

N.J. Week 8 POWERADE baseball rankings: Upsets galore

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
4:43
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After games on Saturday, May 26

This past week was unkind to a number of ranked teams and strong contenders for the state title. Jackson, Westfield, Ramapo, Washington Township, Middlesex, Wall, Millville, Notre Dame and Montclair all saw their seasons come to a stunning end, while Sayreville needed extra innings to survive its matchup with Phillipsburg.

Don Bosco Prep held on to the top spot after cruising to a second straight Bergen County Tournament title, which pushed them to No. 39 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 21-3 (1)
Ironmen shut out Paramus 9-0 to secure their second straight Bergen County Tournament title. Next up: Pope John.

2. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange) 22-3 (3)
Pirates lost to Nutley. Will open play in state tournament against Bergen Catholic.

3. Gloucester Catholic 21-4 (4)
Rams beat Kingsway, Holy Spirit and Buena to enter state playoff matchup against Holy Cross on five-game win streak.

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N.J. Week 7 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 22, 2012
5/22/12
4:44
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After games on Saturday, May 19

The playoffs get underway this week, so throw out the regular season records and even the playoff seeds. One game can make or break a team's season at this point.

Don Bosco Prep, the No. 40 team in the POWERADE FAB 50, enters as the favorite in the Non-Public A bracket, but the Ironmen must get by the likes of Seton Hall Prep and Gloucester Catholic. Likewise, the Group 4 tournament is loaded with contenders Jackson, Steinert and Washington Township.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 19-3 (1)
Closed out regular season with 10-1 win against River Dell and enter Non-Public, North A tournament as No. 2 seed.

2. Jackson 21-2 (3)
Won four games last week, entering the Group 4 Central bracket as No. 2 seed and a strong contender to win state title.

3. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange) 22-2 (5)
Pirates rolled to four wins last week and snagged top seed in Non-Public, North A tourney.

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N.J. Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 16, 2012
5/16/12
2:03
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After games on Saturday, May 12

Two new teams enter the top 10 this week, in part thanks to a tough stretch for St. Joseph (Mont.), which has lost three of its last five games. One squad to take advantage was Hunterdon Central. The Red Devils downed High Point and Phillipsburg with junior Jeremy Ake smashing three home runs, a double, a triple, six RBIs and stealing three bases last week.

Don Bosco Prep remains atop the rankings after tacking two more wins onto its record. The Ironmen moved up a spot to No. 43 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 18-3 (1)
Ironmen have hit their stride, tacking on wins against DePaul and Dumont.

2. Gloucester Catholic 17-3 (2)
Rams bounced back from loss to Don Bosco by beating Glassboro and Deptford by a combined count of 18-1.

3. Jackson 17-2 (5)
Beat Barnegat and Toms River North last week.

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N.J. Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
12:32
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After games on Saturday, April 28

Going undefeated is far from an easy task in baseball, so it's no surprise (or no reason to panic) that contenders like St. Joseph (Mont.) and Red Bank Catholic took "Ls" this past week. The key is hitting their right stride in the conference tournaments, which begin this week, before the real postseason starts.

One big matchup to look forward to this week comes Sunday, when No. 1 Gloucester Catholic, ranked 27th in the POWERADE FAB 50, takes on No. 4 Don Bosco Prep in what could very well be a preview of the Non-Public A championship.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Gloucester Catholic 13-2 (1)
After an idle week, the Rams have a date with No. 4 Don Bosco Prep in a potential preview of the Non-Public A title game.

2. Jackson 13-1 (7)
Went undefeated in four games last week to emerge as the top Group 4 team as conference tournament play begins.

3. Seton Hall Prep 14-1 (8)
Pirates are rolling behind the consistent pitching of Mike Sheppard III (36 strikeouts) and Bobby Morgenroth (4-0, 1.84 ERA). Mike's dad and the Pirates coach, Mike Sheppard Jr., celebrated his 600th career victory Monday after the Pirates beat Bloomfield 12-2.

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