High-SchoolNew-Jersey: New Jersey

Final N.J. POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 13, 2012
6/13/12
1:49
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After games on Sunday, June 10

The regular season was indeed a wild one, with several new contenders emerging, followed by a postseason that saw Hillsborough go on a Cinderella run to the state title game. But in the end, the 2012 campaign ended up looking a lot like the close of the 2011 season, with two teams repeating.

Gloucester Catholic avenged an earlier loss to Don Bosco Prep by knocking off the Ironmen by the score of 4-1 in the Non-Public A championship. The Rams have now won three straight crowns (the last two coming in Non-Public B), a state-record 16 titles and are back in the POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 41.

In Group 4, Manalapan shook off an inconsistent regular season to secure their second straight crown while ending Hillsborough's surprising postseason run with a 2-0 victory.

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

1. Gloucester Catholic 27-4 (2)
Avenged a loss to Don Bosco Prep earlier this season by knocking off the Ironmen in the Non-Public A title game, 4-1. The Rams have won three straight state titles (last two in Non-Public B) and a state-record 16 titles.

2. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 24-4 (1)
Ironmen fell to Gloucester Catholic 4-1 in the Non-Public A title game.

3. Marist (Bayonne) 24-5 (NR)
Kim Rodriguez hit a walk-off RBI single to push Marist to a 11-10 comeback win against Newark Academy in the Non-Public B championship. It was the third straight walk-off win for the Royal Knights and their first state title since 1991.

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N.J. POWERADE Week 9 baseball rankings

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
2:55
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After games on Sunday, June 3

It's down to the final four, meaning a state champion will be decided this week. Along with the usual suspects remaining (Don Bosco Prep, which is now No. 38 in the POWERADE FAB 50, and Gloucester Catholic), two teams to watch are Delbarton, which knocked off Seton Hall Prep for a spot in the Non-Public North A final against Don Bosco, and Hillsborough, which beat Hunterdon Central to continue its improbable postseason run.

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

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 23-3 (1)
Ironmen beat St. Joseph (Mont.) 2-0 to advance to Non-Public North A final against Delbarton on Tuesday.

2. Gloucester Catholic 24-4 (3)
Rams downed Bishop Eustace 4-0 to set up matchup with St. Augustine Prep in Non-Public South A final.

3. Delbarton (Morristown) 21-6 (7)
Knocked off Seton Hall Prep to advance to Non-Public North A final against top-ranked Don Bosco Prep.

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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 5 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
6:15
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After games on Saturday May 5

The playoffs aren't quite here yet, but Garden State baseball fans got a glimpse of what the postseason could bring when Gloucester Catholic and Don Bosco Prep faced off last week. It appeared the top-ranked Rams were on their way to victory, but Joe Purritano erased the deficit by belting a three-run homer in the 10th inning for a 5-3 Don Bosco win.

The victory shoots the Ironmen to the top spot in the state and No. 44 slot in the POWERADE FAB 50. Gloucester Catholic remains in the national rankings at No. 50.

Just as impressive is the recent play of Rob Kaminsky. The St. Joseph (Mont.) has now thrown three no-hitters this season, the last being his gem in which he struck out 16 batters during a 5-0 win against Paramus last week.

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

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 16-3 (4)
Ironmen jump back up to No. 1 and into the FAB 50 by knocking off Gloucester Catholic 5-3, thanks to Joe Purittano's three-run blast in the 10th. Another test looms this week in Poly Prep (N.Y.).

2. Gloucester Catholic 14-3 (1)
Rams fell to Don Bosco in extra innings and will certainly seek revenge should they meet again in the Non-Public A championship.

3. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange) 16-1 (3)
Secured victories against Columbia (13-1) and West Orange (11-2), pushing their win streak to 16 games.

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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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N.J. Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings: Steinert enters the fray

April, 25, 2012
4/25/12
11:45
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After games on Saturday, April 21

As was the case last year, Gloucester Catholic has been dominant against in-state competition this year. The Rams showed this much by beating six teams in five days last week to push their record to 13-2, tighten their hold on the top spot in N.J. and move up to No. 27 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Still, in a state deep with talent, the Rams and other top 10 teams must watch out for those upstart squads. Previously undefeated Wall learned this much when Steinert handed the Crimson Knights their first loss of the season. Steinert now sits at 12-0.

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

1. Gloucester Catholic 13-2 (1)
Rams are undefeated against Garden State foes and won six games in five days last week.

2. St. Joseph (Montvale) 13-0 (2)
Have put up 10 or more runs in four of their last five games.

3. Steinert (Hamilton) 12-0 (NR)
Knocked off previously undefeated Wall to move into the rankings.

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N.J. Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
4/17/12
5:28
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After games on Saturday, April 14

Gloucester Catholic coach Dennis Barth told me before the season that there would be nothing easy about the Bishop Gorman Easter Tournament. Last year, the Rams suffered one of their two losses on the season to Bishop Gorman, but the fruit reaped from facing this tough competition showed in the Rams' dominance of the rest of their schedule.

Last week, the Rams again lost to Bishop Gorman, this time in the title game. They also fell to Bishop Minogue (Nev.), but with seven players hitting .400 or better and ace Mike Shawaryn shining on the mound, there's no reason to panic. They also still remain in the POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 36.

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

1. Gloucester Catholic 7-2 (1)
Reached the Bishop Gorman Easter Tournament in Nevada, but lost two games along the way to FAB No. 9 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) and Bishop Minogue (Nev.).

2. St. Joseph (Montvale) 9-0 (2)
Green Knights continue hot start, beating their first nine opponents by an average margin of seven runs.

3. Red Bank Catholic 5-0 (4)
Caseys scored six runs in the final two innings to rally for a 7-5 win against Freehold Borough and remain undefeated.

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N.J. Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 11, 2012
4/11/12
12:11
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After games on Sunday, April 7

The very early part of this baseball season has brought much of the same along with a bit of change. Gloucester Catholic picked up right where it left off last season, winning its first four games by a combined margin of 60-1. Led by Brett Tenuto's average of .800, three players are batting above .700 for the No. 34 team in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Things haven't been so fortunate for Don Bosco Prep. At 2-2, the Ironmen have already lost more games than last year's 24-1 campaign. To be fair, though, the two losses came against No. 2 St. Joseph (Mont.) and Maryland power Calvert Hall.

Here are this week's rankings (preseason rankings):

1. Gloucester Catholic 4-0 (2)
Rams picked up where they left off last year, outscoring four foes 60-1.

2. St. Joseph (Montvale) 4-0 (NR)
Along with knocking off preseason favorite Don Bosco Prep, the Green Knights have been on a tear at the plate, recording more than eight runs per game.

3. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 2-2 (1)
Ironmen have already lost more games than they did all of last season, but the defeats have come against No. 2 St. Joseph (Mont.) and Maryland power Calvert Hall.

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Final N.J. POWERADE hoops rankings: St. Anthony repeats

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
2:58
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After games on Sunday, March 25

Let me throw out some numbers for you in light of St. Anthony's 66-62 win against Plainfield in the Tournament of Champions final:

65: That's how many consecutive wins St. Anthony has posted. The last time the Friars lost was on March 13, 2010 to Trenton Catholic in the Non-Public B championship.

12: Number of Tournament of Champions title won by the Friars in the tournament's 24-year history.

27: Number of state sectional titles won by the Friars after hoisting the Non-Public B trophy this year.

93-1: Kyle Anderson's record in four years of high school basketball (two at Paterson Catholic, two at St. Anthony). Friars legendary coach Bob Hurley calls Anderson the most complete player to ever play at St. Anthony.

That pretty much sums up the Friars' dominance during the past two seasons. Plainfield put up a good fight in the final, pushing St. Anthony for most of the contest despite losing Justin Sears to an ankle injury for much of the game. But it wasn't enough to overcome 26 points and 18 rebounds from Jerome Frink, 14 points and five blocks from Anderson and the suffocating defense that's carried this team all season. St. Anthony remains third in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

And with that, the 2011-12 season is technically in the books. St. Benedict's plays in this week's NHSI Tournament in Maryland, but regardless of the outcome, the Friars are cemented in the same spot they've been all year: No. 1.

Here are the final state rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 32-0 (1)
Another year, another Tournament of Champions title for the Friars. Jerome Frink had 26 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Anderson had 14 points and five blocks to push team to 65th straight win, a 66-62 victory against Plainfield.

2. St. Benedict's (Newark) 34-2 (2)
Gray Bees enter this week's NHSI tournament as the No. 4 seed. They will face Ely (Fla.) in Thursday's quarterfinals.

3. Plainfield 30-4 (3)
Cardinals put up a good fight, but an injury to Justin Sears coupled with St. Anthony's defense was too much in a 66-62 loss in the Tournament of Champions final. Cardinals set a school record for wins in a season.

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After games on Sunday, March 18

Just like last year, St. Anthony and Plainfield will play in the Tournament of Champions final. But when the two meet Tuesday at the Izod Center, this time it will truly be a battle between the state's top two eligible teams. (The emphasis is on "eligible" since St. Benedict's doesn't compete in the NJSIAA.)

Last year, that matchup came in the Non-Public, North B final when St. Anthony battled St. Patrick, but with the defending champ Friars on a ridiculous 64-game win streak and Plainfield having blown out contenders like St. Joseph (Met.) and Teaneck, this the matchup we've all wanted to see.

A preview of the contest came on Feb. 7, when St. Anthony held Plainfield to a season-low in points during a 43-31 win. The Friars' defense is just as stifling as it was then, meaning the Cardinals will have to find ways to get scorers like Sekou Harris and Jahmal Lane going.

Nationally, St. Anthony remains at No. 3 in the POWERADE FAB 50 while St. Benedict's fell to No. 15 after losing to national No. 13 DeMatha (Md.) in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational in Maryland. The Gray Bees, who were without the injured Tyler Ennis, will look to rebound at the NHSI tournament next week. Finally, Plainfield enter the national list at No. 49.

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

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 31-0 (1)
Friars pushed their win streak to 64 games by blowing out Atlantic City in the Tournament of Champions semifinals. Next up: Plainfield on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's T of C final.

2. St. Benedict's 33-2 (2)
After beating John Carroll (Md.), the Gray Bees fell to eventual champ and FAB 50 No. 13 DeMatha in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational. Gray Bees move on to the NHSI tournament on March 28-31 with hopes that Tyler Ennis, who sat out the loss with injury, will be back to full strength.

3. Plainfield 30-3 (3)
Cardinals surged past St. Joseph (Met.) and into the Tournament of Champions final to face St. Anthony for the second year in a row. Plainfield fell to St. Anthony in February by the score 43-31.

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N.J. Week 12 hoops rankings: State champions crowned

March, 13, 2012
3/13/12
1:21
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After games on Sunday, March 11

The marathon that is the high school basketball season is winding to a close, as the state sectional champions were crowned this past weekend.

Some brought little surprise, like when St. Anthony, the third-ranked team in the POWERADE FAB 50, used stifling defense to repeat as Non-Public B champions. The Friars' 67-39 victory against Gill St. Bernard's ran their win streak to a national-best 63 games, secured their 27th group title and earned them the top seed in this week's Tournament of Champions.

Others triggered shock and suspense, like when Plainfield had to storm back from a halftime deficit to beat Neptune in the Group 3 championship — this coming one round after the Cardinals downed previously undefeated Teaneck by 22. Or when Atlantic City had to pull off a similar late run to beat an upstart Elizabeth squad in the Group 4 title game.

And one contest made history. Ewing's 59-50 win against Pascack Hills in the Group 2 final made Shelley Dearden the first female coach in state history to lead a boys basketball team to a state championship.

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

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 30-0 (1)
Friars repeated as Non-Public B champs while running their win streak to 63 games by easily beating Hudson Catholic and Gill St. Bernard's. They enter the Tournament of Champions as the top seed, awaiting the March 14 winner of Ewing and Atlantic City.

2. St. Benedict's (Newark) 31-1 (2)
The Gray Bees begin a tough two-week stretch, playing in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in Maryland beginning with a contest against John Carroll (Md.). Then they will take part in the ESPNHS NHSI tournament beginning on March 28.

3. Plainfield 28-3 (4)
The Cardinals handed Teaneck its lone loss of the season before rallying back against Neptune to win the Group 3 title. Next up: Asbury Park in Wednesday's opening round of the Tournament of Champions.

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N.J. Week 11 hoops rankings: Sectional titles on the line

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
1:11
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After games on Monday, March 5.

Championship weekend is underway in the Garden State, as teams are vying for the various sectional titles as well as a spot in the Tournament of Champions.

With that said, it's still somewhat crazy to think a year ago at this time, St. Patrick and St. Anthony were facing off for the Non-Public, North B crown and nation's top ranking. It's also crazy to think that that was the last time the two powerhouses would ever play, as St. Patrick's loss in the Non-Public, South B quarterfinals this past week was likely their last game with the school expected to close in June. Meanwhile St. Anthony, which is ranked No. 3 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and faces a test in Hudson Catholic, is a win away from repeating as sectional champs.

Also, a huge matchup looms Wednesday, as Teaneck puts its undefeated record on the line against a talented Plainfield squad in the Section 3 semifinals.

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

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 28-0 (1)
Friars cruised back to the Non-Public, North B final with wins against Oratory Prep and Dwight-Englewood, as Kyle Anderson totaled 60 points in the two victories. Next up: Hudson Catholic in the March 8 title game.

2. St. Benedict's (Newark) 29-1 (2)
The Gray Bees rode the momentum from their Prep A title to rout Rise Academy (Philadelphia). Two more games are on tap this week before they compete in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational in Maryland on March 15-17.

3. Teaneck 29-0 (3)
Highwaymen routed Passaic Tech to clinch the North 1, Group 3 title. Next up: a huge matchup with No. 4 Plainfield in Wednesday's Group 3 semifinals.

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New Jersey All-State baseball team revealed

March, 1, 2012
3/01/12
12:08
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason All-State baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the New Jersey selections.

It's no surprise that Don Bosco Prep ace Tom Burns or Gloucester Catholic power hitter John Brue earned a spot on our first-team squad. But check out the entire list for who else made the list.

Click here for the full New Jersey All-State baseball team.

Click here to check out the other All-State baseball teams across the country.

Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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