High-SchoolNew-York: Cardinal Hayes

New York Week 13 hoops rankings: Christ the King goes down

March, 6, 2012
After games on Sunday, March 4.

A roller-coaster season for Christ the King ended much earlier than most expected, as the Royals fell to Mount St. Michael in the CHSAA Class AA quarterfinals. The loss ended a run of six straight trips to the intersectional final as well as the storied career of all-time leading scorer Omar Calhoun.

Mount St. Michael, which was led by 30 points from Malik Gill, will look to continue its run against Holy Cross in the semifinals, with the winner facing either Cardinal Hayes or St. Raymond.

The final four in the PSAL Class AA bracket is just as intriguing, with the favorite Jefferson going up against a streaking Wings Academy, while Lincoln and Boys & Girls will once again renew their rivalry.

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

1. Mount Vernon 20-2 (1)
Knights won their seventh straight Section 1 Class AA championship with a rout of Mahopac. After a bye, the Knights will face either Binghamton or Middletown in Friday's regional finals.

2. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 24-6 (2)
Thaddeus Hall dropped 25 points to lead the Orange Wave past Wadleigh. Next up: Wings Academy in the PSAL Class AA semifinals on Saturday.

3. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 22-6 (3)
Thaddeus Hall dropped 25 points to lead the Orange Wave past Wadleigh. Next up: Wings Academy in the PSAL Class AA semifinals on Saturday.

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New York Week 12 hoops rankings: Playoff time is here

February, 28, 2012
After games on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The past week provided some outcomes that could be telling for the future, like Christ the King falling to an upstart Holy Cross team in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan tournament and St. Raymond avenging two earlier losses to Cardinal Hayes with a win in the Archdiocesan tournament.

But of course, while history has its place, come playoff time, it's all about the now. Thomas Jefferson is the hottest team in the state, Lincoln hopes to end its recent skid now that star sophomore Isaiah Whitehead is back, Mount Vernon is relying on its experience and Boys & Girls has been known to make its most noise in the postseason. Only time will tell.

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

1. Mount Vernon 18-2 (1)
Knights overcame foul trouble with its two biggest stars (Isaiah Cousins and Jarrel Marshall) to down New Rochelle 74-59 in the Class AA quarterfinals. Next up: Clarkstown South on Friday.

2. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 22-6 (3)
Top-seeded Orange Wave opens play in PSAL Class AA playoffs on Wednesday against Robeson.

3. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 20-6 (4)
As was the case the last two years when they won the city title, the Kangaroos are seeded second as they begin play in the PSAL Class AA playoffs against Gompers on Wednesday.

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NY Week 9 hoops rankings: Christ the King is new No. 1

February, 7, 2012
After games on Sunday, Feb. 5

About two weeks ago, following a 38-point loss to Mater Dei (Calif.) in front of a national TV audience, some may have written off Christ the King, which had lost two of its last three. But in one swift weekend, the Royals reminded everyone of the potential surrounding last year's Federation runner-up.

UConn-bound Omar Calhoun put on a show, pouring in 33 points during a road victory against St. Raymond before dropping 27 in a win against Cardinal Hayes. The result was the top ranking in this week's state rankings and critical momentum as the playoffs loom. Led by Calhoun's 24.6 points per game, the Royals boast two other double-digit scorers in three-point specialist Jon Severe (12.8) and junior Isaiah Lewis (11.2).

While CTK is on the rise, Lincoln hopes it can avoid a great fall. The Railsplitters enter the Brooklyn Borough playoffs without their best player, Isaiah Whitehead, who is expected to sit out the tournament with an ankle injury. Lincoln showed it can excel without their super sophomore by securing a few wins while Whitehead sat out with injury and eligibility issues.

Meanwhile, Jefferson continues its rise, winning four games last week, including a 95-92 overtime decision against Boys & Girls to clinch its first ever Brooklyn Borough AA title. Thaddeus Hall went off in the win with 30 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

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

1. Christ the King (Middle Village) 15-6 (9)
Royals vaulted up to No. 1 after Omar Calhoun dropped 33 points in a win against St. Raymond and 27 in a victory against No. 6 Cardinal Hayes. Next up: St. Francis Prep on Tuesday.

2. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 18-5 (5)
Thaddeus Hall scored a career-high 31 points to go with 10 rebounds in a 95-92 overtime win against previous No. 1 Boys & Girls. Next up: Brooklyn borough playoffs.

3. Mount Vernon 14-2 (4)
Knights breezed past Mamaroneck to push win streak to four games.

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After games on Sunday, Jan. 29

If the first half of the season has taught us anything, it's this: the No. 1 ranking in New York is far from a safe haven. The top spot has changed hands five times so far, with Boys & Girls retaking the No. 1 slot that it held in Week 2 after downing Cardinal Hayes and South Shore.

Continuing with this trend, the Kangaroos' reward for climbing to No. 1 are games against No. 5 Jefferson, which debuted in the rankings on a five-game win streak and well rested, and No. 2 Lincoln. Boys & Girls beat Jefferson in overtime and lost to Lincoln by 10 in their initial meetings, but since then, the Kangaroos have won six of their last seven while Lincoln has lost two of three.

Wins in these contests could move Boys & Girls back in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings, which features no New York teams this week after Mount Vernon, Cardinal Hayes and Lincoln all experienced defeat.

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

1. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 17-3 (4)
Kangaroos rise back up to the top spot after downing South Shore in overtime and Cardinal Hayes on the road. Things don't get any easier, as they face No. 5 Jefferson and No. 2 Lincoln this week.

2. Lincoln (Brooklyn) 16-4 (3)
Railsplitters have lost two of their last three games against No. 5 Jefferson and New Jersey power Hudson Catholic. They have a chance to bounce back in games against South Shore and top-ranked Boys & Girls this week.

3. Cardinal Hayes (Bronx) 16-2 (2)
Cardinals lost to their first in-state foe when they fell to Boys & Girls by two. A tough week looms with contests against Xaverian, Archbishop Stepinac and Christ the King.

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NY Week 7 Hoops Rankings: Cardinal Hayes moves into FAB 50

January, 24, 2012
After games on Sunday, Jan. 22

Three moves has led to an on-the-move Cardinal Hayes' squad. First, the Cardinals moved up to the CHSAA Class AA ranks this season. Then, with the closing of Rice this summer and the transfer of key players Shavar Newkirk and Tyler Wilson as a result, the Cardinals have moved all the way to No. 47 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

A 15-1 start to the season should bode well for the Cardinals as they enter a tough two-week stretch that includes Saturday's contest against Boys & Girls, followed by matchups with the likes of Xaverian, Christ the King and St. Raymond.

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

1. Mount Vernon 9-1 (1)
The defending Class AA state champion Knights were idle last week. They return to action this weekend at the Montverde (Fla.) Invitational.

2. Cardinal Hayes (Bronx) 15-1 (3)
Cardinals have won seven straight entering Friday's game against Monsignor Farrell. The next day, they will face a big test in No. 4 Boys & Girls.

3. Lincoln (Brooklyn) 16-3 (2)
After falling to Jefferson last week, the Railsplitters will look to bounce back in a big way against New Jersey power Hudson Catholic on Saturday.

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Lots of movement in Week 6 NY hoops rankings

January, 18, 2012
After games of Tuesday, Jan. 17

It proved to be a tough week for many New York teams. Just days after Isaiah Whitehead proclaimed his team the best in NYC following a win against Boys & Girls, Lincoln lost its first league game to Jefferson, leading Railsplitter coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton to call his star guard "soft."

Jamesville-DeWitt lost to nationally ranked Milton (Ga.) by 41 points. Christ the King followed up a third-place showing over the weekend at the Bass Pro Tournament in Missouri with a 38-point loss to Mater Dei (Calif.) during Monday's Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts. Aquinas Institute fell just short of upsetting nationally ranked Chester (Pa.). And St. Raymond has now lost three straight games, dropping the Ravens out of this week's rankings.

After all the dust settled, Mount Vernon emerged unblemished, winning four games to move to 29th in the latest POWERADE FAB 50.

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

1. Mount Vernon (St. Ursula) 9-1 (1)
Knights capped a 4-0 week with a win against Cardozo. Next up is a test at the Montverde Invitational in Florida on Jan. 26.

2. Lincoln (Brooklyn) 15-3 (2)
The Railsplitters looked impressive in a Saturday win against No. 4 Boys & Girls before being stunned by Jefferson in league play on Tuesday.

3. Cardinal Hayes (Bronx) 14-1 (7)
The Cardinals showed they are for real by downing previously ranked St. Raymond behind Jalen Jenkins' 22 points.

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St. Raymond vaults to No. 3 in NY hoops rankings with two huge wins

January, 10, 2012
Lost in in St. Raymond's defeat at the hands of Garner (N.C.) in North Carolina's HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational final was that star forward Daniel Dingle missed the game with a shoulder injury. So it's no coincidence that with the senior's return, the Ravens scored two big wins against national powers Paul VI (Va.), in which he had 21 points and 15 boards, and Trinity (Ky.). A similar effort will be needed come Friday, when St. Raymond faces an in-state foe in Cardinal Hayes, which has won three straight.

Don't be surprised to see many of the state's stars come out this week, as an intriguing set of games is on slate.

On Wednesday, undefeated rivals Bishop Kearney and Aquinas Institute will face off in front of a packed house at Aquinas. On Saturday, Lincoln and Boys & Girls will meet up in a battle that could shake up the rankings. And on Monday, Christ the King stands to move up the rankings should it be able to down Mater Dei (Calif.), ranked No. 22 in the POWERADE FAB 50, at the HoopHall Classic in Massachusetts. The 5 p.m. contest will be televised on ESPNU.

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

1. Mount Vernon 4-1 (2)
Knights sit at No. 30 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and are undefeated in the state of New York.

2. Lincoln (Brooklyn) 11-2 (1)
Railsplitters were outplayed by Lone Park (Utah) in 90-63 loss at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee. A big local matchup looms Saturday against No. 5 Boys & Girls.

3. St. Raymond 9-4 (10)
With star senior Daniel Dingle back, the Ravens notched two big victories against out-of-state powers Paul VI (Va.) and Trinity (Ky.). Next up: Mount St. Michael on Tuesday.

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Boys & Girls is new No. 1 after knocking off Christ the King

December, 14, 2011

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When Leroy Fludd lined up against Christ the King star Omar Calhoun, the Boys & Girls senior had one thing in mind: to prove he was the top player in NYC.

Such a claim can't be settled in just one game, but Fludd certainly gained people's attention by dropping 23 points and leading the Kangaroos to a 64-59 upset of the state's then-top ranked team. Calhoun finished with 18 points.

As a result, the defending PSAL champs are the new No. 1 this week, overtaking idle Mount Vernon and debuting in the POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 24

Jamesville-DeWitt also dropped a few spots after losing its opener to DeMatha (Md.), the nation's No. 10 team. The Red Rams hung tough in the National High School Hoops Fest until Dajuan Coleman was sent to the bench with his third foul, sparking an 18-0 run by DeMatha. Such tough games should pay huge dividends down the line, though.

Lastly, Lincoln looked impressive, going 2-0 without star Isaiah Whitehead, who was out with academic problems and a knee injury. The sophomore is expected to be back for Friday's game against Grady. Likewise, Cardinal Hayes debuts after an undefeated start, backing up the belief by many local coaches that the Cardinals are a team to watch.

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

1. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 5-0 (5)
The Kangaroos jump into the top spot after upsetting nationally ranked Christ the King behind Leroy Fludd's 23 points.

2. Mount Vernon 0-0 (2)
Isaiah Cousins leads the nation's No. 26 team when the season opens next Monday against Gompers.

3. Christ the King (Middle Village) 1-1 (1)
The Royals drop a couple spots after falling to an emerging Boys a Girls squad, but will look to recover during the holiday tournament season.

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