High-SchoolNew-York: POWERADE FAB 50

Final N.Y. POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 13, 2012
6/13/12
2:05
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After games on Sunday, June 10

All preseason, the talk was about George Washington — and rightfully so. The Trojans were the reigning champs, boasted arguably the two best players in the state in Nelson Rodriguez and Fernelys Sanchez and had a strong pitching corps as well. But as the postseason came to a close this past weekend, it was Grand Street Campus that stood atop the Empire State baseball scene.

The Wolves rode the balanced play of Kevin Martir (run-scoring triple), Ernesto Lopez (solo homer) and Gerry Gonzalez (four-hitter, third playoff win) to a 2-1 victory against George Washington in the PSAL Class A final. The triumph gave the Wolves their first-ever state title and pushed them into the POWERADE FAB 50.

In Class AA play, another team came up just short of defending its crown as Kingston knocked off reigning champ Victor for its first state title.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 21-1 (1)
Wolves capped impressive season by winning the PSAL Class A crown with a 2-1 victory against George Washington, their first in school history.

2. Poly Prep (Brooklyn) 20-4 (2)
Won second straight NYSAISAA crown and have a shot at a third with Andrew Zapata and other two top pitchers returning.

3. George Washington (New York) 33-10-1 (3)
Trojans couldn't knock red-hot Grand Street Campus in the PSAL Class A championship, losing 2-1.

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N.Y. Week 9 POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
3:11
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After games on Sunday, June 3

Two of the top three teams in the state were knocked out of the postseason last week, as Tottenville and Cardozo went down, leaving surging and top-ranked Grand Street Campus to battle with preseason favorite George Washington in the PSAL Class A final.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 20-1 (1)
Wolves swept John Adams to set up PSAL Class A final matchup with George Washington.

2. Poly Prep (Brooklyn) 20-4 (4)
Won second straight NYSAISAA title behind Andrew Zapata's one-hitter.

3. George Washington (New York) 33-9-1 (5)
Trojans beat Telecommunications 16-3 to cap two-game sweep and advance to PSAL Class A final against Grand Street Campus.

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N.Y. Week 7 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 22, 2012
5/22/12
4:56
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After games on Saturday, May 19

The playoffs get started this week and some teams enter on a hot streak (Grand Street Campus, Cardozo) while others stumbled into the postseason (St. Joseph-by-the-Sea, George Washington). What effect this has on their playoff performance remains to be seen.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 15-1 (1)
Heads into PSAL Class A playoffs on hot streak and led by Ernesto Lopez, who led the league with 26 RBIs, five HRs and a .610 batting average.

2. Tottenville (Staten Island) 22-3 (2)
Won 28th straight PSAL Staten Island A division crown and open playoffs Wednesday against Riverdale or Kingsbridge.

3. Cardozo (Queens) 21-2 (8)
Judges won two more games to sweep competition in Queens A East and earn top seed in PSAL Class A playoffs.

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N.Y. Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

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

A rankings list that's mostly stood pat the last few weeks saw a newcomer make a big leap in Tottenville after the Pirates downed Poly Prep last week. The Pirates have silently played good baseball since moving out of the rankings after the first week and are just another team to watch as the postseason nears.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 13-1 (1)
Easily beat Fort Hamilton last week, creating momentum for two matchups with James Madison and another with No. 6 Poly Prep.

2. Tottenville (Staten Island) 20-3 (NR)
Move into rankings after big win against Poly Prep.

3. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea (Staten Island) 10-1 (2)
Dropped first game of season to Farrell but bounced back with win against Fordham Prep.

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N.Y. Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
12:49
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After games on Saturday, April 28

New York City's teams continue to impress as the regular season draws closer to the playoffs. Grand Street Campus has shown its resilience, coming back to beat Telecommunications last week, as well as its scoring potential behind its wealth of talent in the likes of Jose Cuas and Kevin Martir.

The same goes for St. Joseph-by-the-Sea, which saw pitcher Brian Russell fan 17 batters in eight innings en route to a 1-0 win against Cardinal Spelman, and Poly Prep, which looks like the team most expected the Blue Devils to be by winning six straight, including a victory that featured a no-hitter by Andrew Zapata.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 9-1 (1)
Beat Telecommunications and Lafayette to extend its win streak in league play.

2. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea (Staten Island) 6-0 (2)
Brian Russell struck out 17 batters in eight innings to lead the Vikings past Cardinal Spellman 1-0.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 9-2 (3)
Clippers downed Archbishop Molloy behind home runs from brothers John and Louis DeAngelis.

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N.Y. Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 25, 2012
4/25/12
11:54
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After games on Saturday, April 21

Entering this season, most eyes were on George Washington because of their powerful tandem in Nelson Rodriguez and Fernelys Sanchez, and Poly Prep because of junior ace pitcher Andrew Zapata. But the Trojans have struggled due to Sanchez being sidelined by injury and inconsistent pitching, while the Blue Devils have been inconsistent in producing offense at the plate.

As a result, teams like Grand Street Campus (led by do-everything player Alex Cuas) have taken the baton and raced to the top of the New York rankings. Of course, the season is still young, so expect plenty more movement in the coming weeks.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 7-1 (2)
Led by Alex Cuas, the Wolves are peaking at the right time.

2. St. Joseph-By-The-Sea (Staten Island) 3-0 (3)
Vikings knocked off rival Monroe Catholic and have been a surprise contender this year.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 7-2 (4)
Clippers welcomed back ace pitcher Blaise Scerbo to the lineup, giving them even more punch.

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N.Y. Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
4/17/12
5:40
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After games on Saturday, April 14

Lots of movement took place in this week's rankings, partly because many of the top 10 teams spent the past week playing each other in various tournaments.

George Washington retook the top spot after avenging a loss to Cardozo and winning the GW Tournament. Meanwhile, Poly Prep nearly dropped out of the rankings altogether after the previous No. 1 squad lost two straight to Fieldston and St. Joseph-By-The-Sea. Lastly, Grand Street Campus rose the the No. 2 spot after winning the loaded Monroe Tournament.

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

1. George Washington (New York City) 17-5-1 (3)
Avenged loss to Cardozo by beating the Judges 6-0 en route to the GW Tournament title. Randy Rodriguez earned MVP honors.

2. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 3-1 (NR)
Wolves topped an impressive field to win their second straight Monroe Tournament crown.

3. St. Joseph-By-The-Sea (Staten Island) 2-0 (NR)
Pitching was key in two big wins for the Vikings, as Chris Falcone threw a four-hitter in a 1-0 win against Iona Prep and ace Brian Russell bested Poly Prep ace Andrew Zapata during a victory against previous No. 1 Poly Prep.

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N.Y. Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 11, 2012
4/11/12
12:08
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After games on Saturday, April 7

George Washington started off strong, going unbeaten in its first 10 games until an 0-3 showing at the loaded NHSI tournament in North Carolina. It didn't help that star senior Fernelys Sanchez broke his leg just before the tournament, forcing him off the field for the next 4-6 weeks.

In the meantime, the likes of Poly Prep (2-1 and No. 42 in the POWERADE FAB 50 behind junior ace Andrew Zapata) and Cardozo (4-0, including a win against GW) have risen to the top of the first New York rankings.

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

1. Poly Prep (Brooklyn) 2-1 (2)
Blue Devils had allowed just one run through 14 innings behind junior pitchers Andrew Zapata and Phil Maldari before falling to Delbarton (N.J.).

2. Cardozo (Queens) 4-0 (NR)
Connor Doyle ripped a triple to begin a rally and pitched three innings of relief to seal the Judges' 5-4 win against George Washington.

3. George Washington (New York) 12-4-1 (1)
Trojans have struggled some as they await the return of Fernelys Sanchez from a broken foot.

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Final N.Y. POWERADE hoops rankings: Boys & Girls reigns

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
2:56
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After games on Sunday, March 25

Momentum can be a powerful thing come playoff time. Boys & Girls showed that much during the last two weeks. After avenging two earlier losses to Jefferson with a win in the PSAL Class AA championship, the Kangaroos downed St. Raymond before bouncing defending champ Mount Vernon, 66-60, in the Federation Class AA title game.

Behind Leroy Fludd's 26 points, Boys & Girls won its first-ever Federation crown and Ruth Lovelace became the first woman to lead a boys' team to a Federation title. And with that, the Kangaroos re-enter the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings at No. 50.

In the Federation Class A title, Long Island Lutheran repeated by beating Harborfields 62-61 behind Anthony Pate's game-winning 3-pointer.

That's a wrap for the 2011-12 season, so here are the final state rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 26-6 (2)
Kangaroos punctuated late-season surge by knocking off defending champ Mount Vernon in the Federation Class AA title game, 66-60, behind Leroy Fludd's 25 points.

2. Mount Vernon 23-3 (1)
Knights' bid for a second-straight Federation Class AA crown fell short with a 66-60 loss to the Boys & Girls in the title game.

3. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 25-7 (3)
Orange Wave had their best season ever, winning their first Brooklyn Borough title and reaching the PSAL Class AA title game before falling to eventual champ Boys a Girls.

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After games on Sunday, March 18

Talk about a wild championship weekend. The Class A and AA final four had plenty of intriguing contests with two teams extending their championship streaks and another seeing their reign end in stunning fashion.

In Class AA, Mount Vernon repeated as champs behind Isaiah Cousins' 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Aquinas Institute did its best to threaten the Knights, as Phil Valenti continued his dominant senior campaign with 33 points (one shy of the tournament record) and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough in the 61-57 contest. As a result, Mount Vernon re-entered this week's POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 48.

In the PSAL Class AA final, Boys & Girls avenged two previous losses to Jefferson with a 71-67 win, marking their third straight city title. St. Anthony (N.J.) transfer Rashad Andrews stepped up big with a game-high 26 points while the Kangaroos' defense forced 21 turnovers. Next, they will face CHSAA Class AA champ St. Raymond in the Federation semifinals with the winner moving on to play Mount Vernon.

Finally, in Class A, Tappan Zee seemingly did the impossible, knocking off Dajuan Coleman and four-time defending state champ Jamesville-DeWitt. Patrick Peterson handled the scoring with 31 points while the Dutchmen as a whole held Coleman (13 points, 10 rebounds) scoreless for the entire first half. However, the Dutchmen's hopes at an undefeated season were dashed in the final by Harborfields, which shot 73 percent from the field to win the Class A crown. The Tornadoes will face Iona Prep in the Federation semifinals.

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

1. Mount Vernon 23-2 (1)
Knights repeated as Class AA state champs with a 61-57 win against Aquinas Institute. Isaiah Cousins led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds. Next up: a Sunday contest in the Federation tournament against the winner of St. Raymond vs. Boys & Girls.

2. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 24-6 (3)
Kangaroos captured their third straight PSAL Class AA crown by avenging two earlier losses to Jefferson. Rashad Andrews scored a game-high 26 points in the 71-67 win. Next up: St. Raymond in the Federation Class AA semifinals on March 24.

3. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 25-7 (2)
Orange Wave couldn't make it three straight wins against Boys & Girls, falling to the Kangaroos 71-67 in the PSAL Class AA final behind 21 turnovers.

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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
1/24/12
5:09
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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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St. Raymond vaults to No. 3 in NY hoops rankings with two huge wins

January, 10, 2012
1/10/12
3:29
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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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Lincoln takes over top spot in Week 4 NY hoops rankings

January, 3, 2012
1/03/12
6:56
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After games ending Jan. 2

The gift for most New York teams over the holidays was plenty of star power, as nationally ranked teams from Pennsylvania and California went toe-to-toe with some of New York's best.

Lincoln held its own at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Invitational before falling to Mater Dei (Calif.) in the title game by just seven points. The Railsplitters, ranked 27th in the POWERADE FAB 50, will get another test this week in Utah's top-ranked team, Lone Peak.

Mount Vernon went against national No. 18 Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) but came up short in a 65-61 contest in the DWI Holiday Classic. The Saints went on to defeat Christ the King as well, but in a much more decisive fashion — a score of 73-41. CTK played its next Pennsylvania opponent a lot closer, but the result was the same, a 65-53 loss to Chester.

As a result, Lincoln moves up to No. 1 in the state, followed by Mount Vernon, which drops to 28th nationally.

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

1. Lincoln (Brooklyn) 9-1 (2)
In a matchup of nationally ranked teams, Lincoln fell, 76-69, to Mater Dei (Calif.) in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Invitational Division Final in California

2. Mount Vernon (St. Ursula) 4-1 (1)
The Knights lost a close one to national No. 18 Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) but bounced back with a win against Seton Catholic Central.

3. Jamesville-DeWitt 6-1 (5)
Following an idle week, the Red Rams return to action Wednesday against Fowler.

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Lincoln moves up in Week 3 New York hoops rankings

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
10:52
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After games ending Dec. 26

Christ the King, Boys & Girls, Jamesville-DeWitt have all had their star players but haven't been able to avoid losses this year. On the other hand, Lincoln has played two games without star Isaiah Whitehead and still boasts a 7-0 record. For that, the Railsplitters have shot up to the state's No. 2 spot and into the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Just ahead of them is Mount Vernon, which started 2-0 to take over the No. 1 ranking in light of Boys & Girls' loss to South Shore. Still, the Knights face a tough test in nationally ranked Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) this week.

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

1. Mount Vernon 2-0 (1)
After two blowout wins, Knights face big test in national No. 22 Neumann-Goretti this week.

2. Lincoln 7-0 (5)
Railsplitters move up and debut at No. 26 in POWERADE FAB 50 after knocking off Baltimore power Patterson. The tough road continues in a California holiday tournament this week.

3. Boys & Girls 6-1 (1)
Kangaroos suffered first loss against South Shore, will look to bounce back against Vaux (Pa.) this week.

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