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N.Y. Week 5 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 8, 2012
After games on Saturday, May 5

Not much changed in this week's rankings, but that might not be the case next week as league schedules wind down and playoff seeding is put on the line.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 10-1 (1)
Ernesto Lopez has sparked this streaking squad, batting .645 with five home runs and 22 RBIs.

2. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea (Staten Island) 7-0 (2)
Downed Archbishop Stepinac 8-0.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 10-2 (3)
Clippers are expected to get a boost this week with the return of pitcher Blaise Scerbo.

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N.Y. Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
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
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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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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Milestones abound in NY All-State hoops stock watch

January, 12, 2012
This week, we're pulling out the bottles of sparkling apple cider for a few New York ballers who set milestones with their play on the hardwood.

You know the drill — each week, we'll take a look back at our New York preseason All-State basketball team and update you on how some of those players are faring this year. There will be a Prime-Time Player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an Under the Radar (UTR) player who is making his case as one of the state's top ballers.

PTP: Emile Blackman, Half Hollow Hills West, Senior
In the Colts' blowout win against Comsewogue, Blackman surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Jan. 5. Fittingly, the milestone basket came on a dunk by the high-flyer off an assist from his brother Jamir.

OTP: Phil Valenti, Aquinas Institute, Senior
In their biggest test of the season so far, Valenti came up, well, big. The senior forward dropped 26 points to help the Little Irish overcome a 12-point deficit and pull out a 76-71 double-overtime win against rival Bishop Kearney. Fourteen of those points came in the fourth quarter and overtime periods. The Little Irish are now 7-0 and ranked No. 8 in the most recent POWERADE state rankings.

UTR: Jon Severe, Christ the King, Junior
In Christ the King's 79-67 win against Xaverian, it wasn't Omar Calhoun or Isaiah Lewis (aka the usual suspects) who made the difference. Instead, it was Severe's dead aim. The junior knocked down a school-record eight 3-pointers en route to 27 points.

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

Five Days of List-Mas: NY's underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had their run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in New York next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.
5. Kahlil Lewin (SO), Erasmus Hall, RB
Credentials: After starter went down, Lewin emerged in last two playoff games for 244 yards, a touchdown and a SportsCenter top play.

4. Tyler Rouse (JR), Baldwinsville, RB
Credentials: 1,863 rushing yards, 22 touchdowns

3. Brandon Barnes (JR), Tottenville, QB
Credentials: 835 passing yards, 10 touchdowns through eight games before a season-ending knee injury

2. Augustus Edwards (JR), Tottenville, RB
Credentials: 1,411 total yards, nine total TDs, two kick return TDs

1. Zach Kearney (JR), Xaverian, RB
Credentials: 1,255 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, 1,040 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas

Tomorrow: POWERADE state hoops rankings

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

Gut check for several teams in Week 6 New York football

October, 21, 2011
Who's got the juice now?

That's the question several New York football teams will settle this weekend. No need for a long intro; it is what it is. So let's get to it....

Chaminade (5-1) at No. 1 St. Anthony's (5-0)
As the state's top team, St. Anthony's knew it would get every opponents' best shot week in and week out. Last week, they barely survived a late flurry by Xaverian and this week a surging Chaminade squad comes to town for homecoming. With Chaminade fresh off a big win against Iona Prep, this rivalry appears like it could be more competitive than in years past. Thing is, the Friars have a slew of athletic weapons -- some of which are just returning to full strength, including tailbacks Dariyan Riley and Brian Sherlock.
My pick: St. Anthony's 31, Chaminade 17

No. 3 Fort Hamilton (6-0) at Erasmus Hall (3-3)
The intrigue surrounding this game really comes down to one question: Which Erasmus Hall team will show up? Will it be the one that knocked off a very good Tottenville squad? Or will it be the team that blew second-half leads in a losses to Campus Magnet and Jefferson? It's anybody's guess, really. Should Wayne Morgan and the Dutchmen give Fort Hamilton its best shot, this could be an interesting matchup.
My pick: Fort Hamilton 28, Erasmus Hall 24

No. 6 Tottenville (5-1) at Curtis (4-2)
Though they are one of the state's most talented team, Tottenville has struggled of late to get its offense going. Curtis and RB Kevin Hall could take advantage of this...but it's not likely. Not with (and if) Brandon Barnes, Augustus Edwards and Alvin Cornelius playing to their high potential.
My pick: Tottenville 28, Curtis 20

Sheepshead Bay (5-1) at No. 9 Lincoln (6-0)
Lincoln made its debut in the top 10 this week, but few would argue that the Railsplitters' schedule up to this point has been pretty easy. Sheepshead Bay will give them their first test with powerful running back Ricardo Appleton leading the attack. The Sharks will test the Railsplitters with their size, but it's questionable if that will be enough to combat Lincoln's dynamic duo of QB Jessel Jones and RB Kareem Folkes.
My pick: Lincoln 34, Sheepshead Bay 20

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Aquinas Institute falls for first time in Week 6 NY football rankings

October, 17, 2011
Results as of Sunday, Oct. 16

After a weekend filled with upsets and near-misses, there was plenty of movement in this week's New York football rankings.

No. 1 St. Anthony's nearly lost for the first time in 24 games, but a Jared Katz interception in the final seconds stopped a late drive by Xaverian in the Friars' 16-14 win. The Clippers gave St. Anthony's all it could handle behind Zach Kearney's 155 rushing yards, but Friars RB Dariyan Riley returned from an ankle injury to play a big role in the win, rushing 13 times for 120 yards.

The No. 2 team wasn't so fortunate, as Aquinas Institute fell for the first time this season. The Little Irish's offense was outdone by Cathedral Prep (Pa.) kicker John Cheseron, who booted three field goals in a 16-13 win. Cheseron connected on a 52-yard field goal and a 46-yarder, which are now the two longest in school history.

St. Joe's Collegiate also lost to an out-of-state squad, falling to 8-0 Steubenville from Ohio, while Iona Prep went down for the second time this season. The Gaels fell 23-19 to a surging Chaminade squad, whose gained momentum behind three field goals by running back/kicker Matthew Graham.

Lincoln benefited the most from the wild weekend, as the Railsplitters made their debut in the top 10 after downing Grand Street Campus 42-12. Through six games, Lincoln has outscored its opponents by a whopping margin of 272-24.

Without further ado, here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. St. Anthony's (Melville) 5-0 (1)
The Friars endured their closest contest of the season, holding off a late comeback to beat Xaverian, 16-14. Next up: Chaminade.

2. Orchard Park 7-0 (3)
The Quakers have quietly moved up the rankings, beating Riverside, 48-0, last week. Next up: Niagara-Wheatfield.

3. Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn) 6-0 (4)
The Tigers won their 38th straight regular season game, defeating New Utrecht by a count of 36-6. Next up: Erasmus Hall.

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Top 10 teams St. Anthony's and Xaverian battle in Week 5 NY football

October, 13, 2011
Thanks to Hurricane Irene cancelling its opener, No. 1 St. Anthony's had to jump into its CHSFL schedule headfirst. The Friars, of course, have handled it — along with injuries to some of their top players — well.

Next on the slate is No. 9 Xaverian (4-1), which has had success but been inconsistent at times. Junior quarterback Zach Kearney has played well of late and running back Laray Smith racked up three more touchdowns in a 37-16 win against Holy Trinity.

The Clippers are surging, but it might not be enough against the Friars (4-0). First-year starting QB Pete Carew had his best game of the season last week (three touchdowns) and standout players Brian Sherlock and Dariyan Riley are expected back from injuries this week, giving the state's top team more firepower.
My pick: St. Anthony's 35, Xaverian 21

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Stacey Bedell, Zach Kearney are on the rise in New York football

October, 13, 2011
It's time for the New York All-State football stock watch, but from now on, we're going to switch things up a little bit. Along with highlighting All-State players who are ballin' out, we'll now start handing out an On The Rise (OTR) award for a player who wasn't on the preseason list but is well on his way to earning postseason recognition.

UP — Stacey Bedell, William Floyd RB
After having an off game against a Brentwood defense that made solely focused on stopping him, I said it wouldn't be long before Bedell was back on track. (Yeah, I know...bold prediction.) The senior proved just that in a major way during the Colonials' 40-7 win against Northport, rushing for a 352 yards and five touchdowns in the rout.

OTR — Zach Kearney, Xaverian QB
In just his first year as the starter, Kearney has shown tremendous poise and potential. After breaking an 80-yard touchdown run to spark a 37-16 win against Iona Prep two weeks ago, the junior continued his emergence in last week's victory against Holy Trinity. Kearney scored three times, putting the Clippers in good position to give top-ranked St. Anthony's a stiff challenge when they meet this weekend.

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Top teams breeze to victory, hold strong in Week 5 NY football rankings

October, 10, 2011
Results as of Sunday, Oct. 9

St. Anthony's looked the part of No. 1, easily beating Archbishop Stepinac, 55-29. Fort Hamilton won its 37th straight regular season contest, this time beating Jefferson by a count of 44-36. Plus, Tottenville and Iona Prep bounced back from their first losses of the year with wins.

In other words, it was pretty much business as usual for New York's top football teams this past weekend. Looming on the schedule, though, is a matchup between No. 1 St. Anthony's and No. 9 Xaverian that could shake up the rankings, so stay tuned.

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

1. St. Anthony's (Melville) 4-0 (1)
First-year starter Pete Carew had his best game of the year, completing 10 of his 11 throws for 141 yards to go with two total touchdowns in a 55-29 win against Archbishop Stepinac. Next up: Xaverian.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 6-0 (2)
Little Irish easily beat Canisius, 50-7, this past week. Next up: Cathedral Prep (Pa.).

3. Orchard Park 6-0 (3)
Okoya Anderson rushed for 136 yards and two scores in a 37-14 win against Lancaster. Next up: Riverside.

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Holy Cross shoots for upset of No. 1 St. Anthony's in Week 3 NY football

September, 30, 2011
It's been a pleasantly surprising start to the season for Holy Cross. A win against Xaverian along with coach Tom Pugh;s 200th victory last week highlights the Knights' 3-0 start, but nothing would top a victory against defending CHSFL champ and current No. 1 St. Anthony's (2-0).

The Knights have homefield advantage and a solid defensive attack, but quite frankly, most of the odds are stacked against them. The Friars boast tons of experience and depth — both of which were witnessed last week when Anthony Anderson stepped in for the injured Dariyan Riley to rush for 136 yards in a 51-0 rout of Fordham Prep. Riley is expected back this week and the Friars' defense is evolving into midseason form. Don't get wrong — Holy Cross will put up a fight, but this bout will end in a 22nd straight victory for the Friars.
My pick: St. Anthony's 35, Holy Cross 17

No. 8 St. Joe's Collegiate (3-1) at No. 4 St. Francis (3-1)
Just two weeks after facing No. 2 Aquinas Institute, St. Francis comes up against another strong team in St. Joe's Collegiate. Both teams possess big-time playmakers, with St. Francis anchored by Akeel Lynch (705 rushing yards and seven scores despite missing a game a half with injury) and the Marauders led by Elite 11 QB Chad Kelly. Ironically, this will be the first time these two will play on the same field. Last year, an injury held out Lynch, as Kelly went off for five scores in an easy win. And the year before that, Kelly was still playing in Pennsylvania, as Lynch had a career-high five touchdowns in victory. What's more is that both teams only loss came to No. 2 Aquinas Institute. Like Lynch, Kelly has been off to a great start, totaling 14 TDs through the air and on the ground. In other words, this matchup is primed to be a shootout.
My pick: St. Francis 38, St. Joe's Collegiate 35

Xaverian (2-1) at No. 9 Iona Prep (3-0)
Last week was the Justin Combs show, as Diddy's son stepped in at quarterback to score three touchdowns for the surging Gaels in a 28-7 win against Monsignor Farrell. The Gaels will need a similar effort from the versatile starter this week against a tough Xaverian squad. Quarterback Isaiah Kearney (a total of 644 yards and seven TDs) will keep the Gaels defense on its heels, but ultimately, I think Iona Prep's offense of Combs, Mario Biaggi and Shaquille Townsend will be too much for the Clippers.
My pick: Iona Prep 28, Xaverian 20

No. 3 Tottenville (3-0) at Erasmus Hall (1-2)
Many thought this game would be a matchup of undefeateds, but Erasmus Hall has sputtered in its first three games. Despite boasting All-State DB Wayne Morgan, the Dutchmen defense has struggled, surrendering 17 second-half points in a loss to Campus Magnet and 30 points last week against Clinton. Tottenville, on the other hand, has cruised to a 3-0 start behind the three-headed monster of QB Brandon Barnes, RB Augustus Edwards and WR Alvin Cornelius. The good news for Erasmus Hall is talented enough to rebound and still contend for a state title. The bad news is that Tottenville easily beat Clinton a few weeks ago and won't let up tonight.
My pick: Tottenville 31, Erasmus Hall 17

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Aquinas Institute drops St. Francis, Iona Prep debuts in Week 2 NY rankings

September, 19, 2011
With Hurricane Irene long gone, the state's top team was finally able to get into action last week. And St. Anthony's didn't disappoint, beating Monsignor Farrell, 41-26. Sure, there were signs of rust and backup quarterback Pete Carew is still adjusting to his new starting role, but a conference win is a conference win. The road doesn't get any easier though, as the Friars face a 2-0 Fordham Prep squad on the road.

Aquinas Institute continued to build its case for the top slot, beating previous No. 3 St. Francis, 34-20. Xaverian wasn't as fortunate, falling to Holy Cross and, as a result, out of rankings. A surging Iona Prep took the Clippers' spot and then some, earning the No. 9 spot, thanks to a loss by William Floyd.

Here's how the state rankings shake out this week:

1. St. Anthony's (South Huntington) 1-0 (1)
The Friars finally got their season underway, beating Monsignor Farrell by a score of 41-26. The loss came with some bad news, though, as running back Dariyan Riley left the game early with an ankle injury. Next up: a tough Fordham Prep squad.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 3-0 (2)
The Little Irish showed their mettle once again against a top-10 squad, this time beating former No. 3 St. Francis High, 34-20. A battle against McQuaid Jesuit is next on the schedule.

3. Tottenville (Staten Island) 2-0 (4)
The Pirates rolled to a 21-0 victory against Clinton behind three touchdown throws from Brandon Barnes to Alvin Cornelius. Next up: Adams.

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Xaverian makes move into first NY football rankings

September, 13, 2011
Thanks to the continued weather issues, we have yet to see the state's top team in action, but there's been plenty to talk about on the Empire State football scene. As expected, Aquinas Institute has looked strong and, after beating St. Joe's Collegiate, will get another test this weekend against No. 3 St. Francis. Also, Xaverian made a move into the top 10 after downing a solid Monroe-Woodbury squad.
Here's how the first state rankings shake out (Last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. St. Anthony's (Melville) 0-0 (1)
Friars' season opener against State College (Pa.) was cancelled due to weather and travel issues, giving them an unexpected bye week before facing Monsignor Farrell this Friday.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 2-0 (2)
Little Irish have looked solid early on, beating St. Joe's Collegiate and Henninger handily. Next up: a solid St. Francis squad

3. St. Francis (Athol Springs) 2-0 (3)
Red Raiders are halfway to their 2010 win total with big victories against Liverpool and Holy Trinity, but their mettle will be tested in matchup this week against No. 2 Aquinas Institute.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly state rankings.