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POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Final

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
12:46
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After games ending Sunday, March 25

There's little surprise here - Chester is the top team at the conclusion of our POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings. The Clippers ran the table to finish 32-0 and cap the year as the nation's No. 4 team in the POWERADE FAB 50. Season-long No. 2, Neumann-Goretti, also claimed a state championship with a narrow win over Montour. Other state champs included Imhotep Charter, in an upset win over Beaver Falls, and Constitution, which ran the table in Class A after playing a very difficult non-league schedule. Congratulations to all of this year's state champions.

1. Chester (32-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (29-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Imhotep Charter (22-8) Last week: No. 10

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 14

March, 20, 2012
3/20/12
1:18
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After games ending Sunday, March 18

By this weekend, we'll know who the state champions are, and we'll know which teams end the season atop the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings. Chester and Neumann-Goretti, which have sat at the top of our rankings every week since the beginning of the season, are just two wins away from state championships in Class AAAA and Class AAA, respectively. But that doesn't mean a title is a sure thing. Look out for tough teams such as Lower Merion, Central Dauphin and Montour, possibly the hottest team in the state right now, as the final week shapes up to be an exciting one.

1. Chester (30-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (26-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Lower Merion (27-3) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 13

March, 13, 2012
3/13/12
12:37
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After games ending Sunday, March 11

The state tournament has begun, and already there's a bit of separation evident between the state's top teams and those who weren't quite on that level. No teams have fallen out of or slipped in the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings, but with the tournaments heating up this week, that will surely change with some big matchups on the horizon. As always, check back often for updates as the tournament progresses.

1. Chester (28-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (25-3) Last week: No. 2

3. New Castle (27-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 12

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
11:38
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After games ending Sunday, March 4

It's make-or-break season for the state's top teams, and the squads at the top of the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings appear to be peaking at the right time. But still, that's why they play the games. While some squads are on the outside looking in at this time of year, others are looking for their shot at a state title - and just five wins can get it done. Can Chester keep the winning streak alive? Is Neumann-Goretti deep enough to win the Class AAA crown again? Is anyone up to the task of toppling Beaver Falls in Class AA? Only time will tell.

1. Chester (27-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (23-3) Last week: No. 2

3. New Castle (27-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 11

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
10:16
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 26

The postseason is rapidly approaching and in some cases has already left a big impression, knocking teams from the district tournaments and denying them a shot at state tournament glory. That's the fate that has befallen former No. 3 Central Dauphin, while Chartiers Valley is also out in the WPIAL tourney despite being a top seed, and Malvern Prep couldn't slip past its foes in the Independent Schools Tourney. The field is narrowing, but some of the top teams are still around as well as some underdogs hoping to strike at just the right time.

1. Chester (25-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (22-3) Last week: No. 2

3. New Castle (24-0) Last week: No. 4

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 10

February, 21, 2012
2/21/12
1:33
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 19

Here's how tough it is to stay in the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings - a very good Hershey team dropped to 20-2 on the season...and fell from the top 10. That vacancy opened up a spot for a very deserving Beaver Falls team, which was probably past due. What does Beaver Falls get for its newfound spot in the top 10? A very difficult road through the WPIAL tourney including dates with Brentwood and potentially Jeannette and Sto-Rox down the line. We'll find out soon if the Tigers are up to the task.

1. Chester (23-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (21-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Central Dauphin (23-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

Central Dauphin's Devin Thomas shatters backboard

February, 17, 2012
2/17/12
10:47
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Central Dauphin senior Devin Thomas, an ESPNHS All-State second-teamer, broke the backboard during a game against Greencastle-Antrim on Thursday.

Thomas took a pass from teammate Nick Seefeldt and unleashed a monster jam that shattered the glass. The game was postponed late in the third quarter with Central Dauphin ahead, 39-30. The contest was the championship game of the Mid-Penn League.

The game will resume on Friday at 7 p.m.

Thomas' Rams are the state's No. 3 team in the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 9

February, 14, 2012
2/14/12
2:32
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 12

Playoff games are right around the corner, and the 10 teams currently in our POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings are ready for the postseason. No team is more ready than Chester, which has not only won its games but is doing so in convincing fashion. The Clippers have now won 48 consecutive games and are rolling on all cylinders heading into its Class AAAA title defense. The Clippers are also No. 4 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Neumann-Goretti and Central Dauphin are right on their heels, though, and there's a new team entering the fray this week - Salisbury Township, which has stayed consistently on the bubble waiting for its shot to crack the top 10.

1. Chester (22-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (20-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Central Dauphin (21-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

Report: Racial slurs mar rivalry game between Brentwood, Monessen

February, 8, 2012
2/08/12
12:29
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A basketball game in Western Pa. on Friday turned ugly amid reports of racial slurs shouted during the game by fans and by players as well.

According to reports, players from Monessen and host Brentwood were headed to their respective locker rooms at halftime when three students dressed in banana suits took to the court and taunted the Monessen players. Monessen's team is predominantly African-American.

For full coverage of the incident, click here.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 8

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
12:32
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 5

With just a limited number of games remaining until the playoffs begin in earnest, there are lots of intriguing storylines. Chester remains one of the nation's top teams (No. 3 in the East and No. 4 in the POWERADE FAB 50) while Neumann-Goretti returns to the East Region rankings after a one-week hiatus. New Castle and Hershey are still without losses, as is General McLane. And none of the teams in the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings suffered a loss this week, making our job of rankings pretty easy (but decidedly less fun). Time is running out to make a move, though, and then we'll get to quit with the hypotheticals and let these teams settle the score on the hardwood.

1. Chester (19-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (16-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Central Dauphin (19-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 7

January, 31, 2012
1/31/12
2:03
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After games ending Sunday, Jan. 29

Pennsylvania can now boast only one of the top teams in the POWERADE FAB 50. Chester holds down the nation's No. 5 spot with a 17-0 record. Neumann-Goretti dropped out of the FAB 50, from No. 27, after losing on Sunday to South Shore (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The rest of the teams are jockeying for position in hopes of being in the best spot possible as the playoffs approach (and the playoffs, in case you haven't notice, are rapidly approaching). Even the bubble teams have more talent than many other states can put in their top fives, which is a testament to how good the game has gotten in the Keystone State. Unbeaten General McLane joins the mix this week, which only adds to the great talent in the top 10.

1. Chester (17-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (14-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Central Dauphin (17-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch gives praise to the triple double

January, 26, 2012
1/26/12
10:04
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Rysheed Jordan, Vaux, Junior

Philly is a city stocked with hoops talent, but Jordan might be the most complete player in the area. On Tuesday he posted a triple double — 11 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds — as his team toppled Math, Civics and Sciences. One game earlier, Jordan dropped 31 points and added eight assists in a win over Haverford School.

OTP: Geno Thorpe, Shaler, Junior

If you get to the free throw line 18 times, you've got a real chance to punish your opponent at the charity stripe. Thorpe took advantage of those opportunities in his team's game against Butler, hitting 17 of his 18 opportunities. He finished with 32 points as Shaler earned a 69-52 victory.

UTR: Allen Toth, Mount Calvary, Senior

There's plenty of great long-range shooters in Pennsylvania, but Toth might be the best of the bunch. Of his 119 field goals to this point in the season, more than half of them have been from 3-point range. He's averaging 20.9 points per game, and he put up 19 points and eight boards in a win over Hershey Christian. In 17 games, Toth has connected on 61 trifectas, and his team is 10-7 — and 6-1 in its league.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 6

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
12:43
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After games ending Sunday, Jan. 22

Last week we detailed Friends' Central's rough week - a week that saw the team slip from the top three down to the No. 6 spot. But Amile Jefferson and company weren't about to let a bad week derail their season, and this week the Phoenix won two games in convincing fashion to move back up into the top five. A few teams suffered first losses or tough losses but paired them with strong victories, and Lower Merion made a big push thanks to a convincing win over Scranton to move up into sixth. One thing we're learning in PA is that any team can beat anyone at any given time, which should make the postseason very interesting.

1. Chester (15-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (12-2) Last week: No. 2

3. Central Dauphin (14-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

Two PA hoops stars closing in on 2,000 points

January, 20, 2012
1/20/12
3:29
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As the weekend draws closer, two local basketball players are edging closer to the vaunted 2,000-point plateau for their respective careers.

On the eastern side of the state, Boys' Latin senior Maurice Watson is 28 points from the total, standing at 1,972 career points entering the weekend. The 5-foot-9 guard, who has signed with Boston University of America East, dropped 33 points on Comm. Tech Thursday to move within striking distance of the 2K plateau.

Watson could surpass the mark Saturday at against Pennsauken (N.J.). If he falls shy of 28 points for the game, his next contest will be against Southern on Tuesday. Watson will be the sixth player in the history of the Philadelphia City League if he accomplishes the feat; among the other five is NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain.

On the western side of the state, Highlands senior Micah Mason is much closer to the mark. Mason needs just seven points to eclipse the 2,000-point mark. He averages better than 30 points a game, but he scored just 18 against a very good Hampton team on Tuesday. Highlands plays host to Burrell on Saturday.

Mason will play at Drake University next season.

POWERADE Pennsylvania Hoops Rankings: Week 5

January, 18, 2012
1/18/12
1:14
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After games ending Monday, Jan. 16

It was an especially tough week for Friends' Central, a team that started the week as the nation's No. 13 team in the very competitive POWERADE East Region Rankings. Senior Amile Jefferson and company dropped a two-point decision to Westtown School, then fell to Math, Civics and Sciences by three points. It wasn't the way the team wanted to go into its nationally televised game on Sunday against St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.) in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. The team played well but was a bit overmatched, and St. Mark's pulled away late. Friends' Central is a supremely talented team and will stay in the top 10 for now. But Jefferson has to get his team back on track.

1. Chester (13-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Neumann-Goretti (10-2) Last week: No. 2

3. Central Dauphin (12-1) Last week: No. 4

Click here for the full POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings.

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