High-SchoolWashington-DC: Baseball

Paul VI is a team that struggled early then flew under the radar as the postseason began. That's no longer the case. The Panthers collected trophies at the WCAC and VISAA tourneys to make their return to the rankings at No. 3 overall. Lake Braddock retains its spot at the top and continues its pursuit of a state crown this week.

Here's a look at the top of the standings:
1. Lake Braddock (19-2) — last week No. 1
2. Potomac Falls (19-2) — last week No. 5
3. Paul VI (23-11) — last week NR
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South County knocked off top-ranked Lake Braddock, which resulted in the Bruins falling out the POWERADE FAB 50. Despite the loss, Braddock retained its spot at the top, just ahead of St. John's and Reservoir. Potomac Falls is a candidate to make a jump into the top three on the heels of its 20-game win streak. New to the mix is Old Mill and IAC champ Georgetown Prep along with preseason No. 1 Madison.
Here's a look at the top of the standings:
1. Lake Braddock (18-2) — last week No. 1
2. St. John's (23-3) — last week No. 2
3. Reservoir (20-1) — last week No. 3
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Greater D.C. Week 7 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 8, 2012
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There are three teams making their debut this week, and all three are so hot that they vaulted into the top five. Reservoir slides into the three spot with only one loss, while Potomac Falls (two losses) and Stone Bridge took advantage by shaky play by Chantilly and South County to reserve the Nos. 4 and 5 spots, respectively.

Here's a look at the top of the standings:
1. Lake Braddock (17-1) — last week No. 1
2. St. John's (23-3) — last week No. 2
3. Reservoir (18-1) — last week No. NR
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Greater D.C. Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 1, 2012
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Greater D.C. added two teams to the East Region rankings, giving the locals four ranked teams. Even more impressive was Lake Braddock earning the No. 42 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50. The top two teams remain the same as the Bruins are joined by St. John's at the top. new to the mix is 13-win Centreville, which replaces Madison, a team that was our preseason No. 1.

Here's a look at the top of the standings:
1. Lake Braddock (15-1) — last week No. 1
2. St. John's (21-2) — last week No. 2
3. Hylton (13-2) — last week No. 3
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Greater D.C. Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
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Our top five underwent some significant changes, but the top of the list remains the same with Lake Braddock maintaining its spot at No. 3. The Bruins bounced back from their first loss of the year by knocking off Annandale and West Potomac by a combined score of 25-3. LB puts its No. 1 spot on the line against No. 3 South County on April 17.

St. John's continues its red-hot pace and was rewarded with the second spot behind Braddock. South County rises two spots to No. 3 while Hylton made a huge leap to No. 6 from No. 10. Biggest dropper of the weak was Oakton, which fell eight slots after dropping three straight.

Here's a look at the top of the standings:
1. Lake Braddock (11-1) — last week No. 1
2. St. John's (17-1) — last week No. 3
3. South County (9-2) — last week No. 5
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Greater D.C. Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 10, 2012
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Northern Virginia continues its dominance of our area rankings, placing four teams in our top five and earning six ranked teams. Lake Braddock suffered its first loss of the season but retains its spot atop the rankings with a 9-1 mark. Oakton continues to surge and appears cemented at No. 2 with St. John's nipping at its heels. James Madison and South County took advantage of spring tourneys to move into the No. 4 and 5 spots, respectively. They leapfrog Severna Park and Riverdale Baptist based on strength of schedule and Park's inactivity over the last few weeks. New to the rankings is Hylton, a Virginia school making some noise in the Cardinal AAA Conference. The squad is undefeated against league foes and has won eight straight contests.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Lake Braddock (9-1) — last week No. 1
2. Oakton (6-1) — last week No. 2
3. St. John's (13-1) — last week No. 4
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Madison baseball ready to strike

April, 6, 2012
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Andy McGuireCourtesy of Albert JacquezTexas-bound junior Andy McGuire leads a loaded Madison squad in pursuit of a state crown.
This story originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of ESPNHS Greater D.C.

Back in 2002, no one on the diamond had swagger like James Madison.

The senior-laden crew embarked on an unprecedented 29-0 Virginia state title run en route to a consensus top-five ranking nationally.

“Every time they stepped on the field, they knew they were going to win,” says Madison skipper Mark Gjormand.

That team was feted at a preseason banquet last month, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of that historic season. At some point in the night, the discussion turned to the 2012 squad and whether it could make a run reminiscent of its predecessors.

“A lot of people see similarities: Both teams were very experienced in big games and had some heartbreak,” says Gjormand.

A year before capturing the trophy, the ’02 team bowed out in region play — a finish twice shared by the current squad, which was bounced by eventual state finalists West Springfield (’10) and South County in successive years.

This spring’s cast appears poised to make a name for itself, however, buoyed by a deep lineup and a pitching staff seeking respect after being overshadowed by the more highly touted throwers in the Liberty District. The offense is lethal with seniors Nate Favero and Jonny Graham and Texas-bound junior Andy McGuire ready to tee off on the opposition. And senior Tim Davis and junior Dan Powers are battle-tested hurlers who have emerged as frontline starters, along with junior flamethrower Daniel Bayer.

Playing for a program that has won numerous conference and region crowns, this year’s crew will ultimately be judged by what it does in the playoffs — and that’s fine by McGuire and Co.

“There’s definitely pressure to live up to those guys,” McGuire says. “But they’re all rooting for us. They want us to win — just to lose one game first.”

David Auguste covers high school sports for ESPNHS. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Greater D.C. Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 4, 2012
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Northern Virginia is beginning to flex its muscle in the local rankings, with five teams occupying spots in the top 10. Lake Braddock and Oakton lead the way, checking in at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Preseason No. 1 James Madison, last year's Class AAA runner-up South County along with McLean are the three other VA powers. Oakton is new to the mix and is off to a stellar start at 5-1 thus far. Expect the squad to put some heat on top-ranked Lake Braddock over the next few weeks.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Lake Braddock (9-0) — last week No. 2
2. Oakton (5-1) — last week NR
3. Severna Park (5-0) — last week No. 5
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Greater D.C. Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

March, 28, 2012
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We're a few weeks into the spring season, and the baseball landscape is beginning to take shape. James Madison remains at No. 1 locally after opening with consecutive victories. Fellow Virginia power Lake Braddock is off to a 6-0 start and moves into the No. 2 slot. St. John's and South County keep their spots at No. 3 and 4, respectively. New to the mix is undefeated Severna Park and 12-win Riverdale Baptist. It's still early, so look for plenty more movement over the next few weeks.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. James Madison (2-0) — last week No. 1
2. Lake Braddock (6-0) — last week No. 5
3. St. John's (7-1) — last week No. 3
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Maryland All-State baseball team revealed

March, 1, 2012
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason All-State baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the Maryland selections.

It's no surprise that guys like Gilman's Ryan Ripken and DeMatha's Kevin Doherty earned a spot on our first team squad. But check out the entire list for who else made it, and then hit up Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste to let us know who else should've made the cut.

Click here for the Maryland All-State baseball team.

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Virginia All-State baseball team revealed

March, 1, 2012
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason All-State baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the Virginia selections.

It's no surprise that guys like Paul VI's Mitchell Aker and James River's Nathan Kirby earned a spot on our 10-man squad. But check out the entire list for who else made it, and then hit up Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste to let us know who else should've made the cut.

Click here for the Virginia All-State baseball team.

Click here for any of the other 49 states.

All-District baseball team revealed

March, 1, 2012
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ESPNHS has announced its preseason All-State baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the D.C. selections.

It's no surprise that guys like Wilson's Robinson Mateo and St. John's Alex Deise earned a spot on our 10-man squad. But check out the entire list for who else made it, and then hit up Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste to let us know who else should've made the cut.

Click here for the All-District baseball team.

Click here for any of the other 50 states.

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