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After games ending Wednesday, Dec. 13

It's early but the top three teams have held on to their spots with a combined record of 14-0. Losses by Episcopal and Magruder dropped them down a couple spots, while Landon and Sidwell Friends completely fell out of the rankings. We welcome Bishop O'Connell and Calvin Coolidge to the rankings this week. Candidates to move into next week's top 10 include Bullis, National Christian and Springbrook.

1. Montrose Christian (5-0)

2. DeMatha (4-0)

3. Gonzaga (5-0)

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Nate Britt 2Kelly Kline/ESPNHSJunior point guard Nate Britt II collected 13.5 points and 5.2 assists a game last season for Gonzaga.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Greater D.C. edition.

WCAC basketball isn’t for the faint of heart.

A breeding ground for some of the nation’s top talent, it can chew you up and spit you out faster than it takes John Wall to run the break.
So any player who decides to lace ‘em up in the conference better be ready. If they’re not, it ain’t going to be pretty.

“It’s the best conference in high school basketball,” says Gonzaga coach Steve Turner. “Every game has a championship atmosphere. You’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game or somebody is going to give it to you.”

Nate Britt II loves everything about the WCAC — the competition, the skill and the intensity. And as a kid growing up in Upper Marlboro, he got to see it all firsthand while going to games with his dad.

He looked up to conference standouts like Ian Hummer, Max Kenyi, Tyler Thornton and Cedrick Lindsay at Gonzaga, Austin Freeman and Nigel Munson at DeMatha, Jason Clark and Kendall Marshall at Bishop O’Connell and Chris Wright at St. John’s. He and his father also went to the girls’ games, where Britt became a big fan of St. John’s superstar Marissa Coleman.

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Let's zip around Greater D.C. for updates on the football playoffs.

Good Counsel made quick work of Gonzaga in the WCAC championship game, completing the squad's first unbeaten campaign and cementing the Falcons' status as a top 10 team nationally. Senior Stefon Diggs got things off to a fast start with a 70-yard burst on the first play of the game en route to a 42-0 rout. Senior RB Wes Brown racked up 157 yards and three scores and his backup Dorian O'Daniel proved he'll be able to shoulder the load on offense next year, finishing with 99 yards and a pair of scores.

Chris McPherson booted a 24-yard FG with less than 10 seconds to play to vault Quince Orchard to a 23-21 win over Churchill. Senior RB Mark Green amassed 168 yards and reached pay dirt twice to help QO overcome three lost fumbles. The win moved the Cougars to 12-0 overall and sets up a date with C.H. Flowers, which bested Suitland, 14-7. Senior QB Jonathan Holland hooked up with junior Keith Payne for a 23-yard score on 4th-and-9 for the decisive score. The win clinched the first regional trophy for the Jags. Workhorse back Rob Chesson toted the rock 35 times for 248 yards and three scores to power Old Mill to the 4A East title, 28-7, over North Point.

South County forced four turnovers highlighted by a Andrew Rector pick-6, as the Stallions upset Stone Bridge 25-3 Friday night. Brooke Point booked its ticket to the Northwest Region Division 5 title game with a 47-27 defeat of Broad Run. Zach Deutel passed four TDs as BP's offense took off. His counterpart Conor Jessop was injured in the first half and didn't return... Manny Smith's three rushing scores were too much for Lake Braddock to overcome as Centreville grabbed a 21-18 victory to set up a Saturday rematch with Westfield -- the only team to beat Centreville this fall.

Gar-Field was forced to vacate three wins for using an ineligible player, which knocked the Indians out of the playoffs and gave second life to Osbourn, the team Gar-Field beat last weekend. With the forfeit, Osbourn will face Hylton in the Virginia AAA Region semis at 7:30 tonight.
We sifted through this week’s slate of playoff games and keyed in on four contests you should check out.

Gonzaga (8-3) vs. No. 1 Good Counsel (11-0)
There won't be another DeMatha-Good Counsel final this year. Gonzaga ended any hopes for the eighth consecutive title game between the two WCAC powers, as QB Chris Schultz hooked up with Brady Malone for a touchdown and two-point conversion to lead Gonzaga over DeMatha, 28-27. They will have another tough assignment in unbeaten and top-ranked Good Counsel. The Falcons routed St. John's (D.C.), 47-7, behind 226 rushing yards and four TDs from Wes Brown. Stefon Diggs had 106 total offensive yards and returned a kickoff 88 yards to put the game out of reach.

Stone Bridge (10-1) vs. South County (8-3)
Each team enters this matchup with long winning streaks. Stone Bridge hasn't loss since a Sept. 10 loss to Chantilly, while South County has reeled off eight in a row after opening the year 0-3. Both teams get after it on defense, but the difference-maker could be Stone Bridge junior QB Ryan Burns. The ESPNHS All-State QB holds offers from a multitude of BCS programs and helped the Bulldogs outscore their opponents 365-127 this fall. South County counters with its own highly touted recruit in Virginia Tech-bound LB Devin Van Dyke. The offense uses a ground-and-pound approach spearheaded by the trio of Peter Basnight, Andrew Rector and Shane Foley.

Suitland (10-1) vs. C.H. Flowers (8-3)
Suitland took down three-time defending state champ Wise and Flowers upset previously undefeated Eleanor Roosevelt last week, setting up this rematch between surprising Class 4A contenders. Suitland won the regular season contest, 19-18, in early October. This will be the sixth time Flowers has reached the 4A South Region final, and the team is hoping to finally get over the hump and reach the state semis. To do that, they will need to slow down Suitland RB Taivon Jacobs. The junior was the difference against Wise, as he hauled in an 80-yard bomb for the decisive score.

Quince Orchard (11-1) vs. Churchill (10-1)
Be on the lookout for Churchill Lansana Keita (1,800 total yards, 20 TDs) and QO's Mark Green (1,800 yards, 21 scores) to produce plenty of highlight plays in this contest.

Greater D.C. football playoff primer

November, 11, 2011
We sifted through this week’s slate of playoff games and keyed in on four contests you should check out.

DeMatha (6-3) vs. Gonzaga (7-3)
Gonzaga bounced back from a three-game losing streak to win its final five contests, including a 17-9 win against a battered DeMatha squad, to secure the No. 2 seed and a home game in the WCAC tourney. DeMatha has endured a roller coaster season but with a win it can return to the WCAC finals for the eighth straight fall.

H.D. Woodson (6-4) vs. Coolidge (7-2)
Coolidge has seen enough of Woodson's DCIAA dominance and are hoping to knock off the reigning champs en route to a berth in the Turkey Bowl. Coolidge had its five-game win streak snapped in OT by Dunbar last week but looks to rebound behind a passing attack piloted by Femi Bamiro (19 total TDs). He will do his best to avoid Woodson corner Kenny Crawley, a ball-hawking Tennessee recruit who also has contributed six TDs on offense.

Lake Braddock (6-4) vs. Oakton (8-2)
The Cougars didn't have the type of finish you want heading into postseason play. Oakton dropped decisions to Westfield and Centreville by a combined score of 77-24. They can take a step in the right direction by beating a Lake Braddock squad, which has struggled in its first season after QB Michael Nebrich graduated. The Bruins ended the regular season on a high note, rebounding from back-to-back losses with a three-game win streak to grab the six seed.

Suitland (9-1) vs. Wise (9-1)
These two squads have been playoff regulars in Class 4A action in recent years, and each has a legitimate shot at the state crown. Suitland is tough to stop once senior Nyema Washington gets in sync with his receivers and junior Anthony Squire starts churning out tough yards on the ground. As usual, Wise is powered by a stingy defense and a strong rushing attack. Uriah Bethea and Chase Powell lead the effort on offense, while the defense has held seven opponents to single digits.

All-Area Hoops: Greater D.C.

November, 8, 2011
See all 51 All-State teams.

With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Greater D.C.

We’ve broken down the top 20 local players into four teams based on their talent, and included several other players who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.

Click the following links for a list of the top senior basketball recruits in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

First team

G: Nate Britt II, Gonzaga, 6-1/165, Junior
Reigning Gatorade D.C. Player of the Year and this month’s cover.

G: James Robinson, DeMatha, 6-3/195, Senior
Pitt recruit helped Stags repeat as WCAC champs last year.

F: Justin Anderson, Montrose Christian, 6-6/215, Senior
Superior finisher above the rim; committed to Virginia.

F: Jerami Grant, DeMatha, 6-7/190, Senior
Exceptional perimeter defender will play for Syracuse next winter.

F: Ishmail Wainright, Montrose Christian, 6-5/205, Junior
Averaged a near double-double playing in Missouri last winter.

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If you're not ready for this week's games yet, check out the video above as ESPNHS's Phil Murphy takes you through Westfield's upset over Centreville in his Weekly Update. Then keep reading for a look at this week's top games.

No. 7 Eleanor Roosevelt (9-0) at Sutland (9-0) — Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
This contest will settle the top seed for the 4A South Region playoffs. Roosevelt swept the series last season, winning in Week 10 then bouncing Suitland from the playoffs with a 20-14 victory two weeks later. The Rams are out for revenge and will look to QB Nyema Washington (County-best 1,574 yards and 13 TDs) to lead the way. He forms a nice 1-2 combo with senior RB Anthony Squire, who has found the end zone 15 times. Roosevelt counters with its own duo of QB Shawn Petty and WR Tyrone Temoney. Petty has accrued nearly 1,500 total yards and 12 scores, while Temoney is his main target with 19 catches and six TD grabs.

No. 10 Bullis (8-1) Episcopal (3-4)
Senior RB Kevin Jones hopes to power the Bulldogs to their first IAC crown with a win tonight.

Gonzaga (6-3) at St. John's (4-4) — Saturday
The Eagles could lock up second place in the WCAC tourney with a win over the Cadets.

Oakton (8-1) at No. 4 Centreville (8-1)
Centreville looks to capture a two seed in the Division 6 Northern Region tourney, while Oakton hopes to head into the postseason with some momentum.
Montrose Christian already fielded a loaded roster with the return of seniors Justin Anderson and Kevin Larsen. The addition of former Missouri standout Ishmail Wainright catapults last year's NHSI winners into the national championship discussion. Stu Vetter's troops open the season at No. 4 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and tops in Greater D.C. play.

Joining them in the national rankings are WCAC heavyweights DeMatha (No. 13) and Gonzaga (No. 19). Each team boasts a playmaking point guard with DeMatha featuring Pitt commit James Robinson and Gonzaga returning reigning Gatorade D.C. Player of the Year Nate Britt II. Paul VI is the top team in Virginia, while 4A champ North Point leads the way for Maryland Public Schools.

The top three teams at the start of the season look like this:
1. Montrose Christian
2. DeMatha
3. Gonzaga

Here's a closer look at the area's top hoop teams.

Football pick 'em for Week 7

October, 13, 2011
There are several intriguing contests going down in Greater D.C. this weekend, and we're going to do our best to predict the winners of five of the best matchups. Throw us some feedback in the comments section or tweet your picks to @ESPNHSAuguste. We'll try and highlight a few of the top comments in next week's edition. Here we go.

Oakton (6-0) at No. 9 Chantilly (5-1)
Oakton has had the edge in this matchup with three wins in the last four games. Chantilly creeps closer to evening things out after they win this one.
Pick: Chantilly, 35-24

C.H. Flowers (5-1) at No. 8 Eleanor Roosevelt (6-0)
Shawn Petty has been a beast finding the end zone. Expect more of the same this week.
Pick: Roosevelt, 42-31

DeMatha (3-2) at St. John’s (4-2)
Upset alert. We highlighted this game in the October mag because it will mark St. John’s QB Ben Onett’s first contest against his former teammates. The Stags’ defense will make it hard on him, but we can’t go against the Cadets, who have been playing inspired ball since dropping their first two games.
Pick: St. John’s, 24-14

McLean (4-2) No. 2 Centreville (6-0)
Centreville’s defense is too tough to score on. McLean will learn that the hard way.
Pick: Centreville, 42-14

Osbourn (5-2) at No. 10 Broad Run (5-1)
Derril Thomas has scored two or more times in each of the last four games. Look for him to continue that streak in a winnign effort.
Pick: Broad Run, 35-14

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.
Losses by Friendship Collegiate, DeMatha and Chantilly shook up the top 10 in this week's installment of the POWERADE Greater D.C Football Rankings. Good Counsel's 35-21 victory over the Stags knocked DeMatha out of the top 10. With the win, the Falcons soared to No. 6 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Collegiate fell for the first time to New Jersey Power Bergen Catholic and tumbled to No. 7, while Westfield's win over Chantilly propelled the Bulldogs to No. 4. New to the rankings is No. 10 Broad Run, which will face a tough test against Osbourn Friday night.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Good Counsel — defeated DeMatha., 35-21 (last week No. 1)
2. Centreville — defeated Robinson, 41-14 (last week No. 2)
3. Quince Orchard — defeated Whitman, 31-10 (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.
With POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) facing No. 6 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) combined with No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas going down last night, Good Counsel has a shot to vault in the top five in next week's rankings. Standing in the way is a DeMatha team still steaming after last year's blowout loss to Good Counsel in the WCAC Finals. This huge contest headlines the week's top action on the gridiron in greater D.C..

No. 1 Good Counsel (5-0) at No. 7 DeMatha (3-1) — Saturday, 2 p.m. at Northwestern The Falcons dominated the last matchup as DeMatha had no answer for WR Stefon Diggs. The senior torched the Stags' secondary for three scores as Good Counsel stomped DeMatha, 42-3. This year's DeMatha team is filled with highly touted defensive prospects intent on keeping Diggs in check and avenging last year's loss. Senior LB Sam Lebbie and DL Michael Moore hope to wreak Havoc on GC's O-line and earn the first victory in the series for new head coach Elijah Brooks. The team is yielding 15.8 points a game and limited Bishop O'Connell to six points last week. DeMatha amassed more than 500 yards on offense in that game as Mark Allen and Taiwan Deal both topped the 100-yard mark.

Good Counsel has been in cruise control for much of the season and currently sits at No. 8 in the POWERADE FAB 50. The Falcons have eclipsed the 30-point mark in each of the last three contests and have seen the emergence of junior wide out Kendall Fuller the last few games. Fuller snatched four balls for a game-high 127 yards and two scores to propel GC to a 34-14 win over Red Lion Christian last week. He will make DeMatha pay when they shade coverage over to Diggs' side. RB Wes Brown returned last week and Dorian O'Daniel filled in admirably in his absence, giving Good Counsel a two-pronged attack in the backfield. The team's underrated defense has held the last three foes to 14 points or less.
My prediction: Good Counsel, 28-21. The Falcons just have too many weapons on offense. DeMatha keeps it close but ultimately succumb in the second half.

Two more for weekend
Friendship Collegiate (5-0) at Bergen Catholic (2-2) The Knights have fared well against out-of-state competition this fall, boasting wins over Taft (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Leo (Chicago, Ill.). They look to keep that streak going against this New Jersey power that went toe-to-toe with Don Bosco last week. Collegiate's vaunted rushing attack produced more than 200 yards in last week's defeat of Gwynn Park. RB Albert Reid notched his eighth and ninth TDs of the year, while receiver Amonta Poteat found the end zone twice for his first scores of the year.

Suitland (5-0) at DuVal (4-1)

DuVal is looking to hand Suitland its first loss of the season and extend its four-game unbeaten streak. The Tigers have won close the last two weeks on the strength of a suffocating defense complemented by a tough running game. Suitland fended off C.H. Flowers, 19-18, last week thanks behind RB Anthony Squire's 97 yards and two scores.

The latest POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Soccer Rankings came out today, and it should come as no surprise that DeMatha continues to climb to the top of the list. The 10-0 Stags claimed a 1-1 victory Saturday night over preseason No. 1 Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) at the Gateway Soccer Classic, halting the team's 70-game unbeaten streak by virtue of penalty kicks. ESPNHS All-Area senior MF Michael Parker netted the decisive PK to seal the Stags' 34th consecutive victory. With the win, DeMatha moved up to the No. 3 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50 behind No. St. Benedict's Prep of New Jersey and No. 2 Marquette of Wisconsin.

For more on Saturday night's big win, check out Sheldon Shealer's game story.

For more video highlights from the Gateway Soccer Classic, visit here.
With a pair of huge matchups on the docket this upcoming weekend, there could be some major movement in next week's rankings.

In WCAC action, No. 1 Good Counsel heads to No. 7 DeMatha with first place on the line. The Falcons have ascended to No. 8 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and haven't been tested since defeating GIlman in Week 2, while DeMatha has bounced back from a loss to post back-to-back wins.

In Northern Virginia, No. 6 Chantilly and No. 10 Westfield will lock up in a showdown of undefeated Concorde District squads.

No new teams to discuss as all 10 ranked squads were victorious this week.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Good Counsel — defeated Red Lion Christian, Del., 34-14 (last week No. 1)
2. Centreville — defeated Hayfield, 49-3 (last week No. 2)
3. Quince Orchard — defeated Seneca Valley, 9-6 (last week No. 3)
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.
For the October issue of the ESPNHS Greater D.C. edition, we teamed up with our resident soccer expert Sheldon Shealer to identify the top 22 soccer players in the area. The mags hit schools this week but if you haven't received your copy yet, here’s a look at the Starting 11 and an additional 11 elite players starring on the pitch this fall and for the upcoming spring season. To get your fill of high school soccer info, check out the ESPNHS soccer homepage.

The Starting 11
[F] Charles Chapin, Magruder, Senior, Potomac
Key scorer for two-time Class 4A champs
[F] Ntokozo Tshuma, Episcopal, Senior, Bethesda SC
Reigning VISAA Player of the Year
[MF] Damilola Adeola, Bowie, Senior, D.C. United
Gazette All-Star tallied 18 points in 2010

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There was a bit of a shakeup in the bottom five and one significant move in the top five in the Week 3 installment of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.

Good Counsel and Centreville both won easily and retain the top two spots. And while Stone Bridge also won handily, Quince Orchard and Friendship Collegiate have strung together a more impressive total body of work, thereby bumping the Bulldogs down to No. 5.

New to the mix is Maryland power Eleanor Roosevelt (No. 6) and Virginia’s Chantilly (No. 8) as each team has registered big wins against previously ranked teams in the past two weeks. Look out for bubble teams Arundel, River Hill and Urbana as candidates to infiltrate the top 10 over the next few weeks.

Here is how the top three teams fared last week:

Good Counsel — defeated Valley Forge, 35-3 (last week No. 1)

Centreville — defeated Mount Vernon, 56-13 (last week No. 2)

Quince Orchard — defeated Paint Branch, 24-8 (last week No. 5)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Greater D.C. Football Rankings.