New York High School: Rankings

Baseball poll: April 30

April, 30, 2012
Finally, a team stays atop the poll. Grand Street Campus did not lose this week and therefore remains the No. 1 team in New York City. Here's this week's poll.

1. Grand Street Campus (8-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus went 3-0 this week with wins over Lincoln, Lafayette and Telecommunications.

2. Xaverian (8-0/Last week: 2): Xaverian had a quality win against Molloy and stays undefeated in the CHSAA.

3. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (6-0/Last week: 3): St. Joseph by-the-Sea defeated Spellman and Monsignor Farrell twice to improve to 6-0 on the year.

4. Poly Prep (9-3/Last week: 4): Poly Prep has now won six in a row after it defeated Fieldston this weekend to get to 9-3.

5. Fordham Prep (8-0/Last week: 8): Fordham Prep continues its hot start to the season and rises three spots after a big win against a tough St. Raymond team on Sunday.

6. Cardozo (9-0/Last week: 6): Wins over Long Island City and John Adams keeps Cardozo undefeated in Queens A East play.

7. George Washington (8-1/Last week: 5): George Washington falls two spots in the poll after losing to Manhattan Center this past week.

8. Tottenville (7-3/Last week: 7): Tottenville would be undefeated in league play had it not been for those forfeited wins to start the year.

9. James Monroe (9-0/Last week: Unranked): James Monroe returns to the poll as it is 9-0 in Bronx A West play this season.

10. Moore Catholic (5-1/Last week: Unranked): Moore Catholic makes its debut in the poll, having only lost to St. Joseph this season.

Baseball poll: April 23

April, 23, 2012
It's starting to seem like basketball season around here. For the third straight week, there's a new team atop this poll after Poly Prep defeated George Washington in a non-league game. Here's this week's rankings.

1. Grand Street Campus (5-1/Last week: 2): Grand Street Campus swept its league games this week against EBC/Bushwick Campus ans has three games this week.

2. Xaverian (5-0/Last week: 3): Xaverian had quality wins against St. Francis Prep and McClancy this past week as it shows it might be the team to beat in the CHSAA.

3. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (3-0/Last week: 4: St. Joseph by-the-Sea continues its ascension after defeating Moore Catholic and St. Peter's this past week.

4. Poly Prep (7-3/Last week: 6): Poly Prep won four straight games after losing two straight, including an impressive win against George Washington Saturday in a non-league game.

5. George Washington (6-0/Last week: 1): The Trojans continue to win its league games but have fell to Poly Prep and Cardozo in non-league games on the year.

6. Cardozo (7-0/Last week: 5): Cardozo is also undefeated in league play after defeating Forest Hills twice and William Bryant in Queens A East action this past week.

7. Tottenville (4-3/Last week: 8): Tottenville is above .500 in league play now after wins against Susan Wagner and Petrides this past week.

8. Fordham Prep (3-0/Last week: 10): Fordham Prep started the season off on a right foot with a big against Iona Prep, as well as beating Mount and Stepinac.

9. Norman Thomas (7-0/Last week: Unranked): Norman Thomas makes its first appearance in the poll as it off to a 7-0 start in Manhattan A East this year.

10. Cardinal Spellman (4-1/Last week: Unranked): Cardinal Spellman is also making its debut in the poll after racking up wins against Monsignor Farrell, Iona Prep and others.

Baseball poll: April 16

April, 16, 2012
An exciting week that saw the conclusion of the James Monroe and George Washington tournaments also saw our top team in New York City lose back-to-back games. With those results on our minds, here's our poll.

1. George Washington (3-0/Last week: 3): The Trojans are in first after winning their tournament by defeating Cardozo, who had previously knocked them off.

2. Grand Street Campus (3-1/Last week: 6): Grand Street Campus won the vaunted James Monroe tournament by defeating the Monroe, Tottenville and Xaverian.

3. Xaverian (3-0/Last week: 5): Xaverian picked up a win against Holy Cross in league play and lost in the Monroe Tournament final to Grand Street Campus.

4. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (1-0/Last week: Unranked): St. Joseph by-the-Sea knocked off Iona Prep in league pay and then took down Poly Prep to complete its week.

5. Cardozo (4-0/Last week: 2): Cardozo made it to the George Washington tournament final but fell to the hosts in a rematch.

6. Poly Prep (3-3/Last week: 1): A big drop for Poly Prep as it lost games to Fieldston and St. Joseph by-the-Sea this week to fall to .500.

7. Iona Prep (2-1/Last week: 4): The Gaels lost to St. Joseph in league play and Xaverian in the Monroe tournament, but did knock off Monsignor Farrell.

8. Tottenville (2-3/Last week: 7): Tottenville finished third in the Monroe tournament, losing to eventual champion Grand Street Campus in the semifinals.

9. James Monroe (4-0/Last week: 8): An unfavorable quarterfinal matchup against Grand Street Campus led to Monroe's early departure from its own tournament.

10. Fordham Prep (0-0/Last week: 10): We're still waiting for the Rams to play their first game of the season so we can see them in action.

Baseball rankings: April 9

April, 9, 2012
There have already been some great games to kick off the baseball season. We've seen some upsets in tournaments, including Cardozo knocking off George Washington, and there have been some other surprising results. Here's our first poll of the year.

1. Poly Prep (2-0): Poly Prep is off to a fast start this season and picked up a nice win in league play this week by defeating Riverdale.

2. Cardozo (4-0): Cardozo is undefeated in league play and knocked off George Washington in a tournament this week, sending a message that the Judges are going to be a tough out in the Public Schools Athletic League.

3. George Washington (3-0): The Trojans might have lost in their tournament but they are still a loaded team and are already off to a 3-0 start on the season in league play.

4. Iona Prep (1-0): The Gaels got their season going on the right foot when it knocked off CHSAA finalist All Hallows in their season opener last week.

5. Xaverian (2-0): The defending Catholic High Schools Athletic Association champion has beaten Bishop Ford and Christ the King in league play to start the season.

6. Grand Street Campus (3-1): Grand Street won both of its division games this week as well as going 2-0 in pool play during the Monroe Tournament.

7. Tottenville (4-1): The PSAL finalists lost their one game by forfeit but have won every other game and also have been 2-0 in pool play during the Monroe Tournament.

8. James Monroe (4-0): The Bronx power is off to yet another great start with an undefeated record in league play as well as going 2-0 in pool play in its tournament.

9. All Hallows (1-1): All Hallows started the season with a dominant win against Hayes but then fell just short against Iona Prep in a battle between two of the better teams in the league.

10. Fordham Prep (0-0): Fordham Prep gets the final spot in the poll based on its reputation coming into the year as it has not played a league contest yet.

Final girls basketball poll

March, 26, 2012
After winning the State Federation title last year, Nazareth fell short this season, by falling in the semifinals. Still, the Lady Kingsmen end the season as our top team, as they were the best from day one to the final day. Here's the final poll.

1. Nazareth (18-4)/(LW: 1): Nazareth had a season it will want to forget, because of the tragedy and distractions it faced, and now has to turn its attention to try to keep its school open as it faces closure.

2. Christ the King (15-14)/(LW: 2): Christ the King will be right back in the mix next year as it has one of the most talented sophomores in the city in Sierra Calhoun and other strong players on its roster returning.

3. Moore Catholic (22-6)/(LW: 3): Moore Catholic continues to be one of the best programs in New York City but will have to try to rebound next season without the services of Christina Rubin and Jamie O'Hare.

4. Bishop Ford (22-6)/(LW: 4): Bishop Ford is destined for more success in the future and brings back plenty of strong pieces. There's no reason to think Bishop Ford can't contend for the league title next season.

5. Molloy (19-10)/(LW: 5): Molloy had a great first season under head coach Scott Lagas and will try to duplicate that next season. It has some key juniors like Carolyn Gallagher returning next year which will help.

6. Bishop Loughlin (17-12)/(LW: 7): Loughlin, just like Molloy last year, missed out on the AA playoffs and then swept through the Class A playoffs on its way to its State Federation crown.

7. Murry Bergtraum (18-8)/(LW: 6): Murry Bergtraum won its 14th straight crown and will now try to make it 15 straight years next season. Freshman Ashanae McLaughlin looks like a star in the making in the PSAL.

8. McKee/SI Tech (25-3)/(LW: 8): MSIT had the best season in school history but will now have to try to continue that success without senior Kaityln Astel. Bringing back junior Kelin Walsh will help the Seagulls.

9. South Shore (21-6)/(LW: 9): South Shore had a good season but has to think it underachieved by not reaching the PSAL final. This team will be in the mix once again next year although it loses some key players.

10. Mary Louis (13-17)/(LW: 10): Mary Louis is buoyed by talented freshmen and will be a team to watch in the next few years. In two season, the Hilltoppers could be as good as any team in New York City.

Final boys basketball poll

March, 26, 2012
After two straight unsuccessful trips to the State Federation tournament, Boys & Girls is the the best in the state after its win against Mount Vernon. With that win, the Kangaroos end the season as our No. 1 team. Here's the final poll.

1. Boys & Girls (26-6/(LW: 2): Boys & Girls proved that it perhaps flew under the radar early this season, but it clearly ends as the best team in the City, having beaten virtually every team in this top 10 poll on the way to the State Federation crown.

2. St. Raymond (21-10)/(LW: 1): St. Raymond figured to be one of the best teams in the city with a strong senior class and it backed it up by winning the CHSAA title. Next year will be tough with a couple key players gone but there are still quality pieces left.

3. Thomas Jefferson (25-7) /(LW: 3): Jefferson perhaps was the surprise team of the season as it went from the fourth-best team in Brooklyn to just a few shots away from winning the PSAL title. The Orange Wave should be good again next year.

4. Holy Cross (24-5)/(LW: 4): Holy Cross didn't make much noise in the preseason but showed that it belonged with anybody by winning the Brooklyn/Queens title. The loss of a few key seniors could slow it down next season.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-5)/(LW: 5): Cardinal Hayes has established itself as one of the top programs in New York City, but will have to deal with a large group of seniors graduating. There is talent in the backcourt, though.

6. Mount (21-8)/(LW: 6): Mount was another team that flew under the radar only to make lots of noise in the postseason. Like other teams on this list, the question is going to be how can it respond next season with the loss of key seniors.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 7): Christ the King fell short in its quest for a third straight title this season but will be right back in the mix next year. A strong and talented backcourt will complement a frontcourt that has some size.

8. Wings (26-4)/(LW: 8): Wings has been so close to getting to the PSAL final but has fallen short in the semifinal the last two years. It will have some young pieces next year and could be in for another good year.

9. Lincoln (19-10)/(LW: 9): This year was a disappointment for Lincoln but the Coney Island school will be right back at it next season. A strong backcourt will keep Lincoln near the top of this poll all season.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore has to look at this season as disappointing considering its expectations, but it should be strong again next year. Of course, playing in Brooklyn AA is never an easy task for any school.
The streak lives on. For the 14th straight year, Murry Bergtraum won the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title. That advances it to the State Federation semifinals, where it will meet Nazareth, who bested it for the title last season. Here's this week's poll.

1. Nazareth (18-3)/(LW: 1): Nazareth will meet Murry Bergtraum in the semifinals, a game the Lady Kingsmen won last year for the State Federation title.

2. Christ the King (15-14)/(LW: 2): Christ the King's record may seem mediocre, but the Royals had wins over nationally ranked opponents this year.

3. Moore Catholic (22-6)/(LW: 3): Moore Catholic, along with McKee/SI Tech, showed that Staten Island was one of the toughest boroughs this season.

4. Bishop Ford (22-6)/(LW: 4): Bishop Ford had a successful season despite dropping two winnable games against Christ the King and Moore Catholic to end the season.

5. Molloy (19-10)/(LW: 5): Molloy won the State Federation Class A title last season and had success in the CHSAA Class AA tournament this year, reaching the semifinals.

6. Murry Bergtraum (18-7)/(LW: 6): It's now 14 straight years that Murry Bergtraum has won the PSAL title, one of the most amazing feats in New York City history.

7. Bishop Loughlin (15-12)/(LW: 7): Loughlin will play Rochester East in the semifinals of the State Federation tournament this week.

8. McKee/SI Tech (25-3)/(LW: 8): MSIT led Murry Bergtraum in the fourth quarter but could not hold on and lost a tough one in its first title game appearance.

9. South Shore (21-6)/(LW: 9): South Shore has to think it blew an opportunity as the top seed by not advancing to the PSAL final.

10. Mary Louis (13-17)/(LW: 10): Another team with a mediocre record, but Mary Louis could compete with any team in New York City this year.

Boys basketball poll: March 19

March, 19, 2012
And then there were two. After Boys & Girls defeated Thomas Jefferson to win its third straight Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title, the Kangaroos and St. Raymond are the only two AA teams left. They will meet in the semifinals of the New York State Federation tournament, with a spot against Mount Vernon in the final on the line. Here's this week's poll.

1. St. Raymond (21-9)/(LW: 2): St. Raymond defeated Boys & Girls on a buzzer beater earlier this year and will try to make it 2-0 vs. the Brooklyn power.

2. Boys & Girls (24-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls is back in the New York State Federation tournament, after losing last year in the semifinals to eventual champ Mount Vernon.

3. Thomas Jefferson (25-7) /(LW: 1): Jefferson lost a tough game to Boys & Girls in the AA final but had a great season overall and outperformed most expectations.

4. Holy Cross (24-5)/(LW: 4): Holy Cross had quite the successful season, winning the Brooklyn/Queens tournament final and making the Archdiocesan final.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-5)/(LW: 5): Those two losses to St. Raymond at the end of the year have to sting, considering the Cardinals won the first two games.

6. Mount (21-8)/(LW: 6): Mount gave it all it had this year, making the Archdiocesan final and then upsetting Christ the King in the Intersectional tournament.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 7): Would Christ the King have won the Intersectional title had it won or made the Brooklyn/Queens tournament final?

8. Wings (26-4)/(LW: 8): Wings easily could have been playing against Boys & Girls but that final minute of the game against Jefferson has to be haunting it.

9. Lincoln (19-10)/(LW: 9): Lincoln is going to have to try and stop its rival Boys & Girls from owning New York City as the Kangaroos have won three straight.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore beat the eventual PSAL champ earlier this year, which has to make the team wonder if it underachieved this year.

Girls basketball poll: March 12

March, 12, 2012
For the second straight year, Nazareth won the CHSAA Class AA State title, this team defeating Moore Catholic. It will head to Albany looking to defend its State Federation title. In the PSAL, Murry Bergtraum will try to win its 14th straight title as it faces McKee/SI Tech, which upset South Shore in the final.

1. Nazareth (18-3)/(LW: 1): Nazareth exacted revenge on Christ the King in the semifinals and then took down Moore Catholic easily in the final for its second straight championship.

2. Christ the King (15-14)/(LW: 2): Christ the King fell in the State semifinals to Nazareth, but ended the season as the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament champion.

3. Moore Catholic (22-6)/(LW: 6): Moore Catholic moves up three spots after besting Bishop Ford and Molloy in the State tournament, before falling to Nazareth in the final.

4. Bishop Ford (22-6)/(LW: 3): Bishop Ford stumbled at the end of the year, losing its final two games of the season as it dropped games to Christ the King and Moore Catholic.

5. Molloy (19-10)/(LW: 4): Molloy had a huge upset against St. Anthony's in the quarterfinals but fell to Moore Catholic for the second time this season in the semfinals.

6. Murry Bergtraum (17-7)/(LW: 7): For the 14th straight year, Murry Bergtraum will be playing for the PSAL title after defeating Francis Lewis in the semifinals.

7. Bishop Loughlin (15-12)/(LW: 9): Loughlin had a perfect 4-0 week to win the Class A City title and the Class A State title over Mary Louis.

8. McKee/SI Tech (25-2)/(LW: 8): MSIT pulled the upset of the weekend as it defeated top seed, South Shore, in the semifinals, to advance to Madison Square Garden.

9. South Shore (21-6)/(LW: 5): South Shore seemed prime to potentially end Bergtraum's run atop the PSAL but lost in the semifinals to MSIT.

10. Mary Louis (13-17)/(LW: Unranked): Mary Louis returns to the poll after advancing to the Class A City title game and Class A State title game, although it lost both times.

Boys basketball poll: March 12

March, 12, 2012
After a great week of hoops, St. Raymond is the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional champion and the PSAL has its final set between Thomas Jefferson and Boys & Girls. Those are the only three Class AA teams left in New York City and two of them will represent the Big Apple at the State Federation tournament in Albany next weekend.

1. Thomas Jefferson (25-6) /(LW: 1): Jefferson survived a scare against Wings Academy and heads to the final as the favorite, as it has bested Boys & Girls two of three times.

2. St. Raymond (21-9)/(LW: 2): St. Raymond rallied to take down Cardinal Hayes and then vanquished Holy Cross to win its first title since back-to-back crowns in 2003-04.

3. Boys & Girls (23-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls built up an early lead against rival Lincoln and then held off the Railsplitters late, and will now try to win its third straight title.

4. Holy Cross (24-5)/(LW: 4): Holy Cross didn't have enough size inside to defeat St. Raymond and fell in the tittle game as it tried to win its second title in five years.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-5)/(LW: 5): Hayes couldn't hold an eight-point lead late against St. Raymond and watched its rivals instead go on to win the Class AA title.

6. Mount (21-8)/(LW: 6): Mount could not carry over its momentum from beating Christ the King as it lost by 15 to Holy Cross in the semifinals of the tournament.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 2): Christ the King easily could have been playing for the Intersectional title but instead had to watch the title game for the first time in three years.

8. Wings (26-4)/(LW: 9): Wings saw its season end in a heartbreaking loss to Jefferson but fought to the final minute with the league's top seed.

9. Lincoln (19-10)/(LW: 8): It's easy to say that this season did not go as planned for Lincoln, which had so much talent but could not put it all together.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore at least can say it lost to a title game finalist for the second straight season, if that's any consolation.

Boys basketball poll: March 5

March, 5, 2012
There's only eight teams left in the Class AA after this weekend's crazy slate of games. Christ the King, the two-time defending CHSAA champion, fell in the quarterfinal to Mount St. Michael, meaning the CHSAA will have a new champion. Over in the PSAL, three of the teams left are from Brooklyn with Wings Academy also getting to the semifinals. Here's the poll.

1. Thomas Jefferson (24-6) /(LW: 1): Top-seeded Jefferson is in the semifinals after it defeated Robeson and Wadleigh this week. It will face Wings Academy.

2. St. Raymond (19-9)/(LW: 3): St. Raymond is in the semifinals for the third straight year and will try to advance to the final when it takes on Cardinal Hayes.

3. Boys & Girls (22-6/(LW: 4): Boys & Girls had an impressive win against South Shore and is now getting ready for a fourth meeting with rival Lincoln.

4. Holy Cross (23-4)/(LW: 5): Holy Cross came back from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Molloy and now will face Mount St. Michael in the semifinals.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-4)/(LW: 6): Hayes defeated both St. Francis Prep and Bishop Loughlin easily as it advanced to the semifinals to face St. Raymond.

6. Mount (21-7)/(LW: 9): Mount had the upset of the weekend as it took down Christ the King in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals against Holy Cross.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 2): CK saw its season come to an end early as it fell to Mount St. Michael in the quarters, ending hopes of a three-peat.

8. Lincoln (19-9)/(LW: 7): Lincoln held off Curtis in the quarterfinals and now will try to exact revenge in the semifinals against Boys & Girls.

9. Wings (26-3)/(LW: 9): Wings barely beat Eagle Academy but took down Cardozo in the quarterfinals to setup a game with Jefferson in the semifinals.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore came into the year hoping for grand results but instead lost in the quarterfinals to Boys & Girls for the second straight year.

Girls basketball poll: Feb. 27

February, 27, 2012
Some of the tournaments have already begun but most of them begin this week. The best in New York City will be vying for conference and division crowns. Here's this week's poll.

1. Nazareth (15-2)/(LW: 1): Nazareth beat Christ the King for the second time and is the top seed in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament.

2. Bishop Ford (20-4)/(LW: 2): Bishop Ford is the No. 2 seed in Brooklyn/Queens Division I and faces St. Francis Prep.

3. Molloy (17-8)/(LW: 4): Molloy rebounded from two tough losses to beat CK and JFK this week. It's the No. 3 seed in Brooklyn/Queens Division I and faces Mary Louis Academy.

4. Christ the King (12-13)/(LW: 3): CK drops a spot after losing to Molloy and Nazareth. It's the No. 4 seed in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament and will face Bishop Loughlin.

5. South Shore (20-5)/(LW: 5): South Shore awaits the winner of Benjamin Banneker vs. Midwood in the PSAL quarterfinals.

6. Bishop Loughlin (11-11)/(LW: 6): Loughlin will play Christ the King in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I quarterfinals.

7. Moore Catholic (18-5)/(LW: 7): Moore Catholic meets St. Joseph Hill in the Archdiocesan semifinals.

8. Murry Bergtraum (15-7)/(LW: 8): Murry Bergtraum will meet the Lincoln vs. Brooklyn Collegiate winner in the quarterfinals.

9. McKee/SI Tech (22-2)/(LW: 9): MSIT faces Manahttan Center in the first round.

10. Truman (19-6)/(LW: 10): Truman meets Boys & Girls in the first round.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 27

February, 27, 2012
A crazy week in the CHSAA saw St. Raymond win the Archdiocesan title and Holy Cross take the Brooklyn/Queens championship. Since Christ the King lost, we have a new No. 1 this week once again. Here's this week's poll:

1. Thomas Jefferson (22-6) /(LW: 2): Jefferson moves back into the top spot with Christ the King's loss and faces Robeson in the second round.

2. Christ the King (18-7)/(LW: 1): CK had been as hot as any team in New York City before suffering a loss to Bishop Loughlin. We still think they're the team to beat in the CHSAA.

3. St. Raymond (18-9)/(LW: 5): St. Ray's is on an absolute tear after defeating Cardinal Hayes and Mount St. Michael to win the Archdiocesan tournament.

4. Boys & Girls (20-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls will face Samuel Gompers in the second round.

5. Holy Cross (22-4)/(LW: 9): Holy Cross won Brooklyn/Queens and will meet the winner of Molloy vs. St. Peter's in the quarters.

6. Cardinal Hayes (22-4)/(LW: 4): Hayes lost for the first time in three games against St. Raymond but could see the Ravens again.

7. Lincoln (17-8)/(LW: 6): Lincoln will face Beach Channel/Channel View in the second round.

8. Wings (24-3)/(LW: 7): Wings takes on Bronx rival Eagle Academy in the second round.

9. Mount (20-7/(LW: 10): Mount fell just short in its bid to take down St. Ray's in the tournament final.

10. South Shore (17-9)/(LW: 8): South Shore draws JFK in the second round.

Girls basketball poll: Feb. 20

February, 20, 2012
It certainly was an interesting week. Nazareth lost to a New York City team for the first team this year in Bishop Ford, Christ the King lost to Bishop Loughlin but defeated Molloy and Moore Catholic lost its first league game. Let's check out the poll.

1. Nazareth (14-2)/(LW: 1): We can excuse Nazareth for one slip-up to Bishop Ford, but that will certainly make the league playoffs more interesting.

2. Bishop Ford (20-4)/(LW: 4): Bishop Ford ascends two spots thanks to its win over Nazareth and Bishop Loughlin the past week.

3. Christ the King (12-11)/(LW: 3): CK stays right where it was after losing a tough game to Bishop Loughlin but then rebounding for a win against Molloy.

4. Molloy (15-8)/(LW: 2): We can't penalize Molloy that much for losing games to Nazareth and Christ the King this past week.

5. South Shore (19-5)/(LW: 6): South Shore is the No. 1 seed in the PSAL Tournament and will be well rested for its quarterfinal game next Saturday.

6. Bishop Loughlin (11-11)/(LW: 7): Loughlin played tough this week, beating Christ the King but losing to Bishop Ford in a tight one.

7. Moore Catholic (18-5)/(LW: 5): Moore Catholic drops down the rankings for the second straight week as it lost to Cardinal Spellman.

8. Murry Bergtraum (15-7)/(LW: 8): Murry Bergtraum did not play this week as it prepares as the No. 2 seed for the PSAL Class AA tournament.

9. McKee/SI Tech (22-2)/(LW: 9): MSIT also had the week off for the tournament as it will be the No. 4 seed and will have a first round game against Manhattan Center.

10. Truman (19-6)/(LW: 10): Truman, like the previous two teams, was off this week in preparation for the tournament where it is the No. 3 seed and will host Boys & Girls.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 20

February, 20, 2012
It seems like this happened last year. Christ the King fell to the middle of the pack in the rankings as it lost a few games, only to make a late surge to the top spot. That's the case this year as the Royals are back to No. 1, which is where they opened the season. Here's this week's poll.

1. Christ the King (18-6)/(LW: 2): CK defeated Burke Catholic and is riding high into the Brooklyn/Queens playoffs, where it's the No. 1 seed.

2. Thomas Jefferson (22-6) /(LW: 1): Jefferson lost a tough game to undefeated St. Anthony (N.J.) but bounced back with a nice neutral win vs. Xaverian.

3. Boys & Girls (20-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls fell to St. Raymond on the road in a buzzer beater and stays ahead of Hayes due to their head-to-head win.

4. Cardinal Hayes (22-3)/(LW: 4): Hayes went 2-0 this week against Fordham and will prepare for a tough game against St. Ray's in the Archdiocesan semis.

5. St. Raymond (16-9)/(LW: 10): When you beat Lincoln and Boys & Girls on back-to-back days, you're going to move up the rankings like the Ravens did.

6. Lincoln (17-8)/(LW: 5): Lincoln lost at home to St. Raymond but should be with point guard Isaiah Whitehead this week, which would change its team.

7. Wings (24-3)/(LW: 6): Wings had the week off and is preparing for its PSAL second round game against Bronx foe Eagle Academy.

8. South Shore (17-9)/(LW: 7): South Shore is getting ready for what might be the most intriguing second round game when its hosts JFK.

9. Holy Cross (20-4)/(LW: 8): Holy Cross had a nice week with wins over Fordham Prep and Bishop Loughlin and is the two seed in the Brooklyn/Queens playoffs.

10. Mount (19-6/(LW: Unranked): Mount works it way back into the rankings and will be preparing for its Archdiocesan semifinal game against St. Peter's.