New York High School: St. Raymond's

Boys basketball poll: Jan. 23

January, 23, 2012
There's a new No. 1 team in New York City. After entering the year as a team that was expected to be good, but a notch below the powerhouses, Cardinal Hayes is the new No. 1. The Cardinals are 15-1 and have yet to lose to a New York City team. Following them are the three Brooklyn PSAL powers that are having fun knocking each other off. Let's look at the poll.

1. Cardinal Hayes (15-1)/(LW: 4): Hayes took down St. Peter's and All Hallows this week and very likely could be undefeated in New York City when it hosts Boys & Girls on Saturday in what will be its toughest game of the season to this point.

2. Lincoln (16-3)/(LW: 1): Lincoln lost to Jefferson this week but stays ahead of them by being a collective 2-1 against Boys & Girls and Jefferson, the best mark of the three teams.

3. Boys & Girls (15-3) /(LW: 2): Boys & Girls went out of state for a tournament and went 2-1. It will face South Shore this Friday in a game with big seeding implications for Brooklyn AA.

4. Jefferson (14-5)/(LW: 6): What a big win for Jefferson. The Orange Wave have been knocking at the door all year but finally picked up that elite win as it went to Lincoln and handed the Railsplitters their first loss in New York City.

5. Christ the King (11-6)/(LW: 3): The Royals have not been as dominant as we expected they would be at this point. They lost to national power Mater Dei and later beat Holy Cross, but ended the week with a loss to Xaverian.

6. Wings (19-2)/(LW: 7): Wings had perhaps its best week of the season as it took down rivals JFK, Eagle Academy and Wadleigh and has firmly established itself as one of the powers in the PSAL.

7. South Shore (14-6)/(LW: 8): South Shore went 3-0 this week with a pair of wins out of state but will have to try to win its first big game in the division when it takes on Boys & Girls on Friday.

8. St. Raymond (9-7)/(LW: 5): St. Raymond is now just 9-7 after losing a game at Stepinac. While injuries have hurt the Ravens, they should be better than 9-7 at this point in the season.

9. Holy Cross (14-3)/(LW: 9): Holy Cross had a tough loss at home against Christ the King but bounced back with a nice win against rival St. Francis Prep. It has a tough week ahead with Loughlin, Molloy and Xaverian.

10. Mount St. Michael (13-3)/(LW: 10): Mount picked up another pair of quality victories as it defeated Xaverian and Stepinac on the road to improve to 13-3.

Boys basketball poll: Jan. 9

January, 9, 2012
There was a major shakeup this week in the top as Lincoln falls to No. 3 and Boys & Girls jumps up to No.1. That might be short lived though as the two squads will face each other this Saturday in Coney Island where the winner would likely grab next week's No. 1 spot.

1. Boys & Girls (9-1)/(LW: 3): The Kangaroos were having an impressive season already and then they added former St. Anthony's guard Rashad Andrews this week making them even better.

2. St. Raymonds (9-4)/(LW: 2): Daniel Dingle is trying his best to make sure he is not forgotten by leading his team to big wins over Paul VI (Va.) and Trinity (Ky.) this week. It might not be Brooklyn AA, but they have a very tough schedule.

3. Lincoln (11-2)/(LW: 1): Losses to Mater Dei (Ca.) and Lone Peak (Ut.) aren't anything to be ashamed of, but the way they were blown out in those games has to sting. They could easily jump back up to No. 1 next week though with a win against Boys high on Saturday.

4. Christ the King (7-3)/(LW: 4): Since a loss against Chester (Pa.) on New Year's Day, the Royals are finally playing like a real team instead of a collection of stars.

5. Cardinal Hayes (11-1)/(LW: 5): Three big wins for Hayes this week, but its biggest test is this Friday against St. Raymond.

6. Jefferson (10-5)/(LW: 6): Leader Thaddeus Hall is holding his team back instead of lifting them up with his constant eligibility issues. He needs to lead them this week as Jefferson takes on South Shore on Thursday.

7. South Shore (10-4)/(LW: 8): South Shore may have bought into their preseason hype a little too much to start the season, but Shamiek Sheppard has led them to some impressive victories lately.

8. Wings Academy (13-2)/(LW: 9): Justin Jenkins got his first D-I offer from St. Peter's this week, but the real story is junior Marvillo Berroa who dropped 30 points on Truman this past Friday. If he can continue to improve they will be a real contender in the PSAL playoffs.

9. Xaverian (8-2)/(LW: 7): Xaverian's two victories earlier in the week were overshadowed by its loss to Christ the King Sunday, but it actually played very well, at least offensively, in that game.

10. Holy Cross (10-2)/(LW: 10): Holy Cross picked up a big win against Molloy thanks to the return of senior Marquise Moore. An upcoming game against Xaverian on Friday will have a big effect on next week's poll.

On the bubble: Curtis (11-1), Mount St. Michael (10-2), Cardozo (9-2), and Wadleigh (12-3).

Boys basketball poll: Dec. 26

December, 26, 2011
For the fourth straight week, there's a new top team for this poll. While St. Raymond's didn't lose to any teams in New York City, we have to give the nod to undefeated Lincoln. Let's check out this week's poll.

1. Lincoln (7-0)/(LW: 2) Lincoln is now the top team in the city and defeated Westinghouse this past week to improve to 6-0 in Brooklyn AA.

2. St. Raymond's (5-3)/(LW: 1): The Ravens lost three games at the City of Palms Classic, dropping their final three. It's a national tournament so those losses aren't indictments of the squad.

3. Boys & Girls (6-1)/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls had this past week off and will return to the court this week looking to rebound from its first loss of the season.

4. Christ the King (2-1)/(LW: 4): Christ the King also had the week off and heads upstate to the Stop DWI Tournament in Binghamton, N.Y.

5. Cardinal Hayes (8-1)/(LW: 5): Hayes lost its first game in the final of the Kruel Classic and will not play again until its 2012.

6. Thomas Jefferson (9-4)/(LW: 6): Busy week for the Orange Wave. They lose their final two games at the Kruel Classic but rebounded to take down Westinghouse in league play.

7. Xaverian (4-0)/(LW: 7) Xaverian stayed undefeated with a nice win against Stepinac. The Clippers are off to Arizona for a holiday tournament this week.

8. Curtis (9-0)/(LW: 8): Curtis had two more wins against some of the top teams in Staten Island and will now try to take down Eagle Academy this week.

9. South Shore (8-4)/(LW: 9): South Shore went 1-2 at the Kruel Classic but defeated Robeson in league play lat week. It plays on Jan. 1 in Philadelphia.

10. Wings Academy (9-0)/(LW: 10): Wings is undefeated but will be tested up at the Stop DWI Tournament, which also had local powerhouse Christ the King.

Boys basketball poll: Dec. 12

December, 12, 2011
There's a new sheriff in town. After Boys & Girls went to Christ the King and knocked off the nationally ranked Royals, we had no choice but to put them as the top team in the city. Also, after an impressive start, Thomas Jefferson makes its way into the rankings.

1. Boys & Girls (5-0)/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls is top dogs after knocking off Christ the King and its strong start to begin the season. Leroy Fludd had 23 points against Christ the King.

2. St. Raymond's (4-0)/(LW: 2): The Ravens are now 4-0 after winning a tough road game against Stepinac and then easily defeating Monsignor Farrell.

3. Lincoln (4-0)/(LW: 4) Lincoln is 4-0 and has won the last two games without Isaiah Whitehead. His eligibility will be a big question moving forward.

4. Christ the King (1-1)/(LW: 1): Christ the King only drops a few spots since Boys & Girls is a very good team. The Royals didn't get much production beside Omar Calhoun in the second half of their loss.

5. Cardinal Hayes (4-0)/(LW: 6): Hayes continues to move up in the poll, this time after defeating Bishop Loughlin and then Long Island Lutheran this weekend.

6. Cardozo (3-0)/(LW: 7): Cardozo moves up one spot with South Shore's losses after it picked up win against Edison and Flushing. The Judges haven't really been challenged yet.

7. Thomas Jefferson (4-1)/(LW: unranked): Jefferson makes its first appearance in the poll after knocking off South Shore this week. It has a big game against Lincoln this week.

8. Xaverian (3-0)/(LW:8) Xaverian won two games this week against Holy Trinity and Bishop Ford to stay undefeated on the young season.

9. Curtis (6-0)/(LW: 9): Curtis continues its impressive start to the season, defeating Tottenville and St. Joseph by-the-Sea this week. The Warriors are for a serious threat in the PSAL this season.

10. South Shore (4-2)/(LW: 5): South Shore lost to Thomas Jefferson in an upset and then couldn't be Lincoln despite the Railsplitters not having Whitehead. Tough week for the Vikings.

Boys basketball poll: Dec. 5

December, 5, 2011
Cardinal Hayes picked up the most impressive win of the weekend as it defeated Holy Cross in its first "AA" game. This week, we get a great game as top-ranked Christ the King will take on Boys & Girls. Let's check out the poll:

1. Christ the King (1-0)/(LW: 1): Christ the King won a tough road game at Jefferson and now hosts another PSAL power in Boys & Girls.

2. St. Raymond's (2-0)/(LW: 2): The Ravens are off to a 2-0 start after wins against All Hallows and St. Peter's.

3. Boys & Girls (2-0)/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls gets its chance to move up the rankings as it will take on Christ the King on Saturday.

4. Lincoln (1-0)/(LW: 4) Lincoln cruised to an easy win Robeson and plays South Shore in a big game at home on Saturday.

5. South Shore (3-0)/(LW: 5): South Shore improved to 3-0 after an overtime win against Transit Tech and gets its first game against Lincoln on Saturday.

6. Cardinal Hayes (1-0)/(LW: 7): Hayes moves up one spot after its impressive road win at Holy Cross to start its season.

7. Cardozo (1-0)/(LW: 6): Cardozo moves down one spot despite winning its first game of the season against Beach Channel/Channel View.

8. Xaverian (1-0)/(LW: 9) Xaverian moves up one spot with Holy Cross losing its opener.

9. Curtis (4-0)/(LW: 10): Curtis is now 4-0 after defeating New Dorp and Petrides in leagues contests this week.

10. Holy Cross (0-1)/(LW: 8): Holy Cross lost its first game of the season to Hayes and will have to try and bounce back this week with three games.

Boys basketball poll: Nov. 28

November, 28, 2011
Only four of the teams in this poll have played a game through the first week of action. South Shore moves up two spots after two impressive wins in the Big Apple vs. Big Peach Battle. This week, most teams will get in their first games. Let's check out the poll.

1. Christ the King (0-0)/(LW: 1): Christ the King will hit the road to take on Jefferson in Brooklyn to start its season in an intriguing PSAL-CHSAA game.

2. St. Raymond's (0-0)/(LW: 2): The Ravens have two games this week and open their season Friday night against All Hallows.

3. Boys & Girls (1-0)/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls started its season off with a win against Pathways Prep, a team in the "B" division.

4. Lincoln (0-0)/(LW: 4) Lincoln has its first game on Thursday and plays a team in Robeson that already has four games under its belt.

5. South Shore (2-0)/(LW: 6): South Shore went 2-0 in the Big Apple vs. Big Peach Battle, including an impressive win against Norcross (Ga.)

6. Cardozo (0-0)/(LW: 5): Cardozo drops a spot in the rankings due to South Shore's wins and will open its season this week.

7. Cardinal Hayes (0-0)/(LW: 7): Hayes has quite a "Welcome to AA" game when it visits Holy Cross on Friday night in both teams' opener.

8. Holy Cross (0-0)/(LW: 8): Cardinal Hayes will be a great test on Friday night, considering Holy Cross' potential lack of impact interior players.

9. Xaverian (1-0)/(LW: 9) Xaverian made easy work of Bannker in its opening game and won't play again until next week.

10. Curtis (2-0)/(LW: 10): Curtis is off to a great start with wins over St. Peter's and Robeson. It begins Staten Island play this week.

Boys basketball preview

November, 21, 2011
With basketball getting into full swing this week, it's time to break down the top teams in New York City. We break down the teams, the players and the top games to watch in boys basketball this season.


Christ the King: Everyone knows about UConn-bound senior Omar Calhoun and top junior Isaiah Lewis but the Royals are going to need their frontcourt players to step up. Juniors Jon Severe and Jordan Fuchs need to provide steady play in the paint.

St. Raymond: The Ravens return their entire starting five this season and could have the best starting five in the city. Temple-bound forward Daniel Dingle and Iowa State-bound forward Kerwin Okoro will anchor this strong unit.

"What I have been telling people is for us to play well, the key word I use is balance," St. Ray's coach Oliver Antigua said. "We can get a lot of contributions from different spots."

Boys & Girls: Boys & Girls lost some key players from last season but coach Ruth Lovelace thinks this team can be better. Leroy Fludd is the key player to return while Bishop Loughlin transfers Joel Angus and Tyleik Kimbrough will provide depth.

"I think this is a team that loves to move the ball, not that we didn't last year," Lovelace said. "A lot of guys can hurt you in different ways."

Lincoln: Lincoln lost some great players from last year's city finalist squad but they have arguably the city's best pure point guard in Isaiah Whitehead. Junior Shaquille Davis returns for the backcourt while transfers Tafari Whittingham and Travis Charles will have Lincoln among the city's best once again.


Cardozo: The Judges are usually known for a strong backcourt but this year it will be their frontcourt with elite junior Jermaine Lawrence and St. John's Prep transfer Ryan Yearwood. Coach Ron Naclerio wants to see his team improve as the year goes on.

"People will say the guards of Cardozo aren't as good as other years," Naclerio said. "But I kind of disagree. We're so young and kids like Omar Williams have shown flashes of brilliance.

South Shore: South Shore will try to win the tough Brooklyn "AA" behind a pair of standout juniors in Terrence Samuel and Shamiek Sheppherd. The Vikings will give anyone in the city a run for their money are will need to get contributions from seniors Wayne Martin, Ayodele Akinmola and Theo Brown.

Cardinal Hayes: Hayes benefited the most from Rice's closing by grabbing four guards to bolster what's an already impressive frontcourt that is anchored by Fairfield-bound senior center Amadou Sidibe. Hayes is moving up to the 'AA" this year.

"People say expectations are high but we're going to the "AA"," Hayes coach Joe Lods said. "I'm trying to temper expectations because we're moving up. "

Holy Cross: The Knights lost Evan Conti and Marcus Hopper from last year's squad but bring back a pair of talented players in Marquise Moore and William Davis. Coach Paul Gilvary said he has a good group of seniors but is going to have to play the game to its strengths, which means using its speed.


Xaverian: The Clippers have a pair of players going on to play at the next level in sharpshooter Brian Bernardi and Dylan Burns. Coach Jack Alesi hopes to get contributions from a pair of big men: Shakell Kemp and Andrew Petric.

"I think we're very good offensively, we shoot the ball well and we can go eight or nine deep and have five shooters on the court," Alesi said. "It's going to come down to how we rebound against stronger teams."

Curtis: Ask around the league and Curtis is a team that coaches think can make some noise this year. The Warriors return four of five starters from last year's team. Debonair Edwards, Dashawn Richmond and Dontay Jackson will be expected to help lead the Warriors to a Staten Island crown.

Wings Academy: Coming off a great year, Wings will have to try and rebound from losing Amdy Fall, Deonte Houston and Gerrell Martin. Returning seniors Steven Gomez and Justin Jenkins will be helpful and try to keep Wings in the mix of the league's elite teams.

Mount St. Michael: Coming off a Class "A" title, Mount returns three starters from last year's team in Malik Gill, Anthony Maestre and Omari Manhertz. Coach Tom Fraher is optimistic about his team as it moves up to the "AA" division.

"I have kids who are stepping in so far and doing a pretty good job," Fraher said. "I know what I'm getting out of Gill, Maestre and Manhertz. It's the other two spots that need to step in."


Christ the King guard Omar Calhoun; Christ the King guard Isaiah Lewis; St. Raymond forward Daniel Dingle; St. Raymond forward Kerwin Okoro; Xaverian guard Brian Bernardi; Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead; Boys & Girls guard Leroy Fludd; South Shore forward Terrence Samuel; Cardozo forward Jermaine Lawrence; Hayes center Amadou Sidibe


Boys & Girls at Christ the King—Dec. 10
South Shore at Lincoln—Dec. 10
Boys & Girls at Lincoln—Jan. 14
Cardozo vs. St. Raymond's—Jan. 27
Christ the King at St. Raymond's—Feb. 3

Boys basketball poll: preseason

November, 21, 2011
Basketball is upon us in New York City. What that in mind, we present the first set of rankings for the boys. These rankings are in collaboration with the statewide rankings you can find at ESPNHS.

1. Christ the King (0-0): Christ the King has won the CHSAA Class "AA" title the last two years and has the best player in New York City in Omar Calhoun.

2. St. Raymond's (0-0): The Ravens return their entire starting five and its fair to say they might have the best starting five in the city.

3. Boys & Girls (0-0): Fresh off their second straight PSAL Class "AA" title, head coach Ruth Lovelace believes this team can be better than last year's squad.

4. Lincoln (0-0): Lincoln lost some key players from last year's squad but transfers and the steady play of Isaiah Whitehead will have them among the elite.

5. Cardozo (0-0): Cardozo will be young in its backcourt but has perhaps one of the most underrated big men in the country in junior Jermaine Lawrence.

6. South Shore (0-0): South Shore's talented pair of juniors in Terrence Samuel and Shamiek Sheppherd will make them a legit contender for the PSAL title.

7. Cardinal Hayes (0-0): Hayes moves up to the "AA" division but its talented frontcourt and the addition of several Rice players will have it in the race.

8. Holy Cross (0-0): Marquise Moore and William Davis will lead a Holy Cross team that is senior laden but lacks size.

9. Xaverian (0-0): Brian Bernardi might be the best pure shooter in the city and has a nice complement in Dylan Burns.

10. Curtis (1-0): Curtis has size on the inside and returns four of five starters from last year's team. It could give the top teams a run for their money.

High school boys basketball Top 10 poll

December, 20, 2010
Here’s the second installment of’s Top 10 high school boys boys basketball rankings.

1. Christ the King (2-2/LW: 1): Christ the King has struggled in the City of Palms Classic, dropping its first two against tough competition.

2. Lincoln (7-0/LW: 2): Lincoln has become the team to beat in the PSAL after beating Boys and Girls and Tomas Jefferson.

3. Rice (4-0/LW: 4): Rice moves up one spot after its 2-0 week, including a win against Plainfield in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic.

4. Boys and Girls (6-1/LW: 2): Boys and Girls dropped a tough one at home against Lincoln, but still is one of the best teams in the city.

5. St. Raymond (3-3/LW: 5): St. Raymond’s will play in the Game of the Week against Thomas Jefferson Thursday.

6. Thomas Jefferson (6-2/LW: 6): Jefferson struggled early, but rolled to a victory against All Hallows Saturday.

7. Cardozo (4-0/LW: 7): Cardozo hasn’t really played anyone, but meets Bayside Tuesday in a big Queens AA game.

8. Holy Cross (4-2/LW: 10): Holy Cross took down St. Anthony’s last week and faces two PSAL teams, Bayside and Curtis this week.

9. Archbishop Molloy (6-0/LW: Unranked): Molloy moves into the rankings after beating Cardinal Hayes and Kellenberg to stay undefeated.

10. Wings Academy (7-1/LW: 7): Wings lost for the first time this season, dropping a game to Cardinal Hayes in the Big Apple Basketball Challenge.