Power rankings: WE/HV boys basketball (1/24)
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Westchester/Hudson Valley Boys Basketball Rankings
Records through (1/23/12)
1. Mount Vernon (9-1): The Knights take their show on the road this week, traveling to Montverde, Florida for three games. They will begin on Thursday against Leesburg. The highlight of the trip will be a showdown with national power Montverde on Saturday night.
2. Kingston (12-0): The depth and balance of this Kingston squad continues to show as it keeps winning games. The Tigers knocked off Middletown on Friday night to further establish themselves as the team to beat in Class AA in Section 9.
3. Stepinac (8-8): The ups and downs of Stepinac’s season continued last week. The Crusaders won a heart-pounder against St. Raymond — their first ever win against the NYC power — but lost Friday night at home to Mount St. Michael.
4. Tappan Zee (12-0): The Dutchmen face two big hurdles to an undefeated regular season. The first is Friday when they host Albertus Magnus, which is out for revenge for its December defeat. The other is Feb. 4 when TZ faces Byram Hills in a showcase at New Rochelle High School.
5. Burke Catholic (8-1): The Eagles should keep winning games in the next 10 days before things really heat up in their schedule. Dates with Stepinac on Feb. 11, Middletown on Feb. 13 and Christ the King on Feb. 17 should all be worth watching.
6. Albertus Magnus (11-1): Defensively, the Falcons are separating themselves from the pack in Class B in Section 1. They had another stellar effort in Friday’s win over Pearl River. They’ll need an even better on this Friday when they face Tappan Zee, which beat them earlier in the season.
7. Iona Prep (13-2): The Gaels have a busy 10 days before their awaited showdown at New Rochelle on Feb. 4. They McClancy, LaSalle and Xavier in three key CHSAA matchups.
8. Newburgh (7-3): The Goldbacks take on Poughkeepsie on Saturday in what is always an entertaining matchup. The last week of the regular season, though, will be most important for NFA. It takes on Kingston at home on Feb. 8 and travels to Middletown two days later.
9. New Rochelle (8-4): While it will go mostly overlooked, New Rochelle wrapped up its trip to Kentucky with a very strong performance against Dixie Heights (Kent.) by 20 points. Dixie Heights lost a 5-point game earlier this season to NYC-power Wings Academy. The Huguenots went 2-1 on the trip.
10. Byram Hills (8-3): The Bobcats had a slight hiccup last week, losing to Rye in a stunner. But don’t knock Byram too much. Jeff Lynch had just five points in that game and is still nursing a nagging ankle injury he sustained at the Slam Dunk. Rest might be in order as the Bobcats gear up for a run at another title.
Section 1 Rankings
1. Mount Vernon
2. New Rochelle
3. Clarkstown South
4. Fox Lane
1. Tappan Zee
2. Byram Hills
1. Albertus Magnus
3. Dobbs Ferry
2. Children’s Village
Section 9 Rankings
Large school (AA/A)
3. Red Hook
Small school (B/C)
1. Burke Catholic
2. Pine Plains
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