ed note: This year we will again post the top ten in the district. This is the first rankings of the year...things will change. Stay tuned...


MASN/LLHoops.com District 3 Ratings


Updated 3/31/03


District 3 Ratings



MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2003


Congratulations to Lancaster Catholic, Trinity and Scotland for winning state titles to give the District 3 out of the 4 state titles for the boys


Lancaster Catholic and Trinity became the 48th and 49th teams on record to finish with undefeated seasons. Two other teams finished their seasons undefeated, Nanticoke and Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep undefeated but then lost in National Tournaments.


Also thanks to Mike Gross of the Lancaster Sunday News for giving me a plug when he mentioned that Elk Lake was the all-time big winner for an undefeated state champion, going 36-0 in the 1977 Class A state title game.


It was then incorrectly mentioned in the Lancaster New Era that Catholic's 35 wins were the most ever for a big school state champion. McKees Rocks St. Francis DeSales won 36 games in winning both the PCIAA Class B (would be AAA by today's standards) and the Alhambra Catholic National championships in 1965. Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt's Girls won 36 games as a AAA school in 1984, then Whitehall a AAAA school won 35 in 1982 and Susquehanna Township's boys and girls teams both won 35 games in 1980 as AA (now AAA) schools. Also Strath Haven girls won 35 games as a AAAA school in 1984. Marian Catholic Girls won 36 games as a Class A team in 1984. There could be more girls teams that won more than 35 games but I do not have complete records on girls teams. 



1. Harrisburg 26-4 - See state ratings.

 2. Trinity 33-0 - See state ratings.

 3. Lancaster Catholic 35-0 - See state ratings.

 4. Steelton-Highspire 22-9 - See state ratings.

 5. Lancaster 25-7 - See state ratings.

 6. Carlisle 20-9 - Finished 3rd in District AAAA playoffs, losing to Harrisburg in semifinals, then beating Reading for 3rd. Lost in first round of states to Hatboro-Horsham.

 7. Conrad Weiser 26-4 - Berks County champions, upset by Lebanon in District AAA, then defeated West York and York Northeastern to finish 5th. Lost to undefeated Blue Mountain in first round of states.

 8. Reading 22-9 - Despite losing Eric Veal and then Roger Hall, plus several other injuries, Red Knights lost in semifinals to Lancaster in overtime. Lost to Carlisle and finished 4th in district. Blew 11-point lead and lost to Council Rock North in first round of state tournament.

9. York 15-11 - York Area League champions. Despite that Bearcats not invited to District tournament.

 10. Red Land 25-6 - Lost to Reading in District AAAA quarterfinals, came back to beat Central York and Central Dauphin East to finish 5th. In states beat Wallenpaupack and Council Rock North before losing to Coatesville in east AAAA state tournament.

 11. Lebanon 20-9 - Had fine District AAA tournament finishing 3rd with wins over Conrad Weiser and Daniel Boone, then lost to Holy Ghost Prep in first round of states.

 12. Central Dauphin East 19-9 - Finished 6th, losing by three to Red Land in District AAAA play, then lost to Chester in first round of state tournament.

 13. Scotland 25-7 - Repeated as Class A state champions, despite not being as strong as last year. Very deep, small but quick Cadet team. Finished year with 15 consecutive wins.

 14. Chambersburg 14-10 - Like York, Trojans were not invited to District AAAA tournament.

 15. Daniel Boone 23-7 - Finished 4th in District AAA, losing to Steelton-Highspire and Lebanon. Lost in first round of state tournament to Harriton.

 16. York Northeastern 25-7 - Finished 6th in District AAA, losing to Daniel Boone and Conrad Weiser. Beat Nanticoke in first round of states, then lost to Holy Ghost Prep.

 17. Lancaster Mennonite 23-5 - Lost to York Northeastern by two points in playback for 5th place in District AAA tournament.

 18. Reading Central Catholic 28-5 - Finished 2nd to Trinity in both the District AA tournament and again in a weak eastern AA state field. Lost District final 44-40, then lost east final 71-48.

 19. Red Lion 20-6 - Lost to Carlisle and Central Dauphin East in AAAA district tournament.

 20. West York 19-8 - Lost to Lancaster Catholic and Conrad Weiser in AAA district tournament.


HONORABLE MENTION: AAAA - Conestoga Valley 19-8, Central York 18-10, Solanco 17-8, Gettysburg 16-9, Hempfield 12-12.....AAA - Susquenita 19-6, Kennard Dale 16-10, Eastern York 14-11, Boiling Springs 17-7, Palmyra 15-10.....AA - Upper Dauphin 25-4, Delone Catholic 14-15, York Catholic 19-11, Milton Hershey 18-8.....A - Millersburg 20-9

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