PIAA Rankings- Mike Bullock

By Michael Bullock

The Daily Item

For the first time at The Daily Item, we’re going to bring you Pennsylvania boys’ basketball rankings and we’re going to feature listingsof all six classifications.

Since the regular season gets underway tonight, our first collection is a preseason package formulated by combining last season’s results, notable returning players, projections, deductive reasoning and, of course, a good bit of guesswork.

So, enjoy, ponder and even squawk.

If you feel we’ve overlooked a deserving squad, let us know but be ready to justify your reasoning. It’s early, so there’s plenty more results to come.

We’ll be back every week — our next update will arrive on Dec. 17 — with our rankings appearing on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Appearing below are all six of our top 10s, with PIAA district and last season’s record displayed in parentheses. Only those schools competing for PIAA state championships are eligible for ranking purposes.

SUNBURY DAILY ITEM STATE BASKETBALL RANKINGS

 (records indicated are from the 2017-18 season/OW-others to watch)

CLASS 6A

No.  School                                              Rec   

1.     Roman Catholic (12)                   24-6

2.     Kennedy Catholic (10)                23-4

3.     Abington (1)                                  24-6

4.     Plymouth Whitemarsh (1)        28-2

5.     La Salle College (12)                   15-8

6.     Lower Merion (1)                        24-6

7.     Manheim Twp (3)                        19-9

8.     Allderdice (8)                                26-3

9.     Norristown (1)                             18-10

10.  Emmaus (11)                                 15-13

Others to watch: Abraham Lincoln (12) 24-7; Butler (7) 18-5; Chester (1) 19-9; Central York (3) 18-7; Chambersburg (3) 19-6; Coatesville (1) 22-7; Downingtown East (1) 17-9; Harrisburg (3) 17-10; Hazleton (2) 26-2; Latrobe (7) 16-8; McDowell (10) 19-5; Methacton (1) 18-8; Pennridge (1) 19-9; Pine-Richland (7) 23-7; Reading (3) 25-5; Upper Darby (1) 17-11.

CLASS 5A

No.  School                                             Rec     

1.     Abington Heights (2)                 27-3

2.     York (3)                                         17-11

3.     Mastery Charter North (12)    17-7

4.     Archbishop Wood (12)             13-10 

5.     Bayard Rustin (1)                       16-12

6.     Sun Valley (1)                               19-8

7.     Mars (7)                                         25-5

8.     Lower Dauphin (3)                     19-8

9.     Moon (7)                                        18-6

10.   Crestwood (2)                              16-8

Others to watch: Archbishop Ryan (12) 11-12; Blue Mountain (11) 20-6; Dover (3) 19-6; Elizabethtown (3) 10-12; Martin Luther King (12) 18-11; Milton Hershey (3) 26-6; New Oxford (3) 20-9; Penncrest (1) 26-4; Unionville (1) 12-10.

CLASS 4A

No.  School                                                    Rec     

1.     Imhotep Charter (12)                       31-2     

2.     Bonner-Prendergast (12)                25-5

3.     Bethlehem Catholic (11)                  28-4     

4.     Lancaster Catholic (3)                       24-5                                         

5.     Scranton Prep (2)                               21-6    

6.     Allentown Central Catholic (11)    25-5

7.     Quaker Valley (7)                                26-2

8.     Berks Catholic (3)                               28-3

9.     Danville (4)                                           22-6

10.  Huntingdon (6)                                    23-3

Others to watch: Ambridge (7) 13-10; Belle Vernon (7) 18-7; Bishop McDevitt (3) 15-13; Grove City (10) 18-8; Hickory (10) 21-6; Highlands (7) 20-6; John Bartram (12) 13-12; Littlestown (3) 15-9; Lower Moreland (1) 20-9; Nanticoke (2) 20-6; New Castle (7) 23-5; Overbrook (12) 14-9; Shamokin (4) 11-12; Susquehanna Twp (3) 12-11; Valley View (2) 17-10.

CLASS 3A

No.  School                                                   Rec   

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                     23-6  

2.     Loyalsock (4)                                      22-8

3.     Trinity (3)                                            23-6

4.     Lincoln Park (7)                                 20-7

5.     Notre Dame-Green Pond (11)       19-9

6.     Sharon (10)                                         27-3

7.     Ligonier Valley (6)                            21-5

8.     Bishop McDevitt (12)                      16-11

9.     Aliquippa (7)                                      17-8

10.  Wyoming Seminary (2)                   22-5

Others to watch: Camp Hill (3) 11-12; Fairview (10) 24-4; Holy Redeemer (2) 18-8; Mercyhurst Prep (10) 15-12; Mid Valley (2) 15-9; Mount Carmel (4) 17-7; North Catholic (7) 13-13; Richland (6) 25-5; Southern Columbia (4) 15-11; Washington (7) 18-6; West Catholic (12) 8-14.

CLASS 2A

No.  School                                                    Rec   

1.     Constitution (12)                                21-11  

2.     Our Lady Sacred Heart (7)               26-4                                          

3.     Sewickley Academy (7)                     24-5 

4.     Holy Cross (2)                                      23-7

5.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)            16-14

6.     Moravian Academy (11)                    21-7

7.     Jeannette (7)                                         21-5    

8.     Dock Mennonite (1)                            24-6

9.     Serra Catholic (7)                                18-5

10.  Delco Christian (1)                              17-10

Others to watch: Antietam (3) 8-14; Bishop McCort (6) 17-10; Conemaugh Twp (5) 16-10; Coudersport (9) 23-4; Delone Catholic (3) 10-12; Farrell (10) 7-15; Millville (4) 22-4; Muncy (4) 17-8; Northeast Bradford (4) 12-14; Northwest (2) 11-16; Purchase Line (6) 20-6; Steelton-Highspire (3) 16-9; Susquehanna Community (2) 19-10; West Middlesex (10) 21-7.

CLASS 1A

No.  School                                                   Rec   

1.     Sankofa Freedom (12)                     18-8

2.     Bishop Carroll (6)                             20-9

3.     Shade (5)                                             24-4

4.     Lourdes Regional (4)                       26-5

5.     Vincentian (7)                                    19-8

6.     Shanksville-Stonycreek (5)           20-8

7.     Halifax (3)                                           24-3

8.     Sullivan County (4)                          20-7

9.     Lancaster Country Day (3)            19-9

10.  Cornell (7)                                           18-8

Others to watch: Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 20-5; Blacklick Valley (6) 21-6; Cameron County (9) 17-8; Clarion-Limestone (9) 17-7; Elk County Catholic (9) 22-7; Faith Christian (1) 28-3; Greenwood (3) 16-11; Juniata Valley (6) 16-8; Nativity (11) 14-12; North Clarion (9) 21-5; Phil-Mont Christian (1) 13-13; Southern Fulton (5) 17-7; St. John Neumann (4) 15-8; St. Joseph’s Catholic (6) 20-8.

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