Sorry this is going up so late. Aside from a busy day, the series finale of “The Newsroom” was on tonight, so, you could say that I was occupationally obligated to watch. Any way, here are your latest Lohud rankings:
1. Ossining (last week’s rank: 1): Again, nothing is going to change here. I’ll be at the Pride’s game against Molloy on Wednesday, which should really show the state just how good they are.
2. Ursuline (last week’s rank: 2): After a weekend in the Bahamas, the Koalas will host North Rockland on Wednesday, in what should be a battle between two potential County Center teams.
3. Albertus Magnus (last week’s rank: 3): The BOCES site says that the Falcons won’t play again until 2015, but a win over Rye is one heck of a way to end 2014.
4. North Rockland (last week’s rank: 4):
Watching the Red Raiders on Saturday, I strongly considered moving them up to No. 3. North Rockland’s only loss this season is to Long Island Lutheran, one of the top program’s in the country, and it has blown out all three of its Section 1 opponents this year. Wednesday’s contest against Ursuline will say a lot.
5. Peekskill (last week’s rank: 5): The Red Devils routed Horace Greeley in their only game this week, so no reason to move them.
6. Rye (last week’s rank: 6): The Garnets went neck and neck with Albertus Magnus, so I’m expecting them to hover around the top five all season.
7. Scarsdale (last week’s rank: N/R): I’ve heard nothing but stellar things from opposing coaches about the undefeated Raiders, who I wanted to see before ranking, but will give the benefit of the doubt this week. I’m seeing Scarsdale today at Pearl River, so next week’s ranking (whether it’s No. 5, No. 7, No. 10, or other) will be more accurate.
8. Lourdes (last week’s rank: 7): The Warriors won’t hit their competitive stretch of the season until mid-January, but until then, they should float around the bottom half of the top 10.
9. Ardsley (last week’s rank: 10): Well, it was an interesting week for the Panthers, to say the least. In any case, the Panthers managed to win their host tournament — topping a talented Tappan Zee team in the final — while adjusting to a new coach on short notice.
10. New Rochelle (last week’s rank: N/R): Watching the Huguenots against Clarkstown South — a ranked team last week — was a tough match to judge because everyone seemed to be in foul trouble… for no reason, mainly Vikings point guard Kayla Tucek. Regardless, New Rochelle did look talented, and fast, and scrappy, and very, very physical. I think the Huguenots are going to surprise a lot of people; I know they surprised me this week.