StringKing / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Power Rankings: Week 4

IMG_N1_large24 of North America’s Top 25 teams have kicked off their seasons, making it significantly easier to compare resumés for the StringKing / Recruiting Rundown Power Rankings. Ontario’s Hill Academy (Ont.), of course, holds down the No. 1 spot but will face a major test in Buffalo on Monday night against IMG Academy (Fla.), who jumped from No. 10 to No. 4 this week after demolishing their competition.

As usual, things have been weird in the Mid-Atlantic in the last three weeks: McDonogh (Md.) beat Gonzaga (D.C.), Gonzaga demolished Bullis (Md.), Bullis beat both McDonogh & Boys’ Latin (Md.), while Boys’ Latin beat Gonzaga. With all that said, Bullis receives a two-spot promotion after boosting their body of work with a highly impressive win over BL on Friday night at Loyola University. McDonogh checks in at No. 3 – otherwise, the top eight’s the same as last week

Two teams from New England kicked things off while pulling upsets. In a game I attended, New Canaan (Conn.) used stellar midfield play to knock off host Loyola Blakefield (Md.) with a 9-8 overtime victory. Soon after, word came in that Deerfield (Mass.) topped Brunswick (Conn.) for the third straight year, beating the then-No. 9 Bruins by a score 13-10.

Proud programs like Georgetown Prep (Md.), Syosset (N.Y.), Chaminade (N.Y.) and Massapequa (N.Y.) all drop out of the rankings this week but will have plenty of opportunities to hop back in over the course of the year. After big weeks, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), Ward Melville (N.Y.) and St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) are welcomed to the Top 25. Read below for more changes and follow me on Twitter @tyxanders for updates from Hill-IMG as well as a handful of Northeast games this upcoming weekend.

1. Hill Academy (Ont.), 5-0
Last Week: Idle
This Week: 4/4 vs IMG Academy (Fla.) at Canisius College (N.Y.)

2. Bullis (Md.), 8-2
Last Week: Beat Shaker Heights (Oh.) 14-8, Boys’ Latin (Md.) 16-10
This Week: 4/6 vs. Corner Canyon (Ut.), 4/8 vs. Episcopal (Va.)

3. McDonogh (Md.), 7-1
Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius (Calif.) 9-8 in 4OT, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 10-3
This Week: Idle

4. IMG Academy (Fla.), 6-0
Last Week: Beat St. John’s (D.C.) 23-6, Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) 19-6, Mullen (Colo.) 17-7, Everest Academy (Ont.) 20-16
This Week: 4/4 vs. Hill Academy (Ont.), 4/6 at Army Prep (N.Y.), 4/7 at Westfield (N.J.), 4/9 vs. Navy Prep (R.I.)

5. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 3-0
Last Week: Beat Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) 15-13, Whitman (N.Y.) 14-4
This Week: 4/6 at Northport (N.Y.), 4/8 vs. Bay Shore (N.Y.), 4/9 at Greenwich (Conn.)

6. Calvert Hall (Md.), 7-1
Last Week: Beat Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) 19-3, Conestoga (Pa.) 12-6
This Week: 4/5 vs. Fallston (Md.)

7. Victor (N.Y.), 1-0
Last Week: Idle
This Week: 4/7 at Webster Thomas (N.Y.)

8. Darien (Conn.), 1-0
Last Week: Beat Yorktown (N.Y.)
This Week: 4/5 at Brien McMahon (Conn.), 4/9 vs. Niskayuna (N.Y.)

9. Deerfield (Mass.), 1-0
Last Week: Beat Brunswick (Conn.) 13-10
This Week: 4/6 vs. Berkshire (Mass.), 4/9 at Westminster (Conn.)

10. New Canaan (Conn.), 1-0
Last Week: Beat Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 9-8 in OT
This Week: 4/6 vs. Fairfield Prep (Conn.)

11. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 5-1
Last Week: Beat St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 8-4, Garnet Valley (Pa.) 11-10
This Week: 4/5 at La Salle (Pa.), 4/7 at Salesianum (Pa.), 4/9 at West Chester East (Pa.)

12. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 4-2
Last Week: Beat Gonzaga (D.C.) 10-8, lost to Bullis (Md.) 16-10
This Week: 4/5 vs. Kent Island (Md.)

13. Gonzaga (D.C.), 7-2
Last Week: Lost to Boys’ Latin (Md.) 10-8, beat Georgetown Prep (Md.) 11-6
This Week: 4/5 vs. Paul VI (Va.), 4/9 at Haverford (Pa.)

14. Hun (N.J.), 2-0
Last Week: Beat Blair Academy (N.J.) 17-6
This Week: 4/7 at Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), 4/9 at Lawrenceville (N.J.)

15. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 3-2
Last Week: Beat St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) 13-10, lost to New Canaan (Conn.) 9-8 in OT
This Week: Idle

16. Culver (Ind.), 6-2
Last Week: Beat Detroit Country Day (Mich.) 10-4
This Week: 4/9 at University of Detroit Jesuit (Mich.), 4/10 at Brother Rice (Mich.)

17. Haverford (Pa.), 4-2
Last Week: Beat Gilman (Md.) 15-9
This Week: 4/5 vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.), 4/9 vs. Gonzaga (D.C.)

18. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 4-0
Last Week: Beat Syosset (N.Y.) 11-10
This Week: 4/9 vs. Reading (Mass.)

19. Brunswick (Conn.), 2-1
Last Week: Lost to Deerfield (Mass.) 13-10
This Week: 4/6 vs. Kent (Conn.), 4/9 vs. Loomis Chaffee (Conn.)

20. Landon (Md.), 9-1
Last Week: Beat Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 14-8, St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 16-11
This Week: 4/5 at Mt. St. Joe (Md.), 4/8 at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.)

21. Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.), 2-0
Last Week: Beat Watchung Hills (N.J.) 9-4, Ridge (N.J.) 9-8 in OT
This Week: 4/6 at North Hunterdon (N.J.), 4/9 vs. Garden City (N.Y.)

22. Manhasset (N.Y.), 2-0
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 8-5
This Week: 4/5 vs. South Side (N.Y.), 4/7 vs. John Jay (N.Y.), 4/9 vs. Chaminade (N.Y.)

23. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 7-3
Last Week: Lost to McDonogh (Md.) 9-8 in 4OT, beat Chaminade (N.Y.) 7-5
This Week: 4/5 vs. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 4/8 vs. Foothill (Calif.), 4/9 vs. Lakeridge (Ore.)

24. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 3-0
Last Week: Beat Sachem North (N.Y.) 7-5, Commack (N.Y.) 8-5, Chaminade (N.Y.) 9-8
This Week: 4/6 at West Islip (N.Y.), 4/8 vs. Middle Country (N.Y.), 4/9 vs. Yorktown (N.Y.)

25. Westminster (Conn.), 0-0
First Game: 4/6 at Rivers (Mass.)

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