StringKing / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Power Rankings: Week 11

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After a weekend of private school championships, there’s a new No. 1 in North America: McDonogh School of Owings Mills (Md.), victors in the MIAA championship on Friday night. The Eagles have accumulated six wins over last week’s Top 25 and four over teams in this week’s rankings, going a perfect 11-0 in league play. Seven other Top 10 teams changed positions in this week’s StringKing / RR rankings, looking more and more like the final edition in a few weeks. Several other teams, however, will contend for promotions as postseasons continue to play out in places like New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. 
Hill Academy (Ont.), a dominant team that took the No. 1 spot from week one, falls to No. 2 despite ending its season on May 7th without a loss. They’re one of many teams that could make an argument for the top spot but not being able to compete for a championship or title of any sort hurts them more than anything. To my knowledge, a college or high school team in any sport has never been a season’s end No. 1 without winning a title of any kind. The Pride competed in late May tournaments in the Midwest for a number of years but were removed for 2016 along with Culver, a team that won this year’s Inter-Ac Challenge  (but lost by eight to Hill earlier in the year). Going forward, it will help Brodie Merrill’s squad tremendously if they’re back in a postseason tournament such as the aforementioned event in Philly against teams like Haverford, Malvern Prep and Hun, among others. Hill collected a total of three wins over this week’s Top 25 and two in the bottom portion of the Prep Top 10, as the Canadians finished #11 in LaxPower’s reputable computer ratings while McDonogh finished #1.

Gonzaga (D.C.) slides into the No. 3 spot over former No. 2 Bullis (Md.), who won the program’s first IAC championship on Sunday night. Though it was on the first day of the regular season, the Eagles topped the Bulldogs 11-4 and have a stronger overall body of work in non-conference play. Casey O’Neill’s squad notched six wins over the Private School Top 25, while Bullis went undefeated against in-state competition. The Bulldogs had four wins over three different Top 25 teams, as Gonzaga had five teams in the top 14 of this week’s rankings. That mark along with a head-to-head blowout ultimately put Gonzaga ahead of Bullis, though who knows how different that game would play out if they matched up at the end of the season.

Not a whole lot will change in the remaining editions of these rankings when it comes to the top four, but teams like Darien (Conn.) and Victor (N.Y.) could move into the top five if they finish undefeated with state titles. With arguably the toughest schedule of any public school team in the country, Darien has three Top 25 wins to date with the potential to add more through the FCIAC and Connecticut playoffs. The senior-laden Blue Wave look outstanding on film, as daunting as anybody. Hailing from the Rochester area, the defending state champion Blue Devils of Victor are also lethal and loaded with veterans but suffer from a very weak schedule. Like a lot of public programs in New York, they’ll be able to move up if they win Section 5 and move to play the rest of the state during the playoffs.

1. McDonogh (Md.), 18-1
Previously: No. 3
Last Week: Beat Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 20-5, Boys’ Latin (Md.) 8-5
Season Complete – MIAA ‘A’ Conference Champions

2. Hill Academy (Ont.), 11-0
Previously: No. 1
Season Complete

3. Gonzaga (D.C.), 19-2
Previously: No. 6
Season Complete – WCAC Champions

4. Bullis (Md.), 21-2
Previously: No. 2
Last Week: Beat Georgetown Prep (Md.) 9-3, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 9-5
Season Complete – IAC Champions

5. Darien (Conn.), 17-0
Previously: No. 4
Last Week: Beat Stamford (Conn.) 22-0, St. Joseph-Trumbull (Conn.) 22-2
This Week: FCIAC Semifinals 5/24 vs. Staples (Conn.)

6. Victor (N.Y.), 16-0
Previously: No. 6
Last Week: Beat Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) 16-2, Brighton (N.Y.) 25-6
This Week: Sectional Quarterfinals 5/24 vs. Hilton (N.Y.)

7. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 14-2
Previously: No. 10
Last Week: Beat Chaminade (N.Y.) 18-5
Season Complete – CHSAA Champions

8. Culver (Ind.), 20-3
Previously: No. 8
Last Week: Beat Germantown Academy (Pa.) 15-4, Lawrenceville (N.J.) 14-3,
Season Complete – InterAc Challenge Champions, MSCLA Champions

9. Deerfield (Mass.), 15-1
Previously: No. 11
Last Week: Beat Salisbury (Conn.) 12-8, Phillips Exeter (N.H.) 10-5
Season Complete – NE West Champions

10. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 14-4
Previously: No. 5
Last Week: Beat Severn (Md.) 13-6, lost to McDonogh (Md.) 8-5
Season Complete – MIAA Finalists

11. Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.), 16-0
Previously: No. 12
Last Week: Beat Edison (N.J.) 21-1, Watchung Hills (N.J.) 8-4
This Week: 5/25 vs. Hunterdon Central (N.J.)

12. Delbarton (N.J.), 17-2
Previously: No. 9
Last Week: Beat Morristown Beard (N.J.) 14-10, beat Red Bank Catholic (N.J.) 19-5, lost to Fairfield Prep (Conn.) 7-6
This Week: 5/25 vs. Don Bosco (N.J.)

13. Locust Valley (N.Y.), 15-0
Previously: No. 19
Last Week: DNP
This Week: 5/25 vs. Oyster Bay (N.Y.)

14. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 13-1
Previously: No. 20
Last Week: DNP
This Week: 5/26 vs. Seaford (N.Y.)

15. New Canaan (Conn.), 14-3
Previously: No. 15
Last Week: Lost to Ridgefield (Conn.) 7-3, beat Wilton (Conn.) 7-6
This Week: FCIAC Playoffs 5/24 vs. Ridgefield (Conn.)

16. Brunswick (Conn.), 15-3
Previously: No. 16
Last Week: Beat Berkshire (Mass.) 13-9
Season Complete

17. Haverford (Pa.), 20-5
Previously: No. 14
Last Week: Beat Penn Charter (Pa.) 13-4, Malvern Prep (Pa.) 16-10, lost to Culver (Ind.) 8-7
Season Complete – Inter-Ac Regular Season Champs, Inter-Ac Challenge Finalists

18. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 14-3
Previously: No. 22
Last Week: Beat Smithtown West (N.Y.) 8-4
This Week: Suffolk ‘A’ Semifinals 5/25 vs. Whitman (N.Y.)

19. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 14-2
Previously: No. 23
Last Week: Beat Sachem North (N.Y.) 16-10
This Week: Suffolk ‘A’ Semifinals 5/25 vs. Connetquot (N.Y.)

20. Ridgefield (Conn.), 14-3
Previously: NR
Last Week: Beat New Canaan (Conn.) 7-3, Fairfield-Ludlowe (Conn.) 16-5
This Week: FCIAC Playoffs 5/24 vs. New Canaan (Conn.)

21. Syosset (N.Y.), 14-2
Previously: No. 25
Last Week: Beat Plainview-JFK (N.Y.) 7-5
This Week: 5/25 Nassau ‘A’ Playoffs vs. Port Washington (N.Y.)

22. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 21-4
Previously: No. 21
Last Week: Beat Landon (Md.) 12-8, Norfolk Academy (Va.) 11-4, St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) 12-7, lost to Bullis (Md.) 12-7
Season Complete – IAC Finalists, VISAA Champions

23. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 18-5
Previously: No. 17
Last Week: Beat Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 9-2, lost to Haverford (Pa.) 16-10
Season Complete – InterAc Challenge Semifinalists

24. Landon (Md.), 17-4
Previously: No. 13
Last Week: Beat Episcopal (Va.), lost to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 12-8
Season Complete – IAC Semifinalists

25. Taft (Conn.), 14-3
Previously: NR
Last Week: Beat Avon Old Farms (Conn.) 13-7, Hotchkiss (Conn.) 21-6
This Week: 5/25 vs. Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)

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