Jules Tavares and the New Bedford Whalers slid down the rankings in the new boys basketball Globe Top 20 after losing to then-No. 19 Brockton last week, 88-74. The Whalers went from No. 3 to No. 7.
The win presented the Boxers with a golden opportunity to jump up in the rankings, but a 73-68 loss to new No. 3 Lynn English warranted just a two-spot jump to No. 17.
After starting the season unranked, the Watertown Red Raiders have cracked the Top 10. A big reason has been the play of Marco Coppola, who is leading the state in scoring, averaging 27 points per game.
Also cracking the Top 20 for the first time this year is No. 18 Mashpee, which made its way in after defeating then-No. 14 Cohasset last week, 66-53. The Skippers fell to No. 19 after the loss.
The top-ranked St. John's Prep Eagles (10-0) continue to soar past opponents, winning by an average of 17 points per game.
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- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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