Stop if you’ve heard this one before, but Central Catholic has claimed the top spot in the first Top 20 of the new year for boys’ basketball. The Raiders are off to a 7-0 start, and coming off a 10 point win over rival Andover this past Friday.
Charlestown (4-1) falls to No. 2 after a loss to defensive-minded East Boston team on Dec. 20.
The defending Division 1 state champion Eagles (6-1) anchor the No. 3 spot, but after a 53-47 loss to BC High on Jan. 3, St. John’s Prep certainly has much to prove.
Two unbeatens in Stoughton (6-0) and Newton North (6-0) round out the top 5. The Globe North’s feature on the Tigers is a must read.
Acton-Boxboro jumps up eight spots to No. 7, and would have been higher if it weren’t for the clunker they put up against No. 18 Westford on Friday.
At No. 13 it’s safe to say we believe in Madison Park, which was previously unranked. The Cardinals (6-1) ability to play defense and bang down low make then a team no one should be exited to play.
In total, there are seven newcomers to this week’s Top 20 (Weymouth 6-0, Madison Park 6-1, Oliver Ames 5-1, Boston Latin 8-1, Westford 8-2, North Andover 4-1, and Reading 6-1).
Teams to watch out for in next week's poll include: Andover, King Philip, and Danvers, which smoked a Keandre Stanton-less Lynn English by 30 on Friday.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- 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 fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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