This wasn't easy.
Pushing Barnstable down to No. 4 in our final Boston Globe Top 20 this season was difficult and even painful for some. We had folks in the newsroom nearly break into tears. But ultimately, high school editor Bob Holmes is from Reading and we still want our jobs.
We're kidding. He had nothing to do with this. Reading deserves its new ranking.
Here’s why, with a quick breakdown on our top five spots:
1. Everett (11-1) -- Easy choice, although we have heard arguments for St. John’s Prep. If only the Eagles were playing this well earlier in the season…
2. St. John’s Prep (11-1) -- The Eagles ran the table in Division 1.
3. Reading (13-0) -- Here’s how we did this: We went around in a circle giving our best predictions of what would happen if Reading played Barnstable. Ultimately, it came down to defense. If Everett could give Nick Peabody so much trouble in the Super Bowl, what could the Rockets’ defense (allowing 5 points per game) have done?
4. Barnstable (11-1) -- Great season. Inches away from winning the Bob Walsh trophy. Instead, the Red Raiders will settle for fourth.
5. Beverly (13-0) -- If we had the technology, we’d simulate Beverly against the top-four, just to see how many defenders from each team Brendan Flaherty could carry on his back for an additional 10 yards.
The rest of the final Globe top 20 and Boston.com top 100:
2. St. John's Prep
12. King Philip
13. Central Catholic
18. Plymouth South
21. St. Mary's
33. North Attleboro
37. Bishop Feehan
44. North Reading
48. New Bedford
52. BC High
57. Lynn Classical
59. Upper Cape
60. Lynn English
61. Hamilton Wenham
62. Bishop Fenwick
64. Whitman Hansen
66. North Shore
69. Blue Hills
70. North Andover
71. Archbishop Williams
74. Catholic Memorial
76. Madison Park
78. Lowell Catholic
79. Greater Lawrence
80. Pope John
89. East Bridgewater
92. Martha’s Vineyard
95. Oliver Ames
100. Cardinal Spellman
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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