Last week, I thought I that there would be some shifting in the Top 20 after the Comcast tournament. To my surprise, I was right.
Billerica falls to No.8 in the standings after losing to Archbishop Williams on Sunday. With the Indiansí drop, Lynn English, who hasn't lost a contest since December moves up the rankings this week to No. 7. Abington has been on a hot streak as of late and they also make their way up the standings this week and debut at No.5.
Despite Archbishop Williamsí first state loss to Reading on Monday in the title game of the Comcast Tournament, we thought that Archbishop Williams should remain the No.2 team in the state because they simply are the second best team in the state. The Archies proved that they could compete with top-ranked Reading after they held an early 11-0 lead on the Rockets before Olivia Healy dominated the second half.
The Comcast Tournament was not the only tournament to cause some changes in the final regular season poll.
No.6 Oliver Ames took its first loss to Medfield in the Rebel Hoop Classic on Wednesday. The loss drops the Tigers one spot to No.6.
With tournament games coming up next week, watch out for unranked Blue Hills (20-0), the only undefeated team outside of Reading in Eastern Massachusetts. The Warriors have quietly put together a successful season but look for them to make some noise in the tournament.
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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.
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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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