For the second time, a No. 1 team has fallen. New Bedford traveled to No. 19 Brockton and was shutout, 2-0, bumping the Whalers down to the sixth-spot.
That means that North Andover, which has been stuck in second or third for most of the season, finally makes the jump into first. Needham, Silver Lake, Masconomet and Somerville all move up.
After losing to Silver Lake, 5-1, St. John’s Prep moves down into ninth-place. Framingham has lost its last two games (Natick and Braintree). Brockton moves up one spot.
The Boxers beat formerly top-ranked New Bedford, but lost just days later to No. 11 BC High. Either way, the Boxers clearly have some fight on their team, having beaten both Dartmouth and New Bedford – two strong teams in southeastern Massachusetts.
BC High had a great week, beating No. 19 Brockton and Hingham to move into 10th place. Because few top 10 teams lost there was little shuffling in this week’s top 20.
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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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