If you missed tonight’s Varsity Insider Chat, watch it on demand at LoHud.com/VCLive. On the show, I revealed the latest rankings, which come after last week’s midseason hiatus.
So, without further, meandering introduction, here is my latest Top 10, followed by the latest class-by-class rankings:
1. MOUNT VERNON — No reason to bump the Knights, whose only losses so far this season came against Top 100 teams Montverde Academy and Taft. But their biggest challenge by far comes tomorrow night against St. Anthony’s, a team ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the country by national polls.
2. NEW ROCHELLE — The two teams the Huguenots have lost to so far would be ranked top-two on this list, so there’s no shame in that. Their defense, size and dominance of P.J. Torres should send them into the postseason as Class AA’s No. 2 favorite, if not the No. 2 seed.
3. MOUNT ST. MICHAEL — Despite an impressive 18-0 record, the Mount still doesn’t have the same credentials as New Rochelle. Tomorrow night’s game at Stepinac could prove to be the toughest yet — and a major challenge to the perfect record.
4. STEPINAC — The Crusaders have won seven straight since a 66-60 loss at Mount St. Michael. Sure, they have five losses, but four — if not all five — of them came against higher-quality opponents than any team ranked below them has beat this season. They keep the spot.
5. POUGHKEEPSIE — The Pioneers have six games left and nary a challenge. They do face Peekskill at New Rochelle High School in their season finale and the Red Devils should be as good as their going to be by that point. Still, I don’t think any opponent prevents Poughkeepsie from an 18-0 finish.
6. KENNEDY — No, Albany Academy is not the Albany Patroons, but Kennedy’s 30-point win against the Section 2 school should serve some notice. First of all, it proves the Gaels are playing their best, but it also proves they can be dynamic against a quality opponent.
7. HORACE GREELEY — Like clockwork, the Quakers beat opponents in their league with precision, including Byram Hills, which appears to hold the fast track for second place in the league. But I just don’t believe Greeley is as strong at full strength as Kennedy, which provided a far more convincing result against Albany Academy, a team Greeley squeaked by in the Slam Dunk.
8. NORTH ROCKLAND — Unless Tappan Zee magically flipped a switch, North Rockland’s win over TZ should be a serious harbinger for a bright future. Right afterward, TZ knocked off Albertus Magnus and Spring Valley in impressive fashion, leading me to believe the Red Raiders, league champs yet again, are surging toward another County Center push.
9. TAPPAN ZEE — Round and round they go in Rockland, the best beating one another in a season-long race to the top of a crowded hill. I may have just overlapped thoughts there, but the Rockland race is just that confusing. After slumping during losses to Suffern and North Rockland, TZ has recovered, showing its hopes at a second straight gold ball are not yet dashed. Right now, the Dutchmen sit atop the league with just one loss to Albertus and Pearl River’s two.
T10. ALBERTUS MAGNUS — I still like the Falcons as the Class B favorite, but they lost some shine after a convincing loss to TZ at home. But Albertus could have the highest upside of any team in the county and has plenty of time to recover.
T10. PEARL RIVER — The teams are virtually even. Both have two losses, one to each other and one to TZ. It’s impossible to separate them, unless Pearl River falls tomorrow night to North Rockland, a team Albertus beat.
On the bubble: Salesian, White Plains, Yorktown.
Rockland Top 5
1. North Rockland
2. Tappan Zee
3. Albertus Magnus
4. Pearl River
5. Clarkstown South
1. Mount Vernon
2. New Rochelle
4. Horace Greeley
5. North Rockland
2. Tappan Zee
3. Pearl River
4. Byram Hills
1. Albertus Magnus
3. Dobbs Ferry
4. Blind Brook
3. Lincoln Hall
5. Children’s Village