As I reported a week ago today, CHSAA basketball coaches voted to move Iona Prep into the AA division last week. I’ll have more on that in a bit.
First is this: The Gaels may be forced to move up in division without their top returning player. That’s because sophomore guard Isiah Ice is likely transferring to a school in New Jersey, according to information from several sources. Ice’s family is moving to Hoboken.
Ice’s absence would prove difficult to overcome for Iona Prep — at least in the short term. He’s the only returning starter from the CHSAA “A” city and state champ. The Gaels would already face a challenge competing in the revamped AA division even with him.
Now, below is a look at the new power rankings. There are two big changes this season.
1. With Iona Prep up in the AA, All Hallows was voted to move down to the A. Longtime coach John Carey was furious about the demotion. The school has been a mainstay in the AA division and is still pushing to remain there.
Salesian and Nazareth were both promoted as well. They will move from the B division to the A. Moore Catholic will join Iona Prep in moving from the A to the AA. Monsignor Farrell will drop to the A.
2. Teams in the Archdiocesan will now play 18 league games, meaning at least one against every team. Last year, for example, teams only crossed over with two teams from the other division. Top-ranked St. Ray’s and Cardinal Hayes from the New York Archdiocesan played top-ranked Christ the King and Bishop Loughlin. Now, every team will play each CHSAA team outside of its division once.
(The Brooklyn/Queens teams will not play the Staten Island teams, so they will play 16 league games apiece.)
Anyway, here’s a look at the power rankings for the 2012-13 season:
1. Christ the King
2. Bishop Loughlin
3. Holy Cross
4. Archbishop Molloy
6. St. Francis Prep
7. Bishop Ford
8. St Edmund
10. Monsignor McClancy
11. St. John’s Prep
12. Cathedral Prep
New York Archdiocesan
1 . St. Ray’s
2. Cardinal Hayes
3. Mount St. Michael
5. Iona Prep
6. Fordham Prep
7. All Hallows
9. Cardinal Spellman
13. St. Agnes
14. Sacred Heart
15. Blessed Sacrament
16. Monsignor Scanlan
1. St. Peter’s
2. Moore Catholic
3. Monsignor Farrell
4. St. Joe’s by the Sea
Here are the divisions:
Brooklyn/Queens — Christ the King, Bishop Loughlin, Holy Cross, Archbisohp Molloy, Xaverian, St. Francis Prep
New York — St. Ray’s, Cardinal Hayes, Mount St. Michael, Stepinac, Iona Prep, Fordham Prep
Staten Island: St. Peter’s, Moore Catholic
Brooklyn/Queens — Bishop Ford, St. Edmund, Nazareth, Monsignor McClancy, St. John’s Prep
New York — All Hallows, Xavier, Cardinal Spellman, Regis, LaSalle, Salesian
Staten Island: Monsignor Farrell, St. Joseph’s by the Sea
Brooklyn/Queens — Cathedral Prep
New York — St. Agnes, Sacred Heart, Blessed Sacrament, Monsignor Scanlan