Rankings, Vers. 4.0 (Jan. 20)

January 21, 2008 on 1:10 am | In analysis | 3 Comments

I’ve been putting off these rankings for a while. And I don’t think I did myself any favors. These were really hard to come up with, and I’m sure some people (Northern Conference, Shore Conference) won’t like them a whole lot. That’s the nature of the beast.
I’m putting these out there for discussion and debate, not because I think they’re infallible or because I’m particularly attached to any comparisons. I’m also splitting public schools into their Public A and Public B classifications, as we will for the state tournament.

Read on for the njhockey.org Top 10s:

1. Delbarton (13-1-1) – Nobody is playing better, and that loss to CBA seems like forever ago.
2. CBA (12-1-2) – It’s tough to drop a team for a tie, but Delbarton seems to beat everybody by more.
3. Seton Hall Prep (6-4-2) – Where did these guys come from? As young as the Pirates are, watch out.
4. St. Augustine Prep (6-4-2) – Playing the Gordon schedule will make Hermits tougher in March.
5. Bergen Catholic (7-5-3) – Broke five-game winless streak this weekend.
6. Bishop Eustace (6-5-2) – Playing well but still just a step behind.
7. Don Bosco Prep (5-6-3) – Talented enough to cause some trouble.
8. Kinnelon (12-0-1) – I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to this. Jan. 30 Ridge game matchup of public favorites.
9. Ramsey (12-2-2) – NBIAL leader has earned plenty of respect.
10. Northern Highlands (13-2) – Win over Randolph has Highlanders rolling along.
11. Fair Lawn (11-2) – I still say they’re the most talented NBIAL squad.
12. Watchung Hills (10-1-1) – Since they won the season series with Ridge, they get a mulligan for the loss to Johnson.
13. Ridge (11-2-2) – Still leading the Central Red with one loss and one tie.
14. St. Joseph Metuchen (7-1-2) – One loss, two ties in Central Red play.
15. Notre Dame (10-0-1) – Too high? We’ll get an idea Monday against St. Augustine Prep.
16. Morristown-Beard (9-2-1) – With the help of a transfer, the Crimson are on the rise.
17. St. Peter’s Prep (6-9) – Lost to Knolls but beat Ramsey.
18. Montgomery (8-5-3) – They’re in every game, and they’ll be dangerous come tourney time.
19. Gloucester Catholic (6-2-1) – Not likely to do much postseason damage, but they have impressed.
20. St. John Vianney (10-1-1) – I tried Morris County teams here, but I’m throwing the Shore a bone.

Public A
1. Fair Lawn (11-2)
2. Watchung Hills (10-1-1)
3. Ridge (11-2-2)
4. Montgomery (8-5-3)
5. Randolph (7-2-4)
6. Morris Knolls (8-5-1)
7. Hillsborough (7-7)
8. Brick Memorial (7-3-2)
9. Brick Township (7-4-1)
10. Steinert (10-3)

Public B
1. Kinnelon (12-0-1)
2. Ramsey (12-2-2)
3. Northern Highlands (13-2)
4. Jefferson (9-3-2)
5. Hopewell Valley (8-3-1)
6. Indian Hills (10-5-1)
7. Wall (9-5-1)
8. Chatham (7-5-1)
9. Pequannock (5-6-1)
10. Glen Rock (10-6-1)

Almost made it
Cranford, Johnson, Middletown North, Montclair, Roxbury, Verona.
Montclair-Kimberley, Monsignor Donovan, Paul VI, Red Bank Catholic.


  1. How about a little love for Passaic Valley (12-2-1) in the Public B rankings?

    Comment by Jeff Evans — 21 January 2008 #

  2. how can you rank BE and BC below SHP, a team BE beat. BE’s losses have been to CBA, SA, DELB and BC b/c BE was missing their entire first line against BC.

    JY: That’s an easy one. BE’s win over SHP was in December – both teams have changed a lot since then, especially with the recent improvement of SHP. Also, SHP just beat St. Augustine Prep, which is the win that vaulted it to No. 3. Thanks for reading!

    Comment by BE — 21 January 2008 #

  3. west essex making a run finally, beating up on clifton, glen rock and wayne hills. maybe consideration

    Comment by jerry hill — 22 January 2008 #

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