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6Sports "Super 6" HS Basketball Rankings: Week 10 (February 10)

Updated: Sunday, February 9 2014, 11:07 PM EST

By Matt Maisel @Matt_Maisel    

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BOYS – WEEK 10 RANKINGS – February 10

1.       Bishop Carroll (19-0): Previous Ranking - 1

Last Week: W vs Penn Cambria 82-41, W vs. Central Cambria 72-32

This Week: at Bishop Guilfoyle 2/10, at Hollidaysburg

Bishop Carroll is two wins away this week from a perfect regular season, and a dominant one at that. No boys team from the WJAC-TV has finished the regular season unbeaten since Westmont went 23-0 in 2007. The Huskies have slaughtered their opponents -- Laurel Highlands and beyond -- by an average of 37 points per game. A win Monday over Bishop Guilfoyle earns the Huskies a spot in Saturday's Laurel Highlands championship game against Bishop McCort.

2.       Elk County Catholic (19-2): Previous Ranking – 2

Last Week: W vs Brookville 60-46, W at DuBois 61-34, W vs. Ridgway 48-46

This Week: vs. DuBois Central Catholic 2/14 (AML Semifinals)

Speaking of perfect seasons, Elk County Catholic wrapped up an unbeaten regular season, outside of playing Johnsonburg. The Crusaders earned the Allegheny Mountain League North title by virtue of only one of their losses to Johnsonburg occurring in conference play. They will play DuBois Central Catholic in the AML semifinals Friday, a team they beat by 14 in December. Should ECC win, an AML title game would feature Johnsonburg (four the 4th time) or Ridgway (which they beat by 2 last week).

3.       Johnsonburg (18-3): Previous Ranking – 3

Last Week: W vs Brockway 76-52

This Week: vs. DuBois 2/10, at Ridgway 2/14 (AML Semifinals)

Johnsonburg has its sights set on a second straight Allegheny Mountain League title but will have to win in Ridgway to start. The Rams are the AML North's 2-seed by virtue of losing to Elk County Catholic in January. Cam Grumley (21.8 ppg) and Cole Peterson (21.0 ppg), a.k.a The Splash Brothers, can finish the regular season amongst the state's top 30 scorers.

4.       Bishop Guilfoyle (14-2): Previous Ranking – 5

Last Week: w at Forest Hills 82-38, W at Central Cambria 51-48

This Week: vs Cambria Heights 2/3, vs Penn Cambria 2/6, at Bishop McCort 2/8

The Marauders nearly suffered what would have been a devastating sectional loss to Central Cambria on Wednesday but remained just a game back of Bishop Carroll. Their rematch next Monday looms large, but could run into a cross-sectional buzzsaw in the form of Bishop McCort on Saturday. The Crushers have won 7 of 8 games.

5.       Tyrone (15-3): Previous Ranking - 6

Last Week: W at Huntingdon, 66-39, W vs Central, 67-50

This Week: vs Clearfield 2/5, at Bald Eagle 2/7, vs Central Mountain 2/8

Led by Brandon Gripp and his 24.4 points per game (he scored 39 in the win over Huntingdon), Tyrone has worked a two-way-tie for first place alongside Penns Valley in the Mountain League with Bald Eagle and Central lurking. The Golden Eagles have won seven straight and face another defining game at Bald Eagle on Friday.

6.       Blairsville (14-1): Previous Ranking – Honorable Mention

Last Week: W at Northern Cambria 75-49, vs Purchase Line 70-54, at Homer-Center 65-51

This Week: at Purchase Line 2/4, vs. Homer-Center 2/5, vs. Westmont 2/7

In their most anticipated game of the season, the Bobcats proved to be the class of the Heritage Conference (for at least this week). Blairsville defeating Homer-Center in the Homer Dome sets the stage for a quick return trip this week, as the Bobcats host the Wildcats on Wednesday for the Heritage crown. If Blairsville wins, they'll likely win outright. If it's Homer, hello split-city!

Next 6 Out: Bishop McCort (12-4), Cameron County (17-1), DuBois Central Catholic (13-4), Homer Center (17-2), Northern Bedford (16-2), Penns Valley (14-2)

Ins & Outs: Locally, only four conferences host championships: Laurel Highlands, WestPAC, Inter-County, and Allegheny Mountain. Of those four, only the four AML participants have clinched spots and even then, Elk County Catholic & Johnsonburg (north) and Ridgway & DuBois Central Catholic (south) are working out seeing.

  • WestPAC: Shanksville can clinch the South crown over Berlin by defeating Meyersdale Tuesday while Conemaugh Township controls its own destiny in the North, and a win at Portage on Tuesday gives them a stranglehold.
  • Laurel Highlands: Barring upsets, Section 1 will be decided Monday, February 10 when Bishop Carroll travels to Bishop Guilfoyle. Section 2 is controlled by Bishop McCort with three section games remaining thanks to Nemo Trexler's 36 points in the Crushers OT win over Richland.
  • Inter-County Conference: Juniata Valley (16-3, 10-1 North) can lock up their division with a win over Mt. Union on Monday. In the South, Southern Fulton (16-2, 11-1) sits in 1st place, but Northern Bedford (16-2, 11-2) owns the tiebreaker and another game over the Indians.

GIRLS – WEEK 9 RANKINGS – February 3

1.       Hollidaysburg (14-1): Previous Ranking – 1

Last Week: W vs Mifflin County, 72-45, W at Altoona, 56-52

This Week: W vs Derry 2/5, vs Central Mountain 2/6, vs Ambridge 2/8

When Hollidaysburg and Altoona play, records tend to not matter. So it's no surprise the Lady Tigers, they of just one loss, survived their dual-seasonal showdown with Altoona and won by only four. Nonetheless, Hollidaysburg continues to sit pretty, finding ways to win in tight spots. Only remaining question mark is how they stack up against State College? We'll find out in two weeks.

2.       Blairsville (16-1): Previous Ranking – 2

Last Week: W vs Derry, 75-43, W at Purchase Line, 64-30

This Week: vs Northern Cambria 2/3, vs Homer-Center 2/4

Most impressive for Blairsville is their three-headed point production monster of Chelsea Koren (20.6 ppg), Laurel O'Barton (17.8 ppg), and Nicole Boyer (10.9 ppg). Even scarier? They are all juniors.

3.       Bellwood-Antis (13-2): Previous Ranking – 3

Last Week: W vs. Williamsburg 83-35

This Week: at Juniata Valley 2/3, at West Branch 2/4, vs Northern Bedford 2/6, vs Moshannon Valley 2/7

It's a good news/bad news week for the Lady Blue Devils. The bad news is, thanks to weather delays, they play four times this week including three on the road. The good news is all except Juniata Valley are sub-.500 ball clubs. Bellwood will clinch the ICC North this week.

4.       Portage (17-1): Previous Ranking – 6

Last Week: W vs. Shade, 60-44

This Week: at Windber 2/3, vs Conemaugh Twp. 2/5, at Salisbury-Elk Lick 2/7

Portage has won 16 straight games, all but one of which was by double-digits. The Lady Mustangs have already clinched the WestPAC North title led by Olivia McCabe (15.3 ppg, 10.1 rbg). At least one, potentially two games with Berlin loom large; February 12 in Portage and, if the Lady Mountaineers take care of business, February 15 at UPJ for the conference championship.

5.       Port Allegany (16-0): Previous Ranking – Honorable Mention

Last Week: W at Otto Eldred, 49-37

This Week: vs Coudersport 2/3, at Nortern Potter 2/5, vs Oswayo Valley 2/7

Port Allegany enters the poll amidst much fanfare across the state (ranked as high as No. 2 in some publications), but all but two have come against sub.-500 teams. On the other hand, 13 of those wins have been by more than 20 points and they returned a large amount of players from a state playoff-game winning team in 2013. Skeptical, but our attention is grabbed.

6.       Bishop Guilfoyle (11-3): Previous Ranking - 4

Last Week: L vs Forest Hills, 50-48

This Week: at Cambria Heights 2/5, at Penn Cambria 2/7, at Johnstown 2/8

Young teams tend to go through growing pains and the Lady Marauders and their freshman-filled lineup is suddenly in a dogfight to clinch their Laurel Highlands section. Bishop Guilfoyle's loss to Forest Hills means both teams have one sectional loss with three games remaining.

Next 6 Out: Altoona (8-8), Bishop McCort (12-4), Berlin (13-1), State College (11-7), Tussey Mountain (18-1), Westmont (14-3)

Ins & Outs: Conference championship games are starting to take shape, although each division with the exception of the WestPAC North still has a game left to help decide section champs.

  • WestPAC South: Berlin can clinch the division title with a win over Shade at home Wednesday. WestPAC North: Portage clinched division title.
  • Laurel Highlands Section 1: Thanks to Forest Hills' win over Bishop Guilfoyle last week, both the Lady rangers and Lady Marauders have one loss. If each team wins out, B-G will own the tiebreaker by virtue of its win over Section 2 first place Westmont.
  • Laurel Highlands Section 2: Westmont is unbeaten in sectional play, and can earn a spot in the LHAC Championship with a win Friday over Bishop McCort.
  • ICC North: Bellwood-Antis can clinch with a win Monday over Juniata Valley
  • ICC South: Tussey Mountain and Southern Fulton each have one sectional loss...to each other. The ICC tiebreaker goes to point differential. Southern Fulton beat Tussey by 14, Tussey then beat Southern Fulton by 13. Te
  • Allegheny Mountain League: Kane and Elk County Catholic have clinched spots in the semifinals out of the AML North, while DuBois Central Catholic and Brockway
6Sports "Super 6" HS Basketball Rankings: Week 10 (February 10)

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