April 23, 2018

Boys’ hoops public Top 15: Undefeated Dunbar, Wicomico continue to rise

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Every Monday, MSA compiles the top public school boys’ basketball teams in the state and ranks them 1-15 based on résumé and talent.

Despite a loss to then-unranked Lake Clifton last week, Poly’s resume has enough substance to remain No. 1. Dunbar, Wise, Eleanor Roosevelt and Perry Hall round out the top five.

Note: MSA25″ means a team from the MSA Top 25 state rankings, which includes private schools and public schools.

1. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers (8-3) LW: 1

Area: Baltimore City, Class 3A South

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 2-1

Last week: 0-2

Wins: KASA by 52, Digital Harbor by 16, No. 1 Perry Hall by 9, Ben Franklin by 26, MSA25 No. 11 Riverdale Baptist by 24, Mervo by 20, Douglass-Baltimore by 37, Southwestern by 18

Losses: Olympic (N.C.) by 4, MSA25 No. 3 St. Frances by 8, Lake Clifton by 4

2. Dunbar Poets (9-0) LW: 5

Area: Baltimore City, 1A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 2-0

Last week: 0-0

Wins: New Era, Calvert Hall by 1, Carver by 77, Central by 8, Mervo by 17, Downingtown East (Pa.) by 11, Reading (Pa.) by 2, Old Mill by 13, No. 8 Milford Mill by 6

Losses: None

3. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (11-2) LW: 2

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-2

Last week: 1-1

Wins: New Town by 10, Bladensburg by 16, St. Charles by 27, High Point by 12, Laurel by 13, Cleveland Central (Ohio) by 7/OT, West Middlsux (Pa.) by 5, Northwestern by 19, Flowers by 29, Bowie by 14, Suitland by 9

Losses: MSA25 No. 14 Riverdale Baptist by 7, No. 4 Eleanor Roosevelt by 1

4. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (8-3) LW: 4

Area: Prince George’s County, 4A South

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-2

Last week: 2-1

Wins: DuVal by 8/OT, Laurel by 18, Northwestern by 18, Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) by 21, Parkdale by 22, Bowie by 17, No. 2 Wise by 1, Bowie by 1

Losses: MSA25 No. 1 DeMatha by 37, MSA25 No. 14 Riverdale Baptist by 2, Flowers by 3

5. Perry Hall Gators (8-4) LW: 6

Area: Baltimore County, 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 3-3

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Kenwood by 17, No. 6 Patterson by 3, No. 5 Dulaney by 3, Chesapeake by 35, Randallstown by 21, MSA25 No. 13 Riverdale Baptist by 19, Towson by 48, Franklin by 39

Losses: No. 2 Poly by 9, MSA25 No. 8 John Carroll by 15, Gerstell Academy by 9, MSA25 No. 17 McDonogh by 1

6. Potomac Wolverines (11-1) LW: 3

Area: Prince George’s County, 3A South

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-0

Last week: 2-1

Wins: Oxon Hill by 3/OT, Westlake by 8, North Point by 45, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) by 36, Sherwood by 25, No. 13 River Hill by 31, Surrattsville by 18, Crossland by 46, Largo by 21, Friendly by 17, Central by 26

Losses: Douglass-PG by 5

7. Dulaney Lions (9-2) LW: 7

Area: Baltimore County, 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-2

Last week: 0-0

Wins: Western Tech & Environmental Science by 11, Friends by 51, Archbishop Curley by 20, Franklin by 29, Oakland Mills by 13, Sparrows Point by 41, Catonsville by 30, No. 8 Milford Mill by 5, Parkville by 7

Losses: Boys’ Latin by 17, No. 6 Perry Hall by 3

8. Oakdale Bears (13-1) LW: 8

Area: Frederick County, 2A West

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Thomas Johnson by 15, Williamsport by 37, Walkersville by 32, Boonsboro by 62, Catoctin by 27, Randallstown by 18Flowers by 3, Middletown by 10, Smithsburg by 13, Brunswick by 26, Tuscarora by 9, Williamsport by 16, Walkersville by 2/OT

Losses: Linganore by 4

9. Paint Branch Panthers (12-1) LW: 9

Area: Montgomery County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents: 1-0

Last week: 1-0

Wins: Walter Johnson by 33, Richard Montgomery by 10, Blake by 6, Wootton by 44, Gaithersburg by 29, Kennedy by 5, Kennedy by 38, No. 11 Springbrook by 12, Blair by 9, Churchill by 16, Sherwood by 37, Northwood by 22

Losses: Bethesda-CC by 1

10. Wicomico Indians (15-0) LW: 10

Area: Wicomico County, 2A East

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Pocomoke by 4, Cambridge-SD by 20, Worcester Prep by 61, Crisfield by 8, Washington by 6, Snow Hill by 48, Parkside by 4/OT, West Mecklenburg (N.C.) by 14, Gilman by 9, Mardela by 37, Bennett by 37, Queen Anne’s by 50, Pocomoke by 13, Decatur by 2, Crisfield by 7

Losses: None

11. Lake Clifton Lakers (9-3) LW: NR

Area: Baltimore City, 2A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-3

Last week: 1-0

Wins: New Era by 38, Forest Park by 39, La Plata by 27, Edmondson-Westside by 13, Glenelg by 15, Surrattsville by 39, KASA by 49, Oxon Hill by 7, No. 1 Poly by 4

Losses: MSA25 No. 5 John Carroll by 23, No. 7 Patterson by 22, Mount Carmel by 8

12. River Hill Hawks (12-1) LW: 12

Area: Howard County, 2A East

Last week: 1-1

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-1

Wins: Tuscarora by 21, Wilde Lake by 2, Manchester Valley by 39, Hammond by 36, Old Mill by 11, Marriotts Ridge by 3, Richard Montgomery by 6, Oakland Mills by 10, Glenelg by 17, Winters Mill by 33, Long Reach by 18, Atholton by 12

Losses: No. 5 Potomac by 31

 

13. Springbrook Blue Devils (12-2) LW: 13

Area: Montgomery County, 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-1

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Watkins Mill by 18, Bethesda-CC by 10, Blake by 3, Whitman by 8, Richard Montgomery by 3, Largo by 25, Reservoir by 6, Sherwood by 5, Kennedy by 26, Blair by 7, Wootton by 8, Magruder by 28

Losses: Clarksburg by 4, No. 13 Paint Branch by 12

Cameron Rucker steps up to drop 32 points in Springbrook’s win over Bethesda-CC

14. Thomas Johnson Patriots (13-2) LW: 14

Area: Frederick County, 3A West

Last week: 2-0

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-1

Wins: Westminster by 17, North Hagerstown by 6, Damascus by 18, South Hagerstown by 26, Linganore by 11, Mountain Ridge by 32, Loudoun County (Va.) by 33, Urbana by 40, Tuscarora by 8, Frederick by 39, Walkersville by 11, Middletown by 23, North Hagerstown by 8

Losses: No. 8 Oakdale by 15, Watkins Mill by 11

Rivas’ toughness, balanced attack keys Thomas Johnson to win against Tuscarora

15. Fairmont Heights Hornets (10-3) LW: 15

Area: Prince George’s County, 1A South

Last week: 3-0

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-2

Wins: La Plata by 18, Takoma Academy by 9, Bowie by 11, Phelps by 37, Crossland by 17, Friendly by 19, Central by 25, Douglass-PG by 19, Gwynn Park by 12, Largo by 15

Losses: MSA25 No. 7 St. John’s (D.C.) by 42, Chapelgate Christian by 5, Oxon Hill by 5

Dropped out: No. 11 Patterson (5-7)

On the bubble: Bethesda-CC (10-4), C.M. Wright (9-2), Douglass-PG (6-4), Dundalk (9-2), Gaithersburg (11-2), Glen Burnie (10-4), Harford Tech (8-2), Kent County (12-2), Liberty (11-3), Linganore (12-2), Milford Mill (5-3), Northwest (11-1), Patterson Mill (9-2), Patterson (5-7), Seneca Valley (11-2), Woodlawn (8-2)

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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