Thursday, November 8, 2012

Win Magazine's Preseason High School Wrestling Rankings

by Jeff Fisher
NHSCA Sports Hour
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Defending national champ Blair Academy (New Jersey) no longer is headed by Jeff Buxton, who resigned in August as the school's head coach, but the Buccaneers are still loaded and considered a good bet to win another national championship with six returning starters.  At least that what WIN Magazine believes with the release of its Preseason Top 25 high school wrestling rankings.

Here's the Top 25, and click here to see more detail on the rankings:

Win Magazine's Top 25
**last season's final ranking in parentheses

1. Blair Academy - New Jersey (1)
2. Central Dauphin - Pennsylvania (15)
3. Canon-McMillan - Pennsylvania (7)
4. St. Edward - Ohio (2)
5. Clovis - California (4)
6. Brandon - Florida (5)
7. St. Johns - Michigan (6)
8. Christiansburg - Virginia (8)
9. Wyoming Seminary - Pennsylvania (10)
10. Davison - Michigan (NR)
11. St. Michael-Albertville - Minnesota (NR)
12. Montini - Illinois (23)
13. South Plainfield - New Jersey (NR)
14. Marist - Illinois (NR)
15. Carl Sandburg - Illinois (NR)
16. Allen - Texas (NR)
17. Perry Meridian - Indiana (24)
18. Perry - Ohio (17)
19. Apple Valley - Minnesota (3)
20. Simley - Ohio (13)
21. Archbishop Moeller - Ohio (18)
22. Kasson-Mantorville - Minnesota (NR)
23. Shenendehowa - New York (NR)
24. Assumption - Iowa (NR)
25. West Fargo - North Dakota (NR) Boys & Girls Cross Country Rankings

by Jeff Fisher
NHSCA Sports Hour
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We're coming down the home stretch of the high school cross country season, but there's still a lot of running to take place with nationals down the road.

All season long,'s David Taylor has been keeping us up-to-date with the ever-changing XC landscape in what is probably been the best ever high school cross country season.

The biggest changes to's Super 50 is on the girls' side where there's a new #1.

Birmingham Seaholm takes-over the top spot with a perfect power ranking after beating former #1 Grosse Pointe South in the Michigan Division 1 championship. 

With Seaholm's move to the top and six-time defending national champ Fayetteville-Manlius falling to #4, it's possible the Hornets streak of national titles may be coming to an end.

Below are the Top 10 teams for boys and girls, but please go to for the entire Super 50, plus individual rankings.'s Super 50

Boys' Top 10

1T. Christian Brothers Academy (NJ)
1T. North Central (WA)
3. Highland Milford (MI)
4. Arcadia (CA)
5. American Ford (UT)
6. Southlake Carroll (TX)
7. York (IL)
8. St. Xavier (KY)
9. The Woodlands (TX)
10. Stillwater (MN)

 Girls' Top 10

1. Birmingham Seaholm (MI)
2. Grosse Point (MI)
3. Great Oak (CA)
4. Fayetteville Manlius (NY)
5. Carmel (IN)
6. Suthlake Carroll (TX)
7. Assumption (KY)
8. Saratoga Springs (NY)
9. Saline (MI)
10. The Woodlands (TX)

Finally, tonight on the NHSCA Sports Hour, I'll be talking with Jeff Morris, head coach of Perham High School in Minnesota.  Perham has been crowned as the Boys' Division II national champs by XCnation.

Click here to listen LIVE at 6 P.M. Eastern.

America's All-Time Goal Scorer in Field Hockey to appear on NHSCA Sports Hour

by Jeff Fisher
NHSCA Sports Hour

The incredible field hockey career of Florence High School's (New Jersey) Lexi Smith came to a close earlier this week, but not before setting a second national record.

Smith, who earlier this year set the national record for goals in a career, set a new National Federation strike rate record of 2.42 goals per game.  That passes the previous record of 2.10 that was held by Delaware Valley High School's (Pennsylvania) Carleen McAllister, who set the record way back in the mid-70s.

Smith's career ended with a 2-1 loss to New Egypt in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I tournament.  Smith picked-up an assist, but didn't score a goal, so her career total stands at 191 goals.

In October, Smith, who will play college field hockey at the College of New Jersey, passed Sharon Landau as the nation's all-time leading goal scorer.  Landau, who played at Rye Neck High School (New York), scored 175 goals during her career that ended in 1985.

Tonight, Smith will join me as a guest on the NHSCA Sports Hour to talk about her incredible career.

Click here to listen to the show LIVE at 6 P.M. Eastern Time.