Thursday, November 21, 2013

Latest high school cross country ratings

by Jeff Fisher
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We're coming down the home stretch in the 2013 high school cross country season and all eyes are on seven-time girls' national champs Fayetteville-Manlius (New York).  The big  question about F-M - can they make it eight straight?

Early in the season after some not so usual loses, many thought that the end of the streak was on the horizon.  However, now as we approach the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals, it looks like F-M is ready to defend, as you can read from Editor-in-Chief David Taylor.  Recently, F-M won another New York state championship and currently it's ranked #2 in the latest rankings. Boys' High School Cross Country Rankings
…through November 17, 2013

1. Arcadia (California)
2. Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey)
3. Gig Harbor (Michigan)
4. North Central (Washington)
5. American Fork (Utah)
6. Madera South (California)
7. Fayetteville-Manlius (New York)
8. Brea Olinda (California)
9. Carmel (Indiana)
10. Brentwood (Tennessee) Girls' High School Cross Country Rankings
…through November 17, 2013

1. Wayzata (Minnesota)
2. Fayetteville-Manlius (New York)
3. Carmel (Indiana)
4. Unionville (Pennsylvania)
5. Davis (Utah)
6. Simi Valley (California)
7. Great Oak (California)
8. Glenbard West (Illinois)
9. Monarch (Colorado)
10. Pennsbury (Pennsylvania)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

2012 NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year hoping to go out on top


by Jeff Fisher
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Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams went-out on top with a home run in his final at-bat.  Next Saturday, New Hampshire Hall of Fame high school football coach Chuck Lenahan of Plymouth Regional hopes to end things on a high note as well.

Lenahan's Bobcats will play Portsmouth for the state's Division II title in his final game as head coach.  If Plymouth can come-out on top, it would be the school's 20th state football championship under Lenahan, who is retiring after 43 years as head coach of the Bobcats.

Lenahan, who didn't win a game in his first season in 1971, brings a 355-70-1 record into the game.  In addition to the 19 state titles, 13 of Lenahan's teams have finished undefeated.

Plymouth brings a 10-1 mark into next week's game.

Lenahan was the National High School Coaches Association's National Football Coach of the Year in 2012.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another field hockey record for Eastern's (NJ) Austyn Cuneo

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
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Down goes another national high school field hockey record at the stick of Eastern High School's (New Jersey) Austyn Cuneo.

On Tuesday, Cuneo, who earlier this year set the all-time record for goals in a career, scored six goals to help her team advance to the New Jersey Group IV state championship on Saturday.  Those six goals gave her 83 for the year, which passed the old single-season goal mark of 82 that was set in 1982 by Tracey Fuchs of Centereach High School in New York.  

Cuneo, who's only a junior, now has 220 career goals. 

Eastern is currently ranked #2 in the latest Top of the Circle National Rankings as of Monday...

1. Watertown (MA) 21-0
2. Eastern (NJ) 21-0-1
3. Lower Dauphin (PA) 23-1
4. Emmaus (PA) 25-0
5. Crestwood (PA) 23-0
6. Farmingville (NY) 20-0
7. Suffolk Lakeland (VA) 21-0
8. Shrub Oak Lakeland (NY) 20-0
9. Shore Regional (NJ) 20-0-1
10. Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur 20-1

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New #1 in lastest Girls' High School Cross Country Rankings

by Jeff Fisher
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One week after the Unionville girls (Pennsylvania) took over the #1 spot in the Girls' Top 25 Power Rankings, there's a new numero uno.  Wayzata (Minnesota) is now on the top team in the latest rankings.

On the boys' side of the equation, Arcadia from California is still #1 Boys' Cross Country Rankings
as of November 2, 2013

1. Arcadia (CA)
2. American Fork (UT)
3. Gig Harbor (MI)
4. Christian Brothers Academy (NJ)
5. York (IL)
6. Fayetteville-Manlius (NY)
7. Madera-South (CA)
8. Carmel (IN)
9. Hinsdale Central (IL)
10. Wayzata (MN)

Click here to see entire boys' and girls' Top 25. Girls' Cross Country Rankings
as of November 2, 2013

1. Wayzata (MN)
2. Unionville (PA)
3. Davis (UT)
4. Fayetteville-Manlius (NY)
5. Simi Valley (CA)
6. Naperville North (IL)
7. Carmel (IN)
8. Monarch (CO)
9. Northville (NY)
10. Pennsbury (PA)

High School Football America Top 25 (Week 10)

By Jeff Fisher
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This is the last week of the regular season for the 2013 high school football season, so it’s a good time to look back and see how we did since August 5th when we released our Preseason Top 25.
All-in-all, not too bad with 12 of the original Top 25 still being in the latest rankings.  Allen (Texas), our preseason #1 is still at the top of it all.  Booker T. Washington (Florida), which began the season #6, is just a hair behind the Eagles.  If you take a look at the preseason Top 10, six of the teams are still there – Allen (Pre-Season #1), De La Salle (PS #2), Booker T. Washington (PS #6), Katy (PS #7), Miami Central (PS #8) and St. John Bosco (PS #9).
Here’s a look at how the 13 teams that fell out of the Preseason Top 25 have made out so far:
#3 John Curtis (Louisiana) 6-2
#4 Norcross (Georgia) 7-2
#5 Corona Centennial (California) 7-2
#11 DeMatha (Maryland) 9-1
#12 Paramus Catholic (New Jersey) 6-2
#13 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 8-2
#14 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) 8-1
#15 Long Beach Poly (California) 8-1
#16 Good Counsel (Maryland) 6-4
#17 Ensworth (Tennessee) 8-1
#21 North Allegheny (Pennsylvania) 7-3
#23 Highlands (Kentucky) 9-1
#25 Sandy Creek (Georgia) 8-0-1
As far as the latest poll, only a small change as #16 Ensworth (Tennessee) saw its 29-game win streak come to a close at the hands of Brentwood Academy (Tennessee).  Entering the poll at #25 is Southlake Carroll (Texas), which is a perfect 8-0 after a season opening loss to top-ranked Allen.
High School Football America Top 25
1. (1) Allen (Texas)
Overall Record: 9-0
Rewind: defeated McKinney (Texas) 56-7
Fast Forward: Friday, Plano (Texas)
2. (2) Booker T. Washington (Florida)
Overall: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Edison (Florida) 62-0
Fast Forward: November 15th, Glades Central (Florida) – 4A playoffs
3. (3) Katy (Texas)
Overall Record: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Cinco Ranch (Texas) 40-7
Fast Forward: Friday, Memorial (Houston, Texas)
4. (4) Colerain (Ohio)
Overall Record: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Oak Hills (Ohio) 29-17
Fast Forward: Saturday, Springboro (Ohio) – Division I playoffs
5. (5) DeSoto (Texas)
Overall: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Grand Prairie (Texas) 67-7
Fast Forward: Thursday, Mansfield (Texas)
6. (6) De La Salle (California)
Overall Record: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Monte Vista (California) 35-7
Fast Forward: Saturday, California (San Ramon, California)
7. (7) Miami Central (Florida)
Overall Record: 7-1
Rewind: Idle
Fast Forward: November 15, Boynton Beach (Florida) – 6A playoffs
8. (8) St. John Bosco (California)
Overall Record: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Mater Dei (California) 24-2
Fast Forward: Friday, Servite (California)
9. (9) St. Joseph Regional (New Jersey)
Overall Record: 7-0
Rewind: defeated DePaul (New Jersey) 38-14
Fast Forward: Saturday, Ramapo (New Jersey)
10. (10) Hoover (Alabama)
Overall: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Opelika (Alabama) 29-7
Fast Forward: Friday, Huntsville (Alabama) – 6A playoffs
11. (11) Northwestern (South Carolina)
Overall Record: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Nation Ford (South Carolina) 63-18
Fast Forward: Friday, Rock Hill (South Carolina)
12. (13) Bellevue (Washington)
Overall Record: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Mercer Island (Washington) 49-7
Fast Forward: Friday, Ferndale (Washington)
13. (13) Manatee (Florida)
Overall Record: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Palm Harbor (Florida) 48-14
Fast Forward: November 15, Vero Beach (Florida) – 8A playoffs
14. (14) Serra (California)
Overall: 9-0
Rewind: defeated St. Francis (California) 35-21
Fast Forward: Friday, St. Paul (California)
15. (15) Miramar (Florida)
Overall: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Cooper City (Florida) 60-0
Fast Forward: November 15, South Plantation (Florida) – 8A playoffs
16. (17) Byrnes (South Carolina)
Overall: 9-1
Rewind: defeated Dorman (South Carolina) 54-14
Fast Forward: Friday, Wade Hampton (South Carolina)
17. (18) Mallard Creek (North Carolina)
Overall Record: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Robinson (North Carolina) 62-0
Fast Forward: Friday, North Mecklenburg (North Carolina)
18. (20) Mountain Pointe (Arizona)
Overall: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Dobson (Arizona) 57-3
Fast Forward: Friday, Boulder Creek (Arizona) – Division I playoffs
19. (20) Jenks (Oklahoma)
Overall: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Bixby (Oklahoma) 45-7
Fast forward: Friday, Putnam City (Oklahoma)
20. (21) Brother Rice (Michigan)
Overall: 10-0
Rewind: defeated Groves (Michigan) 42-0
Fast forward: Friday, Seaholm (Michigan) – Division 2 playoffs
21. (22) Folsom (California)
Overall: 9-0
Rewind: defeated Ponderosa (California) 52-0
Fast forward: Friday, Pleasant Grove (California)
22. (23) Coppell (Texas)
Overall: 7-1
Rewind: defeated Denton Ryan (Texas) 28-3
Fast forward: Friday, Lewisville (Texas)
23. (24) St. Edward (Ohio)
Overall: 8-1
Rewind: defeated Eastern Christian Academy (Maryland) 41-40
Fast forward: Saturday, Shaker Heights (Ohio) – Division I playoffs
24. (25) University (Florida)
Overall: 9-1
Rewind: defeated Island Coast (Florida) 49-7
Fast Forward: November 15, Gulliver Prep (Florida) – 4A playoffs
25. (NR) Southlake Carroll (Texas)
Overall: 8-1
Rewind: defeated Fossil Ridge (Texas) 31-27
Fast forward: Friday, Haltom (Texas)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Listen to October 31st NHSCA Sports Hour

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
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If you missed last night's radio show, click here to listen.

Guests on the show were - Steve Paulsen, head coach of Edina High School's (Minnesota) girls' tennis team and Jim Tkach of the Nike Coach of the Year Football Clinic in eastern Pennsylvania.

Last week, Paulsen's team won its 17th straight Minnesota state championship.  It was the school's 32nd in the last 36 years.

Watertown (Massachusetts) takes over #1 spot in last field hockey rankings

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
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Watertown (Massachusetts) High School is the new #1 in the latest Top of the Circle national field hockey rankings.  Watertown took-over the top spot after former #1 Villanova Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pennsylvania) and former #2 First Colonial (Virginia) lost last week.

Watertown is currently riding a 110-game unbeaten streak, which is the second longest streak all-time in America.

Last week's NHSCA Sports Hour guest Austyn Cuneo of Eastern High School made more history this week when she became the first player to top 200 goals in her career.  The nation's all-time leading scorer, who's only a junior, now has 207 lifetime goals.

Here's the latest rankings...

1. Watertown (Massachusetts) LW: #3
2. Episcopal Academy (Pennsylvania) LW: #5
3. Eastern (New Jersey) LW: #6
4. Lower Dauphin (Pennsylvania) LW: #4
5. Emmaus (Pennsylvania) LW: #7
6. Crestwood (Pennsylvania) LW: NR
7. Palmyra (Pennsylvania) LW: #10
8. Farmingville Sachem East (New York) LW: #8
9. Suffolk Lakeland (Virginia) LW: NR
10. Shrub Oak Lakeland (New York) LW: #9