Monday, August 4, 2008

Indy missing from preseason national poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --
After being a fixture in the national polls from 2000 until early in the 2007 season, Independence is unranked in at least one national preseason poll.
The Patriots finished 13-3 last season, losing in the state championship game to New Bern, ending a bid to become the state's first champion to win eight titles in a row. The Patriots best player, senior safety DeVonte Holloman, transferred to Rock Hill South Pointe.
Independence remains a regional favorite for a N.C. state title, but the National Prep Poll doesn't include Indy in its top 25. Rival Duncan Byrnes (SC) is ranked No. 2 behind Euless Trinity (TX).
The Patriots are No. 6 in the East Coast rankings, where Byrnes is No. 1. Rock Hill Northwestern is ranked No. 7 in the East Coast region and Dorman Roebuck (SC) is No. 10.
-- Langston Wertz Jr.
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The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports journalist Jamie DeMoney with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with 2007 won-loss-tie records:

#1. Euless, Texas, Trinity (15-1-0), 40-3 with two state titles since ‘05
#2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (15-0-0), five 4A titles last six seasons
#3. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes (14-1-0), led by Florida recruit RB/DB Greg Reid
#4. Batesville, Miss., South Panola (15-0-0), has nation’s longest active win streak (75)
#5. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (14-1-0), opens Aug. 30 at Ohio power Cincinnati Elder
#6. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), coach Bob Ladouceur is 332-20-3 in 29 years
#7. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway (11-2-0), LB Dorian Bell and DB/WR Corey Brown headed to Ohio St.
#8. Seffner, Fla., Armwood (13-1-0), back-to-back state champ in 2004-05
#9. Corona, Calif., Centennial (13-2-0), Division I state runner-up in ‘07
#10. Houston, North Shore (14-1-0), 70 consecutive regular-season wins
#11. Cleveland, St. Ignatius (8-3-0), two-time Prep Poll titlist (’93, ’95)
#12. Jenks, Okla. (13-1-0), sixth time in preseason Top 25 since 2000
#13. Bastrop, La. (15-0-0), owns three straight 4A state titles
#14. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith (13-1-0), 14 starters returning from state semifinalist
#15. Louisville, Ky., Trinity (13-2-0), six large-school titles in seven years
#16. Orange, Calif., Lutheran (10-2-0), Division II state champion in ’06
#17. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline (14-0-0), led by standout junior QB Jake Heaps
#18. Cincinnati, St. Xavier (15-0-0), reigning Prep Poll champ has only four starters back
#19. Prattville, Ala. (15-0-0), back-to-back defending 6A titlist
#20. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (12-0-0), win streak at 24
#21. Chicago, Mount Carmel (12-1-0), 10 state crowns since 1980
#22. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst (13-0-0), playing teams from four states
#23. Plano, Texas (13-2-0), Texas’ winningest team last 50 years
#24. Apopka, Fla., (12-2-0), led by Michigan-bound QB/RB Jeremy Gallon
#25. Phoenix, Desert Vista (9-5-0), DE Devon Kennard had 24 sacks last season
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^Northeast=
#1. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway, 11-2-0
#2. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco, 12-0-0
#3. Jersey City, N.J., St. Peter’s, 11-1-0
#4. Wexford, Pa., North Allegheny, 11-1-0
#5. Allentown, Pa., Parkland, 15-1-0
#6. Langhorne, Pa., Neshaminy, 11-2-0
#7. Philadelphia, Saint Joseph’s Prep, 10-3-0
#8. Everett, Mass., 13-0-0
#9. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph’s, 9-2-0
#10. Mastic Beach, N.Y., Floyd, 11-0-0
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^East Coast=
#1. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 15-0-0
#2. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith, 13-1-0
#3. Ashburn, Va., Stone Bridge, 14-1-0
#4. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 13-1-0
#5. Gaithersburg, Md., Quince Orchard, 14-0-0
#6. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 13-3-0
#7. Rock Hill, S.C., South Pointe, 9-4-0
#8. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 10-2-0
#9. West Springfield, Va., 10-3-0
#10. Roebuck, S.C., Dorman, 10-3-0
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^Southeast=
#1. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes, 14-1-0
#2. Batesville, Miss., South Panola, 15-0-0
#3. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas, 14-1-0
#4. Seffner, Fla., Armwood, 13-1-0
#5. Bastrop, La., 15-0-0
#6. Prattville, Ala., 15-0-0
#7. Apopka, Fla., 12-2-0
#8. Naples, Fla., 15-0-0
#9. Pahokee, Fla., 14-0-0
#10. West Monroe, La., 10-1-0
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^Midwest=
#1. Cleveland, St. Ignatius, 8-3-0
#2. Louisville, Ky., Trinity, 13-2-0
#3. Cincinnati, St. Xavier, 15-0-0
#4. Chicago, Mount Carmel, 12-1-0
#5. Cleveland, Glenville, 10-3-0
#6. Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South, 10-2-0
#7. Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove, 9-2-0
#8. Hartland, Wis., Arrowhead, 14-0-0
#9. Louisville, Ky., St. Xavier, 14-1-0
#10. Carmel, Ind., 13-2-0
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^Midlands=
#1. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst, 13-0-0
#2. Provo, Utah, Timpview, 13-0-0
#3. Aurora, Colo., Grandview, 12-2-0
#4. Lakewood, Colo., Bear Creek, 10-3-0
#5. Omaha, Neb., Creighton Prep, 7-4-0
#6. Blue Springs, Mo., South, 9-1-0
#7. Denver, Mullen, 12-1-0
#8. Hutchinson, Kan., 13-0-0
#9. Cedar Falls, Iowa, 11-1-0
#10. Eden Prairie, Minn., 14-0-0
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^Southwest=
#1. Euless, Texas, Trinity, 15-1-0
#2. Houston, North Shore, 14-1-0
#3. Jenks, Okla., 13-1-0
#4. Plano, Texas, 13-2-0
#5. Phoenix, Desert Vista, 9-5-0
#6. Tulsa, Okla., Union, 13-1-0
#7. Allen, Texas, 10-1-0
#8. Southlake, Texas, Carroll, 11-2-0
#9. Lufkin, Texas, 9-2-0
#10. Arlington, Texas, Bowie, 12-2-0
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^West Coast=
#1. Concord, Calif., De La Salle, 13-0-0
#2. Corona, Calif., Centennial, 13-2-0
#3. Orange, Calif., Lutheran, 10-2-0
#4. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline, 14-0-0
#5. Encino, Calif., Crespi, 11-3-0
#6. Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-4-1
#7. Honolulu, Punahou, 7-2-0
#8. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei, 9-2-0
#9. Oceanside, Calif., 13-1-0
#10. Long Beach, Calif., Poly, 13-1-0
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FEATS OF THE WEEK: A team from Texas has won the National Prep Poll title twice this decade, but defending Class 5A/I champion Euless, Trinity is the first from the Lone Star State to be ranked No. 1 at the start of the season. The Trojans are 89-16 in eight years under coach Steve Lineweaver and are 40-3 since the start of the 2005 season. Trinity has 11 total returning starters and four are committed to Big 12 universities. Kansas-bound seniors Earnest Norman, a linebacker, and Prinz Kande, a safety, have started since their freshman year. Cornerback Eryon Barnett (Texas) is another key performer on a suffocating defense that gave up less than 10 points a game last season. Nebraska-bound tailback Tray Robinson will carry the load in the Trojans’ physical, ball-control offense. Four Texas teams have finished the season No. 1 since 1989, including back-to-back Prep Poll titles for Southlake, Carroll in 2004-05 . . . Past National Prep Poll champs, with records and coaches: 1987--Fontana, Calif. (14-0-0), Dick Bruich; 1988--Prichard, Ala., Vigor (13-0-0), Harold Clark; 1989--Odessa, Texas, Permian (16-0-0), Gary Gaines; 1990--Aldine, Texas (15-0-0), Bill Smith; 1991--Indianapolis, Ben Davis (14-0-0), Dick Dullaghan; 1992--Valdosta, Ga. (14-0-0), Nick Hyder; 1993--Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle; 1994--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 1995--Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle; 1996--Hampton, Va. (14-0-0), Mike Smith; 1997--Hampton, Va. (13-0-0), Mike Smith; 1998--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 1999--Shreveport, La., Evangel (15-0-0), Dennis Dunn; 2000--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 2001--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 2002--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 2003--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 2004--Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0), Todd Dodge; 2005--Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0), Todd Dodge; 2006--Lakeland, Fla. (15-0-0), Bill Castle; and 2007--Cincinnati, St. Xavier (15-0-0), Steve Specht.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yea whatever but who the hell are these newcomers taking over for old head Wertz? At least Wertz is a local yocal homeboy Chartown dude who went to school around here and knows his stuff pretty well most of the time. He needs to be on top of this section not these other yackoffs.
If anything they need to be under him not over him. Sure Wertz is not perfect but Charlotte needs a homeboy at least doing the local scene high school sports and Wertzco is well known is this regard.
All you other pretenders take a hike or a backseat.
Put the Wertz DubC cat back on top of the Observer high school scene. Damn. Why do we have to tell you this anyway?
Everybody comes here and tries to jump on the bandwagon. Same ole story.
As far as Indy? Was this unexpected? Your point? Nothing is forver. Everything runs in cycles. Sometimes the cycle is longer sometimes its shorter.
Everything has to be earned not given. Everything is a work in progress.