Monday, January 2, 2012

Olympic's boys, Myers Park's girls sit atop Observer Sweet 16 basketball polls

After a few weeks off, the Observer’s Sweet 16 basketball poll returns with a lot of changes -- and a lot of potential teams.

Olympic, still unbeaten, remains at No. 1, just ahead of two more unbeatens -- Northside Christian and Concord. Three new teams are in this: South Mecklenburg, which won a Christmas tournament in Rock Hill, South Point, which won a Christmas tournament in Cherryville, and North Rowan, which won a Christmas tournament in its home county.

There are eight teams “on the bubble,” just waiting to get into a tightly packed poll.

-- On the girls side, Myers Park moves into the top spot.

Former No. 1 Providence Day dropped to No. 2 and unbeaten Porter Ridge, unranked in the last poll, zoomed all the way to No. 4. Another team making a big move was 2010 N.C. 4A Western regional finalist Mallard Creek. The Mavericks moved from No. 13 to No. 3.


Boys Sweet 16
Rk.    School    Rec.    Prvs.

1.    Olympic (4A)    13-0    1
2.    Northside Christian (IND)    12-0    2
3.    Concord (3A)    10-0    4
4.     Berry (3A)    12-1    8
5.    Harding (3A)    11-1    11
6.     West Charlotte (4A)    10-4    3
7.     Lancaster, SC (4A)    9-1    5
8.     North Mecklenburg (4A)    10-2    10
9.    Freedom (3A)    13-1    7
10.     Cuthbertson (2A)    11-0    13
11.    East Rutherford (2A)    10-1    16
12.    South Mecklenburg (4A)    10-3    NR
13,    South Point (3A)    8-1    NR
14.    Charlotte Christian (IND)    9-3    9
15.    North Rowan (1A)    9-2    NR
16.    Mooresville (4A)    5-4    6
Dropped out: Sun Valley (4A, 9-4); Salisbury (2A, record NA); Weddington (3A, 8-5) On The Bubble: Anson Sr. (3A, 7-2); Ashbrook (3A, 10-2); Butler (4A, 7-5); Charlotte Catholic (3A, 9-2); East Burke (3A, 7-3); Hickory (3A, 11-2); Mallard Creek (4A, 8-2); Robinson (3A, 6-1); 
Girls Sweet 16
Rk.    School    Rec.    Prvs.

1.    Myers Park (4A)    13-0    3
2.    Providence Day (IND)    11-2    1
3.    Mallard Creek (4A)    10-1    13
4.    Porter Ridge (4A)    11-0    NR
5.    Charlotte Christian (IND)    8-2    2
6.    Berry (3A)    11-1    15
7.    Hickory (3A)    12-1    5
8.    Ardrey Kell (4A)    10-3    4
9.    Salisbury (2A)    11-2    7
10.    Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)    10-1    NR
11.    Bandys (2A)    10-0    12
12.    R-S Central (3A)    11-1    NR
13.    Carson (3A)    11-1    NR
14.    Newton-Conover (2A)    9-3    8
15.    Freedom (3A)    10-4    11
16.    Forestview (3A)    10-2    10
Dropped out: Concord (3A, 3-5); Hopewell (4A, 7-5); North Iredell (3A, 8-3); South Point (3A, 5-4). On The Bubble: Forest Hills (2A, 7-3); North Stanly (2A, 10-0); Weddington (3A, 8-4)
Note: To be ranked in the Observer’s Sweet 16, a team must be in the newspaper’s coverage area, must field football and basketball teams and not allow a student-athlete to re-class once they’ve started ninth grade. For a detailed look inside the poll, including the criteria used to compile it, visit this link: http://bit.ly/prNoYM

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you schools out the area played tougher teams an won maybe y'all would be ranked higher over the charlotte teams. An I think they also take in what kinda talent a team has you can't beat up on pee wee's all year an come playoff's get blown out by a charlotte team by 30pts smh just stating facts fyi

Anonymous said...

Statesville is 8-3. Has beaten Mooresville TWICE, and has avenged two of their three losses (to Lake Norman and Hickory). How can Mooresville be ranked and Statesville not even "On the Bubble"?

Anonymous said...

I agree mooresville should not be ranked until they lead the imeck conference or something statesville team is on a hot streak an should be on the bubble but rankings mean nonthing win the npc an you won't have to worry about ink in the charlotte observer poll I rather be a state champion not a newspaper champion

Anonymous said...

West Charlotte has now lost 4 and still in the top 10. Langstons alma mater will still be ranked if they finish at .500.

Anonymous said...

How are PD girls ranked 35 in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz (rankings just out) but only 2nd in the Charlotte area?

Anonymous said...

Mallard Creek (4A) girls' only loss was to Berry (3A) by 19 points (!) and Berry just beat Ardrey Kell (4A)in the Hardwood Classic. Yet MC is #3 and Berry is #6!!!! Where's the love?

Anonymous said...

Pd girls should not be ranked when espn put the new polls put they play a fairly soft schedule beside christmas tourney they needed to win those game's to prove there national status just fyi

Anonymous said...

I must agree, West Charlotte, should not be ranked that high. Look..we all know that they are better than they have shown thus far, however, until they are back on track they should not be ahead of teams with more quality wins. I am sure it's not favoritism. I hope.

Anonymous said...

West Charlotte should be rated a little higher or at least is so by computer. Here is the Charlotte area top 20 by computer

Boys Charlotte area Top 20
Rk. School Rec. Prvs.
1. Olympic
2. Northside Christian
3. Lancaster, SC
4. Berry
5. West Charlotte
5. Harding
6. Davidson Day
7. North Mecklenburg
8. Concord
9. Cuthbertson
10. Freedom
11. Ashbrook
12. Mallard Creek
13. Kennedy Charter
14. South Mecklenburg
15. Hickory
16. Charlotte Catholic
17. East Rutherford
18. Charlotte Christian
19. Butler
20. Robinson

I included a few schools that are not on the Observer's eligible list but thought people would want to know an unbiased ranking in the area.

Anonymous said...

It's not all pd's fault that the schedule is soft they have to play teams in the state for the play offs and they have to play the conference games and if you have seen any of them play you would know that CCS and PD are the only competition within the state or conference for each other

Anonymous said...

PD girls should play Mallard Creek, Ardrey Kell, Porter Ridge and Myers Park .... then we'll see where ESPN rates them! Their 'private conference' is ridiculously easy.

Anonymous said...

How is west charlotte ranked so high?? I think they should be ranked lower than where they are. And how are they tied with Harding in the top 20 rankings when they have 4 losses and they beat them.

Anonymous said...

MaxPreps overall state rankings much more indicative of real power structure of area girls teams. Mallard Creek ranked #3? North Meck 0-3 in league play, just beat Mallard Creek tonight....

1 Myers Park
6 Providence Day
9 Porter Ridge
10 Hickory
11 Harding University
13 Berry Academy
16 Charlotte Christian
18 Ardrey Kell
23 Bandys
24 Mallard Creek
27 Newton-Conover
40 Hopewell
41 Salisbury
42 Forestview
61 William A. Hough
62 North Stanly

Mallard Creek should have been about 10th at best before losing to North Meck, ought to drop to about 13th/14th with that loss...

Anonymous said...

Well you obviously do not know the that the public schools have a rule that they can only play the private schools in a tournament so there is no way for pd to put these teams on the schedule

Anonymous said...

It's funny that people outside of the conference and state only complain when it has to do with basketball and really girls basketball and no one complains about other private school sports from a "soft" conference getting nationally ranked and even finishing the season as national champions with playing in the "soft" conference