1. Paul VI (10-3)–Sure, the Panthers lost to Sidwell Friends, but with 26 and 31-point wins over Madison and Bishop Ireton, plus an OT win over powerful St. John’s, the nationally-ranked Panthers are looking good and are unquestionably Northern Virginia’s best.
2. Madison (10-2)–We surmise Chantilly beating the Warhawks last season was still in Madison’s mind, as they beat the Chargers 71-12. Three games this week against good teams, most notably #5 Oakton on Tuesday.
3. Bishop Ireton (8-7)–Two tough wake up calls last week for Ireton against St. John’s and Paul VI, before the Cardinals got right against Seton. Can they find away to beat the upper-echelon teams in the WCAC?
4. Woodgrove (12-0)–Still undefeated after wins against Tuscarora, Stone Bridge, and Potomac Falls, all solid teams. Congrats to Christopher Newport commit Ashley Steadman, who registered her 1000th career point.
5. Oakton (13-0)–Cougars have edged some good teams like Yorktown and Lake Braddock on their schedule, but they haven’t faced anything like Madison. They get the Warhawks Tuesday, and we’ll cover their game with #15 Centreville Friday.
6. Alexandria City (9-1)–Well that didn’t take long. The Titans returned from a long hiatus to defeat Woodson, Robinson, and West Potomac and immediately stake claim to the Patriot District. Long way to go, but pretty impressive considering their layoff.
7. Osbourn Park (9-1)–It’s very rare the Yellow Jackets give up 64 points in a game, but they did last week. Oh wait, never mind, that was the total in three games. Defense is their calling card, though Hailey Kellogg is quietly having a nice offensive season.
8. Langley (9-1)–Got past Herndon in an overtime dogfight on Tuesday. Yeah, we realize they’re beatable, but funny how they usually end up winning those close games, huh? Probably just a coincidence.
9. Robinson (10-2)–Rams gave Alexandria City a good game, but fell 42-40. Shimp and Company still in good shape in the Patriot District at 4-1 with more tests on the way.
10. Broad Run (10-2)–The Spartans are on top of the Dulles District after beating rivals Loudoun Valley and Tuscarora. You know about Sokol and Lee, who are sensational, but Broad Run is getting balanced contributions from younger players as well.
11. Yorktown (8-3)–The Patriots are back, having come off hiatus Saturday with a rivalry win over Washington-Liberty. Didn’t look rusty, so they figure to challenge Langley in the Liberty.
12. Meridian (9-1)–Now in Northwestern District play, the Mustangs defeated Warren County 72-25 Friday. The Mustangs are the strong favorite in that monster district of 13 teams, though it won’t always be that easy.
13. Lake Braddock (9-4)–Tough week for the Bruins–their losses to Robinson and Woodson knocked them down to fourth place in the Patriot District. That’s not where you want to be–that first round playoff 4-5 game is bound to be tough. Plenty of time for the Bruins to recover, though.
14. Centreville (6-4)–Fell to Madison, but got a good win over Westfield. The Oakton game this week will be a huge barometer for where the Wildcats currently are.
15. Loudoun Valley (10-3)–A couple of losses last week to Millbrook and Broad Run. Right back into it Tuesday in the second half of their Dulles slate, versus Tuscarora.
16. Virginia Academy (10-6)–A one-point loss to Word of Life sends Virginia Academy down to #16. Word of Life is a solid team, so no big deal, and VAA will see them again, once more and possibly in the playoffs.
17. Woodbridge (5-4)–The Vikings won an instant classic on the road versus Colgan. Huge games with district foes Forest Park, Hylton, and Potomac this week.
18. Potomac (6-1)–Senior star Natayvia Lipscomb had one her best games ever–35 points and 15 rebounds–as the Panthers defeated Forest Park. Is this year Potomac wins the Cardinal?
19. Patriot (8-2)–Maybe a year away with only one senior on the roster, but the 8-2 Pioneers nevertheless have impressed at times this year. Guard Sydnee Smith and forward Addisyn Banks are two juniors to watch.
Others Receiving Votes–The Potomac School (6-0), South Lakes (5-3), Edison (9-3), Riverside (9-3), Word of Life (5-13), W.T. Woodson (7-3), West Potomac (5-4), Herndon (8-5)