WAUKEE, Iowa -- By winning its third consecutive Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals over the weekend, Montverde (Fla.) Academy also clinched its third National Prep Poll title in a row. During the 28-year history of the Prep Poll, 20 different programs have finished ranked No. 1 -- but the Eagles are the first team to claim the top spot three seasons in a row. Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) -- the only other team that's won back-to-back titles -- will finish ranked second this season. The then-No. 1 Warriors led Montverde Academy by seven points at halftime of Saturday's High School Nationals championship game but were outscored by 16 points in the second half in a 70-61 defeat.
Monday, April 06, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
WAUKEE, Iowa -- After beating regionally ranked Christ the King (Middle Village) for the New York Federation Class AA state crown, No. 23 Wings Academy (Bronx) entered the National Prep Poll's Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Wings' win on Saturday night also ensured all eight teams invited to this weekend's Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals tournament will enter the competition while nationally ranked by the Prep Poll.
Monday, March 23, 2015
WAUKEE, Iowa -- All eight teams invited to the upcoming Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals tournament are ranked in the Week 18 National Prep Poll. Top-ranked Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) drew the top seed in the tournament, followed by No. 2-ranked and second-seeded Montverde (Fla.) Academy. Picking up three more wins against ranked teams the weekend of April 2-4 would would assure Oak Hill an unprecedented eighth National Prep Poll title, but its first national tournament championship in six appearances at the event. Montverde Academy is trying for its third consecutive season-ending tournament crown and also its third Prep Poll title in a row.
Monday, March 16, 2015
WAUKEE, Iowa -- Apple Valley (Minn.), which last week captured its second Class 4A state title in three years, returned to the Top 25. The No. 21 Eagles were in the national rankings earlier this season before losing to Champlin Park (Minn.). They avenged that defeat to the then-No. 15 and undefeated Rebels on Saturday to finish the season at 30-2. Apple Valley could become the first Minnesota team to finish the season nationally ranked since Hopkins (Minnetonka) did it in 2011.
Monday, March 09, 2015
WAUKEE, Iowa -- After capturing a state championship for the second consecutive season, Garfield (Seattle) re-entered the national poll at No. 17 this week. The Bulldogs, who won Washington's 4A crown last season, are the 3A champions this season after a 66-51 win over regionally ranked Rainier Beach (Seattle). Rainier Beach was bidding for a fourth consecutive 3A title.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
WAUKEE, Iowa -- Sixth-ranked Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.) wrapped up its regular season with a 54-53 win over preseason-Top 25 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) for the Division I Virginia Independent Schools title. It was the Dolphins' 31st win this season and likely secures them a spot in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals (April 2-4). The eight-team tournament field will most assuredly also include top-ranked Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and No. 2 Montverde Academy.