URBANDALE, Iowa -- A run through the Ohio Division I state playoffs is likely all that now stands between top-ranked Northland (Columbus) and a mythical national championship. In the National Prep Poll released Monday morning, the Vikings were ranked No. 1 in the country for the 10th consecutive week.
Northland (19-0) polished off its fourth straight City League title over the weekend and will play its first district playoff game Friday.
The Vikings hope to become the first public school to claim the Prep Poll title since Lawrence North (Indianapolis) in 2006 and the first Ohio team to do it since LeBron James and St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron) in 2003.The rest of this week's national Top 25 also remained unchanged. No. 17 Ridgeway was the only team to lose. The Roadrunners fell 78-71 to regionally ranked White Station in the Memphis city championship Thursday, but bounced back with a pair of wins Friday and Saturday in the District 15-AAA playoffs. Ridgeway beat White Station twice in the regular season by the scores of 111-93 and 89-52.