Another week and there’s no movement in the Super 7. Could it be that no one’s falling, or no one’s gaining? I think I can settle that question in a bit.
(Note: Records are those appearing in the Tuesday notebook about former Union captain and current Marple Newtown assistant coach Danny Califf. Games from Monday and Tuesday are not included or considered in the rankings. Stat leaders are, however, updated to reflect Tuesday’s games, plus a few missed weekend affairs.)
1. Haverford School (9-3-0) Last Week: No. 1
I don’t know that Quinn Letter has had to steal a game yet for the Fords. But his play has certainly been solid, and with the goals being provided from sources other than Connor Gregory and the Fords’ usual midfield stoutness, that’s all they really need from Letter.
2. Strath Haven (10-4-0) Last Week: No. 2
The Panthers look pretty good in the districts reckoning. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond to the resumption Thursday of their game with Radnor.
3. Ridley (11-3-2) Last Week: No. 3
The Green Raiders have come back to reality, certainly. But let’s not read too much into a narrow 4-3 win over Interboro.
4. Radnor (8-4-3) Last Week: No. 4
I don’t think the Raiders district lives will hinge on the result of their continuation against Strath Haven Thursday. An easy way to make sure of that, though, is to win against the Panthers.
5. Garnet Valley (8-6-2) Last Week: No. 5
A 3-2 win against a very so-so Cardinal O’Hara team doesn’t say much about this team. They’ve found it pretty tough sledding down the stretch.
6. Sun Valley (9-6-0) Last Week: No. 6
The Vanguards are still alive by all indications in the Ches-Mont playoff chase. Two 1-0 wins over Bishop Shanahan and Avon Grove indicate that this team has some guts.
7. Penncrest (7-9-1) Last Week: No. 7
Here’s where we hit the skids. The Lions have just three wins in their last 12 games. Springfield hasn’t fared much better, Episcopal Academy hasn’t seemed to get started and I don’t think Upper Darby’s recent resurgence is enough to surmount such a slow start. So where to go then? Inertia wins out here for the Lions, but with a big reservation.
Also under consideration: Christian Academy (9-1-0; it’s kind of hard to hurt your case when you go two weeks without playing a game, right?)