As the final week of the District One regular season beckons, Archbishop Carroll remains the lone Delco team represented in the Pennsylvania Class AAAA and AAA rankings, as compiled by PennLive.
The Patriots (13-5) have held steady most of the season at No. 2 in Class AAA, trailing only Neumann-Goretti, to which the Carroll lost on a buzzer-beater, 71-69, 10 days ago. Carroll’s only two losses in the league have come to NG, the top team in Class AAA, and Roman Catholic (18-1), Class AAAA’s top team.
The Patriots had a partial role in returning Roman to the summit in Class AAAA by knocking off last week’s No. 1 team, La Salle (16-4), by a comfortable 69-57 margin last Sunday. That loss, plus a setback at the hands of Archbishop Wood (16-4) that elevates the Vikings to No. 10 in Class AAAA, means the Explorers slid back to No. 2. La Salle is the only team to have beaten Roman this season.
The Catholic League has seven teams represented in all classes, including St. Joseph’s Prep (15-3, No. 4 in Class AAAA) and Conwell-Egan (14-5, third in Class AA). Father Judge (13-5) is also listed among the “Others to Watch” in Class AAAA.
The Central League’s lone representative in the polls this season, Conestoga (18-2), slides out of the 10th spot in AAAA and into OW. It’s joined there by Ridley (15-4).
All four of the Del Val’s top teams are in OW categories, with Chester (12-7), Penn Wood (15-5) and Academy Park (16-4) claiming space in the AAAA group, while Glen Mills (13-6) is in the AAA grouping.
The standard-bearer for District One in AAAA remains Abington (17-3), which remains at No. 6, a spot ahead of Pennsbury (15-4). Coatesville (14-6), Downingtown West (17-4), Methacton (18-3), Oxford (14-6), Pennridge (17-2), Phoenixville (17-5) and Plymouth Whitemarsh (18-2) are the remaining District One teams in the AAAA OW category.
No District One teams make the cut for Class AAA’s top 10, but Glen Mills is one of four in OW, joining Lower Moreland (16-1), Octorara (19-1) and Pottsgrove (16-5).