Are you ready?
We sure are. We’ve been talking quite a bit about who the best teams in the region are. But talk is cheap.
We decided to do something about it.
So we are debuting our LaxLesson.com Top 25 regional high school rankings and our Top 5 rankings for each of these regions: Westchester/Rockland/Putnam/Dutchess, Nassau, Suffolk and Fairfield.
As always, rankings are not exactly scientific. So we urge you to weigh in with your thoughts on what we’ve come up with.
1. West Islip: The Lions have arguably the nation’s top player in junior Nicky Galasso.
2. St. Anthonys: Friars have depth and desire to unseat Chaminade as CHSAA champs.
3. Darien: Can the Blue Wave make it five state titles in a row?
4. Yorktown: The ‘Huskers have two Hopkins-bound short sticks, but their defense will be the difference.
5. Syosset: Class A state finalist in 2008 could be even better than last year despite key graduation losses.
6. Manhasset: Connor English hopes for a special sendoff in senior season.
7. Cold Spring Harbor: Impressive 6-2 season-opening win over South Side.
8. Garden City: Season-opening loss to Syosset notwithstanding, Trojans are Class B title contender.
9. Ward Melville: Standard-bearer, offensively challenged, great defensively.
10. Ridgefield: Virginia-bound Matt White could be the region’s best player.
11. Fairfield Prep: If Prep played in the FCIAC it would meet Darien more often than not in the finals.
12. Rocky Point: One Palasek is gone, but one remains.
13. Chaminade: Down? Not quite at St. Anthonys level anymore? We shall see.
14. Greenwich: This program has taken a quantum leap in the last decade.
15. Massapequa: Should challenge Syosset, but squeaked by Carey 6-5 in its opener.
16. John Jay: Midfield will be strength, but hit hard by graduation and will be embarking on a possibly overly ambitious schedule.
17. Mount Sinai: Two words Joe Cuozzo.
18. Iona Prep: Four D-I players, including nation’s leading returning scorer.
19. Somers: Syracuse-bound Joe Marasco ends a stellar five-year varsity career.
20. Lynbrook: Always right there.
21. Mahopac: Potent attack of Perrelle, Brandofino, Bernabo will keep the ‘Pac in hot pursuit of Yorktown in Section 1 Class A.
22. New Canaan: Always in the mix.
23. Rye: All defense, all the time.
24. Wilton: Warriors usher in a new coach as they look to restore their proud tradition.
25. Lakeland/Panas: Rebels return all-America attackman Jack Doherty.
BY REGION – Top 5
2. John Jay
3. Iona Prep
3. Garden City
1. West Islip
2. St. Anthony’s
3. Ward Melville
4. Rocky Point
5. Mount Sinai
3. Fairfield Prep
5. New Canaan
Be sure to weigh in with your comments.
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