last four years earlier this month in Rochester.
State championship- 25 points
State finals appearance- 15 points
State semifinals appearance- 8 points
Sectional championship- 5 points
Add ons come from each of the three following categories:
Laxpower national championship: 15 points
Laxpower final ranking 2-10: 8 points
Laxpower final ranking 11-25: 5 points
Win over laxpower top 10 team: 5 points
Win over laxpower 11-25 team: 3 points
Season .750 winning percentage or better: 2 points
Losing season: -10 points
Note: I could not include CHSAA schools because the nature of the scoring system would make it impossible to compare them to the NYSPHSAA members
Here they are. …
2. West Islip – 225 points: The Lions have roared onto the scene in the second half of the laxpower era to become the states new best program, winning state titles in Class A in 2006, 2007, and 2009 while reaching the state finals in 2004. West Islips ascension up this list is remarkable because in the first five years of the era they managed to earn just 8 points while winning zero sectional titles. In the past six years, however, the Lions have earned 217 points, won six sectional titles and five Long Island titles, and finished ranked in the top six every season. Their best year was 2007, when they amassed 55 points and won the laxpower National Championship. Their worst was 1999, when they received zero points for an 11-5 season.
3. Manhasset – 180 points: The Indians, the oldest program on Long Island and the oldest public school program in the nation, have extended their dominance into the laxpower era quite well. Manhasset has won two state championships, both in Class C, in 2004 and this past year. They have finished in the laxpower top 25 five times, including their national championship season in 2004, and reached the state finals two other times. A recent drought in Nassau County ended with this seasons state title and a restoration of Manhassets usual place in the national top 10. Their best season was 2004, when they accumulated 52 points while winning the National Championship, while their worst was 1999 when they received just two points while finishing 15-4.
4. Yorktown – 178 point: The ‘Huskers have dominated Section 1 all-time, and little changed in the laxpower era as they won 10 of the 11 possible championships, falling only in 2006. That dominance helped them reach this highly in the rankings despite just one state championship, coming in Class B in 2003. The ‘Huskers reached the state semifinals eight times out of the 11 laxpower era seasons, which is third in the state behind Penn Yan and West Genny, but often had trouble in games against their Long Island semifinal opponents. Still, they finished ranked in the laxpower top 25 six times and played one of the most challenging non-league schedules of any team in the state throughout the era. Their best year came in 2003, which they capped off with a state championship and earned 40 points, while they earned zero points in their worst season of 2006, when they finished 13-7 and failed to win a sectional championship.
5. Ward Melville – 176 points: While both Patriot and Husker fans are aware of Ward Melvilles dominance over Yorktown on the field all time (WM leads the all time series 21-6), the Patriots can blame their ranking here on playing in Suffolk County. WM failed to advance past the county finals in each of the past nine seasons, mostly due to West Islips emergence as a dominant power. They did most of their damage in the first two years of the era, when they went 44-0 with two state championships in Class A, a national #2 ranking in 1999 and a National Championship in 2000. The next nine years have been a model of consistency, but not the greatness that Patriot fans had become accustomed to as the owners of seven state championships all time. Ward Melville finished nationally ranked three more times over the next nine years and upset highly ranked West Islip teams during the regular season three times to earn additional points. Their best season was 2000, when they earned an astounding 60 points, while their worst were 2003, 2006 and 2007 when they earned just two.
6. Garden City – 157 points: The second oldest program on Long Island also makes its presence felt in these rankings, as the Trojans have been consistently very good throughout the laxpower era. Garden City has finished the season ranked in the top 25 8 times during the period and has one state championship, when they finished undefeated in 2000 and topped it off with a win over Mike Powell-led Carthage in the Class B state final. They have five total sectional championships during the era, including the last four, but the 2000 season is the only one in which they have advanced off of Long Island, which hurt their total score. The aforementioned 2000 season was by far their best, as they received 45 points, while their worst was in 2002 when they amassed just two.
7. Orchard Park – 148 points: The Quakers have absolutely dominated section 6 for many years, including the previous eleven, as they won a sectional championship in each of the past 11 seasons. They have also reached three state finals in Class A, coming in 2000, 2001 and this past season, losing all three. OP has been to the state semifinals seven times and finished the season nationally ranked three times, including #9 in 2000. A sustained run of dominance has been the most impressive part of Orchard Parks program, albeit in a very weak section, and for this reason they have had no season in which they earned less than seven points. Their best season came in 2000 when they accumulated 30 points.
7. Corning East – 148 points: The Trojans have a similar record of dominance in Section 4, as their streak of 24 consecutive sectional titles spanning no classifications, Class B and Class C ended this year at the hands of Chenango Forks. Still, CE has won 10 sectional titles and been to the state finals five times in Class B and C combined (winning none) during the laxpower era. They have also finished nationally ranked three times. Their best season was 1999 when they reached the state finals, were ranked #21, and accumulated 25 points. Similar to OP, their worst season has been seven points, which they have done five times.
9. LaFayette – 143 points: The Lancers have one of the oldest programs in Central New York and they have been a consistent force in Section 3 throughout the laxpower era. LaFayette has two state championships, both in Class C, in 2003 and 2005. In 2005, they finished undefeated and No. 3 in the nation after defeating Manhasset in the state championship game. They also appeared in the state final two other times and had five sectional titles during the era. The best season for the Lancers was 2005 when they amassed 47 points, but they were hurt by their six seasons with just two points.
10. Penn Yan – 139 points: The Mustangs have a distinction that no other program in New York shares during the laxpower era: they have reached the state semifinals in each of the eras eleven seasons. While much of this has to do with the weakness of Section 5 Class C and also Section 6 and Section 10, Penn Yans program is nevertheless outstanding. They won the state championship in 2001 in Class C, when they were ranked No. 14, and reached the state finals also in 2004. Their remarkable consistency led to their worst seasons of 2005, 2007 and 2008 still netting them eight points, while their best year was their state championship season in 2001 when they gained 35 points.
Jamesville-DeWitt 75 (37 in 2007)
Canandaigua 101 (53 in past two seasons)
Lynbrook 104 (87 points in 1999-2000)
Cold Spring Harbor 65 (32 in 2006)
Shoreham-Wading River 123 (two state titles, 8 seasons of 7 points or less)
Huntington 107 (121 points and two state titles 2005-2007, -14 points other years)