Monday, January 26, 2015

D6SN Boys Basketball Rankings: Week Nine


1. Hollidaysburg  9-5

Hollidaysburg handled Richland in their lone game this week to improve to 9-5. They take on Hungtindon on the road tonight in a AAA showdown, and they host a very good AAAA Latrobe team on Saturday at home. The Wildcats are 13-3 and one of the better AAAA teams in the WPIAL this season.

2. Somerset 13-3

The Golden Eagles busy stretch continued this past week as they won three of their four games on the schedule.  Somerset was upset by Cambria Heights early in the week as the Highlanders knocked down 13 3 pointers, from there the Golden Eagles reeled off three straight to set their record at 13-3. The backcourt tandem of Dylan Barnes (16.4 PPG) and Jake Heiple (14.6 PPG) has been as good as any in the area this season. Somerset has home games with Penn Cambria, Richland, and a big one with Johnstown this week.

3. Johnstown 13-3

Johnstown scored a three win week to improve their winning streak to five games.  Johnstown took down AAAA Altoona for the second time this season, and humbled Bishop Guilfoyle.  Johnstown ehads to Bedford before hosting an important rivalry game against McCort.   The big one, though, is the game with Somerset on Friday night as the Trojans will look to avenge a four point loss earlier in the year.


1. West Branch 15-1

West Branch is riding a ten game winning streak and they now find themselves atop the AA rankings.  West Branch has been very good this season, and have been scoring points at a high level.  The Warriors will be put to the test this week with a road game at Mt. Union and a home game with Bellwood, the only team to conquer West Branch this season. 

2. Tyrone 13-2

Tyrone lost a heart-breaker to Westmont early on in the week by one point, but managed to easily dispatch conference foes Philipsburg-Osceola and Central to bounce back nicely.  The Golden Eagles have been steady all year long, but they will definitely be put to the test this week. Tyrone heads to Huntingdon to take on the 9-4 Bearcats, and welcome 15-1 Clearfield to town also. 

3. Blairsville 13-3

Blairsville has strung together four wins in a row since the loss to Homer-Center, including a statement 22 point win over a pretty good Saltsburg team. The Bobcats have home games with United and Purchase Line before heading to Penns Manor on Thursday. The slate presents a good chance for Blairsville to win three games easily.

4. Penns Valley 11-3

The Rams bounced back from a tough two point loss to Tyrone with wins over Mifflin County and Bald Eagle last week.  Penns Valley takes on Cambria Heights and Philipsburg-Osceola on the road, before a home game with Central to close out the week.

5. Westmont 9-6

Westmont started the year with a brutal 1-4 start, and since, the Hilltoppers have won 8 of 10, including four straight. Westmont heads to Bedford this week and hosts rival Bishop McCort.


1. Berlin-Brothersvalley 12-3

The Mountaineers have firmly established themselves as the team to beat in District 5 AA with a statement eight point win on the road at Chestnut Ridge.  Berlin has won six straight games, and they will look to keep things rolling with a big home game against Conemaugh Township.

2. Tussey Mountain 8-6

Tussey Mountain scored two wins last week over Forbes Road and Northern Bedford, and they finally have gotten over the .500 mark for the season.  The Titans have a big week highlighted by a road game to Bellwood-Antis.

3. Chestnut Ridge 9-5

Chestnut Ridge has lost to the two teams ranked ahead of them this season, but they can certainly still give both teams a run for their money in a rematch. Ridge heads to McConnellsburg and hosts Forbes Road this week

D6 A

1. Bishop Carroll 15-1

Bishop Carroll just continues to cruise along this season with a pair of double-digit wins over Bedford and Bishop McCort last week.  They welcome Penn Cambria to Husky Hill before making the short walk to Central Cambria on Friday night. 

2. Homer-Center 13-2

Homer took down AAA Punxsutawney early last week, but managed to get upset by Purchase Line on Thursday. I still rank Homer at number two, because I think they can give Carroll the best game among all the teams in class A. 

3. Saltsburg 10-6

The Trojans have been a nice surprise this season, and they are close to matching their 11 win total from last season.  Saltsburg hosts Penns Manor and heads to Marion Center this week in two winnable games for the Trojans. 

4. Portage 11-3

Portage suffered a humbling loss to Shanksville this week, but otherwise they have had a nice season to date.  The Mustangs will head to Shade before welcoming Windber to town. 

5. Bishop Guilfoyle 6-7 

Bishop Guilfoyle has really dropped off lately, and they haven't hit the stride I expected them to hit by now, BUT I am not ready to write them off by any measure. Still, BG needs to get off their current four game skid, and will hit the road to take on Cambria Heights and Penn Cambria this week. 

D5 A

1. Southern Fulton 15-1 

Southern Fulton won three games last week by 20 or more points and they have been a force all year long. The Indians are riding a 13 game winning streak, and will look to keep it going against Fannett-Metal and McConnellsburg this week. 

2. Shanksville 13-1

Shanksville responded to their first loss of the season by winning three straight last week. The lone game on the slate is Turkeyfoot Valley. 

3. Conemaugh Township 11-4

Township has won nine in a row and finds themselves back in the weekly rankings.  The Indians have a huge game with Berlin on the road this week, and they also have to head to Johnstown to take on Conemaugh Valley. 

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