We are now passed the mid-way point, and each team’s resume is starting to paint the picture of their respective seasons.

St Mike’s is looking untouchable and the only thing standing in the way of capturing their second OFSAA title in three years would be themselves. Gotta stay the course.

Stock Risers

Two teams that we’d throw in the “Stock Risers” category would be St Francis (St Catherines) and Corpus Christi (Burlington, ON) – both making signifcant jumps. St Francis went from #11 to #6–the highest they’ve ever been. Corpus skyrocketed from #22 to #11!

Top Two teams in the Country Clash


Courtesy: @RonnieMexx

St Mike’s and Saint John’s Kilmarnock tangled in their second regular season game. After the Blue Raiders rolled over the competition at their tournament, it wasn’t the case against this SJK team, as they gave SMC some trouble, particularly in the first three quarters. In the end, it was too much fire power from the undefeated St Mikes squad, winning 77-61.

SMC Head Coach Jeff Zownir spoke about the SJK match up saying, “they have a balanced team, with size and veteran guys…we can’t forget that.”

“We try to attack opponents weaknesses and they are one of the teams out there that don’t have glaring weaknesses that others have.”

With both teams playing in the same league (CISAA) only one will come out, and advance to OFSAA.

St Francis, Corpus Christi Get Signature Victories, Continue Inclining

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St Francis is now 33-2 on the season and has been on a steady incline all year. Fresh off a tournament championship and signature win against D’Youville at the St Benedict’s invitational, this squad has climbed five spots, firmly in the Top 10, at #6 in the country. We have been high on this team in appreciation of monitoring their growth over the last three years–now looking like a legitimate OFSAA contender.

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Courtesy: @RonnieMexx

Corpus Christi has the one of the biggest weapons on the Canadian high school basketball scene in Simi Shittu, surrounded by a quality supporting cast and solid coaching. They picked up their biggest victory of the season against Vaughan (56-52) at the St Mike’s Invitational, and nearly took down Pine Ridge in the process–a 65-62 loss.

Terry Fox Makes First Appearance in #NPHTop25

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Burnaby South was knocked off the #1 spot in British Columbia for the first time this season, as Terry Fox picked up the 79-71 win in the Legal Beagle championship–the first one in 19 years! Terry Fox has now made a first appearance in the #NPHTop25

Harry Ainlay Drops Two in British Columbia

Harry Ainlay, arguably Alberta’s top team, made a trip to British Columbia for the Legal Beagle where they represented their province. Ainlay suffered losses to Burnaby South (91-80) in the semi-finals and Kelowna 76-73 in the bronze game.

The smoke is far from clear in Alberta…there isn’t one dominant team that sits above the rest of the pack. Multiple Alberta teams are on the outside looking in for release #8, but none in the #NPHTop25

Leboldus – Back-to-Back BRIT Champs

This squad could be the best in the West–several coaches in the West concur. Leboldus won the the BRIT championship for the second straight year, lead by Chan De Ciman and tournament MVP Carter Millar.

St Patrick’s (Ottawa) Win 54-team Jaguar Classic

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Canadian National HS Rankings – Release #7


  1. St Michael’s (Toronto, ON)
  2. SJK (Kitchener, ON)
  3. Campion (Brampton, ON)
  4. Eastern Commerce (Toronto, ON)
  5. Henry Carr (Toronto, ON)
  6. St Francis (St. Catharines, ON)
  7. Pine Ridge (Pickering, ON)
  8. Oakwood (Toronto, ON)
  9. Henry Bourassa (Montreal, QC)
  10. D’Youville (Brampton, ON)
  11. Corpus Christi (Burlington, ON)
  12. Vaughan (Vaughan, ON)
  13. Leboldus (Regina, SK)
  14. Thornlea (Thornhill, ON)
  15. Oak Park (Winnipeg, MB)
  16. Saltfleet (Hamilton, ON)
  17. St Marys (Kitchener, ON)
  18. MacNab (Hamilton, ON)
  19. SJAM (Waterloo, ON)
  20. Terry Fox (Port Coquitlam, BC)
  21. Catholic Central (Windsor, ON)
  22. Father Goetz (Mississauga, ON)
  23. Bishop Reding (Milton, ON)
  24. Burnaby South (Burnaby, BC)
  25. Citadel (Halifax, NS)

Outside Looking In

No shortage of teams to track! Below are those across the country that possess the talent, and capabilities of beating #NPHTop25 teams and climbing throughout the season. Wins & losses will ultimately dictate their future ranking.

  • Holy Trinity (Oakville, ON)
  • Cameron Heights (Kitchener, ON)
  • Bishop McNally (Calgary, AB)
  • Harry Ainlay (Edmonton, AB)
  • St Patrick’s (Ottawa, ON)
  • Auburn (Halifax, NS)
  • Notre Dame (Brampton, ON)
  • Pope John Paul II (Scarborough, ON)
  • Winston Churchill (Calgary, AB)
  • St Thomas More (Hamilton, ON)
  • Notre Dame (Welland, ON)
  • West Humber (Toronto, ON)
  • Castlebrooke (Brampton, ON)
  • Crescent (Toronto, ON)
  • Bishop O’Byrne (Calgary, AB)
  • St Francis Xavier (Mississauga, ON)
  • Oak Bay (Oak Bay, BC)
  • Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)
  • Martingrove (Toronto, ON)
  • Ross Sheppard (Edmonton, AB)
  • Horton (Halifax, NS)
  • Pickering High (Ajax, ON)
  • Emery (Toronto, ON)
  • Assumption (Burlington, ON)
  • Kennebecasis Valley (Quispamsis, NB)
  • Kennedy (Windsor, ON)
  • St Francis Xavier (Edmonton, AB)
  • Leo Hayes (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
  • Eastwood (Kitchener, ON)
  • Mother Teresa (Scarborough, ON)
  • H.B Beal (London, ON)
  • Cardinal Newman (Hamilton, ON)
  • Archbishop O’Leary (Edmonton, AB)
  • St Patrick’s (Sarnia, ON)
  • Vancouver College (Vancouver,BC)
  • Father Lacombe (Calgary, AB)
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17 thoughts on “Canadian National HS Rankings – Release #8 #NPHTop25 – Team Resumes

  1. Vikta Paulo says:

    Thanks for showing Ottawa Love!! SALUTE!!

  2. Scout says:

    Where can I find out information on the Silver Fox tournament taking place in Hamilton? Place, Dates and Teams attending?

    1. bball junkie says:

      silverfoxbball.blogspot.com for all the information you are asking for

  3. basketball player says:

    st francis looking nicceeee okay #6

  4. Cameron Penner says:

    Enjoy these rankings thoroughly. Just a heads up: Oak Park lost in double overtime to Kildonan East this past weekend in the John Taylor Piper Classic. I didn’t go see the game so I don’t know if anyone was out for either team but I do know a grade 10 student, Emmanuel Akot won MVP of the tourney. Kid’s pretty talented…there’s some footage of him (2:07) at the Pangos Frosh/Soph camp this past fall in this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7NUb5j-LKk

  5. jason mckenzie says:

    Quick question!

    Is your Canadian National ranking or poll more about regional representation or is it now 100% based on court results..wins and losses?
    A couple of years ago you told me that it was about the latter. Has that philosophy changed?

  6. CoachJ says:

    Watched the Mother Teresa tournament and was super impressed with Pickering
    Also heard they should have beat Pineridge earlier
    Interested to see where they will be in next ranking?

  7. True_Baller says:

    Bang Bang!! what happened to SWC out of Calgary winning the BRIT? Calgary is all talk SWC has 4 or 5 lost now, and teamas are starting to set the line ups and the reports are out on everyone. The provincial champ will come out of Edmonton this year. not sure who but Edmonton will win it. Facts in the last 20 years 9 provincial champs came out of Edmonton and Shep has won 5 and been to 8 finals. Southern AB won 7 and Calgary only won 4 in the last 20 years. Fact!!!!

  8. IceManLikeGervin says:

    Byrne Creek 78 NPH #24 Burnaby South 78-76 (Jan 19).

  9. IceManLikeGervin says:

    Byrne Creek 78 NPH #24 Burnaby South 76 (Jan 19). *EDIT

  10. Steve Rasmussen says:

    Everyone better watch out for AN Myer junior ball. Some dominant junior players that have a chance to be top Canadian prospects as part of the 2017 graduating class. AN Myer senior ball has definitely taken a turn for the best. They recently got removed from the “Outside looking in” list. Keep up the good work guys.

    St.Francis moves up in the rankings yet again. #6 is solid for that team, as they have many lethal pieces in their front and back court. This is mostly due to centre/power forward Riley Soldwisch. He’s been getting good looks on and off the court from scouts and the student body. The cheerleaders in specific take interest in Soldwisch’s game. Soldwisch should worry about finding his car keys, let alone his outside shooting game.


  11. Steve Rasmussen says:

    **BREAKING REPORT** – 5 Star recruit Jacob Schenck has just committed to Cresblaine University.


  12. Stella;) says:

    Sorry Steve but AN MYER is not on radar because they are not even the best team in niagara ! They couldn’t beat ST. Pauls.
    So 4th best in niagara does not get you on the outside looking in.
    1. St. Francis
    2. Norte Dame
    3. St. Paul’s. ???
    4. Myer ???

  13. Jason Mckenzie says:

    I am interested to see where you rank Pickering High on your next poll. They had nice some signature wins and tough losses. They lost to #23 Bishop Reding, #12 Vaughn and lost dropped another heart Breaker…this time to # Eastern Commerce but beat #14 Thornlea and avenged an earlier loss to Pope John Paul II an honourable mention team.

    Also, I guess you guys at NPH won’t answer my previous question…LOL!

  14. Unclassified says:

    Catholic Central High School should be ranked higher…

  15. JP says:

    Pickering defeated Pine Ridge by 1 in OT.Got to rank them top 20 especially when they started their season about a month behind everyone else. Only down side to this squad is they have any big men for an insidegame
    . Is there anyone over 6″ on the team?

  16. Scout says:

    Catholic Central should definitely be ranked higher. They beat SJAM and then St. Marys to win a tournament. Lost a close and tough one to D’Youville by 7. That team needs more credit then they’re givin.

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