Already into week three of November, and we’ve had several key tournaments take place, primarily in Ontario.
Some teams have up to 10 games under their belts, while others kicked of their 2014-2015 campaign a week ago.
In Western Canada, the action will kick off next week with the Mike Dea Classic taking place in Edmonton, featuring teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba. @NorthPoleHoops will be LIVE from AB!
In Atlantic Canada, the Leo Hayes tournament took place in Frederiction, New Brunswick which has provided an early indication of who the “top dog” is on the East Coast.
There will still be a lot to learn throughout the season, but three weeks into November has provided great insight on the high school scene in Ontario.
Release #3 of the #NPHTop25 had a couple teams climb the ladder, after strong tournament showings!
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St Mike’s Holds Firm to #1
After taking the #1 spot with their strong performance at the Henry Carr Early Bird, the St Mike’s Blue Raiders flew over to Houston, Texas to participate in the St Thomas Classic, where they were crowned champs. SMC picked up several quality victories over American ranked opponents, including St Thomas Episcopal (defending 3A Texas State champs), Westbury Christian (#1-ranked large private school, #7 overall in State), Houston Second Baptist (4A State Finalists) and Oklahoma Storm in the championship game (Pre-season #1-ranked home school).
Saint John’s Kilmarnock Still Climbing
SJK is proving that they are the Kitchener squad to beat, deserving of top status discussion out of the region, and not St Marys (Pre-Season #1).
This squad continues to build their team stock picking up quality victories early. On their way to the Humber Classic Championship this past weekend, they picked up key wins against Campion (75-68) and Oakwood in the championships 68-61, while controlling the entire game.
Earlier in the month, the tri-cty contingent also beat Thornlea (86-85), MacNab (102-83) & Vaughan (75-59). At 9-3, all losses have come against worthy opponents on the prep scene: Orangeville Prep, Bill Crothers Prep & Thetford Prep.
Private League Powers
Last week’s results builds an interesting discussion around the fact that both the #1 & #2-ranked teams in the nation are from the same private school league, and will face off on November 25 @ SJK.
Two well coached teams with talent. Will it be the smooth stroking Blue Raiders or the inside-outside package of SJK that takes the cake?
St. Francis Knocking on the Door
St Francis took home the Pinky Lewis title back home to St. Catharines. This team is growing by the game and is knocking on the door of the NPH Top 10. Although relatively young, this squad is well coached, with star power, size and chemistry–a group that has been growing together over the last four years. Over the weekend, they picked up key victories against Pine Ridge (without Chase Vassell) Cameron Heights & Corpus Christi adding to their resume this season, which also includes a win over last year’s AAA OFSAA champ, Saltfleet.
Their one loss comes at the hands of Notre Dame (Welland, ON) – another team to look out for from Southerwestern Ontario. ND has also defeated Mother Teresa (Scarborough, ON) and a close loss to #1-ranked St Mikes, 82-77 in exhibition play.
Notre Dame Brampton Jumps In
We’ve counted out Notre Dame long enough. This is the OFSAA bronze medalists from last season, who made believers out of many. They have lost key pieces in Trevon Mollison and Michael Asemota from last season, however are working to remain relevant. Last week they were on the outside looking in, and with a victory against Holy Trinity (Oakville) 65-58, they jump into the #NPHTop25.
Atlantic Canada Action Begins
At the Leo Hayes tournament that took place in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Auburn Eagles won the championship, going 3-1, while defeating each team by 30+. Their only loss came at the hands of the home team Leo Hayes, by seven, however would follow up in the championship game to defeat them by 30.
Canadian National HS Rankings #NPHTop25
- St Mikes (Toronto, ON)
- SJK (Kitchener, ON)
- Oakwood (Toronto, ON)
- Thornlea (Thornhill, ON)
- Campion (Brampton, ON)
- Eastern Commerce (Toronto, ON)
- D’Youville (Brampton, ON)
- Vaughan (Vaughan, ON)
- Henry Carr (Toronto, ON)
- Pine Ridge (Pickering, ON)
- St Francis (St. Catharines, ON)
- Cameron Heights (Kitchener, ON)
- Saltfleet (Hamilton, ON)
- Bishop Reding (Milton, ON)
- Oak Park (Winnipeg, MB)
- Notre Dame (Brampton, ON)
- Holy Trinity (Oakville, ON)
- St Marys (Kitchener, ON)
- Notre Dame (Welland, ON)
- MacNab (Hamilton, ON)
- Leboldus (Regina, SK)
- Harry Ainlay (Edmonton, AB)
- Nelson (Burlington, ON)
- Catholic Central (Windsor, ON)
- Auburn (Halifax, NS)
Outside Looking In
All teams on the “Outside Looking In” have potential to crack #NPHTop25 – We will learn more about these teams as the season progresses.
- Pope John Paul II (Scarborough, ON)
- Martingrove (Toronto, ON)
- Horton (Halifax, NS)
- J.C Richardson (Ajax, ON)
- Cardinal Newman (Hamilton, ON)
- Corpus Christi (Burlington, ON)
- Emery (Toronto, ON)
- Mother Teresa (Scarborough, ON)
- Kitsilano (Vancouver, BC)
- Archbishop O’Leary (Edmonton, AB)
- Sir Winston Churchill (Vancouver, BC)
- Bishop MacNally (Calgary, AB)
- A.N Myer (Niagara, ON)
- St Patrick’s (Sarnia, ON)
- Terry Fox (Port Coquitlam, BC)
- St Patrick’s (Ottawa, ON)
- Citadel (Halifax, NS)
- Burnaby South (Burnaby, BC)
- Ross Sheppard (Edmonton, AB)
- LCI (Lethbridge, AB)
- Castlebrook (Brampton, ON)
- Merivale (Ottawa, ON)