CYO Power Rankings for the week of January 2

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1216ers (Hudec) 2-0, up 1

The reigning State Qualifying Tournament Champions got off to a hot start this year, beating Gesu (Ostot) 86-39 and Assumption (Seibert) 52-49. They return everybody from last year and appear to be hungry for another shot at that state title.

2St. Ignatius (Corte) 2-0, up 4

The defending JV Magenta/Purple/Violet City Champs are a team full of juniors looking to make a statement that they can play with the big dogs. They did just that, knocking off preseason #8 St. Angela Merici (English) 65-43 and Gesu (Ostot) 66-49.

3St. Christopher (Hunt) 2-0, up 8

The runners up to St. Ignatius (Corte) last year return their entire squad and are seeking revenge for an unhappy ending to their season. They showed their vengeance by beating St. Raphael (Sekerak) 61-40 and St. Mary of the Falls (Stasko Jr.) 63-58.

4St. Mary of the Falls (Rohr) 2-0, up 8

Last year’s JV Gray/White City Champions appear to have another loaded squad this year, as they beat down on the Preseason #9 Navigators of Saint Brendan, 61-26 and on another St. Brendan team (Carney) the following weekend, 51-27. They face off against #4 St. Chris (Hunt) on the eighth in what should be a matchup of two of the top Local teams in the area.

5St. Bernadette (Walsh) 1-1, down 4

The most hyped team coming into this season, the preseason #1 “Bernie Boys” took a tough loss, losing 41-51 to Holy Family Parma (Francisco), but bounced back the following week with a win against St. Thomas More (Daugenti) 67-49. Don’t sleep on the Dawgs, they know how long and grueling the CYO season is and will look to none other than Parker “Bands” Ripich and Riley “Doug” Kinzel to lead them back to greatness.

6Sts. Joseph and John (Vollman) 1-1, down 2

The Vikes, ranked number 4 in the preseason, got a good dub against preseason #7 St. Joseph Avon Lake (Leduc) 64-46. However, they did suffer their first setback of the season to St. Joe Avon Lake (McGrath) 50-53.

7St. Paschal Baylon (Siefert) 2-1, down 4

The preseason #3 Knights got out to a slow start this season, losing a close one to St. Basil the Great (Frederick) 49-53. However, they did pick things up again with two wins in back-to-back weeks, beating St. Sebastian (Salyers) 73-31 and St. Francis de Sales (Cook) 63-55.

8St. Mary Avon (Plas) 2-1, unranked

Led by star Junior Killian Meehan, the Wildcats burst onto the scene this past week by knocking off St. Bartholomew (Bruce) 63-51 and Assumption (Farr) 56-33. Their only setback of the season came at the hands of St. Angela Merici (English) in their first game of the 2016-2017 campaign, 44-47.

9St. Angela Merici (English) 1-2, down 1

Two of the three games that the Bruins have played this year have been decided by a total of 4 points, resulting in a win against St. Mary Avon (Plas) and a loss to Holy Trinity (Monroe). Their only other loss this season comes from #2 ranked St. Ignatius (Corte).

10St. Charles (Ciupa) 2-0, up 3

The Wildcats picked up two big wins in their first game of the season, beating St. Ambrose (Sabo) 59-46 and St. Albert the Great (Baraona) 59-51.

MVP RACE

  1. James Leyden (216ers)
  2. Tom Grosel (St. Ignatius)
  3. Alex Shibley (216ers)
  4. Matt Hunt (St. Chris)
  5. Parker Ripich (St. Bernadette)

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Bill Beegan of St. Brendan (Fitzgerald) hit this crazy 360 behind the back layup last week against St. Mary of the Falls (Rohr). Please congratulate Bill if you see him this week!

Dropped out: Holy Trinity (Monroe) 0-1, St. Joseph Avon Lake (Leduc) 0-1, St. Chris (Snyder) 0-2, St. Brendan (Fitzgerald) 0-2

Send all photos/videos you want included in next week’s article to either Chris Larsen (clarsen18@student.ignatius.edu) or Mark Bobinski (mbobinski18@student.ignatius.edu).