Two losses were apparently enough for the New York Sportswriters Association to give Peekskill the boot from its Class A state rankings. To be honest, without winning the Tappan Zee Tip-off Tournament, the Red Devils would have probably been out of my rankings, as well.
I thought Peekskill debuting at No. 8 was way too high, but it certainly should have been at least in the top 20. Some people forget that its loss in the state regional semifinal was on a buzzer-beater. If Wallkill misses that shot, who knows how far the Red Devils go?
The reigning section champs are without forward Latisha Clark (broken finger) until mid-January, so that’s a big part of the team’s struggles, but after a 1-7 start to last year, it’s proof that the beginning of the season essentially means nothing.
Coach Rodney Headley Jr. said before the team’s game against Hackley at Tappan Zee that the beginning of the season is all about getting ready to win the games February. Peekskill, which returned every member of its squad from last year, looks bigger and bulkier (in a good way), which should make them a terror on the boards going forward.
In place of Peekskill, the lone Class A team in last week’s rankings, both Beacon (No. 15) and Albertus Magnus (No. 19) have made their debuts in the class. Also making its debut, Keio (4-2) came in at No. 18 in Class C.
The rankings, which were announced Tuesday afternoon, feature five Section 1 teams, including three in Class AA. The local teams have been listed below, but you can view the entire rankings for each class here.
6. Ossining (6-1)
15. Lourdes (5-1, pictured right, blue)
20. Clarkstown South (7-0)
15. Beacon (5-0)
19. Albertus Magnus (5-2, pictured right, white)
1. Irvington (8-0)
18. Keio (4-2)
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