10. Washington Twp. Senators (17-8; Last Week: NR)
The Senators, another PCC team making their debut in our Top 10, hasn’t played the toughest competition, but they sit nine notches above the .500 mark which is impressive and they picked up a win against fellow bubble team Whiting last week. Could the Senators beat Munster, the team they replace in the poll? Maybe, maybe not. But the combination of WT’s record and Munster dropping three of four last week forced us to vote the Senators into office.
9. Bishop Noll Warriors (13-5; Last Week: #9)
The Warriors are stuck in the nine spot following a week that saw them go 3-1. Noll picked up victories over conference foes Lake Station and North Newton (twice), but missed an opportunity to move up in the poll by dropping one to Wheeler. While the loss to the Bearcats keeps Noll near the bottom of the poll, the Warriors may have a chance to get revenge. Noll and Wheeler are both in Class 2A Sectional #33 and the winner of that one will have the last laugh.
8. Hobart Brickies (18-7; Last Week: #7)
Despite playing three teams below them in the NCC rankings, Hobart only took two of three last week, beating Lowell and KV while losing to Griffith. Couple that with a loss to Portage (which is nothing to be ashamed of) and that’s the reason for the one spot fall. The latter part of the season doesn’t look to favor the Brickies as they face fellow Top 10 teams Andrean and Wheeler this week before heading into Sectional Two, where they are the only non DAC team.
7. Wheeler Bearcats (18-4; Last Week: #10)
Last week the Bearcats were teetering on the edge of the poll following a loss to Bishop Noll, but their come from behind win over the Warriors this past week, combined with three more wins (and some losses from other teams in the Top 10) allow Wheeler to move onto more stable footing at #7. The Bearcats dropped one this past week, but that came to Chicago Christian. The last week of the season is no easy road, with two games against Whiting, plus a trip to Lowell and then #8 Hobart.
6. Chesterton Trojans (11-9; Last Week: #5)
We give up trying to figure this team out. They get shutout by Valpo, lose to Crown Point and then come back and beat Portage – the highest ranked team they played last week. Go figure. Chesterton better watch out on Tuesday because they travel to St. John to take on Lake Central and you know the Indians are going to be geared up to avenge their only loss of the season. The Trojans also have Merrillville, two with Carmel and Munster to close out the campaign.
5. Valparaiso Vikings (17-9; Last Week: #6)
With four wins last week, Valpo looks to be building some momentum heading into sectional play. That momentum was built with victories against Chesterton, NorthWood, Culver and Lowell last week. The Vikings have potential playoff opponents Portage and Crown Point on the docket this week. A win in one of those will give the Vikings a big boost heading into the tournament.
4. Portage Indians (20-5; Last Week: #3)
Portage drops this week because they went 3-2 and while their two losses weren’t terrible by any stretch, (Lake Central and Chesterton), the other teams vying for the top three spots went a combined 11-0 last week. The Indians haven’t won a sectional title since 1995 and depending on how Tuesday’s draw comes out, they have to be considered one of the favorites. If only they can avoid playing our #3 team early…
3. Crown Point Bulldogs (21-4; Last Week: #4)
We mentioned that our top three teams went 11-0 last week. Five of those wins came from the Bulldogs as they swept past Merrillville, Chesterton, LaPorte, Boone Grove and Washington Twp. CP has won seven in a row, with their last loss coming almost two week ago to Portage. Honestly, does any team in Sectional #2 want to see the ‘Dogs in either the first or second round? We highly doubt it.
2. Andrean 59ers (19-2; Last Week: #2)
Hard to believe there’s history that hasn’t been made over at 5959 Broadway yet, but Andrean has a chance to write another entry into the record book on Tuesday as coach Dave Pishkur looks to pick up victory #800 as the Niners take on South Bend Clay. Following that shot at history, Andrean has a chance to contend with some of the state’s elite when they travel to the Carmel Invite this weekend.
1. Lake Central Indians (22-1; Last Week: #1)
The Indians have already knocked around a couple of teams that have been ranked in the state coaches poll top ten, so what’s another as they beat Indianapolis Cathedral 7-1 over the weekend. LC also beat RSN Top 10 members Portage and Valparaiso, so they are an equal opportunity defeater of ranked teams. The Indians only have two scheduled regular season games left as they can get revenge on Chesterton and then take on LaPorte.
Juuuuust a bit outside: Whiting, Hebron, Hanover Central