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Wildcats become 1A big dogs

January 21, 1997

By SHELDON SHEALER

Staff Writer

Chalk up one more for Tri-State area basketball.

Williamsport's boys' basketball team has taken over the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Class 1A state rankings, following Col. Richardson's upset loss last week.

Currently, St. John's at Prospect Hall holds the state's private school top ranking in boys' and girls' basketball. Thomas Johnson is No. 1 in Class 3A boys' basketball. Linganore is No. 1 in Class 3A girls' basketball.

In Class 4A, Baltimore Southwestern is No. 1 in the boys' rankings, Largo is No. 1 in the girls. In Class 2A, Aberdeen holds down the boys' top spot while Hammond is the No. 1 girls' team. Westmar continues its hold on the No. 1 spot in the Class 1A girls' rankings.

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In the overall Top 20, St. John's boys' basketball team holds a comfortable lead over No. 2 DeMatha. The Vikings (11-0) beat Independence, Ohio's top-ranked team, by 20 points on Saturday. Thomas Johnson is No. 4 in the overall rankings, behind Southwestern and ahead of St. Vincent Pallotti, Calvert Hall and St. Frances.

St. John's remains No. 1 in the girls' basketball Top 20 and Linganore is No. 2 for the fifth straight week.

This week's top five boys and girls teams combined to go 32-1.

The only major upset came when previous Class 1A No. 1 Col. Richardson lost to Snow Hill, despite 32 points by senior guard Albert Mouring. That defeat, coupled with Cambridge-South Dorchester's loss to Easton and Williamsport's win over Middletown, allowed the Wildcats to claim the No. 1 spot.

Williamsport, winners of five of the last six Class 1A West titles, become the region's first No. 1. The Class 1A state playoffs have been dominated by North and East region teams. In fact, the West hasn't had a Class 1A state champion since Valley (now Westmar) in 1981. Since 1968, the West has provided only two 1A state champions.

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