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Central back on top of boys rankings

Daily Staff Report

The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a top 10 boys basketball list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top-ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on.

1. Central (13-4) -- The Falcons knocked off Page County, the AP Group A No. 3 ranked team, on Thursday night causing a three-way tie for first place in the Shenandoah District. The other team in the mix is Luray, and the Falcons have to play the Bulldogs twice in the next week.

2. Clarke County (13-6) -- The Eagles had their eight-game winning streak snapped on Thursday with a loss to George Mason. Clarke County has a tough schedule left with two games against the AP Group A top-ranked team Madison County.

3. Handley (7-8) -- The Judges' win over Sherando puts them in good position in the Northwestern District. A win over James Wood next week, would create a four-way tie for first place.

4. Sherando (9-10) -- Sherando was in control of its own destiny in the Northwestern District, but losses to Handley and Skyline this week took that away. The one positive for the Warriors is they are done with district play and have plenty of time off to get ready for the district tournament.

5 tie. James Wood (8-10) -- The good news for James Wood is without playing a game this week it moved into first place in the Northwestern District. The bad news is the Colonels have the most games left to play (3) and they will probably have to play a lot of games in a short time span.

5 tie. Skyline (6-10) -- The Hawks are playing as well as anyone right now. Skyline has wins over Handley, Sherando and Central and is now tied for second in the Northwestern District.

7. Millbrook (6-12) -- The Pioneers are coming off a win over Jefferson County on Thursday night. Millbrook is still in the thick of things in the Northwestern District, only two games out of second place.

8. Strasburg (5-12) -- The Rams picked up a solid win over Manassas Park on Thursday, which ties them for fourth in the Bull Run District.

9. Warren County (4-12) -- The Wildcats are in a tough district, but have been competitive in a lot of their games

10. Stonewall Jackson (0-15) -- The Generals continue to struggle this season. With a young team, a win or two down the stretch could go a long way for success next season.


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