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Powe rankings: Boys Basketball Jan. 17

Daily Staff – sports@nvdaily.com

The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a basketball top 10 list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on. Numbers in parenthesis indicate where each team was last week.
Boys basketball

1. Handley (2) (6-2, 1-0 Northwestern) — Skyline’s loss at Sherando opens the door for the Judges, who have looked impressive lately with wins over Millbrook and Heritage. Long-range threat Robbie Lawler had 27 in Saturday’s win over the Pride.

2. Millbrook (3) (7-5, 2-1 Northwestern) — It took a comeback in the fourth quarter, but the Pioneers fought off a pesky James Wood squad to move to 2-1 in the district. Sophomore Rze Culbreath is turning into one of the area’s great players.

3. Skyline (1) (11-2, 0-1 Northwestern) — The Hawks’ last three games have been less than stellar, especially the pounding they took last Friday at Sherando. Still, Skyline is certainly capable of turning things around.

4. Sherando (4) (6-7, 2-1 Northwestern) — It has to be frustrating for coach Garland Williams to watch a team play so streaky from game-to-game. The Warriors looked like the class of the district in a win over Skyline, but they must continue that caliber of play to rise up.

5. Clarke County (6) (9-5, 3-0 Bull Run) — A 3-0 week for the Eagles has to feel good and now has Clarke County in good position in the district race. A big game against defending state champion Madison County awaits this Friday in Berryville.

6. Warren County (5) (6-6, 1-1 Evergreen) — Here’s another team that can’t quite seem to nail down consistency. The Wildcats had a nice win at home against Kettle Run, but fell flat in a road loss to Liberty over the weekend. Logan Hibbs continues his impressive senior campaign.

7. James Wood (7) (3-10, 0-2 Northwestern) — For the week to forget, look no further than what the Colonels did. Three straight losses, including an offensive dud at Clarke County over the weekend, isn’t promising against a tough Northwestern District.

8. Central (8) (5-6, 3-3 Shenandoah) — Seth Bauserman’s big night Friday led to a big win against Riverheads. Still, the Falcons are searching for some more consistency and have tough non-district clash with Skyline later on in the week.

9. Strasburg (9) (4-8, 1-2 Bull Run) — The Rams seem to be in the midst of a trend where they win one game, followed by two losses. That doesn’t bode well for their game against Manassas Park. Strasburg beat Rappahannock on Friday, but lost to Page County Saturday night.

10. Stonewall Jackson (10) (0-11, 0-5 Shenandoah) — No change here at the bottom, as the Generals still aim to get their first win of the season. Their most recent loss was a 50-point defeat at Page County.