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game, against a Class 1A foe in Colonel, which has a los­ing record.

The War­riors did, how­ever, shoot the lights out in that 69-50 win a few days back; if they can con­tinue to do that, they’ll pros­per. Three-point shots might not get made as of­ten, but they get blocked far less than layups.

The best 1A team right now has to be Wash­ing­ton, whose only loss is to De­catur on Dec. 19. The Jaguars have beaten up a cou­ple of big­ger schools in James M. Ben­nett and Wi-Hi, and also laid a dou­ble-digit loss on Po­comoke. At 5-1, they have the best record in the Bay­side in 1A schools, and con­sid­er­ing their sched­ule thus far, I’d have to put them sec­ond.

Third would be Parkside, in a tie with the Snow Hill team that beat them by a point two weeks ago. Fifth, let’s go with Cr­is­field. With wins over small schools but a cou­ple of blowout losses to big­ger ones (Wi-Hi and De­catur), the Crab­bers look to be a notch above the next team on the list, Kent County.

The Tro­jans lost to the Crab­bers a few days ago, but right now would prob­a­bly be the best team in the North, with Kent Is­land slightly ahead of the Eas­ton team they just edged by one point on Wed­nes­day in Stevensville.

In ninth, let’s go with Wi-Hi, then Ben­nett round­ing out the top 10. Po­comoke, then North Caro­line and Queen Anne’s give us a baker’s dozen, and re­al­is­ti­cally, rank­ings can stop there. The re­main­ing squads need to have much bet­ter months in Jan­uary than in De­cem­ber to move out of the third di­vi­sion.

So there’s where we stand right now; ex­pect early Jan­uary to give us some more ex­cite­ment, and some big games right af­ter we cel­e­brate per­haps our most point­less national hol­i­day, the one where we change our cal­en­dar ev­ery year. (Thank God we don’t all use a page-a-day cal­en­dar or no­body would ever work.)

Jan. 3 sees Kent County visit Eas­ton, Wash­ing­ton at North Caro­line, Parkside vis­it­ing Po­comoke, and Cr­is­field at Snow Hill. There should be a lit­tle more move­ment in the poll come mid-Jan­uary, as we reach the half­way point of the sea­son.

I hope ev­ery­one had a Merry Christ­mas and has a Happy New Year. I’ll see you in the gym. Fol­low me on Twit­ter:

@Davetalkss­ports.

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