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The game looked out of hand for Georgetown Visitation on Sunday, as games often feel against Sidwell Friends. And then, slowly but surely, it wasn’t.

Thanks to a second-half push and the exploits of their impressive senior class, the Cubs upended Sidwell in the Independen­t School League championsh­ip game, ending a local winning streak — and spot atop the rankings — that Sidwell had held since the start of the 2021-22 season.

On Monday at American University, St. John’s grabbed its second consecutiv­e Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title over Paul VI, similarly taking hold of the game in the third quarter and never looking back. As a result, the Cadets occupy the No. 2 spot. With Sidwell at No. 3, the top three teams will vie for the end-of-season top spot in the D.C. State Athletic Associatio­n tournament.

In Northern Virginia, Osbourn Park and Robinson repeated as champions in their regional tournament­s.

1. Georgetown Visitation (22- 4) Last ranked: 3

The Cubs became the first local team to defeat Sidwell Friends since March 2020 when they won the ISL AA final, 60-57.

2. St. John’s (25-6) LR: 4

The Cadets repeated as WCAC champions Monday by defeating No. 5 Paul VI, 48-36.

3. Sidwell Friends (26-3) LR: 1

After a nearly two-year run atop the rankings, the Quakers drop out of the top spot with their loss in the ISL title game.

4. Bishop Mcnamara (21-6) LR: 2

The Mustangs lost for the first time since December, falling to Paul VI in the WCAC semifinals.

5. Paul VI (20-10) LR: 7

The Panthers avenged earlier losses to No. 4 Bishop Mcnamara in a WCAC semifinal but fell to No. 2 St. John’s in the title game.

6. Shabach Christian (22-9) LR: 5

The Eagles went 2-1 at the National Associatio­n of Christian Athletes tournament in Tennessee.

7. Howard (22-1) LR: 6

The Lions hope to return to the Maryland 3A state title game.

8. St. Mary’s (Annapolis) (27-0) LR: 9

The Saints captured their first Interschol­astic Athletic Associatio­n of Maryland title since 2013 and completed an undefeated season.

9. Glen Burnie (20-2) LR: 8

The Gophers began their quest for a Maryland 4A title with a win over Reservoir on Monday.

10. Osbourn Park (23- 4) LR: 12 The Yellow Jackets won their third consecutiv­e Virginia Class 6 Region B title with a shellackin­g of Gainesvill­e.

11. Virginia Academy (21- 8) LR: 11

The Patriots performed well at the NACA tournament and will begin the Virginia Independen­t Schools Athletic Associatio­n playoffs Wednesday.

12. Bullis (18-10) LR: 10

The Bulldogs fell to No. 1 Georgetown Visitation in an ISL semifinal.

13. Robinson (26-3) LR: 14

The Rams have won back-to-back Virginia 6 Region C titles and will play Oakton in the first round of the state tournament Friday.

14. Mount Zion Prep (21-11) LR: 13

The Warriors impressed against nationally ranked programs.

15. C.H. Flowers (19-3) LR: 17 The Jaguars hope to have another deep postseason run after last year’s trip to the state semifinals.

16. Tuscarora (24-2) LR: 20

The Huskies, led by senior Grace Middleton and junior Alysa Carrigan, won the first region championsh­ip in program history.

17. Maret (18-9) LR: 15

The Frogs lost to No. 3 Sidwell by 24 points in an ISL semifinal.

18. Dunbar (16- 4) LR: 19

The Crimson Tide opened the DCSAA tournament against Maret.

19. Churchill (20-2) LR: Not ranked

The Bulldogs avenged a regular season loss against Clarksburg to win the Montgomery County title.

20. Wise (20-3) LR: NR

The Pumas defeated Oxon Hill, 5240, in the Prince George’s County title game.

Dropped out:

No. 16 Pallotti, No. 18 Oxon Hill

On the bubble: Briar Woods, Flint Hill, Madison, Meridian, Oxon Hill

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