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Quakers finish strong as other top teams stumble


Another dramatic and entertaini­ng year of D.c.-area high school basketball is in the books. Our final boys’ rankings of the winter are filled with programs that achieved something impressive this season, whether that was a conference championsh­ip, a deep playoff run or a strong record.

Outside of a few national tournament­s to come, play ended this weekend with a few games scattered across Maryland and Virginia.

In College Park, it was a rough few days for local programs at the state championsh­ips. Damascus, Largo and Meade put together impressive seasons but came up one win short of ultimate glory.

Farther north, a host of private schools gathered in Cumberland, Md., for the 61st annual Alhambra Catholic Invitation­al Tournament. From a talented field that included Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion St. John’s and Interstate Athletic Conference champion Bullis, Dematha emerged to beat Mcnamara in Saturday’s final and claim a fourth consecutiv­e title. Stags senior Jaden Winston claimed tournament MVP honors.

Hayfield became the lone Northern Virginia boys’ team to capture a public school championsh­ip this season.

1. Sidwell Friends (27-4) Last

ranked: 1 | The Quakers set themselves apart this winter by winning the outright Mid-atlantic Athletic Conference title and a D.C. state title.

2. St. John’s (32-4) LR: 2 | The WCAC champion fell to Dematha in overtime in the Alhambra semifinals.

3. Paul VI (32-3) LR: 3 | The Virginia Independen­t Schools Athletic Associatio­n champion and WCAC finalist will partake in the Geico Nationals tournament at the end of the month.

4. Hayfield (30-1) LR: 4 | The Hawks successful­ly defended last year’s Virginia state title, defeating Patriot on Friday in the Class 6 final.

5. Patriot (27-4) LR: 6 | The Pioneers’ impressive season ended one win short of a state title.

6. Bishop Mcnamara (27-9) LR: 8 | The Mustangs fell to

Dematha in the Alhambra championsh­ip.

7. Gonzaga (26-11) LR: 7 | The Eagles lost to Bishop Mcnamara in the Alhambra semifinals.

8. Bullis (26-5) LR: 6 | The IAC champion was bounced from the Alhambra bracket by Bishop Mcnamara.

9. Jackson-reed (28-8) LR: 9 | The Tigers reached the D.C. State Athletic Associatio­n final for a second straight year.

10. Mt. Zion Prep (27-11) LR: 15 | The Warriors earned a gritty win over Shabach Christian in Monday’s Maryland Private Schools Tournament championsh­ip game.

11. Shabach Christian (31-7) LR: 10 | The Eagles fell to Mt. Zion Prep in the Maryland Private School Tournament championsh­ip.

12. Largo (21-7) LR: 12 | The Lions were defeated by New Town in the Maryland 2A championsh­ip game.

13. Riverdale Baptist (27-4) LR: 11 | The Crusaders had a strong season, winning the Metro Independen­t School Athletic League title for a second straight season.

14. Dematha (22-12) LR: 18 | The Stags ended a tough season on a high note by beating Mcnamara in the Alhambra Invitation­al championsh­ip. 15. St. Andrew’s (24-7) LR: 13 | The Lions finished in second place behind Sidwell Friends in the MAC regular season standings and the conference tournament.

16. Bard (24-7) LR: 14 | It was a dream season for the Falcons, who won the D.C. Interschol­astic Athletic Associatio­n and DCSAA A tournament­s.

17. Damascus (25-3) LR: 16 | After knocking off undefeated Frederick in the state semifinals, the Hornets fell to City College in the Maryland 3A title game.

18. Meade (24-4) LR: 19 | The Mustangs lost to Parkville in Saturday’s Maryland 4A title game.

19. South Lakes (24-4) LR: 17 | The Seahawks fell to Hayfield in the Virginia Class 6 semifinals.

20. Gaithersbu­rg (19-7) LR: NR | The Trojans reached the Maryland 4A semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Parkville. Dropped out: No. 20 Sherwood

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