The Baltimore Sun’s High School Sports Top 15 Poll: May 23rd

By Baltimore Sun staff

The countdown is on to the end of the season, and the stretch run begins now. There are no more easy games left for any team in the Baltimore area. Every contest from here on out will bring its own challenges and require a special effort to emerge victorious. The pressure is mounting at all levels, and so it’s time for another update on how teams stand with regards to making the playoffs…

TSGB Basketball High School Top 5

## TSGB Basketball High School Top 5 There was a new number one in this week’s poll after defending champion Douglass’s loss to Poly and Carver’s loss to Franklintown put both those teams on the outside looking in. So the top spot now goes to Gilman, which is coming off a big win at Mount St. Joseph and has a couple of games in hand on most of the competition. Behind them Gonzaga, which is playing at a high level, and City, which is also in control of its own destiny, are next in line. There is a logjam at the bottom with four teams that could be in the mix for the last two playoff spots. McDonogh, which has lost four in a row, and St. Paul’s, which has struggled in league play, are in the most danger. But Boys’ Latin, Mount St. Joseph, and Wise are all still alive and have games in hand against the teams above them.

NBBC Basketball High School Top 5

After a slow start to the season, Southern leads the way in the NBBC poll. With the top spot in hand, the Southerners have a huge game with City on Friday. However, with Gonzaga also winning this week and still in the mix for the number one seed, it may not matter who wins. Behind them there are three undefeated teams: Mount St. Joseph, Loyola, and Gilman. Locally, Mount St. Joseph is the only undefeated team left, and they have a good chance to stay that way with games against Southern, Gilman, and the poor Bunnies. Loyola and Notre Dame have played their way into the poll and have their eyes set on a top 4 seed. Dunbar has played themselves out of the running for a top 4 seed with a 1-4 record. However, the Bunnies are still in the mix for a spot in the playoffs.

NVSL Soccer High School Top 5

The soccer season is nearing the finish line, and with the playoffs right around the corner it is a good time to take a look at the top teams. City College has been dominant all year, and they are the easy choice for the top spot. Behind them, there is a logjam at the top. Morgan, Southern, and CCBC could all conceivably finish in any of the top three spots. Morgan has an easy path to the top, but Southern and CCBC have a much tougher road ahead of them. Behind those three, there are four teams with a shot at the playoffs. Stevenson, Coppin, and Excel have been playing well lately, and with a couple of wins in the next few weeks, they could sneak into the top five. City College, Morgan, and Southern look to be safe at the top, but the rest of the teams have some work to do in the coming weeks.

MCAA Football High School Top 5

The MCAA race for the playoffs is heating up with a third of the league season complete. City College leads the way with an undefeated record and has a game in hand against second place Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Blue Jays’ remaining schedule is relatively easy, so they should be able to maintain their undefeated record. Paul Laurence Dunbar also has a relatively easy schedule and will be looking to make a late run to the top of the standings. Coppin and Notre Dame, who both have a loss, will be looking to make a push towards the top of the standings. Baltimore City College and Baltimore Leadership are both winless and have work to do to get into playoff contention.

BSC Volleyball High School Top 5

The volleyball season is in full swing, and there are a couple of teams that look like they are going to be tough to beat. City College is undefeated and has a huge game coming up against Gilman. The Blue Jays may have the best chance of anybody to knock off #4 Gilman and have a chance to solidify their spot at the top of the poll. Morgan, who is second in the poll, and Coppin, who is third, have both lost a game and have a tough schedule ahead of them with a number of in-state opponents. On the flip side, Notre Dame and Paul Laurence Dunbar have a fairly easy path to move up the poll. The Blue Jays and the Bulldogs have plenty of room to move up the poll with a couple of wins and should be in the thick of things at the end.

Girls’ Basketball High School Top 5

There is a new team in the top spot this week as #1 Douglass was knocked off by #10 Parkville. With the loss, the Bulldogs are now tied with #15 Franklin at 11-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Franklin, who has won seven in a row, has been one of the best teams in the state all year long and is now the top team in the entire state. Behind them, there is a logjam at the top with six teams tied for second in the state. City, Gilman, and Mount St. Joseph also have 11-1 records and are all looking to finish strong and claim the top seed for their respective conferences. Behind them, there are three teams with 10-2 records that are fighting for a playoff spot, including #3 Douglass, #5 Calvert, and #6 Boys’ Latin.

Boys’ Basketball High School Top 5

The top of the poll sees a new team in the #1 spot as City College knocked off Cathedral to take the top spot. The Blue Jays are coming off a big win against #3 Dunbar and are now positioned to win the Southeastern Conference. Behind them, there is a logjam at the top with six teams tied at 10-2. City, Calvert, Dunbar, Franklin, and Mount St. Joseph are all in control of their own destinies at this point with three games to go. Behind them, there are three teams with a shot at the playoffs. Boys’ Latin, which is 9-3, and City College, which is 8-4, are the two best teams in the state right now with a chance to finish the season undefeated.

Links to all polls

^ TSGB – The Sports Guys Basketball ^ NBBC – The National Basketball Bulletin ^ NVSL – National Virtual Sports League ^ MCAA – Maryland City Athletic Association ^^ BSC – Baltimore City Volleyball Association

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