Posted: 2:43 pm Monday, November 25th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
We are through just one week of the season, but there are a lot of changes in the Post’s new Top 10.
Dwyer jumped three spots to No. 4 after wins over Atlantic and West Boca Raton to begin the year. Spanish River, Boca Raton and John I. Leonard cracked the Top 10 this week after impressive starts to the season. Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and Atlantic fell out of the rankings, making room for those teams.
Here’s the new Post Top 10 entering Week 2 of the season:
1. Palm Beach Lakes (2-0): Outscored first two opponents by a combined score of 151-87.
2. Grandview Prep (2-0): Transfer Jamal Palmer has been as good as advertised.
3. Lake Worth Christian (2-0): Escaped with a one-point victory over Suncoast last week.
4. Dwyer (2-1): After finishing with the worst record in school history last year, the Panthers look much better.
5. Spanish River (2-0): Good start to the season for the Sharks.
6. Park Vista (1-1): Rebounded from loss to open the season.
7. Boca Raton (2-1): Casey Southards scored 46 points in a win over Wellington.
8. Suncoast (1-1): The Chargers hung tough in a one-point loss to Lake Worth Christian.
9. John I. Leonard (3-0): Mario Saunders and Ramon Birch have been stellar for the Lancers.
10. Lake Worth (1-1): Loss is to Palm Beach Lakes.
Games of the Week:
No. 10 Lake Worth (1-1) at Atlantic (1-1), Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: Although the Eagles fell out of the rankings this week, they are still one of the county’s better teams. Atlantic definitely took a step back when star Jamal Palmer transferred to Grandview Prep in the offseason, but forward LaTron Nelson has stepped up to help fill the void. Nelson is averaging 16 points per game. On the other side, Lake Worth has played two good opponents to start the year. The Trojans fell to No. 1 Palm Beach Lakes to open the season, but they bounced back in a win over Royal Palm Beach.
No. 8 Suncoast (1-1) at No. 2 Grandview Prep (2-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: The Chargers are challenging themselves early and it should help later on. Suncoast has already played No. 3 Lake Worth Christian, and the Chargers will take on Grandview Prep on Saturday. Suncoast features three players that are averaging double-digit points this season. But Grandview Prep is on a different level. Jamal Palmer has been great, scoring 25.5 points per game, and Jordan Coblin is not far behind, adding 20.5 points per game. If Suncoast is going to have a chance in this contest, it will have to find a way to shut at least one of these players down.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.