Wachusett soars in latest boys hoop Top 25

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 boys basketball poll this morning, following a busy week of Holiday tournament basketball. To see the poll, CLICK HERE.

A few notes and observations about this week's poll:

Wachusett makes giant leap: Following an impressive win over St. John's of Shrewsbury in the Laska Yuletide Invitational Final on Saturday night, Wachusett leapfrogs into the Top 10, at No. 8, up 15 spots from a week ago. The Mountaineers opened up with a 7-0 run on the Pioneers and made it stick, pulling away 55-43 for the win. With the loss, St. John's falls seven spots to No. 10.

St. John's loss, combined with New Mission's win over Mansfield in the Shooting Touch Shootout, created a shuffle in the Top 5. Central Catholic and Lowell retain the top two spots respectively, but Mission jumps up five spots to No. 3, followed by Danvers (4) and Mansfield (5).

City Takes a Dip: Last week, a record six Boston City League teams made the Top 25, following Dorchester's surprise 20-point victory over Madison Park. This week, both Dorchester and MP fell out of the poll following losses -- Dorchester to Melrose, and MP to O'Bryant. Once again, such is the bittersweet ballet that the newly-aligned Boston City League has created. One minute, you're on top of the world. The next, you've been humbled right back down to size.

Notable Newcomers: Springfield Central's surprise stumble from preseason No. 1 to "Last 10 Out" in a mere three weeks has made room for several newcomers this week. West Springfield makes its long-awaited debut at No. 20, followed by Worcester South (23), Everett (24) and Springfield Putnam (25).

Here is how the poll breaks down this week by league affiliation:

Boston City League - 4

Merrimack Valley - 4

Catholic Conference - 3

Hockomock - 2

Valley Wheel - 2

Bay State - 1

Big Three - 1

Central Mass. Conference - 1

Greater Boston - 1

Inter-High - 1

Middlesex - 1

Mid-Wach A - 1

Northeastern - 1

South Coast - 1

South Shore - 1