There's a new team atop the Massachusetts POWERADE state rankings this week, as former No. 1 Northfield-Mt. Hermon suffered its first loss of the season. The Hoggers dropped a 92-82 decision to the South Kent School (Conn.), and while the loss was technically out-of-state, it opened the door for St. Mark's to ascend to the top spot.
St. Mark's has lost two games, but they were both to out-of-state teams as well. And the Lions beat a good Milton Academy squad last week to earn their way to the top of the board.
St. John's Prep was upset by BC High, but the Prep only drops one spot, from No. 3 to No. 4. That's mostly because SJP has a head-to-head win over No. 5 New Mission from earlier this season.
POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
St. Mark's (8-2) — Last week: No. 2
Northfield-Mt. Hermon (7-1) — Last week: No. 1
Central Catholic (7-0) — Last week: No. 4