Christ School rises to No. 2 in North Carolina hoops rankings


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Its best player from a year ago, Marshall Plumlee, is some miles away at Duke, but this year's best player, Shannon Hale, has kept Christ School winning after making his own move from Tennessee.

Behind Hale's averages of 15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds, the Greenies are off to a 9-0 start and in position to six-peat as 3A private-school champs. Will Weeks (13.0 ppg, team-high 8.9 rpg) has also proved key for Christ School, which has a quality win against Greensboro Day.

West Charlotte hasn't been as consistent. The Class 4A champs fell for the second time this season, although it came against the POWERADE FAB 50's No. 50 squad, Paul VI of Virginia, which held big man Kennedy Meeks to five points. The Lions bounced back with a solid win against North Mecklenburg on Tuesday and are still a strong contender within state.

Debuting this week at No. 10 is Winston-Salem Prep, which just edged out a Greenfield team that's surging at 8-1.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Olympic (Charlotte) 6-0 (1)

Trojans remained undefeated with a 78-47 victory against East Gaston.

2. Christ School (Arden) 9-0 (4)

Greenies keep rolling, winning their last three games by an average of 15 points.

3. Northside Christian (Charlotte) 7-0 (5)

The Knights downed Columbia by 20 points in the Palmetto Shootout.

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