It took 19 years, nine weeks and a series of eye-opening wins in 2009, but Boys' Latin and Queen Anne's are finally ranked among the state's elite.
Boys' Latin, at 9-0 and bound for the MIAA B championship game, makes its state ranking debut at No. 22. Queen Anne's, a state semifinalist last year who is riding a 22-game regular-season win streak, checks in at No. 23.
Since 20 of the top 21 teams last week won, there was little movement among the top-ranked teams. The only Top 10 shift was Gwynn Park and McDonogh swapping places.
Gwynn Park, at 9-0 and guaranteed a forfeit win this week, moves into No. 10, ahead of 8-1 McDonogh, which narrowly defeated unranked Calvert Hall last week.
Huntingtown and North Point, a pair of 9-0 SMAC schools, each jumped ahead of 8-1 Old Mill, as those programs settled in at Nos. 12, 13 and 14, respectively. It is likely that North Point and Old Mill will square off in the first round of the region playoffs in two weeks.
In addition to Boys' Latin and Queen Anne's, the other newcomers this week are Landon at No. 24 and Dunbar at No. 25. Both teams were ranked earlier in the season.
TUESDAY, NOV. 3 -- Week 9 Poll
Compiled by Sheldon Shealer.
The poll is based on a statewide voting of sports reporters. The 2009 season marks the 20th year of the official media state poll in Maryland.
Schools are ranked by points received. The number in parenthesis reflects first-place votes. LW is last week's ranking.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:
Urbana (8-1, 24), Eastern Tech (8-1, 16), Gilman (6-3, 15), Hereford (7-1, 10), Churchill (7-2, 8), Loyola (7-2, 8), Kent Island (9-0, 7), Catoctin (9-0, 4), Poly (8-1, 4), Atholton (8-1, 2), Chesapeake-BC (8-1, 2), Allegany (7-2, 1).