Well, the first “girls lacrosse state rankings”:http://www.newyorksportswriters.org/reference/current_polls_glax_070418.shtml just came out. I hope you find it as funny as I do. And I have no idea who puts it out, but there’s obviously no input from anyone in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Here are the highlights for me:
1. Yorktown is ranked in Class A. However, the Cornhuskers have moved down to Class B since winning the state title last year. I put this one on the top because it isn’t a value judgment—it’s a shocking mistake, which indicates how much faith should be put in this poll.
2. North Salem is ranked in Class C and Rye isn’t. No offense to North Salem, but I don’t think they are better than Rye, the two-time defending sectional champions. Of course North Salem’s record is better, since they play in an easier division, while Rye is in the Section 1 power league and has played only the top Class A and Class B teams in the area, so obviously someone just looked at the records and didn’t do their homework.
3. Nyack is the only Class B team. Again, I don’t want to take anything away from the Indians, who have had a very nice season so far. But I think even coach Al Pesner would be shocked to see his team placed ahead of power league teams Yorktown and John Jay.
Needless to say, I think this will be the first and last time I post the state rankings. They simply cannot be taken seriously, and as a New York State sportswriter myself, I am very disappointed. (incidentally, the site that puts out the rankings, “newyorksportswriters.org”:http://www.newyorksportswriters.org/ , is one of first sites I go to every day—a truly great resource for high school sports in the state).