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John Marshall’s Levar Allen lines up a shot while Western Albemarle’s Chris McGahren attempts to block him on Saturday March 10, 2018. John Marshall took on Western Albemarle in the Class 3 state championship game and won 63-42.

The John Marshall boys and Trinity Episcopal girls have taken No. 1 rankings in the final Times-Dispatch Top 10 rankings for the basketball season.

John Marshall started the year at No. 2 behind Trinity Episcopal. Then the Justices beat Trinity in early February and moved to No. 1. John Marshall went on to win the Class 3 state championship. Varina, which entered the season ranked fourth, finished second after winning the Class 5 state title. Trinity, which reached the VISAA Division I state semifinals, came in third.

Two teams that weren't ranked in the last regular season poll finished in the top 10 -- Highland Springs and Huguenot. Highland Springs upset No. 1 L.C. Bird in the region tournament and reached the state semifinals. Huguenot also reached the state semis, falling to eventual champion Lake Taylor in Class 4.

Boys

Team, Record, Previous ranking

1. John Marshall, 22-6, 1

Beat Western Albemarle in Class 3 state title game

2. Varina, 26-2, 3

Beat Wakefield in Class 5 state title game

3. Trinity Episcopal, 26-4, 2

Lost to Bishop O’Connell in VISAA Division I state semifinals

4. George Wythe, 21-4, 5

Lost to John Marshall in Class 3 state semifinals

5. Hopewell, 21-3, 4

Lost to George Wythe in Class 3 state quarterfinals

6. L.C. Bird, 18-3, 6

Lost to Highland Springs in Class 5, Region B quarterfinals

7. Douglas Freeman, 20-4, 7

Lost to Varina in Class 5, Region B semifinals

8. Highland Springs, 13-12, NR

Lost to Varina in Class 5 state semifinals

9. Huguenot, 17-8, NR

Lost to Lake Taylor in Class 4 state semifinals

10. Collegiate, 21-6, 7

Lost to Potomac School in VISAA state first round


Trinity Episcopal held the No. 1 spot from beginning to end. Highland Springs, Hopewell, Cosby and L.C. Bird all shuffled throughout the season, but they all started the season ranked in the top five, and they all finished in the top five.

Girls

Team, Record, Previous ranking

1. Trinity Episcopal, 22-3, 1

Lost to Bishop O’Connell in VISAA Division I state quarterfinals

2. Highland Springs, 22-4, 2

Lost to Princess Anne in Class 5 state semifinals

3. Hopewell, 24-2, 3

Lost to Lord Botetourt in Class 3 state final

4. Cosby, 24-4, 5

Won the Class 6 state title

5. L.C. Bird, 18-5, 4

Lost to Highland Springs in Class 5, Region B final

6. Monacan, 18-8, 6

Lost to King’s Fork in Class 4 state quarterfinals

7. Varina, 17-7, 7

Lost to Highland Springs in Class 5, Region B semifinals

8. Mills Godwin, 17-6, 8

Lost to L.C. Bird in Class 5, Region B semifinals

9. James River, 17-9, 10

Lost to Landstown in Class 6 state quarterfinals

10. Matoaca, 17-5, 9

Lost to Varina in Class 5, Region B quarterfinals

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Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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