The big shakeup this week comes in the bottom half of the Super 7 poll where Newark appeared poised to move up more than one spot with a 56-51 win over Grove City (Dec. 23) in the Hoop It Up Game of the Week, but then the Wildcats fell to Westerville North 49-46 (Dec. 27), which had lost two straight before that game. Newark remains in the poll above Grove City, but Worthington Christian moves up to No. 4 after beating Zanesville 55-50 (Dec. 27).

Northland remains at the top spot and DeSales was not penalized for losing in a holiday tournament from a team outside the state. Helping DeSales' cause was Grove City slipping from No. 4.

Canal Winchester makes it on as the No. 7 team this week with its unblemished record. The Indians are winning games by an average margin of 18 points. Upper Arlington made it as a team to watch. The Bears needed overtime to defeat a struggling Thomas Worthington team 69-62 Dec. 9 and that was the blemish that kept it from overtaking Canal Winchester, which itself can distance itself from UA when it meets Thomas on Monday.


1. NORTHLAND (4-0 overall, 2-0 City-North) -- Last week: Did not play. This week: Off until Jan. 6. Previous ranking: No. 1

2. DUBLIN SCIOTO (5-1, 4-0 OCC-Cardinal) -- Last week: Def. Westerville Central 62-26 (Dec. 23) This week: At Hilliard Darby (Tuesday); Home vs. New Albany (Saturday). Previous ranking: No. 2

3. DeSALES (5-1, 2-0 CCL) -- Last week: Lost to Albany (N.Y.) Alexander 55-45 (Dec. 27). This week: at KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando vs. Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar High School (Monday); at KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando (Tuesday). Previous ranking: No. 3

4. WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN (6-1, 1-1 CCL) -- Last week: Def. Zanesville 55-50 (Dec. 27). This Week: Off until Jan. 6. Previous ranking: No. 7

5. NEWARK (5-2, 3-1 OCC-Ohio) -- Last week: Def. Grove City 56-51 (Dec. 23); lost to Westerville North 49-46 (Dec. 27). This week: Home vs. Westerville South (Saturday). Previous ranking: No. 6

6. GROVE CITY (5-1, 3-1 OCC-Ohio) -- Last week: Lost to Newark 56-51 (Dec. 23). This week: Home vs. Cincinnati Oak Hills (Tuesday). Previous ranking: No. 4

7. CANAL WINCHESTER (5-0, 3-0 MSL-Buckeye) -- Last week: Def. Licking Valley 64-50 (Dec. 27). This week: At Thomas Worthington (Monday); Home vs. Watterson (Saturday). Previous ranking: No. Unranked

Others to watch: Beechcroft, Dublin Coffman, Upper Arlington