Suddenly, intrigue has been added to both the boys and girls basketball landscapes in central Ohio.
The Pickerington North boys, who received the No. 1 seed for the Division I district tournament, lost to Reynoldsburg and Dublin Jerome in back-to-back games and have dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in our latest Super 7 rankings.
Upper Arlington and Hilliard Bradley have had close contests of late as well but take the top two spots, respectively, with 19-1 records.
The final boys Super 7 will be announced Feb. 21.
In the girls rankings, previous No. 1 Newark got drilled by Pickerington Central on Feb. 10, causing a shakeup at the top of that poll as well.
Dublin Coffman, which closed the regular season on a 17-game winning streak and along the way beat strong out-of-town programs such as Toledo Notre Dame Academy and Toledo Rogers as well as Westerville South and Eastmoor Academy, gets the nod at No. 1 in the final rankings.
Pickerington Central closes at No. 2, followed by Newark, Westerville South and Reynoldsburg.
A rough week by Africentric that included a tight win over Northland in the City League championship game has it ending at No. 6, but the Nubians remain a firm state-championship contender in Division III.
No. 7 Hartley is seeded eighth for the Division I district tournament and should be in the mix for a district title early next month.BOYS
1. Upper Arlington (19-1)
2. Hilliard Bradley (19-1)
3. Pickerington North (17-4)
4. Harvest Prep (20-0)
5. Beechcroft (19-1)
6. Westerville North (18-3)
7. Newark (18-3)GIRLS (FINAL POLL)
1. Dublin Coffman (21-1)
2. Pickerington Central (20-2)
3. Newark (21-1)
4. Westerville South (16-5)
5. Reynoldsburg (17-5)
6. Africentric (19-3)
7. Hartley (15-4)