We won't make any predictions here about whether the Northland boys basketball team will have another meltdown once it gets deep into the district tournament as it did a year ago, but there's no questioning that this program is in the midst of a spectacular run at the regular-season level.

For the second consecutive season, the Vikings were No. 1 in the first Super 7 poll and remained at the spot for the entire season. They've gone 59-1 over the last three years, with their only slip-up comingJan. 31 to state-ranked Canton Timken (67-61 in overtime).

Scioto was second at the beginning of the season and also stayed at the same position the entire year, pounding its way through an OCC-Cardinal that had four other teams close the regular season at .500 or better.

The OCC-Ohio showed how tough it was -- at least at the top -- by having Grove City and Newark earn the third and fourth spots. While the Wildcats were third in the first Super 7 this year after their state-title run last year, the Greyhounds emerged after being unranked to earn a share of the league title with Newark.

There seems little difference between the teams that finished 5-7, and because there were no matchups between DeSales, Coffman and Beechcroft, we gave the nod to the Stallions at No. 5 because of their difficult schedule. Not only did DeSales go 9-1 in the CCL with its only loss to Hartley, which is the No. 1 seed in Division III, but it traveled at least two hours for five of its games.

Coffman switched places this week with Beechcroft after the Cougars lost to one of the better teams in Cleveland last Saturday. Honestly, the biggestdifference between themis the rather cosmetic advantage the Shamrocks hold because of a better overall record.

We should know in a couple weeks whether we got it right or not: Coffman would play Beechcroft on March 7 in a district semifinal if both teams make it through this week.

Finally, we give props to the trio of Gahanna, Lakewood and Westerville South for solid regular seasons. Lakewood survived a strong MSL-Ohio to capture a title. Gahanna might have won some otherleagues in centralOhio but instead ended up third in the OCC-Ohio. South suffered two losses to Scioto and alsofell to Newark and OCC-Ohio fourth-place finisher Reynoldsburg to just miss the poll.

1. NORTHLAND (19-1 overall, 14-0 City-North) -- Last week:Def. Eastmoor Academy 62-56in City League championship game (Feb. 21).This week: At New Albany vs. Watkins Memorial in first round of the Division I tournament (Wednesday). Previous ranking: No. 1

2. DUBLIN SCIOTO (19-1, 14-0 OCC-Cardinal) -- Last week:Def. Brookhaven 56-40 (Feb. 18); def. Marysville 77-40 (Feb. 20).This week: At Worthington Christian vs. Briggsin first round of the Division I tournament (Wednesday). Previous ranking: No. 2

3. GROVE CITY (18-2,12-2 OCC-Ohio) -- Last week:Def. Pickerington North 78-66 (Feb. 20). Thisweek:At Olentangy Orange vs. Worthington Kilbourne in first round of the Division I tournament (Wednesday).Previous ranking: No. 3

4. NEWARK (17-3, 12-2 OCC-Ohio) -- Last week:Def. Lancaster 66-54 (Feb. 20). This week: At Worthington Christian vs. Marysville in first round of the Division I tournament (Tuesday). Previous ranking: No. 4

5. DeSALES (17-3, 9-1 CCL) -- Last week:Def. Watterson 60-49 (Feb. 20);def. Massillon Washington 82-58 (Feb. 21). This week:At Grove City vs. Amanda-Clearcreek or Whitehall in second roundof the Division II tournament(Saturday).Previous ranking: No. 5

6. DUBLIN COFFMAN (17-3, 13-1 OCC-Central) -- Last week:Def. Upper Arlington 61-42 (Feb. 20). This week: At New Albany vs. Pickerington North in first round of the Division I tournament (Tuesday).Previous ranking: No. 7

7. BEECHCROFT (16-4, 11-3 City-North) -- Last week: Lost to Cleveland Heights 85-64 (Feb. 21). This week: At Harvest Prep vs. Hilliard Darby or Logan in second round of the Division I tournament (Saturday). Previous ranking: No. 6

Others to watch:Gahanna, Lakewood and Westerville South