The most unpredictable start to a season in the MaxPreps era continues to deliver surprising results to shake up the Top 25 national high school basketball rankings as we reach the midseason mark.
No. 15 Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.) had two impressive wins over the weekend, knocking off previous No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) 78-58 and Gopher State contender Park Center (Brooklyn Park) 89-68.
No. 18 Huntington Prep (Huntington, W. Va.) also shined as the Mountain State powerhouse notched a pair of wins over ranked opponents. The Irish knocked off previous No. 14 Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) 73-54 and No. 5 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) 62-54 at the Cancer Research Classic.
Other big games at the Cancer Research Classicincluded No. 4 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) defeating previous No. 3 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) 57-53, No. 5 Sunrise Christian Academy taking down previous No. 6 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) and No. 7 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) downing previous No. 20 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 71-60.
The game that made the most national headlines last week was a showdown between previous No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.). The Saints upset the Ascenders 33-22, outscoring the defending national champions 21-4 in the second half while holding IMG to an abysmal 1-of-18 from the field in the final two periods.
The upcoming week features a handful of big games, including No. 11 Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.) vs. No. 17 Sierra Canyon, No. 7 DeMatha taking on both No. 19 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) and No. 20 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) and No. 13 Paul VI vs. No. 20 Gonzaga among others.