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Introducing Swish Appeal's "Prep Poll of Polls"

Below is the first installment of Swish Appeals Prep Poll of Polls along with links to the individual polls it was drawn from.

Crystal Dangerfield of Murfreesboro Blackman HS is one of the top high school point guards in America.
Crystal Dangerfield of Murfreesboro Blackman HS is one of the top high school point guards in America.
Photo by Kim Baumann, Rutherford County Public Schools.

Below is the first Swish Appeal Prep Poll of Polls.  An approach which has been used in football is the basis for what is done here.


The four national polls (links below) were reviewed and 25 points assigned to the team ranked first down to one point for a team ranked 25th.  Then the points were added up (maximum score 100) to create the ranking order.

In future weeks construction of these individual polls and items of interest about the teams will be brought to light.

Current state of affairs

Right now Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana, California, and Neumann-Goretti High School of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are locked in a dead heat for first place with 98 of the possible 100 points and both schools receiving two first place votes.  There appears to be a strong consensus through five and another cluster six through nine and a big drop off between nine and ten.

A little history

Last year Blackman High School of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, finished first in all four polls but in 2012-2013 Duncanville (Texas) High School and Riverdale High School of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, finished with first place honors in the separate polls.

Here are the links to the individual polls:

Swish Appeal Prep Poll of Polls (from polls released week of January 11, 2015)

1-2 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) 98 (2 first place votes)

1-2 Neumann-Goretti High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 98 (2 first place votes)

3 Blackman High School (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) 88

4 Bedford North Lawrence High School (Bedford, Indiana) 83

5 St. Mary's High School (Stockton, California) 82

6 Whitney Young High School (Chicago, Illinois) 69

7 Potter's House Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida) 67

8 Paul VI High School (Fairfax, Virginia) 63

9 Miami Country Day School (Miami, Florida) 61

10 Long Island Lutheran High School (Brookville, New York) 42

11-13 Elizabethtown High School (Elizabethtown, Kentucky) 39

11-13 Myers Park High School (Charlotte, North Carolina) 39

11-13 Poly (Long Beach, California) 39

14 Ridgeway High School (Memphis, Tennessee) 37

15-16 Cypress Woods High School (Cypress, Texas) 34

15-16 Lawrence North High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) 34

17 New Hope Christian Academy (Thomasville, North Carolina) 32

18 Marian High School (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) 31

19 Hopkins High School (Minnetonka, Minnesota) 28

20 Chaminade College Prep School (West Hills, California) 21

21 Eastview High School (Apple Valley, Minnesota) 20

22-23 Cardinal O'Hara High School (Springfield, Pennsylvania) 18

22-23 Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, Virginia) 18

24 Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Washington) 17

25 Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis, Indiana) 15

Teams with location are listed according to number of points garnered.  Where there are ties, teams are listed alphabetically.  Again for more details on each team, see the four polls individually.   Hopefully, our next update will be posted in about two weeks depending on the publication of the individual polls.