Week 8 high school action — the start of the playoffs in Class C and the final week of the regular season for the other four classifications — starts Friday.
Before that, The Daily Gazette is rolling out its final weekly look at the top teams in each Section II classification.
Rankings were voted on by a panel made up of Daily Gazette director of content Michael Kelly, deputy director of content Adam Shinder, staff writers Paul Wager and Will Springstead, and contributor Jim Schiltz.
No. 1 Christian Brothers Academy (8-0) has the top seed clinched heading into the final week of the regular season, and No. 2 Shenendehowa (6-1) also has a home playoff game virtually guaranteed. No. 3 Shaker (5-3) closes its regular season at home against Schenectady, No. 4 Saratoga Springs (4-4) will try and snap a three-game losing streak against Colonie and No. 5 Guilderland (4-3) heads to Shenendehowa trying to throw a wrench into the playoff picture.
This week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Shaker, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland
Last week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Shaker, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland
No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (6-1) and No. 2 Niskayuna (6-2) meet Friday in Burnt Hills in the biggest regular-season game of the week, with the winner taking home the Grasso Division title. No. 3 Averill Park (5-3) travels to Mohonasen, having already clinched first in the Capital Division. No. 4 La Salle Institute (5-3) can clinch a playoff spot with a win at Amsterdam, while No. 5 Ballston Spa (6-2) will finish on the outside of the postseason picture looking in.
This week: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna, Averill Park, La Salle, Ballston Spa, Amsterdam (also receiving votes)
Last week: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna, Averill Park (tie), Ballston Spa (tie), La Salle
No. 1 Glens Falls (7-0) has the top seed locked up and will look to wrap up an undefeated regular season at Scotia-Glenville. No. 2 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (6-2) and No. 3 Gloversville (5-2) are locked into a playoff rematch with each other next week, and No. 4 Lansingburgh (5-3) heads out of section to face Vestal before visiting Glens Falls in the semifinals next week. No. 5 Scotia-Glenville (5-3) can end its regular season on a positive note if the Tartans can knock off Glens Falls.
This week: Glens Falls, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Gloversville, Lansingburgh, Scotia-Glenville
Last week: Glens Falls, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Gloversville, Lansingburgh, Scotia-Glenville
No. 1 Fonda-Fultonville (8-0) has outscored its opponents 386-52 this season, and has won all of its games against Section II opponents by at least 36 points. No. 2 Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren (8-0) has the two largest single-game margins of victory in the area this season, 72-0 against Rensselaer, then 76-0 last week against Watervliet. No. 3 Stillwater (6-2) travels to Broadalbin-Perth for the opening round of the playoffs following last week’s win over No. 4 Schuylerville (6-2), which earned the second seed in the North Division by getting the best of a three-way tiebreaker with Stillwater and No. 5 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (6-2), which ended up fourth and will travel to Fonda-Fultonville
This week: Fonda-Fultonville, Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren, Stillwater, Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Cobleskill-Richmondville (ARV), Broadalbin-Perth (ARV)
Last week: Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren, Fonda-Fultonville, Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Stillwater
No. 1 Cambridge/Salem (8-0) hasn’t been scored on since its 47-12 Week 3 win over Canajoharie/Fort Plain. No. 2 Chatham (7-1) faces Granville/Whitehall in a playoff tuneup this week, while No. 3 Greenwich (5-3) visits Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley and No. 4 Canajoharie/Fort Plain (4-3) heads to Watervliet. No. 5 Voorheesville (4-4) hosts Taconic Hills after snapping a four-game losing streak last week against Helderberg Valley.
This week: Cambridge/Salem, Chatham, Greenwich, Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Voorheesville
Last week: Cambridge/Salem, Chatham, Greenwich, Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Voorheesville