For much of the season, St. Martin has been the unquestioned top team on the Coast. Through the early weeks of the season, the Yellow Jackets racked up No. 1 votes week after week.
That's no longer the case. After going 0-3 in Gulfport's Holiday Hardwood Classic last week, St. Martin (13-4) has slipped to the second spot in the latest Sun Herald Top 10 poll.
Host Gulfport jumps up one spot to No. 1 after turning in a strong performance at its tournament.
The Admirals have been getting it done by committee with a number of players stepping up when it's their turn. Last week, the Admirals (13-6) defeated Harrison Central and Pascagoula in overtime before falling to Metamora (Ill.) in the championship game.
"I like our team. We've got to do it on the defensive end. To score 77 points is a lot for us. If we can play in the 70s I think we have a chance to be pretty good," coach Owen Miller said after the HCHS win. "We have a couple seniors who have been in the program a long time like Tyrell McArthur, who is just a solid player, Raekwon Murphy, Carl Terrell and Alton Conerly. Those four guys have been in the program for a while and we need them to play up to their abilities to have a chance."
Newcomers to the boy's top 10 include Harrison Central (8-9) after a 2-2 week and Bay High (8-4), which is riding a three-game winning streak. The Red Rebels and Tigers are tied for eighth and No. 10 respectively.
In other movement: No. 3 Biloxi (10-5) jumped up two spots and is tied with Pascagoula (10-5); No. 5 D'Iberville slipped one spot; No. 6 Pass Christian (9-4) and No. 7 Hancock (10-5) remained the same. Vancleave (11-1) is tied with HCHS at No. 8.
The girls rankings remained mostly unchanged this week. No. 5 Gulfport (11-7) jumped up one spot after finishing runner-up in Hattiesburg's holiday tournament. No. 6 HCHS (8-6) which will look to snap its two-game skid Tuesday against Hancock, fell one spot. East Central's girls (9-6) have been one of the bright spots of the young season and check in this week at No. 10.
The rest of the rankings: No. 1 St. Martin (16-2), No. 2 West Harrison (11-1), No. 3 Ocean Springs (12-1), No. 4 Pascagoula (11-3), No. 7 Bay High (9-6), No. 8 Picayune (11-3) and No. 9 Pearl River Central (9-5).
Poplarville (9-6), Moss Point (4-8) and Biloxi's girls (6-8) all fell out of the rankings.