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PaPreps Fine 15 | PaPreps.com | last sorted on 12/17/2012TweetFollow @achiappazzi
North Allegheny didn't run the table as the top team, as Central Dauphin was the pick to be a repeat champion. But the Tigers quickly emerged as one of the dominant teams in the state, and for the better part of the last couple of months, North Allegheny has been in place as the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania.
Saturday night, North Allegheny proved it deserved that ranking, and its 63-28 win over Coatesville also opened the door for national pundits to start discussing a Keystone State squad as one of the elite in the nation. North Allegheny not only finishes atop the PaPreps Fine 15, but they're in the Top 15 in the RivalsHigh 100.
District 7 came away with only one other title - a Class A win for Clairton - but the WPIAL finishes well-represented in the Fine 15, because they were the only representatives capable of slowing down North Allegheny or Cathedral Prep. Because of that, PaPreps chose to recognize Woodland Hills and Gateway for their close losses to North Allegheny, and West Allegheny for its close loss in the PIAA quarterfinals to Cathedral Prep.
The PCL is also well-represented, even though La Salle and St. Joseph's Prep didn't join Archbishop Wood in Hershey. In fact, because of heavy dominance in a couple districts, only five districts in the state have representations in the Fine 15: District 1, District 3, District 7, District 10, and District 12.
As is now customary, PaPreps also took the time to recognize the Class AA champs and Class A champs for their achievements in the bottom portion of the rankings.
PaPreps publisher Andrew Chiappazzi can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @achiappazzi