(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. Bowman Academy (1) 3-0

Davon Dillard is back tonight, but do the Eagles really need him? Heading to Lake Central, this squad is thumping and dumping. Wins over Indy Tech and Chesterton impressive. L.C. will be more.

2. Lake Central (2) 3-0

The Indians looked as good as gold against West Side on Wednesday, winning by 42. Will need all that and more with Bowman driving down U.S. 41 tonight. Folks have been thinking about this one for awhile. It's here.

3. Bishop Noll (3) 2-0

For those who hated the Duneland Athletic Conference's double round- robin format, it's games like this that have since emerged. Merrillville comes to town tonight. The two haven't played since 2001. This one should be fun.

4. Munster (5) 3-0

The 'Stangs have walked easy through their first three. E.C. Central comes to town tonight. Munster is young. E.C. experienced. Munster has won eight straights against the Cards.

5. E.C. Central (6) 3-1

Save a four-point loss to Lawrence Central, the Cards are undefeated. That will be tested tonight inside The Fieldhouse. If any team needs to send a message it's E.C. Or else, history rolls on.

6. Merrillville (4) 1-1

Does T.J. Lux know what he has yet? Two games into this season and the Pirates have a 29-point loss at Homestead on the resume. And a three-point win over Highland. Neither are selling tickets. Tonight will.

7. Chesterton (7) 2-1

OK, so you lost by 22 points to Bowman Academy. Join the club. Props to Tom Peller for beefing up his schedule, worrying more about improvement than lock W's. Roosevelt and E.C. Central are up next. It'll help come February.

8. Crown Point (NR) 2-1

OK, let's not sell semistate tickets just yet. The Bulldogs battled Munster tough before falling and there is talent here. But a quality win has yet to be secured yet and won't until the Merrillville Holiday tourney.

9. Lowell (NR) 2-1

The Red Devils looked strong against Valpo on Tuesday. On a bad offensive night the squad played great defense and shut down a good-shooting team. Wilson-less West Side on Saturday. Time to shine.

10. Kouts (NR) 4-0

The Mustangs have four double-digit wins in as many games under new coach Matt Crawford. The trend should continue for the big dog on the Porter County Conference porch, at least for another week.

On the bubble: Griffith (2-1), Hammond (2-2), Lake Station (1-0), Lew Wallace (1-1), Marquette (3-2), Michigan City (2-1), 21st Century (0-1), Valparaiso (2-2), Wheeler (2-0), West Side (2-4).

Jim was keeping standings on his chalkboard from the time he could print and keeping kickball stats in grade school at St. Bridget's. He covers all manner of prep sports for The Times and is a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan.