With the regular season winding down, winter high school sports teams are currently in the process of making their final pushes towards winning league titles. Here's a look at how the races are shaping up as of this past Tuesday morning.

Boys' Basketball

The Oxford High basketball program has been one of the most successful in the state (AAA) for years now, and it appears that rumors of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Oxford is the two-time defending Southern Chester County League champions, and they went a combined 29-1 in the league during that span.

In 2004, Oxford was the District 1 Class AAA runner-up and they went on to advance all the way to the state quarterfinals. In the winter of 2005 last season, the Hornets won the district championship and then made it to the state semifinals before falling in overtime to eventual PIAA Class AAA state champion Steelton-Highspire.

With first team all-state guard Ryan Bogan lost to graduation, along with fellow backcourt mate Khris Boddy, not many people expected Oxford to be a power once again this season.

But that's exactly what they have been in 2005-06. Oxford is currently a perfect 9-0 in the league and ranked fifth in the state by the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Oxford is in command of the tough SCCL American Division at the moment. Second place Unionville (7-2) lost to Oxford on Jan. 14 and dropped another costly game in the standings over the weekend when it was stunned by Delco Christian (4-4).

The SCCL Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11 at a site and time to be determined.

If the season ended today, Oxford would meet the winner of the much weaker National Division, either Devon Prep (5-4) or Delco Christian, in the title game.

Unionville, who will be one of the top teams in the District 1 Class AAA field later this season along with Oxford, would need to win out in the SCCL and hope for some help in order to overtake Oxford in the American Division.

STANDINGS

American Division

Oxford 9-0

Unionville 7-2

Great Valley 5-4

Garnet Valley 4-5

Avon Grove 2-7

National Division

Devon Prep 5-4

Delco Christian 4-4

Kennett 2-7

Octorara 2-7

*American Division winner vs. National Division winner in SCCL Championship Game on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Girls' Basketball

Oxford High hasn't lost a game in the Southern Chester County League since the winter of 2003.

The two-time defending SCCL champs are well on their way to a three-peat. The Lady Hornets are a perfect 8-0 in the league this season, and a lock to reach the SCCL Championship Game on Friday, Feb. 10 at a site and time to be determined.

Oxford leads the National Division by a full-three games over second place Garnet Valley (5-3).

Oxford will play the winner of the American Division for the title, and that's where things get interesting.

Unionville (6-2) and Avon Grove (6-2) are currently locked up in a dogfight atop the American Division standings. The two were scheduled to meet on Jan. 24, with the winner of that game getting a big leg up. Unionville defeated Avon Grove back in December in their first meeting.

Last year, Unionville and Oxford met in the SCCL Championship Game with Oxford pulling out a hard-fought 49-43 victory.

STANDINGS

American Division

Unionville 6-2

Avon Grove 6-2

Kennett 4-4

Great Valley 2-6

National Division

Oxford 8-0

Garnet Valley 5-3

Delco Christian 1-7

Octorara 0-8

*American Division winner vs. National Division winner in SCCL Championship Game on Friday, Feb. 10.

Wrestling

If you don't like suspense, then the race for the 2005-06 Southern Chester County League wrestling title is for you.

Great Valley (4-0 league) will win the SCCL this season barring a colossal meltdown on their part.

The Patriots are by far and away the class of the league this winter.

With the SCCL championship trophy going to the team with the best regular season record, this thing has virtually been locked up by mid-January.

Great Valley has already easily dispatched of main challengers Garnet Valley (2-1) and defending champ Avon Grove (2-2). They have yet to face 2-1 Oxford, but Oxford is giving up an average of four forfeits a night due to low turnout.

STANDINGS

Great Valley 4-0

Garnet Valley 2-1

Oxford 2-1

Avon Grove 2-2

Unionville 1-2

Kennett 0-2

Octorara 0-3

*Top regular season record determines SCCL champion.

Boys' Swimming

Garnet Valley (4-0), Unionville (1-0-1) and Avon Grove (1-1-1) are currently involved in a heated battle for the Southern Chester County League title.

Garnet Valley has already defeated Avon Grove.

Meanwhile, Unionville and Avon Grove swam to a tie in December.

The winner of the Feb. 3 showdown between Garnet Valley and Unionville at the Kennett Area YMCA will go into the season ending SCCL Championship Meet on Feb. 17 at Lincoln University as the favorite.

Unionville is the two-time defending SCCL champions. Their last league loss came in the winter of 2003.

STANDINGS

Garnet Valley 4-0-0, 12 points

Unionville 1-0-1, 4 points

Avon Grove 1-1-1, 4 points

Great Valley 1-1-0, 3 points

Oxford 0-2-0, 0 points

Kennett 0-3-0, 0 points

*Points earned at SCCL Championship Meet on Friday, Feb. 17 added to regular season total to determine league champion.

Girls' Swimming

Villa Maria Academy is the clear cut favorite in the race for the Southern Chester County League title.

At this point, it doesn't look like anyone is going to knock off the Lady Hurricanes during the regular season.

If Villa Maria, who is 2-0 in the league, can indeed win its last four, their biggest remaining test is against Garnet Valley, then they'll come into the SCCL Championship Meet on Feb. 17 at Lincoln University sporting a perfect 6-0 record.

If that turns out to be the case, that would mean the only other possible team who would have a shot at winning or sharing the SCCL title would be defending league champion Kennett.

Kennett defeated Garnet Valley earlier this season.

The Lady Blue Demons, who already lost to Villa Maria by 30-plus points earlier this month, are currently 3-1 in the league. If Kennett wins out, however, in the SCCL against Oxford (Feb. 2) and Avon Grove (Feb. 10), they'll be heavy favorites against each, then they'd be 5-1 going into the SCCL Championship Meet and still alive in the hunt for the title.

That's because points earned in the team standings at the Championship Meet ultimately decide the league champ.

And Kennett knows better than anyone what can happen at the SCCL Championships. Last season, the Lady Demons came into the meet at Lincoln University sitting in third place in the SCCL standings. Kennett left the pool that day with its first-ever league title in school history.

STANDINGS

Kennett 3-1-0, 9 points

Garnet Valley 3-1-0, 9 points

Villa Maria 2-0-0, 6 points

Avon Grove 1-2-0, 3 points

Unionville 1-2-0, 3 points

Great Valley 0-2-0, 0 points

Oxford 0-2-0, 0 points

*Points earned at SCCL Championship Meet on Friday, Feb. 17 added to regular season total to determine league champion.

Ice Hockey

The race for the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League's Varsity A Division title could very well turn out to be the most exciting of any of the winter sports.

Perkiomen Valley (11-2), Kennett (10-2), Unionville (9-2) and Methacton (9-3-1) have currently distanced themselves as the top teams in the competitive 10-team division.

Following the completion of the regular season, the I.C.S.H.L.'s Varsity A Division title will be decided when the six-team league playoff tournament begins on Feb. 28 at IceLine.

The real battle right now is to finish either first or second in the regular season standings, which earns you a first round bye in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the No. 3 thru No. 6 seeds will meet in a win or go home round on Feb. 28.

The two teams who survive that round advance to join the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the final-four, which will be double-elimination.

Kennett is the defending Varsity A champions.

In action between the top-three teams so far this season: Unionville defeated Perkiomen Valley by a score of 3-0, and Kennett and Unionville have already split a pair of regular season meetings.

STANDINGS

Perkiomen Valley 11-2-0, 22 points

Kennett 10-2-0, 20 points

Methacton 9-3-1, 19 points

Unionville 9-2-0, 18 points

Shanahan II 7-5-2, 16 points

Malvern Prep II 4-5-2, 10 points

Sun Valley 3-8-1, 7 points

W.C. East II 2-9-2, 6 points

Great Valley 2-10-0, 4 points

Pius X 1-11-0, 2 points

*League playoff tournament with the top-six teams determines champion.

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