A ranking of teams that compete for South Jersey titles. Rankings selected by The Press’ high school sports staff based on observation, research and interviews with players and coaches. Local teams in bold.

1. Eastern    22-4

2. St. John Vianney    27-4

3. Toms River East    26-4

4. Kingsway Regional    27-4

5. New Egypt    27-3

6. Haddon Heights    25-6

7. Buena Regional    23-4

8. Sacred Heart    27-4

9. Camden Catholic    21-4

10. Gloucester County Institute of Technology    25-4

11. Gloucester Catholic    18-8

A look ahead

The Cape-Atlantic League loses a talented crop of seniors led by Player of the Year Brittany Scott and University of Maryland-bound Kelly Lupton of Absegami.

Look for Sacred Heart’s Rosie LaGrotta, Vineland’s Demi Murray and Atlantic City’s Maddie Taggart to continue to emerge as some of the area’s best arms.

Vineland and Hammonton return plenty of talent and will lead the list of contenders in the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference.

Buena Regional loses a strong group of seniors but will be among the contenders once again in the CAL National along with Sacred Heart, which returns most of its lineup from this season’s State Non-Public B championship team.

John O’Kane, Staff Writer

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