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District champion Providence (Jacksonville) unanimous No. 1 heading into state playoffs

GAINESVILLE — The district tournaments are in the books for boys high school basketball.
And now as the state playoffs get underway, there are plenty of district champions and other teams who qualified for the playoffs that will start working towards their dream of a state title.
But one team has been at the top of The Prep Zone Power Poll all season and remains there again this week.
The Providence (Jacksonville) Stallions had no trouble winning the District 3-3A tournament, beating No. 15 Episcopal (Jacksonville) and Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville) by a combined 69 points.
The Stallions (25-2), who are ranked No. 1 in 3A by Max Preps and No. 5 overall in all classifications, received all nine first-place votes to remain on top of the all-classification regional rankings.
Providence opens up play in a Region 1-3A quarterfinal Thursday against Interlachen.
Oakleaf (Orange Park) remains 2nd.
The Knights (23-1) slipped by No. 11 Nease (Ponte Vedra), 38-32, in the District 2-6A semifinal, then beat No. 5 Ponte Vedra, 48-47, in a championship game thriller. Oakleaf has won 18 games in a row since their only loss in overtime on December 9 to Providence, and opens up in the 6A-Region 1 quarterfinal against Tate (Cantonment).
North Florida Educational Institute (Jacksonville) moves back up a spot to 3rd.
The Eagles (19-8) had no problem in the District 2-2A tournament, winning their three games by 55, 45, and 46 points respectively. NFEI blasted Harvest Community (Jacksonville), 84-38, in the title game, and will be at home to start the 2A playoffs against Redeemer Christian (Ocala), which defeated Oak Hall School (Gainesville), 68-58, to win the 2A-District 4 title.
Ribault (Jacksonville) moved up one spot to No. 4 after winning the District 3-4A tourney.
The Trojans (22-4) beat rival Raines (Jacksonville), 75-26, in the semifinals and then handled No. 13 Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville), 62-45, for the district title. Ribault hosts Godby (Tallahassee) in a Region 1-4A quarterfinal.
Ponte Vedra rounds out the top five.
The Sharks (19-6) dropped two spots from the previous poll after the tough one-point loss to Oakleaf in the tourney championship game. Despite being the number one seed in Region 1-6A, Ponte Vedra hits the road to Wiregrass Ranch (Wesley Chapel) for their opening round game.
Paxon (Jacksonville) leads off the second five.
The Golden Eagles (19-5) knocked off top-seed and No. 16 Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville), 57-39, to take the District 4-4A title. Paxon opens up play in a 4A region quarterfinal against South Walton (Santa Rosa Beach).
Gainesville is up one spot to 7th after taking the District 2-6A tournament.
The Hurricanes (21-6) defeated Leon (Tallahassee), 61-42, in the tourney semifinal and held off rival Buchholz (Gainesville), 59-55, for the district title. Gainesville is the No. 2 seed in Region 1-6A and hosts No. 7 seed Forest (Ocala) in a regional quarterfinal.
Mainland (Daytona Beach) is No. 8 after easily winning the District 4-5A tournament. The Bucs (21-5) host Rickards (Tallahassee) in a Region 1-5A quarterfinal.
Impact Christian Academy (Jacksonville) remained 9th as the Lions (18-8) romped over Christ’s Church (Jacksonville) and No. 18 St. Joseph Academy to win District 2-3A. Impact Christian, the No. 2 seed in Region 1-2A, is home on Thursday against No. 7 seed North Florida Christian (Tallahassee).
Columbia (Lake City) rounds out the top 10.
The Tigers (18-9) had no trouble in the District 2-5A tournament, beating Ridgeview (Orange Park) and Rickards by a combined 83 points. Columbia, the No. 3 seed in Region 1-5A, hosts No. 6 seed Pine Forest (Pensacola).
Santa Fe (Alachua) dropped one spot to 12th after the Raiders (20-6) saw their 18-game winning streak come to an end with a 71-69 loss to North Marion (Citra) in the District 5-4A championship game. They are the number one seed in Region 1-4A but they will travel to district champion Palm Bay (Melbourne) for the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
Williston moved into the rankings this week at No. 20.
The Red Devils (21-7) switched spots with Wildwood after knocking off the Wildcats, 70-60, to capture District 7-1A. Williston is the number two seed in Region 4-1A and hosts Chiefland in a region semifinal.
North Marion jumped into the rankings at No. 17.
The Colts (20-6) blasted Palatka in the District 5-4A semifinals before knocking off Santa Fe for the district title. North Marion has won 14 of its last 16 games, with their only losses coming to Forest and Hawthorne in that span. The Colts are the No. 3 seed in Region 2-4A and will host Umatilla in a regional quarterfinal.
Dropping out from the previous poll along with Wildwood is Orange Park.
The Raiders were tied for 13th in the previous rankings but did not qualify for the state playoffs after a 59-25 loss to Ponte Vedra in the District 3-6A semifinals.
This will the final rankings until after the FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland from March 1-4.
The Prep Zone Power Poll ranks the top 20 high school football, girls basketball, boys basketball, softball & baseball teams (regardless of FHSAA classification) across 26 counties in North Florida (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Sumter, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union & Volusia counties). It is voted on by sportswriters and sportscasters and it is powered by Anytime Fitness of Gainesville.

(School, followed by classification, first-place votes, current record through 2/13, and total voting points)
1. Providence (Jacksonville) (3A) (9) (25-2) – 180
2. Oakleaf (Orange Park) (6A) (23-1) – 168
3. North Florida Educational Institute (Jacksonville) (2A) (19-8) – 156
4. Ribault (Jacksonville) (4A) (22-4) – 149
5. Ponte Vedra (6A) (19-6) – 144
6. Paxon (Jacksonville) (4A) (19-5) – 130
7. Gainesville (6A) (21-6) – 125
8. Mainland (Daytona Beach) (5A) (21-5) – 122
9. Impact Christian Academy (Jacksonville) (2A) (18-8) – 112
10. Columbia (Lake City) (5A) (18-9) – 108
11. Nease (Ponte Vedra) (6A) (18-8) – 87
12. Santa Fe (Alachua) (4A) (20-6) – 86
13. Andrew Jackson (Jacksonville) (4A) (15-12) – 58
14. The Villages (4A) (19-8) – 57
15. Episcopal (Jacksonville) (3A) (21-6) – 55
16. Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) (4A) (19-8) – 43
17. North Marion (Citra) (4A) (20-6) – 28
18. St. Joseph Academy (St. Augustine) (2A) (20-6) – 23
19. Mount Dora Christian Academy (2A) (21-6) – 18
20. Williston (1A) (21-7) – 16
Also receiving votes: Wildwood (1A) (19-7) – 10; Lake Minneola (Minneola) (6A) (16-10) – 7; Orange Park (6A) (18-9) – 7; Forest (Ocala) (6A) (19-7) – 5; Hawthorne (1A) (9-6) – 5; Riverside (Jacksonville) (5A) (14-11) – 3; Central (Brooksville) (4A) (21-6) – 1; Lecanto (5A) (22-4) – 1.

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