STATE TOP 20 OVERALL
(All divisions; NorCal & SoCal combined)
1. (1) Lynwood 32-0
Going unbeaten and winning the Div. I state title is actually not that rare. In fact, if they beat Kennedy, the Knights would be the sixth team to do it in the last 10 years.
2. (2) Narbonne (Harbor City) 27-4
As bad as the Gauchos played against Lynwood (1-for-18 shooting in the first half), they still rank second, mainly for beating L.B. Poly so convincingly in Southern Regional semis.
3. (3) Poly (Long Beach) 33-2
With a boys-girls combo record of 63-6, Jackrabbits will have state's best mark in that category this season and best since Mater Dei went 64-3 in 1995.
4. (7) St. Mary's (Stockton) 32-3
Tough call for Rams ahead of Marin Catholic in NorCal since MC has head-to-head win. But St. Mary's beat a Pinewood team that beat MC and could win stronger Div. II state title.
5. (9) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 27-5
Knocking off the previous No. 4, Artesia, and going for a third straight Div. III state title meant a big jump for the Knights in this week's rankings.
6. (13) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 28-5
Not only did the Wildcats avenge their loss to Ursuline, but others they've beaten won on Saturday, too, like Kennedy in NorCal Div. I title game and Highlands Ranch in Colorado Class 5A final.
7. (4) Artesia (Lakewood) 26-6
Pioneers were hoping to make the state finals for the first time in program history. Boys won state crowns in 1990, 1992 and 1993 and lost in state finals in 1995.
8. (11) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 26-7
After harassing Ventura sharpshooter Jenni Dooley into a terrible game, the Sea Hawk defense did it again on Saturday to Troy's Alicia Komaki.
9. (5) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 28-3
A nine-minute scoreless drought doomed the Panthers in their loss to St. Mary's. It's the second straight year they've lost in the NorCal final.
10. (10) Ayala (Chino Hills) 26-5
It was another excellent season for well-known coach Mel Sims, who previously had top teams at Muir of Pasadena.
11. (12) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 26-5
No let up for the Torres last week and none foreseen in Div. V state final vs. Modesto Christian.
12. (6) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 32-2
Dropping six spots might be too harsh to the Bears, but the bulk of their schedule just wasn't as difficult as the ones played by the 11 now above them.
13. (14) Wilson (Long Beach) 26-6
No. 1 Lynwood's two closest playoff games so far have come against Long Beach Poly and Long Beach Wilson.
14. (15) Miramonte (Orinda) 29-3
Matadors are still going to have to dethrone Bishop Montgomery before they can make a significant jump upward in the state overall top 20.
15. (20) Kennedy (Sacramento) 31-4
At first glance, this seems way too low for a Div. I state finalist. But remember the Cougars have a 20-point loss on their resume to Div. IV state finalist Marin Catholic.
16. (nr) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 24-7
Vikings haven't really been challenged yet in the postseason, unlike in league which battle-tested them in games against Bishop Montgomery, Bishop Amat and St. Paul.
17. (17) San Clemente 27-4
Tritons were No. 5 two weeks ago until they embarked on that unfortunate road trip to Oceanside.
18. (8) Bishop's (La Jolla) 27-4
The Winn era is over at Bishop's as Mallorie is heading to Georgia Tech and Fentriss is looking for coaching opportunities at a higher level.
19. (18) Ventura 29-3
Cougars could shift upward slightly in the final rankings if Redondo beats St. Mary's in Div. II state final.
20. (nr) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 27-6
Winning the CCS Div. I final over Mitty has to put the Wildcats ahead of Mitty in the rankings even though Monarchs lost in such a close game to Kennedy.