California Upsets Mix Up High School Rankings
The Durango Fall Classic tournament in Las Vegas and the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona are similar to a series of storms coming ashore -- with wins and losses in the place of wind and rain -- creating disturbances and clarities in the national rankings.
This week was supposed to be the break between the storms with Durango finishing up last week and Nike TOC beginning on Friday in Phoenix. It wasn’t. Instead, there were a lot of upsets around the country, which resulted in 10 new teams cracking the Flo50.
California’s pecking order had to be re-evaluated not so much due to state No. 2 Santa Margarita topping state No. 1 Mater Dei in a match last Thursday, but more because of state No. 3 Redondo losing to state No. 6 Marymount, and then Marymount getting upset by Corona del Mar of Newport Beach on Tuesday. Talk about turbulence.
Previous Flo50 No. 3 Assumption also lost last week, but the Rockets only dropped two spots because their loss was to Sacred Heart -- a fellow Louisville team that Assumption has beaten twice already this season. Plus, the team could add a tournament title this weekend at the ASICS Challenge hosted by 2016 Flo50 national champion Mother McAuley in Illinois.
Unbeaten and No. 1 Walton of Marietta, Georgia, will be the team to watch in Arizona. If the Raiders add that prestigious title to their already-impressive resume, it’s doubtful they’d lose for the rest of the season and their No. 1 national ranking would remain.
Other Flo50-ranked teams from this week’s rankings that will be at the Nike TOC are No. 3 Corona del Sol (Tempe, AZ), No. 7 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, CA), No. 8 Oviedo (FL), No. 11 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA), No. 12 Baylor (Chattanooga, TN), No. 19 Xavier Prep (Phoenix, AZ), No. 22 Marymount (Los Angeles), No. 28 Leon (Tallahassee, FL), and No. 47 Pope John Paul II (Slidell, LA).
By Mark Tennis