Monday, March 3, 2008
High School Top Twenty-Week 2
RT Staff Note: There were more than a few teams that suffered a loss or two. Therefore, we dropped a few out of our top twenty if they were in the bottom half of the poll. There are a few that had a loss that stayed in by virtue of a loss against a cross town rival or another very competitive team in the area.
1. LB Wilson-California - 1-0 (1)
So far, so good for LBW. It’s surprising in this warm weather climate of Long Beach that they only have 1 game under their belt, but according to their schedule, they have a few tournaments ahead.
2. American Heritage-Florida - 6-0 (2)
It’s a great start for this small Florida school with big name talent. In their 6 wins, they outscored their opponents 52-20.
3. St Johns-Washington DC - DNP (3)
4. Chapparel-Arizona - 4-0 (4)
They compete in a tough conference, but that doesn’t stop this team from also scheduling tough non-conference foes. They have fared very well early including a big 6-2 WIN over perennial power Horizon.
5. Owasso-Oklahoma - DNP (6)
6. Jupiter-Florida - 6-0 (15)
Big jump for Jupiter…all based on their record and what they did to their opponents. The big Jupiter bats dominated, outscoring opponents 48-6.
7. Aptos- California - 6-0 (11)
They are proving us right. Not many thought they should be ranked so high. We disagree. Included in their 6 wins were tough battles over Bellarmine and Gilroy.
8. Don Bosco-New Jersey – DNP (7)
9. Calvert Hall-Maryland – DNP (9)
10. Bishop Gorman- Nevada- DNP (10)
11. Grossmont-California 1-0 (NR)
They crack our top twenty due to more than a few losses last week. They have a D-1 star in Josh Simms, who will be attending University Of the Pacific. They also have contributors Bryan Haar and Levi Stevens.
12. CY-Fair-Texas - 6-1 (5)
They did rack up 6 wins, which is admirable in the tough and baseball rich Houston area. We dropped them down, but not out. Their loss was to College Park.
13.Vista Murrietta – Unknown (20)
They played, but there’s no record anywhere what the results were. By virtue of teams dropping out, we moved them up anyway.
14. Sarasota-Florida - 3-1 (13)
We said that this team would lose a few, due to their highly competitive schedule and we were right. We didn’t think it would be this early, but we didn’t move them much because this team is good.
15. Paul IV-Virgina – DNP (14)
16. James River-Virginia – DNP (16)
17. Pleasure Ridge Park-Kentucky- DNP (NR)
A newcomer to our poll…When you have a coach that has over 800 wins and did so in only 28 seasons…Let’s see that’s over 28 wins per season. They deserve to be here.
18. Centennial-California - 2-1 (17)
A loss to Bakersfield’s Liberty, 7-6, knocked this high flying team back down to earth, but they remain in our poll, just down a few notches.
19. Barbe-Louisiana - 8-1 (18)
They still won 8 games…not bad, so they too, remain in the Top Twenty. Their only loss was to Florida Christian in the Houston Invitational.
20. Chatsworth-California – 2-0 (NR)
Two good wins against Fillmore and Calabassas propels this perennial power into the top Twenty. This team just may move up and up as the season progresses.