Sharks are behind only Red Mountain of Arizona in original 50-team deep final national rankings. Four other California teams are in the top 10 and there are 13 that made the cut above 50. FAB 50 national rankings will be back every week next season.
The last rankings of the 2013 season get our usual expanded treatment. James Logan and Vintage of Napa hold on to No. 2 and No. 3 despite No. 4 Norco having played a much tougher schedule.
Top coaches give us some final thoughts about the 2013 season and we offer our first thoughts about teams to watch for 2014....
Pacifica has its fate in its own hands with a chance to end the season where it began in the preseason – and that’s on top of the state rankings.
Six new teams are in after a wild and crazy couple of days (including Tuesday) sees previous No. 1 Mission Viejo, No. 3 Archbishop Mitty and No. 5 Great Oak of Temecula all get toppled in early-round section playoff upsets.
What to do with Carew tournament finalists Pacifica and Yorba Linda? We finally make the move of the duo to No. 9 and No. 10. Also going in as newcomers this week are Lakewood and Soquel.
No. 1 Amador Valley heads into Carew Classic with six shutouts in seven games. No. 5 Norco also is in that event. With Amador gone, Livermore Stampede will still go on with top field, led by No. 6 Mitty.
With huge tourneys right around the corner, there are few changes in this week’s rankings. Vintage of Napa stays among elite after winning eight games in four days. Preseason No. 1 Pacifica, meanwhile, falls out after Monday loss.
Amador Valley is a little light on offense, but doesn’t give up a run in winning the Queen of the Mountain tournament to remain the state’s top-ranked team. Highest-rising newcomers this week are California of San Ramon and Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga.
Due to section rules, some NorCal teams are just getting started while many top SoCal teams already have played in perhaps the strongest tournament in the nation. Highest-rising newcomers this week are Huntington Beach Marina and Riverside Poly.