We’ll have an expanded final package out to 50 teams done on Wednesday (Gold Club), but begin by finalizing top 10. Toughest choice was how high to put CIFSS D1 semifinalist Rancho Cucamonga.
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(After games of Saturday, Dec. 17)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (1) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 13-2
The only losses for the Braves were to national No. 1 Bishop Gorman and to Mater Dei (later avenged). Too bad we don’t have a national final four for high school because they’d probably be in it.
2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 13-1
Bosco’s final 56-33 win over De La Salle ensures a solid final No. 2 state ranking for the Monarchs, who already have set up plans to play Bishop Gorman next season.
3. (3) Centennial (Corona) 11-2
Only losses for the Huskies were by one point to national No. 2 IMG Academy of Florida and by two points to Bosco. Just two plays away really of being perhaps No. 2 in the nation.
4. (4) De La Salle (Concord) 11-2
Considering that early in the season it looked like this might be the worst DLS team since the 1980s, the bounce-back effort was impressive.
5. (5) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 15-0
After going through all the scores, moving up the CIF D1-AA state champs ahead of DLS in the final rankings just couldn’t be done.
6. (6) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 14-2
The more one thought about that loss to Cathedral Catholic, the more improbable it seemed. It then became just too hard to drop the Rams after that game.
7. (7) Rancho Cucamonga 12-1
There’s no debate that the CIFSS D1 bracket was by far best section playoff in the state, but margin of defeat by Cougars to Mater Dei in semis and then MD losing by 14 to Bosco is enough to prevent them from being ahead of DLS, Cathedral Catholic or St. Mary’s.
8. (8) Mission Viejo 11-1
The way that DLS came back to have a shot at Bosco in the second half and the way that the Cathedral Catholic-St. Mary’s game unfolded also kept the Diablos at this spot in final order.
9. (9) Narbonne (Harbor City) 14-1
Only loss by Gauchos was to Cathedral Catholic in SoCal D1-AA title game.
10. (10) Freedom (Oakley) 11-2
Losses were to DLS in NCS Open Division final and also to St. Mary’s in NorCal D1-AA final.