Serra of Gardena led with three CIF state titles, but this time Mater Dei’s overall excellence beats the Cavaliers and every other school in California. It’s the Monarchs’ fourth State School of the Year honor.
Harvard-Westlake ends No. 4 with St. Francis at No. 7 in final FAB 50 national rankings. The original 50-deep team rankings for the 2013 season also includes Elk Grove, Clovis North, Rancho Bernardo, Mater Dei and many more. The FAB 50 will return every week next season.
Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove can’t get big hits with runners in scoring position against Monarchs’ pitcher Jacob Erickson. It’s the third major tourney title won so far, but the players know the only title that really matters comes at the end of the season.
Mater Dei heads to NHSI tourney in North Carolina with new No. 1 state ranking. St. Francis of Mountain View falls to fifth after hard-to-believe 10-9 loss to Serra of San Mateo. Highest rising newcomers are St. Augustine of San Diego (another CIF state hoops champ) and Agoura of Agoura Hills.