The best teams seem to be settling in for the playoffs. Still running in the first five slots are Mission Viejo, Mater Dei, Pacifica, Archbishop Mitty and Yorba Linda. Just a slight bump for Santiago of Corona after win over Norco.
California of San Ramon surges up to No. 17 as state’s lone newcomer this week. Unbeaten Archbishop Mitty also gets a bump into the top five. The rest of the top group, however, is dominated by Orange County.
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.
It’s a tough call for Division III, but St. John Bosco has one win that can’t be overlooked. The only CIF state champion ending No. 1 in its division (due to Open Division teams being higher) is Horizon in D5. We have top teams to watch for next year in this post as well.
It’s not Aaron Gordon vs. Stanley Johnson, but assuming both have their moments it will be other players who likely will decide Mitty vs. Mater Dei showdown for first open division title. Pac Hills, Redondo are favored in D4 and D2, respectively.
There are two new No. 1 teams this week with Mater Dei of Santa Ana taking over in Division I and St. Augustine of San Diego in Division III. The highest rising newcomer is College Park of Pleasant Hill in D2.
We are leaving the open division teams in their original state divisions. This is the way it was done in football, but that only effected Division I and two teams. This will involve four of the five CIF divisions.
Long Beach Poly falls to Etiwanda on Tuesday to shake up pecking order but probably does nothing to change open division possibilities. We go through every division after Tuesday games and can offer more detailed explanations regarding open division.