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Boys ESR Top 50: Nov. 20

TOP STORY: The Top 25 gets a shake-up this week as former No. 2 Brentwood and No. 13 Chaminade (Mo.) fall in state final matches.

BIG MOVER: Arlington (LaGrangeville, N.Y.). This long-time New York power jumped from No. 7 in the state rankings to No. 12 in this week’s ESR Top 50 following a 2-1 state final victory over previous No. 2 and undefeated Brentwood.

NEWCOMERS: No. 12 Arlington (LaGrangeville, N.Y.), No. 19 Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.), No. 41 Marriotts Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.), No. 42 Wilson (West Lawn, Pa.), No. 46 Woodburn (Woodburn, Ore.), No. 47 Delaware Valley (Milford, Pa.), No. 48 Jericho (Jericho, N.Y.), No. 49 Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) and No. 50 Thomas Wootton (Rockville, Md.).

NOTES: The fall season includes the following states: California (fall), Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Georgia (GISA-fall), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia (private), West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Rankings through matches played as of Nov. 18, 2012

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) 18-0-0 1
Season complete. New Jersey Prep A state champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 550 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Angel Josue Espana served up assists on the first two goals to lead St. Benedict’s to a 3-0 victory over Pennington School in the state final. The result completed St. Benedict’s second straight perfect season, extended the team’s national-leading win streak to 54 matches and marked the program’s 24th straight state title.
Fun Fact: Despite all of the international athletes who have come through St. Benedict’s soccer program, the three that played in the World Cup all represented the U.S.: Gregg Berhalter, Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna.
2 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 27-0-2 3
Season complete. Kentucky state champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 1,358 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Joey Stoltz delivered the match-winning goal midway through the second half to lead St. Xavier to a 1-0 state final win over Dunbar, marking the program’s second straight crown and 12th overall. St. Xavier ended the season with 11 straight victories. In Kentucky every school — regardless of size — plays for one state title and coach Andy Schulten has guided this powerhouse to eight state titles. The Tigers now own a 55-match undefeated streak, which ranks as the second-longest active run in the nation.
Fun Fact: Tom Cruise attended St. Xavier but transferred and finished high school in the Cincinnati area.
3 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 17-1-1 4
Season complete. Oregon Class 6A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Even after losing five potential starters to the Portland Timbers Development Academy, Jesuit proved to be the class of the west by rolling to the program’s 13th state title. In the final, Matt Nachreiner had a goal and one assist in the Crusaders’ surprisingly easy 3-0 win over formerly ranked Lincoln. Christo Michaelson and Henry Rocker added goals. Jesuit’s 16-match undefeated run that ended the season started with a 2-0 win over No. 4 Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.).
Fun Fact: Sports Illustrated named Jesuit the No. 1 high school athletic program in the nation in 2007.
4 Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 27-1-1 5
Season complete. CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 1,070 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jesuit’s state-record-setting 24th shutout came in a surprisingly easy 5-0 victory over Granite Bay in the section final. New Mexico commit Nike Hansen scored three goals, giving him 35 for the season. Evan Barrett and Kaba Alkebulan added goals as Jesuit won the section crown for the third time in four seasons and 10th time overall. Jesuit and Granite Bay tied during the regular season. Jesuit has wins over Marina Academy, Chaminade (Mo.), Pingry (N.J.) and Central Catholic (Ore.). It’s only setback was to Portland Jesuit (Ore.).
Fun Fact: Jesuit coach Paul Rose is the winningest soccer coach in California history with a career record of 682-96-100.
5 Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.) 25-0-0 6
Season complete. NCISAA Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,358 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Hudson Owens converted a penalty kick midway through the second half to lift Wesleyan Christian to a second straight state title with a 1-0 decision over Greensboro Day School. The victory marked the team’s third win this season over Top 50-ranked GDS and it completed a perfect season for coach Scott Rietnour and the Trojans. Brandt Bronico, Bruce Olivier, Bob Gigliotti and Wake Forest commit Craver Stamey were named to the NCISAA 3A all-state team.
Fun Fact: Hannah Kiefer, Miss Virginia 2007, is a Wesleyan Christian graduate.
6 Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) 21-1-0 7
After two weeks of inactivity, Delbarton shut out Paramus Catholic and Bergen Catholic to advance to this week’s North Jersey Non-Public A state final against DePaul Catholic.
7 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 18-1-1 8
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Gonzaga converted all five penalty kick chances to upset DeMatha (Md.) in the WCAC final pitting a pair of national powers. This year’s Gonzaga squad was led by Wake Forest commit Ian Harkes, son of former National Team player John Harkes, and Virginia commit Nicholas Corriveau. Gonzaga and DeMatha tied 1-1 during the regular season and again in the WCAC final before the match went to penalty kicks. The Eagles’ lone loss this year was to Delbarton (N.J.).
Fun Fact: Founded in 1821 as Washington Seminary, Gonzaga is the oldest educational institution in Washington, D.C. It’s proximity to the U.S. Capitol has led to a number of U.S. Presidents visiting campus for a variety of functions, including commencement speeches.
8 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 16-1-1 9
Season complete. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: DeMatha’s undefeated run ended at 62 matches with a shootout loss to Gonzaga (D.C.) in the WCAC final. Twice this year, DeMatha and Gonzaga played 1-1 matches, with the second one going to penalty kicks. The Stags assembled one of the nation’s best schedules and recorded wins over Top 25-ranked St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and Salesianum (Del.). DeMatha’s talented roster included Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland), Sean Cowdrey (Indiana) and Wesley Suggs (Virginia).
Fun Fact: Basketball coach Morgan Wootten helped usher DeMatha into national prominence, posting a career record of 1,271-192 while guiding the program from 1956 through 2002. The school has boasted nationally ranked high school programs in basketball, football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, track and wrestling and churned out more than 100 professional athletes.
9 Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) 20-1-0 11
Season complete. Public Schools Athletic League Class A champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: With its leading scorer on the bench due to injury and another top performer out because of a club commit, MLK was able to secure its 14th PSAL title in 18 years with a 2-0 win over upstart Aviation, which started the postseason as the No. 19 seed in the 32-team tournament. Sophomore Ibrahim Lakanobo scored right before halftime and Michael Henry tacked on a late insurance goal for the Knights.
Fun Fact: The original MLK was closed in 2005, and the current school is unlike any other in the rankings. Now known as the MLK Complex, MLK actually is a collection of six schools — each with a specialty — that share one five-story building in Manhattan. Each student wears a uniform that identifies which of the six schools he attends. Despite the division of schools, all of the students in the building share a library, the cafeteria and the sports program — the Knights.
10 Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.) 23-1-2 12
Season complete. Wisconsin Division I state champion.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 1,060 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jacob Grindel scored the game-winning goal in the second half as Marquette won its third straight state title with a 2-1 decision over Kettle Moraine. Marquette’s only loss this season was to St. Ignatius (Ohio). Marquette is 47-1-3 over the past two seasons.
Fun Fact: When the school opened in 1857, it was known as St. Aloysius Academy. It did not take on the name of Marquette until 1881, after the college was founded.
11 East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.) 22-1-4 14
Season complete. Michigan Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,900 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Emir Cengic scored his first goal of the season, which proved enough as East Kentwood defeated Grand Blanc 1-0 in the state final. East Kentwood has won four state titles since 2007.
Fun Fact: In addition to East Kentwood’s main campus for grades 10-12, an additional 700 students attend the East Kentwood Freshman Campus, giving the school an athletic pool of more than 2,600 students.
12 Arlington (La Grangeville, N.Y.) 21-1-0 NR
Season complete. New York Class AA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jeff Greblick and David Verdis scored first-half goals to carry Arlington to a 2-1 upset of Brentwood in the state final. The result marked Arlington’s fourth state title, first since 2006.
Fun Fact: Arlington High School has had a number of locations in and around Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in its nearly 100-year existence, but probably none more interesting than its next-to-last stop. Before the current campus was built in the 1960s, Arlington was located in a school building that was built as part of the Works Project Administration, which was part of the New Deal movement that helped bring the U.S. out of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
13 Brentwood (Brentwood, N.Y.) 22-1-0 2
Season complete. New York Class AA state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,550 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: After winning its first 22 matches to end up in the state final for the third time in the last five years, Brentwood was upset by Arlington 2-1. This year’s Brentwood team featured three players who have committed to NCAA Division I programs: Jeffrey Medina (Stony Brook), John Interiano (Albany) and Mario Ruiz (Hofstra).
Fun Fact: In addition to East Kentwood’s main campus for grades 10-12, an additional 700 students attend the East Kentwood Freshman Campus, giving the school an athletic pool of more than 2,600 students.
14 Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) 19-0-1 17
Gerety Taylor scored twice to lead Ramapo past Northern Highlands 3-1 and into this week’s North Jersey, Section I, Group 3 final.
15 Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.) 16-1-0 15
Salesianum’s 3-0 win over Caesar Rodney in the state semifinals sets up a rematch with Indian River in the state final, scheduled for Tuesday. Sallies handed Indian River its lone defeat this year.
16 Marin Academy (San Rafael, Calif.) 21-1-2 16
Season complete. CIF North Coast Section Division II champion.
School Facts: Private, 400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Dexter Eichhorst had a goal and one assist to help Marin Academy to a 2-0 win over Roseland University Prep in the section final. The victory marked the fifth title in seven seasons for Marin Academy, whose only defeat this year is to Sacramento Jesuit. Marin Academy team captain Peter Krebs is committed to Bucknell.
Fun Fact: Marin Academy is among the most prestigious private high schools in the Bay area, accepting only about 20 percent of applicants. Last year’s graduating class sent students to nearly every Ivy League school. The school is located at the facility of the former San Rafael Military Academy and tuition is about $35,000 a year.
17 Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) 22-1-0 19
Season complete. Ohio Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Evansville commit Jared Robinson factored in the first goal, which was credited as an own goal, then scored the second as Olentangy Liberty defeated Sylvania Southview 2-0 in the state final. Robinson also scored the game-winner in the state semifinals. For Liberty, it was sweet revenge after losing in last year’s state final to St. Ignatius. This season, Robinson and Taylor Scott, both members of Crew Soccer Academy, passed on the club fall season to play for Liberty and were rewarded with the program’s first state title.
Fun Fact: Olentangy Liberty’s state title would not have been possible had it not been for a public vote in May of 2011. A levy passed with 53 percent of the vote, increasing local taxes and generating enough funds to keep the athletic programs — among other activities — alive in the school district.
18 Pingry (Martinsville, N.J.) 14-1-5 20
Roberto De Almeida scored twice and Cameron Kirdzik and Christian Fechter added goals as Pingry rallied for a 4-2 win over Notre Dame in the South Jersey Non-Public A semifinals.
19 Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.) 26-5-1 NR
Season complete. Missouri Class 3 state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sophomore Jake Meyerkord and junior Max Keeley scored the goals as CBC stunned favored Chaminade 2-0 in the state final, marking the program’s eighth title — seventh under coach Terry Michler.
Fun Fact: CBC coach Terry Michler is the winningest coach in high school soccer history with a record of 871-219-98 in 42 years at CBC.
20 Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 25-3-2 13
Season complete. Missouri Class 3 state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 800 students in grades 6-12.
Notes: Several Academy players passed on the fall club season to represent Chaminade and it turned this usually strong program into a national power. The team’s stellar run, though, came to a close with a 2-0 loss to league rival Christian Brothers College in the state final. Chaminade also had a loss to Jesuit (Calif.).
Fun Fact: While Chaminade is primarily a school of St. Louis-area students, its potential for boarding students allows it to attract individuals from other states and, in some cases, other countries. Two of the school’s famous alumni are professional hockey-playing brothers Paul and Yan Stastny, the sons of former NHL standout Peter Stastny, who settled in the St. Louis after finishing his playing career with the St. Louis Blues.
21 Peoria Notre Dame (Peoria, Ill.) 22-2-2 21
Season complete. Illinois Division 2A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 815 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Grant Inskeep scored a pair of goals as Peoria Notre Dame handled Urbana 3-0 in the state final. The victory marked PND’s third state title in the last five seasons. Senior Drew Whalen finished the season with a team-high 35 goals and 24 assists.
Fun Fact: New York Yankees manager and former Major League catcher Joe Girardi is a graduate of Peoria Notre Dame.
22 Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) 24-2-0 24
Season complete. North Carolina Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,275 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Green Hope capped an amazing season with a pair of goals in the final 14 minutes for a 2-0 victory over Myers Park for the program’s second straight state title. Last year’s Green Hope team was ranked among the nation’s Top 10 programs then entire season en route to an undefeated showing. This year, Green Hope had to replace all 11 starters and last year’s coach, who retired following the state final victory. In the final, Josh Kennedy broke the scoreless tie for Green Hope and Zack Compton capitalized on a Myers Park miscue to net an insurance goal with less than two minutes remaining.
Fun Fact: Green Hope High School, which opened in 1999, is named as nod to the once-standing Green Hope School that used to serve the area. Green Hope School was burned to the ground in 1963 and never rebuilt. The fire officially was deemed “suspicious,” as arson was suspected but never confirmed.
23 Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.) 17-1-4 23
Season complete. Indiana Class 2A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,050 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Brad Shaw scored nine minutes into the match and held off Warsaw for a 1-0 victory in the state final. The result gave Columbus North its first state title and comes a year after the team was the state runner-up.
Fun Fact: NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart is a graduate of Columbus North.
24 Warren (Gurnee, Ill.) 21-5-3 25
Season complete. Illinois Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 4,444 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Nick Wegrzynowicz’s overtime goal lifted Warren to a 2-1 win over favored Naperville Central in the state final. Tony Severini scored the team’s other goal. Warren was led by Marquette commit Daniel Szczepanek, who finished with 25 assists.
Fun Fact: When Warren Township opened in 1915, it was home to able 100 students. Now, the school has two campuses and more than 4,400 students.
25 Naperville Central (Naperville, Ill.) 23-2-0 26
Season complete. Illinois Class 3A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,900 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: For the second straight year, Naperville Central finished as the state runner-up, losing in overtime. This time, Naperville Central suffered a 2-1 setback to Warren Township. Jack Patrick scored a goal in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Fun Fact: Naperville Central is home to “Butch,” and Egyptian mummy that is on display in a glass case on the second floor of the school. As the story goes, the mummy was donated to the school in the 1940s and ultimately ended up in an attic where it was found in 1975 by a teacher. After being restored, the mummy was put on display and was even featured in a TV series title Mummy Roadshow.
26 Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) 22-2-1 48
Season complete. Pennsylvania Class AAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,450 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Doug Hapeman scored the lone goal as Upper St. Clair defeated Wilson West Lawn 1-0 in the state final. Interestingly, the Panthers failed to win the league or section titles, but that mattered little as the team put together a four-match win streak starting with the state round of 16 and ending with the program’s third state title.
Fun Fact: Prior to the opening of Upper St. Clair in the late 1950s, local students would be able to attend ninth grade in the township, but needed to transfer to neighboring school districts — and pay tuition — in order to finish high school. Many students opted for nearby Mount Lebanon High School, but once that school became overcrowded it started to decline students who resided in Upper St. Clair, forcing the creation of the Upper St. Clair High School. The school opened in 1957 with a 10th grade and added a one year each year until it housed the entire local high school population.
27 Southview (Sylvania, Ohio) 17-4-2 27
Season complete. Ohio Division I state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,300 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Southview’s state title hopes ended with a 2-0 setback to Olentangy Liberty in the state final.
Fun Fact: Sylvania is a suburb of Toledo and is on the border with Michigan. Model and actress Katie Holmes lived in Sylvania, but did not attend either of the local high schools.
28 Aurora (Aurora, Ohio) 16-4-2 29
Season complete. Ohio Division I state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,050 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Aurora, after upsetting St. Edward, lost to Sylvania Southview in the state semifinals.
Fun Fact: Aurora was one of 258 schools nationwide awarded the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon in 2007.
29 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 15-2-4 30
Season complete. Ohio Division I region runner-up.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 830 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: St. Edward’s upset loss to Aurora toppled the Top 50 rankings as this team fell outside of the Top 25 and took St. Ignatius with them. St. Edward and St. Ignatius played to a tie in the regular season before St. Edward won the playoff rematch. The team’s other setback is to Martin Luther King (N.Y.).
Fun Fact: Former TV talk-show host Phil Donahue was part of the first graduating class from St. Edward in 1953.
30 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 15-1-3 31
Season complete. Ohio Division I district runner-up.
School Facts: Private, boys-only, 1,450 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: After tying St. Edward during the regular season, St. Ignatius and St. Edwards again played to a stalemate in the playoffs, but St. Edward advanced on penalty kicks. The result marked the only loss for St. Ignatius this season, which defeated Wisconsin Division I state champion Marquette.
Fun Fact: MLS players Barry Rice and Justin Morrow were high school teammates at St. Ignatius and led the program to a national title their senior season in 2005.
31 Needham (Needham, Mass.) 21-1-3 44
Season complete. Massachusetts Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,515 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Providence commit Mac Steeves scored with seven minutes remaining to lift Needham to a 1-0 victory over Amherst in the state final. For legendary coach Don Brock, this marked his fourth state title in 46 years as the only coach in Needham soccer history. In the state semifinals, Needham knocked off Top 50-ranked Somerville.
Fun Fact: Two-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Aly Raisman, currently 18, is a 2012 graduate of Needham. She attended the school through her junior year but in order to focus on the 2012 London Olympics, Raisman completed her senior year through online classes. Raisman won the Olympic floor exercise gold medal after helping the U.S. to a team title.
32 Norwalk (Norwalk, Conn.) 18-1-1 34
33 Brighton (Brighton, Mich.) 16-2-4 36
Season complete. Michigan Division 1 regional semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,395 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Jordan Messick scored Brighton’s lone goal, but the team lost to East Kentwood 2-1 in overtime in the regional semifinals. The match pitted the state’s top two-ranked programs in the state Round of 16.
Fun Fact: Drew Henson, who pulled a rare double playing in the NFL and Major League Baseball is a graduate of Brighton.
34 Bella Vista (Fair Oaks, Calif.) 20-0-2 38
Season complete. CIF Sac-Joaquin Division II champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Freshman keeper Drake Callendar delivered a pair of saves in the shootout that allowed Bella Vista to edge Turlock and capture a second straight section title.
Fun Fact: In 2000, Bella Vista students D.J. Countess and Steve Cronin were the U.S. Under-17 National Team’s starting and backup goalkeepers. Both went on two professional soccer careers in the MLS.
35 Somerville (Somerville, Mass.) 20-1-2 39
Season complete. Massachusetts Division I state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,315 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Led by standout Felix De Bona, Somerville rolled to a 22-match undefeated streak until losing to eventual champion Needham 2-1 in the state semifinals.
Fun Fact: Early baseball pioneer Pie Traynor is a graduate of Somerville, which opened in 1852. Traynor spent 17 years in the major leagues, all as a third basemen for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1948. He received the nickname “Pie” while he was attending Somerville. As legend has it, he would frequent a Somerville grocery store and ask for pie. An employee dubbed him “Pie Face,” which was later shortened to “Pie” by his classmates, a name that stuck with him the rest of his life.
36 St. Charles East (St. Charles, Ill.) 20-3-1 40
Season complete. Illinois Class 3A Super-Sectional runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,190 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: St. Charles East lost to Warren 2-1 in the Super-Sectional final, which serves as the state quarterfinals. Warren went on to win the state title.
Fun Fact: St. Charles East might have been the hardest-hit school during the Swine Flue outbreak in 2009. After homecoming weekend, nearly 1,000 students called in sick, forcing the school to close down for three days while the school was sanitized.
37 Sanderson (Raleigh, N.C.) 24-2-2 41
Season complete. North Carolina Class 4A state quarterfinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,950 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sanderson started the season with a 20-match undefeated streak. The team’s run in the playoffs ended with a 3-2 setback to defending state champion Green Hope.
Fun Fact: Sanderson is a major player in the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s Students Against Hunger Food Drive. Last year, the school collected more than 220,000 pounds of food for the food bank.
38 Loyola (Baltimore, Md.) 15-3-2 42
Season complete. Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sophomore Ryan Conrad scored both goals, one assisted by Louisville commit Jeremy DeGraffenreidt, as Loyola defeated Gilman 2-0 for the MIAA A Conference title. In addition to a strong MIAA league schedule that includes the likes of McDonogh, Archbishop Curley and Calvert Hall, Loyola played Haverford School (Pa.) and Gonzaga (D.C.) this season, beating Haverford and losing to Gonzaga.
Fun Fact: Loyola, which opened in 1852, is stacked with famous graduates, but two who come to mind are novelist Tom Clancy and famed sportscaster Jim McKay.
39 Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.) 17-3-1 43
Season complete. NCISAA 3A state runner-up.
School Facts: Private, 850 students in PS through grade 12.
Notes: Greensboro Day School lost to top 10-ranked Wesleyan Christian 1-0 in the state final. All three of Greensboro Day School’s losses were to Wesleyan Christian this season.
Fun Fact: Current North Carolina men’s soccer starting defender Jonathan Campbell is a GDS graduate.
40 Rockford (Rockford, Mich.) 17-3-4 45
Season complete. Michigan Division I district semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 in grades 9-12.
Notes: Rockford was the misfortune of playing the same district as eventual state champion East Kentwood. The teams tied during the regular season and East Kentwood won a second meeting. East Kentwood also won the playoff contest 2-1. The team was led by Michigan State commit Andrew Lewis.
Fun Fact: Rockford was home to the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship high school team in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
41 Marriotts Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.) 17-0-0 NR
Season complete. Maryland Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,310 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sam Willsey and Connor Delaney each scored twice as Marriotts Ridge handled previously undefeated Queen Anne’s 4-0 in the state final, marking Marriotts Ridge’s fourth straight state crown.
Fun Fact: Marriotts Ridge, located in a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., opened in 2005 and became the fourth school in Maryland history to string together four straight state titles, joining Pocomoke, River Hill and Wilde Lake. Interestingly, River Hill and Wilde Lake are league rivals to Marriotts Ridge.
42 Wilson (West Lawn, Pa.) 25-3-1 NR
Season complete. Pennsylvania Class AAA state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 1,450 students in grades 10-12.
Notes: Wilson, making its first state final appearance in 20 years, fell to Upper St. Clair 1-0 in the state’s large-school final.
Fun Fact: Kristy Kowal, a swimmer who won an Olympic silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2000 Olympics, currently is a third-grade teacher in the Wilson School District.
43 Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 18-2-1 46
Season complete. Kansas Class 5A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 750 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Bishop Miege built a 3-0 lead before settling for a 3-1 win over Liberal in the state final, marking the program’s first title in 12 years. Along the way to the title, Miege knocked out perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas, which had defeated 6A state champion Washburn Rural.
Fun Fact: Bishop Miege, established in 1958, was named after Bishop John Baptiste Miege, the first bishop in the Kansas territory.
44 La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) 17-4-0 49
Season complete. New Mexico Class AAAAA state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,250 students grades 9-12.
Notes: La Cueva edged district rival Eldorado 2-1 in the state final, the fourth meeting between this perennial state title challengers this season. Eldorado won the first two meetings and La Cueva won the last two. The Bears’ state final victory marked the program’s 12th state title.
Fun Fact: La Cueva has served as the high school to a number of nationally known actors, including Neil Patrick Harris and Freddie Prinze Jr.
45 Las Vegas Southeast Career Technical Academy (Las Vegas, Nev.) 23-0-0 50
Season complete. Nevada I-A champion.
School Facts: Public magnet, 1,850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Hugo Flores, Rafael Munoz and Julio Vargas scored the goals that carried SECTA, better known as Las Vegas Tech, to a 3-2 win over Sparks in the state final. Tech’s comparison scores with more impressive than Division I champion Bishop Gorman.
Fun Fact: Las Vegas Tech, opened in 1966, was the first magnet tech school in the area and its graduates receive a technical certificate as well as a high school diploma.
46 Woodburn (Woodburn, Ore.) 17-0-2 NR
Season complete. Oregon Class 5A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,285 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: This wasn’t supposed to be the year. Following back-to-back state titles, Woodburn graduated a stellar senior class in 2012, its coach resigned and the program lost its top projected player to the Portland Timbers Development Academy team. Despite that, Woodburn answered with another undefeated team and a state title. Michael Hobson and Luis Rangel scored in the team’s 2-1 state final win over Mountain View.
Fun Fact: With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Woodburn is broken into four smaller schools — International Studies (AIS), Arts, Science and Technology (WAAST), Arts and Communications (WACA), and Wellness, Business and Sports (WeBSS).
47 Delaware Valley (Milford, Pa.) 17-2-0 NR
Season complete. Pennsylvania Class AAA state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,860 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Delaware Valley was the surprise of the Class AAA tournament, reaching the semifinals before losing 1-0 to eventual champion Upper St. Clair. Delaware Valley was the state’s lone District 2 representative in the Class AAA state tournament, and that district has not fared well on the state level. Delaware Valley upended District 1 runner-up Central Bucks East in the first round and beat former Top 50-ranked Cumberland Valley in the quarterfinals. The team has few chances against Upper St. Clair, but kept the match close.
Fun Fact: Delaware Valley High School is divided into 9-10 and 11-12 schools, each with separate administrations and guidance counselors.
48 Jericho (Jericho, N.Y.) 20-1-1 NR
Season complete. New York Class A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Zach Cohen and Ajani Motta scored as Jericho defeated Port Chester 2-1 in the state final, marking Jericho’s second straight state title.
Fun Fact: Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who rose to fame on the HBO hit show The Sopranos, is a Jericho graduate.
49 Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) 18-2-1 NR
Season complete. Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 450 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Gavin McBride’s goal carried Haverford School to a 1-0 victory over The Hill School for the team’s second straight PAISAA title. McBride has committed to Princeton for lacrosse. Senior standout and Georgetown commit Brett Campbell ended his career with the Fords with 93 goals.
Fun Fact: Donald Grey Brownlow, who received a purple heart, the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre during World War II, taught history at Haverford School for 55 years. He died Jan. 11, 2006, after spending his final day teaching at Haverford School.
50 Thomas Wootton (Rockville, Md.) 17-1-1 NR
Season complete. Maryland Class 4A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Matt Hoy, who ended with a team-best 26 goals, had a goal and one assist in the state final as Wootton defeated former Top 50-ranked Severna Park 3-1 for the program’s first state title. Wootton even avenged its lone regular season loss during the region playoffs.
Fun Fact: Actor Thomas Jane, who played Mickey Mantle in the HBO hit movie 61*, is a graduate of Wootton.
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