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Boys ESR Winter Top 50: Feb. 26

TOP STORY: Titles in the Central Coast, Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern sections will be determined this week, to go along with the Central and Northern Coast sections that were decided last week. After this week, all that remains in California will be the Southern Regional Championships.

BIG MOVER: Georgetown (Georgetown, Texas). Georgetown is riding a 17-match undefeated streak, and coupled with the playoff losses of several California programs, gets a chance to move up eight spots in this week’s rankings.

NEWCOMERS: No. 16 Hebron (Hebron, Texas), No. 30 Palisades (Los Angeles, Calif.), No. 34 Roosevelt (Fresno, Calif.), No. 36 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), No. 37 Selma (Selma, Calif.), No. 40 Century (Santa Ana, Calif.), No. 48 Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), No. 49 Sunlake (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) and No. 50 Valley View (Pharr, Texas).

NOTES: The winter season includes the following states: Arizona, California (winter), Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Rankings through matches played as of Feb. 24, 2013

Rk. School (City, State) Record Prev.
1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 23-0-1 1
Season complete. Berkeley Prep Holiday Invitational and Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament champions.
School Facts: Private, 1,000 students in grades PK-12.
Notes: Montverde Academy ran its undefeated streak to 76 matches with a third straight undefeated season. The Eagles defeated programs from four states, including Top 10-ranked Brophy Prep (Ariz.) and Coppell (Texas). Top junior prospect Diego Campos led the team with 24 goals and five assists. Saul Bonilla, Jahquan Smith Deshields, Simeon Wickli, Thales Moreno and Gerard Arguedas each scored 10 or more goals as the Eagles outscored their opponents 125-4. Montverde has six players committed to NCAA Division I programs: Quintonio Lema (UNC Greensboro), Andrew Hickey (Fordham), Mauriq Hill, Moreno and Alexandre Happi (Clemson) and Santiago Ortiz (Florida Gulf Coast).
Fun Fact: Montverde has the chance to become the first school to claim national No. 1 rankings in boys’ soccer and boys’ basketball in the season. While the school has become known as a soccer-basketball power, it also has produced two high-round Major League Baseball draft picks in the past three years, including first-rounder Francisco Lindor in 2011.
2 Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas) 13-0-3 2
Said Atolagbe and Andony Flores each had a goal and one assist in Eslik’s 4-1 win over Alief Taylor.
3 Alisal (Salinas, Calif.) 18-0-3 3
Daniel Figueroa, who had only two goals all season, scored twice to cap Alisal’s 4-1 playoff win over Palo Alto. Alisal moves into this week’s section semifinals.
4 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 28-2-1 5
Gage Zerboni had two goals and two assists while Bryce Zaminski added two scores as San Clemente routed Santa Barbara 7-2 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals.
5 Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 23-2-0 6
Season complete. Arizona Division I state champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,285 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Brophy Prep capped an undefeated run through Arizona with a 2-0 win over Desert Vista. Ryan Grotjohn and Riggs Lennon scored the goals. Lennon’s tally late in the match marked his 59th for the season and 148th in his career for the University of Virginia-bound forward. Brophy’s only losses were to top-ranked Montverde Academy (Fla.) in the MAST final and to San Clemente (Calif.) in the Arizona Showcase semifinals. At the MAST, Brophy defeated Boca Raton (Fla.), ending Boca’s stay at No. 1.
Fun Fact: Brophy College Prep and Marcos de Niza made headlines in 2010 when every member from the schools’ 1990 soccer teams, including all six players who eventually turned pro, returned for a rematch of the 1990 high school final, which ended in a scoreless tie. There was plenty of controversy in the 1990 final, which was considered the single greatest collection of soccer talent on a field at one time for an Arizona soccer match. The match included former U.S. National Team defender Greg Vanney and MLS keeper Scott Garlick. The contest was featured as a Gatorade Replay, a short-lived program where adults replayed a significant high school event years after the fact. Vanney, who had only retired from the pro game about 18 months before the replay, scored the first goal and assisted the second as Marcos de Niza won 2-0.
6 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 11-1-0 7
Mitchell Parnell scored three goals in Coppell’s 5-1 win over Denton Ryan in the team’s only outing last week.
7 El Rancho (Pico Rivera, Calif.) 23-2-1 8
Alex Roldan scored twice as El Rancho advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinals with a 5-0 win over La Sierra.
8 Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) 27-2-2 9
Timothy Mehl and Sean Pleskow scored to lead Loyola to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Los Alamitos in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals.
9 Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) 20-2-4 10
Season complete. Florida Class 5A champion.
School Facts: Public, 4,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Cypress Bay, which started the season at No. 2, finishes in the Top 10 for the third straight year following the program’s third straight state title. Daniel Gutierrez scored the lone goal in the team’s state final 1-0 win over West Orange. Cypress Bay, which finished No. 1 in the nation last year, becomes the first public school to ever win three straight state titles in Florida. Coach John Ramos, who previously guided American Heritage-Plantation to three titles, said he will step down as Cypress Bay’s coach following the historic three-title run. Cypress Bay lost nine players to US Soccer Development Academy commitments, yet the school of more than 4,000 students has plenty of talent from which to draw.
Fun Fact: Cypress Bay was opened in 2002. About five years ago, the school’s enrollment peaked at just over 5,500. As a result, new school boundaries were drawn to help reduce overcrowding and the net result was the school’s enrollment has now been capped around 4,500.
10 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 12-2-2 11
Marcus remained in second place in the district behind Coppell despite a 2-2 draw last week with rival Flower Mound.
11 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 16-1-7 15
Top-seeded Mitty’s road to a section title got a little easier as the No. 2 and 3 seeds were upset in the quarterfinal round last week.
12 Boca Raton (Boca Raton, Fla.) 24-3-0 13
Season complete. Florida Class 5A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 3,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Boca Raton, which spent time at No. 1 this season, lost to local rival Cypress Bay in the state semifinals 2-0. The team featured Wake Forest signee Hunter Bandy, FIU signee Nico Midttun and Central Florida signees Gio DiMauro and Matt Laux. Boca was 18-0 when Midttun left to start college in January. The team one its first match without him then lost twice in the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament, falling 2-0 to Brophy Prep (Ariz.) and then 1-0 to Coppell (Texas).
Fun Fact: Boca Raton started a Navy JROTC program in 1994 and it has become one of the most recognized in the nation. Known as the Bobcat Battalion, this group of about 250 cadets, have placed third or higher at every Navy Nationals event since 2006, with a national title in 2011.
13 West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.) 19-1-0 14
Season complete. Florida Class 5A state runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,400 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: West Orange’s bid to become the first undefeated, untied state champion from Orlando fell one match short as the team lost 1-0 to Cypress Bay. West Orange was predicted as a middle-of-the-pack team in the preseason. Now, with seven projected returning starters next season, West Orange will start the year among the state favorites.
Fun Fact: Actress and signer Cori Yarckin was born in Delaware but as a child actress relocated to Orlando and later graduated from West Orange.
14 Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.) 23-3-1 16
Carlsbad, the top seed, advanced to the section semifinals with a 2-1 win over Otay Ranch last week.
15 Georgetown (Georgetown, Texas) 16-1-3 23
Georgetown, riding an 17-match undefeated streak, makes an eight-spot jump this week. The team defeated Elgin 4-1 last week behind a pair of goals by Brian Jermain.
16 Hebron (Hebron) 8-1-2 NR
Hebron, whose only loss is to Coppell, leaps into the Top 25 after knocking off Lewisville 2-1 last week. Paul Luna and Armando Pelaez scored for Hebron.
17 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) 25-2-0 18
Season complete. Arizona Division II state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Gavino Carranza and Colin O’Brien scored the goals to give legendary coach Wolfgang Weber his sixth state title at the Tucson private school with a 2-0 victory over Apollo. Salpointe’s losses were 2-1 to top 10-ranked Brophy Prep and 1-0 to Catalina Foothills, which it defeated in two latter matches during the season.
Fun Fact: Salpointe Catholic graduate and former Major League Baseball pitcher Ed Vosberg is one of only two people to play in the Little League World Series, College World Series and Major League World Series. Vosberg, usually a first baseman, tossed a one-hitter to lead the Cactus Little League of Tucson into the 1973 LL World Series final, where it lost to Taiwan. In 1980, he played for NCAA champion Arizona and completed the trifecta when he was with the 1997 World Series-winning Florida Marlins.
18 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 12-1-3 24
Patrick Herzberger scored three goals last week as Kingwood won a pair of matches,
19 Lewisville (Lewisville, Texas) 10-2-2 12
Lewisville falls to fourth place in a loaded District 5-5A race that includes four teams in the Top 25 this week.
20 Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 21-4-6 22
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinalist.
School Facts: Public, 3,125 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Los Alamitos’ season ended with a 2-1 loss to Loyola in the section quarterfinals. Los Alamitos defeated Santa Margarita in the Round of 16. Los Alamos won the Sunset League title and had key non-league wins over JSerra and Animo Leadership.
Fun Fact: Among Los Alamitos’ lengthy list of standout athletes is two-time Olympian Cathy Rigby, who was a two-time U.S. National Gymnastics champion and the first American female to win a medal at the World Gymnastics Championships. Rigby’s appearance in the 1968 Olympics happened shortly before she started her sophomore year at Los Alamitos. Her first U.S. National championship came during her junior year in high school.
21 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 19-4-4 19
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 Round of 16.
School Facts: Private, 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Santa Margarita’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to Los Alamitos. Santa Margarita win the Trinity League, which put two league members in the section semifinals. The Eagles went 3-0 during a trip to face top teams in Hawaii. The squad went undefeated in the Trinity League, which included a pair of wins over JSerra.
Fun Fact: Two-time NFL Pro Bowl performer and former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer is a graduate of Santa Margarita.
22 Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 15-4-5 25
Bellarmine rode a pair of second-half goals to a 2-1 win over Sequoia in the CIF Central Coast Division I quarterfinals. Bellarmine would face Alisal for the section title if both teams win their semifinal matches.
23 Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.) 20-4-1 32
Kevin Jardines scored in overtime to carry Cathedral to a 2-1 win over Santa Paula and into this week’s CIF Southern Section Division 4 semifinals.
24 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) 18-4-3 37
Ether Bustos and Andres Mendoza netted the goals as JSerra defeated Palos Verdes 2-1 to move into this week’s CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.
25 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 18-3-6 27
Season complete. CIF North Coast Division I champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,050 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Nick Dildine’s overtime goal carried De La Salle to a 1-0 win over San Ramon Valley for its fifth straight section title. Keeper Andrew Konstantino recorded his 13th shutout of the season in the final. The Spartans ended the season on a 17-match undefeated run. Earlier in the season De La Salle tied Los Angeles Cathedral and lost a match to JSerra as the team took on squads outside of the North Coast Section.
Fun Fact: De La Salle is best known for its storied football program, which put together a national record-setting 151-game win streak from 1992 until 2004. Bob Ladouceur, the coach of the De La Salle dynasty, retired on Jan. 4, 2013, with a career record of 399-25-3, 17 California state championships and seven mythical national titles.
26 Buchholz (Gainesville, Fla.) 18-2-4 28
Season complete. Florida Class 5A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 3,230 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Buchholz’s bid for a state title came up short in a 2-1 loss to West Orange in the state semifinals. The team gave up two goals in the first 12 minutes, and played the last 70 minutes a man down, yet managed to keep the contest interesting. Eric West scored Buchholz’s only goal with 14 minutes left on a penalty kick. Buchholz holds the distinction of being the only team to tie top-ranked Montverde Academy this season.
Fun Fact: Kevin Bradshaw, who set an NCAA record with 72 points scored in a men’s college basketball game in 1991 while playing for U.S. International University, is a Buchholz graduate. The 6-foot-6 guard led the nation in scoring average at 37.6 points per game during his senior season, 1990-91. His record-setting performance came in a game that U.S. International lost to Loyola Marymount 186-150 that featured two of Division I’s most famous run-and-gun programs from the early 1990s.
27 Deer Park (Deer Park, Texas) 14-0-1 30
28 Langham Creek (Houston, Texas) 15-1-2 38
29 Clements (Fort Bend, Texas) 11-1-3 40
30 Palisades (Los Angeles, Calif.) 14-1-2 NR
31 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 11-2-2 21
32 Kalani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 15-1-1 39
Season complete. Hawaii Division I state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,150 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Tournament MVP Leo Klink scored both regulation goals and then added the decisive penalty kick to lift Kalani to its first state title, a 3-2 win over Punahou. After the match, Klink was taken to a nearby hospital to be with his mother, who, reportedly, sustain a stroke while watching the match.
Fun Fact: Roy Gerela, who was part of three Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers teams in the 1970s, is a graduate of Kalani. He played for the Steelers from 1971 through 1978 and remains No. 3 on the team’s all-time scoring list. He led the AFC in scoring in 1973 and 1974 and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He currently coaches high school football at Gadsden (Anthony, N.M.).
33 Golden Valley (Bakersfield, Calif.) 24-3-1 45
34 Roosevelt (Fresno, Calif.) 21-1-3 NR
35 Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) 26-3-0 46
Season complete. Florida Class 2A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,800 students in PK-grade 12.
Notes: Senior-loaded Bolles delivered another state title for longtime coach Jim Lieb with a 1-0 victory over Gulliver Prep. Suneel Mudaliar, one of 14 seniors on the team, scored the lone goal. During the regular season, Bolles defeated eventual 3A champ Ponte Vedra and lost to 5A state semifinalist Buchholz.
Fun Fact: While Bolles — a sports powerhouse — has produced no fewer than 10 Olympic swimmers, with five gold medalist, perhaps its best-known athlete is Major League Baseball standout Chipper Jones. He was the overall No. 1 pick in the 1990 draft, just weeks after finishing high school at Bolles. He spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, debuting in 1993 and playing his last game in 2012. He is projected as a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his time comes in five years.
36 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 14-8-7 NR
37 Selma (Selma, Calif.) 28-4-1 NR
38 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 25-2-1 4
39 Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes, Calif.) 22-3-3 17
40 Century (Santa Ana, Calif.) 15-3-3 NR
41 Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.) 19-4-7 43
42 Animo Leadership (Inglewood, Calif.) 22-2-1 44
43 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 23-3-4 47
44 Tampa Prep (Tampa, Fla.) 24-1-3 48
Season complete. Florida Class 1A state champion.
School Facts: Private, 625 students in grades 6-12.
Notes: Shaddy Douidar scored the lone goal to lead Tampa Prep to a 1-0 victory over Scheck Hillel in the state final. Tampa Prep has won back-to-back state titles and three in four years for the seniors, which include UNC-Wilmington signee Macsen Pritchard.
Fun Fact: Tampa Prep was opened in 1974 by citizens who wanted an independent, private secondary school. For nearly 20 years, the school was located on the University of Tampa campus.
45 Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 21-5-2 29
46 Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) 20-1-7 33
47 Brother Martin (New Orleans, La.) 21-3-0 49
48 Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) 24-3-4 NR
49 Sunlake (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) 30-1-0 NR
50 Valley View (Pharr, Texas) 15-1-0 NR
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