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Boys ESR Winter Top 50: April 9

TOP STORY: Now the fun really starts in Texas. The UIL Class 5A playoffs, featuring nine teams in the ESR Top 50, is down to the final 32, and by week’s end only four teams will left. Some of the regional quarterfinal clashes of note include No. 16 Langham Creek vs. No. 49 Seven Lakes, No. 14 Deer Park vs. state-ranked Clements, No. 39 Hanna vs. state-ranked Juarez-Lincoln, Alief Elsik vs. Strake Jesuit and Dallas Jesuit vs. McKinney Boyd.

BIG MOVER: None.

NEWCOMERS: No. 50 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)

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

Rankings through matches played as of April 7, 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 seven players committed to NCAA Division I programs: Quintonio Lema (UNC Greensboro), Andrew Hickey (Fordham), Mauriq Hill, Moreno and Alexandre Happi (Clemson), Luka Vujanovic (Virginia Commonwealth) 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 Alisal (Salinas, Calif.) 19-0-4 2
Season complete. CIF Central Coast Section Division I champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,500 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Senior standout Lorenzo Vazquez scored the first goal and assisted the second as Alisal defeated Bellarmine 3-1 in the section final, running the team’s undefeated streak to 52 matches. It should be noted that the CIF CCS counts all penalty kick decisions as ties, so that 52-match undefeated streak does include a PK setback in 2011 and 2012. Alisal pinned the only defeat on top 10-ranked Archbishop Mitty, and beat a Bellarmine squad that won a showcase event in San Diego that featured top San Diego and Southern Section programs.
Fun Fact: Alisal had never won a section title in soccer until 2010, and now has two of the last four in a highly competitive section that had produced two high school winter boys soccer national champions in the early 2000s.
3 El Rancho (Pico Rivera, Calif.) 29-2-1 3
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I champion. CIF Southern Section Division 3 champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,240 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Maurico Lopez scored a stunning goal in the 11th minute and Jaime Moreno netted the first of his two goals about a minute later as El Rancho toppled San Clemente 3-0 in the Southern California Regional Division I final. Washington signee Cristian Roldan, who ended the season with 54 goals, assisted on the first two goals. El Rancho had wins over Top 50-ranked Animo Leadership, Loyola, Santa Barbara, Century, San Pasqual and San Clemente.
Fun Fact: When the school was formed in the 1952, it drew students from the communities of Pico and Rivera, before the municipal incorporation of Pico Rivera. Since it was unifying students from the “north” and “south,” the school took on the school colors of blue and gray, representing the Union and Confederate colors from the Civil War.
4 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) 32-3-1 4
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I runner-up. CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion.
School Facts: Public, 3,100 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Despite holding a significant advantage in possession and shots, San Clemente found itself on the short end of a 3-0 loss to El Rancho in the Southern California Regional final. The SCR is an eight-team invitational event that follows the section championships for top teams in Southern California. UCLA signee Gage Zerboni led San Clemente with 31 goals this season. The Tritons posted major wins over Brophy Prep (Ariz.), the Arizona state champion, along with Top 50-ranked Santa Barbara (twice), JSerra and Servite. San Clemente also had wins over former Top 50-ranked Golden Valley, Paramount, Leuzinger and La Costa Canyon.
Fun Fact: Volleyball standout Gabe Gardner is a San Clemente graduate. Gardner helped the U.S. win the Olympic Gold Medal in 2008.
5 Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 23-2-0 5
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 Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) 20-2-4 6
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.
7 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 20-2-2 7
Victor Villarreal scored both goals to lead Marcus to a 2-0 victory over Belton and into this week’s regional quarterfinals.
8 Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 18-2-0 8
Drake Lovelady scored twice as Coppell upended Waco Midway, which entered the match with a 19-1-4 record.
9 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 18-1-7 9
Season complete. CIF Central Coast Section Division II champion.
School Facts: Private, 1,700 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Tanner Haas and Connor Kurze scored the goals, lifting Mitty to a 2-0 win over Lincoln in the sectional final. Mitty ended the year on an 18-match undefeated streak, which included a 3-0 win over Bellarmine and two ties against the Bells — one of them ended up as a shootout victory for the league tournament title. Mitty’s lone loss was to top five-ranked Alisal.
Fun Fact: Mitty has had a storied athletic history, one that includes Brandi Chastian, who delivered the decisive penalty kick in the U.S. win over China in the 1990 Women’s World Cup. Kerri Walsh-Jennings, another international star from Mitty, was part of the duo that recently claimed a third straight Olympic gold medal for women’s beach volleyball.
10 Boca Raton (Boca Raton, Fla.) 24-3-0 10
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.
11 Georgetown (Georgetown, Texas) 23-1-4 11
Austin Stevens provided the lone goal as Georgetown edged Eastview 1-0.
12 West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.) 19-1-0 12
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 singer Cori Yarckin was born in Delaware but as a child actress relocated to Orlando and later graduated from West Orange.
13 Kingwood (Humble, Texas) 20-1-4 13
Joe Decker’s header with 15 minutes left carried Kingwood to a 1-0 victory over Round Rock McNeil.
14 Deer Park (Deer Park, Texas) 22-0-2 14
Julio Escobar-Medina and Grant Mobley each scored twice as Deer Park routed Brazoswood 6-1. Deer Park squares off with Langham Creek in one of an expected couple of matches featuring Top 25 teams going head to head.
15 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) 25-2-0 15
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 later 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.
16 Langham Creek (Houston, Texas) 22-1-2 16
Fernando Hernandez delivered the match-winning goal as Langham Creek ousted Houston Chavez 1-0. Langham Creek next faces Seven Lakes.
17 San Pasqual (San Pasqual, Calif.) 16-4-3 17
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division I quarterfinalist. CIF San Diego Section Division I champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,600 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: San Pasqual’s season ended with a 1-0 overtime loss to eventual regional champion El Rancho. San Pasqual, which had early losses to Carlsbad and La Costa Canyon, got hot late in the season and won the section final over Carlsbad to earn a SCR berth.
Fun Fact: The co-founder of MySpace, Tom Anderson, is a 1988 graduate of San Pasqual.
18 Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.) 24-4-1 18
Season complete. CIF San Diego Section Division I runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 3,350 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Carlsbad, the top seed, was upset in the section final, losing to San Pasqual in penalty kicks following a scoreless draw. During the regular season, Carlsbad split its meetings with San Diego Division II champion La Costa Canyon and handed San Clemente a defeat.
Fun Fact: In 2001, the band No Doubt played a surprise concert at Carlsbad for in inaugural episode of MTV’s “Jammed.”
19 Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 16-5-5 19
Season complete. CIF Central Coast Section Division I runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,650 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Matt DeQuiroz, the West Catholic Athletic League Defender of the Year, converted a second-half penalty kick to pull the team within 2-1, but the Bells ended up losing 3-1 to undefeated Alisal. The result ended Bellarmine’s 12-match undefeated streak. During the regular season, Bellarmine won the Nike Southern California High School Classic. At that event, Bellarmine defeated eventual CIF Division 2 champion Downey 4-1, CIF San Diego Division 2 champ La Costa Canyon 3-0 and CIF Division 4 semifinalist LA Cathedral 3-1. Bellarmine went 0-1-2 against Mitty while finishing second to Mitty in the regular season race and the league tournament.
Fun Fact: Three-time Olympic swimming goal medalist Pablo Morales is a 1983 graduate of Bellarmine. A year removed from high school, he won his first Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. After failing to make the Olympic team in 1988, he returned in 1992 and claimed two more gold medals in Barcelona. Morales held the 100-meter backstroke long course world record from 1986 until 1995. His image is still present at Bellarmine today, on posters that are present around the school.
20 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) 18-5-3 20
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division I semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,050 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: JSerra’s season ended with a 3-2 loss to San Clemente in the section semifinals. During the regular season, JSerra beat and tied league rival Servite, which ended up as the section runner-up. JSerra also had a win over North Coast Section champion De La Salle.
Fun Fact: JSerra has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 Catholic high schools for education by the Catholic High Scholl Honor Roll three times in the past seven years.
21 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 18-3-6 21
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.
22 Buchholz (Gainesville, Fla.) 18-2-4 22
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.
23 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 19-2-3 23
After playing to a 3-3 draw with Round Rock, The Woodlands advanced on penalty kicks.
24 Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) 26-3-0 24
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.
25 San Jacinto (San Jacinto, Calif.) 26-2-3 25
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II champion. CIF Southern Section Division 5 runner-up.
School Facts: Public, 2,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Less than a week after losing to Saddleback in the section final, San Jacinto avenged that defeat in the regional semifinals and did one better by beating Canoga Park 4-3 in the regional final. Goals by Giovanni Rizo and Ismael Morales gave San Jacinto a 4-2 lead and the team held on for the victory. In the semifinals, San Jacinto defeated Saddleback 1-0.
Fun Fact: What is now San Jacinto High School debuted in 1888 and held its first graduating class — of three students — in 1891. The school now routinely graduates 500-600 students a year.
26 Kalani (Honolulu, Hawaii) 15-1-1 26
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 sustained a stroke while watching the match and died a few days later.
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.).
27 Canoga Park (Los Angeles, Calif.) 16-11-3 27
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II runner-up. CIF-Los Angeles Division II champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,860 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Canoga Park’s season ended with a 4-3 loss to San Jacinto in the regional final. The Hunters upended Servite in the regional semifinals.
Fun Fact: Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey attended Canoga Park for two years. Following 11th grade, he transfered to Chatsworth in Los Angeles and finished out his high school career.
28 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 16-10-7 28
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II semifinalist. CIF Southern Section Division 1 runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-male, 985 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Despite a third-place finish in the highly competitive Trinity League, Servite made a dazzling postseason run that included wins over El Toro and Loyola. Servite’s season ended with a shootout loss to Canoga Park in the regional semifinals. Prior to the regional tournament, Servite advanced to the Southern Section Division 1 final before falling to San Clemente 1-0.
Fun Fact: Mike Witt, the only pitcher to throw a perfect game on the final day of a Major League Baseball season, is a Servite graduate. The 6-foot-7 pitcher accomplished the feat on Sept. 30, 1984, while pitching for the California Angels. The Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0 that day as Witt struck out 10 and needed only 94 pitches to record what was then only the 11th perfect game in MLB history.
29 Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) 27-3-2 29
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, all-male, 1,250 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Loyola was headed for a Top 10 national finish until it got sidetracked by Servite in the section semifinals. That 1-0 loss ended Loyola’s season and hopes for a bid to the Southern California Regional championships. During the season, Loyola had wins over Top 50-ranked teams Century, Saddleback, Palos Verdes, Crescenta Valley and Los Alamitos.
Fun Fact: Billy Gould, the bass player for Faith No More, is a Loyola graduate. Faith No More peaked in the 1990s with several Grammy Award and MTV Video Music Award nominations. Gould first started playing bass while at Loyola, where he and classmates Mike Bordin and Roddy Bottum eventually reconnected to form the band.
30 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) 25-2-1 30
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 Round of 16.
School Facts: Public, 2,900 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: El Toro’s season ended with a 2-1 loss to eventual section runner-up Servite. El Toro put together a 21-match undefeated run that ended with the Servite loss, which included a win over San Clemente.
Fun Fact: Mystery writer Elizabeth George, best known for her Inspector Lynley series, is an El Toro grad. George’s first novel, A Great Deliverance, won the Agatha Award for best first novel. She has added an Anthony Award in 1989 and was nominated for the Edgar Award for the same novel.
31 Century (Santa Ana, Calif.) 15-4-3 31
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,150 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Century gave eventual region champion El Rancho one of its toughest postseason matches, falling 3-2 in the Southern Section semifinals. During the season, Century had key wins over Godinez and Crescenta Valley. The team had losses to Loyola and Saddleback, which ultimately finished behind Godinez in league play.
Fun Fact: When Century opened in 1989, it took on the student-selected nickname Centurions since the school opened exactly 100 years after the founding of Santa Ana.
32 Godinez (Santa Ana, Calif.) 15-3-4 32
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 5 semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,650 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Godinez lost to eventual Southern California Regional Division II champion San Jacinto in the Southern Section Division 5 semifinals. The results prevented Godinez from earning an SCR bid despite winning the Orange Coast league title and twice beating Saddleback, which went on to claim the section title before falling in the SCR semifinals.
Fun Fact: Godinez is a “Fundamental School,” a push in education where parents are highly involved in the educational process, along with students and teachers. Although nearly 90 percent of the student population is identified as “socioeconomically disadvantaged” by state standards, the student body has outperformed the California Academic Performance Index state averages by a wide margin each of the past five years.
33 Saddleback (Santa Ana, Calif.) 19-5-4 33
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division II semifinalist. CIF Southern Section Division 5 champion.
School Facts: Public, 2,550 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: After finishing second to Godinez in league play, Saddleback ended up winning the sectional title over San Jacinto in a one-sided 4-1 contest. However, less than a week later, Saddleback lost to San Jacinto in the regional tournament. Senior Garry Carbajal was a first-team all-county performer by the Orange County Register, while Ivan Zamora received second-team honors.
Fun Fact: Illusionary dancer David Bernal is a Saddleback graduate. Bernal’s performance, often titled Kolla2001, was one of the first viral internet sensations, at one time was among the top 10 all-time viewed videos. His dance style has been featured in advertisements and in movies and TV shows. He was collaborating with Michael Jackson in London just prior to the pop star’s death in 2009.
34 Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 21-4-6 34
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.
35 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 19-4-4 35
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 won 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.
36 Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes, Calif.) 22-3-3 36
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,850 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Palos Verde’s season ended with a 2-1 loss to JSerra in the section quarterfinals. Palos Verdes’ key results this year included a win over Animo Leadership and a loss to Loyola.
Fun Fact: Palos Verdes High School existed from 1961 until 1991, then declining enrollment led to a merger with Peninsula. Once enrollment increased in the area, Palos Verdes was reopened in 2002.
37 Animo Leadership (Inglewood, Calif.) 27-2-1 37
Season complete. CIF Southern California Regional Division III champion. CIF Southern Section Division 6 champion.
School Facts: Public charter, 525 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Among the state’s small-school programs, none were better than Animo Leadership. The squad’s only losses were to El Rancho, the SCR Division I champion, and Palos Verdes. En route to the SCR title, Animo Leadership hammered previously undefeated Sun Valley 6-1 in the final. Juan Arellano and Jesus Gutierrez each scored twice. Arellano had a goal and one assist in the section final 3-1 win over Carter. Anthony Martin finished as the team’s leading scorer.
Fun Fact: After spending 10 years in a temporary facility, Animo Leadership found a permanent home recently, and the school has made the nation’s Top 100 high schools in the U.S. News & World Report three times.
38 Valley View (Pharr, Texas) 22-1-0 38
39 Hanna (Brownsville, Texas) 17-1-0 39
40 Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.) 19-4-7 40
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 3 Round of 16.
School Facts: Public, 3,000 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Crescenta Valley’s season ended with a 2-1 loss to Century in the section Round of 16. This team climbed high in the national rankings before a loss to Loyola. At one point, Crescenta Valley was 14-1-5 with only the setback to Loyola.
Fun Fact: A section of the high school was so damaged by the 1971 Sylmar earthquake that it was razed and rebuilt.
41 Jesuit (New Orleans, La.) 23-3-4 41
Season complete. Louisiana Division I champion.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,350 students in grades 8-12.
Notes: For the third straight season, Jesuit and St. Paul’s met for the Division I title and for the second straight year Jesuit emerged with a dramatic victory. Sebastian Pereira-Pinzon’s second overtime header lifted Jesuit to a 2-1 win. Last year, Jesuit scored twice in the final five minutes to stun St. Paul’s 3-2. During the regular-season, Jesuit lost twice to Brother Martin before beating their New Orleans rivals in the state semifinals. Jesuit also posted a 5-0-2 record against Mississippi programs, which included a win over Mississippi state champion and Madison Central.
Fun Fact: Hurricane Katrina in 2005 devastated New Orleans, including Jesuit High School. The first floor of the school was under five feet of water. When the school announced it would close indefinitely, many of its students scattered — about a third of them ending up at Strake Jesuit in Houston, Texas. Those students held class in the evening after the Strake students were finished for the day. On Jan. 23, 2006, the school reopened, welcoming back 1,285 of the 1,450 who were enrolled on the day of the flooding.
42 Tampa Prep (Tampa, Fla.) 24-1-3 42
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.
43 Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 21-5-2 43
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinalist.
School Facts: Public, 2,200 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Santa Barbara’s season ended with a one-sided loss to San Clemente in the section quarterfinals. It was the team’s second defeat at the hands of San Clemente during the season. Santa Barbara held the distinction of handing Top 50-ranked Riverside Poly its only defeat this season.
Fun Fact: Santa Barbara High School opened in 1875 and was the lone high school serving Santa Barbara until 1959. The school’s newspaper, The Forge, was launched in 1914 and is still in operation today, making it the second-longest active high school newspaper in California.
44 Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) 20-1-7 44
Season complete. CIF Southern Section Division 1 Round of 16.
School Facts: Public, 2,900 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Riverside Poly’s undefeated season was brought to a halt in a 1-0 season-ending setback to Santa Barbara. Poly was the only team to go undefeated in the Southern Section during the regular season.
Fun Fact: Poly took on the nickname Koala Bears in 1940, but somewhere along the way dropped the “Koala” part of the name and is today known only as the Bears — although Kris Koala remains the mascot.
45 Brother Martin (New Orleans, La.) 21-3-0 45
Season complete. Louisiana Division I state semifinalist.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 1,350 students in grades 7-12.
Notes: Brother Martin’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to eventual state champion New Orleans Jesuit in the state semifinals. During the regular season, Brother Martin went 2-1 against Jesuit and beat eventual state runner-up St. Paul’s 2-0 in their only meeting.
Fun Fact: The modern Brother Martin was founded in 1869 as St. Aloysius. It was renamed Cor Jesu in 1959 and took on the name Brother Martin in 1969. One of its most famous alumni is fitness guru Richard Simmons, who graduated while the school was known as Cor Jesu.
46 Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) 24-3-4 46
Season complete. Florida Class 3A state champion.
School Facts: Public, 1,450 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Michael Parado and Ben Fredericks scored the goals that carried Ponte Vedra to a 2-0 victory over American Heritage-Plantation in the state final. It marked the first state title for the school, which opened in 2008. During the season, Ponte Vedra had a loss to Bolles School, the eventual Class 2A state champion.
Fun Fact: Ponte Vedra has established itself as a state contender in both boys and girls soccer. The boys title gives the school three titles — joining the girls crowns from 2009 and 2012.
47 Sunlake (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) 30-1-0 47
Season complete. Florida Class 3A state semifinalist.
School Facts: Public, 1,650 students in grades 9-12.
Notes: Sunlake’s 30-match win streak was the longest this winter season, and ended in a 1-0 loss to Ponte Vedra in the state semifinals. Senior Connor Gilboy finished with 60 goals, one of the top individual performances this school year.
Fun Fact: Sunlake opened in 2007, but did not have a graduation class until 2009. That means the members of the school’s first graduating class are college seniors this school year.
48 St. Paul’s (Covington, La.) 27-3-1 48
Season complete. Louisiana Division I runner-up.
School Facts: Private, all-boys, 850 students in grades 8-12.
Notes: For the third straight year, St. Paul’s reached the state final, and for the second straight year finished as the state runner-up to Jesuit. Seniors Zach Richard and Daniel Garraway were named to the Division I coaches’ all-state first team.
Fun Fact: St. Paul’s opened in 1911 and was run by the Benedictines at the start, but a group of 19 exiled French Christian Brothers purchased the school from the Benedictines, and continued the work of education. Brother Charles Crouzel, the last of the original 19 Christian Brothers, lived on the campus until his death in 1985. A statue of Jesus in the Founders’ Circle is dedicated in his honor.
49 Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas) 20-1-4 49
50 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 20-4-4 NR
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