Dominant victories last week kept Mater Dei and St. John Bosco among the elite the latest Division 1 CIF-Southern Section football rankings released Oct. 9.

Heading into this week’s head-to-head contest at El Camino College, the Monarchs (6-0 overall) and the Braves (5-1) are again ranked first and third (Centennial of Corona is second), with Trinity League rivals Orange Lutheran, J.Serra, Santa Margarita and Servite ranked 7-8-9-10, respectively. Mission League co-leader Chaminade, idle last week, remains fourth.

Nationally, Mater Dei is still No. 1 in MaxPreps’ “Xcellent 25” survey with St. John Bosco still fifth. In California, MaxPreps lists Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Chaminade at 1-3-4, with J.Serra ninth, Santa Margarita 11th, and Servite 15th.

In the CIF-SS Division 2 poll, Cathedral edged up into ninth while Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks hovered just below the top 10 after a loss to Bishop Amat. Unbeaten St. Francis again kept the fifth spot in Division 3, and Damien climbed one place to eighth in Division 4.

Paraclete and unbeaten Bishop Diego kept their first place slots in Divisions 5 and 6. St. Joseph/Santa Maria moved up to eighth in D-5; St. Paul fell from fifth to seventh in D-6; and St. Anthony is now eighth in D-9.

In the Eight-Man Division 1 rankings, unbeaten Villanova Prep remained third.

Girls’ Volleyball

The CIF-SS Division 1 rankings released Oct. 9 remained unchanged with respect to Catholic school representation, with Mater Dei first, Santa Margarita second, Marymount third and J.Serra ninth.

Alemany remains No. 1 in Division 4; St. Paul is the new No. 1 in Division 5, with La Reina moving up to second; and Bishop Amat remains atop the Division 6 rankings.

In Division 2, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) is still second and St. Joseph/Lakewood now tenth, while in D-3 La Salle is now second and Notre Dame Academy eighth. Providence of Burbank is still fifth in D-8, and Sacred Heart is fourth and Holy Family sixth in D-9.

Mater Dei (26-4 overall) also ranks No. 1 in California and remains No. 8 in the U.S. according to MaxPreps’ “Xcellent 25” survey. The statewide top 25 (as of Oct. 6) includes Santa Margarita (fourth), Marymount (seventh), J.Serra (18th) and Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks (22nd).

Other sports

Mayfield of Pasadena has assumed the No. 1 slot in the CIF-SS Division 4 Girls’ Cross Country poll, as compiled by, with Bishop Amat advancing from ninth to third, J.Serra seventh, and St. Lucy’s Priory tenth. In Division 5, Pomona Catholic is fourth, Sacred Heart sixth and St. Joseph/Santa Maria tenth.

In Boys’ Cross Country, Loyola is second in D-1, while St. John Bosco is fourth and Servite tenth in D-3. Cathedral is again tied for second in D-4, with J.Serra fourth, and St. Joseph (Santa Maria) is fifth in D-5.