HS polls: Five Catholic teams are atop basketball, soccer lists
Mike Nelson Jan. 30, 2019
Several Catholic schools that have led their respective sports’ divisional rankings for several weeks are still on top in the CIF-Southern Section polls released Jan. 28.
That list includes St. Bonaventure (girls’ basketball), Providence/Burbank and Santa Clara (boys’ basketball), Loyola (boys’ soccer) and J.Serra (girls’ soccer).
The Seraphs of St. Bonaventure continue to lead Division 3A, while the Belles of St. Mary’s remain No. 2 in D-2AA, the next best ranking among local Catholic girls’ teams, with Santa Margarita entering the 2AA poll in 11th.
In D-1, Bishop Montgomery, Mater Dei and Rosary still occupy the 4-6-7 slots, followed by Serra in eighth
and Chaminade 11th, each up one from last week. Other polls:
- D-2AA: St. Paul eighth.
- D-4AA: Marymount sixth and Providence ninth.
- D-4A: St. Genevieve 13th.
- D-5AA: Immaculate Heart 14th and Mary Star 15th.
- D-5A: Bishop Conaty-Loretto seventh and Villanova ninth.
Providence (Division 4A) and Santa Clara (Division 5AA) each made it four weeks in a row leading their respective divisions in the CIF-SS boys’ basketball rankings.
In Division 1, Bishop Montgomery and Mater Dei are tied for fifth, St. John Bosco eighth, Damien ninth, Santa Margarita tenth, Loyola 11th and Crespi 16th. Elsewhere:
- D-2AA: Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks fifth, Chaminade 12th and Cathedral 16th.
- D-3AA: St. Francis fourth and Paraclete ninth.
- D-3A: Salesian sixth, Mary Star eighth and St. Bonaventure 15th.
Loyola, Cathedral and Servite are once again listed 1-2-4 in Division 1 of the Jan. 28 rankings, with Mater Dei now sixth.
Several Catholic schools made headway, with Damien now tenth in D-4, Santa Clara fifth in D-6, and Paraclete third and Bishop Diego eighth in D-7.
J.Serra remains first in Division 1, with Santa Margarita tenth. Bishop Amat was ninth in D-2, Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks tenth in D-3, La Salle fifth in D-4, St. Genevieve third in D-5, Pomona Catholic third in D-6, and St. Bonaventure eighth and Ramona Convent ninth in D-7.
Girls’ water polo
Villanova Prep is still second in Division 6 in the Jan. 28 poll. In the combined Divisions 1 & 2 poll, Mater Dei is eighth and Santa Margarita 11th, while in D-3 Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks is ninth.
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