Loyola High School tops the Division 2 baseball poll in the latest weekly rankings issued by the CIF-Southern Section.

The Cubs (7-0 as of March 4) compete in the powerful Mission League along with Harvard-Westlake (7-1), ranked in the top 10 nationally by Maxpreps, and  Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks (6-1), ranked fifth in the CIF-SS D-1 poll.

Loyola plays Notre Dame in a three-game series March 20-22, and has a three-game set against Harvard-Westlake in mid-April, with Notre Dame and Harvard-Westlake tangling the following week to end the regular season.

Also mentioned in the top 10 of the March 4 polls are Mater Dei, ninth in D-1; Mary Star of the Sea, second in D-4; Salesian, fifth in D-5; and Villanova, ninth in D-7.

Catholic school rankings in other sports include the following:

  • Softball: Mary Star is second and St. Anthony eighth in D-4; Marymount is eighth and Santa Clara ninth in D-6.
  • Boys’ volleyball: J. Serra is No. 1 in D-3. The combined Divisions 1 & 2 poll (with teams separated at playoff time in late April) includes Loyola (fourth), Servite (13th), Mater Dei (14th) and Santa Margarita (17th), while St. Anthony is sixth in D-4.
  • Boys’ tennis: Crespi is seventh in D-3; Bishop Montgomery, second in D-4; and Bishop Amat, fifth in D-5.

No polls are issued for track and field, swimming and diving, and boys’ golf. Regular season play continues through late April, followed by playoff action which concludes by early June.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).

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