CIF-SS Divisional Team Rankings



Familar Powers Grace CIF-SS Divisional Team Rankings
By Rich Gonzalez
          (APRIL 16, 2013)
— CIF-Southern Section perennial powers Vista Murrieta and Loyola are favored to capture team titles at next month's Divisional Championship meet, but the iconic Long Beach Poly program might be left off the top step of the team podium for the first time in quite a while. Meanwhile, the juggernaut Mater Dei athletic program finds itself positioned to land a pair of CIF titles, but both bids could be classified as bordering on tenuous. In the "small schools" division, it looks like a scoring tally of at least 100 points will be needed to secure the crowns!
          Three-time defending CIF-SS Division I team champion Vista Murrieta is favored to four-peat for the boys crown, but Southwestern League rival Great Oak should loom as its chief threat. The favored Broncos hold a 74-62 scoring advantage in the latest projections by as of Tuesday. Those combatants should have plenty of opportunity to control their own fate as the two programs project to face each other head-on in 6 of the 16 events contested as the divisional finals. Vista Murrieta, always in the discussion as the most well-rounded program in the nation each spring, projects to score in 12 of the 16 events at CIF-SS Finals, regarded as the deepest sectional meet in the country. 
         Loyola, which has captured nine CIF-SS titles over the years, will be seeking its sixth straight crown and is heavily favored to accomplish the feat in Division 2 boys. The Cubs, who face mega-rival Norte Dame of Sherman Oaks (a Division 3 school) in a Mission League road matchup on Wednesday, are a massive 37-point favorite over #2-ranked Carter for the divisional crown.
         Mater Dei holds down the top spot in Division III boys, but the Monarchs are favored by a single point over defending section and state team champion Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, whioch boasts speedster Khalfani Muhammad, as well as Orange Lutheran. 
          On the girls side, five-time defending Division I team champion Long Beach Poly finds itself in unfamiliar circumstances as it enters the season's stretch drive being a two-point underdog to top-ranked Roosevelt of Eastvale, 62-60. The second-ranked Jackrabbits have finished either first or second in Division I in each of the last 13 seasons, including nine section titles. However, Poly is currently forecast to be completely shut out in the field events at the championships after faring quite well in the jumping events in recent years. Meanwhile, Roosevelt is well equipped to rack up big points in the hurdles, sprint relays and the long jump.
        In Division 2 girls action, Redondo Union is the solid early pick to capture its first team title in program history. The Sea Hawks project to score 57 points, with 53 of those coming in the track events. The division features plenty of firepower, however, as the top three teams all project to score more than 40 points.
       The Division 3 girls battle should feature plenty of fireworks and firepower as FOUR teams project to score at least 50 points at the championship meet! Mater Dei, fifuring to score in 10 of the 16 events — including multiple scorers in the low hurdles and the pole vault — is favored to outscore Mission League foes Alemany and Harvard-Westlake for the top spot. The top-ranked Monarchs will arrive into postseason with a chip on their shoulder after arriving as the top-ranked team at last year's meet, only to have its short relay team get disqualified and having a no-height in the pole vault.
       Serra, which narrowly lost the state boys team title last June, is the heavy favorite to claim the sectional title this spring, although speed-laden Oaks Christian, which also showcases highly versatile stud Zack Bornstein should nab a team plaque as well. On the girls side, St. Mary's Academy is forecast to score in every event but the distances, pole vault and throws in stockpiling a ton of points. They'll be necessary because Oaks Christian should flirt with scoring in the triple digits as well!
       The boys and girls divisional team rankings follow:

CIF-SS Divisional Team Rankings
By Rich Gonzalez, Editor 

1. Vista Murrieta (74)
2. Great Oak (62)
3. Roosevelt (47)
4. Long Beach Poly (37)
5. Los Osos (35)
6. Redlands (31)
7. Ventura (30)
8. Trabuco Hills (20)
9. Arcadia (19)
9. Mission Viejo (19)

1. Loyola (78)
2. Carter (41)
3. Westlake (40)
4. Culver City (29)
4. Newport Harbor (29)
6. Canyon/CC (27)
7. Redondo Union (24)
8. Arroyo Grande (23)
8. Camarillo (23)
10. Murrieta Valley (21)

1. Mater Dei (46)
2. Notre Dame (45)
2. Orange Lutheran (45)
4. Crespi (35)
5. Corona del Mar (33)
6. St. John Bosco (28)
7. Bishop Amat (25)
8. Chaminade (23)
9. Alemany (20)
9. Indio (20)

1. Serra (110)
2. Oaks Christian (81)
3. Maranatha (47)
4. St. Bonaventure (36)
5. La Salle (33)
6. St. Margaret's (24)
6. St. Joseph/S.M. (24)
8. Don Boasco (19)
9. Flintridge Prep (17)
10. Three tied at (14)

1. Roosevelt (62)
2. Long Beach Poly (60)
3. Great Oak (39)
4. Vista Murrieta (38)
4. Dana Hills (38)
6. La Quinta/LQ (36)
7. Etiwanda (27)
8. Ventura (26)
9. Simi Valley (23)
10. Long Beach Wilson (20) 

1. Redondo Union (57)
2. Murrieta Mesa (41)
2. Golden Valley (41)
4. Woodbridge (37)
5. Colony (35)
6. Dos Pueblos (31)
7. Arroyo Grande (26)
8. J.W. North (24)
9. Murrieta Valley (23)
10. Serrano (21)

1. Mater Dei (76)
2. Alemany (69)
3. Harvard-Westlake (58)
4. South Pasadena (57)
5. Bonita (45)
6. Notre Dame (43)
7. Monrovia (38)
8. Santa Margarita (36)
9. Yucca Valley (16)
10. JSerra (12)

1. St. Mary's Academy (124)
2. Oaks Christian (98)
3. Serra (52)
4. La Reina (22)
5. La Salle (21)
5. St. Joseph/S.M. (21)
7. Morro Bay (18)
7. Malibu (18)
9. Muir (16)
10. Crean Lutheran (15)
10. Louisville (15)


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