NEWS: In 2009, the spring boys high school No. 1 ranking came down to one game in South Carolina, a Class 4A state final pitting a pair of undefeated teams.
Could history repeat itself in 2017?
Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), no stranger to a SIMA FAB 50 No. 1 ranking yet never able to finish the deal, is back at No. 1 this week, swapping spots with Langley (Va.). River Bluff (Lexington, S.C.), the defending state champion and also undefeated, is lurking not far behind.
As for that 2009 clash, it featured No. 1 Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), led by superstar and future UNC Tar Heel Enzo Martinez, and No. 2 Irmo (Columbia, S.C.), coached by legendary Phil Savitz who now coaches River Bluff. Northwestern won the match 3-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 7,500. If Wando and River Bluff do meet this year, under the new Class AAAAA arrangement, it could happen prior to the state final, which could remove some of the drama that made the 2009 final so special.
Of course, there are plenty of matches between now and the playoffs to get to excited about a possible 1-2 showdown.
Besides, Langley and No. 3 Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) still stand in the way of a 1-2 clash, anyway.
BIG MOVERS: BOYS: Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.). Deep Run, the top-ranked team in the Richmond Post-Dispatch, vaults from No. 48 to No. 22 this week as a number of one-loss teams settle in behind this undefeated squad that just started regular season play. ... GIRLS: Rockwood Summit (Fenton, Mo.). Summit's shootout victory over former SIMA FAB 50 No. 2 St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis, Mo.) allowed Summit to jump from No. 28 to No. 16 this week.
NEWCOMERS: BOYS: No. 18 James Madison (Vienna, Va.), No. 25 Berea (Greenville, S.C.), No. 27 Eastside (Taylors, S.C.), No. 29 Clarkston (Ga.), No. 30 Bettendorf (Iowa), No. 36 Yorktown (Arlington, Va.), No. 42 Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa), No. 43 Academic Magnet (North Charleston, S.C.), No. 45 Cardinal Newman (Columbia, S.C.), No. 47 Broken Arrow (Okla.), No. 50 Fremont (Ogden, Utah). ... GIRLS: No. 29 Webster Groves (Mo.), No. 31 Fremd (Palatine, Ill.), No. 37 Eureka (Mo.), No. 39 Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, Mo.), No. 49 Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.) and No. 50 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.).
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NEWS: By the end of the week, the Texas 6A and 5A tournaments, each with 128 qualifiers, will be whittled down to the final 32.
In the state's tournament matrix, district champs do not start to go head-to-head until the Round of 32, that's if they can even survive through the early rounds. With out a doubt, the CIF-Southern Section Division I and UIL 6A and 5A playoff brackets are the most challenging -- and longest -- in the country. Even for highly ranked teams, the early round contests are a challenge.
BIG MOVERS: BOYS: [Jesuit College Prep tx-m] (Dallas, Texas) and Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) moved from the bottom of the SIMA FAB 50 into the No. 24 and 25 spots this week. The big moved was prompted by Jesuit's co-title with Coppell in district play and Southlake Carroll's big playoff win over McKinney Boyd. ... GIRLS: Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas). By virtue of still being undefeated this late in the Texas 6A season, Cinco Ranch inches higher from No. 15 to No. 12 this week.
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