NEW FAB 50: Playoff Insanity Is Right here!


Three new groups crack the newest version of the FAB 50 Nationwide Group Rankings powered by, however the large information is earlier No. 13 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) happening in CIF Southern Part open pool play. Learn under to see the place Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) landed because it will get able to tackle No. 5 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) within the CIFSS open championship. Sierra Canyon will not be finished but, as just one staff that fell from the rankings is completed for the season. Within the subsequent couple of weeks, extra ranked groups will wrap up, though the brand new State Champions Invitational will prolong the season for 4 state champions.

By Ronnie Flores

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The storylines behind this week’s FAB 50 Nationwide Group Rankings powered by will not be whom misplaced, however whom can bounce again after a loss and keep away from getting upset on the flawed time. Just one ranked staff noticed its season come to an finish. That was earlier No. 45 Durango (Las Vegas) falling to No. 35 Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), 73-68, within the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation (NIAA) Class 5A Southern Semifinals. Durango was ranked forward of Georgia Excessive Faculty Affiliation (GHSA) Class AAAAAAA No. 1 Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.) within the rankings after handing the Falcons considered one of their two losses on the Tarkanian Basic in December. The Falcons have now finished sufficient to be ranked forward of Durango, which stays on the bubble due to its total resume.

As for Liberty, the Patriots fell to No. 11 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) within the Class 5A Southern remaining, 77-61. It was their third lack of the season to the Gaels, who upped their profitable streak to 42 video games with the win. After the NIAA didn’t have a 2020-21 season, Bishop Gorman will look to win its tenth consecutive state crown this weekend on the Lawlor Occasions Middle in Reno. Ought to Bishop Gorman defeat Spanish Springs (Sparks, Nev.) in Friday’s state semifinals and win the state title the next night, it will break the reported nationwide state title profitable streak document of 9 held by now defunct and four-time FAB 50 champion St. Anthony (Jersey Metropolis, N.J.) between 1983-1991.

By defeating Durango, Liberty assured itself a spot within the Class 5A semifinals, the place it should tackle Douglas (Minden, Nev.). What might make getting a fourth crack at Bishop Gorman a bit tougher is the absence of St. Mary’s-bound man Joshua Jefferson. After he fouled out within the closing seconds of the Southern championship, Gorman’s Darrion Williams was holding the ball in entrance of the Liberty bench to expire of the clock when Jefferson reached over from the bench to seize the ball. As a result of he was not on the court docket, he was injected and meaning he won’t be able to play within the state semifinals.

With final week’s announcement of the brand new State Champions Invitational, Gorman’s season probably gained’t be finished ought to it win the NIAA Class 5A title. 4 Nationwide Federation of State Excessive Faculty Associations (NFHS) sanctioned state champs from amongst Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Washington, D.C., shall be chosen to play within the inaugural occasion, April 7-9, in Florida. Ought to Gorman win a state title, will probably be one of the engaging groups to occasion organizers, as would No. 10 Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), offered that staff captures the Florida Excessive Faculty Affiliation (FHSA) Class 4A state crown.

Just like Liberty, California state energy Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) misplaced a playoff recreation, however will not be finished but, after falling to unranked Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.), 63-60, in final Friday’s CIF Southern Part open pool play recreation. Each groups entered the highly-anticipated recreation 2-0 in pool play with the winner advancing to face No. 5 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) in Friday’s CIFSS open title recreation. Sierra Canyon was seeking to advance to its fifth consecutive part open title recreation, however the Wolverines had different concepts and executed to close perfection to advance to their first part open championship recreation.

Junior ahead Brady Dunlap scored 10 of his 17 factors within the remaining interval and sophomore Trent Perry nailed two free throws within the remaining 10 seconds to seal the win, as a last-second 3-point try by the Trailblazers’ Dylan Metoyer was off. Penn-bound Cam Thrower scored a team-high 18 factors for Harvard-Westlake, whereas UCLA-bound Amari Bailey led Sierra Canyon with 21 factors.

From a rankings standpoint, Harvard-Westlake’s 68-43 victory in its second pool play recreation over Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) was simply as essential as a result of it avenged the Wolverines’ solely in-state loss. With the opposite loss coming in opposition to bubble membership Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), Harvard-Westlake jumps into the FAB 50 at No. 19. The Wolverines should be in entrance of Sierra Canyon, a membership that may’t drop too far due to its victory over No. 17 Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ailing.) and a break up with No. 20 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.).

Whatever the Centennial-Harvard-Westlake championship recreation final result, these two groups would be the prime two seeds within the upcoming SoCal open regional playoffs. Sierra Canyon can have a possibility to bounce again and will nonetheless win the CIF state open crown on March 12 on the Golden One Middle in Sacramento, but it surely must win a pair fo street video games to advance within the SoCal open regional. One of the best wager to characterize the Northern area within the first CIF State Championships for the reason that 2018-19 season is No. 43 Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.). The senior-oriented Cougars have solely misplaced to College Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 4A front-runner and No. 36 Oak Cliff Religion Household (Dallas, Texas). That membership has solely misplaced video games to groups FAB 50 ranked sooner or later, together with Gorman and Liberty.

Whereas Liberty and Sierra Canyon are nonetheless alive, we’re attending to the purpose within the season when some groups shall be in win-or-go-home brackets of their respective state tournaments.

Will the rankings maintain up?

As we see most weeks, it’s not straightforward to knock off a FAB 50 ranked membership, as nearly all of these groups and the bubble golf equipment win each week. It truly is a particular honor for any program to be ranked in any credible ballot.

Dropped Out: Earlier No. 34 St. Francis Prep (Recent Meadows, N.Y.), No. 45 Durango (Las Vegas, Nev.), No. 49 Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.).

Bubble Groups:  Auburn (Auburn, Wash.) 23-1; Beaumont United (Beaumont, Texas) 29-3; Beecher (Flint, Mich.) 16-1; Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) 20-2; Bristol Central (Bristol, Conn.) 21-0; Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 24-2; Carmel Christian (Matthews, N.C.) 24-3; Central Cabarrus (Harmony, N.C.) 26-0; Chesterton (Chesterton, Ind.) 22-0; Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) 25-0; Christian Brother’s (St. Louis, Mo.) 20-6; Cleveland (Clayton, N.C.) 26-1; Davis (Kaysville, Utah) 22-1; Del Metropolis (Cel Metropolis, Okla.) 19-3; DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 17-6; Durango (Las Vegas, Nev.) 20-6***; Fishers (Fishers, Ind.) 20-2; Gill St. Bernard’s (Gladstone, N.J.) 15-6; Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 16-7; John Marshall (Richmond, Va.) 16-4; King (Detroit, Mich.) 16-1; Kingfisher (Kingsfisher, Okla.) 22-1; Las Cruces (Las Cruces, N.M.) 26-0; Laurel Highlands (Uniontown, Pa.) 21-0; Liberty (Liberty, Mo.) 21-2; Lengthy Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.) 17-5; Magnolia (Magnolia, Ark.) 23-0; Memorial (Tulsa, Okla.) 21-1; Milton (Milton, Ga.) 20-7; Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Wash.) 22-0; Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 19-2; Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) 17-0; New Trier (Winnetka, Ailing.) 27-3; North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.) 23-4; Patriot (Nokesville, Va.) 22-0; Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.) 22-5; Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) 20-2; Quaker Valley (Leetsdale, Pa.) 20-0; Richmond (Rockingham, N.C.) 23-1; Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 17-3; Simeon (Chicago) 23-5; South St. Paul (South St. Paul, Minn.) 21-0; Sunnyslope (Pheonix, Ariz.) 25-2; Staley (Kansas Metropolis, Mo.) 22-3; St. Francis Prep (Recent Meadows, N.Y.) 19-3; St. Thomas Aquinas (Edison, N.J.) 24-1; St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) 18-3; Varina (Richmond, Va.) 19-1; Wasatch Academy (Mt. Nice, Utah) 14-10; West Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 19-3; Westlake (Austin, Texas) 33-1; Westminster (City and Nation, Mo.) 24-1; Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 23-4; Whitney Younger (Chicago, Ailing.) 20-9**; Williamston (Williamston, Mich.) 17-0; Wisconsin Lutheran (Milwaukee, Wis.) 21-2.

Notice: The FAB 50 powered by is a continuation of the Nationwide Sports activities Information Service scores that started in 1952. These had been the primary nationwide highschool rankings and the late Artwork Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They had been compiled for a few years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 22 years in the past.

Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of He may be reached at [email protected]. Don’t neglect to comply with him on Twitter: @RonMFlores







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