Monday, April 15, 2024

NEW FAB 50: Gearing Up!

There are two newcomers to this week’s version of the FAB 50 Nationwide Crew Rankings powered by There may be additionally some motion, as groups that play in robust conferences get the good thing about the doubt whereas these that do not have to watch out about taking a loss on the flawed time. 

By Ronnie Flores

A lot of the nation’s finest groups are in league, convention or district play and most are profitable as they gear as much as earn favorable seeds within the post-season. That’s mirrored within the newest version of the FAB 50 Nationwide Crew Rankings powered by

There are solely two newcomers to the fold: No. 28 Westfield (Westfield, Ind.) and No. 50 Alta (Sandy, Utah). Westfield is now the No. 2 ranked staff in Indiana after earlier state No. 1 Fishers (Ind.) fell to always-tough Carmel (Ind.), 54-46, as junior guard Alex Couto netted 26 factors. Fishers at all times have hassle with Carmel on the highway, and the win is the twenty second in a row by the Greyhounds at residence. Fishers is now No. 3 within the state and falls 40 factors within the FAB 50 to No. 48.

The best ranked staff that fell out after a loss final week was earlier No. 22 Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.), which fell to always-tough Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), 80-69, in a Lake Convention match-up of conventional state powers. Junior Anthony Smith III led the way in which for Hopkins with 22 factors, together with 4 3-pointers, whereas sophomore Jayden Moore added 12 factors, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals.

Breaking in for Wayzata is Alta (Sandy, Utah), Utah’s top-ranked staff and the favourite to seize the Class 5A state title. The Hawks have achieved sufficient to beat their 81-69 loss to unranked St. Pius X-Matthias (Downey, Calif.) within the quarterfinals of the Tarkanian Traditional in December, an occasion wherein that membership finally received the championship.

It might bode properly for Alta if St. Pius X have been to be chosen to play within the upcoming CIF Southern Part open division playoffs, the place the Warriors are one among roughly 10 groups being thought-about to play in one of many two swimming pools of 4 groups every, with the winner of every pool assembly within the CIF Southern Part championship sport. That is the place enjoying in a powerful league or convention comes into play within the FAB 50 method. For the primary time in over 40 years of weekly state rankings, the highest three groups by Cal-Hello Sports activities are from the identical league: the Mission League within the San Fernando Valley. This week, No. 15 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), No. 20 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and No. 22 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) will all be competing within the Mission League Event. One of many groups goes to win the tourney on February 2 and earn a high two seed within the CIFSS open playoffs. Both Notre Dame or Harvard-Westlake goes to lose within the semifinals and that staff will likely be dropping down within the rankings. That drop, nevertheless, won’t be occurring till subsequent week as these groups get rewarded for enjoying in robust conferences for now. As an illustration, Notre Dame misplaced to Sierra Canyon final week and dropped one other showcase sport to Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) on the Nike Extravaganza, however solely drops one spot within the state rankings and 9 within the FAB 50.

The Trinity League, which is made up of parochial colleges primarily in Orange County, may even have three groups within the CIFSS open playoffs. No. 25 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) now has a cut up with unranked JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) after the Monarch misplaced the return match final week, 68-62, although JSerra coach Keith Wilkinson was nonetheless serving a six-game suspension for tossing his footwear in protest of the officiating within the first spherical of league play. JSerra has misplaced twice to No. 33 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), but in addition owns a double time beyond regulation win over No. 26 Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.). The most effective situation for St. Pius X will likely be to win its Del Rey League title with an unbeaten slate, have unranked Centennial (Corona, Calif.) beat Roosevelt for the second time this week within the Huge VIII League title sport and for JSerra to lose to a unranked staff within the Trinity League.

The robust league slates will undoubtedly change the FAB 50 subsequent week, because the Mission League groups won’t be 1-2-3 in California. Already we all know some outcomes from Monday that can even have an effect on subsequent week’s FAB 50. In a Border Battle, bubble membership Bartlett (Bartlett, Tenn.) downed No. 18 Huntsville (Huntsville, Ala.), 58-53. Coming into the sport, Huntsville had solely misplaced to No. 1 Montverde Academy, which captured its personal Montverde Academy Invitational Event (MAIT) with a 78-72 victory over No. 3 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.). It was the Eagles’ second win of the season over The Crew. In different Monday motion, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) downed No. 30 Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) in a contest that was a make-up sport from the Capitol Hoops Problem on January 20 that counts in the direction of the Washington Catholic Athletic Convention (WCAC) standings.

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Up to date FAB 50 Nationwide Crew Rankings
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(sixth ballot of 2023-24 common season; By means of video games performed on Sunday, January 28; *Signifies forfeit wins, forfeit losses not included; **Signifies forfeits and defaults not included)

No. Prev. Excessive College (Metropolis) File
1 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 22-0
2 2 Columbus (Miami, Fla.) 19-4
3 3 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) 23-4
4 4 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) 18-2
5 5 Hyperlink Academy (Branson, Mo.) 17-4
6 6 Lengthy Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.) 12-3
7 7 Plano East (Plano, Texas) 28-0
8 10 Stony Level (Spherical Rock, Texas) 27-1
9 9 Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) 17-0
10 13 Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 17-2
11 12 Patrick College (Elizabeth, N.J.) 23-0
12 14 St. Rose (Belmar, N.J.) 18-1
13 19 Central Cabarrus (Harmony, N.C.) 19-0
14 15 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 18-5
15 18 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) 24-1
16 16 Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) 14-3
17 17 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 16-3
18 25 Huntsville (Huntsville (Ala.) 26-1
19 26 Mix Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.) 19-2
20 11 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) 24-2
21 21 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 18-3
22 23 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 23-3
23 33 Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 17-1
24 27 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 17-5
25 20 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 24-2
26 28 Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) 25-2
27 48 Wisconsin Lutheran (Milwaukee, Wis.) 16-0
28 NR Westfield (Westfield, Ind.) 14-1
29 50 De Pere (De Pere, Wis.) 15-1
30 29 Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) 15-4
31 30 Nice Crossing (Georgetown, Ky.) 22-1
32 31 Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) 21-3
33 32 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 22-4
34 34 Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) 23-1
35 35 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 12-2
36 36 North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.) 15-3
37 37 Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.) 19-1
38 38 Millennium (Goodyear, Ariz.) 17-4
39 39 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) 19-2
40 40 Kell (Marietta, Ga.) 18-3
41 41 Jackson-Reed (Washington, D.C.) 23-2
42 42 Bullis (Potomac, Md.) 17-2
43 43 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Nice, Utah) 12-3
44 44 La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) 14-3
45 45 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 11-7
46 46 Sidwell Pals (Washington, D.C.) 15-4
47 24 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) 16-1
48 8 Fishers (Fishers, Ind.) 16-1
49 49 Homewood Flossmor (Flossmor, Ailing.) 21-2
50 NR Alta (Sandy, Utah) 18-1

Dropped Out: Earlier No. 22 Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.), No. 47 Curie (Chicago, Ailing.).

Bubble Groups:  Alexander (Douglasville, Ga.) 19-2; Allen (Allen, Texas) 26-4; Atascocita (Humble, Texas) 29-2**; Bartlett (Bartlett, Tenn.) 20-2; Bellevue West (Bellevue, Neb.) 15-1; Benet Academy (Lisle, Ailing.) 19-3; Blue Valley Northwest (Overland Park, Kan.) 12-1; Brennan (San Antonio, Texas) 23-4; Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) 17-5; Christ the King (Center Village, N.Y.) 16-2; Cordova (Cordova, Tenn.) 20-1; Curie (Chicago, Ailing.) 22-2; De Paul Prep (Chicago, Ailing.) 21-2; East Lansing (East Lansing, Mich.) 13-1; Fort Bend Clements (Sugar Land, Texas) 25-0; Garfield Heights (Garfield Heights, Ohio) 17-0; Imhotep Constitution (Philadelphia, Pa.) 14-3; John Marshall (Richmond, Va.) 15-3; Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.) 16-0; Lexington (Lexington, S.C.) 20-2; Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Ky.) 20-2; Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 15-1; Lincoln (Warren, Mich.) 12-2; Lyon County (Eddyville, Ky.) 20-2; Madison Prep (Baton Rouge, La.) 19-2; Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 14-2; Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.) 9-0; Newport (Newport, Ky.) 21-3; North Crowley (Ft. Value, Texas) 25-3; Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 12-0; Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 16-3; Oak Park (Kansas Metropolis, Mo.) 16-1; Olentangy Orange (Lewis Heart, Ohio) 16-0; Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) 15-2; Park Heart (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) 18-1; Pascagoula (Pascagoula, Miss.) 23-1; Pewaukee (Pewaukee, Wis.) 13-2; Reidsville (Reidsville, N.C.) 15-0; Roosevelt (Portland, Ore.) 13-1; Southern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) 17-1; St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 14-3; St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) 21-2; St. Mary’s (St. Louis, Mo.) 21-1; St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) 12-1; St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey Metropolis, N.J.) 16-1; St. Raymond’s (Bronx, N.Y.) 15-3; Thornton (Harvey, Ailing.) 20-3; Totino-Grace (Fridley, Minn.) 14-3; Volcano Vista (Albuquerque, N.M.) 19-1; Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, Ailing.) 22-0; Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.) 15-1; Winter Haven (Winter Haven, Fla.) 20-1.

Notice: The FAB 50 powered by is a continuation of the Nationwide Sports activities Information Service rankings that started in 1952. These have been the primary nationwide highschool rankings and the late Artwork Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They have been compiled for a few years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 24 years in the past.

Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of He will be reached at Do not forget to comply with him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

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