The Midwest Championship was held last weekend, and the results shifted the Girls’ High School Top 20. Longtime champion Divine Savior Holy Angels took home top honors once again, and their winning margins helped put their competitors’ strength into perspective.
The Dashers defeated Illinois’ Plainfield 59-0, Minnesota’s Armstrong 38-0 and Wisconsin rival Catholic Memorial 29-0 in the title match. Armstrong took third after a 24-10 win over Ohio’s St. Joseph’s, a team that had narrowly lost to Lakewood earlier this month. 2012 national finalist Lakewood did not play in the Midwest Championship (opting for a tour north to Ontario instead), but it’s their three-point win over St. Joe’s that is preventing the Ohioan powerhouse from a higher spot – for now.
All of the aforementioned teams will be playing in the National Invitational Tournament (May 18-19 in Racine, Wisc.), although it’s likely St. Joe’s and Armstrong will play in the DII bracket since they’re newer to the national scene. In the DI bracket, two-time champion Fallbrook is the heavy favorite to repeat. The Warriors continued their winning ways with a 26-0 victory Fullerton, the second-best team in Southern California.
It’ll be interesting to see how the NorCal heavyweights – Sacramento and newcomer Danville – are treated at the NIT. The Amazons suffered their only loss at Danville’s hands, and the two will likely face off this weekend at the NorCal championships. If the game goes the Amazons’ way, then it’s an easy decision to put Sacramento in the NIT’s DI. If Danville wins, then we could see a first-year team competing in the top eight.
But as we’ve been saying all year, the team we’re most excited to see return is Summit out of Colorado. Having concluded their lone playing season in the fall and battling inclement weather, it’s been tough for Summit to hold onto their #2 spot on the rankings. However, Saturday’s 66-7 win over Glendale has shown that the seven-month sabbatical hasn’t affected the Colorado state champion too much.
Some other important moves: Hempfield joins the rankings after topping West Carroll but falling short against Downingtown, the team to beat in the Pennsylvania region. Canby dropped a surprise 31-26 contest to North Clamackas, pushing the Oregon team down the line a bit.
We’re also eager to see if Maryville is indeed the top team Tennessee, having won the Smoky Mountain conference and now preparing for the state semifinals. And the Utah crown is up for grabs as the two top sides – Snow Canyon and Lowland – continue their undefeated seasons.
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TOP 20 - APRIL 30, 2013
1 (1) Fallbrook (7-0). Defeated Fullerton (5) 26-0.
2 (2) Summit (7-0). Colorado State Champion; 66-7 over Glendale.
3 (7) Divine Savior (11-0). Midwest Champion, defeating Plainfield 59-0, Armstrong (20) 38-0 and Catholic Mem. (8) 29-0.
4 (3) Kent (6-0). Defeated Chuckanut Bay 96-0.
5 (6) Lakewood. Opted out of Midwest Championship and played in an Ontario tournament.
6 (4) Danville (8-0). Top seed in NorCal playoffs; defeated Sacramento (10) 19-7 and Bishop O’Dowd 17-12.
7 (8) Catholic Memorial (8-3). Defeated Penn 23-7, St. Joseph’s (9) 26-0, lost to DSHA (7) 29-0.
8 (5) Fullerton (6-1). Lost 26-0 to Fallbrook (1), 2nd seed in SoCal in playoffs.
9 (10) Sacramento (7-1). Dominated NorCal except for 19-7 loss to Danville (4).
10 (12) Downingtown (5-0). Defeated Doylestown 51-26.
11 (20) Armstrong. 3rd in MW. 38-5 over Kettle Morraine, lost to DSHA (7) 38-0, 24-10 over St. Joseph’s (9).
12 (14) Lowland (6-0). Defeated United 94-0.
13 (15) Snow Canyon (5-0). Defeated opps 231-34 in Utah (lost to MN Tundra/Armstrong, defeated BOD/Wild Rose).
14 16) Maryville (8-0). Defeated McMinn 31-0 in Smoky Mountain championship.
15 (unr) Hempfield (4-1). Defeated North Penn 39-7; earlier in season defeated West Carroll 31-10, lost to Downingtown 31-0.
16 (13) Budd Bay (5-1). 2nd in Rugby Washington; lost 22-14 to Kent (3), defeated Parkland 22-0.
17 (11) West Carroll (7-1). Lost 31-10 to Hempfield (who lost to Downington 31-0). 89-5 over motley college/club side
18 (19) Castle Rock (5-2). Finished second in Colorado, lost 30-5 to Summit (2)
19 (17) Canby (6-1). Lost 31-26 to North Clackamas (2-4), defeated Lady Barbarians 41-22.
20 (unr) Algonquin (2-0). Defeated Newton South 39-7, Lincoln Sudbury 26-0.