The Girls U19 Championship did not disappoint, with several close games making the rankings tighter than ever. That said, Fallbrook stole the show. Saving their biggest performance for last, the San Diego team not only ripped the title from defending champion Sacramento Amazons, 60-0 in the final, but failed to let a single competitor notch a point-against.
|Fallbrook (red), toast of the town at nationals.|
It was difficult deciding where to situate finalist Sacramento, considering the tournament’s biggest point differential was seen during the title match. Divine Savior played Fallbrook to a much closer loss – 19-0 – during the semifinals, and therefore deserves the #3 slot. The Amazons do get the nod over Pacific Coast compatriot Kent, however, seeing as the team managed a 12-10 win during the semifinals. All of Kent's games were nailbiters, and the Crusaders' weekend point total came down to 31 points for and 27 against.
Aside from Summit, Mother Lode is another team ranked in the top eight although it didn’t advance to nationals. The California team just missed out on the trip to Utah, having let its late lead slip away, 15-10, during its Pac Coast semifinal against Sacramento. Any one of teams ranked 3-8 could win on any given day, but we think Mother Lode would have the slight edge over West Carroll.
New York made the biggest jump, joining the last ranking at #24 and moving up to 10th after finishing 7th at nationals last weekend. It was the team’s first showing at the tournament, and although they struggled through the first two rounds, produced a massive 53-10 win over fellow newcomer Sebastian River, which joins the rankings at 17. Although the Florida team is a varsity sport, we’ve yet to see them face against South titans Ravenwood, Karns or Maryville, all of whom play in a very competitive Tennessee SBRO.
With the exception of Oregon, which contested its state championship and saw Canby upset Beaverton 19-10 for the title, areas are still plugging away at league season. Fairport still leads New York State, banking another two wins, while Portland (Maine) is finishing out a disappointing season – one that originally began with a trip to regionals – with some pickup games, the last coming to Bowdoin College. Fairfax put up a massive 72-0 against Fort Hunt in the Virginia SBRO, and St. Joseph’s Academy banked a 53-0 win over Medina in preparation for this weekend’s state championship.
GIRLS U19/HIGH SCHOOL TOP 25 – May 26, 2011
1 (3) Fallbrook (Calif.) (9-0). Won Girls U19 Championship, defeating New York 18-0, Divine Savior 19-0 and Sacramento 60-0 in the final
2 (2) Summit (Colo.) (8-0). Idle
3 (1) DSHA (Wisc.) (12-2) (15-2). Finished 3rd at Girls U19 Championship, defeating West Carroll 22-10, losing to Fallbrook 19-0, and defeating Kent 8-7
4 (5) Sacramento Amazons (Calif.) (9-2). Finished 2nd at Girls U-19 Championship, defeating Sebastian River 32-5, Kent 12-10, then losing to Fallbrook 60-0
5 (4) Kent (Wash.) (6-2). Finished 4th at Girls U19 Championship, defeating Lakewood 11-10, losing to Sacramento 12-10 and Divine Savior 8-7
6 (6) Lakewood (14-2). Finished 5th at Girls U19 Championship, losing to Kent 11-10, then defeating Sebastian River 39-0 and West Carroll 12-10
7 (7) Mother Lode (Calif.) (7-1). Idle
8 (8) West Carroll (Md.) (7-2). Finished 6th at Girls U19 Championship, losing to Divine Savior 22-10, defeating New York 32-0, then losing to Lakewood 12-10
9 (10) Kettle Morraine (Wisc.) (8-3) (10-4). Idle
10 (24) New York (5-2). Finished 7th Girls U-19 Championship, losing to Fallbrook 18-0, West Carroll 32-0, then defeating Sebastian River 53-10
11 (16) Canby (Ore.) (7-1) (7-2). Won Oregon State Championship 19-10 over Beaverton
12 (12) Ravenwood (Tenn.) (6-0). Idle
13 (13) Karns Blue (Tenn) (6-0). Idle
14 (14) Douglas County (Colo.) (6-2). Idle
15 (9) Portland (ME) (2-5). Lost to Bowdoin College 40-15
16 (15) Maryville (Tenn.) (5-2). Idle
17 (unr) Sebastian River (Fla.) (12-6). Finished 8th at Girls U19 Nationals, losing to Sacramento 32-5, Lakewood 39-0 and New York 53-10
18 (11) Beaverton (Ore.) (9-1) (10-2). Lost 19-10 to Canby in Oregon State Championship
19 (17) St. Joseph's Academy (Ohio) (7-3). Defeated Medina 58-0
20 (18) Fairfax (Va.) (3-0). Defeated Fort Hunt 72-0
21 (19) Catholic Memorial (Wisc.) (8-3). Beat Vernon 38-5
22 (20) Lowland (Utah) (6-1). Idle
23 (23) Downington (Pa.) (7-1). Finished second in EPRU
24 (21) Brookfield (Wisc.) (6-5) (12-6). Defeated Armstrong 15-5, Edina 32-12 and Hopkins 49-5 at Border Battle
25 (22) Fairport (NY) (5-0). Defeated Hamburg 17-10, Canandaigua 40-0