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High school sports rankings – Long Beach Press

The weeks may change, but the story remains the same at the top of the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division football rankings. Just as it has been for half the season, St. John Bosco is No. 1. Then there are Mission Viejo and Mater Dei, with Long Beach Poly ranked No. 4. If the season ended today and there were no upsets in the first two rounds of the playoffs, St. John Bosco and Long Beach Poly would play in the semifinals, with Mission and Mater Dei in the other semi.

The Diablos face their last tough test of the regular season when they face 6-1 Tesoro this week, and the Braves will face the Monarchs, although it remains to be seen how much voters will penalize either team for picking up their first loss of the year against the other.

The Braves continue to pick up national attention as well; they jumped two spots to No. 5 in USA Today’s latest rankings. They’re also No. 5 in the nation in MaxPreps.com’s computer and expert rankings.

St. Anthony has slipped deeper in the Northeast Division rankings following their second consecutive league loss. After reaching a high of No. 3, they’re now No. 7, with not too much hope of getting back to the top four barring upsets. In the Southeast Division, Norwalk continues its run at No. 1, with Downey at No. 3. After a surprise loss to Mayfair, La Mirada dropped out of the rankings. In the Southwest Division, Los Alamitos is No. 5 and will face No. 2 Edison on Thursday. In 8-man Division 1, Avalon remained stuck at No. 9 despite three consecutive victories.

Girls’ volleyball

It’s a little hard to decipher the CIF rankings this week, with voters appearing to ignore Los Alamitos’ surprise loss to Newport Harbor last week. The Griffins remain atop the Division 1 rankings, with Lakewood moving up to No. 3 and Wilson back at No. 9. PrepVolleyball.com’s rankings moved Los Alamitos down from No. 36 to No. 54 in the nation. Lakewood is at No. 52.

Valley Christian is No. 7 in Division 2A, and there’s no change in the Division 3AA poll, which means Mayfair, La Mirada and Cerritos all came in at Nos. 8, 9, and 10, respectively. In Division 4A, St. Anthony was ranked No. 6, Firebaugh was No. 7 in Division 5AA and Avalon was No. 3 in Division 5A.

Boys’ water polo

Wilson remained No. 4 in Division 1 and Cerritos was No. 2 in Division 4.

Girls’ tennis

Cerritos still was tops in Division 4 and the only ranked team in the area.

Cross country

On the boys’ side, Warren was No. 4 and Poly was No. 10 in Division 1 with St. John Bosco still No. 3 in Division 3. On the girls’ side, Poly was ranked No. 9 in Division 1.

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