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The Times' Rankings

October 14, 2003|Paul McLeod; John Ortega;Lauren Peterson; Dan Arritt; Peter Yoon

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

Santa Ana Mater Dei picked up three victories last week, including a nonleague one over Santa Barbara San Marcos. Huntington Beach Edison makes the top 10 for first time this season after a sweep of slumping Los Alamitos. Murrieta Valley faces Temecula Chaparral on Wednesday in a Southwestern League showdown.

Rank School (Record, Division) Last Week

1. Mater Dei (19-2, SS-Div. II-A)...1

2. Marymount (15-1, SS-Div. IV-AA)...2

3. Long Beach Wilson (18-3, SS-Div. I-AA)...3

4. Esperanza (20-0, SS-Div. I-AA)...4

5. Mira Costa (16-2, SS-Div. II-AA)...5

6. Long Beach Poly (14-2, SS-Div. I-AA)...6

7. Newport Harbor (9-4, SS-Div. II-AA)...7

8. Murrieta Valley (16-1, SS-Div. I-AA)...9

9. Edison (13-1, SS-Div. II-AA)...10

10. Los Alamitos (14-7, SS-Div. I-AA)...8

-- Paul McLeod

BOYS' CROSS-COUNTRY

Palmdale Highland and Rancho Cucamonga make their first appearances in the rankings after strong performances Saturday. Highland finished a surprising second behind Simi Valley Royal in the championship race of the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno. Bellflower St. John Bosco placed third in that race and Canyon Country Canyon was fifth. Rancho Cucamonga tied Murrieta Valley for second in the Inland Empire Challenge at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario before finishing third on the tiebreaker.

Rank School (Section-Division) Last Week

1. Don Lugo (SS-Div. I)...1

2. Royal (SS-Div. I)...3

3. Murrieta Valley (SS-Div. I)...2

4. Highland (SS-Div. I)...NR

5. St. John Bosco (SS-Div. II)...6

6. C.C. Canyon (SS-Div. I)...4

7. Rancho Cucamonga (SS-Div. I)...NR

8. Fountain Valley (SS-Div. I)...7

9. Dana Hills (SS-Div. I)...8

10. Upland (SS-Div. I)...5

-- John Ortega

GIRLS' CROSS-COUNTRY

Ventura and Cypress are additions to the rankings after solid performances Saturday. Ventura placed fifth in the championship race of the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno while competing without its No. 3 runner. Cypress, led by the 1-2 finish of Lauren Jirges and Stephanie Torres, won the Edison Invitational at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. Cypress, Anaheim Esperanza, Fountain Valley and Irvine Woodbridge will run in the Orange County championships at Irvine Regional Park on Saturday.

Rank School (Section-Division) Last Week

1. Murrieta Valley (SS-Div. I)...1

2. Sultana (SS-Div. II)...2

3. Esperanza (SS-Div. I)...4

4. Ayala (SS-Div. I)...6

5. C.C. Canyon (SS-Div. I)...3

6. Ventura (SS-Div. II)...NR

7. Cypress (SS-Div. II)...NR

8. Peninsula (SS-Div. I)...9

9. Fountain Valley (SS-Div. I)...8

10. Woodbridge (SS-Div. II)...10

-- John Ortega

GIRLS' TENNIS

The rankings remain the same, with Calabasas continuing to win no matter who plays. North Hollywood Campbell Hall and Laguna Beach are showing impressive depth. Peninsula may have the most telling week ahead, with the Panthers taking on Manhattan Beach Mira Costa, a team on the edge of the top 10, followed by matches against Dana Point Dana Hills and Beverly Hills on consecutive days. Santa Ana Mater Dei scored key Serra League victories over Torrance Bishop Montgomery and Santa Margarita.

Rank School (Record, Division) Last Week

1. Calabasas (10-0, SS-Div. I)...1

2. Campbell Hall (11-0, SS-Div. III)...2

3. Laguna Beach (9-0, SS-Div. I)...3

4. Beverly Hills (6-0, SS-Div. I)...4

5. Peninsula (10-0, SS-Div. I)...5

6. Corona del Mar (5-4, SS-Div. I)...6

7. Dana Hills (10-2, SS-Div. I)...7

8. Mater Dei (9-0, SS-Div. I)...8

9. Santa Barbara (7-2, SS-Div. II)...9

10. Brentwood (6-4, SS-Div. III)...10

-- Lauren Peterson

BOYS' WATER POLO

Servite returns to the top after a week's absence. The Friars won their second major tournament of the season Saturday, defeating North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, 8-7, in the final of the S&R Sport Cup at Corona del Mar High. Santa Ana Foothill had a strong showing while finishing third, and Newport Harbor beat San Clemente for fifth. Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach Marina proved how closely matched they are, playing into overtime Wednesday in a Sunset League game before Clayton Snyder's goal 38 seconds into sudden death won it for Los Alamitos, 8-7.

Rank School (Record, Division) Last Week

1. Servite (13-1, SS-Div. II)...3

2. Harvard-Westlake (14-1, SS-Div. I)...1

3. Foothill (12-3, SS-Div. I)...4

4. Long Beach Wilson (13-2, SS-Div. I)...2

5. El Toro (13-3, SS-Div. I)...5

6. Damien (11-0, SS-Div. V)...6

7. Newport Harbor (6-7, SS-Div. I)...7

8. San Clemente (8-7, SS-Div. I)...NR

9. Los Alamitos (13-7, SS-Div. II)...8

10. Marina (16-2, SS-Div. II)...9

-- Dan Arritt

GIRLS' GOLF

Considering that nobody shot par or better in the round, the Southern Section record 187 by Dos Pueblos may only be the tip of the iceberg for low scoring by the Chargers. Peninsula has eight players worthy of the starting lineup and Coach Bob Wilton's biggest problem is figuring out who is going to shoot low on a given day. San Clemente drops in the rankings after losing a nonleague match to Encinitas Torrey Pines, 210-212, at Talega. Despite losing to Peninsula, 201-207, at Rolling Hills Country Club, Keppel moves up a spot after proving it could shoot low away from its home course.

Rank School (Record, Region) Last Week

1. Dos Pueblos (9-0, SS-Northern)...1

2. Peninsula (8-0, SS-Central)...2

3. Palm Desert (11-1, SS-Eastern)...3

4. Marina (10-0, SS-Southern)...4

5. Santa Margarita (12-0, SS-Southern)...6

6. Keppel (8-1, SS-Central)...7

7. San Clemente (10-1, SS-Southern)...5

8. Saugus (11-0, SS-Central)...8

9. Torrance (8-0, SS-Eastern)...9

10. Camarillo (4-1, SS-Northern)...NR

-- Peter Yoon

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