High-SchoolCalifornia: Alex Arnold
March, 16, 2012
By Mark Tennis | ESPN.com
Mark Tennis/ESPNHSAmong those celebrating in 2010 when Archbishop Mitty clinched FAB 50 national title were Vanessa Alvarez (left), Keilani Ricketts (center) and Alex Arnold (right). Ricketts now stars at Oklahoma while Alvarez and Arnold are now seniors.Norco surges to the top while other teams coming up quickly include Woodcreek, Amador Valley, Lutheran of Orange and Torrey Pines.
This week’s state top 20 for girls softball was actually completed on Wednesday so that the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings could be done, but it wasn’t possible to complete the package for the California page until Friday morning. Some results from Wednesday and Thursday may not be included. Thanks to Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens for their contributions to these rankings.
(Through games played Tuesday, March 15)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (8) Norco 5-0
Coach Rick Robinson’s team is stuffed with experienced, talented players and showed just how good it will be this season by winning the prestigious title of last weekend’s Arizona Tournament of Champions. Among those that the Cougars beat during the week were state-ranked Chino Hills in the semifinals and previous state No. 3 Pacifica in the final.
2. (3) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 6-1
Sophomore Kaylee Carlson pitched well all weekend for the Mariners at the big tourney in Bullhead City, Ariz. Although Norco got to her for a four-run inning in the 4-0 loss in the final, Carlson was more than solid in the team’s earlier wins against Taylorsville (Utah), previous state No. 1 Los Alamitos, Lakewood and Saugus.