High-SchoolOhio: POWERADE FAB 50

We featured Moeller in the local magazine and touted them as a team to look out for come playoff time. Don't want to sound cocky, but we nailed it. The Crusaders captured their sixth state crown with a victory over Westlake last week. The win vaulted Moeller to No. 36 in the national rankings. Grove City, which fell to Moeller in the semifinals, comes in at No. 2 after a stellar season. St. Francis DeSales repeated as D-II champs to round out the top three.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Moeller (22-5) — last week No. 2
2. Grove City (25-2) — last week No. 1
3. St. Francis DeSales (24-6) — last week No. 5
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Despite losing a pair of teams to playoff losses, Ohio still holds strong with four ranked squads in the Midwest Region. At the top of the list is two-loss Grove City, which sits at No. 2 in the Midwest. Division II power Defiance is No. 3 while Moeller creeps up nine spots to eighth overall. The playoffs ended the ranked reign of Centerville, Wayne, Jackson and Avon, but those squads have a shot to return in the final installment based on total body of work.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Grove City (25-2) — last week No. 1
2. Defiance (28-1) — last week No. 2
3. Moeller (22-5) — last week No. 3
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The playoffs have a way of messing up our rankings, but that wasn't the case this past week. Walsh Jesuit succumbed to an early postseason exit and dropped out but the rest of our top 10 was mostly unchanged. Jackson also struggled to close out the season and dips four spots to No. 8, while we welcome newcomer Ashland to the mix. We were lucky this week, but expect some major changes to the top 10 over the next few weeks.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Grove City (23-2) — last week No. 1
2. Defiance (26-1) — last week No. 2
3. Strongsville (19-3) — last week No. 3
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Just when we thought we found some stability at the No. 1 spot, Boardman upset top-ranked Massillon Jackson to knock the Polar Bears from their perch. Therefore, a new No. 1 has been crowned as Grove City usurps Boardman atop the rankings and Jackson dips to No. 4. A pair of teams heading in opposite directions are Moeller and Walsh Jesuit. Moeller is red hot after winning eight in a row and moves up to No. 6, while Walsh has been up and down in recent weeks and stumbles to No. 9.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Grove City (20-2) — last week No. 4
2. Defiance (21-1) — last week No. 3
3. Strongsville (18-3) — last week No. 2
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Ohio Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 1, 2012
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For the third consecutive week, Massillon Jackson occupies the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The 15-win Polar Bears are also one of five local squads featured in this week's Midwest Regional. Not much movement in this week's rankings as Avon is the lone new team, replacing five-loss Mason. Strongsville jumps back in the top three ahead of D-II power Defiance.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jackson (12-1) — last week No. 1
2. Strongsville (17-2) — last week No. 5
3. Defiance (18-1) — last week No. 2
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Ohio Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 24, 2012
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This week's rankings only features one new team (Ashland), but also eight squads that find themselves in new spots in the top 10. Jackson went undefeated last week and retains its spot atop the list while occupying the No. 10 spot in the Midwest Region. Centerville moves into the No. 2 spot after Walsh Jesuit stumbled against Archbishop Hoban and Grove City continues to move up on the strength of its 14-1 mark. Division II power Defiance and former No. 1 Strongsville rounds out the top 5. Moeller is a team to look out for as the young Crusaders have played some elite out-of-state teams and could be a tough out when postseason play begins.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jackson (12-1) — last week No. 1
2. Centerville (17-1) — last week No. 4
3. Grove City (14-1) — last week No.5
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Ohio Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
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The Midwest Region rankings seriously impacted this week's local top 10 as every team landed in a new spot this week and one squad dropped out entirely. Strongsville was heavily penalized for its loss to unranked Medina and fell from No. 5 to a bubble team in the region. Therefore, they tumble to No. 6 locally. The new No. 1 is Massillon Jackson, which rose to No. 12 in the region with a 10-1 mark. Walsh Jesuit moved up three places to No. 2 locally after a five-spot improvement in the region, while Defiance (No. 17), Centerville (19) and Grove City (20) all made their region rankings debut and round out the top five locally. St. Francis DeSales dropped out to allow Hudson to make its debut.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jackson (10-1) — last week No. 2
2. Walsh Jesuit (9-1) — last week No. 5
3. Defiance (9-1) — last week No. 7
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Ohio Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 10, 2012
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It's tough to get a good read on teams this early in the season. Pitchers are still getting warmed up and coaches may still be tinkering with their roster to produce the best lineup. Therefore, expect a lot of changes to the rankings over the next few weeks. The overhaul of the top 10 begins this week as six new teams enter the fray. Massillon Jackson, Elder, Grove City, Defiance, Centerville and Mason all make their season debut. Preseason No. 1 Lakota East and Vandalia Butler have both fallen out the top 10 but expect them back once they regain their winning groove. Strongsville is the new No. 1 despite a loss to Moeller in its last outing.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Strongsville (7-1) — preseason No. 5
2. Massilon Jackson (8-1) — preseason NR
3. Elder (9-3) — preseason NR
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State champs Dunbar, Pickerington top final hoop rankings

March, 27, 2012
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A Division II team began the season ranked No. 1 in Ohio, and the same holds true in our final top 10 of the winter. Dunbar defeated preseason No. 1 Taft in the quarterfinals en route to an undefeated campaign and the D-II crown. The Wolverines' title run was rewarded with the top spot in our final rankings and No. 26 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Deontae Hawkins tossed in 14 points to lead a balanced attack as Dunbar dropped Elida in a thrilling championship contest. In Division I action, Pickerington Central held off Toledo Whitmer, 45-40, for the title. It was the first title for the second-ranked Tigers and the best-ever finish for Whitmer. Division III champ Summit Country Day checks in at No. 10 and Northland, which was No. 1 for much of the winter, sneaks back in at No. 9 despite an early playoff upset.

Here's a look at the final top three:
1. Dunbar (28-0) — last week No. 1
2. Pickerington Central (26-2) — last week No. 4
3. Taft (21-5) — last week No. 2

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State semifinalists dominate hoop rankings

March, 20, 2012
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The state finals get underway this weekend and we will finally crown the state's four champions. Dunbar advanced to the state final four and retains it's spot atop the rankings, ending Taft's season in the process. New to the mix are state semifinalists St. Edward, Lake Catholic, Fairfield, St. Clairsville and D-III favorite Summit Country Day.

Here's a look at the top three:
1. Dunbar (26-0) — last week No. 1
2. Taft (20-5) — last week No. 2
3. Toledo Whitmer (23-2) — last week No. 4
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Dunbar new No. 1 in hoop rankings

March, 13, 2012
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Northland's run at the top is over. The Vikings tumble from the rankings after falling to Reynoldsburg on a last-second layup in the district finals. Dunbar, which checks in at No. 31 in the POWERADE FAB 50, supplants Northland at the top. The Wolverines clipped Aiken by seven to win the district crown. New to the rankings are familiar faces Shaker Heights, Elida, Olentangy Liberty and St. Vincent-St. Mary. All four squads were ranked at some point this winter.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Dunbar (24-0) — last week No. 1
2. Taft (20-4) — last week No. 3
3. Mentor (22-2) — last week No. 6

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La Salle upset in playoffs, drops in rankings

March, 6, 2012
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La Salle's run at back-to-back titles came to a screeching halt, as Fairfield's defense limited the squad to 30 points in the sectional finals. The loss snapped the team's 13-game win streak and sent the talented squad home packing. The loss was the lone blemish to our top 10 squads. Taft moves back in the top three, joining POWERADE FAB 50 squads Northland and Dunbar.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (21-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (24-0) — last week No. 2
3. Taft (18-4) — last week No. 3
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Walnut Ridge makes huge jump in hoop rankings

February, 28, 2012
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Looks like Walnut Ridge impressed our regional voters enough to land in this week's top 10. In fact, the team's 19-1 start was so impressive the Scots moved to No. 20 in the region and No. 4 in the state. The rest of the rankings remain pretty much the same, other than Cleveland Heights dropping out after a pair of losses. Northland, Dunbar and La Salle seem firmly entrenched in the top three spots, while rising teams this week include Shaker Heights (wins over St. Edward and Shaw) and Garfield Heights, which has been unstoppable the last two weeks.

Here's a look at the top three teams:

1. Northland (20-1) — last week No. 1

2. Dunbar (21-0) — last week No. 2

3. La Salle (20-1) — last week No. 3

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Northland, Dunbar, La Salle remain atop hoop rankings

February, 21, 2012
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The biggest game of the past week pit ranked squads La Salle and Moeller in a battle for Cincy supremacy. Behind 19 points from Connor Speed, La Salle was able to hold on for a 42-34 win. The victory keeps La Salle at No. 3, while Moeller drops down a spot to No. 7. New to the list is Alliance, one of four remaining unbeaten squads in Division II. The Aviators beat Canton South by 26 to get to 20 wins. Top-ranked Northland clinched its sixth consecutive City title this past week and moved up to No. 28 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Northland (19-1) — last week No. 1
2. Dunbar (20-0) — last week No. 2
3. La Salle (20-1) — last week No. 3
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FAB 50 Offseason Primer: St. Ignatius (Ohio)

February, 15, 2012
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St. Ignatius FootballTony Dejak/APSt. Ignatius (Cleveland) won its state-record 11th state title last season and finished No. 26 in the POWERADE FAB 50.
During the offseason, we’ll check out one team per week that looks like a sure bet to be among the best in the nation for next fall.

FAB 50 Offseason Primer Archive

This week’s team: St. Ignatius (Cleveland)

2011 Season: 13-2, Division I state champion for 11th time, No. 26 in final POWERADE FAB 50.

Projected 2012 Preseason Ranking: Top 20. The Wildcats have won a record 11 Division I state crowns, all since 1988, under coach Chuck Kyle. And they should once again be the team to beat in the Buckeye State this fall. Last season, the Wildcats lost regular season games to rival Mentor (Ohio) and St. Xavier but later avenged the Mentor loss in the playoffs. St. Ignatius also ousted Cleveland-area rival and 2010 Division I state champ St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) in the postseason for its second win over the Eagles on the season.

Team Strengths: St. Ignatius has most of the puzzle pieces in place for another title run with the main concern being at quarterback, where junior Mike LaManna (6-1, 175) is expected to take over for senior Eric Williams. All-Ohio third team running back Tim McVey (5-10, 180), also a defensive back/kick returner, will key the offense behind a veteran line anchored by four returning starters, including touted sophomore Jimmy Byrne (6-4, 275), who has already been offered by new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Returning at wide receiver is Conor Hennessey (5-9, 175). Junior Kevin Kavalec, an All-Ohio first team selection, and junior defensive back Tom Fanning will lead the defense.

Another Ohio team to watch: Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) tackled a challenging schedule last season and went 9-4 with losses to FAB 50 No. 3 Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), Indiana Class 3A champion Cathedral (Indianapolis), 2010 Ohio Division I state champ St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) and a split with rival St. Xavier (Cincinnati). Moeller also handed D-I runner-up Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) a regular season loss. Moeller had a talented junior class this season, which could give the seven-time D-I state champion a good shot at an eighth crown. Two college D-I prospects will lead the returnees — quarterback Spencer Iacovone (6-1, 205) and offensive tackle Alex Gall (6-5, 300). Iacovone passed for 1,976 yards and 22 TDs and rushed for 579 yards and 11 scores in 2011.

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