Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Pacifica takes over top spot in FAB 50
By Mark Tennis and Doug Huff
It might not have been due to a strange gravitational pull of the planets, but it can be blamed on Jupiter that there is a new No. 1 team in this week's POWERADE FAB 50.
Due to a loss last week by previous No. 1 Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) to Jupiter (Fla.) in a Class 8A district final, the Gators had to fall from their perch. They can still come back to win the Class 8A state title (result from Tuesday night game not included), but to finish No. 1 in the nation will probably require help from teams in Southern California.
New No. 1 Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.) and new No. 2 Norco (Calif.) have both played strong schedules and both project to get seeded in the top two spots for the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. Pacifica is ranked higher because it hasn't lost since early March and won a tournament that Norco played in as well. Norco, however, will probably get the No. 1 seed because it has a win over Pacifica in the title game of the Arizona Tournament of Champions.
Either way, whether it's Pacifica or Norco, if one of those two teams can run the table in the section playoffs and finish the season with just one loss, then it looks like that's the team that will be No. 1 for the final rankings. Of course, the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs is the toughest in the nation and it's single-elimination, too. One bad bounce is often the difference.