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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Two top-10 teams tumble in FAB 50

By Mark Tennis and Doug Huff

Losing games is all about timing when it comes to the rankings.

A great case in point is what happened to two top-five teams from last week's POWERADE FAB 50.

No. 2 Norco lost 3-2 to Santiago (Corona, Calif.) and didn't drop at all in this week's rankings. No. 5 Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) lost 4-0 to Jupiter (Fla.) and was sent tumbling down to No. 31 and arguably could have dropped all the way out.

The difference, of course, is that Palm Beach Gardens lost in the state playoffs and its season is over. Norco lost in a league game to a team it beat earlier in the season. Plus, the Cougars still have just two losses on the season overall, still own a win over No. 1 Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.) and still have an opportunity to end the season winning the prestigious CIF Southern Section Division I title with just two losses.

In addition to Palm Beach Gardens, which was No. 1 just two weeks ago, previous No. 10 Poland Seminary (Poland, Ohio) also lost last week. That enabled two new teams -- Niceville (Fla.) and The Woodlands (Texas) -- to join this week's top 10.

Click here for the complete Week 9 rankings.