Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Arizona, Florida upsets shake up FAB 50
By Mark Tennis and Doug Huff
If the upcoming CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs and the North Carolina Class 4A state playoffs turn out like the state playoffs in Arizona and Florida, then it's anybody's guess which team will end up No. 1 in the final POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.
In Arizona on Monday night, while FAB 50-ranked Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) held form and won its third straight state title in Division I, FAB 50-ranked Sunrise Mountain (Peoria) and Ironwood Ridge (Tucson) were beaten by longtime nemesis Canyon del Oro (Tucson) in Division II. Previously unbeaten Estrella Foothills (Goodyear) did not even win in Division III.
In Florida, which at one time had the No. 1 team, Palm Beach Gardens, state titles were won last Saturday by numerous teams that avenged losses and beat higher-ranked opponents. After analyzing all the game-by-game results of all the champions, Chamberlain (Tampa, Fla.) has the strongest resume and went from unranked to No. 17 in this week's rankings.
If either FAB 50 No. 1 Norco (Calif.) or No. 2 Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.) wins the CIF Southern Section Division I title, then that team will end up No. 1 in the FAB 50. This scenario still holds even though Pacifica was handed its second loss of the season last week. Both teams have played schedules that are hard to beat and either one could still finish 31-2 with the nation's toughest championship in its pocket.