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|Mater Dei celebrates a state title while finishing the season in the rankings where it started.|
After 17 weeks of play, the Monarchs of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) finish the season exactly where they started it -- No. 1 in the country. A senior-laden squad with more star power than any other team in the country this winter, Kevin Kiernan's group duplicated an incredible feat, finishing the season with just one loss despite a tough schedule and cross-country travel, for the third season in a row.
|Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis hoists the state championship trophy for the second year in a row.|
Behind the 33-point effort of the nation's top ranked senior, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei downed No. 34 Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.) in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I championship game this weekend.
New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin also crowned champions during the season's final week.
Nazareth (Brooklyn, N.Y.) polished off a chaotic season with a New York AA Federation title, securing a final ranking of 16th, with a 60-54 win over Murry Bergtraum (New York, N.Y.).
Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) finished its season strong with a convincing run through the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Wood cut down the AAA nets with a 53-41 win over Mercyhurst Prep (Erie, Pa.) and a final record of 28-4. In the AAAA championship game Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh, Pa.) outlasted Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.) 47-46 and finished the season 25-6 and back in the regional rankings. Nicolet (Glendale, Wis.) took Wisconsin's top honor with a 58-54 win over Middleton (Middleton, Wis.). The state championship boosted Knights into the FAB 50.
Six of the preseason top 10 teams finished the season back in the top 10, highlighted by Mater Dei's reclamation month of March. And while reflecting on the season, it is also worth looking at Mosqueda-Lewis and her fellow seniors' four-year run -- 123-7 (.946) overall record, a Nike Tournament of Champions top division championship (2009), two state titles (2010, 2011), and two seasons as national No. 1 (2010, 2011).
This group, which set the bar incredibly high for future teams, now hands the torch to a junior class that has been an integral part of the success. Point guard Jordan Adams and shooting guard Alexas Williamson will take the lead and look to continue the success that was truly a monarchy in high school basketball.
-- Chris Hansen
Records are through March 28, 2011 games, where reported.
* denotes a team's season has ended.
Previous National Rankings: Preseason | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
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|Rank||School (City, State)||Record||Prev|
|1||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)*||34-1||1|
|2||Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.)*||29-2||2|
|3||Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)*||31-1||3|
|4||Spring Valley (Spring Valley, S.C.)*||29-0||4|
|5||Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.)*||31-2||5|
|6||Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.)*||36-2||6|
|7||St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)*||29-2||7|
|8||Westbury Christian (Houston, Texas)*||39-1||8|
|9||Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.)*||25-1||9|
|10||Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.)||30-5||10|
|11||Shabazz (Newark, N.J.)*||34-1||6|
|12||Polytechnic (Long Beach, Calif.)*||25-3||12|
|13||Neptune (Neptune, N.J.)||29-2||13|
|14||St. John's (D.C.)*||33-2||14|
|15||MacArthur (Irving, Texas)*||35-2||15|
|16||Nazareth Regional (Brooklyn, N.Y.)*||29-3||18|
|17||St. Mary's (Phoenix Ariz.)*||26-2||16|
|18||Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.)*||26-4||17|
|19||Twinsburg (Twinsburg, Ohio)*||27-0||19|
|20||Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.)*||31-2||20|
|21||North Little Rock (North Little Rock, Ark.)*||28-1||21|
|22||Inkster (Inkster, Mich.)*||27-2||22|
|23||Goose Creek (Goose Creek, S.C.)*||28-3||23|
|24||Highlands Ranch (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)*||25-3||24|
|25||Trenton Catholic (Hamilton, N.J.)*||31-4||25|
|26||Norcross (Norcross, Ga.)*||29-3||26|
|27||Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)*||34-2||27|
|28||Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)*||31-7||28|
|29||Monarch (Louisville, Colo.)*||22-4||29|
|30||Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.)*||27-1||30|
|31||Hoover (Hoover, Ala.)*||33-4||31|
|32||Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.)*||36-1||32|
|33||Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)*||23-1||33|
|34||Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.)*||29-2||34|
|35||Butler (Matthews, N.C.)*||30-1||35|
|36||Hollywood Christian (Hollywood, Fla.)||31-1||36|
|37||Canyon (Canyon, Texas)*||35-0||37|
|38||Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.)*||36-3||38|
|39||Heights (Wichita, Kan.)*||22-0||39|
|40||Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.)*||29-9||40|
|41||Fayetteville (Fayetteville, Ark.)*||30-2||41|
|42||Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)*||23-1||42|
|43||Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)||25-0||43|
|44||Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)||31-2||44|
|45||Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Mo.)*||26-4||45|
|46||Cypress Falls (Houston, Texas)*||34-2||46|
|47||Georgetown (Georgetown, Texas)*||35-4||47|
|48||Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)*||29-5||48|
|49||St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)*||26-4||50|
|50||Nicolet (Glendale, Wis.)*||26-2||NR|