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Late Changes As HS Single-School Rankings Finish Season

Late Changes As HS Single-School Rankings Finish Season
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The final rankings for boys single-school high school rugby programs bring a little bit of a surprise as some late results put two teams back in the top 50 and moved another close to the top 10.

Former No. 1-ranked St. Ignatius was bumped down to the 20s some weeks ago after it lost to Cardinal Moeller out of Cincinnati. There are times when a coach will send us some reasons (some less charitable observers would call them excuses) for a loss. Not so for Ignatius head coach Dan Arbeznik, who took the loss on the chin and moved on to the next game.

The Saints rebounded to win the Ohio championship, beating St. Edward in the process. St. Edward had already beaten Moeller, and it seemed right to think of the Moeller win over Ignatius as a bit of an anomaly.

Kahuku moves up one more spot, as the Raiders went 4-0 in New Zealand, capping off an unbeaten season in which they won Hawaii and the Pacific Cup. Coming into the top 50, Bishop Hendricken won the Massachusetts club season (it plays as a single school, but since it is based in Rhode Island, it can't play in the new Massachusetts varsity league anymore). BC High swept the field to win that MIAA title in the Bay State. Neuqua won Illinois and moved up.

Finally, Simsbury upended Fairfield Prep to make the Connecticut final and then pushed a very good Greenwich team in that championship game. That effort was worth getting in the top 50.

Goff Rugby Report / FloRugby Boys HS Single-School Rankings 2017 Week #18
Rank Prev Team Notes
1 1 Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.) Bt. Bt. Fishers (14), Herriman (9), Gonzaga (3)
2 2 Gonzaga (DC) Bt. St. Edward (20), Penn (2), Lost to Jesuit (1)
3 3 Penn (Ind.) Bt. Carroll, Lost to Royal Irish (SS1)
4 5 Kahuku (Hawaii) 4-0 on NZ Tour
5 4 Herriman (Utah)
6 6 Greenwich (Conn.) Bt. Simsbury
7 7 Xavier (NY) Bt. Canisius, Fordham Prep (45)
8 8 Monarch (Colo.)
9 9 Highland HS (Utah)
10 10 Gregory the Great (Pa)
11 22 St. Ignatius (Ohio) Bt. St. Edward (11)
12 11 St. Edward (Ohio) Lost to St. Ignatius (22)
13 12 St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.)
14 13 East HS (Colo.)
15 14 Fishers (Ind.) Bt. Brownsburg (17), lost to Royal Irish (MS1)
16 15 Snow Canyon (Utah)
17 16 Charlotte Catholic (NC)
18 17 Brownsburg (Ind.) Lost to Fishers (14)
19 18 Torrey Pines (Cailf.)
20 19 La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
21 20 Westlake (Texas)
22 21 Moeller (Ohio) Lost to St. Edward (11)
23 23 Palmer HS (Colo.)
24 24 De La Salle (Calif.)
25 25 Lake Travis (Texas)
26 26 Wando (SC)  Won MSIRL
27 27 Los Alamitos (Calif.)
28 28 Mira Costa (Calif.)
29 29 Myers Park (NC)
30 30 Cumberland Valley (Pa.)
31 31 Jesuit New Orleans (La.)
32 32 Union (Okla.)
33 33 Portland Pumas (Ore.)
34 44 BC High (Mass.) Bt. Xaverian, St. John's Prep
35 40 Neuqua (Ill.) Bt. La Salette (41)
36 Unr Bishop Hendricken (RI) Won Mass Club Season
37 34 University City (Calif.)
38 35 Olympus (Utah)
39 36 Wilson HS (Calif.)
40 37 Good Counsel (Md.)
41 38 West Allegheny (Pa)
42 Unr Simsbury (Conn.) Bt. Fairfield Prep, Lost to Greenwich (6)
43 41 ND de la Salette (Ill.) Lost to Neuqua (41)
44 43 Rocky Mountain (Idaho)
45 42 Newberg (Ore.)
46 45 Fordham Prep (NY) Bt. Kenmore, Lost to Xavier (7)
47 46 Hough (NC)
48 48 Pelham (NY) Bt. Fairport, Play Rugby
49 49 East HS (Utah)
50 50 Bixby (Okla.)

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