We tracked teams based on their records, how convincing they were in winning games, and the level of competition. A couple of notes about these rankings:
We Copped OutNorCal Sac Valley and Washington Loggers tied in the GNC final. Officially, it was a win for Sac Valley on penalty kicks, but from a rugby perspective, both teams were even. We kept it that way in the rankings.
Why Not West Valley?Technically, the West Valley Warriors are not a select team but rather a club that played in the Rocky Mountain Challenge.
And they not only played but also won -- a lot. The team's scores against stat was pretty impressive, but we bumped the Warriors down because... well, there was a more worthy team in the parameters of all-star play.
The Whole IdeaThe point of all-star play is to bring players from a variety of teams and showcase their skills on a new team. Bring up some kids from a lower division, mix them with players from national contenders, and then go out and show yourself on the field. No team did that more than the Celtic Elite. While St. Edward was a major contributor to the team, there were players from all over the Rugby Ohio spectrum.
And they pitched up. They played in two tournaments, and that's not even counting a Midwest warmup in which the Elite went 2-0. Going 7-0 against all-star teams is hugely impressive, and that's why Celtic Elite is No. 1.
Further DownRugby PA gets NO. 5 because of a close loss to Celtic Elite. North Carolina was 4-0 but against slightly less strong opposition than other teams with losses. EIRA Midwest was 5-3, but we also recognize that the program fielded two very different teams for the Rocky Mountain Challenge and the Midwest RCT. So EIRA gets No. 7 over Arizona in part because EIRA Midwest beat Arizona. That was a tough loss for the Bobcats (21-14). They could have been much further up were it not for that loss.
|Boys Varsity All-Star Rankings|
|2||West Valley Warriors||4||0||0||131||23||108|
|T3||NorCal Sac Valley||3||0||1||116||70||46|
|9||Oregon Red Hawks||3||1||0||131||19||112|
|14||NorCal Bay Area||3||1||0||101||87||14|
2016 Boys HS All-Star Rankings