July 2, 2018 by Charlie Eisenhood in Rankings with 0 comments
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Without further ado, here are the Top 25 teams in the Boys’ and Girls’ High School Divisions!
High School Boys Division Power Rankings:
|Dropped from rankings: Jordan (NC) (13), Green Canyon (UT) (18), Lone Peak (UT) (21)|
|2||Nathan Hale (WA)||-1||1|
|4||Center Grove (IN)||-1||3|
|6||Carolina Friends (NC)||-1||5|
|7||Edina High School (MN)||+8||15|
|8||Lexington Homeschoolers (KY)||+8||16|
|15||STEM Academy (TN)||+7||22|
|16||North Allegheny (PA)||+3||19|
|20||Neuqua Valley (IL)||-6||14|
|25||HB Woodlawn (VA)||-2||23|
- Grady’s undefeated run to a 2018 High School National Invite title earned them the #1 ranking for the 2018 season! With many top contributors returning, including star Aidan Downey, expect another strong season from Grady in 2019.
- Nathan Hale just came up short in the HSNI final but had a fantastic season that included a Washington state championship.
- Just how good was Amherst this year? You could make the case for the team to get the #1 ranking, as they finished the 2018 season undefeated. But they never truly got tested against the nation’s best and had some close games with HB Woodlawn and Pennsbury at the Amherst Invite.
- Edina and Kentucky Pi (Lexington Homeschoolers) both made eight spot jumps after strong performances at the National Invite. Edina lost only to #2 Nathan Hale and #4 Center Grove and finished fifth, while Pi made a semis run to close out a banner year.
- Woodrow Wilson, Hopkins, and Gunn all entered the Top 25 after excellent postseason performances. Hopkins won the Minnesota State Championship over Edina, showing off incredible development after looking shaky earlier in the season. Woodrow Wilson flashed an elite offense at HSNI, making the quarterfinals and finishing 6th. Gunn won the California title and then took down the Best of the West at the Mountain Invite, knocking off Lone Peak in semis and a combined Timpview/Green Canyon team in the final.
- Once again, Seattle teams played very well at HSNI: Garfield and Ingraham both moved up in the rankings after the tournament.
High School Girls Division Power Rankings:
|Dropped from rankings: Berkeley (CA) (4), Northampton (MA) (22)|
|3||Nathan Hale (WA)||+10||13|
|4||High Country Homeschoolers (NC)||-1||3|
|5||East Chapel Hill (NC)||-||5|
|6||Chapel Hill (NC)||-||6|
|7||Lone Peak (UT)||-||7|
|8||HB Woodlawn (VA)||-||8|
|10||Holy Family Catholic (OH)||-1||9|
|13||Neuqua Valley (IL)||+4||17|
|15||Four Rivers (MA)||-||15|
|18||Carolina Friends (NC)||-||18|
|20||Green Hope (NC)||+1||21|
|21||Brebeuf Jesuit (IN)||-|
|22||Edina High School (MN)||+2||24|
- Nathan Hale’s comeback win over the High Country Homeschoolers in the HSNI final not only rocketed them up 10 spots to #3 but it confirmed Seattle’s outstanding talent, as Franklin moved to #1 after topping Roosevelt in the Washington State tournament.
- As a result of Seattle teams’ consistently outstanding play against out-of-region competition, Washington-based teams moved up across the board in the top 25.
- The two richest areas for high school girls ultimate development — Seattle and the Triangle — are host to 12 (!) of the teams in the final Top 25 (and seven of the Top 10).
- Brebeuf Jesuit (IN) and West (UT) both debut in the Top 25 after strong weekends at the National Invite. Both teams reached the quarterfinals; Brebeuf won out in consolation to finish 5th while West lost to Edina and finished 7th.
- Why did Berkeley go from 4th to out of the rankings? The team that was ranked 4th is really a club team, Cali Roll, not a high school one.
- There was some discussion about what to do with Marcus, a team out of Texas that played no girls ultimate this season (though, last year, they sent their girls’ team to the Neuqua Knockout — where they won it!). Ultimately we decided to include them, as they do feature what is a very talented high school team. Watch for Skye Fernandez on Dallas Public Enemy this club season.