March 14, 2022 by Charlie Eisenhood in Rankings with 0 comments
Welcome to the first edition of the 2022 High School Power Rankings! It’s been a tough two years for high school ultimate teams, so we are thrilled to bring back the Power Rankings this season. The rankings can be permanently found on our Youth Rankings page.
Because many youth teams have not played yet this season, these rankings should certainly be considered preliminary and will change during the course of the spring. The rankings will eventually be used to determine invitations to the 2022 High School National Invite; currently, we plan to use the rankings published the week of May 16th as the final rankings before final bids are sent out (many bids will be sent out on a rolling basis).
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Without further ado, here are the Top 25 teams in the Boys’ and Girls’ High School Divisions!
High School Boys Power Rankings:
- After a tremendous 2021 season, the Nathan Hale / Waldorf boys took down the Washington state championships in the fall and solidified their spot atop the 2022 preseason power rankings. They’ll be in attendance at the 2022 HSNI.
- #2 Jordan is coming off of a 15-5 Queen City win over #9 Center Grove, who had defeated them in pool play.
- After some lean seasons, #9 Center Grove is back as one of the strongest teams in the midwest.
- #17 Northwest and #20 Wissahickon make their Power Rankings debuts. Northwest lost by just one to #7 Lincoln in the WA state quarterfinals. Wissahickon had a strong 2021 season and will be a key team to watch at the YULA Invite coming up at the end of the month.
- Minnesota is starting to flash its depth, with four teams inside the top 25, matching Washington for the most.
- There have been a few name changes: #8 Midtown is formerly Grady, the 2018 HSNI champs. #21 Washington-Liberty used to be Washington-Lee.
High School Girls Power Rankings:
- After drubbing a top Seattle youth club team 13-4 in the final this weekend, the South Eugene girls are your #1 team heading into the season. They’ll be in attendance at the 2022 HSNI. #2 Roosevelt and #3 Lincoln will have to wait for their chance to take the #1 spot at the Seattle Invite in May.
- Washington remains the dominant hub of high school girls ultimate. Eight WA teams debut in this year’s top 25, including four in the top 10.
- Could it be an up year for the Northeast? #7 Four Rivers and #12 Amherst hope so.
- Which team will rule the Midwest? #8 Edina is the early frontrunner, but there are plenty of challengers.
- When will we see more North Carolina high school teams find their way into the top 25? Right now, play seems to be more concentrated in club teams instead of high school based ones, but their youth scene doesn’t lack for talent.