Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 13
There was just one outcome that affected this week's rankings, amid the majority of games being postponed last week. That game moved Eureka into our top 10, and sent Antioch tumbling with its loss to Vintage. If this week's games get played, there is sure to be more movement as the post-season gives us some more answers.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
It's no secret that the Spartans have won 26 straight NCS titles, so their success is sometimes better gauged by its performance at the CIF level. They have won seven CIF championships, most recently capturing the Open title in 2015.
The Lions captured their first NCS title in 2017, winning the Division I championship. This year, they won the BVAL title, their first league title of any sort since 1985, and their first outright league title since winning the EBAL in 1965, a span of 53 years between outright titles.
The Ugly Eagles have won three NCS titles under coach Tim Murphy, capturing the Division II crown in 2012, 2014 and 2015. They have also not lost a league game since Murphy arrived on campus in 2012.
Playing in the same bracket year after year with De La Salle makes section titles hard to come by. The Pirates last won a NCS title in 1991, but went to a CIF final last year after beating Granite Bay in the CIF North regional, and have won 11 BVAL titles in coach Vic Galli's 17 years at the helm.
The Cardinals have reached three straight NCS title games, winning the 2016 Division IV title before losing in a shootout to Marin Catholic for last year's Division III crown. In all, Cardinal Newman has captured 12 NCS titles.
The Dragons captured the 2016 Division III title, but were thwarted by Marin Catholic in their attempt to repeat last year. O'Dowd also won the 2004 2A East Bay title.
The top seed in the Division II playoffs, the Cougars have not been atop the podium since winning back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002. Rancho Cotate has reached the semifinals in each of the last four years, losing the last two seasons by a combined total of four points.
The Grizzlies may be without a section title, but last reached the title game in 2013, falling to De La Salle after beating Pittsburg in the semifinals. California also reached the 2007 and 2010 championship games.
The Falcons reached back-to-back NCS title games in 2016 and 2017, falling to De La Salle and Liberty, respectively. Freedom has also won three BVAL titles in the past decade.
The Loggers are seeking their first NCS title since beating Casa Grande for the 2003 3A Redwood Empire crown. Eureka has gone unbeaten in each of the last two regular seasons.
The Wolves captured 3A titles in 2004 and 2007, and reached last year's Open Division semifinals after winning the 2017 EBAL crown.
The Mustangs beat Antioch for the 2016 Division I crown, which was their first title since winning back to back 3A crowns in 2001 and 2002. Monte Vista owns a total of seven section titles, including three straight from 1981-1983.
The Matadors beat Alhambra for 1995 2A East Bay title, but made it back to the championship game again last year, falling to Campolindo for the Division II crown. Granada has made it to the semifinals in each of the last three seasons.
The Dons may not own any section titles, but they were the top seed in 2004, when they made it to the title game before losing to De La Salle.
The Cougars have won four straight section titles, and own a 16-game winning streak n the post-season. Campolindo also won section crowns in 2011 and 1986.
The Knights have their best team since winning the 2005 3A East Bay title. Las Lomas also captured back to back crowns in 2002 and 2003, and have an earlier title from 1992.
Reaching the NCS title game seems to be a right for Marin Catholic, which has appeared in the last seven section title games, winning three of those games.
The Mariners have never won a NCS title, but this year has appeared to be their best bet, after storming to an unbeaten mark during the regular season. Moreau Catholic reached the semifinals in 2015, falling 31-27 to eventual champion Marin Catholic.
The Gauchos are seeking their first NCS title since beating Marin Catholic for the Division III crown in 2013.
The Matadors are looking for their first section title since beating Casa Grande for the Division II title in 2013, after upsetting Clayton Valley in the semifinals.
In its first year as a member of the NCS, the Crushers have made a big splash, winning the inaugural Vine Valley Athletic League and beating Antioch in the quarterfinals of the Division I playoffs.
The Panthers had been looking to reach the Division I title game for the second time in three years, but were upset in the quarterfinals by Vintage.
If the Pirates can get past California in the quarterfinals, San Leandro can take aim at its first section title game berth since a loss to De La Salle in the 2002 championship.
The Panthers are back in the NCS, and seeking their first section title, though they have a huge test against Bishop O'Dowd in the Division II quarterfinals.
The Jets are seeking their first NCS title in a decade, having won the 2008 crown.
The Pride are looking to regain their spot at the top of Division V, having won back-to-back section crowns in 2013 and 2014.