Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 8
The only team that isn’t part of the shakeup is top-ranked and nationally-
ranked Foothill. After that the pecking order has been re-arranged with
Castro Valley, Concord and San Marin coming up big-time. No one dropped
out but the only teams that held tight were Nos. 21 through 25.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
There was only one game played for the Falcons since the last rankings and it was an offensive explosion in an East Bay Athletic League 19-0 victory on the road at Dougherty Valley-San Ramon. San Ramon Valley and Livermore are on tap this week and we’ll see if anyone finds hitting shoes against Oklahoma-committed junior Nicole May.
The Patriots blew out cross-town arch rival Liberty to stay on top of the Bay Valley Athletic League heading into a showdown on Tuesday with an Antioch team itching for an upset.
The Dons have a 2-1 loss to Benicia to open the season but since then they don’t have any suspicious losses and can move ahead of Benicia now since that teamed stubbed its toe. Coach Teresa Mayes-Borchard and her girls are 5-1 in the EBAL and at this point that counts a lot. The Dons round out a familiar top three
Two weeks ago the Trojans were No. 20 and then they impressed with a third-place finish at the Livermore Stampede and moved up big time. Now, after wins over Bishop O’Dowd and San Leandro they move to 6-1 in the West Alameda County – Foothill League and into the top five. At this stage of the rankings just about everyone has a questionable loss and Castro Valley’s is to a decent Arroyo-San Lorenzo
It was easy anything but easy but after losing 12-2 to Dublin last week and falling behind 4-0 to Clayton Valley on Monday the Falcons scored one run in the sixth inning and four in the bottom of the seventh to win 5-4 in a game not showing on their record and they stay unblemished and atop the DVAL – Foothill going into a Tuesday match-up with Concord. We still have to drop them with the Dublin loss, particularly since the win over Benicia doesn’t look as good any longer and Castro Valley has a win over Dublin. Still, it's only one loss.
We are hesitant to move the Wildcats up any higher at least until they meet MCAL rival San Marin this week since they haven’t really played any tough competition other then P2P CCS No. 3 Presentation and they lost that game. Even so, sophomore Annabel Teperson is one of the top pitchers in the NCS and she hits as well plus Utah-bound Julia Scardina is has a hot bat along with several other girls. Remember, this team has no home field and plays all its games on the road and bats last if they are the home team in league.
A loss to CIF Sac-Joaquin Section power and Livermore Stampede runner-up Sheldon-Sacramento doesn’t drop the Panthers but a 5-2 head-scratching loss to Northgate-Walnut Creek does, but not too far because they have a win over Amador Valley and a date this week with Alhambra.
The Panthers took a BVAL loss to neighboring Pittsburg but that team has another upset win over Concord. The who-beat-whom syndrome continues as we sort out the jigsaw puzzle
We’re going to look to the future and move the Minutemen girls up into the top 10 despite a head-to-head loss to Alhambra since they just posted a win over Clayton Valley and they meet College Park this week
The Bulldogs DVAL – Foothill losses are to Concord and Clayton Valley but they beat a Northgate team that upset Benicia and they’re in second place in league behind College Park and they face Benicia and College Park this week.
The Ugly Eagles have Losses to Concord and College Park since the last rankings, but they have wins over Carondelet, upset-minded Pittsburg and Northgate, and they have a win over Alhambra but now fall in behind that team coming into this week with a 2-3 league record but all the losses are to teams above them.
The Mustangs lone losses are to Concord and Foothill to open the season, and even though the competition has not been sparkling Utah-committed junior pitcher and slugger Madison Papenhausen and her Mustangs mates have won 12 straight games. Papenhausen is tied for the lead in home runs in the NCS with nine heading into a Wednesday MCAL showdown with Marin Catholic.
The Matadors took a loss to California last week but they are still 4-3 in the EBAL with the other two losses to Foothill and Amador Valley, plus they have wins over Pittsburg, Arroyo, Dublin and Northgate, and each of those teams has an upset win over teams ranked ahead of Coach Johnny Heinz and his girls. The result is a five spot drop
The Cougars only loss to a team ranked below them is to American after a MVAL win over Kennedy-Fremont last week keeps them with one league loss. This week they face a Moreau team they own a win over.
The Mariners won their only game last week to go to 7-1 after shutting out the American team that has a win over Newark Memorial. We’re going to leave them behind Newark Memorial and see if they can avenge the earlier loss
In only one game last week the Dragons went to 5-1 in the West Alameda County – Foothill League after they got a second win over an Arroyo team that has a win over a Castro Valley team they lost to 2-1 last week
The Cougars get back one of the two spots they lost last week after a 2-0 loss to Foothill, a 2-0 win over Livermore and a blowout of Monte Vista-Danville gets them to 7-1 in the EBAL heading into a game with Granada, and in this group they would be higher if not for so many losses.
The Grizzlies get back the spot they lost last week plus one more up after a 4-2 win over Granada gets them to 5-1 in the EBAL. An argument can be made for them to be higher but it’s hard to have them jump Carondelet since they suffered a 10-0 mercy-shortened affair to that team
For the second straight week the Eagles have to drop because of competitive equity but D4 Eagles are still flying higher than the D1 Eagles right below them. Oregon-committed pitcher and slugger Tehya Bird is tied for the NCS home run lead at nine with Madison Papenhausen of San Marin
Based on their competitive equity resume they Eagles have to fly a little lower this week after they lost for a second time to Moreau heading into a match-up with James Logan
We thought about moving the Yellowjackets up since they are 5-0 in the West Alameda County – Foothill League but the tough games are ahead of them with Bishop O’Dowd and Castro Valley on tap this week. It could be a big week for Coach Jason Kaneko and his girls.
The Livermore Stampede hosts lost 2-0 at Carondelet so with their win over P2P CCS No. 2 Archbishop Mitty coupled with a win over Dublin, plus the 2-1 loss to Arroyo doesn’t look as bad anymore, the Cowboys girls hold tight but they need to win some EBAL games to make the playoffs.
The girls from Behind the Redwood curtain went out of the box and played in the Shasta-Redding tournament where as expected they lost 6-3 to CIF Northern Section No. 2 Chico and 8-0 to CIFNS No. 6 Enterprise-Redding, but they won the games they were supposed to win over host Shasta and Foothill-Palo Cedro.
The Gauchos only had one game since the last rankings and it got them to 10-1 in the Tri-County – Rock League after a blowout of St. Mary’s-Berkeley
The Monarchs did not take flight since the last ranking and can continue to fall in behind the El Cerrito team that dealt them their lone loss.