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Tournaments  | Story  | 3/13/2023

High School Top 50: March 13

Tyler Russo      Cameron McElwaney     
Now a week removed from crowning 3 champions at the PG High School Showdown in Hoover, we have our first update to the ‘National High School Rankings’ as the season has been under way in all southern states and others kick off this week. This list is still full of teams that were in the Preseason Top 50, even though some have gotten off to tougher starts than others, and it is because we are still taking into account the talent these teams possess and are looking at their overall outlook for the rest of the season and their pursuit of state titles all around the country.

Starting at the top, we have a new top team as IMG Academy (Fla.) seemingly cruised to their championship win at the Showdown, handing Houston County (Ga.) their only loss of the spring so far in a big way. They’ve got a plethora of talent and have shown that their pitching staff is amongst the best in the country having only allowed 3 runs in 8 eight games so far. Aside from IMG, Florida is very well represented on a national scale with Preseason No. 1 Calvary Christian (Fla.) at 2, Stoneman Douglas (Fla.) at 3 and Tampa Jesuit (Fla.) at 4, all of whom have been great so far.

Barbe (La.) has reeled off 17 straight wins to open their spring, playing that gauntlet in just a 3-week span, and they propel themselves all the way up to 5. Bishop Gorman (Nev.) already has a few strong wins so they’re up to 6, OLSM (Mich.) holds at 7 as they start soon, Hamilton (Ariz.) holds on at 8 as they’ve got good wins early, Santa Margarita (Calif.) bumps up to 9 after a very impressive Trinity League sweep of Orange Lutheran and Houston County (Ga.) takes over the top spot in Georgia at 10 after a run to the ‘ship at the Showdown and a 12-1 record to start.

5 new teams enter the rankings this week, coming from 4 different states, and they’ve all been impressive after being considered for the preseason national rankings. Oxford (Ala.) jumps in all the way at 19 after winning their bracket at the Showdown in Hoover and they are a physical bunch with big aspirations. Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) was the other champion of Showdown, led by Antonio Jimenez, and they come in at 23. Westlake (Texas) has started the year 16-1 in Texas, an impressive feat through early spring tournament play, so they debut at 32. Cherokee Bluff (Ga.) looks like one of the top teams in Georgia at 11-0; they jump in at 36. Lastly, Cypress Woods (Texas) has shown their depth early on at 14-3 through tournaments; they’re in at 48.

New Teams: Oxford (Ala.), Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.), Westlake (Texas), Cherokee Bluff (Ga.), Cypress Woods (Texas)

Also Considered: Concordia Lutheran (Texas), Corona (Calif.), Hagerty (Fla.), Montverde Academy (Fla.) North Oconee (Ga.), Ridge Point (Texas), SA Reagan (Texas), Sulphur (La.)

Dropped Out: Hebron (Texas), Lake Creek (Texas), Southlake Carroll (Texas), Hoover (Ala.), Faith Lutheran (Nev.)
13IMG AcademyBradentonFL
21Calvary ChristianClearwaterFL
35Marjory Stoneman DouglasParklandFL
412Tampa JesuitTampaFL
519Alfred M. BarbeLake CharlesLA
610Bishop GormanLas VegasNV
77Orchard Lake St. Marys PrepOrchard LakeMI
913Santa Margarita CatholicRancho Santa MargaritaCA
1023Houston CountyWarner RobinsGA
1111Archbishop MoellerCincinnatiOH
139Harvard-WestlakeLos AngelesCA
1536Blessed Trinity CathRoswellGA
1631CatholicBaton RougeLA
1717Mt Paran ChristianKennesawGA
1816Villa ParkVilla ParkCA
new 19 OxfordOxfordAL
2021LewisburgOlive BranchMS
212JSerra CatholicSan Juan CapistranoCA
2224West MonroeWest MonroeLA
new 23 Archbishop McCarthySouthwest RanchesFL
2537Notre DameSherman OaksCA
2622Combine AcademyLincolntonNC
2735AquinasSan BernardinoCA
2828Archbishop SpaldingSevernMD
2929Brother RiceBloomfield HillsMI
3015Doral Academy CharterDoralFL
3126Jackson PreparatoryJacksonMS
new 32 WestlakeAustinTX
3333North Broward PrepCoconut CreekFL
3434Liberty NorthLibertyMO
new 36 Cherokee BluffFlowery BranchGA
3714Pearland High SchoolPearlandTX
386Huntington BeachHuntington BeachCA
3939RanneyTinton FallsNJ
4040St. XavierLouisvilleKY
4141Don Bosco PrepRamseyNJ
4343Wesleyan Christian AcademyHigh PointNC
4448The WoodlandsThe WoodlandsTX
4747De La SalleConcordCA
new 48 Cypress WoodsCypressTX
4949Bishop HendrickenWarwickRI
5025Orange LutheranOrangeCA