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National HS Top 50: April 4

High School : : Rankings
Vincent Cervino        
Published: Tuesday, April 04, 2017

National High School Top 50: March 28

After capturing the crown at the 2017 National High School Invitational, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) has re-claimed their spot atop the High School Top 50. Led by seniors, and draft prospects, Garrett Mitchell and Tristan Hanoian, the Lancers were able to be very effective during the weekend and even exhibited grittiness during their numerous comeback victories.

Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) drops to No. 2 after dropping their first game of the 2017 campaign and they are followed by Huntington Beach (Calif.), Buchanan (Calif.) and Oxford (Miss.) to round out the top 5.

Other participants of the NHSI included in the rankings are No. 3 Huntington Beach, No. 10 Winder-Barrow (Ga.), No. 11 Cullman (Ala.), No. 17 American Heritage (Fla.), No. 45 Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.) and No. 49 Brother Rice (Ill.).

There are six newcomers to the list for this edition as George Ranch (Texas), Spring Hill (Tenn.), Shawnee (Okla.), Lake Brantley (Fla.), Northern Guilford (N.C.) and St. Joe’s Regional (N.J.) all join the list. George Ranch is off to a hot start at (20-1) and is ranked the highest of the newcomers checking in at No. 35 on the list.

Winder-Barrow makes the largest jump this week, moving up 11 spots after their impressive performance in the NHSI. The offense for the Bulldogs is explosive with Vanderbilt signee Pat DeMarco and Kennesaw State commit Beau Hanna leading the charge. The pitching was impressive as Winder-Barrow limited a daunting Huntington Beach offense to just one run in 10 innings.

A lot of the northern schools began their seasons last week and will continue to rack up stats from here on out. Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) and Malvern Prep (Penn.) have still not played game one, but St. Joe’s Regional got their first victory of the season over the weekend. As the Northeast and Midwest heats up, more teams from those respective areas will likely join the Top 50.

15Orange LutheranOrangeCA
21Archbishop McCarthySouthwest RanchesFL
32Huntington BeachHuntington BeachCA
63Alfred M. BarbeLake CharlesLA
88South HillsWest CovinaCA
1213North GwinnettSuwaneeGA
1415Rancho BernardoSan DiegoCA
1520Bishop GormanLas VegasNV
1617American HeritagePlantationFL
1919Blessed Trinity CathRoswellGA
226CanterburyFort MyersFL
2431EastlakeChula VistaCA
2525Seton Hall PreparatoryWest OrangeNJ
2614Colleyville HeritageColleyvilleTX
2735Christopher ColumbusMiamiFL
2836West MonroeWest MonroeLA
2923Monsignor Edward PaceMiamiFL
3227North DavidsonLexingtonNC
3333Deer CreekEdmondOK
3430Marjory Stoneman DouglasParklandFL
new 35 George RanchFort Bend CountyTX
3642Oak GroveHattiesburgMS
new 37 Spring HillColumbiaTN
3838Malvern PreparatoryMalvernPA
new 39 ShawneeShawneeOK
new 44 Lake BrantleyAltamonte SpringsFL
new 45 Northern GuilfordGreensboroNC
4643Trinity Christian AcademyJacksonvilleFL
4745Cathedral CatholicSan DiegoCA
4932Brother RiceChicagoIL
new 50 St. Joseph RegionalMontvaleNJ
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