The Times' Rankings

Rk School (Rec.-Div.) Comment and last ranking
1 MISSION VIEJO (14-0, SS-Div. II) Deserves to be mentioned among Southland's best ever. (1)
2 S.O. NOTRE DAME (14-0), SS-Div. III) What we wouldn't give for a game vs. Mission Viejo. (2)
3 L.B. POLY (13-1, SS-Div. I) DeSean Jackson stole the show, and the title. (4)
4 COR. CENTENNIAL (13-1, SS-Div. V) Stupid us, began the year unranked. (11)
5 LOS ALAMITOS (12-2, SS-Div. I) Defense played well enough to be champion. (3)
6 LAKEWOOD (11-2, SS-Div. I) Luthur Brown-led defense was second to none. (7)
7 VALENCIA (12-2, SS-Div. II) Only losses were to teams ranked 1-2. (5)
8 ST. BONAVENTURE (13-1, SS-Div. IV) Seraphs secured fifth title in six years. (8)
9 ORANGE LUTHERAN (13-1, SS-Div. VI) In championship games, sixth time's the charm. (9)
10 BIRMINGHAM (10-4, City) For City champs, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. (18)
11 LOYOLA (9-3, SS-Div. I) Three losses by a combined 13 points. (13)
12 MATER DEI (8-3, SS-Div. I) Met its match against an emerging Esperanza. (6)
13 DORSEY (12-2, City) Johnson & Johnson were double trouble for nearly everyone. (10)
14 DOMINGUEZ (12-2, SS-Div. III) Dons fell in a track meet with Notre Dame. (NR)
15 NORCO (12-2, SS-Div. V) Toby Gerhart, Cougars were runners-up again. (15)
16 TAFT (10-2, City) Ten wins in a row, but couldn't carry momentum past Birmingham. (12)
17 ESPERANZA (9-4, SS-Div. I) Late-season changes yielded late-season charge. (NR)
18 CRENSHAW (10-3, City) Cougars twice lacked the horsepower against Dorsey. (16)
19 TEMESCAL CANYON (12-1, SS-Div. V) Best-ever season ends with season-low 21 points vs. Norco. (17)
20 PALMDALE (8-3, SS-Div. II) Caught looking ahead, embarrassed in first round of playoffs. (14)
21 NEWPORT HARBOR (12-1-1, SS-Div. VI) Only loss was a complete dismantling in division final. (24)
22 CRESPI (11-3, SS-Div. X) Randle Harris led Celts to first championship since 1986. (NR)
23 SAN CLEMENTE (10-3, SS-DIV. II) Title hopes diminished with Josh Fortin's injured ankle. (23)
24 SERRANO (14-0, SS-Div. VIII) Diamondback defense packed bite, delivered its first title. (NR)
25 OAKS CHRISTIAN (14-0, SS-Div. XI) Put up astounding numbers against a small-school schedule. (25)
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