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CIF-SS polls: Catholic schools lead in football, volleyball

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Mater Dei, Paraclete and Bishop Diego held onto their No. 1 rankings in the latest CIF-Southern Section football polls released Sept. 11.

In Division 1, Mater Dei heads a top 10 dominated by the Trinity League, with all six teams appearing: St. John Bosco (2), Orange Lutheran (4), J.Serra (8), Santa Margarita (9) and Servite (10). Chaminade, after a loss to St. John Bosco, dropped from fourth to sixth.

Paraclete remained atop Division 5 despite losing its first game of the season, 30-21, to Oaks Christian. St. Joseph/Santa Maria was ranked sixth after beating St. Bonaventure, a Division 4 school, last week. And Bishop Diego (3-0) likewise retained the top spot in Division 6, with St. Paul (1-2) eighth.

Other highly-ranked and unbeaten Catholic schools include Cathedral (ninth in Division 2), St. Francis (seventh in D-3), Damien (fourth in D-4), St. Anthony (third in D-9), and Cantwell-Sacred Heart (fifth in D-13). Mary Star is tenth in D-13, despite losing its first game last week.

On the national scene, MaxPreps’ “Xcellent 25” again placed Mater Dei first, with St. John Bosco (2-1) sixth. MaxPreps’ statewide rankings, which include all teams regardless of division, have Mater Dei and St. John Bosco again at one-two, followed by Chaminade (4, up from 5), J.Serra (7, up from 12), Servite (11, up from 26), Santa Margarita (13, up from 17), and Serra/Gardena (21, down from 19).

Girls’ Volleyball

Three Catholic schools --- Mater Dei, La Reina and Villanova Prep --- are No. 1 in their respective divisions in the first CIF-SS girls’ volleyball poll, released Sept. 11.

Mater Dei is No. 1 in Division 1, followed by Santa Margarita (3), Marymount (4) and J.Serra (9). La Reina is first, St. Paul second and St. Anthony sixth in Division 5, and Villanova Prep is first in Division 9.

Elsewhere, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks is seventh and St. Joseph of Lakewood tenth in Division 2, while in Division 3 La Salle is fourth and Notre Dame Academy sixth. Alemany is fourth and Mayfield tenth in Division 4; Bishop Amat, sixth in D-6; Pomona Catholic, ninth in D-7; and Providence of Burbank, fifth in D-8.

Cross Country

The first boys’ cross country rankings of the season, as compiled byPrepCalTrack.com, find Loyola third in Division 1, St. John Bosco fifth in Division 3, and Cathedral second, J.Serra fifth and Bishop Amat tenth in Division 4.

In girls’ cross country, Santa Margarita is seventh in Division 3; Mayfield second and J.Serra third in Division 4; and Bellarmine-Jefferson third and Sacred Heart eighth in Division 5.