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Polls: Catholic schools lead in football, volleyball, cross country

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Led by national No. 1 Mater Dei, all six Trinity League teams remain in the Division 1 top 10, while Paraclete and Bishop Diego remained atop Division 5 and 6, respectively, of the latest CIF-Southern Section football rankings, released Sept. 18.

Mater Dei is followed by St. John Bosco (2), Orange Lutheran (4), J.Serra (7, up from 8), Santa Margarita (8, up from 9) and Servite (10). Chaminade, which opens Mission League play Sept. 22, remains in sixth.

Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), after a 4-0 start, made its first top 10 appearance, ranking eighth in Division 2, ahead of Cathedral (3-1), which dropped from ninth to tenth after its first loss last week.

In Division 3, unbeaten St. Francis advanced from seventh to fifth, while Damien dropped from fourth to ninth in Division 4 following its first defeat.

Paraclete (3-1) leads Division 5, trailed by St. Joseph/Santa Maria (2-2), which dropped from sixth to eighth after a one-point defeat at the hands of Bishop Diego, the leader in Division 6. St. Paul (2-2) moved from eighth to seventh in D-6.

St. Anthony’s first loss dropped the Saints from third to fifth in Division 9, and Cantwell-Sacred Heart (3-0) dipped from fifth to sixth in D-13 despite another narrow win. The first Eight-Man football rankings found unbeaten Villanova Prep fifth in Division 1.

MaxPreps’ “Xcellent 25” again place Mater Dei first nationally, with St. John Bosco sixth, while its statewide rankings again have Mater Dei and St. John Bosco one-two. Chaminade remains fourth, J.Serra ninth (down from seventh), Santa Margarita tenth (up from 13th), and Servite remaining 11th.

Girls’ Volleyball

Four Catholic schools hold the No. 1 slots of their respective divisions in the latest CIF-SS girls’ volleyball poll, released Sept. 18.

Mater Dei is No. 1 in Division 1, followed by Santa Margarita (2, up from 3), Marymount (4) and J.Serra (9). Alemany, fourth last week, assumed the top spot in Division 4, with Mayfield remaining tenth.

La Reina is first, St. Paul second and St. Anthony seventh (down from sixth) in Division 5, and Villanova Prep is first in Division 9.

In Division 2, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) rose from seventh to third, and St. Joseph (Lakewood) from tenth to eighth. La Salle is fourth and Notre Dame Academy ninth in D-3; Bishop Amat moved from sixth to third in D-6; Pomona Catholic, from ninth to seventh in D-7; and Providence of Burbank remained fifth in D-8.

Cross Country

In girls’ cross country’s Division 4 rankings, as compiled by PrepCalTrack.com, Mayfield remained second and J.Serra third, with Bishop Amat moving into fourth and St. Lucy’s Priory seventh. Pomona Catholic and Sacred Heart were ranked seventh and eighth in Division 5.

In boys’ cross country, Cathedral is the No. 1 team in Division 4 (up from No. 2), with J.Serra fourth (up from fifth) and Bishop Amat still tenth. Loyola rose to second from third in Division 1; St. John Bosco fell from fifth to ninth in Division 3; and St. Joseph (Santa Maria) moved into the top 10 at No. 8 in Division 5.

Other sports

St. Joseph (Lakewood) is fifth in Division 5 of the first CIF-SS girls’ tennis rankings, issued Sept. 18. St. Lucy’s is seventh in D-4, and Marymount tied for tenth in D-3.

In boys’ water polo, the combined Divisions 1 & 2 rankings show Mater Dei second, Santa Margarita eighth, Loyola ninth and Damien 17th. The divisions will be separated come playoff time in October.