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Boys HS School Top 50 2024: Final Week

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Boys HS School Top 50 2024: Final Week

Gonzaga and St. Ignatius are top two. Terianne Sousa photo.

Well here we are for the final school-team rankings of the year.

This is often the time when we at GRR get the most criticism of our rankings and that makes sense, because it's the last one; there's no extra week to correct anything. It's also the time when teams ranked just outside of a milestone group (such as the Top 10) feel a little overlooked. It's, again, understandable. But in the end there's little difference between Ranking A and Ranking A+1. (OK, if you're #1 that's cool ...)

We had a nice, long look at the MIAA finals and were impressed with the level of rugby. We're often skeptical of leagues where teams don't travel, but this league, which is a full school-team league endorsed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, seems to be a bit of a step above most leagues that don't travel much. Boston College did indeed travel and that's why they had a higher ranking all season. But Xaverian Brothers pushed them pretty hard and looked good. In addition, Weymouth won the D2 and while we don't have a lot of D2 teams in the rankings, we do have a few—Cavemen is one example. Medina isn't technically, a D2 team but there is a Varsity league above them, so in one sense they are. Those teams are, or were, ranked. We could argue that the single-school teams in North Carolina are a division below the club league.

Regardless, we got to watch Weymouth more closely, and they're pretty buttoned-up, and we decided to put them in the Top 50. However, it was really tough to drop anyone at this stage, so we have two teams tied at #50.

Staples ... Staples moves up dramatically after winning Connecticut. This is one of those situation where you've got one or two results from a while ago dictating a teams ranking. Staples have improved markedly since the beginning of the season and their defeat of Greenwich bumps them up dramatically. Greenwich, which had a weird season in which they logged impressive results and then some losses that undercut those wins, moves down a bit. Most of that is the result of a comparison of their results those of St. Edward /. St. Xavier. That's why we moved those Ohio teams above them.

So that's it. Thanks to all of the coaches who helped us with this. We enjoyed it. 

Rank Prev Team Notes
1 1 Gonzaga (DC)  
2 2 St. Ignatius (OH)  
3 3 De La Salle (CA)  
4 4 East HS (UT)  
5 5 Herriman (UT)  
6 6 Xavier (NY) Beat Corning, Pelham (22)
7 9 Los Alamitos (CA)  
8 10 Torrey Pines (CA)  
9 11 Cathedral Catholic (CA)  
10 7 BC High (MA) Beat St. John's (42), Xaverian Brothers (49)
11 36 Staples (CT) Beat Greenwich (8)
12 12 St. Xavier (OH)  
13 13 St. Edward (OH)  
14 8 Greenwich (CT) Lost to Staples (36)
15 14 St. Thomas Aquinas (KS)  
16 16 Gregory the Great (PA)  
17 15 St. Martin's (KS)  
18 17 St. Joe's Prep (PA)  
19 18 St. Francis (CA)  
20 19 Sacramento Jesuit (CA)  
21 20 Dallas Jesuit (TX)  
22 21 Marquette HS (WI)  
23 22 Pelham HS (NY) Beat McQuaid Jesuit (43). Lost to Xavier (6)
24 49 Xaverian Bros. (MA) Beat Milton. Close loss to BC High (7)
25 23 Rye (NY)  
26 38 Fairfield Prep (CT)  
27 24 St. Augustine (NJ)  
28 25 East HS (CO)  
29 26 New Trier (IL)  
30 27 ND de la Salette (IL)  
31 28 SLUH (MO)  
32 29 Strake Jesuit (TX)  
33 30 Hough (NC)  
34 31 St. Ignatius SF (CA)  
35 32 Georgetown Prep (MD)  
36 33 Lake Travis (TX)  
37 34 Eagle (ID)  
38 35 Bixby (OK)  
39 37 Detroit Central Cath. (MI)  
40 39 Moeller (OH)  
41 40 Monarch (CO)  
42 44 Marvin Ridge HS (NC)  
43 41 Jesuit New Orleans (LA)  
44 42 St. John's (MA) Lost to BC High (7)
45 45 Warrior (OH)  
46 46 Kahuku (HI)  
47 47 Medina (OH)  
48 43 McQuaid Jesuit (NY) Lost to Pelham (22)
49 Unr Weymouth (MA) Beat Hanover


48 Regis Jesuit (CO)  
50 Christian Brothers (NJ) cbcbcbcbc