High School Boys
GRR is at the Puriri Memorial Invitational this weekend in Utah, getting a good look at the Utah teams, along with one each from Arizona and Hawai'i.
Yes it's a preseason tournament but gives everyone a chance to assess their own and everyone else's quality and (crucially) depth.
With two champions crowned we have some important games in the School-Team rankings and, sadly, the final ones for those regions.
Southern California and North Carolina will shift to club play, so it will be tough for the likes of Los Alamitos and Hough to hang onto their rankings while other teams start playing.
We're about to enter the SoCal club season, which will have an effect on the top end of our HS Club Top 50.
With the North Carolina school season being done, we've got the Carolina Ruggerfest a little over a week from now, and the Puriri Memorial Invitational this coming weekend.
Since the beginning of the Southern California school season, Los Alamitos was in the conversation.
But, as we saw throughout the December-through-February season, there were a lot of close games at the top, which meant the playoffs were somewhat up in the air. Los Al lost to Torrey Pines on December 15 by the score of 15-12.
The Puriri Memorial Invitational is set for this coming weekend in St. George, Utah.
This tournament is a traditional kickoff tournament for teams in Utah and in neighboring states. For the past few years this tournament has been named in honor of Ra Puriri, the father of longtime Utah HS coaches Colin and Michael Puriri.