Flintridge Sacred Heart has been No. 1 in Division I-A since it defeated previous No. 1 and Mission League rival Harvard-Westlake on Oct. 4. Harvard-Westlake, the No. 2 team in the division, hosts Sacred Heart this Thursday in a rematch that has a likely top seed in the playoffs and a Mission League title riding on it.
Former No. 1 St. Francis tumbled in the Western Division rankings for the second straight week, falling from third to fifth after its loss to Crespi on Saturday.
The Flintridge Prep water polo team fell from eighth to 10th in Division VI, while the Crescenta Valley boys' cross-country team weighs in at eighth in the latest Division I poll. The Falcons have been as high as seventh this year, but hadn't been ranked for two weeks. The jump up is likely due to the team's performance at the Mt. SAC Invitational in which Zack Torres took 12th in the Division I Male Sweepstakes race and his teammates took first in the Division I green race.
The Crescenta Valley girls' cross-country team (third, Division I), as well as both the Flintridge Prep girls (third, Division V) and boys (second, Division V) stayed put.
SERRA SCHEDULING GIVES ST. FRANCIS AND CO. FITS
With the departure of Sherman Oaks of Notre Dame from the Mission League, many thought St. Francis High's football schedule would be far easier.
Nothing's been further from the truth.
According to St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, most of the alumni he's talked to believe this is the toughest schedule the Golden Knights have had — ever.
Much of that can be attributed to Notre Dame, along with Harvard-Westlake, leaving the Mission League.
Therefore, the Mission League was left with just four teams, just like the Serra League — which now consists of Notre Dame, Bishop Amat, Crespi and Loyola.
An agreement with the leagues has members of each league playing two games against teams from the other league.