Renaissance Academy, which has appeared in three consecutive division championship contests, entered Wednesday’s nonleague game against Maranatha at 18-2.
Flintridge Prep is the other area boys’ team to be ranked. The Rebels are No. 6 in Division IV-A.
A pair of girls’ basketball squads are ranked, including Flintridge Prep and Glendale Adventist Academy.
The Rebels are ranked fourth in Division IV-A after advancing to the championship contest last year. Laguna Hills, Beaumont and Irvine are ranked ahead of Flintridge Prep.
Glendale Adventist Academy is No. 12 in Division V-A.
St. Francis High’s boys’ soccer team is No. 8 in Division I. The Golden Knights, who are in first place in the difficult Mission League, are the only area boys’ team ranked.
Two local girls’ water polo teams are ranked in Division IV. Crescenta Valley and Glendale are Nos. 7 and 9, respectively.
LORETTA LIKELY TO GO TO ARBITRATION
It appears that St. Francis High graduate and two-time All-Star Mark Loretta will go to arbitration in the next couple of weeks.
Loretta, a versatile infielder with the Houston Astros, batted .287 with four home runs and 41 runs batted in last season after spending the 2006 season with the Boston Red Sox.
The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that Astros General Manager Ed Wade said he had notified the agents for Loretta and closer Jose Valverde the club is prepared to have an arbitration panel decide their 2008 salaries.
Loretta is reportedly asking for $4.9 million, which is $2.15 million more than the club’s offer of $2.75 million. The Astros paid Loretta $2.5 million last year.