Pass Tha Ball Prep Polls in Review (week of March 6, 2016)
By Bob Corwin
Below is the first Pass Tha Ball Prep Polls in Review for the 2015-2016 season. With the high school season finishing up, a few more looks will be given as to which teams were regarded best by the four organizations ranking high school teams nationally.
The approach used
An approach which has been used in football is the basis for what is done here. The four national polls (links below) were reviewed and 25 points assigned to the team ranked first down to one point for a team ranked 25th. Then the points were added up (maximum score 100) to create the ranking order.
Top tier only
A brief check on the internet indicates there are close to 20,000 high schools (total public and private) in the USA. This means any team mentioned below is approximately in the top 1/10 of 1% in this sport! Quite the honor!
Current state of affairs
Right now St. Mary’s of Stockton, California, leads Duncanville, Texas, by a slight margin. Duncanville recently finished its season winning the Texas 6A title in dominating fashion. St. Mary’s still has several more games to play and will not finish before March 26 if it goes all the way. There was strong consensus for the first nine teams after which opinions start to diverge sharply with over forty different schools being recognized in at least one poll.
California and Texas
One thing you will should note was how strong California and Texas were with four teams recognized from each state in this consensus poll. Play is completed in Texas but still going on in California.
Looking briefly at the four individual polls
MaxPreps tends to be the most result oriented and least forgiving for losses to unranked teams. On the flip side, MaxPreps rewards the quality teams perceived to have the most difficult schedules with the highest rankings to start the season.
ESPN refers to its poll as “Power Rankings.” It is the most forgiving of losses, looking at what would be expected of teams if they met in the future (who’s better in a theoretical future meeting which may never occur).
USA Today (oldest poll) and Blue Star (run by a former USA Today pollster) use similar methodology, tending to be more record oriented than ESPN, but more willing to forgive losses by perceived “good teams” than MaxPreps. Individuals who run the Blue Star and USA Today polls also simultaneously conduct polls for other sports. Thus, due to more limited time availability, these tend to have less actual personal viewing input of teams than the other two polls include (ESPN probably highest here in its ranked teams seen in person).
Here are the links to the individual polls:
Pass Tha Ball Prep Polls in Review (from polls released week of March 6, 2016)
1 St. Mary’s High School (Stockton, California) 100 (4 first place votes)
2 Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas) 96
3-4 Centennial High School (Las Vegas, Nevada) 89
3-4 Paul VI Catholic High School (Fairfax, Virginia) 89
5 Miramonte High School (Orinda, California) 81
6 Riverdale Baptist School (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) 76
7 Neumann-Goretti High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 65
8 Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, California) 64
9 Bellevue High School (Bellevue, Washington) 61
10 St. Francis High School (Alpharetta, Georgia) 49
11 St. John Vianney High School (Holmdel, New Jersey) 39
12 Forestville High School (Forestville, Maryland) 37
13 Villa Maria Academy High school (Malvern, Pennsylvania) 31
14-15 Chaminade College Preparatory School (West Hills, California) 26
14-15 Highlands Ranch High School (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) 26
16 Ribault High School (Jacksonville, Florida) 25
17 Seton Catholic Preparatory School (Chandler, Arizona) 24
18 Argyle High School (Argyle, Texas) 20
19-20 Canyon High School (Canyon, Texas) 19
19-20 Konawaena High School (Kealakekua, Hawaii) 19
21-22-23-24 Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois) 18
21-22-23-24 Central Valley High School (Spokane Valley, Washington) 18
21-22-23-24 Dekaney High School (Houston, Texas) 18
21-22-23-24 Wenonah High School (Birmingham, Alabama) 18
25 Hopkins High School (Minnetonka, Minnesota) 16
Teams with location are listed according to total number of points garnered 25 for first down to one for 25th place. Where there are ties, teams are listed alphabetically. Again, for more details on each team, see the four polls individually. Another review will come out in a few weeks with the last one in April if all goes as planned.