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Yates Wins National Title

When Yates (Houston) High met Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann & Goretti on Dec. 22 in Oahu, Hawaii, the teams knew they were playing for the Iolani Classic holiday tournament title. They had no way of knowing they were playing for a national title, too.

As it turns out, the difference in the game Ė a 97-96 Yates victory Ė is the only thing separating the two top teams in the final RivalsHigh Top 100 boys basketball rankings.

Their game couldnít have been any closer.

Neumann & Goretti led by nine points in the second half but couldnít hold off a hard-charging, ever-pressing Yates club. When a 22-footer at the buzzer by Neumann & Goretti didnít find the mark, Yates had a victory in its toughest game of the season.

No. 1 Yates (34-0) went on to capture the Texas Class 4A state title; No. 2 Neumann & Goretti (30-1) ended the season as the Pennsylvania Class 3A champion. But both teams have a game for the ages to look back on.

"It was one of the most bizarre and unbelievable games I've ever been a part of as a coach," Neumann & Goretti head coach Carl Arrigale said. "It was a challenge and a lot of fun for our kids. For the people who were there, I don't know if they'll see a better high school basketball game in their lives."

With that, a few tidbits about our final rankings:

  • It was quite a year for public schools. Not only did Yates finish No. 1, but public schools have four teams in the Top 10, including Ames (Iowa) High at No. 5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester at No. 8 and Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose at No. 10.

  • Itís hard to pick a top region out of the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest and West as all have at least four teams in the top 25. The South has the most with eight, but it is the only region without a top-five team. Montverde (Fla.) Academy is the regionís top team at No. 6.

  • Texas gets the call as the top state. In addition to No. 1 Yates, it has three other schools in the Top 25 and 10 total in the overall 100. California is second with eight teams, followed by Florida with seven and New Jersey with six.

  • Last seasonís top-ranked team, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, finished this season at No. 3. Itís the highest ranking among schools many consider the traditional basketball powers. Others in that group: Newark (N.J.) St. Benedictís is at No. 4, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick is No. 9, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei is No. 11, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill is No. 13, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony is No. 36 and Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha is No. 45.

    Now, a look at the final rankings:
    National Champs. Texas Class 4A State Champs: Yates set a national record for games over 100 points scored.
    Pennsylvania Class 3A State Champs: Five wins over ranked teams and a one-point loss to Yates has boosted the top team in Pennsylvania to No. 2 nationally.
    3Findlay PrepHendersonNV32-29
    Findlay Prep, which started No. 1 preseason, ends at No. 3 after winning another NHSI title.
    4St. Benedict's PrepNewarkNJ20-15
    The Grey Bees settle for a top five finish. An undefeated season could have meant No. 2 in the nation.
    5Ames SeniorAmesIA27-06
    Iowa 4A State Champs: Ames ended the season up one spot from where it started, No. 6 nationally. Harrison Barnes and his teammates enjoyed back-to-back undefeated seasons.
    6Montverde AcademyMontverdeFL23-57
    The Eagles played great basketball in 2010 including consecutive wins over Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, and Sagemont (Fla.). They lost in the finals of the NHSI to Findlay Prep.
    7Providence SchoolJacksonvilleFL31-112
    Florida Class 2A State Champs: Providence's lone set-back was a three-point loss to No. 6 Montverde on Dec. 5.
    8WestchesterLos AngelesCA32-314
    California CIF Division I State Champs: The Comets came to play inthe CIF playoffs and knocked off three ranked teams to win the title.
    9St. PatrickElizabethNJ26-311
    St. Patrick was kicked out of its state tournament and was not eligible for the NHSI.
    Tennessee Class 3A State Champs: Getting out of Memphis was as tough as any region in the nation this year. Winning the state title as well is good for a top ten finish.
    11Mater DeiSanta AnaCA32-24
    Mater Dei used a five-guard attack and nearly won a state title.
    12Winter ParkWinter ParkFL29-618
    Florida Class 6A State Champs: Winter Park has a great resume of wins and a handful of disappointing losses. However the team was able to come together for the playoff championship run.
    13Oak Hill AcademyMouth Of WilsonVA29-48
    Oak Hill cost itself a higher ranking with a disappointing opening round loss in the NHSI.
    14Kalamazoo CentralKalamazooMi27-1NR
    Michigan Class A State Champs: A state title to go along with knocking off Detroit Country Day eliminates any doubt which team is best in state.
    Oregon Class 6A State Champs: Jesuit had to go through the No. 3 team in the state - Westview - three times this season.
    16Christ SchoolArdenNC37-210
    Christ School fell from the top ten with an opening round loss to Winter Park in the NHSI.
    Georgia Class 5A Staet Champs: Milton has played one of the most aggressive schedules in Georgia and it benefited from it in the playoffs.
    18Bishop GormanLas VegasNV30-220
    Nevada Class 4A State Champs: Gorman had a few nice wins this season but the Gaels gained more credit with two losses to Findlay Prep and Mater Dei.
    19Plymouth Whitemarsh SrPlymouth MeetingPA30-236
    Pennsylvania Class 4A State Champs: The Colonials did not have a signature win entering the state tournament but gained national respect with a 52-50 loss to St. Benedict's. Downing Penn Wood for the title added to the resume.
    20Country DayBeverly HillsMI26-227
    Michigan Class B State Champs: Country Day floated in the 20s all season and ended the year with a state title.
    Texas Class 5A State Champs: Bush made its debut on the heels of winning a state title.
    Louisiana Class 4A State Champs: Peabody was unbeaten, but without a signature win it is hard to get it into the Top 20.
    24Lakeview CentennialGarlandTX33-430
    A loss in the state finals is an acceptable ending to a remarkable run in 2010.
    25Bishop MiegeShawnee MissionKS25-031
    Kansas Class 5A State Champs: Chalk up another undefeated and untested team. The Stags may be the best in Kansas, but how they would fare nationally is sight unseen.
    26Trenton Catholic AcademyHamiltonNJ26-3NR
    New Jersey Non-Public Group B State Champs Trenton has had a good season turn great with its title win.
    Ohio Division I State Champs: Jackson took care of business in state as well as beating Chartiers Valley, the Pennsylvania 4A finalist, this season.
    Lincoln knocked out Northland and then promptly got beat by Jackson Massilon.
    Northland had national title hopes but was blown out in its playoff loss to Lincoln.
    Oregon Class 5A State Champs: Jefferson beat Rainier Beach, Federal Way and Kentwood out of Washington to go with the state title.
    Georgia Class 3A State Champs: Columbia played in eight nationally ranked games this season, prepping them for a run to the state title.
    32WagnerSan AntonioTX38-238
    High hopes for a state title didn't materialize.
    North Carolina Class 2A State Champs: Kinston was not challenged much at all in state, and was 2-3 in nationally ranked games.
    34Penn WoodLansdownePA27-426
    Penn Wood had four losses by a combined 12-points. It lost the state finals to Plymouth Whitemarsh.
    35White StationMemphisTN28-928
    Memphis depth really shines here as White Station has shown really well in national games and made a state finals.
    36St. AnthonyJersey CityNJ27-333
    Lost in the Non-Public Group B state finals - in triple overtime.
    37Paterson CatholicPatersonNJ28-134
    The Cougars were, once again, unable to finish the season with a state title.
    38Saint Paul JohnsonSaint PaulMN32-042
    Minnesota Class 3A State Champs: Johnson made believers out of plenty of doubters this season. An undefeated state title sealed a national ranking.
    39North CentralIndianapolisIN25-343
    Indiana Class 4A State Champs: The Panthers have a very good coach and a number of top players in the state - a good combination for success.
    The Lions lost in the state title game to No. 17 Milton.
    41Junipero SerraGardenaCA34-254
    California CIF Division III State Champs: Serra is turning into a legit sports power in California.
    42TaftWoodland HillsCA26-655
    A solid season for a team that much was expected. A blow out loss to St. Patrick may leave a bad taste going into next season.
    43Regis JesuitAuroraCO27-141
    Colorado Class 5A State Champs: Jesuit is getting the benefit of the doubt as the Crusaders do not have a signature win this season and needed overtime to win a basketball poor state title.
    Gonzaga was able to knock off DeMatha in the postseason to end the year in the top 50.
    Washington D,C. Champs: DeMatha held the No. 1 spot most of the season in the Capital City.
    46Orlando ChristianOrlandoFL26-644
    Florida Class 1A State Champs: The Warriors made a nice run to win the state title beating Arlington Country Day to do so.
    47Chartiers ValleyBridgevillePA29-2NR
    Char Valley nearly knocked off Neumann-Goretti in the finals.
    Ridgeway was not able to get out of Memphis this season. That is not a knock on the team as Memphis may have been the best hoops city this season.
    49Shelby ValleyPikevilleKY32-4NR
    Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Winner: Kentucky state finals tournament is by far the best in the country. Here is to hoping more states name one champion.
    50MarcusFlower MoundTX37-349
    The Marauders made it to the state semis before falling. Marcus also has a win over Long Beach Poly on its resume.
    Ballou lost in the Washington D.C. finals to DeMatha.
    52Christ The KingMiddle VillageNY26-548
    NYS Class AA State Champs: The Royals have six wins over nationally ranked teams to go with the state title.
    53Newark MemorialNewarkCA30-546
    Newark Memorial suffered a tough loss in the CIF Division I State Title game.
    Bellaire's history of not finishing the deal comes a reality again as it did not even make the state semifinals.
    55Wichita HeightsWichitaKS23-253
    Kansas Class 6A State Champs: Heights ends the 2009-10 season just outside of the top 50.
    Connecticut Class LL State Champs: Central rolled to an undefeated season in Connecticut.
    57Arlington Country DayJacksonvilleFL23-656
    The Apaches lost in the state finals to Orlando Christian Prep.
    Mississippi Class 6A State Champs: Starkville was ranked for most of the season and capped the year with a title.
    59Greater Atlanta ChristianNorcrossGA32-158
    Georgia Class 2A State Champs: The Spartans lone loss was a five-point setback to Memphis Melrose, proving they could play with anyone.
    60Estrella FoothillsGoodyearAZ31-159
    Arizona Class 3A State Champs: Lead by Corey Hawkins, Estrella has elevated to No. 1 in Arizona.
    61Camden CatholicCherry HillNJ28-151
    New Jersey Non-Public Group A State Champs: Camden Catholic checks in as the No. 6 team in Jersey.
    62DouglassOklahoma CityOK29-0NR
    Oklahoma Class 4A State Champs: Douglass was the best team regardless of class in Oklahoma. With a core of underclassmen returning a higher ranking could be earned in 2010-11.
    Virginia Class 3A State Champs: Norcom ended Petersburg's shot at an undefeated season.
    Westview was never able to get over Jesuit, losing three to the No. 1 team in Oregon - including the state finals.
    The Longhorns only lost once since the calendar turned to 2010, but unfortunately it was in the playoffs.
    Arkansas Class 7A State Champs: The Wampus Cats did not lose in 2010 rolling to a state title in Arkansas.
    Missouri Class 4A State Champs: Kearney ended the undefeated run of St. Francis Borgia.
    68PolyLong BeachCA28-571
    Poly was 2-3 in nationally ranked games but did not make a deep playoff run. A great 2010-11 is expected from a team that returns a lot.
    Florida Class 3A State Champs: Ending the season undefeated and state champs is a safe play for being nationally ranked.
    Minnesota Class 4A State Champs: Hopkins is the name brand in Minnesota basketball. It won a state title but still finished No. 2 in the state.
    71Boys & GirlsBrooklynNY28-645
    A long layoff may have hurt the team before the state finals.
    72HillcrestCountry Club HillsIL30-3NR
    Illinois Class 3A State Champs: Illinois hoops was not as good as usual leading to a non-4A team to be No. 1 overall.
    Jefersonville knocked off former top ten team, Bloomington South, derailing its chance for an undefeated season, but then could not finish strong.
    74Bloomington SouthBloomingtonIN22-161
    Back-to-back undefeated seasons has still never happened in the history of Indiana high school hoops.
    75La MarqueLa MarqueTX33-375
    La Marque ended 2010 as the No. 4 team in Texas 4A.
    76The Nichols SchoolBuffaloNY24-7NR
    NYS Class A State Champs: The Nichols School made a stunning run to a state title. The No. 1 team from Buffalo makes the RivalsHigh 100 for the first time.
    Winning the NY Class A title was nice. However also winning the NYS Class A title was not meant to be.
    78Miller GroveLithoniaGA27-676
    Georgia Class 4A State Champs: Miller had been on the bubble most of the season. Winning a state title gets it in.
    Bearden was good this but not elite. A solid team out of East Tennessee.
    80St. Francis BorgiaWashingtonMO30-178
    A lone loss in the state finals keeps it in the RivalsHigh 100.
    Peterburg lost in the state finals ruining a chance at an undefeated season and top 50 national ranking.
    Ballard lost in the Sweet Sixteen finals.
    83PriceLos AngelesCA33-385
    California CIF Division IV State Champs: Price looked good in the state finals, but based on the matchup it should have.
    84Putnam CityOklahoma CityOK25-5NR
    Oklahoma Class 6A State Champs: Putnam City did not make it look pretty all season but did get it done when it counted.
    Illinois Class 4A State Champs: The No. 1 team out of Chicago checks in at No. 85 nationally. A little down for Chicago standards.
    86HallLittle RockAR27-382
    Arkansas Class 6A State Champs: Hall began the year in the top 50, a couple early losses knocked them out. Winning the state places them back into the national ranking.
    South Carolina Class 4A State Champs: The lone South Carolina representative in the RivalsHigh 100.
    88Mount St. JosephBaltimoreMd30-488
    Mt. St. Joseph is rewarded for a great season despite a tough ending.
    Arizona Class 5A Division I State Champs: North was the No. 1 team preseason in the state and ended the year No. 2.
    Christian lost in the state finals to Christ School.
    91Bishop O'DowdOaklandCA30-4NR
    O'Dowd lost to Serra in overtime of the state title game.
    California CIF Division II State Champs: San Diego Lincoln did not have the best non-conference schedule but winning states in California is a great ending.
    93Half Hollow Hills WestDix HillsNY25-124
    Half Hollow Hills West was in contention for a top twenty finish.
    94Whitney YoungChicagoIL23-7NR
    Young lost the state finals to Simeon in Illinois.
    95Pine CrestFt LauderdaleFL25-591
    Pine Crest was in the rankings most of the season. A couple bad games knocked them out, only to rebound for a state tournament final.
    96United Faith Christian AcademyCharlotteNC22-592
    North Carolina Private School 1A State Champ: Faith Academy climbs into the ranking with a state title.
    97Cedar HillCedar HillTX27-593
    The Longhorns were expected to compete for a state title. That expectation fell a little short.
    98Bishop LoughlinBrooklynNY23-664
    Bishop Loughlin had been as high as No. 1 in the state before a tough end to the season.
    Wisconsin Division I State Champs: Arrowhead dominated Madison Memorial to win the state title and end the year nationally ranked.
    100West AnchorageAnchorageAK25-2NR
    Alaska Class 4A State Champs: West Anchorage was the No. 1 team in the state from beginning to end.

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