St. Thomas More takes over Division II top spot in state soccer rankings

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By the narrowest of margins, St. Thomas More has taken over the top spot in the Division II Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association rankings for Jan. 13-19:

The Cougars edged Holy Cross by a mere point. The Tigers are second. Both teams received four first-place votes. Beau Chene received the other two first-place votes and is third. Ben Franklin is fourth with Bonnabel fifth. East Jefferson is sixth.

St. Paul’s remains the dominant team in the state and the unbeaten, unanimous choice for the top spot in Division I. Catholic of Baton Rouge is second with Jesuit up to third after a big win over Dutchtown. The Griffins are fourth and Brother Martin is now fifth. Mandeville is tenth.

Vandebilt Catholic is the unanimous No. 1 in Division III. University High is second with Loyola Prep third. Lusher Charter is fourth and Parkview Baptist is No. 5. New Orleans Military & Maritime is ninth with Archbishop Hannan tenth.

Episcopal is No. 1 in Division four with eight first-place votes. Newman is second and the Greenies got one first-place vote. Christ Episcopal is third with the other first-place vote. Catholic of New Iberia is fourth and Pope John Paul II fifth. Northlake Christian is seventh and Country Day is No. 10.

Here are your LHSSCA rankings:

DIVISION I
1 St. Paul’s [10] 150
2 Catholic – B.R. 134
3 Jesuit 133
4 Dutchtown 123
5 Brother Martin 96
5 Lafayette 96
7 Denham Springs 89
8 St. Amant 82
9 Byrd 76
10 Mandeville 67

Others receiving votes:
Baton Rouge 39
Central Lafourche 25
West Jefferson 21
Sulphur 16
Zachary 14
Captain Shreve 13
Slidell 7
Destrehan 6
West Monroe 5
Acadiana 4
Alexandria 2
Pineville 1
Central – B.R. 1

DIVISION II
1 St. Thomas More [4] 142
2 Holy Cross [4] 141
3 Beau Chene [2] 137
4 Ben Franklin 115
5 Bonnabel 110
6 East Jefferson 104
7 Neville 91
8 Terrebonne 73
9 Ouachita Parish 72
10 Benton 47

Others receiving votes:
Riverdale 45
Caddo Magnet 45
Lakeshore 27
Parkway 18
Helen Cox 11
Sam Houston 8
Belle Chasse 5
South Terrebonne 3
Woodlawn – B.R. 3
Live Oak 2
Minden 1

DIVISION III
1 Vandebilt Catholic [10] 150
2 University Lab 136
3 Loyola Prep 130
4 Lusher Charter 109
5 Parkview Baptist 107
6 E.D. White Catholic 106
7 North Vermillion 92
8 Bossier 72
9 N.O. Military & Maritime 70
10 Archbishop Hannan 46

Others receiving votes:
Teurlings Catholic 45
St. Louis Catholic 44
St. Michael 26
David Thibodaux 23
DeRidder 21
Sterlington 8
Buckeye 6
De La Salle 4
Leesville 3
Cecilia 2

DIVISION IV
1 Episcopal [8] 148
2 Newman [1] 135
3 Christ Episcopal [1] 124
4 Catholic – N.I. 115
5 Pope John Paul II 106
6 Episcopal of Acadiana 95
7 Rapides 78
7 Northlake Christian 78
9 Holy Savior Menard 76
10 Country Day 65

Others receiving votes:
St. Thomas Aquinas 48
Dunham 37
Vermillion Catholic 21
Ascension Christian 20
Opelousas Catholic 17
Ascension Episcopal 14
Lafayette Christian 7
Glenmora 4
Delta Charter 4
Westminster Christian 3
Calvary Baptist 3
Houma Christian 2

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