espnW 25 Power Rankings: Final

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Clovis West played the best and beat the best. The team that celebrated its first California state title last month can celebrate its first national title today.

After suffering an early loss to Archbishop Mitty in Hawaii, the Golden Eagles cruised through the Nike Tournament of Champions in December, beating No. 3 St. John's College by 17, No. 2 Centennial by 15, previously ranked St. Mary's (Stockton) by five and No. 4 Miami Country Day by 22.

The Golden Eagles, featuring five seniors who have signed to play Division I, then became the first Central Section team to win California's top prize. Clovis West's history was so sparse, in fact, that the school had just four entries in the 52-page program for the state championships, and two of those were for the boys' program.

The senior class, featuring Sarah Bates, Danae Marquez, Bre'yanna Sanders, Megan Anderson and Tess Amundsen, leaves Clovis West with a 117-15 record, four section titles, one state title and one national title.

-- Dan Olson

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Final
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Clovis West (34-2)
Fresno, CA
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Last Week: 1
A tight win over Archbishop Mitty in the final game of the epic season made Clovis West the Nike Tournament of Champions champions, CIF Open Division state champions and espnW champions. Congratulations are so in order.
2Centennial (30-2)
Las Vegas, NV
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Last Week: 2
It was truly an epic season for Centennial, which is the only team on the planet other than Archbishop Mitty that can say it beat the national champions. In addition to some superb national wins, Centennial claimed its third straight Nevada state title. Centennial loses some impact seniors, including Nevada Gatorade player of the year Samantha Thomas (Arizona). But the dynasty appears to be in good hands with Justice Ethridge, Eboni Walker and Melanie Isbell returning.
3Saint Johns College (31-2)
Washington, DC
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Last Week: 3
Aisha Sheppard is off to Virginia Tech after helping St. John's College to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and the Washington, D.C. city championship. St. John's College took two out of three games against rival Paul VI. The only other loss was to No. 1 Clovis West.
4Country Day School (31-1)
Miami, FL
1

Last Week: 5
Oh Maria! Miami Country Day won the Dick's Sporting Goods nationals with an 81-55 win over Tennessee's Hamilton Heights in the final. Sophomore guard Maria Alvarez scored 26 points, including eight 3-pointers, in 27 minutes. Senior Kelsey Marshall (Miami) added 23. Fellow senior superstar Channise Lewis had seven points, six rebounds and 10 assists. Lewis, who signed with Illinois, has reopened her recruitment.

5Paul VI (32-2)
Fairfax, VA
1

Last Week: 4
We're starting to get used to this kind of season from Paul VI, which claimed its 11th consecutive VISAA championship. The only two losses were to No. 3 St. John's College. You'll be seeing Mikayla Vaughn at Notre Dame next season. Amira Collins and Ashley Owusu are back.
6Duncanville (39-2)
Duncanville, TX
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Last Week: 6
Duncanvville won its second straight Texas state title, and MVP Zarielle Green will try to make it three in a row next season. Aniya Thomas and Starr Jacobs also return.
7Grandview (27-1)
Aurora, CO
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Last Week: 7
Seasons don't get much better than the one Michaela Onyenwere just had. The UCLA-bound senior led Grandview to its first state title, was named the Gatorade player of the year for the third straight season and played at the McDonald's All American Games.

8Riverdale (34-0)
Murfreesboro, TN
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Last Week: 8
Anastasia Hayes is off to Tennessee after leading Riverdale to its second straight state title and an undefeated season. She leaves the team in the amazing hands of junior twins Alexis Whittington and Amanda Whittington as well as her own kid sisters, sophomore Aislynn Hayes and freshman Alasia Hayes.
9Archbishop Mitty (28-3)
San Jose, CA
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Last Week: 9
Archbishop Mitty came within five minutes of a state title, but fell 44-40 to No. 1 Clovis West in the CIF Open Division final. Mitty had beaten Clovis West in overtime in December in Hawaii. Sophomore Haley Jones, who had a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds) in the loss, returns.
10Monacan (30-0)
Richmond, VA
1

Last Week: 11
With her third state title and a perfect season in the bag, Megan Walker is off to Connecticut.

11Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (29-2)
Chattanooga, TN
1

Last Week: 10
Hamilton Heights beat St. Frances 56-55 in overtime in the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods nationals. A barrage of 3-pointers from Miami Country Day in the final was too much to overcome. Elite talent returns in the form of Elizabeth Balogun and Jazmine Massengill.

12Long Beach Polytechnic (27-4)
Long Beach, CA
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Last Week: 12
McDonald's All American Ayanna Clark and Long Beach Poly came up just short against Clovis West in the CIF semifinals.

13Mesquite (31-1)
Gilbert, AZ
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Last Week: 13
Mesquite won its first state title in school history, and junior Shaylee Gonzales, the Gatorade player of the year, will be back.
14Canyon (31-3)
Canyon, TX
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Last Week: 14
Propelled by undeclared senior Angel Hayden, Canyon won its fourth straight state championship with a win over Timberview.
15Timberview (37-3)
Mansfield, TX
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Last Week: 15
The flashy Chennedy Carter is off to Aggie land.
16Seton Catholic (29-4)
Chandler, AZ
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Last Week: 16
Junior Sarah Barcello had 21 points, but Seton Catholic fell to Miami Country Day 55-48 at the Dick's Sporting Goods nationals.

17Argyle (37-2)
Argyle, TX
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Last Week: 17
Will Argyle reload? Again? Senior Vivian Gray was named MVP as Argyle won its third straight state title. Gray is off to Fort Lewis College.
18Cypress Ranch (32-7)
Cypress, TX
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Last Week: 18
Cypress Ranch was runner-up to Duncanville in the Texas state tournament. Deauzya Richards signs out for Baylor
19St. Frances Academy (30-1)
Baltimore, MD
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Last Week: 19
St. Frances took a perfect season into the Dick's Sporting Goods nationals. And then suffered a 56-55 overtime loss to No. 11 Hamilton Heights.

20Franklin (25-7)
Somerset, NJ
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Last Week: 20
Franklin fought to the finish and beat Manasquan to claim the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions.
21Fayetteville (30-2)
Fayetteville, AR
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Last Week: 21
On top of a state title, Fayetteville had two impressive wins over Duncanville and McEachern in one weekend. That's not easy to do.
22Ribault (26-3)
Jacksonville, FL
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Last Week: 22
Rennia Davis is off to Tennessee. Ribault will go for a third straight state title next season without her.
23McEachern (26-6)
Powder Springs, GA
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Last Week: 23
Georgia recruit Quanniecia Morrison propelled McEachern to its fourth straight state title.
24Elk River (32-0)
Elk River, MN
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Last Week: 24
A state title and an undefeated season. Sounds like perfection to us.
25Rutgers Prep (30-2)
Somerset, NJ
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Last Week: 25
Rutgers Prep returns one of the most dynamic backcourts next season in junior Jahsyni Knight and sophomore Leilani Correa.
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