Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NEPS hosts the Nation's Top Teams; Twelve of the Top 31

It's only one tournament lasting 48 hours in Ft. Worth, Texas, but it ultimately will play a major role in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings for the rest winter high school season.

This week's National Elite Prep Showcase, formerly known as the Nolan Showcase, features nine teams currently ranked in the Top 25 -- including the current 1, 2, 3 and 4 squads.

Multiple programs from California and Florida join a Texas-dominated field for the most nationally significant event of the season, which starts Thursday and wraps up Satuday.

From Florida, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) used this event to jumpstart a national No. 1 ranking in 2011. The Raiders return with an undefeated record in 2012. Undefeated American Heritage-Delray (Delray Beach, Fla.) enters this year's event with a chance to earn even more national respect. Meanwhile, Rosary (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Murrieta Valley (Murrieta, Calif.) will look to make a statement for California soccer.

The homestanding Texas programs, led by No. 1 Boyd (McKinney, Texas), will need to roll the out-of-state opponents to maintain a strangehold on the top of the national rankings.


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