Top 30 Rankings — Sept. 26, 2017 (Week 3)

Top 30 Rankings — Sept. 26, 2017 (Week 3)

Claudia Taylor Johnson performs at the Austin Regional on Sept. 23, 2017, at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. The band was named regional champion. // Photo by Jeremiah Wooten
It was a weekend of exciting performances and unexpected results in Austin, Clarksville, and Toledo.

Claudia Taylor Johnson was named regional champion at the Austin Regional, beating our predicted champion Vandegrift. Johnson brought a level of energy and intensity that isn't normally seen this early in the season. Not to mention that CTJ has what appears to be their entire show on the field already, which is almost unheard of anywhere in the country and especially in Texas. That performance propelled them all the way to fourth place, and places Johnson directly in the running for a champion title at San Antonio.

At the Clarksville Regional, Castle and Franklin finished precisely where we expected, resulting in consistent rankings for both groups. Both groups will be competing at the Grand National Championships later this year.

Despite beating national bronze-medalist William Mason, Homestead remained in the 18th spot. Mason, however, changed rankings dramatically, dropping to 21st place. That's not to say Mason is completely out of the running for a national finalist position, in fact, their current ranking would have them finishing in 12th place at Grand Nats. Unfortunately, Mason won't compete at another BOA event until Grand Nats, so we won't have any good checkpoints until then.

Cedar Ridge, Round Rock, and Vandegrift also saw gains in their rankings after exceptional performances in Austin, and North Hardin entered the Next 10 after their performance at Clarksville.

The previous week's rankings are in parenthesis. Read about how we determine rankings.
  1. Flower Mound H.S., TX (1)
  2. Broken Arrow H.S., OK (2)
  3. Avon H.S., IN (3)
  4. Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX (14)
  5. The Woodlands H.S., TX (5)
  6. Carmel H.S., IN (4)
  7. Tarpon Springs H.S., FL (6)
  8. Hebron H.S., TX (7)
  9. Vandegrift H.S., TX (13)
  10. Leander H.S., TX (8)
  11. Ronald Reagan H.S., TX (11)
  12. Marcus H.S., TX (10)
  13. Round Rock H.S., TX (19)
  14. Cedar Park H.S., TX (9)
  15. Castle H.S., IN (15)
  16. Blue Springs H.S., MO (17)
  17. Wando H.S., SC (16)
  18. Homestead H.S., IN (18)
  19. Cedar Ridge H.S., TX (Next 10)
  20. Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN (20)
  21. William Mason H.S., OH (12)
  22. Marian Catholic H.S., IL (21)
  23. Hendrickson H.S., TX (27)
  24. Keller H.S., TX (23)
  25. Vista Murrieta H.S., CA (22)
  26. Union H.S., OK (25)
  27. Winston Churchill H.S., TX (24)
  28. Owasso H.S., OK (26)
  29. Franklin H.S., TN (29)
  30. Park Vista H.S., FL (28)
Next 10, in alphabetical order: Ayala (CA), Bellevue West (NE), Coppell (TX), Harrison (GA), James Bowie (TX), LD Bell (TX), Lockport Township (IL), North Hardin (KY), O'Fallon Township (IL), and Vista Ridge (TX).