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St. John's (D.C.) New No. 1 in Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Boys' National Top 25


There’s a different No. 1 and 2 and three new teams entered the most recent Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Boys’ National Top 25.

St. John’s College High (Md.) takes over the top spot after knocking off previous No. 1 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) at home in the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase. St. John’s has been dominant all season in its 14-0 start and ascended to the top spot with one week left in its regular season. The GEICO showcase also opened some debate behind St. John’s.

Unbeaten Brunswick School (Conn.) jumped over St. Anthony’s and over 11-0 Mt. Sinai, which needed a rally in the same showcase to overtake Garden City (N.Y.). It was a huge week for Connecticut schools with both New Canaan and Darien also climbing the rankings with solid wins while shocking losses moved down a few Mid-Atlantic teams. Staples (Conn.) moved up four spots on its perfect start as did Baldwinsville (N.Y.) to jump into the Top 25 for the first time.

St. Mary’s (Md.) kept pace with St. John’s in the Mid-Atlantic and moved into the top 5 with its 13-0 start. Severn (Md.) positioned itself in the Top 25 for the first time this year with a win over Boys’ Latin, which didn’t drop far as it turned around and stopped Archbishop Spalding (Md.). Calvert Hall (Md.) also recovered from a mystifying loss to John Carroll (Md.) to edge McDonogh. Paul VI (Va.), which has been consistent with only an upset loss to DeMatha (Md.), found a spot in the national Top 25.

The South Region is almost entirely in playoff mode, and the top seven all kept their same spots with gaudy records, but will face challenges this week. Plant (Fla.), with its 16 wins, moved into the region’s Top 10 for the first time.

Culver (Ind.) remains the toast of the Midwest Region with Loyola (Ill.) also challenging itself out of region. St. Ignatius (Ohio), Upper Arlington (Ohio) and Brother Rice (Mich.) all are or were traveling East for competitive meetings.

It’s much the same in the West Region where Mater Dei (Calif.) lost twice on an East Coast swing, but holds the top spot over Corona del Mar (Calif.), Corner Canyon (Utah) and Regis Jesuit (Colo.), the top contenders out of each of their respective states. 

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Rankings are compiled by regional reporters and a national content coordinator and updated weekly (Tuesdays) throughout the season. Team records are as of April 24.


NATIONAL TOP 25

 
April 26, 2022

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St. John's (D.C.)

14-0

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2

Brunswick (Conn.)

9-0

4

3

St. Anthony's (N.Y.)

8-1

1

4

Mount Sinai (N.Y.)

11-0

3

5

St. Mary's (Md.)

13-0

6

6

Boys' Latin (Md.)

9-2

5

7

Culver Academy (Ind.)

10-2

8

8

New Canaan (Conn.)

6-2

15

9

Darien (Conn.)

5-1

16

10

Manhasset (N.Y.)

7-1

7

11

Georgetown Prep (Md.)

10-4

13

12

Calvert Hall (Md.)

8-4

14

13

Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)

8-0

10

14

McDonogh (Md.)

7-5

9

15

Victor (N.Y.)

7-0

18

16

Archbishop Spalding (Md.)

8-3

12

17

Malvern Prep (Pa.)

11-2

17

18

Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)

8-1

11

19

Staples (Conn.)

7-0

23

20

Bullis (Md.)

10-4

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21

Chaminade (N.Y.)

4-2

22

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Briarcliff (N.Y.)

4-1

19

23

Baldwinsville (N.Y.)

7-0

NR

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Paul VI (Va.)

12-4

NR

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Severn (Md.)

10-3

NR

Also considered (alphabetical order): Don Bosco (N.J.), Garden City (N.Y.), Gonzaga (D.C.), Haverford (Pa.), Landon (Md.), Loyola-Blakefielld (Md.), Mountain Lakes (N.J.), Riverside (Va.), Salesianum (Del.) St. Paul's School for Boys (Md.), St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Md.)







Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

NORTHEAST TOP 10

1. Brunswick School (Conn.), 9-0

After a big midweek win over Taft (Conn.), the Bruins exploded for a combined 33 goals in wins over The Hill Academy (Ont.) 17-9 and Hotchkiss School (Conn.) 16-6 on back-to-back days. Georgetown-bound Luke Schlank made 14 saves and Tomas Delgado (Duke) and Jackson Wolfram (Brown) added two goals apiece in the win over Taft. Previous: 3

2. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 8-1

In a battle of the top two teams in the country, the Friars suffered their first defeat of the year, falling to St. John’s (D.C.), 11-5, at Cy Donnelly Field on April 22. St. Anthony’s vaunted attack, which averaged 16 goals a game in eight comfortable wins, was held to just five by the Cadets and their Ohio State-bound junior goalie Caleb “Big Tasty” Fyock. Previous: 1

3. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), 11-0

With the Mustangs trailing Garden City (N.Y.) 2-0 at the half, Joey Spallina exploded in the second half with four goals and an assist, Lucas Laforge added a hat trick and Jake Spallina tacked on a goal in an 8-5 win at the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase. Previous: 2

4. New Canaan (Conn.), 6-2

Carter Connors, a Franklin & Marshall commit, had two goals and two assists, Michael Norton had two goals and one assist, Connor Bailey, back after missing the first five games of the season with a broken bone in his hand, had a pair of goals, Ryan Connelly had one goal and two assists and Holden Busby made a few big saves in a 10-5 win over Rumson (N.J.). Previous: 7

5. Darien (Conn.), 5-1

After knocking off Yorktown (N.Y.) in double overtime, the Blue Wave picked up their signature win of the 2022 season, handing Manhasset (N.Y.) its first loss of the year, winning 13-11, in Darien on April 23. Loyola-bound Matt Minicus paced the attack with three goals and four assists, while Navy commit Christian Alliegro and Joe Cesare (Georgetown) had three goals and one assist apiece. Previous: 8

6. Manhasset (N.Y.), 7-1

Dawson Rielly (Bryant) had five goals and one assist and Cal Girard (Duke) scored twice, but the Indians suffered their first loss of the year in the return of their annual Battle of the Sound showcase against Darien (Conn.). The 136th Woodstick Classic, an annual rivalry game played between Manhasset and Garden City (N.Y.) since 1935, is coming up April 30. Previous: 4

7. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.), 8-0

Alec Gregorek had six goals and one assist, Alex Kershis had a pair of goals, Liam Kershis had one goal and three assists, Fransisco Cortes had three assists and Jayden Galfano made 13 saves for Shoreham-Wading River in an 11-8 win over Briarcliff (N.Y.). Previous: 5

8. Victor (N.Y.), 7-0

Sam Gotham had four goals and one assist, Liam Wheeler had two goals and one assist, Pax Marshall had a pair of goals, Jack Herendeen had three assists and Sam Ricci went 8-of-9 on faceoffs to lift Victor (N.Y.) to a 9-5 win over Brother Rice (Mich.). Previous: 9

9. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 8-1

The Seahawks rebounded from their first loss of the year, 7-3 at Rye (N.Y.), to beat Yorktown (N.Y.) 6-3 as Hayden Calabretta scored a hat trick, Rutgers commit Max Hawkinson added a pair of goals and Spencer Will made 14 saves to secure the win. Previous: 6

10. Staples (Conn.), 7-0

Carter Gay and Providence commit Leo Sequenzia had two goals apiece and Aidan Best (Lafayette), Derek Sale, Ryan Thompson and Mason Schaefer added one goal each for Staples in an 8-6 win over Wilton (Conn.) on April 23. A showdown with Darien (Conn.) is on the horizon. Previous: NR

—​ Dylan Butler

MID-ATLANTIC TOP 10

1. St. John’s College High (D.C.), 14-0

The Cadets won a huge national showdown with St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 11-5 on April 22. Mac Haley and Gavin Kelly scored four goals apiece and Caleb Fyock made 17 saves. St. John’s burst out to a 5-1 lead and led 7-3 going into the fourth quarter when they put together a 5-0 run to seal the victory. St. John’s dusted off Christian Brothers (N.J.) 19-2 on April 24. The Cadets finish the regular season with games against Good Counsel (Md.) and IMG National (Fla.). Previous: 1

2. St. Mary’s (Md.) 13-0

The Saints sit alone in first place in the MIAA A Conference after edging No. 4 McDonogh (Md.) 7-6 and handling St. Paul’s School for Boys (Md.) 13-5 in a week when others suffered upset losses. Nick Golini had a hat trick in the win over McDonogh, Zack Overend made six saves to back a stingy defense and Teddy Androus was solid on faceoffs in the complete team effort. Golini and Jake Adams each had hat tricks in the win over St. Paul’s. St. Mary’s faces two teams that just pulled big upsets this week – John Carroll (Md.) and Gilman (Md.). Previous: 3

3. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 9-2

The Cardinals got four goals from Dom Pietramala and two scores from Brayden Garland in a 9-7 win over Archbishop Spalding (Md.). The win was an important bounce back from a 6-5 loss to Severn (Md.) earlier in the week. Boys’ Latin sits third in the MIAA A Conference standings with games this week against Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) and Calvert Hall (Md.). Previous: 2

4. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 10-4

The Hoyas were 14-8 winners over Christian Brothers (N.J.) on April 23 behind five goals from Nate Kabiri. Georgetown defeated St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) 19-1 to start the week, then polished off St. Albans (D.C.) 15-9. Georgetown will face St. Christopher’s (Va.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) to conclude this week. Previous: 6

5. Calvert Hall (Md.), 8-4

Truitt Sunderland scored with 14 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 9-8 win over McDonogh on April 22. Sunderland and Wyatt Hottle each scored two goals apiece as the Cardinals picked up their second conference win. Calvert Hall was shocked by John Carroll (Md.) 8-7 on a goal with five seconds left April 19. Calvert Hall sits one spot out of the top six playoff spots as it heads into a week with games against Gilman (Md.) and Boys’ Latin (Md.). Previous: 7

6. McDonogh (Md.), 7-5

The Eagles lost a pair of MIAA A games to fall to sixth place in the team standings – the final spot that makes playoffs. McDonogh fell behind early to St. Mary’s (Md.) and never got back over the hump in a 7-6 loss. McDonogh led 5-3 in the first half, but could not hold off Calvert Hall (Md.) in a 9-8 last-second loss. The Eagles look to get back on track with games against Mount St. Joseph (Md.) and St. Paul’s (Md.). Previous: 4

7. Archbishop Spalding (Md.), 8-3

The Cavaliers hosted a crossover region game and defeated Mater Dei (Calif.) 9-2. Mike Weisshaar scored four goals, but Spalding lost 9-7 to Boys’ Latin (Md.) on April 22. Spalding plays at Severn (Md.) in a key MIAA A game. Severn, with one conference loss, sits ahead of Spalding, which now has two. They also host Loyola-Blakefield (Md.). Previous: 5

8. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 11-2

The Friars picked up three wins last week. Malvern handled Academy of the New Church (Pa.) 16-6 to finish off a perfect week. Ennis Udo’s hat trick led the team’s goal scoring. Malvern stopped Germantown Academy (Pa.) 12-5 with Liam Timmins scored three times and assisting one goal, AJ Nikolic scoring twice and assisting on four goals and Udo scoring twice and assisting on two other goals. Malvern scored a 17-9 win over Penn Charter (Pa.). Nikolic scored four goals and added three assists against Penn Charter. Joe Sheridan had three goals and two assists, and Timmins posted a hat trick. The Friars will play Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) and Haverford (Pa.) this week. Previous: 8

9. Bullis (Md.) 10-4

The Bulldogs ran their win streak to six with a perfect week. They bested Delmar (Del.) 16-4 and Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 13-5 before returning to league play with a 13-4 win over Episcopal (Va.). Bullis faces Landon (Md.) on April 29 in its only game this week. Previous: 9

10. Paul VI (Va.), 12-4

The Panthers have won six of seven, with an overtime loss to DeMatha (Md.) as the only blemish in that stretch. Paul VI defeated a St. Albans (D.C.) team that has been dangerous at times, 9-6, to open their week. They also disposed of Catholic (Va.) 17-3 and Woodberry Forest (Va.) 19-6 in convincing fashion. Previous: NR

—​ Justin Feil




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SOUTH TOP 10

1. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 11-2

The Rangers had the week off as they await to learn who they will face in the state playoffs. Previous: 1

2. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 16-3

The Scots started regional playoff action by blanking Westminster Christian (Fla.) 14-0. Air Force recruit Jack Schulte continues to play well as he scored three times and added four assists while teammate Kurt Schwarz contributed four goals. St. Andrew’s next faces Pine Crest (Fla.) in the regional semifinals. Previous: 2

3. Westlake (Texas), 12-3

The Chapperals continued pounding away on the offensive end last week as Westlake scored 56 goals in three games. Westlake defeated Austin (Texas) 12-2, Dripping Springs (Texas) 24-8 and Austin again 20-4. Westlake awaits its postseason opener. Previous: 3

4. Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 18-3

The Eagles had a busy week with three wins to close out the regular season with 18 victories. ESD topped Southlake (Texas) 15-6, Kinkaid (Texas) 20-5 and St. Mark’s (Texas) 14-5. The win over St. Mark’s avenged a 13-12 loss on April 14 with Cooper Raney leading the way with four goals. Previous: 4

5. Holly Springs (N.C.), 14-2

The Golden Hawks have built a six-game winning streak after defeating Green Hope (N.C.) 18-2 and Apex (N.C.) 19-4. Jarrett Huff scored twice and added five assists and four groundballs in the win over Green Hope. Holly Springs closes the regular season versus Panther Creek (N.C.). Previous: 5

6. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 13-3

The Raiders advanced to the regional semifinals after defeated Dwyer (Fla.) 19-2. St, Thomas Aquinas faces Western (Fla.) in the regional semifinals. Previous: 6

7. Lake Mary (Fla.), 18-2

The Rams are off to the regional semifinals after a 17-4 victory over Oviedo (Fla.). Lake Mary Prep faces a tough regional semifinal battle against Creekside. Lake Mary Prep narrowly defeated Creekside 13-12 on April 1. Previous: 7

8. Benjamin (Fla.), 14-3

Leading the Buccaneers with five goals, Jack Regnery led Benjamin to a regional quarterfinal victory over Jensen Beach (Fla.) by a 19-3 margin. Thirteen Buccaneers scored versus Jensen. Benjamin faces a steep challenge against St. Edward’s (Fla.) in the regional semifinal. Previous: 9

9. Lovett (Ga.), 17-0

In a battle of two of Georgia's top programs, the Lions held off Lambert (Ga.) by a 11-10 margin. Lovett also picked up a 13-3 win last week over Lassiter (Ga.). Lovett faces the George Walton Academy (Ga.) in the opening round of the playoffs. Previous: 10

10. Plant (Fla.), 16-2

The Panthers enter the Top 10 after a 16-6 regional quarterfinal victory over Riverside Sarasota (Fla.). Plant ran away with the contest early, building up a 10-1 halftime lead. Plant’s next playoff game comes April 27 against Gulf Coast (Fla.). Previous: NR

—​ Justin Boggs

MIDWEST TOP 10

1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 10-2

The Eagles had another remarkable week, including a 13-7 win over longtime rival Hill Academy (Ont.) and a 19-4 victory over St. Ignatius (Ohio), one of the top teams in the Midwest. Penn commit Griffin Scane had an impressive five-point performance (three goals, two assists) against Hill, while Aidan McDonald tallied four goals and nine assists on the week and Gabe Sorichetti had eight goals and five assists. Previous: 1

2. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 7-2

The Ramblers are in the midst of a brutal stretch of their schedule. Last week, Loyola went 1-2 against top-level competition, edging Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) and then falling to Don Bosco (N.J.) and Haverford (Pa.), both of which are receiving votes nationally. This week, the Ramblers return to Midwest play against a couple of top regional squads in Brother Rice (Mich.) and Dublin Jerome (Ohio). Previous: 2

3. St. Ignatius (Ohio), 8-2

The Wildcats hope to bounce back from a 19-4 loss to Culver Academy (Ind.), the region's longtime top team, as a difficult stretch in their schedule continues, including a trip that pits them against Western Reserve Academy (Ohio), Kiski Prep (Pa.) and North Allegheny (Pa.) toward the end of this week. Previous: 3

4. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 10-1

While the Wildcats hit the road, the Golden Bears are returning from a long trip in which they edged Conestoga (Pa.), 8-5, and then fell 14-7 to Delaware powerhouse Salesianum School. Before it even left the Buckeye State, Upper Arlington made headlines with the 700th win in program history, as it topped Olentangy Liberty (Ohio) 17-11. Previous: 4

5. Brother Rice (Mich.) 6-2

The Warriors went 2-1 against Empire State foes Canandaigua, St. Joseph Collegiate and Victor. Paulie Fortino helped ensure Brother Rice was in a New York state of mind with a hat trick in a 14-7 win over St. Joseph Collegiate. In the Warriors' 5-2 victory over Canandaigua, Luke Washe contributed a pair of goals. Meanwhile, freshman Hansen Polonkey has established himself as a player to watch for years to come. Previous: 5

6. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 8-1

The Celtics faced a couple of stern in-state tests last week, topping Thomas Worthington (Ohio) on the road, 15-10, and then edging Hudson (Ohio), 17-15, thanks to a 5-1 fourth quarter. The going doesn't get any easier for Dublin Jerome with top regional teams like Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) on deck. Previous: 6

7. MICDS (Mo.), 10-1

The Rams were unstoppable, notching 21 goals apiece against in-state foes Westminster Christian (Mo.) and Vianney Marianist (Mo.). Mark Mintzlaff (six goals, one assist) and PJ Behan (five goals, two assists, four ground balls) were particularly unstoppable against Vianney Marianist after both also recorded hat tricks against Westminster Christian. Previous: 7

8. Forest Hills Central (Mich.), 7-0

The Rangers passed their first road test with flying colors, taking a 15-2 lead at halftime against Brighton (Mich.) en route to a 16-6 victory. Five players recorded hat tricks, including John Tomsheck, who had three goals and five assists against Brighton and three goals and three assists in an equally emphatic 15-2 win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Mich.). Previous: 8

9. Hudson (Ohio), 7-4

A day after dropping a heartbreaker at Dublin Jerome (Ohio), the Explorers came back with an impressive 12-9 victory over Cathedral (Ind.). Previous: 9

10. Hartland (Mich.), 4-3

The Eagles bounced back from a number of tough losses to top teams with a pair of dominant performances, outscoring Plymouth (Mich.) and Birmingham United (Mich.) by a 48-6 margin. Previous: 10

—​ Jonah Rosenblum

WEST TOP 10

1. Mater Dei (Calif.), 13-3

The Monarchs dropped two of three games last week – but against Mid-Atlantic talent in Maryland. They rolled to a 15-6 win over St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) on April 23 after losing games to Mount St. Joseph, 10-9, and Archbishop Spalding, 9-2. Mount St. Joe’s is the alma mater of head coach Johnny Rodriguez. Senior goalie Nick Colignon made 27 saves combined in the two losses. Previous: 1

2. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 14-2

Lucas Newton and Logan Ip each scored four goals to lead the Sea Kings to a 16-1 win over Newport Harbor (Calif.) to cap a perfect two-win week. CdM also beat Los Alamitos (Calif.) 13-5 last week with Grant Giuliano recording six saves, Caffarilli scoring five goals and Newton adding two goals and five assists. Previous: 3

3. Corner Canyon (Utah), 11-1

The Chargers outscored American Fork (Utah) and Pleasant Grove (Utah) 41-4 last week. Jon King registered a team-high seven points on three goals and four assists, while Mason Quick (six points) and Blake Franckowiak (five points) each tallied four goals in a 17-3 win over American Fork. Previous: 2

4. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 10-1

The Raiders face a challenging week with games at one-loss Mountain Vista (Colo.) and home against Valor Christian (Colo.). They enter on a nine-game winning streak after adding two more victories last week. Regis shut out Chaparral (Colo.) 18-0 and Rock Canyon (Colo.) 14-6. Logan White scored six goals and assisted two others in the victory against Chaparral, while Hugo Mauney had a game-high eight ground balls and goalie Spencer Day made five saves in three quarters of play. Previous: 4

5. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 15-3

The Knights earned a pair of lopsided victories over Trabuco Hills (Calif.) and El Dorado (Calif.) last week. Blake Wozniak (three goals, two assists), Dean Pistone (three goals) and Jackson Hines (three goals) led the attack in a 19-1 win over El Dorado. Previous: 6

6. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 16-1

The Tartans moved up a spot after beating Torrey Pines (Calif.) 14-7, but they had to fend off Santa Fe Christian (Calif.), earning a 7-5 win April 23, to keep the momentum going. A matchup with Corona del Mar is set for April 26. Previous: 7

7. Valor Christian (Colo.), 10-1

The Eagles continued their momentum after a notable win against Mountain Vista (Colo.) to add to in-state wins against Castle View and Chaparral last week. Colin Jordan made 14 saves in the 12-5 win over Castle View, while Alex Rismani led the attack with three points on two goals. Previous: 5

8. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 13-2

The Wildcats head to the East Coast for a pair of games in New York, riding an eight-game winning streak after adding two more victories last week. They beat Mercer Island (Wash.) 14-7 to begin the week and followed with a 20-1 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.). Oliver Bligh led the attack against Mercer Island with five points on four goals and one assist, and Matt Higgins added four goals as well. Previous: 10

9. Mountain Vista (Colo.), 10-1

The Golden Eagles bounced back from a loss to Valor Christian (Colo.) to beat Castle View (Colo.) 16-6 in their only match of the week. They’ll have another chance to prove themselves among top competition in Colorado on April 26 when they play host to Regis Jesuit. Previous: 8

10. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 15-1

The Gators return to the rankings after handing De LaSalle (Calif.) its second loss of the season. The 16-14 decision was the 12th straight victory for SHP, following an early loss to St. Ignatius. That stretch included a notable win over Jesuit Portland (Ore.). The Gators were without five players against De LaSalle because of illness, including its starting goalkeeper. Max Sloat led with six goals and one assist, and Kai Lockton added five goals. Previous: NR

—​ Laurel Pfahler

REGIONS

Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming