State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

March, 22, 2012
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With one game to go, Mater Dei (D1), Archbishop Mitty (D2), Alemany (D3), Salesian of Richmond (D4) and St. Joseph Notre Dame (D5) look to complete almost wire-to-wire runs atop their state divisions.

More highlights from this week’s lists include:

Our picks of which teams in the north and which teams in the south can still move up in the final rankings depending on which team wins in the CIF state championships.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the eighth and next-to-last listing of boys teams this season for each division (records listed after regional championship games played on Saturday, March 17; previous ranking in parentheses):
CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 33-2
2. (4) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 29-3
3. (3) Sheldon (Sacramento) 29-5
4. (5) Loyola (Los Angeles) 26-6
5. (2) Bullard (Fresno) 31-4
6. (7) Jesuit (Carmichael) 26-7
7. (8) De La Salle (Concord) 28-3
8. (9) Etiwanda 30-3
9. (6) Taft (Woodland Hills) 29-4
10. (10) Lutheran (Orange) 22-11
11. (11) Mission Viejo 28-5
12. (12) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 25-7
13. (13) McClymonds (Oakland) 19-11
14. (14) Dorsey (Los Angeles) 27-9
15. (15) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 24-6
Drops: None.
Bubble: Castro Valley 22-8, Clovis West (Fresno) 22-7, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 26-8, Deer Valley (Antioch) 28-9; Fairfax (Los Angeles) 20-10, Foothill (Tustin) 24-6, Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 28-4, Santa Monica 21-9, Upland 20-10, Westchester (Los Angeles) 22-9.
Comments: If Sheldon were to shock the world and beat Mater Dei in Saturday’s final, it also would greatly shake up next week’s final rankings. Both Jesuit and De La Salle would perhaps move in front of both Loyola and Bullard, Plus, McClymonds would come up in front of Capistrano Valley and perhaps even as high as Orange Lutheran’s spot.

CIF Division II
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 30-3
2. (3) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 34-2
3. (2) Newark Memorial (Newark) 28-5
4. (4) Lincoln (San Diego) 24-10
5. (5) Mayfair (Lakewood) 27-6
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 24-7
7. (7) Hoover (San Diego) 28-5
8. (8) San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 24-9
9. (9) Chico 27-4
10. (10) Inglewood 23-11
Drops: Previous No. 5 Antelope; No. 9 Elsinore (Lake Elsinore); No. 10 El Camino Real (Woodland Hills).
Bubble: Colony (Ontario) 22-10, Compton 20-10, El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 23-8, Elsinore (Lake Elsinore) 28-5, Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 20-11, Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 22-7, Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 25-3, Ocean View (Huntington Beach) 24-4, Righetti (Santa Maria) 25-6, Royal (Simi Valley) 24-8; Tulare 29-6.
Comments: One team that really needs Mitty to beat La Costa Canyon is Chico. If Mitty wins, the Panthers hold on to their ranking. If Mitty loses, then they will probably have to drop out of the top 10. Chico lost to Mitty 85-59 in the NorCal semifinals, but is getting credit in the rankings for its win over 30-1 Antelope in the quarterfinals.

CIF Division III
1. (1) Alemany (Mission Hills) 32-4
2. (2) Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 28-5
3. (4) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 25-8
4. (3) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 26-6
5. (5) Calabasas 28-4
6. (6) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 30-4
7. (7) Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 25-9
8. (9) Pasadena 25-8*
9. (4) Foothill (Sacramento) 29-4
10. (10) Arroyo Grande 24-10
Drops: None.
Bubble: Beverly Hills 20-10, Campolindo (Moraga) 22-7, Center (Antelope) 23-9, Damien (La Verne) 26-3, El Cerrito 21-9, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 22-9, Miramonte (Orinda) 20-10, Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 20-9, St. Augustine (San Diego) 23-7, Sierra (Manteca) 27-4.
Comments: If Alemany and the South win in the state final, then St. John Bosco would stay ahead of O’Dowd for the final rankings and Pasadena also stays in front of Sacramento Foothill. If it’s the other way around and Sacred Heart Cathedral prevails, both O’Dowd and Foothill would flip-flop with those other two teams.

CIF Division IV
1. (1) Salesian (Richmond) 32 -2
2. (3) Price (Los Angeles) 26-8
3. (2) Serra (Gardena) 31-3
4. (4) La Verne Lutheran (La Verne) 25-8
5. (5) Pacific Hills (Los Angeles) 30-5
6. (6) Crespi (Encino) 24-8
7. (7) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 23-5
8. (8) Windward (Los Angeles) 20-9
9. (10) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 20-6
10. (9) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 23-7
Drops: None.
Bubble: Army-Navy (Carlsbad) 22-7, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 27-6, Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 29-3, Half Moon Bay 24-7, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 21-10, Modesto Christian 27-6, St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo) 20-12.
Comments: There won’t be much change if any in next week’s final rankings in this division because of the razor-thin margins involving games between the top Southern California teams. This is a sharp contrast to the dominance that Salesian showed in beating the best from the North.

CIF Division V
1. (1) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 29-5
2. (3) Village Christian (Sun Valley) 32-3
3. (2) Renaissance Academy (La Canada) 27-7
4. (5) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 24-8
5. (4) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 27-3
6. (8) Branson (Ross) 26-10
7. (6) Ribet Academy (Los Angeles) 21-11
8. (7) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 24-7
9. (9) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 26-6
10. (10) Central Catholic (Modesto) 26-7
Drops: None.
Bubble: California Lutheran (Wildomar) 21-5, Fresno Christian 25-3, Holy Martyrs (Encino) 20-12, Liberty Christian (Redding) 25-2, Providence (Burbank) 26-6, Ripon Christian 23-7, Sacramento Waldorf (Fair Oaks) 26-5, University (San Francisco) 21-11.
Comments: Branson was given a bump this week since its two post-season losses were to No. 1 St. Joseph and No. 5 Pinewood. If St. Joe falls in the state final, though, to Village Christian, both Ribet Academy and Mission Prep go back up for the final rankings.

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