High-SchoolCalifornia: Berkeley

State’s Best Teams Ever For Wins

July, 19, 2012
California high school footballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSKevin Anderson (left) and head coach Earl Hansen are shown after Palo Alto won 2010 CIF Division I title.
For the latest installment of our Cal-Hi Sports state football record updates, here is the new list for schools with the most all-time reported wins. Bakersfield continues to lead while Palo Alto may be about to move up into the top four.

In the last three seasons, including a 14-0 CIF Division I state title team for 2010, Palo Alto’s football program has moved up two spots on the all-time state list for most varsity wins. If the Vikings continue to do well (they were 10-3 last season and reached the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division final), they could rise past two more schools this fall and settle in at No. 4.

Bakersfield, which went 13-0 in 2011 and appears to be just as loaded and maybe even better for 2012, has widened its lead over No. 2 Long Beach Poly in the last two years. The Drillers also are now six in front of the Jackrabbits on the list that does not include rugby results when rugby was considered as the alternative for 11-man football in the 1910s. Bakersfield and Long Beach Poly meet on Sept. 14 at Veteran’s Stadium.

Here is the list of schools with 500 or more all-time varsity wins:

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CIF Saturday Girls BB Championships

March, 24, 2012
California high school girls basketball,CIF state championshipsWillie Eashman/ESPNHSFreshman Aisia Robertson gave Bishop O'Dowd a lift in D3 final.
Mater Dei three-peats by pulling away from Berkeley in what looks like final game for coach Cheryl Draper. Defensive record also set by Bishop O'Dowd in Division III victory while Brookside Christian brings another state title to Stockton with D5 triumph.

The CIF Division I, Division III and Division V state title games in girls basketball were played at Power Balance Arena in Sacramento. The Division II and Division IV titles were decided on Friday.

Division I:
Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 57, Berkeley 40

In a game that was very reminiscent of the 2011 Division I state title game matchup, Mater Dei (34-3) overcame a first quarter deficit to win easily and claim its third straight state championship.

The 2010 title came in Division II with the last two in the state’s big school division.

The win also solidifies Mater Dei’s No. 1 position in the final Cal-Hi Sports rankings and a top 10 finish in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings where the Monarchs were No. 8 this past week.

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California high school girls basketball,CIF state championshipsPaul Muyskens/ESPNHSGuard Elisha Davis and her team made it to the D1 state final for a second straight season.
This year’s CIF state championships on the girls side feature four strong favorites and one game that is almost too close to call.

Note: All of the following writeups and selections are done with the highest level of respect to both teams and all coaches. We never use point spreads and, sure, some of the scores might be a bit more lopsided than we might think. But you also never know what might happen. After all, these are teenagers.

We had one of our worst years ever in last year’s CIF finals (boys and girls combined) with just six correct and four wrong. We were 7-for-10 in 2010 and were 9-for-10 in 2009.

The following writeups were completed by Harold Abend, Paul Muyskens.

Girls Division I
(Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m.)

Cal-Hi Sports’ predicted score:
Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 61, Berkeley 48

There’s little surprise that these two teams are meeting again for the state’s big school title. What’s different is the makeup of the two teams from last year.

Two-time defending state champion Mater Dei sent Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis off to Connecticut leaving USC-bound and ESPNHS Girls Basketball Class of 2012 No. 2 Jordan Adams and Washington State-bound Alexas Williamson to carry on.

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California high school girls basketball,Archbishop Mitty vs. Stockton St. Mary'sWillie Eashman/ESPNHSKelli Hayes had 23 points for Archbishop Mitty in upset vs. St. Mary's of Stockton.
Mitty’s stunner over two-time D2 state champ St. Mary’s of Stockton highlights the day. Berkeley’s repeat in D1 highlights the night. Also taking titles are Bishop O’Dowd (D3), Salesian of Richmond (D4) and Brookside Christian (D5).

The CIF Northern Regional title games were played at Power Balance Arena in Sacramento (Divisions 1-3) and at Folsom High School (Divisions 4-5). Writeups by Harold Abend, Paul Muyskens.

Division II
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 53, St. Mary’s (Stockton) 51

In what is a fairly huge upset, No. 3 seed Archbishop Mitty got 23 points and nine rebounds from 6-foot-1 super sophomore Kelli Hayes, and 12 points and 12 rebounds from Pepperdine-bound 6-3 senior Amanda Lovely to turn back No. 1 seed and defending state champion St. Mary’s.

The winning basket and game’s final points came on a 4-foot floater by Hayes with 25.9 seconds left on a brilliant pass from senior Courtney Lisowski.

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CIF Girls Hoops: The need for seeds

March, 3, 2012
Here’s the first installment of two posts we’ll be doing Saturday in which we’ll make our recommendations for which girls teams should be seeded No. 1 in next week’s CIF regional playoffs.

Division I South: Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
A no-brainer here as the Monarchs are the two-time defending CIF state champs and have been FAB 50 national champs for two straight years as well. They won a loaded CIF Southern Section Div. IAA bracket that included other highly ranked teams in the state such as Brea Olinda, Long Beach Poly and Santiago of Corona. Santiago was 30-0 until running into the MD buzzsaw and lost 71-32 in the semifinals. A Monarch final against either Brea or Poly is definitely possible.

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