High-SchoolCalifornia: Cal-Hi Sports bowl game rankings

Week 2: Cal-Hi Sports bowl game rankings

September, 5, 2012
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California high school footballWillie Eashman/ESPNHSDe La Salle's Austin Hooper is about to break this tackle and score on a 58-yard touchdown pass in game against San Jose Bellarmine.
New No. 1 teams are Placer, Serra of Gardena and Valley Center. Still No. 1 are De La Salle, Santa Margarita, Marin Catholic, Central Catholic and Sierra Canyon.

Before checking out each division, please remember that the four teams that ultimately are chosen to play in the first Northern California and Southern California Open Division bowl games can come from any division.

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Week 1: Cal-Hi Sports bowl game rankings

August, 28, 2012
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California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSIt is possible that Elite 11 QBs Troy Williams of Narbonne and Johnny Stanton of Santa Margarita could meet in CIF SoCal Open Division bowl game.
No. 1 teams are De La Salle, Santa Margarita, Oakdale, Oceanside, Marin Catholic, Monrovia, Central Catholic and Sierra Canyon. Seven of those eight face difficult opponents this weekend.

Before checking out each division, please remember that the four teams that ultimately are chosen to play in the first Northern California and Southern California Open Division bowl games can come from any division.

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Other than one exception, champions reign supreme in the final CIF bowl rankings by Cal-Hi Sports.

Many divisions get expanded treatment for final lists of the season with teams to watch for next year added as well.

These have been adjusted after this year’s bowl games that were played on Dec. 16-17 at The Home Depot Center.
(Previous ranking in parentheses)

Division I North
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 13-1
2. (2) Bellarmine (San Jose) 12-2
3. (3) Granite Bay 12-2
4. (4) Lincoln (Stockton) 11-2
5. (5) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 12-2
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 11-2
7. (7) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 10-4
8. (8) Palo Alto 10-3
9. (9) Bethel (Vallejo) 11-2
10. (10) Grant (Sacramento) 8-4
Next 5: 11. James Logan (Union City) 10-1; 12. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 7-4-1; 13. Oak Grove (San Jose) 9-2; 14. Pittsburg 9-4; 15. Leland (San Jose) 9-2.
Others: Freedom (Oakley) 10-2, Monte Vista (Danville) 8-5, Pitman (Turlock) 10-2, San Benito (Hollister) 7-3-1, St. Francis (Mountain View) 6-6.
Teams with top underclass players: De La Salle, Lincoln (Stockton), Serra (San Mateo).

Division I South
1. (3) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 13-2
2. (2) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 14-0 (9-5 incl. forfeits)
3. (1) Westlake (Westlake Village) 14-1
4. (4) Bakersfield 13-0
5. (5) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 11-3
6. (6) Centennial (Corona) 12-2
7. (7) Upland 12-1
8. (8) Mission Viejo 10-3
9. (9) San Clemente 12-2
10. (10) Servite (Anaheim) 10-2
11. (11) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 10-3
12. (12) Poway 12-0-1
13. (13) Rancho Cucamonga 11-2
14. (14) Redlands East Valley (Redlands) 11-1
15. (15) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 10-2
Next 5: 16. Narbonne (Harbor City) 10-3; 17. Tesoro (Rancho SM) 8-5; 18. Carson 8-6; 19. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 8-4; 20. San Pedro 12-1.
Others: Alemany (Mission Hills) 8-3; Bishop Amat (La Puente) 6-5, Bullard (Fresno) 11-3; Clovis 10-2; Dorsey (Los Angeles) 11-2; Edison (Huntington Beach) 8-3; Huntington Beach 9-3; J.W. North (Riverside) 10-2; Loyola (Los Angeles) 9-3; Lutheran (Orange) 6-5.
Teams with top underclass players: Santa Margarita, Vista Murrieta, Westlake, Bakersfield, Oaks Christian, Narbonne, Tesoro, Alemany.

Division II North
1. (1) Del Oro (Loomis) 13-2
2. (2) Vacaville 13-1
3. (3) St. Mary's (Stockton) 9-3
4. (4) Folsom 11-3
5. (5) Elk Grove 12-1
6. (6) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 12-1
7. (7) Oakdale 13-1
8. (8) Windsor 14-0
9. (9) Los Gatos 11-1-1
10. (10) Paradise 11-1
Next 5: 11. Casa Roble (Orangevale) 10-3; 12. Concord 10-4; 13. Pioneer (San Jose) 9-4; 14. Foothill (Palo Cedro) 10-2; 15. Inderkum (Sacramento) 10-2.
Others: Aragon (San Mateo) 9-3, Dublin 8-5, Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 9-3, Mission (San Francisco) 9-3, Placer (Auburn) 9-3, Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 9-4, Whitney (Rocklin) 10-3.
Teams with top underclass players: Del Oro, St. Mary’s of Stockton, Concord.

Division II South
1. (1) Helix (La Mesa) 13-1
2. (2) Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 14-0
3. (3) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 12-1
4. (4) Arroyo Grande 13-1
5. (5) West Covina 13-1
6. (6) Summit (Fontana) 13-1
7. (7) Tustin 11-3
8. (8) El Toro (Lake Forest) 12-2
9. (10) Chaminade (West Hills) 10-3
10. (9) Palm Springs 13-1
Next 5: 11. Heritage (Romoland) 12-1; 12. Culver City 10-4; 13. Serra (Gardena) 8-3; 14. Villa Park 11-1; 15. Santa Monica 11-2.
Others: Cajon (San Bernardino) 9-2, Citrus Hill (Perris) 12-1, Clovis North (Clovis) 11-3, Kingsburg 12-2, La Habra 9-4, Oceanside 9-3-1, St. Augustine (San Diego) 9-2, Ventura 11-1.
Teams with top underclass players: Helix, Cathedral Catholic, El Toro, Chaminade, Serra (Gardena).

Division III North
1. (1) Campolindo (Moraga) 14-1
2. (2) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 13-1
3. (3) Palma (Salinas) 11-1-1
4. (4) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 11-1-1
5. (5) Salesian (Richmond) 13-0
6. (6) Hilmar 12-2
7. (7) Escalon 13-1
8. (8) Encinal (Alameda) 11-2
9. (9) Carmel 12-1
10. (10) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 6-6-1
Next 5: 11. Valley Christian (San Jose) 6-6; 12. Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 7-6; 13. Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 9-3; 14. Orland 10-1; 15. Liberty Ranch (Galt) 9-4.
Others: Aptos 9-2, Christopher (Gilroy) 10-2, Colfax 11-1, Healdsburg 10-4, Miramonte (Orinda) 10-2, St. Helena 11-1, Sutter 10-2, Willows 10-3.
Teams with top underclass players: Campolindo, Marin Catholic, Palma.

Division III South
1. (1) Lompoc 14-0
2. (2) Washington (Easton) 14-0
3. (3) Valley Center 12-1
4. (4) Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 12-2
5. (5) Beckman (Irvine) 11-3
6. (6) Madison (San Diego) 10-1-1
7. (7) Paraclete (Lancaster) 11-3
8. (8) Monrovia 11-3
9. (9) Covina 11-2
10. (10) Santana (Santee) 11-2
Note: Washington Union is a deserving CIF state champion for its win over Campolindo, but Lompoc having a win over Arroyo Grande is still enough to keep the Braves on top for our final rankings. We also could not drop Lompoc that far in the final overall rankings for basically not winning in a board room and not on the field.
Next 5: 11. Cabrillo (Lompoc) 11-3; 12. Wasco 11-2; 13. Coronado 9-4; 14. Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) 10-2; 15. San Gabriel 9-5.
Others: Arroyo (El Monte) 10-2, Bishop 10-2, Coalinga 9-3, Fowler 12-2, Mendota 12-0, Mission Oak (Tulare) 9-3, Ontario Christian 8-3-1, San Dimas 10-3, St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 10-1, Torrance 8-5.
Teams with top underclass players: Lompoc, Paraclete.

Division IV North
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 10-3
2. (2) Le Grand 12-1
3. (3) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 11-1
4. (4) Ferndale 11-2
5. (NR) McClymonds (Oakland) 10-2
6. (5) Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) 8-4
7. (6) Modoc (Alturas) 10-3
8. (7) Valley Christian (Dublin) 9-3
9. (8) Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 9-3
10. (9) Millennium (Tracy) 10-1
Note: McClymonds’ enrollment has now dipped well below 400, which makes the Warriors D4 and not D3 according to CIF breakdowns. It was easy to place them in these final rankings with a head-to-head loss to Ferndale.
Others: California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 8-4, Durham 9-3, Hamilton (Hamilton City) 10-3, Pierce (Arbuckle) 9-2, Rio Vista 9-3, St. Bernard (Eureka) 7-4, Tomales 9-3-1.
Teams with top underclass players: Central Catholic, Ferndale.

Division IV South
1. (1) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 15-0
2. (2) Christian (El Cajon) 10-3
3. (3) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 11-2
4. (4) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 13-1
5. (5) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 11-2
6. (6) St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 9-3
7. (7) Boron 10-3
8. (8) Desert Christian (Lancaster) 11-2
9. (9) Aquinas (San Bernardino) 9-3
10. (10) Mojave 10-2
Others: La Jolla Country Day 7-5, Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 8-2, Parker (San Diego) 6-5-1, Saddleback Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 9-2, Tri-City Christian (Vista) 9-3, View Park (Los Angeles) 8-4.
Teams with top underclass players: Sierra Canyon, Santa Fe Christian, Rio Hondo.

CIF Open Division Bids

December, 11, 2011
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Here are the top 10 rankings for the Northern California and Southern California open divisions after all section championships are complete (previous ranking in parentheses; teams with asterisk are ineligible for bowl game):

Northern California
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 12-1

2. (2) Bellarmine (San Jose) 12-1

3. (3) Del Oro (Loomis) 13-1

4. (NR) Campolindo (Moraga) 14-0

5. (4) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 13-1*

6. (5) Vacaville 13-1

7. (6) Granite Bay 12-2

8. (7) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 9-3*

9. (8) Lincoln (Stockton) 11-2*

10. (9) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 12-2*

Note: Folsom was No. 10 last week, but would have to drop one spot in the rankings to make room for Campolindo. One of the reasons the Cougars go up so high is that Marin Catholic still has to be ahead of Vacaville due to head-to-head win.

Southern California
1. (1) Westlake (Westlake Village) 14-0

2. (3) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 14-0 (9-5 incl. forfeits)

3. (5) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 12-2

4. (8) Bakersfield 13-0

5. (7) Helix (La Mesa) 13-1

6. (4) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 11-3

7. (2) Centennial (Corona) 12-2*

8. (9) Upland 12-1*

9. (10) Mission Viejo 10-3*

10. (6) San Clemente 12-2*

Case for De La Salle (Open Division)

1. The Spartans beat eventual CCS Open Division champ Bellarmine of San Jose in their first game and that ended up being Bellarmine’s only loss.

2. The only other team with a remote chance is Del Oro, which lost its only game by three points in overtime to Westlake of Westlake Village.

3. De La Salle has still not lost to a team from the CIF’s NorCal region (remember we still count Central Section in the north for our record book) since 1991. The Spartans have never lost to a Sac-Joaquin Section school.

Case for Westlake (Open Division)

1. St. Bonaventure of Ventura, which the Warriors beat in a Marmonte League game, owns a win over Corona Centennial, one of the top teams in the CIFSS Inland Division.

2. As a possible opponent for De La Salle, Westlake is intriguing because the Spartans have never played Westlake and for that matter have never played any of the other Ventura area teams like Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure.

3. Vista Murrieta, 14-0 on-the-field or 9-5 counting forfeits, is the only other team at 14-0 that played a schedule as strong as Westlake’s. Westlake doesn’t have any similar forfeit problems.

For corrections or comments on any of our bowl game rankings for this week, email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.

CIF D3 North Bowl Bid

December, 11, 2011
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Here are the top 10 rankings for this division in Northern California by Cal-Hi Sports after all section championships are complete (previous ranking in parentheses; teams with asterisk are ineligible for bowl game):

1. (2) Campolindo (Moraga) 14-0

2. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 13-1*

3. (3) Palma (Salinas) 11-1-1

4. (4) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 11-1-1*

5. (5) Salesian (Richmond) 13-0

6. (6) Hilmar 12-2

7. (7) Escalon 13-1*

8. (8) Encinal (Alameda) 11-2*

9. (9) Carmel 12-1*

10. (10) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 6-6-1

Drops: None.

Other section champs also eligible: McClymonds (Oakland) 10-2, Orland 10-1, Willows 10-3.

Case for Campolindo:

1. With its 20-18 triumph on Saturday in the North Coast Section final over Marin Catholic on a 21-yard field goal as time expired, Campolindo leaps past the Wildcats and into the top spot of this division.

2. Although Campo was sitting at No. 7 or No. 8 for many weeks, the possibility always existed of the unbeaten team getting hot in the playoffs and going on a deep run. In the semifinals of the NCS, the Cougars took out then No. 2 Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa.

3. The strength of the NCS D3 bracket was shown in the semifinals as the four teams had a combined record of 46-1-1. This included a win by Marin Catholic over Vacaville, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II champ that knocked out defending CIF Div. II state champ Folsom.

Other possibilities:

*Palma won the CCS Div. IV title with a victory over previously unbeaten Carmel. The Chieftains’ only loss also was to bigger school San Benito by one point. Their problem is that they tied Cardinal Newman (which was later beaten by Campolindo).

*Hilmar knocked off defending Div. III state champ Escalon in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV final. That also avenged an earlier loss. The Yellowjackets, though, have an additional loss to Beyer of Modesto.

*Salesian’s title on Saturday came in the NCS Division IV final. The Pride would be a perfect team to play in a bowl game for schools of around 600 to 700 students. They ended 13-0, but would definitely be behind Campolindo, Marin Catholic and others in any ranking.

CIF D4 North Bowl Bid

December, 11, 2011
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Here are the top 10 rankings for this division in Northern California by Cal-Hi Sports after all section championships are complete (previous ranking in parentheses; teams with asterisk are ineligible for bowl game):

1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 10-3*

2. (3) Le Grand 12-0

3. (4) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 11-1

4. (2) Ferndale 11-2*

5. (5) Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) 8-4*

6. (6) Modoc (Alturas) 10-3

7. (7) Valley Christian (Dublin) 9-3*

8. (8) Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 9-3

9. (9) Millennium (Tracy) 10-1*

10. (10) Tomales 9-3-1*

Drops: None.

Other section champs also eligible: None.

Case for Le Grand:

1. With Ferndale losing on Saturday night to D3 North ranked Salesian of Richmond 42-6 in the North Coast Section Division IV final, the path is now completely clear for LeGrand to be chosen for a CIF bowl game. This would be the second small town team to be in the Division IV contest, following Hamilton of Hamilton City in 2008. We’ve seen Le Grand in person and this is a better squad than that Hamilton team.

2. Coach Rick Martinez’ team has scored 702 points in just 12 games and won its second straight CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title. The team’s best win might have been 42-36 against Livingston one week after Livingston defeated 2009 CIF state small schools champion Modesto Christian.

3. LeGrand’s playoff division was stronger than the one its prime challenger for this berth, Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento, played in. Millennium of Tracy was unbeaten for the regular-season from that division and lost in the semifinals to Highlands of North Highlands, a team the Bulldogs topped 58-20.

Case for Bradshaw Christian:

1. LeGrand’s last loss came one year ago to Bradshaw Christian and was a main reason why the Bulldogs didn’t get the call for a bowl game. Bradshaw Christian ended up losing that season in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI final to Brookside Christian of Stockton, which was the team that played and lost to Bishop’s of La Jolla.

2. Bradshaw Christian’s only loss this year was to Colfax, a team that is from a higher division that was 10-0 for the regular season.

Other possibilities:

*Modoc and Hoopa Valley are the only other bowl-eligible teams in the division. Both have three losses and no chance of being considered above Le Grand or Bradshaw Christian.

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