High-SchoolCalifornia: Cal-Hi Sports Divisional Rankings

Final State Division Softball Rankings

June, 13, 2012
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California high school softballHarold Abend/ESPNHSBridget Pacchetti and Dani Albini of NCS D3 champion San Marin (Novato).
Cal-Hi Sports’ mythical champs for 2012 are Norco (D1), Archbishop Mitty (D2), Chino Hills (D3), La Canada (D4) and Pomona Catholic (D5).

Being No. 1 in the state in a rankings division in softball is old hat for Archbishop Mitty of San Jose. This year’s top finish statewide in Division II, based mostly on being 27-2 and winning a CIF Central Coast Section Division II title, is the school’s seventh in the last nine years and makes it two in a row.

It also might be getting to be old hat for Pomona Catholic in Division V, which also ends No. 1 for a second straight year.

Here are the final divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Saturday, June 2):

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New State Division Softball Rankings

May, 31, 2012
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It’s down to just two or three teams who can finish No. 1 in each division of the Cal-Hi Sports rankings heading into the final weekend of the season.

Section softball championships have been decided everywhere in the state except for the CIF Southern Section and the CIF North Coast Section entering the upcoming weekend.

No. 1 teams by division with one more week to go are Norco (D1), Archbishop Mitty (D2), Chino Hills (D3), La Canada (D4) and Pomona Catholic (D5).

Here are the fourth and next-to-last divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Wednesday, May 30):

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New State Division Baseball Rankings

May, 30, 2012
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Mater Dei’s hopes for No. 1 state and national ranking are dashed by Newbury Park in CIFSS Tuesday upset. Vista, Cathedral Catholic (both from San Diego Section) could be next in line.

The Newbury Park baseball team did a favor for the rest of the state as its big upset of state No. 1 Mater Dei in Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals essentially guaranteed that this year’s final No. 1 team in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings is going to come from outside of the Southern Section.

With the CIFSS D1 final on Friday night at Dodger Stadium coming down to the Panthers (20-7) and Corona (19-14), the next teams in line for the state’s highest ranking are both from the San Diego Section.

But that’s a complicated situation as well.

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New State Division Baseball Rankings

May, 24, 2012
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It could be a record number of changes in Division I as seven new teams have forced their way into the Cal-Hi Sports rankings with playoff wins. There is a new No. 1 in Division II as well with Campolindo taking over for upset-bitten Harvard-Westlake.

On Tuesday, Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood joined the club of top-ranked teams done for the season when the Wolverines (who have been as high as No. 2 in the nation this season) were sent packing in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs by Valencia of Placentia.

On Wednesday, another team that has been in the top 10 in the nation, St. Francis of Mountain View, was knocked out of the CIF Central Coast Section Division I playoffs by San Benito of Hollister.

Last Friday, the upset bug began biting when it struck Clovis West of Fresno. Defending CIFSS Division I champ J.W. North of Riverside also has been knocked out of the playoffs as well.

Here are the third divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (thanks to Paul Muyskens for contributions; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Wednesday, May 23 which is why they don't match the top 20 state rankings from earlier in the week):

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New State Division Softball Rankings

May, 24, 2012
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El Diamante is the first major upset victim, but more could be on the list very quickly. Two divisional state titles also are already down to two possible winners.

This week’s new Cal-Hi Sports divisional state rankings for softball were compiled after games of Wednesday but before the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals played on Thursday.

There are no new No. 1 teams, but on Wednesday highly-regarded El Diamante of Visalia saw its hopes for a second straight CIF Central Section Division I title wrecked with a 7-6 upset loss to Clovis West of Fresno.

Here are the third divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Wednesday, May 15):

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New State Division Softball Rankings

May, 18, 2012
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There’s at least one new team in every top 10 this week, but none of the newcomers are entering any higher than ninth.

Changes should be fast and furious in the Cal-Hi Sports divisional state softball rankings as the section playoffs get through with the early rounds.

That wasn’t the case this week, though, as nearly all teams didn’t play or had little trouble in regular season finales.

Here are the second divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Tuesday, May 15 and including other results from this week):

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New State Division Baseball Rankings

May, 17, 2012
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Biggest changes in the second week of these compilations are in Division II where three new teams, led by Los Altos of the CIF Central Coast Section, get to go in as newcomers. Click here for this week’s top 20 overall baseball rankings.

Section playoffs are yet to start in San Diego and the North Coast, but they are about to end in the Northern Section.

No. 1 teams this week in the Cal-Hi Sports divisional baseball rankings are Lutheran of Orange (D1), Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood (D2), El Capitan of Lakeside (D3), Escalon (D4) and Desert Christian of Lancaster (D5).

Here are the second divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (contributions by Paul Muyskens; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Tuesday, May 7):

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Final State Division Girls BB Rankings

April, 5, 2012
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Five teams get added into each expanded version of the final rankings with teams to watch for next season included as well. Teams getting final bumps include Brea Olinda, Miramonte of Orinda, Modesto Christian and Ripon Christian.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here are the ninth and final listings of the top-ranked girls teams in the state this season for each division (records listed after state championship games played on Saturday, March 24; previous ranking in parentheses):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 34-3
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 31-4
3. (4) Brea Olinda (Brea) 26-7
4. (3) Berkeley 29-3
5. (5) Summit (Fontana) 28-4
6. (6) Santiago (Corona) 31-2
7. (8) Huntington Beach 26-6
8. (9) Edison (Huntington Beach) 23-4
9. (7) Etiwanda 23-4
10. (10) El Toro (Lake Forest) 27-4
11. (11) Hanford 25-5
12. (12) Troy (Fullerton) 19-8
13. (14) Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-7
14. (15) San Diego 27-6
15. (13) Kennedy (Sacramento) 26-9
Drops: None.
Expanded Next Five Teams: 16. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 22-10; 17. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 25-9; 18. Deer Valley (Antioch) 22-9; 19. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 26-5; 20. Rialto 25-2.
Honorable Mention: Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 20-8, Granite Hills (El Cajon) 30-5*, Gunn (Palo Alto) 21-7, Heritage (Brentwood) 25-6, Lowell (San Francisco) 25-6, Palo Alto 19-6.
Teams to Watch Next Season: Berkeley, Corona Santiago, Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Huntington Beach Edison, Hanford, Troy, Sacramento Kennedy.

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Final State Division Boys BB Rankings

April, 3, 2012
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For each division in the final rankings, we have expanded the number of teams by five and take a look at a few teams to watch for the 2012-13 season. The most changes for the final rankings were in Division III and Division V due to the outcome of the CIF state championship and due to a couple of head-to-head wins that were discovered from early in the season.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here are the ninth and final listings of the top-ranked boys teams in the state this season for each division (records listed after state championship games played on Saturday, March 24; previous ranking in parentheses):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 34-2
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 29-3
3. (4) Loyola (Los Angeles) 26-6
4. (3) Sheldon (Sacramento) 29-6
5. (5) Bullard (Fresno) 32-4
6. (7) De La Salle (Concord) 28-3
7. (9) Taft (Woodland Hills) 29-4
8. (6) Jesuit (Carmichael) 27-6
9. (8) Etiwanda 30-3
10. (10) Lutheran (Orange) 22-11
11. (11) Mission Viejo 28-5
12. (15) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 24-6
13. (12) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 25-7
14. (13) McClymonds (Oakland) 19-11
15. (14) Dorsey (Los Angeles) 27-9
Drops: None.
Expanded Next 5 Teams: 16. Santa Monica 21-9; 17. Fairfax (Los Angeles) 20-10; 18. Westchester (Los Angeles) 22-9; 19. Deer Valley (Antioch) 28-9; 20. Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 17-11.
Honorable Mention: Bellarmine (San Jose) 18-12, Castro Valley 22-8, Clovis West (Fresno) 22-7, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 26-8, Foothill (Tustin) 24-6, Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 28-4, Upland 20-10.
Teams to Watch Next Season: Long Beach Poly, Mater Dei, Loyola, Sheldon, De La Salle, Woodland Hills Taft, Deer Valley.

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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):

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State Divisional Girls BB Rankings

March, 22, 2012
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There is a new No. 1 team going into this weekend’s CIF state championships as Archbishop Mitty of San Jose goes to the top in Division II.

More highlights from this week’s lists include:

CIF state title favorites Mater Dei (D1), Bishop O’Dowd (D3) and La Jolla Country Day (D4) heading into their last game in the No. 1 position.

Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo holding on to D5 No. 1 ranking over Brookside Christian with what looks like a toss-up game in Sacramento.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the eighth and next-to-last listing of girls teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after regional championship games played on Saturday, March 17; previous ranking in parentheses):

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State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

March, 15, 2012
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California high school boys basketball,CIF state championshipsMark Tennis/ESPNHSCoach Don Lippi, who recently won his 700th game, poses with his son after 2011 team at St. Joseph Notre Dame won CIF state title.
Regional finals set for Saturday at four sites as the road to the 2012 CIF state championships on March 23-24 gets very narrow.

Highlights from Tuesday’s games included:

"Bullard of Fresno upsetting nationally ranked Long Beach Poly on 40-foot bomb

"Katin Reinhardt coming back for No. 1 Mater Dei and scoring 21 points in win over Loyola

"Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Don Lippi joining exclusive ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports record book list by picking up 700th career triumph

"Mater Dei (D1), Archbishop Mitty (D2), Alemany (D3), Salesian of Richmond (D4) and St. Joseph Notre Dame (D5) remaining as No. 1 teams

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State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

March, 8, 2012
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Mater Dei’s chances for a repeat in Division I take a hit with Kaitin Reinhardt being lost with a thumb injury. Monarchs are still No. 1 in their division along with Archbishop Mitty (D2), Alemany (D3), Salesian of Richmond (D4) and St. Joseph Notre Dame (D5).

As the CIF state playoffs move into the regional quarterfinal round on Saturday night, the big news wasn’t an upset or any score for that matter from Thursday’s second-round.

During Santa Ana Mater Dei’s 66-47 win over Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta, standout 6-foot-4 guard Kaitin Reinhardt didn’t score and according to at least two game reports was battling “health issues.”

It was revealed on Thursday that Reinhardt’s issue is a thumb injury. It was placed in a cast and it has been reported that he’ll have to miss the rest of the season.

Reinhardt, who has signed with UNLV, has been arguably Mater Dei’s best player this season. He was averaging 18.2 points per game, including 35 against Christ The King of New York and 34 against Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo.

The Monarchs can still win the CIF Division I state title without Reinhardt, but they’re not an especially deep team so any contest in which fouls are being called and coach Gary McKnight has to go deeper into the bench is where the loss of a player like Reinhardt would be felt the most.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the sixth listing of boys teams this season for each division

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State Divisional Girls BB Rankings

March, 8, 2012
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As the CIF playoffs reach the regional quarterfinal stage this weekend, we choose teams that are most likely headed to state in each division. Only new No. 1 team this week is La Jolla Country Day in Division IV.

Thanks to an upset by Serra of Gardena over Windward of Los Angeles, the new No. 1 in this week’s CIF Division IV state girls basketball rankings by Cal-Hi Sports is La Jolla Country Day.

The Torreys of coach Teri Bamford have even more on their minds, of course, than a CIF state crown as there’s a chance they could be State Team of the Year for the first time.

The first step toward that will be the CIF regional playoffs over the next two weeks. La Jolla Country Day could not get past Windward in last year’s regional final and could play the Wildcats again in this year’s final. The good news about that is that just to get into that game Windward is probably going to have to play Serra again and win this time on the road.

All of the other four No. 1 teams according to CIF divisions from last week remain the same: Mater Dei of Santa Ana (D1), St. Mary’s of Stockton (D2), Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (D3) and Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo (D5).

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the sixth listing of girls teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after regional playoff games played on Wednesday, March 7 but rankings do not include any results from later in the week; previous ranking in parentheses):

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State Divisional Girls BB Rankings

February, 29, 2012
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There won’t be a Long Beach Poly-Mater Dei showdown in the Southern Section after Jackrabbits get upset in Tuesday semifinal by Brea Olinda. Also on the move up are Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills.

For most of the season it has seemed that defending CIF Division I state champ Mater Dei of Santa Ana would get a stern test in this year’s CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs from Long Beach Poly.

The Monarchs and Jackrabbits have been No. 1 and No. 2 in the divisional state rankings just about all season. They won’t be playing in that section final this weekend, however. The Jackrabbits were knocked off in a 49-43 upset in Tuesday’s semifinals by Brea Olinda.

While this Brea team isn’t as talented as teams that took on Mater Dei in recent years, the Ladycats played inspiring defense in shutting down Long Beach Poly and got a strong outing from senior guard Taylor Spears, who scored 14 points.

The Jackrabbits had cut the Brea lead down to two points with just under one minute play, but couldn’t get a key basket and then had to foul.

Mater Dei, meanwhile, had no trouble in its semifinal game against previously unbeaten Santiago of Corona. The Monarchs won 71-32 and will now face Brea in the finals.

All other section championships around the state will be determined by the end of this weekend. On Sunday, March 4, CIF section commissioners will gather in two locations to seed the Northern California and Southern California regional tournaments. We will have our recommendations for the top seeds posted here as soon as possible throughout the weekend so check back frequently to see if your school’s division is done.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the fifth listing of girls teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after section playoff games played on Tuesday, Feb. 28 but rankings do not include any results from later in the week; previous ranking in parentheses):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 29-3
2. (7) Brea Olinda (Brea) 23-5
3. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 28-3
4. (3) Santiago (Corona) 30-1
5. (4) Summit (Fontana) 25-3
6. (5) Berkeley 22-2
7. (9) Huntington Beach 24-4
8. (6) Edison (Huntington Beach) 23-4
9. (8) Etiwanda 23-4
10. (10) Narbonne (Harbor City) 26-6
11. (11) El Toro (Lake Forest) 26-3
12. (12) Troy (Fullerton) 19-8
13. (14) San Diego 25-5
14. (15) Deer Valley (Antioch) 20-7
15. (NR) Hanford 22-4
Drops: Previous No. 13 Rialto.
Bubble: Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 20-8, Granite Hills (El Cajon) 29-3*, Heritage (Brentwood) 22-4, Kennedy (Sacramento) 22-8, Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 23-7, Rialto 25-2, Stockdale (Bakersfield) 25-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 21-2.
Comments: With Long Beach Poly going down and Mater Dei completely dominating previously unbeaten Santiago, it doesn’t look like the Monarchs are going to be denied a third straight CIF state title. They will now face Brea Olinda in the CIFSS Div. I-AA final on Friday, but the matchup certainly doesn’t have the impact as when the two teams played each other in 2010 and 2011. Another Orange County team advancing to the CIFSS Div. I-A final was Huntington Beach. The Oilers avenged an earlier loss by topping El Toro 51-39 and would now be back in front of the Chargers in the rankings. When we did the new overall top 20 on Tuesday, we put El Toro higher due to the previous win. Huntington Beach now gets Summit in this weekend’s title game.

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