High-SchoolCalifornia: Cal-Hi Sports State Rankings

New Cal-Hi Sports Football Top 25

September, 10, 2012
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California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSJustin Davis scored 39 touchdowns in 2011 for Lincoln of Stockton.
Alemany, Narbonne and Lincoln of Stockton get jumped over other ranked teams in this week’s pecking order. Chaparral of Temecula is highest-ranked newcomer.

Contributing: Paul Muyskens, Ronnie Flores, Harold Abend

All rankings through games played Saturday night, Sept. 8. Check back later this week for Week 3 CIF State Bowl Game rankings. If you check back and no longer see Cal-Hi Sports content on an ESPN page, please go to our twitter page @CalHiSports or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/CalHiSportscom/162897664162 for updates. This page will be discontinued after Friday, Sept. 14 and a temporary home for our content will begin on Saturday, Sept. 15 with next weekend’s scoreboard.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Football Top 25

September, 4, 2012
9/04/12
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California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSVista Murrieta quarterback Nick Stevens had a strong first game against Colorado opponent.
Mission Viejo, Serra of Gardena and Helix among those coming up quickly. Newcomers led by new No. 20 Vacaville and new No. 21 Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.

Contributing: Paul Muyskens, Ronnie Flores, Harold Abend

All rankings through games played Saturday night, Sept. 1. Check back later this week for Week 2 CIF State Bowl Game rankings and for the next State Stat Stars of the Week. If you check back and no longer see Cal-Hi Sports content on an ESPN page, please go to our twitter page @CalHiSports or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/CalHiSportscom/162897664162 for updates.

1. (1) DE LA SALLE (CONCORD) 1-0
Why This Ranking: The three-time defending CIF Open Division champions have not lost to a California team since 2008 and showed little signs of a drop from last year in the first game.
Weekend Result: After going to two overtimes to beat defending CIF Central Coast Section Division I champ Bellarmine of San Jose in last year’s opener, the Spartans scored on their second play and had little difficulty in beating the Bells 41-7. Tiapepe Vitale had 15 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns. New quarterback Chris Williams rushed for two scores and had a 58-yard TD pass to Austin Hooper in which Hooper broke several tackles.
Up Next: This year’s game against an out-of-state foe comes Friday at home against Mullen Prep of Denver. Mullen arrives after getting a 14-13 win in a much-hyped game against Valor Christian of Highlands Ranch that drew NFL QB Peyton Manning to the sidelines. Coach Bob Ladouceur expects his team will get a much stiffer challenge than what Bellarmine presented.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

May, 29, 2012
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There won’t be a Norco-Pacifica showdown in CIF Southern Section finals, but the Cougars are still in line to be State Team of the Year. Amador Valley moves up to the No. 2 position.

One half of the anticipated matchup between No. 1 Norco and No. 2 Pacifica of Garden Grove for the mythical state and national title fizzled last Friday when Pacifica fell in a 4-3 loss to defending champion Santiago of Corona in the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals.

Norco, which is all too familiar with Corona Santiago, still has a chance to be No. 1 in both but has to get to this weekend’s final first with a Tuesday semifinal contest against Vista Murrieta of Murrieta (Tuesday scores are not counted in this week’s rankings).

Pacifica’s loss helps unbeaten Amador Valley of Pleasanton in its attempt to be No. 1 in both, too. If Norco doesn’t win its title and Amador does, then the final No. 1 state and national ranking will be headed to the East Bay.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

May, 16, 2012
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Pacifica drops meaningless game, which does flip-flop No. 1 ranking with Norco but scenario still in place for either Mariners or Cougars to finish as No. 1 team in state and nation.

Norco is back on top in this week’s state top 20 softball rankings, but in the big picture it’s still going to be what happens in the playoffs that determines which team will end up in the No. 1 position.

Although previous No. 1 Pacifica of Garden Grove lost in its regular season finale, both the Mariners and Norco can still end the season at 31-2 with a CIF Southern Section Division I title. Based on strength of schedule, that will be hard to beat not just for any other team in California but for any other team this year in the nation according to the ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50.

San Diego Section top-ranked Bonita Vista of Chula Vista is the team coming up the most in this week’s rankings. The Barons are up to No. 12 after being at No. 16 last week.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

May, 9, 2012
5/09/12
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Pacifica of Garden Grove and Norco still lead the pack as the regular season in many places in the state ends this week.

The first seven positions in this week’s new state softball top 20 remained in place, but there was some scrambling at the bottom.

Tuesday games are not normally taken into account for the weekly rankings, but it was impossible not to check a couple of key scores. That ended up helping Camarillo join the top 20 as a newcomer at No. 19 and also enabled Del Oro of Loomis to stay in at No. 20 despite taking a loss last week to Roseville.

(Through games played Monday, May 7) (Some results from Tuesday, May 8 also included)
(Contributing: Harold Abend, Paul Muyskens) (Previous ranking in parentheses)


1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 25-1
The Mariners remain the top team in the state (they also are No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50) after an 11-1 road win over Tustin and a 7-2 home win over Western of Anaheim. Nicole DeWitt led the way in the first win of the week as she homered and drove in four runs. Pacifica looks to wrap up an undefeated Empire League championship this week.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

May, 2, 2012
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California high school softball,Livermore StampedeHarold Abend/ESPNHSAmador Valley's Johanna Grauer was the MVP of the 2012 Livermore Stampede.
Tough call at No. 2 as Norco stays in that position despite loss to Corona Santiago. Highest rising newcomers are Los Osos and Del Oro.

Knee-jerk reactions in the rankings game are common, but looking way down the road is more important.

A knee-jerk reaction would have been to dump Norco from its No. 2 statewide ranking after a loss last week to Corona Santiago.

That move was seriously considered this week in favor of unbeaten Amador Valley, but Norco still has just two losses overall, beat Santiago 12-4 earlier in the season and still has a win over No. 1 Pacifica. Throw all that together and compare a possible final No. 1 decision if Norco were to win the CIF Southern Section Division I title and it still looks like the Cougars would have the edge over Amador due to strength of schedule. It’s also much smoother to leave the rankings as is now than the alternative, which would be to move up Amador now and possibly have to hop Norco in front later.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

April, 24, 2012
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It’s a new order for the top five as Norco and Amador Valley have to swap spots behind No. 1 Pacifica of Garden Grove.

When the margins of victory between top teams are so close, frequent changes in the rankings are common.

That’s true on the local level in addition to state and national. In Orange County, for example, where the competition is among the best in the country, the pecking order for the local rankings changes every week.

This week’s hottest teams in Orange County – at least coming into the week – were Edison of Huntington Beach and Esperanza of Anaheim. Those teams were up to No. 3 and No. 4 in the county and also were up to No. 5 and No. 9 in the state.

The biggest changes in this week’s rankings were to put Norco back up to No. 2 and to move up previous bubble team Simi Valley in front of previous No. 4 Royal of Simi Valley. The Pioneers beat the Highlanders last week 2-0 and avenged an earlier loss.

(Through games played Monday, April 23)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(Writeups also by Paul Muyskens, Harold Abend)


1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 20-1
While the Mariners didn’t play last week, they are likely getting some good news this week in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings. A good number of teams ranked in the top 20 lost last week so maybe it was a good time not to play. When Pacifica took the field on Tuesday for an Empire League contest against Cypress it broke a two-week break from games.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

April, 17, 2012
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Many teams were off for spring break last week, but there were enough that lost so that three newcomers are able to break into this week’s rankings.

The wild scrambling that had to be done in the aftermath of the Michelle Carew Classic and the Livermore Stampede was replaced by more orderly results so that this week’s state top 20 softball rankings didn’t see too many changes.

After the top 10, however, there was some movement due to previously unbeaten San Benito of Hollister losing its first game to Valley Christian of San Jose, previous No. 15 Marina of Huntington Beach dropping a game to unranked La Canada and previous No. 17 Newark Memorial of Newark losing twice at a tournament in Sparks, Nev.

This week’s highest newcomer is new No. 16 Redlands while the other two getting nods are St. Lucy’s of Glendora and Central of Fresno.

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St. Francis of Mountain View cooled off by Nevada foe to clear path for Mater Dei to assume role as state’s new No. 1 team.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

El Dorado, El Toro benefit from top finish at Hard 9 National Classic with Golden Hawks going in as a newcomer and Chargers moving up to No. 10.

St. Mary’s of Stockton wins tournament in which St. Francis lost and gets five-spot bump.

Only other newcomer this week is Rancho Buena Vista.

Click here to see the complete list within the ESPNHS rankings tool.

New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

April, 10, 2012
4/10/12
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Pacifica gets the bats sizzling at Michelle Carew Classic and moves up to No. 1 in this week’s state rankings.

After a quiet week of the state top 20 softball rankings, the order at the top had to be re-shuffled after the outcomes of the Michelle Carew Classic in Anaheim Hills and the Livermore Stampede in Livermore.

Previous No. 2 Pacifica of Garden Grove is the new No. 1 after winning the Michelle Carew Classic title. Previous No. 1 Norco lost its first game of the season earlier in the tournament 2-1 to Lutheran of Orange.

Moving up into the No. 2 spot is unbeaten Amador Valley of Pleasanton, which topped previous No. 3 Archbishop Mitty of San Jose in the semifinals and then beat Livermore in the final.

(Through games played Monday, April 9)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(Writeups also by Harold Abend, Paul Muyskens)


1. (2) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 19-1
The Mariners didn’t avenge their only loss to Norco at the Michelle Carew Classic, but they battered the field that included Norco and are an easy call to replace the Cougars as the state’s No. 1 team. Pacifica won the title with a 13-4 victory over Los Alamitos behind tourney MVP Rebecca Lee and most valuable pitcher Kaylee Carlson. The semifinal win was 7-2 against host Canyon of Anaheim.

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Valley Christian of San Jose moves back up closer to No. 1 St. Francis as Mater Dei holds steady at No. 2 despite loss.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

Alemany, Clovis West and Campolindo get bumped up into the top 10.

De La Salle nips St. Mary’s of Stockton and debuts at No. 15.

Cathedral Catholic, Vista win titles at San Diego Lions tourney and join top 20 as well.

Click here to see the complete list within the ESPNHS rankings tool.

Final Cal-Hi Sports Girls BB Top 40

April, 5, 2012
4/05/12
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California high school girls basketball,CIF Southern Section championshipsMark Tennis/ESPNHSAdrianna Brodie, Jillian Alleyne and Brooklyn Jackson are from No. 11 Summit of Fontana.
Not one but two teams from Huntington Beach finish in the top 20 for the final rankings. Among those getting nods in expanded version are Alemany, Troy, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Pleasant Grove.

There really weren’t any surprises in this year’s five CIF state championship games contested at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.

The way ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 No. 8 Mater Dei handled Berkeley 57-40 in the D1 title game, based on what teams did against the Monarchs in the Southern Regional playoffs, re-shuffled the rankings of the Northern California teams, but not that much.

Many of the assembled pundits thought the Bishop O’Dowd game with Laguna Hills might be a test for the Dragons, but coach Malik McCord’s girls showed why many consider them a possible top five national team coming into next season.

In the end, four of the five CIF state champions got into the top 40 final rankings and writeups. D5 champ Brookside Christian was considered as well, but had to be behind one too many D1 teams from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

April, 4, 2012
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There’s limited movement in this week’s rankings, but that could change after this weekend’s Michelle Carew Classic and the Livermore Stampede.

As rankings compilers, it sure is nice sometimes when just about every team from the week before doesn’t lose. In most weeks, especially in baseball and softball, it’s the opposite.

For this week’s new top 20 for California softball, the only team to lose and drop was previous No. 8 Torrey Pines. The Falcons didn’t drop far after losing to San Marcos on Monday because it was just their first loss of the season.

Previous No. 15 Simi Valley didn’t lose, but had to take a tie when weather forced a halt to a tie game between the Pioneers and El Segundo in the title game of the Savanna tourney in Anaheim.

Next week’s rankings don’t figure to be as calm. Many top teams will be in the brackets of the Michelle Carew Classic in Anaheim Hills and the Livermore Stampede in Livermore.

(Through games played Monday, April 2)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)


1. (1) Norco 14-0
The Cougars, who were idle last week, hope to add the Michelle Carew Classic title to previous tournament crowns they’ve won at Bullhead City, Ariz., and Torrance, Calif.

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California high school boys basketball, Final state rankingsWillie Eashman/ESPNHSAmadi Udenyi of No. 10 De La Salle drives the key.
Teams getting a bump for the final expanded rankings of the 2011-12 season include Bullard of Fresno, Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco and Serra of Gardena.

Other highlights of this week’s expanded, final overall rankings include:

All 10 teams from the final Division IV state rankings get spots in the top 36 with nine of those 10 in the top 22.

Taft of Woodland Hills comes up since loss to Bullard doesn’t look as bad and because of that one win over Loyola.

Among those in expanded rankings are a group from Ventura County, led by Oak Park of Agoura Hills.

Get all the details in the ESPNHS rankings tool.

New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

March, 28, 2012
3/28/12
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Norco shows how to enhance ranking even when team already is No. 1. This week’s new rankings also sees significant rises for Northern California powers Sheldon and San Benito.

It is possible to strengthen a No. 1 ranking and proof of that is what the Norco softball team did during last week’s Torrance National Tournament.

Coach Rick Robinson’s club rolled to the tourney title and although the lineup of teams wasn’t exactly the same as the Arizona Tournament of Champions, state-ranked Edison of Huntington Beach was there along with Nevada power Damonte Ranch and a sprinkling of other dangerous squads.

Norco improved to 14-0 on Tuesday with a victory over Centennial of Corona. The Cougars not only remained No. 1 in the state, but are likely going to be lifted to No. 1 in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings on the ESPNHS softball page on Thursday.

At this point, even if Norco were to drop a game in the ultra-tough Big VIII League, the Cougars would still be hard to drop from the No. 1 state ranking.

(Through games played Tuesday, March 27)
Contributing: Paul Muyskens, Harold Abend
(Previous ranking in parentheses)


1. (1) Norco 14-0
Ohio State-bound Ashley Goodwin hit a two-run home run and the Cougars defeated North of Torrance 8-0 in the championship game of the Torrance National Tournament. Emily Lockman dominated in the circle as the Cougars won four of their five games at the tournament without allowing a run.

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