High-SchoolCalifornia: Don Lippi
March, 24, 2012
By Mark Tennis & Ronnie Flores | ESPN.com
Willie Eashman/ESPNHSAlemany's Malik Anderson battles Sacred Heart Cathedral's Taylor Johns for position.Behind 30 points from Katin Reinhardt, Mater Dei beats Sheldon in D1 final and gets state record ninth championship for coach Gary McKnight. Alemany also completes quest with D3 victory while Village Christian upends defending champ for first D5 crown.
The CIF Division I, Division III and Division V state title games in boys basketball were played at Power Balance Arena in Sacramento. The Division II and Division IV titles were decided on Friday (click here for writeups).
Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 66, Sheldon (Sacramento) 48
Two hours after Mater Dei girls’ coach Kevin Kiernan became the winningest in CIF history, boys’ coach Gary McKnight topped even that by earning his ninth and the program’s second in a row.
McKnight, who began coaching the team in 1983, broke the state record of eight set in 1997 by retired Crenshaw of Los Angeles coach Willie West.
March, 15, 2012
By Mark Tennis | ESPN.com
Mark 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