High-SchoolCalifornia: Richmond Salesian

Five questions: CIF basketball open division

May, 14, 2012
California high school boys basketball, CIF state championshipsMark Tennis/ESPNHSMario Dunn and Jabari Bird are juniors and have a chance to do this again.
California hoops may never be the same with the addition of the open division next season. If it works well, it could have ramifications across the nation.

There’s no secret that the CIF state basketball playoffs, for both boys and girls, has needed a shot in the arm for a long time.

Two weekends ago, the CIF Federation Council may have provided that boost by voting in favor of adding an open division as a sixth division to the state playoffs.

There’s a good chance that adding an open division will result in increased attendance and TV viewership. Two years ago, for example, the Mater Dei of Santa Ana and St. Mary’s of Stockton girls possibly would have played in an open division final that also would have determined which team was going to be No. 1 in the nation.

The open division will be for teams from any division, any section and regardless of enrollment.

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CIF Friday Girls BB Championships

March, 23, 2012
California high school girls basketball, CIF state championshipsMark Tennis/ESPNHSA pair and a Plum -- Malina Hood, Kelsey Plum and Maya Hood -- stand with CIF trophy.
Mitty holds off J.W. North for fifth state title, while La Jolla Country Day rolls to early lead and wins first Division IV crown.

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

Division II:
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 56, J.W. North (Riverside) 54

The NorCal representative came in steeped in championship tradition against an upstart SoCal representative looking to win its first state title.

J.W. North, the team with a new coach and a cast of new players looking to become the first Riverside County team to win a girls state title since all-time great Cheryl Miller led Riverside Poly to the Division I title in 1982, played a valiant game.

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CIF Friday Boys BB Championships

March, 23, 2012
California high school boys basketball, CIF state championshipsMark Tennis/ESPNHSMario Dunn and Jabari Bird are juniors and have a chance to do this again.
Mitty repeats in Division II with Aaron Gordon leading the way. NorCal wins in Division IV as well with Salesian of Richmond topping Price.

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

Division II:
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 78, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 57

It was a vintage performance for Aaron Gordon, one of the nation’s top-ranked juniors, and the rest of the Monarchs’ starting lineup.

The 6-foot-8 point forward dominated the boards, nailed a couple of 3-pointers and scored a game-high 33 points. Gordon’s point total makes the top 10 on the all-time state title game list. He also grabbed 20 rebounds, one short of the Division II record he tied last season.

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California high school basketball, Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Bishop O'DowdWillie Eashman/ESPNHSHerman Pratt looks for opening against Bishop O'Dowd defense.
Sheldon turns back upset bid in Division I final. Other victors are Archbishop Mitty in D2, Sacred Heart Cathedral in D3, Salesian in D4 and St. Joseph Notre Dame in 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 Mark Tennis and Paul Muyskens.

Division I:
Sheldon (Sacramento) 61, Jesuit (Carmichael) 56

All the clichés about the fourth time being the charm for Jesuit in the NorCal final after going 0-3 during the season against the Huskies were getting dusted off in the first half of this matchup.

The Marauders came out of the locker room on fire, making eight of their first 11 shots and were up by as much as 17 points at 23-6 early in the second quarter.

A 10-point run later in the second period got Sheldon within striking distance with a 25-16 halftime score. The team’s two main standouts, juniors Dakarai Allen and D’Erryl Williams, then came through in the second half and especially down the stretch.

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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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Cal-Hi Sports 2012 All-State Grid-Hoop Team

March, 10, 2012
California high school football,California high school basketballTulare H.S./ESPNHSStallworth's hoop resume includes 49-point game this season.
Click here: All-State Football Teams for 2011 Season

William Stallworth of Tulare makes history for being named State Grid-Hoop Player of the Year for the second straight year. We also choose four others on first team, five on second team, five on third team and 40 for special mention.

There's something special about grid-hoop athletes since few sports demand more all-around athleticism than football and basketball. It is tough to perform at a high level in one sport at a large school, let alone two, but the following athletes did it at California schools during the 2011-12 school year.

There has been a major decrease in the sheer amount of grid-hoop standouts across the state since our initial all-state teams were chosen for the 1986-87 school year, but there were still plenty of talented football-basketball combo players to choose from.

Leading the way for the second consecutive year is senior guard/wide receiver William Stallworth of Tulare Union, the 2011-12 ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Grid-Hoop Player of the Year. Last year, Stallworth became only the second CIF Central Section athlete to earn the honor since 1979-80, joining 2005-06 honoree David Ausberry of Lemoore.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Girls BB Top 20

March, 6, 2012
Mater Dei takes over No. 1 ranking from Windward with La Jolla Country Day going up to No. 2. One team on the bubble coming on strong is Salesian of Richmond.

With Windward of Los Angeles losing 82-77 to Serra of Gardena in the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA championship game, there are changes in the pecking order of the top five in this week’s top 20, but the teams remain the same.

The Cal-Hi Sports caravan saw the CIF North Coast Section championships and was impressed with a group of talented young girls from Salesian of Richmond.

Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s College, Salesian showed it is going to be a force reckoned with not only in the future, but in the present, after a 49-42 title-game victory over three-time defending NCS D4 champion and two-time defending NorCal champion St. Mary’s of Berkeley.

Sophomore Mariya Moore took over down the stretch for the Pride. Of her 15 points, 20 rebounds, five steals and five assists, 10 rebounds, four points, three steals and three assists came in the fourth quarter.

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NorCal teams Salesian of Richmond and De La Salle of Concord go up to No. 2 and No. 4 in this week’s pecking order. Bullard of Fresno also debuts at No. 19 after winning Central Section crown.

Other highlights of this week’s rankings include:

Serra of Gardena joining the top 10 after winning section title and edging in front of L.A. Loyola.

Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco rolling to CCS crown and going up from No. 18 to No. 15.

Price of Los Angeles staying at No. 17 even though team had already lost in CIFSS Div. 4-AA semifinals.

Get all the details in the ESPNHS rankings tool.

CIF Girls Hoops: The need for seeds

March, 4, 2012
Here’s the second installment of posts in which we’ve made our recommendations for which girls teams should be seeded No. 1 in next week’s CIF regional playoffs. Check our page on Sunday night for reaction to all of the regional pairings.

Division II North: St. Mary’s (Stockton)
The Rams are going for their second straight CIF state title in this division (and fourth overall) and have had mostly glorified workouts so far, including a 64-29 victory over McNair of Lodi in Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section championship. North Coast Section champ Carondelet of Concord and CCS champ Archbishop Mitty of San Jose will present challenges to St. Mary’s in the regional playoffs, but not for the top seed.

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State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

February, 23, 2012
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The No. 1 teams are the same as last week in the Cal-Hi Sports divisional state rankings for boys hoops, but a few notable teams have already been defeated in section playoffs.

Defending CIF Division IV state champ Windward of Los Angeles was among those who lost in CIF Southern Section playoff games on Tuesday night. Also falling was Damien of La Verne, which has been No. 2 in the Division III state rankings since early in the season.

Here is the fourth listing of boys teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after games of Tuesday, Feb. 21 with some teams that have results included for this week):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 25-2
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 24-1
3. (3) Etiwanda 27-1
4. (4) De La Salle (Concord) 24-2
5. (5) Taft (Woodland Hills) 25-3
6. (6) Loyola (Los Angeles) 22-4
7. (7) Sheldon (Sacramento) 22-5
8. (8) Jesuit (Carmichael) 22-5
9. (10) Bullard (Fresno) 26-3
10. (11) Westchester (Los Angeles) 21-6
11. (13) Mission Viejo 25-3
12. (14) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 20-9
13. (15) Santa Monica 20-8
14. (NR) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 24-4
15. (NR) Lutheran (Orange) 17-11
Drops: Previous No. 9 Oxnard; No. 12 Piedmont Hills (San Jose).
Bubble: Central (Fresno) 20-6, Clovis West (Fresno) 19-5, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 24-5, Foothill (Tustin) 23-5, Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 17-10, Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 25-2, Upland 20-9.
Comments: The difference between the losses suffered last week by Oxnard to Quartz Hill and by Piedmont Hills to Leigh of San Jose is that Oxnard’s was in the CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs. The Yellowjackets’ season, therefore, is over. Quartz Hill then lost to Upland in the next round and Upland plays Loyola in the quarterfinals. The semis in the Southern Section’s top division, which could feature Long Beach Poly against Etiwanda, would be played next Tuesday at the Anaheim Arena.

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