High-SchoolCalifornia: San Jose Mitty

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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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

March, 16, 2012
California high school softball,Cal-Hi Sports state rankingsMark Tennis/ESPNHSAmong those celebrating in 2010 when Archbishop Mitty clinched FAB 50 national title were Vanessa Alvarez (left), Keilani Ricketts (center) and Alex Arnold (right). Ricketts now stars at Oklahoma while Alvarez and Arnold are now seniors.
Norco surges to the top while other teams coming up quickly include Woodcreek, Amador Valley, Lutheran of Orange and Torrey Pines.

This week’s state top 20 for girls softball was actually completed on Wednesday so that the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings could be done, but it wasn’t possible to complete the package for the California page until Friday morning. Some results from Wednesday and Thursday may not be included. Thanks to Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens for their contributions to these rankings.

(Through games played Tuesday, March 15)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)

1. (8) Norco 5-0
Coach Rick Robinson’s team is stuffed with experienced, talented players and showed just how good it will be this season by winning the prestigious title of last weekend’s Arizona Tournament of Champions. Among those that the Cougars beat during the week were state-ranked Chino Hills in the semifinals and previous state No. 3 Pacifica in the final.

2. (3) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 6-1
Sophomore Kaylee Carlson pitched well all weekend for the Mariners at the big tourney in Bullhead City, Ariz. Although Norco got to her for a four-run inning in the 4-0 loss in the final, Carlson was more than solid in the team’s earlier wins against Taylorsville (Utah), previous state No. 1 Los Alamitos, Lakewood and Saugus.

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