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):
1. (1) Lutheran (Orange) 23-4
2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-5
3. (4) Vista 27-3
4. (9) Chatsworth 26-4-1
5. (11) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 25-6
6. (NR) Esperanza (Anaheim) 21-8
7. (NR) San Benito (Hollister) 23-6
8. (5) St. Francis (Mountain View) 26-5-1
9. (NR) Newbury Park 18-7
10. (7) Deer Valley (Antioch) 21-3
11. (3) Clovis West (Fresno) 28-5
12. (NR) Valley Christian (San Jose) 24-8
13. (NR) West Ranch (Valencia) 19-8-1
14. (NR) De La Salle (Concord) 17-7
15. (NR) El Dorado (Placentia) 19-10
Bubble: Bullard (Fresno) 25-7, Carlsbad 21-9, El Toro (Lake Forest) 25-7, Franklin (Elk Grove) 22-9, J.W. North (Riverside) 25-6, Palo Alto 27-7, Saugus 18-10-1, Wilson (Long Beach) 23-8.
Notes: With all of the upsets so far, two teams heading into the CIFSS quarterfinals that have been fine are No. 1 Orange Lutheran and No. 2 Mater Dei. If those two don’t get to Dodger Stadium on June 1, it’s already a safe bet that the No. 1 team in the state will be coming from outside of the Southern Section. Vista could be a possibility if it wins the San Diego Section Division I crown….
Chatsworth has a great track record over the last 10 years, but watch out for St. Mary’s of Stockton. The Rams, remember, have a win over Orange Lutheran and next week will be going for their third straight Sac-Joaquin Section title. They haven’t lost yet in the double-elimination style tourney and won Wednesday to clinch their berth in the championship series with an 8-1 win over Buhach Colony of Atwater.
1. (2) Campolindo (Moraga) 20-4-1
2. (4) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 25-5
3. (1) Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 24-5-1
4. (NR) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 21-8-2
5. (9) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 18-6
6. (10) Foothill (Palo Cedro) 29-2
7. (7) Granite Bay 23-7
8. (NR) Woodcreek (Roseville) 23-7
9. (NR) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 21-9
10. (NR) South Hills (Covina) 19-7
Bubble: Bella Vista (Fair Oaks) 20-7, Cypress 25-7, Dougherty Valley (San Ramon) 19-6, Glendora 18-9, Los Altos 22-9, Valencia (Placentia) 19-13.
Notes: Campolindo has to take over the No. 1 ranking from Harvard-Westlake. It has definitely helped that the Cougars took trips to play tough competition this season to Fresno and to Orange County. It also will help them if they beat Cardinal Newman in an NCS playoff game on Saturday. Cardinal Newman happens to own a win against Sunnyslope of Phoenix, the No. 1 team in Arizona…..
A good sign for Pacifica is that the Mariners entered the CIFSS D2 playoffs as the No. 1 team from the same league as Valencia of Placentia, which is the team that knocked out Harvard-Westlake…..
St. Ignatius had to be inserted into D2 this week from D3 previously. We also had Palo Alto in D2 when the Vikings should have been in D1…..
1. (1) El Capitan (Lakeside) 28-5
2. (2) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 27-5
3. (3) Bonita (La Verne) 28-2
4. (5) Fresno 27-2
5. (6) Beckman (Irvine) 21-7
6. (7) Oakdale 26-5
7. (NR) Temple City 22-3-1
8. (10) Palm Desert 23-8
9. (NR) Alhambra 22-3
10. (NR) Garces (Bakersfield) 26-6
Bubble: Bishop Amat (La Puente) 20-10, El Camino (Sacramento) 20-10, El Dorado (Placerville) 26-4-1, Lancaster 17-10, Lompoc 21-6, Monrovia 19-5, Quartz Hill 21-8-1, Sonora 20-10, St. Augustine (San Diego) 25-7, St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 18-9-1.
Notes: Both El Capitan and Cathedral Catholic were victorious by shutout in their CIF San Diego Section D3 playoff games on Wednesday. The Vaqueros blanked San Dieguito Academy 4-0 while the Dons did the same to Brawley 2-0…..
One of the reasons that Temple City got such a good boost as a newcomer this week is that the Rams won a Rio Hondo League title over the likes of Monrovia. Previous No. 9 Bishop Amat’s season-ending loss was to Monrovia….
No. 6 Oakdale is playing 20-10 El Camino of Sacramento for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title….
1. (1) Escalon 26-1-1
2. (2) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 25-5
3. (3) Paraclete (Lancaster) 24-2
4. (7) Menlo School (Atherton) 22-7
5. (5) Cathedral (Los Angeles) 23-5
6. (NR) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 21-5
7. (10) Woodcrest Christian (Riverside) 22-3
8. (4) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 25-5
9. (NR) Hilmar 16-8
10. (NR) Kerman 21-9-1
Bubble: Capital Christian (Sacramento) 24-5, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 20-9, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 17-7-1, Palma (Salinas) 21-6, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 16-12-1, Salesian (Richmond) 19-5.
Notes: Escalon topped previous No. 9 Capital Christian of Sacramento on Wednesday and clinched its spot in Monday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V final series. The Cougars will play Hilmar and if they win would be No. 1 in the state in this division for a second straight year…..
It would be very interesting to see Escalon play No. 4 Menlo with Freddy Avis pitching, of course. Avis is one of the top hurlers in the state, possibly the nation. Menlo moves up to No. 4 after beating previous No. 4 Monte Vista Christian in the CCS playoffs…..
1. (1) Desert Christian (Lancaster) 22-3
2. (3) Calvary Christian (Vista) 24-5
3. (4) Capistrano Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 22-6
4. (2) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 26-5
5. (5) Valley Christian (Roseville) 22-6
6. (7) Durham 19-1
7. (9) Valley Christian (Dublin) 19-4
8. (10) St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 21-3
9. (NR) Fall River (McArthur) 17-6
10. (NR) Hillcrest Christian (Granada Hills) 17-3
Bubble: College Prep (Oakland) 13-7, Head-Royce (Oakland) 16-7, Maxwell 19-8, Oxford Academy (Cypress) 17-9, Thomas More (San Jose) 18-5, Viewpoint (Calabasas) 15-9.
Notes: This division is shaping up as Desert Christian’s to lose, but we were impressed with Calvary Christian’s win over La Jolla Country Day. Bradshaw Christian and Valley Christian of Roseville also will be guaranteed of a high final ranking, but won't be playing each other in Sac-Joaquin Section finals as the two are in different divisions.
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