High-SchoolCalifornia: Vista

All-State Baseball: Underclass

June, 30, 2012
California high school baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSRyan 'Rowdy" Tellez is a slugging star for Elk Grove.
First group of honorees for the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball teams is for non-seniors. We have a first team of 30 players and a second team of 20 more.

State Team of the Year Vista and Division II State Team of the Year Campolindo of Moraga might be very good again next season if selections to the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball underclass teams are a barometer.

Both Vista and Campolindo landed three players each among the 50 who were either named first team or second team. Other schools to collect more than one player chosen are Elk Grove, El Toro, Harvard-Westlake, Rancho Bernardo and Willow Glen.

Here are the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Underclass Teams:

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San Diegans clean up as players of the year

June, 22, 2012
Of the others who’ve been named by Cal-Hi Sports as a top state player in baseball, four are from the CIF San Diego Section.

In addition to Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year Ty Moore, congratulations also go out to our other state players of the year for juniors, sophomores, freshmen, medium schools and small schools.

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Cal-Hi Sports Baseball Coach of the Year

June, 18, 2012
California high school baseballEl Capitan H.S./ESPNHSEl Capitan's Steve Vickery won his 600th game in 2011 season.
State honor goes to retiring Steve Vickery from El Capitan of Lakeside. He guided team to first 30-win season and leaves as the second-winningest coach in CIF San Diego Section history. Rick Lepire, Greg Largent also are named for large schools, small schools.

Contributing: Mark Tennis, Paul Muyskens

In 33 years of coaching high school baseball, El Capitan of Lakeside head coach Steve Vickery has won many awards, including the 2011 California Interscholastic Federation Model Coach award and the 2011 California Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors. He's also going into a national baseball coaching hall of fame later this summer.

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Final State Division Baseball Rankings

June, 11, 2012
California high school baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSJames Marvel led Campolindo to 2012 CIF North Coast Section Division II title.
Cal-Hi Sports’ mythical champs for 2012 are Vista (D1), Campolindo (D2), Cathedral Catholic (D3), Escalon (D4) and Desert Christian of Lancaster (D5).

This year’s only repeat winner as a Cal-Hi Sports divisional state team of the year in baseball is Escalon in Division IV. Both Campolindo (D2) and Cathedral Catholic (D3) also have been No. 1 in the state previously.

For the final rankings, five extra teams have been ranked in each division.

Here are the final divisional state rankings for the 2012 baseball season (thanks to Paul Muyskens for contributions; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Monday, June 4):

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Vista, Norco nab State Team of Year honors

June, 5, 2012
A 1-0 win by Vista in Monday’s CIF San Diego Section D1 final is just barely enough to give the Panthers the nod for baseball over Cathedral Catholic. Norco, meanwhile, makes it official for softball.

It was just a formality for the Norco softball team to be selected Tuesday as the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports 2012 State Team of the Year. The Cougars, after all, were No. 1 in last week’s overall top 20 and capped their season by winning the CIF Southern Section Division I title last Saturday in Irvine.

A formality couldn’t be further from the truth in baseball. Selecting a State Team of the Year was more like a case of peering into a microscope to study nearly identical particles.

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New State Division Baseball Rankings

May, 30, 2012
Mater Dei’s hopes for No. 1 state and national ranking are dashed by Newbury Park in CIFSS Tuesday upset. Vista, Cathedral Catholic (both from San Diego Section) could be next in line.

The Newbury Park baseball team did a favor for the rest of the state as its big upset of state No. 1 Mater Dei in Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals essentially guaranteed that this year’s final No. 1 team in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings is going to come from outside of the Southern Section.

With the CIFSS D1 final on Friday night at Dodger Stadium coming down to the Panthers (20-7) and Corona (19-14), the next teams in line for the state’s highest ranking are both from the San Diego Section.

But that’s a complicated situation as well.

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Mater Dei back to No. 1 in the state, but strong No. 2 has emerged in San Diego as Vista is up to 29-3 after first two games of section playoffs. Also on the rise is Cathedral Catholic, Campolindo and St. Mary’s of Stockton.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

Valley Christian of San Jose winning CCS Division I title on a no-hitter.

Bullard of Fresno winning CIF Central Section top division title and assuring itself of at least top 13 final ranking.

West Ranch and Newbury Park earning spots in the CIFSS D1 semifinals and going up into the top 20.

Click here to see the complete list within the ESPNHS rankings tool.
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.
California high school baseball,Cal-Hi Sports Top 20 rankingsMark Tennis/ESPNHSStockton St. Mary's coach Pete Pijl annually sets up very tough schedule for his team.
St. Francis and Valley Christian move up to No. 2 and No. 3 heading into Friday matchup in Mountain View.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

Orange Lutheran rises to No. 5 with Harvard-Westlake going up to No. 7 as both teams travel to North Carolina this week for major invitational.

Highest-rising newcomer is Vista of the San Diego Section, but both West Ranch of Valencia and St. Mary’s of Stockton get some momentum going as well.

One-loss teams Lakewood, Redlands and El Toro are all now in the top 10.

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