There are two new state powers in high school basketball. Alemany won its first CIF State championship over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Division III boys final. Village Christian won its first state title over St. Joseph Notre Dame in the Division V boys final.
Alemany and Village Christian were the only two teams from the L.A. North region to win state titles. Alemany was one of the top teams in Los Angeles all season. Village Christian came alive late in the season with strong playoff runs in the Southern Section and state playoffs.
Here is a look at the top 10 from the L.A. North:
Alemany (33-4) – The Warriors capped a historic season with a CIF State championship, the first in the 57-year history of the school. Alemany beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 71-67, and had to rally after trailing by eight points at halftime. Alemany also won the Southern Section Division 3A championship and ended the season with a 10-game winning streak.
Woodland Hills Taft (29-5) – The Toreadors won the City Section Division I championship in head coach Jason Hart’s first year. Taft reached the second round of the CIF Division I Southern California Regional and lost to a surprising team from Bullard of Fresno.
Village Chrisitan (32-3) – The Crusaders won the CIF State Division V championship, 62-51, over St. Joseph Notre Dame, the alma mater of Jason Kidd. Village Christian has a couple stars on the rise on its roster. Sophomores Marsalis Johnson and Bryan Alberts should make the Crusaders a state title contender again next season.
Calabasas (28-4) – The Coyotes won the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA championship over South Torrance and reached the second round of the CIF Division III Southern California Regional.
El Camino Real (24-8) – The Conquistadores won the City Section Division II championship, 62-53, over Garfield. El Camino Real reached the second round of the CIF Division II Southern California Regional and lost to La Costa Canyon. La Costa Canyon advanced to the CIF State Division II final and lost to Archbishop Mitty.
Royal (24-8) – The Highlanders reached the championship game of the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs and lost to Inglewood, 60-57. In the first round of the CIF Division II Southern California Regional, Royal lost to San Joaquin Memorial.
Oak Park (25-9) – The Eagles reached the championship game of the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs and lost to Alemany. Oak Park won its first-round game of the CIF Division III Southern California Regional, 73-58, over Grant from Van Nuys before losing to Cathedral Catholic from San Diego in the second round.
Thousand Oaks (21-10) – The Lancers became the darlings of the Southern Section playoffs reaching the Division 2AA semifinals. Thousand Oaks lost to Elsinore, 56-46, in the first round of the CIF Division II Southern California Regional.
Renaissance Academy (27-7) – The Wildcats won the CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship and reached the CIF Division V Southern California Regional final, losing to Village Christian.
Crescenta Valley (26-6) – The Falcons reached the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 1A playoffs and lost to Mission Viejo. They had a tough order in the first round of the CIF Division I Southern California Regional, going up against Mater Dei of Santa Ana, the eventual Division I state champion and the top-ranked team in the state and the ESPN Los Angeles poll. Crescenta Valley lost to Mater Dei, 66-47.