Highest-rising teams on the eve of section championship weekend throughout the state include Dorsey of Los Angeles, Serra of San Mateo and Righetti of Santa Maria.
All section championships around the state will be determined by the end of this weekend. On Sunday, March 4, CIF section commissioners will gather in two locations to seed the Northern California and Southern California regional tournaments. We will have our recommendations for the top seeds posted here as soon as possible throughout the weekend so check back frequently to see if your school’s division is done.
In the south, the highest-ranked teams are Mater Dei of Santa Ana (D1), Mayfair of Lakewood (D2), Alemany of Mission Hills (D3), Serra of Gardena (D4) and St. Bernard of Playa del Rey (D5).
In the north, the highest-ranked teams are De La Salle of Concord (D1), Archbishop Mitty of San Jose (D2), Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco (D3), Salesian of Richmond (D4) and St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda (D5).
With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the fifth listing of boys teams this season by Cal-Hi Sports with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after section playoff games played on Tuesday, Feb. 28 but rankings do not include any results from later in the week; previous ranking in parentheses):
CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 28-2
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 27-1
3. (3) Etiwanda 29-2
4. (4) De La Salle (Concord) 25-2
5. (5) Taft (Woodland Hills) 27-3
6. (6) Loyola (Los Angeles) 24-5
7. (7) Sheldon (Sacramento) 24-5
8. (8) Jesuit (Carmichael) 24-5
9. (9) Bullard (Fresno) 28-3
10. (11) Mission Viejo 28-3
11. (15) Lutheran (Orange) 20-11
12. (NR) Dorsey (Los Angeles) 27-7
13. (10) Westchester (Los Angeles) 22-7
14. (NR) Clovis West (Fresno) 21-5
15. (NR) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 24-5
Drops: Previous No. 12 Fairfax (Los Angeles), No. 13 Santa Monica: No. 14 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo).
Bubble: Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 25-5, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 26-6, Fairfax (Los Angeles) 20-10, Foothill (Tustin) 24-6, Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 26-2, Santa Monica 21-9, Upland 20-10.
Comments: Due to the close differences in Tuesday’s CIFSS semifinal wins by Mater Dei over Loyola and Long Beach Poly over Etiwanda, there is no need to change anything regarding Loyola’s and Etiwanda’s ranking. There are a lot of changes below the No. 10 position in this week’s rankings, however, thanks mostly to Dorsey of Los Angeles. The Dons first beat previous No. 12 Fairfax in the L.A. City Division I quarterfinals, then took down previous No. 10 Westchester with a come-from-behind victory over the Comets in the semifinals. Dorsey will now take a crack at defending champion Taft in Saturday’s L.A. City final.
CIF Division II
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 26-3
2. (2) Newark Memorial (Newark) 24-4
3. (3) Mayfair (Lakewood) 25-5
4. (4) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 30-2
5. (10) Lincoln (San Diego) 21-8
6. (7) Antelope 28-1
7. (NR) Serra (San Mateo) 23-5
8. (NR) Righetti (Santa Maria) 25-4
9. (NR) Hoover (San Diego) 28-5
10. (NR) San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 21-8
Drops: Previous No. 5 Compton, No. 6 Sacramento, No. 8 Murrieta Valley (Murrieta), No. 9 J.W. North (Riverside).
Bubble: Colony (Ontario) 22-9, Compton 20-10, Chico 24-3, El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 21-7, Inglewood 20-10, Lodi 22-6, McNair (Stockton) 21-4, Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 22-7, Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 25-3, Ocean View (Huntington Beach) 24-4, Royal (Simi Valley) 24-6, Thousand Oaks 21-9.
Comments: About the only thing that didn’t go right for Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson over the weekend was that his alma-mater – he’s from Sacramento High -- was sent home much earlier than usual in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II playoffs after a 91-80 loss to Lodi. Compton, Murrieta Valley and J.W. North also all had to drop out of the rankings after losing in section playoffs. One team that lost that we moved up anyway was San Diego Hoover. The Cardinals’ loss was by just six points to surging San Diego Lincoln (now up to No. 5) and they also have head-to-head win over San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno. Compton’s loss was to Colony of Ontario, which then got beat in the CIFSS Div. 2-A semifinals by Righetti. The Warriors also were the ones to knock out previous No. 8 Murrieta Valley.
CIF Division III
1. (1) Alemany (Mission Hills) 27-4
2. (2) Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 23-5
3. (3) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 22-5
4. (5) Foothill (Sacramento) 27-3
5. (6) Calabasas 26-3
6. (7) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 27-3
7. (9) Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 24-7
8. (4) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 22-7
9. (8) Pasadena 22-7*
10. (10) Arroyo Grande 22-8
Bubble: Beverly Hills 20-10, Campolindo (Moraga) 20-5, Damien (La Verne) 26-3, El Camino (South San Francisco) 25-4*, Grant (Van Nuys) 27-5, Miramonte (Orinda) 19-8, Mt. Whitney (Visalia) 27-5, St. Augustine (San Diego) 23-7, Sierra (Manteca) 27-2; South (Torrance) 19-11.
Comments: The only ranked team from this division to lose in the last week was St. John Bosco, which fell in an upset loss to Oak Park in the CIFSS Div. 3-A playoffs. That loss wasn’t enough to drop the Braves all the way out of the top 10 and since no other teams lost there were no newcomers added. The Eagles, who are led by underrated talent Ron Lee Jr., will take on Alemany for the section title. This is one division, remember, in which the Southern Section will have three champions. The L.A. City Section also will have a representative in this division this season and Grant of Van Nuys could be dangerous, too. The Lancers, who play Bell in the section final, have a win over Crenshaw and a five-point loss to Crespi.
CIF Division IV
1. (1) Salesian (Richmond) 28-2
2. (2) Serra (Gardena) 28-2
3. (3) La Verne Lutheran (La Verne) 23-6
4. (4) Price (Los Angeles) 22-8
5. (5) Crespi (Encino) 23-7
6. (7) Pacific Hills (Los Angeles) 27-4
7. (6) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 23-5
8. (8) Windward (Los Angeles) 20-9
9. (9) Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 26-2
10. (NR) Cantwell-Sacred Heart (Montebello) 25-5
Drops: Previous No. 10 Army-Navy (Carlsbad).
Bubble: Army-Navy (Carlsbad) 22-7, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 26-4, Half Moon Bay 23-5, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 19-9, Modesto Christian 24-5, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 20-6, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 20-6, St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo) 18-10.
Comments: Serra and La Verne Lutheran will meet on Thursday in the CIFSS Div. 4-AA final with the winner just about guaranteed a No. 1 seed for the Southern California playoffs. Four of the next five teams in the rankings are from that same playoff bracket and all still have close enough losses and strong enough resumes to remain ranked that high. Pacific Hills and Cantwell-Sacred Heart play in the CIFSS Div. 4-A final. Despite all of those south teams being so strong, Salesian of Richmond still could be the state champion. The Pride are up to No. 24 in this week’s FAB 50 and are big favorites to win their section title this week and take the top seed in the north.
CIF Division V
1. (1) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 24-5
2. (2) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 22-7
3. (3) Ribet Academy (Los Angeles) 19-9
4. (4) Renaissance Academy (La Canada) 23-6
5. (6) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 23-2
6. (7) Providence (Burbank) 26-4
7. (5) Village Christian (Sun Valley) 27-3
8. (8) Branson (Ross) 23-7
9. (9) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 23-6
10. (10) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 23-5
Bubble: Central Catholic (Modesto) 24-5, Foothills Christian (El Cajon) 19-11, Fresno Christian 23-2, Liberty Christian (Redding) 23-1, Ripon Christian 23-5; University (San Francisco) 20 -9.
Comments: There were hardly any changes in the rankings in this division, either. Village Christian had a loss but it was to Ribet Academy in the CIFSS Div. V-AA semifinals. The only other team to lose was Mission Prep, but its loss was to No. 2 St. Bernard by a competitive score. Even all of the bubble teams from last week all won as well.
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