New divisions separate public, private

The Daily News broke down the new CIF-Southern Section divisions for boys' and girls' basketball and found a huge disparity in public and private schools.

The biggest disparity is in Division 2A and 2AA. There are 16 public schools ranked in both divisions and no private schools.

Division 5A and 5AA is other way around, with 14 private schools and two public schools in both of the divisions.

Canyon Country Canyon is the No. 1 team in the Division 2A boys' basketball poll and Murrieta Valley is the No. 1 team in Division 2AA boys' basketball poll.

St. Bernard is the top team in the Division 5A boys' basketball poll. Burbank Providence is No. 1 in the Division 5AA boys' basketball poll.

On the girls side, Mark Keppel is No. 1 in Division 2A and Camarillo is No. 1 in Division 2AA.

Mission Prep is the top-ranked team in Division 5A and Rolling Hills Prep is tops in Division 5AA.

The Daily News contends some quality teams might be left out of the state playoffs because of the new divisions. For example, Crespi, the fifth-ranked team in Division 4AA, could win the Mission League and make a deep run in playoffs, but has to face Windward and Lutheran La Verne in the Southern Section playoffs.

Alemany, the top-ranked team in Division 3A, could finish behind Crespi in the Mission League standings, but will have an easier route through the Southern Section playoffs. St. John Bosco is ranked No. 2 and Santa Margarita is No. 3 in Division 3A.

Bottom line is that it looks as if the Southern Section divided the divisions by public and private schools, although officials will probably never admit to it. Division 3A has the closest mixture of public and private schools, 10 public and six private.