O’Dowd girls are still No. 6 with season possibly over due to disqualification from section playoffs. Hanford girls also make move up to No. 19. For the boys, J.W. North jumps from No. 11 to No. 8 while another team with forfeit issues, Cosumnes Oaks of Sacramento, goes in as a newcomer.
Check below for this week’s new list of the State Top 20 boys and girls basketball rankings.
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NEW BOYS BASKETBALL
STATE TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS
J.W. North of Riverside cracks the top 10 with its big win over previous No. 6 Sierra Canyon. The Huskies, who play No. 3 Corona Centennial in an Inland Empire showdown on Friday, along with top-ranked Mater Dei are the state’s two best unbeaten teams on the court.
For Sierra Canyon, it is one of four CIFSS Open Division playoff losers that remain in the State Top 20 and if we had more room we almost moved in Cantwell Sacred Heart for its accomplishment of pushing Mater Dei to overtime.
Two new teams that did crack this week’s State Top 20 are Mayfair of Lakewood and Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove. Mayfair just beat previous No. 16 Chaminade and plays Mater Dei next. Cosumnes Oaks has won 25 straight games on-the-court, including one win over strong bubble team St. Mary’s of Stockton. The Wolf Pack have 15 losses by forfeit.
(Compiled by Ronnie Flores with assistance from Mark Tennis; updated through games played Saturday, Feb. 22; previous rating in parentheses)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 28-0
2. (2) Etiwanda 26-3
3. (3) Centennial (Corona) 25-2
4. (4) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 22-4
5. (5) Loyola (Los Angeles) 25-2
6. (7) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 23-4
7. (8) Chino Hills 24-4
8. (11) J.W. North (Riverside) 25-0*
9. (9) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 24-3
10. (10) Westchester (Los Angeles) 26-5
11. (12) Monte Vista (Danville) 25-1
12. (6) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 25-3
13. (13) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 22-5
14. (14) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 21-7
15. (15) Compton 22-6
16. (19) Folsom 25-2
17. (NR) Mayfair (Lakewood) 23-5
18. (18) St. Augustine (San Diego) 26-2
19. (NR) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 26-1*
20. (20) Cathedral (Los Angeles) 22-4
*Forfeit loss or forfeit losses not included
Dropped Out: Previous No. 16 Chaminade (West Hills); No. 17 Serra (Gardena).
NEW GIRLS BASKETBALL
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS
Last year’s first CIF Open Division state champions from Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland may have no options for continuing their season in the aftermath of being disqualified from the CIF North Coast Section playoffs.
When news of the disqualification first broke on Sunday, which was due to the team playing 27 instead of the mandated 26 regular season games, it seemed as if the CIF’s own criteria might allow it to be chosen for the CIF Northern California Open Division playoffs. That criteria relates to state rankings (including the one we do) and being a top 10 team for two straight seasons.
On Monday, however, it was reported by Stephanie Hammon of the Contra Costa Times that a CIF spokesperson said such a move couldn’t happen.
“If a team can’t qualify for its section tournament, it can’t qualify for the state tournament because (the state tournament) is an extension of the section tournament,” the CIF spokesperson said.
There’s is a sentence, however, in the CIF’s Open Division criteria that a section “may choose to replace selected teams in the division from which they were selected.” We don’t know if that would apply to a situation like this one or not because, as with every CIF criteria written up in recent years, it’s confusing and unclear. It also doesn’t actually state anywhere in the document that a section champion or runner-up or semifinalist or anything like that can only be considered for the Open Division in basketball.
Perhaps the best analogy to the O’Dowd girls situation comes from track and field. We’ve all seen over the years some national-level 4×100 relay team drop the baton in a section qualifying race and then that team just can’t qualify for anything else moving forward. By O’Dowd officials not counting that one game as an actual contest instead of mistakenly counting it as a scrimmage, the baton got dropped.
(Compiled by Harold Abend with assistance from Mark Tennis; updated through games played Saturday, Feb. 22; previous rating in parentheses)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 24-1
2. (2) Windward (Los Angeles) 23-2
3. (3) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 22-2
4. (4) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 21-4
5. (5) Salesian (Richmond) 24-5
6. (6) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 23-4*
*Season may be over after disqualification from CIF North Coast Section playoffs.
7. (7) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 22-7
8. (8) Carondelet (Concord) 23-3
9. (9) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 23-3
10. (10) Etiwanda 19-5
11. (11) Miramonte (Orinda) 25-1
12. (12) Serra (Gardena) 23-3
13. (13) Camarillo 24-3
14. (14) Chaminade (West Hills) 22-3
15. (15) Clovis West (Fresno) 24-3
16. (16) Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills) 21-7
17. (17) Bishop’s (La Jolla) 24-5
18. (20) Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 19-5
19. (NR) Hanford 22-2
20. (18) Enterprise (Redding) 24-2
Dropped Out: Previous No. 19 Troy (Fullerton).
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