Author Archives: Harold Abend

Girls BB: Open-D1 State Predictions

When you have two teams that have played before and went to overtime, that’s the recipe for a great game and that’s what’s in store for CIF Open Division state final between No. 1 Archbishop Mitty and No. 2 Clovis West. Still, we have to pick a winner and we do. In the D1 state […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

There was some movement after the first three spots and we might even move the next four spots around next week again after taking a closer look at each team’s overall bodies of work. They are difficult to gauge with injuries and lineups at full strength vs. limited strength and all sorts of other aspects...

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Boys BB: NorCal Open & D1 Finals

Woodcreek of Roseville doesn’t let CIF Sac-Joaquin Section rival Sheldon win in a rematch and advances to an Open Division final that will be closer to home than either the section final or the NorCal final. Jordan Brown was again the difference on Saturday, but not the same way he was when the two teams […]

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Girls BB: NorCal Open & D1 Finals

There was no more magic for Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa as the run by the No. 7 seed Cardinals in the NorCal Open Division came to a crashing halt in a 24-point loss to No. 1 seed and No. 1 state-ranked Archbishop Mitty. The Monarchs will now travel to Sacramento for attempt to win […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

If the Open Division continues having 16 teams in the future, it’s going to be routine for just about all of the 16 teams to remain in the rankings even after eight of them get knocked out in the opening round of the regional playoffs. For this year’s group, 14 of the 16 Open Division...

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Super 8 Girls BB State Ranks Update

Pinewood avenges a loss to Bishop O’Dowd and has now joined the top five while looming and seemingly ready for a NorCal Open Division showdown against state No. 1 Archbishop Mitty is 2015 Open Division state champ St. Mary’s of Stockton. NOTE: Our updated State Top 20 with expanded writeups of the first eight teams […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

In baseball,if you hit .300 you’re an instant millionaire. Professional prognosticators like to bat 1.000 but we’ll take .750 when matching up against the CIF Open Division seeding committee. Our projections based on rankings in the Northern California Open Division were followed by the CIF from No. 1 to No. 8 exactly, and in the...

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Girls BB: San Diego Updates

Destiny Littleton of La Jolla Bishop’s sets a state record for most points scored in a season while La Jolla Country Day gets set to perhaps make a run at a D1 state title with big-time freshman guard now playing for the first time this season.

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Girls BB Open Division Picks

This is a combination of how we’d select the eight girls teams for the Northern California and Southern California Open Division regional playoffs with what we think might happen given our history of covering these selections over the years. Check the CIF state web site at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday to see how it […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

With earlier wins over Sacred Heart Cathedral and Cardinal Newman at almost full strength, we know that the St. Mary’s of Stockton girls will be a force in the NorCal Open Division now that the Rams are getting back to total full strength due to injuries. Still, they are going to have to win twice...

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