NEW Bay Area BB Rankings

Center Temidayo Yussuf from St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda is having a monster year for his team while guard Marissa Hing continues to play well for Pinewood of Los Altos Hills. Photos: Willie Eashman.

Center Temidayo Yussuf from St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda is having a monster year for his team while guard Marissa Hing continues to play well for Pinewood of Los Altos Hills. Photos: Willie Eashman.

San Ramon Valley boys and Sacred Heart Cathedral girls make the most noise as the season begins to head toward the various section playoffs. Check this post for the new Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20 rankings in both boys and girls basketball. We produce these rankings in support of the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area TV show, which airs live on KUSI Channel 20 in San Francisco on Sunday nights.

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Boys: SRV joins top 10, HMB is lone newcomer

Cal’s Justin Cobbs wasn’t the only East Bay player to hit some clutch shots last week that brought down an undefeated team.

Earlier in the week, San Ramon Valley’s Gregg Polosky and Jerry Karczewski connected for two big buckets that led the Wolves to a 59-56 win in overtime over arch-rival Monte Vista.

Watch highlights of the Bay Area's best teams every Sunday at 7 p.m. on KOFY, Channel 20, San Francisco.

Watch highlights of the Bay Area’s best teams every Sunday at 7 p.m. on KOFY, Channel 20, San Francisco.


It was the first loss of the season for the visiting Mustangs, who ended up not dropping behind El Cerrito to No. 3 in this week’s Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20 because the Gauchos dropped a Saturday game to Modesto Christian that was unreported on some Bay Area news outlets. SRV, meanwhile, used the big win to move up from No. 13 to No. 9.

Polosky hit the first big basket at the regulation horn that forced the game into overtime. Karczewski came through for the second with a 3-pointer that dropped through with 4.1 seconds in the overtime.

This week’s only new team is Half Moon Bay, which improved to 18-2. The Cougars won their first nine games before suffering back-to-back losses to Moreau Catholic and Menlo-Atherton and since then has won nine more in a row.

Here are this week’s Bay Area boys’ top 20 (Compiled by Mark Tennis; previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Feb. 1):

1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 14-4

2. (2) Monte Vista (Danville) 19-1

3. (3) El Cerrito 22-2

4. (4) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 16-3

5. (6) De La Salle (Concord) 15-5

6. (7) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 19-5

7. (5) Serra (San Mateo) 14-5

8. (9) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 15-4

9. (13) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 17-3

10. (11) Newark Memorial (Newark) 14-7

11. (12) Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco) 12-7

12. (8) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 13-6

13. (10) Campolindo (Moraga) 15-6

14. (14) Leigh (San Jose) 19-1

15. (15) Freedom (Oakley) 16-4

16. (17) Burlingame 17-3

17. (19) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 16-4

18. (18) St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo) 18-5

19. (NR) Half Moon Bay 18-2

20. (20) Salesian (Richmond) 13-10

Dropped Out: Previous No. 16 Montgomery (Santa Rosa).

Teams On The Bubble: Albany 20-4; Berkeley 17-2, Branson (Ross) 18-4, Castro Valley 14-6, College Park (Pleasant Hill) 15-4, Drake (San Anselmo) 18-5; Liberty (Brentwood) 15-5; Miramonte (Orinda) 12-7; Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 16-5; Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 17-3; Pittsburg 15-5; San Leandro 11-9; Santa Cruz 13-7; St. Francis (Mountain View) 11-9; St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 17-7.

Girls: Sacred Heart Cathedral growing up fast

After losing their West Catholic Athletic League opener 44-41 to crosstown arch rival St. Ignatius at the University of San Francisco on January 7, the Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco Irish girls have won seven straight to take over the WCAL’s top spot.

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The LyRyan Russell-coached girls are also now the third team after St. Ignatius and Archbishop Mitty of San Jose to be the highest ranked team from the WCAL, and have moved up to No. 6 in this week’s Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20.

During the seven-game run, SHC pinned a 28-point defeat on a San Jose Presentation team that would go on to upset Mitty, they beat Mitty by 13 points, they had a close three-point win over up and coming Mountain View St. Francis, and then last week the Irish posted a 57-42 home win over St. Ignatius and another easy win over Presentation, 66-51, on the road.

There is a tough test coming this week in the rematch with Mitty, but right now the young team seems to be firing on all cylinders.

“Facing the kind of non-league competition we did doesn’t get any better,” said second-year head coach and 1997 SHC grad Russell. “It gave the girls the growing pains I wanted them to go through to get ready for our league and its challenging schedule.”

The team is led by Girls of Summer standout and University of Pacific-bound senior point guard and three-year starter GeAnna Summers-Luaulu and her 14.8 ppg average. After that, none of the other girls has more than one year of varsity experience.

Here are this week’s Bay Area girls’ top 20 (Compiled by Harold Abend; previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Feb. 1):
(*Forfeits not included)

1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 17-3

2. (2) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 19-5

3. (3) Carondelet (Concord) 17-3

4. (4) Salesian (Richmond) 18-5

5. (5) Miramonte (Orinda) 19-1

6. (8) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 13-5

7. (6) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 17-3

8. (7) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 11-8

9. (9) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 19-1

10. (10) Berkeley 14-6

11. (11) Santa Rosa 20-1

12. (13) Monte Vista (Danville) 18-2

13. (12) Deer Valley (Antioch) 15-5

14. (14) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 17-2

15. (17) St. Francis (Mountain View) 13-7

16. (16) Scotts Valley 17-3

17. (20) Castro Valley 15-5

18. (NR) Presentation (San Jose) 13-7

19. (NR) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 17-3

20. (NR) Valley Christian (Dublin) 19-3

Dropped Out: Previous No. 15 Eastside College Prep (East Palo Alto); No. 18 Lynbrook (San Jose); No. 19 Piedmont.

On The Bubble
Alameda 12-7, Campolindo (Moraga) 14-7, Clayton Valley (Concord) 15-6, Eastside College Prep (East Palo Alto) 12-8, Heritage (Brentwood) 12-8, Justin-Siena (Napa) 17-5, Los Gatos 13-6, Lowell (San Francisco) 16-5, Lynbrook (San Jose) 11-7, North Salinas (Salinas) 17-2, Northgate (Walnut Creek) 16-5, Piedmont 12-6, Pittsburg 13-7, Valley Christian (San Jose) 12-8, Windsor 16-5.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @CalHiSports

Harold Abend is the associate editor of CalHiSports.com and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at marketingharoldabend@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend


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4 Comments

  1. Ben
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Where is 20 and 1 Rodriguez High from Fairfield? They own 2 wins over top 20 teams

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted February 6, 2014 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      They are CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, which is not considered “Bay Area.” Strong squad to be sure.

  2. David
    Posted February 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Mission and Washington in AAA San Francisco is definitely in the top 20. For one reason, they beat Riordan in their own tournament. Washington is also better than several of those so called top 20 teams. Why no mention of either ?

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted February 24, 2015 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      You are looking at rankings that are not for this season.

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