Boys, Girls BB State Rank Updates

Amy Okonkwo (left) is one of the top players for No. 9 girls team Etiwanda while Ian Fox (right) is a senior leader for No. 3 boys team at Redondo. Photos: Courtesy Marissa Holbert/PassThaBall.com & Willie Eashman.

Senior Amy Okonkwo (left) is one of the top players for No. 9 girls team Etiwanda while Ian Fox (right) is a senior leader for new No. 3 boys team at Redondo of Redondo Beach. Photos: Courtesy Marissa Holbert/PassThaBall.com & Willie Eashman.

Redondo boys jump up to No. 3 while J.W. North and Chino Hills are now in the top five after knocking off higher-ranked opponents. For the girls, major powers will probably play again in two weeks after pulsating CIFSS Open Division semifinals. Plus, the Bishop O’Dowd parents are still trying to keep hope alive for girls’ season to continue.

Check below for this week’s new list of the State Top 20 boys and girls basketball rankings.

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Coach and trainer Chris Asher works with state stat stars and players from state-ranked teams of all ages, helping them to improve their speed, quickness and agility. He is based in Hollywood, also has a role with the UCLA track program and serves athletes within many miles of his location. For more about him, CLICK HERE. For more about his Gold Medal Excellence training program, CLICK HERE.

Coach and trainer Chris Asher works with state stat stars and players from state-ranked teams of all ages, helping them to improve their speed, quickness and agility. He is based in Hollywood, also has a role with the UCLA track program and serves athletes within many miles of his location. For more about him, CLICK HERE. For a video about his Gold Medal Excellence training program, CLICK HERE.

NEW BOYS BASKETBALL
STATE TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS

Redondo Union of Redondo Beach, Chino Hills and J.W. North of Riverside all made big leaps in this week’s new Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20 after posting significant CIF Southern Section Open Division quarterfinal wins.

Chino Hills, which snuck past previous No. 2 Etiwanda in one of those quarterfinals, and J.W. North, which edged previous No. 3 Corona Centennial in another, also make strong cases to be FAB 50 nationally ranked in ratings we compile as part of our national content initiatives with Student Sports.

Monte Vista of Danville, meanwhile, cracks the top 10 and gets ready to play De La Salle of Concord in the CIF North Coast Section Division I semifinals.

This week’s rankings also sees one CIFSS Open Division consolation loser (Compton) remaining in the State Top 20 because of its overall resume.

(Compiled by Ronnie Flores with assistance from Mark Tennis; updated through games played Saturday, March 1; previous rating in parentheses)

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 29-0

2. (4) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 24-4

3. (6) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 24-4

4. (7) Chino Hills 25-4

5. (8) J.W. North (Riverside) 26-0*

6. (2) Etiwanda 26-4

7. (3) Centennial (Corona) 25-3

8. (9) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 25-3

9. (10) Westchester (Los Angeles) 28-5

10. (11) Monte Vista (Danville) 26-1

11. (5) Loyola (Los Angeles) 25-3

12. (12) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 26-3

13. (13) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 23-5

14. (14) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 23-7

15. (16) Folsom 27-2

16. (18) St. Augustine (San Diego) 27-2

17. (19) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 28-1*

18. (NR) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 18-10

19. (15) Compton 22-7

20. (NR) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 25-5

*Forfeit loss or forfeit losses not included

Dropped Out: Previous No. 17 Mayfair (Lakewood); No. 20 Cathedral (Los Angeles).

NEW GIRLS BASKETBALL
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS

Based on where they are in the playoffs right now, and barring some humungous upsets in the CIF North Coast Section and Sac-Joaquin Section this week, nine of the top 10 teams in this week’s Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20 will all be in the CIF Open Division for the upcoming regional playoffs.

This photo is from last year's CIF Division IV girls final between Gardena Serra and Richmond Salesian. Deandrea Toler (senior last year) is on the move. Photo: Willie Eashman.

This photo is from last year’s CIF Division IV girls final between Gardena Serra and Richmond Salesian. Deandrea Toler (senior last year) is on the move. Photo: Willie Eashman.

One thing is certain, the four teams from the CIF Southern Section who played in Saturday’s CIFSS Open Division semifinals — Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Windward of Los Angeles, Etiwanda and Long Beach Poly — seem set in stone to be the same four teams from the CIFSS that will be in the SoCal Open Division. The CIF commissioners couldn’t take a fifth team even if they wanted to due to a provision in the Open Division for the state that limits a section to just four teams that can be brought up.

The NorCal Open Division bracket, meanwhile, will probably have the same four-limit rule in effect for the CIF North Coast Section. Due to an announcement by school officials, defending CIF Open Division champ Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland won’t be one of those teams.

On Monday, a petition begun by Bishop O’Dowd parents was gaining support on the Change.org web site. And while we agree that it’s unfair to punish the kids for the mistake of adults, the rule that was broken seems clear. Kudos to the girls for trying; it’s worth a try.

It also should be mentioned that just this week in Illinois the Illinois High School Association reinstated three boys teams to the postseason that previously were finished for breaking the same rule that the O’Dowd girls did (which was play one too many regular season games).

(Compiled by Harold Abend with assistance from Mark Tennis; updated through games played Saturday, March 1; previous rating in parentheses)

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 26-1

2. (2) Windward (Los Angeles) 24-2

3. (3) Long Beach Poly 23-3

4. (4) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 23-4

5. (5) Salesian (Richmond) 24-5

6. (6) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 23-4**

7. (7) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 24-7

8. (8) Carondelet (Concord) 25-3

9. (10) Etiwanda 20-6

10. (11) Miramonte (Orinda) 26-1

11. (12) Serra (Gardena) 23-4

12. (9) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 23-3

13. (13) Camarillo 24-3

14. (14) Chaminade (West Hills) 22-4

15. (15) Clovis West (Fresno) 25-3

16. (16) Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills) 22-8

17. (17) Bishop’s (La Jolla) 25-5

18. (18) Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 20-6

19. (19) Hanford 23-2

20. (20) Enterprise (Redding) 24-2

Dropped Out: None.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark, Ronnie Flores and Harold Abend on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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