Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa and Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco both move up into the top eight and there’s now just one CIF Southern Section team in the top eight.
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(After games of Saturday, Feb. 11)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 20-2
It was a two-win week in the always tough West Catholic Athletic League for the Monarchs but head coach Sue Phillips and her girls nearly stubbed their toes in a 71-65 win at Mountain View St. Francis in a game where they rallied from a 56-53 deficit after three quarters.
2. (2) Clovis West (Fresno) 26-2
The Golden Eagles weren’t expected to break a sweat in Tri-Valley Athletic Conference games against Clovis Buchanan and Clovis East and they didn’t after beating the pair by a 183-42 combined score.
3. (3) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 21-3
The Jackrabbits’ two wins in Moore League games over Cabrillo of Long Beach and Compton last week were by an even greater combined score than what No. 2 Clovis West experienced in its two wins.
4. (4) Mission Hills (San Marcos) 24-2
The only thing notable last week in two Avocado–East League wins was the fact the Grizzlies scored 102 points in both victories over Oceanside El Camino and Oceanside.
5. (5) Carondelet (Concord) 21-4
The East Bay Athletic League is a little tougher than some leagues so the Cougars’ two win last week were still blowouts but not as bad as others.
6. (6) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 21-3
While teams above them other than Mitty had cakewalks in league action, the Dragons hosted a still formidable Stockton St. Mary’s that’s likely still better than many ranked teams and came away with a hard-fought but decisive 71-63 victory.
7. (9) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 23-3
The Cardinals move up with a sound resume that includes a solid 54-36 victory over a Chaminade team that has a win over a Harvard-Westlake team that just pinned a loss on previous No. 8 Alemany.
8. (10) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 14-7
The Irish also benefit from the who-beat-who syndrome in the south, moving up this week while previous No. 7 Sierra Canyon and previous No. 8 Alemany dropped a few spots.