With the official announcement last week that CIF regional championships will take place in Southern California this June, we take a look at how that will impact our weekly boys basketball State Top 25 and our final rankings down the line. The nature of the season being in the spring with COVID-19 looming also has affected the results of games so far. For this week’s rankings, there are two newcomers.
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Note About CIF Regional Championships: Last week the CIF announced the reinstatement of regional championships after the section championships conclude on June 12. That wasn’t unexpected and something we mentioned in our State Top 25 rankings the last two weeks was likely going to happen. The unexpected part was the regionals will take place in Southern California only. This year, with only two of the six Northern California sections offering playoffs, NorCal will not have regional championships. The CIF SoCal regional championships, which will include the CIF Central Section, will be complete by June 19.
For the second consecutive year, there also will not be any CIF state championships.
Last season, current state No. 1 Sierra Canyon won the SoCal Open Division title, but the very next day the sports world shut down and the CIF state championships were never played. The NorCal Open title game was never played because of a COVID-19-related delay in the regional bracket. So for the second consecutive year, NorCal will not have an on-court regional champion.
Check out our Top 25 writeups to compare how the CIF announcement will likely hurt NorCal teams compared to their SoCal counterparts in final team rankings.