Boys BB: State Ranks By Divisions

Some of the players and coaches at Aquinas (San Bernardino) are shown after they won a CIF Southern Section title. The Falcons will end No. 1 in state for D3 if they win CIF SoCal D3-AA title. At right is Stanford-bound Isa Silva of Carmichael Jesuit, who’s team has been slotted at No. 1 in state for Division II. Photos: Twitter.com & SportStarsMag.com.


Historically, these have been done for many years according to the CIF’s and our own five divisions. For this year, we are combining the teams in the SoCal regional brackets (AA & A) into one division and then injecting where the NorCal teams would fit in based on our own criteria. There are at least two NorCal teams that are going to finish No. 1 — Jesuit of Carmichael in D2 and University of San Francisco in D4. Go inside for all of the details

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All teams are ranked in the same order as our overall State TOP 25 Rankings, adjusted for results so far this week and done in consultation with managing editor & basketball lead analyst Ronnie Flores.
All regional finals slated for Saturday night (unless noted).
Since all of our previous division rankings are done in five divisions and since this year’s format for the SoCal regionals of adding double the number of divisions so that the playoffs could be done in one week was a one-time deal, we decided to combine teams from the AA and A brackets into one ranking. The CIF will go back to the traditional five divisions for next year and continues to prefer to have all championship finals at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Obviously, since the entire SoCal bracket was seeded with competitive equity criteria, teams from the AA bracket have an advantage over teams from A.
Teams from Northern California sections that did not have playoffs this year were placed into the same divisions in which they participated in last season. We don’t have the methods to place teams on our own and while we’re critical of a lot of small schools having to be D1 or D2 due to competitive equity as well as large schools being in low divisions we again didn’t have the methods to jump teams around where we think they belong.

Jahmai Mashack has been making big plays at the end of big games for four years at Etiwanda. Photo: Mark Tennis.


OPEN DIVISION
1. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 30-0*
2. Centennial (Corona) 21-2
3. Etiwanda 13-2*
4. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 16-2
5. Damien (La Verne) 29-4
6. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 27-4
7. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 17-1
8. Archbishop Riordan (S.F.) 14-4
9. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 17-3
10. Birmingham (Lake Balboa) 11-4
*SoCal Open Div Finals:
Etiwanda at Torrey Pines.
Notes: These are all of the teams from the CIF SoCal Open Division plus Mitty & Riordan, which played in the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division and therefore would have qualified for a NorCal Open Division. We didn’t put Campolindo in an Open Division state ranking since the CIF North Coast Section did not even have section playoffs.

DIVISION I
1. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 22-4*
2. Ribet Academy (Los Angeles) 13-4*
3. Campolindo (Moraga) 15-0
4. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) 17-6
5. Modesto Christian 15-0
6. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 12-2
7. St. Joseph (Santa Maria) 27-3
8. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 22-3
9. San Marcos 25-2
10. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 17-3*
11. Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 19-4*
12. Chaminade (West Hills) 20-4
13. St. Augustine (San Diego) 14-7
14. Salesian (Richmond) 13-2
15. Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 8-4
*SoCal Regional Finals:
(D1-AA) Ribet Academy vs. St. John Bosco
(D1-A) Santa Fe Christian vs. Capistrano Valley
Notes: It was thought long and hard whether to put Campolindo in the No. 1 position for D1, but in the end it will be the winner of the Bosco-Ribet game at No. 1 for the final rankings with Campo moving in front of the losing team. The Cougars played everyone they could and are unanimously being hailed as the No. 1 team from Northern California.
More Teams: Clovis West (Fresno) 20-5, Heritage Christian (Northridge) 20-8, Westchester (Los Angeles) 11-2, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 12-7.

DIVISION II
1. Jesuit (Carmichael) 16-0
2. Crean Lutheran (Irvine) 20-2*
3. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 16-6*
4. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 13-3
5. Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 14-3
6. El Camino (Oceanside) 24-6
7. Elk Grove 10-1
8. Clayton Valley (Concord) 12-3
9. Colony (Ontario) 19-2
10. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 17-4*
*SoCal Regional Finals:
(D2-AA) Santa Margarita vs. Crean Lutheran
(D2-A) Mater Dei Catholic vs. Central (Fresno)
Notes: We are going to pull the trigger on Jesuit being No. 1 in our final D2 state rankings. The Marauders have a great win over 10-1 Elk Grove and feature one of the best point guards in the state in senior Isa Silva (Stanford). Jesuit has been higher than these teams in our overall rankings and qualifies as D2 since it was D2 last season.
More Teams: Bullard (Fresno) 15-9, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 14-1, Carlsbad 14-10, Central (Fresno) 12-6*, King/Drew (Los Angeles) 5-2, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 14-5, Mission Hills (San Marcos) 16-9, Narbonne (Harbor City) 8-3, Newark Memorial (Newark) 9-1, Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 18-5, Ponderosa (Shingle Springs) 7-1, St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo) 5-2.

Ryan Coleman is the head coach at Shalhevet of Los Angeles. Photo: Twitter.com.


DIVISION III
1. Aquinas (San Bernardino) 22-1*
2. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 13-10*
3. Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 16-7*
4. Half Moon Bay 21-4
5. Valley Christian (Cerritos) 14-8
6. Bakersfield Christian 19-12
7. M.L. King (Riverside) 12-9
8. Shalhevet (Los Angeles) 22-3*
9. Glendora 24-6
10. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 11-3
*SoCal Regional Finals
(3-AA) Aquinas vs. La Costa Canyon
(3-A) Bonita Vista vs. Shalhevet
Notes: This one is going to come down to the winner of the game between Aquinas and La Costa Canyon. Those 10 losses for LCC might cause some to wonder, but the Mavericks are from the same league as 30-0 Torrey Pines and have a lot of losses to teams from higher divisions. Half Moon Bay was our highest team from the north that was D3 last season. We placed the team in D3 and not in the Open Division (which is where they had to go in the CCS playoffs). HMB lost in the CCS Open Division semifinals to Archbishop Mitty.
The Bonita Vista-Shalhevet contest has been moved to Monday morning to accommodate Shalhevet’s observances the the Jewish Sabbath from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Shalhevet won its game on Thursday in OT over Glendora, 66-65.
More Teams: Atwater 10-1, Burbank 10-5, Central Catholic (Modesto) 14-4, Granada Hills Charter 7-3, Grant (Van Nuys) 10-3, Marina (Huntington Beach) 15-9, Parker (San Diego) 11-8, Pleasant Valley (Chico) 10-2, Vanden (Fairfield) 10-3.

DIVISION IV
1. University (San Francisco) 13-2
2. Linfield Christian (Temecula) 25-2
3. Coronado 23-5
4. San Ysidro 22-7
5. Orange Glen (Escondido) 25-6
6. Priory (Los Altos Hills) 14-2
7. Hoover (Fresno) 17-7
8. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 15-7
9. Healdsburg 14-2
10. Poly (Pasadena) 15-3
*SoCal Regional Finals
(4-AA) Linfield vs. San Ysidro
(4-A) Coronado vs. Orange Glen
Notes: This is the second divisional No. 1 ranking that is going to a NorCal team. Both of Linfield’s losses are to Aquinas (No. 1 in D3) and in most circumstances would be ahead of all other teams. The difference for University (which was D4 last year) was its schedule against top D1 teams in the Bay Area. The Red Devils had a win over St. Ignatius (third best CCS Open Division team), had a win over a solid D2 Piedmont and its losses were by two points to Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland and by nine to Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco).
This was also a division in which teams that the CIF placed in D-4A were very close to those it placed in D-4AA. Coronado, for example, has a 38 state ranking by the MaxPreps’ computer while Linfield has a 48.
More Teams: Arcadia 11-9, Arcata 8-0, Chatsworth 11-5, Elsinore (Lake Elsinore) 14-5, Pilibos (Los Angeles) 19-5, Ripon 6-3, Venture Academy (Stockton) 13-2.

These four graduating seniors from University (San Francisco) helped their team to a No. 1 state ranking for Division IV. It’s not a state title, but goes into the archives with other No. 1 teams that earned top rankings from even before the CIF state playoffs began in the early 1980s. Photo: @coachrandal33 / Twitter.com.

DIVISION V
1. Roosevelt (Fresno) 16-4*
2. Sage Creek (Carlsbad) 16-11*
3. Kingsburg 12-4*
4. Atascadero 17-6
5. Costa Mesa 16-10
6. Calvary Chapel (Downey) 22-7
7. Yreka 9-0
8. Washington (Easton) 13-8*
9. Fowler 17-1
10. Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 4-8
*SoCal Regional Finals
(5-AA) Roosevelt vs. Sage Creek
(5-A) Kingsburg vs. Washington
(6-AA) Fowler vs. Maranatha Christian (San Diego)
Notes: We’ve never had a D6 in these rankings and won’t do it this time, either. In the past, there’s been D6 playoffs in Northern California, but not in the south. Once it becomes a statewide division, we’ll add it into our package of rankings. Roosevelt and Sage Creek seem too big and too good to be D5-AA, but that’s where they are and we’re not going to change it. The winner of Saturday’s game will be No. 1 in this state division. We checked to see if Kingsburg and Roosevelt might have played. They didn’t so Roosevelt being in a higher division according to the CIF will cause the Rough Riders to be in front of the Vikings.
More Teams: AGBU (Los Angeles) 8-2, Denair 10-1, Hoover (San Diego) 16-10, Maranatha Christian (San Diego) 24-5, Pierce (Arbuckle) 8-3, Ripon Christian 11-3, Stockton Christian 11-3, Summit Shasta (Daly City) 12-2, Valley Torah (Valley Village) 13-3.

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 on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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One Comment

  1. Will James
    Posted June 21, 2021 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Hello Mark,

    Good afternoon. What a wild year to compile your rankings under such volatile, everchanging conditions.
    Nevertheless, another typically astute compilation of the rankings, and the reasoning behind your selections. Bravo!
    Enjoy the summer, Buddy. Take care, Mark, stay safe.

    Will James
    Executive Producer
    Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week
    Access Sacramento Television
    Comcast Cable Channel 17
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