League play is either starting this week or in full swing around the state but the top teams still have some showcase games left. Some have questioned why there are not more teams from the CIF Southern Section in the rankings and so many from Northern California. The answer is competitive equity. The CIFSS teams that played in the major tournaments over the holidays didn’t fare anywhere near as well as teams from Northern California, and the Southern California tournaments did not have the same level of competition evidenced by the fact Piedmont won the SoCal Holiday Classic. This week’s biggest changes are from Pinewood’s win against Salesian of Richmond with an impact transfer becoming eligible.
(Previous rating in parentheses; through games of Saturday, Jan. 8)
(Note that next week’s rankings will be done AFTER the MLK Day contests of Monday, Jan. 16)
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