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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

Two of those we’re profiling this week for top performances from last week on the hardwood have experience playing for a CIF state championship team. Another of them hopes to get there in the Open Division while another of them could be one of the top ninth-graders in the nation. We hope you enjoy this […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

The old expression “the cream rises to the top” could not be more appropriate than in describing the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs because after all the grousing and social media complaints about the pool play format, the teams that were seeded No. 1 in each pool went 3-0, although each of their wins...

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

With NorCal ending the regular season while most of SoCal was in the first week of section playoffs, we have stops this week in Elk Grove, Fairfield, Encino and San Diego. One of our tips of the hat is for a 50-point game while another was for a huge outing against a team led by […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

Because of pool play in the CIF Southern Section Open Division, there is now the possibility of a team losing a game but still advancing to the February 23 championship. There were no upsets in CIFSS pool play in the first round, but we’ll see if that holds true for two rounds this week. There...

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

Scoring 24 points often isn’t enough to be a player of the week, but St. Mary’s of Stockton junior point guard Jamar Marshall did it when his team ended the state-record and national-best 194-game league win streak held by Modesto Christian. We talked with Jamar at school earlier this week about that game. He’s joined […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

Since there were no teams that lost last week and not much to change, we begin this week’s rankings with a more detailed explanation of the new CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs being conducted through a pool play format. State No. 1 Sierra Canyon leads the pack in those playoffs. No. 2 Archbishop Mitty...

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

Jazlen “Jazzy” Green gets into groove for 39 points and goes nice and smooth with 16 of 16 on free throws in an effort for Lakeside of Lake Elsinore that helps her collect SoCal Player of the Week selection. This week’s other players getting the nod are from Ripon, Palo Alto and San Diego. We […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

There is no change in the top two spots this week and barring an upset of Sierra Canyon in an early round of pool play in the newly formatted CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs or of Archbishop Mitty in its remaining four West Catholic Athletic League games there shouldn’t be a change for at...

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

For the first time in this honors’ program history, we’ve chosen two players from great games played on a Saturday who then had their teams play against each other on a Monday. That can only happen on MLK weekend. For the boys, we were more normal going with hair-raising scoring outputs from players representing regions […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

With so many top teams in action against each other last week or over the MLK weekend playing top-notch competition, it was thought there could be a shakeup for this week’s rankings, and there is, with the biggest change being for the third straight week there is a new leader at the top of the...

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