Category Archives: State Top 25 Rankings

Insider Report: Mater Dei (Santa Ana)

We are continuing with a series of girls basketball preseason-style features on some of the state’s most prominent programs and players for the 2020-21 school year. It’s almost been one year since any of them have played and it may end up being until December of 2021 for some. We hope that isn’t the case, […]

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Insider Report: Archbishop Mitty

After our profile last week of the winningest head coach in California girls basketball history, we’ll continue with a series of preseason-style features on some of the state’s most prominent programs and players for the 2020-21 school year. It’s almost been one year since any of them have played and it may end up being […]

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Which schools can play each other?

It remains very much up in the air whether there will be very many high school football games in California that will get scheduled for March and April, but with the downward trends in the pandemic it’s still possible to speculate about teams from adjoining counties that at some point might be able to play […]

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Boys BB: State 30 Greatest Teams (1-15)

It had to be one of the undefeated teams from McClymonds of Oakland between 1958 and 1962 or one of the two unbeatens from Compton (1968, 1969) sitting at the top of these rankings. We also felt strongly about putting the two 35-0 teams from the CIF state championship era (which began in 1980) way...

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State’s 30 Greatest Teams (16-30)

Another of Mater Dei’s CIF state title teams leads off this group of all-time great units. We also have the first of the L.A. Crenshaw squads, but it might surprise you which one has landed among this bunch. Others earning all-time greatest writeups include our best from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, two teams we wish...

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Softball: All-Time 30 Greatest Teams (1)

Here’s an updated and expanded version of our ranking of the all-time greatest teams in California high school softball history. This one includes two teams from last season placed fairly high — one in the top five and the other in the top 15. We also have added three more teams from the first 25...

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Early, Maybe Preseason FB Top 25

How much of a 2020 high school football season in the state to be played remains to be determined and if it starts as scheduled in August is big IF as well. Still, with some other preseason national rankings about to drop, we took the time to compile an early, maybe preseason Top 25. We […]

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Softball: FINAL & Expanded Top 40

As is another of our traditions, we have a final & expanded version of rankings for California’s best softball teams at the close of the season. That unfortunately became official last Friday with spring sports cancelled for the duration of the school year due to the Coronavirus. How hard is it to rank some teams...

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Baseball: FINAL & Expanded Top 40

Not the way we’d ever want to do this, but even with a very shortened season we did want to go through all of the scores and all of the info surrounding California’s best in baseball and release a final, expanded State Top 40 ranking package. Orange Lutheran ends at the top, but we aren’t...

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State Coach of Year: Vanessa Nygaard

Hopefully there will never be another high school basketball season like the one the Coronavirus ended prematurely, but nonetheless the awards go on, and despite falling just short of qualifying for the CIF Open Division state championship, this year’s State Coach of the Year is unquestionably one of the top coaches in the state and […]

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