From the bizarro world of CIF state playoffs, competitive equity seeding and Open Divisions comes this very real possibility: one prominent school in which its boys basketball team is competing in Northern California while its girls team is in Southern California. The school we’re talking about is Clovis West of Fresno, which is the top […]
For this week’s rankings, we have waited to finish them after Wednesday’s first-round of the CIF NorCal and CIF SoCal Open Division regional playoffs. The CIF made two moves with this year’s Open Division regional brackets that we believe have been a long time coming: putting the CIF Central Section teams in the north and […]
No. 1 Torrey Pines and No. 2 Mater Dei receive the top two seeds for the CIF Southern California Open Division playoffs (starting Thursday) while No. 3 Archbishop Mitty and No. 7 Marin Catholic did the same in the north. There weren’t many changes in this week’s rankings, but Turlock has to go in after […]
We were alone with Bishop Montgomery at No. 1 last week ahead of Mater Dei and also were alone with Woodcreek as the No. 1 team from Northern California. Guess we do know what we are doing after all as both won featured games last Saturday. Mater Dei also almost fell to No. 3, but […]
Most of the boys and girls Open Division basketball pairings for Northern California and Southern California released on Sunday by the CIF made sense, but as usual there was one choice that stood out the most for its absurdity. For the eight Open Division boys teams in the north and south and how we would […]
After all of the Friday and Saturday section finals, here would be the eight girls basketball teams in Northern California and the eight in Southern California that we’d pick for the Open Divisions. The first five positions in the North and first two in the South should be easy, but even No. 3 in the […]
After CIF San Diego Open Division champion St. Augustine of San Diego got off to a slow start, it played Southern California’s top-ranked team from Bishop Montgomery of Torrance fairly evenly. The Saints, however, couldn’t overcome their start and lost 75-61 to the Knights on Friday night in the first round of the CIF Southern […]
Etiwanda was facing a juggernaut used to being in position to compete for a state title in Saturday’s CIF Southern California Open Division final at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, but it was not intimidated and was within striking distance to perhaps pull off a second consecutive upset.
In its last two games, the boys basketball team at Mater Dei of SantaAna has been on the brink of defeat. A loss wouldn’t just end an otherwise successful season, it would be an end to a historic run to a fourth consecutive CIF state title at the highest level.
One of the state’s top-ranked teams all season, Serra of Gardena, gets stunned 38-35 by Chaminade of West Hills on a last-second field goal. Other big winners include Corona Centennial, Serra of San Mateo and Elk Grove.