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Boys BB: Public School State TOYs

Inspired by a comment from longtime Etiwanda head coach Dave Kleckner, we have now finally finished going through the last 50 years of California boys basketball and have selected a Public School State Team of the Year for each season. Kleckner’s team this year would be one of them, but it’s not his only one....

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FINAL Boys BB State Top 40 Ranks

As is another of our traditions, we present our expanded, final State Top 40 overall boys basketball team rankings, this time covering the shortened 2019-20 season. With more teams since 1984-85 that won their last game, there is not much movement from our previous weekly update because there was no NorCal upsets in the CIF...

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State Coach of Year: Jonas Honick

With a 700th win this season, with a team from a true small school (320 students) playing up in Division I and reaching the CIF NorCal championship, the time is ripe for the overall State Coach of the Year honor to go to Jonas Honick from Branson of Ross. He’s been chosen before for Division […]

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NEW Boys BB State Top 20 Rankings

Congrats to all the section champions and those looking to bounce back in the regional as California has reached its “win or go home” portion of the season. As the regional playoffs kick off, our Top 5 remain the same, since our rankings do not always match the NorCal and SoCal regional seedings. There’s one...

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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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NEW Boys BB State Top 20 Rankings

We update our boys hoops rankings going into the major holiday tournaments with this week’s pecking order reflecting recent upset losses by previous No. 3 St. John Bosco and previous No. 4 Sacramento Sheldon. Can state No. 2 Rancho Christian win both the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas and The Classic at Damien? Is the...

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State Coach of Year: Dave Kleckner

After a summer of uncertainty in which he resigned and then came back with the same job, there is no doubt that Etiwanda’s Dave Kleckner had one of his best seasons. Now the time has come to recognize one of the most respected boys basketball coaches in California as the Cal-Hi Sports State Coach of […]

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Boys BB: More State Coaches of Year

Congratulations to all of the Cal-Hi Sports State Coaches of the year for boys basketball. One of them is 82 years old and two of them are from the same league. Here is the rundown for each CIF division (note that Open Division coaches were considered for the CIF divisions their teams would have played […]

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Montgomery takes CIFSS Open Title

Bishop Montgomery of Torrance wins the coveted CIFSS Open Division title over Etiwanda with a big second half. With the victory, the Knights will move to No. 2 in the state behind NCS D3 winner and season-long No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland in the new Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20. The big question is […]

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BB: Two Coaches Reach Milestones

On Saturday afternoon, Etiwanda coach Dave Kleckner won his 500th career game one day after Mater Dei of Santa Ana coach Gary McKnight became the first California coach to win 1,000 career games. McKnight talks his late mentor and what he meant to him.

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