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CIF Finals: Windward Open Champs

Saturday’s CIF state girls basketball finals at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento wraps up with Windward of Los Angeles completing an impressive postseason by winning Open Division title over Pinewood of Los Altos Hills. We also have writeups and photos of the two other CIF state girls finals played on Saturday won by Redondo […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20

The lone newcomer this week wasn’t even at .500 until this week but we kept them on the bubble and now Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco is playing for all the marbles in Division I. With two nationally-ranked teams going down in the NorCal Open division, including the nation’s top team, meant a fairly...

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Final Fours For CIF Open Hoops Set

For the boys, new state No. 1 Sierra Canyon goes overtime for the second time in a little more than two weeks to beat No. 2 Bishop Montgomery. Etiwanda, Bishop O’Dowd and Sheldon also move on. For the girls, there won’t be a No. 1 vs. No 2 state matchup in the NorCal final as […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20

We do and always have done the Cal-Hi Sports state rankings (more than 35 years) independent to whatever seemingly yearly changing system the CIF uses to do its regional playoff seedings. After seeing some of the placements this time, one can only hope they will get the kinks out of a system that needs fixing....

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

It isn’t often that a top 10 team drops out of the rankings the next week but that’s the situation this week as previous No. 9 St. Mary’s of Stockton, a team that was top five nationally to start the season, has to drop out after a series of losses including for the first time...

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Girls Stunner In CIF Open Division

State and national girls hoops No. 1 St. Mary’s of Stockton loses out on bid to repeat as CIF Open Division champions with upset loss to Pinewood of Los Altos Hills on Tuesday night. Pinewood will now try to take down another unbeaten team in Saturday’s NorCal final.

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20

Two CIF Southern Section Open Division teams drop out of this week’s rankings, but they’re replaced by two from the same bracket. The biggest upset last week saw previously unranked Etiwanda knock off Mater Dei of Santa Ana, ensuring that last year’s CIF Open Division state finalists won’t be back in the Open Division for...

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20

The theme of this week is make room for Windward, which we had to do after wins over both Sierra Canyon and Bishop’s. The other theme for nine of the teams in this week’s State Top 20 is travel safe to Stockton since the MLK Showcase hosted by No. 1 St. Mary’s has become gigantic....

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Preseason Girls BB Ranks (Part 2)

After the first 15, our preseason State Top 40 rankings of the best teams from north to south continues. This group is led by sharpshooting Pinewood of Los Altos Hills plus Alemany of Mission Hills and then some rebuilding state champs from last season such as Sierra Canyon and McClatchy of Sacramento. Plus, go inside...

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State Coach of the Year: Kelli DiMuro

Chaminade of West Hills winning the CIF Southern Section Open Division title and beating a team that was No. 1 in the nation twice gets her over the top and allows her to join all-time list that already includes some of the biggest names in the state from recent years.

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