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State Stat Stars of the Week

This feature serves as our statewide collection of milestone achievements in California high school sports. More than lists and numbers, we can provide historical context since we’ve maintained state records in California for more than 40 years. For baseball this week, player of the year candidates T.P. Wentworth (Modesto Central Catholic) and Boston Bateman (Camarillo)...

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All-State Girls BB 2024: First Team

CIF Open Division state champ Etiwanda, runner-up Archbishop Mitty and SoCal Open finalist Sierra Canyon all place two players each on this year’s top 10 group for the 45th annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state girls basketball teams. That left only four spots for the rest of the state to get and one of those went to […]

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Ms. Basketball 2024: Kennedy Smith

It’s now being called the quad and that’s being a state player of the year for California among freshmen, sophomores and juniors and then finishing it off by being named Ms. Basketball. Etiwanda’s Kennedy Smith has now completed the quad and has been selected as the Ms. Basketball for California girls hoops. She’ll now join […]

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More Girls BB Players of the Year

Puff Morris & McKenna Woliczko are repeat winners at the top of their junior and sophomore classes while high-scoring phenom Kaleena Smith of Ontario Christian had to be on top among freshmen. Two of this year’s CIF divisional honorees are from the state title teams, but two were from regional championship runner-up squads. For official […]

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State Coach of the Year: Anna Almeida

The highest girls hoops coaching honor in California, the one that now goes back 53 years, lands in the small town of Caruthers. It can be difficult to build a hugely successful program in a place like that, but it came together for 20-year head coach Anna Almeida with a CIF state title. She won […]

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FINAL Girls BB State TOP 40 Rankings

For these final expanded rankings we obviously had a change at the top with Etiwanda defeating Archbishop Mitty for the CIF Open Division state championship, but after that only nine of the next 23 teams in the Top 25 held onto the same spot they had in the last rankings. Seven of the next 10...

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FINAL Boys BB State TOP 40 Rankings

As is another of our traditions, we present our expanded, final State Top 40 overall boys basketball team rankings for the 2023-24 season. There is some movement from our previous weekly Top 35 update, as CIF Southern Section teams that didn’t make the regional playoffs deserve to move up over some NorCal and SoCal D1...

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Girls BB State Team of Year 2024

Going back-to-back as a State Team of the Year in California girls basketball history isn’t that unusual, so the biggest question in the aftermath of Etiwanda’s CIF Open Division state title game victory over Archbishop Mitty is whether the Eagles will join Mater Dei of Santa Ana next year as the only schools in state […]

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Girls BB Saturday CIF State Finals

State No. 2 Etiwanda puts itself into the all-time conversation with a one-sided win over previously unbeaten national No. 1 Archbishop Mitty in the CIF Open Division state championship. It is also a second straight Open Division title for the Eagles. Other big winners at the Golden 1 Center were Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (Girls […]

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NEW Girls BB State TOP 35 Rankings

This was a week of “almost” when it came to making some tweaks in the first 13 spots but in the end the decision was keep those teams intact heading into the final week of section playoffs. However, after that we had some upsets that caused some movement and in fact only one team from...

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