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Up Close with No. 1 Coaching Leader

It’s been two seasons since Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Kevin Kiernan became the winningest coach in California girls basketball history. Up next will be 900 wins and perhaps 1,000 — counting wins he had in boys basketball earlier in his career. Go inside to see what career Kiernan began doing, what prominent prep sportswriter used […]

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Season Replayed: Boys Hoops 1985

Imagine what might happen today if the massive CIF Southern Section were not part of a state championship? Don’t imagine. That’s what happened for the 1984-85 basketball season. It set up a series of insanely difficult final state rankings and team of the year announcements, especially when the top two divisional boys champions in the...

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Boys BB Schools of Century (So Far)

Going by a points system based on final state top 20 rankings since the 1999-2000 school year and matching previous posts for schools of the century (so far) plus football, girls basketball, softball and baseball, here’s the final list of this series for boys basketball. The No. 1 total, by a wide margin, was compiled...

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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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ALL Boys Hoops State Records Updated

FOR ALL OF THE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM STATE RECORDS, CLICK HERE. It took a couple of days, but all of the exclusive state boys basketball records on this site have now been completely updated with approximately four times the categories as before, including individual all-time leaders for scoring, free throw shooting, three-pointers, rebounds, assists, steals,...

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Coaching: Most CIF State Titles

Here’s a sport-by-sport look at coaches who have won the most CIF state championships in various sports (through 2019-20 school year). GIRLS BASKETBALL 7 – Tom Gonsalves, Stockton St. Mary’s (2002-2015) 6 – Kevin Kiernan, Fullerton Troy & Santa Ana Mater Dei (2003-2012) 6 – Doc Scheppler, Los Altos Hills Pinewood (1999-2014) 6 – Carl...

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Boys BB: CIFSS Open Championship

State No. 1 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) defeats No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) by outscoring the Monarchs in every quarter to clinch its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title o Friday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach. With the victory, the Trailblazers wrapped up the top seed in the SoCal Open regional […]

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All-Decade Boys BB 2010s: Honors

We’ll have a separate post coming on Thursday containing the actual all-decade all-state boys basketball teams for the 2010s, but for this first announcement we’re taking care of the major awards: State Player of the Decade, State Coach of the Decade, State Team of the Decade and State Game of the Decade. Mater Dei of […]

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Boys/Girls BB Combo Records

Here is a collection of updated state records in categories relating to boys & girls combo records. These include Best Season Records for boys & girls teams at the same school for the same season along Most Combo Wins, Best Combo Records for Each Year and all of the same year, same schools to win...

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Salute to “Big Lou” Cvijanovich

There’s an exclusive group of high school boys basketball coaches in the history of California who’ve won 600 games or more. It’s a smaller group when you get to 800 and an even smaller group of those who’ve actually been the winningest in state history. Count Lou Cvijanovich, who coached at Santa Clara of Oxnard […]

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