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Girls BB State Team of Year 2021

With no state championship as a final moment for the second straight season, we go back again to our longstanding tradition of naming a State Team of the Year for girls basketball that has been done for every season since 1972. Following La Jolla Country Day for last season, the only choice for 2021 is […]

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White-Hot CIFSS Final Goes To MD

Monarchs capture their second straight CIF Southern Section Open Division title with an overtime win over Centennial of Corona on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by junior Lani White. Showdown matchups involving the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state and with both sporting unbeaten records don’t always live up to the hype. This one […]

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NEW State TOP 25 Girls BB Rankings

The playoffs are under way in the CIF Southern Section and as expected there were no upsets in the first round of Open Division Pool A and Pool B play. Playoffs will also be getting underway this week in the CIF Central Section and the CIF San Diego Section feeding into the Southern California regionals,...

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Ms. BB Candidate: Bonkers for Brooke

This is one of two inside looks at the leading seniors from the Class of 2021 who would have to be the top senior contenders to be Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year. They will be teammates soon at Stanford, which will be playing in the Final Four on Friday in San Antonio. Go […]

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Insider Report: Mater Dei (Santa Ana)

We are continuing with a series of girls basketball preseason-style features on some of the state’s most prominent programs and players for the 2020-21 school year. It’s almost been one year since any of them have played and it may end up being until December of 2021 for some. We hope that isn’t the case, […]

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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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Boys/Girls BB: More Section Finals

This isn’t a recap of all of them, but several of Friday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title games and the showdown between state No. 2 Mater Dei and No. 4 Windward (Los Angeles) for the CIF Southern Section Open Division girls championship were witnessed by Cal-Hi Sports editors. Boys state No. 4 Sheldon (Sacramento) was nearly […]

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NEW State Top 25 Girls BB Rankings

While the teams in the CIF Southern Section Open Division were beating each other in what is arguably the toughest non-state championship playoff bracket in the nation, we still have to find out if the favorites will prevail in the new CIF North Coast Section Open Division. State top-ranked La Jolla Country Day still looks...

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NEW State Top 25 Girls BB Rankings

There is some movement in the top six of this week’s rankings thanks to Windward’s victory over previous No. 3 Long Beach Poly, but the top two stay the same as we head into the home stretch for league play and the beginning of league and section playoffs. From seven through 12, we also had...

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Mater Dei girls win at Jamboree

The 20th annual West Coast Jamboree concluded in the Platinum Division on Monday night at College Park High in Pleasant Hill where it was a matchup between two of the state’s top five ranked teams. The most historical moment of the night, though, occurred in the third-place game when Archbishop Mitty of San Jose head […]

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