Welcome to another season of Cal-Hi Sports state softball rankings. These have been done more than 30 years. The softball “preseason” rankings are different than baseball, which was done last week, because there are some teams in the CIF Southern Section that have already played games. We will continue to use the California rankings we […]
Salute to Peter Ackermann
Longtime softball coach and athletics coordinator at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village died last Saturday from a heart condition at age 77. Last June’s CIF SoCal D1 championship game that the Lions won in dramatic fashion, 6-5, over Roosevelt of Eastvale unfortunately wound up as Pete’s last game. His final career record of 651-148-1 is […]
NEW State TOP 50 FB Rankings (1-25)
No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco get back to dominating against other top 25 teams after playing each other. Changes this week include Los Alamitos flip-flopping with Long Beach Poly, Inglewood joining the top 10 plus Oaks Christian & Sierra Canyon getting a jump into the first 25 of this week’s...
NEW State TOP 50 FB Rankings (26-50)
Making the biggest move among these teams is new No. 26 Oaks Christian, which jumps up from No. 49 after taking down Sierra Canyon. San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno, Granite Bay and Salinas also are among those getting strong bumps. This week’s highest ranked newcomer is Alemany of Mission Hills, but Menlo-Atherton is right behind....
Preseason All-San Fernando/Ventura
It’s back to another part of the huge CIF Southern Section for this next stop in our tour of the state through preseason all-section, all-area or all-county football teams. This is the one primarily for the San Fernando Valley & Ventura County. Private schools like Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure dominate, but...
All-State Softball: 2nd & 3rd Teams
Running at the same time as first teams, the 39th edition of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state teams for softball also includes 30 more players named second team overall and approximately 40 more who are third team. Any player from any school regardless of class or school size can be on first or second team. The...
Softball: Final State TOP 40 Rankings
The only changes at the finish from the top 10 issued before the regional playoffs began were to switch Oaks Christian and Roosevelt of Eastvale in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots and also to flip Clovis and Camarillo at No. 6 and No. 7. The biggest mover to close the season was No....
One Day, Two CIF SoCal Titles
Huntington Beach baseball & Oaks Christian of Westlake Village softball have learned that losing in a section playoff game does not mean the season is over. It’s a lesson many teams in other sports that have CIF regional and state competitions have known for many years. Both teams won CIF Division I regional titles on […]
NFL Draft Highlights (2022)
California leads the nation with five high school football alums taken in this year’s first round. The first two both hail from the Ventura/L.A. County region with Kayvon Thibodeaux from Oaks Christian going at No. 5 and then Drake London of Moorpark not far behind at No. 8. We have writeups of all 22 players […]
NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week
This week’s twist is that both of our Southern California honorees are from schools that have Lions as their mascot. This week’s winners also are all still in action in the playoffs (but only one on Tuesday night) and are from Santa Rosa and Fresno in Northern California plus Los Angeles and Westlake Village in […]