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Cal-Hi Sports Jan. 16, 2001 Boys'
State Rankings By Region & Division--(Jan. 17, 2001)

Cal-Hi Sports, which is more than a magazine now that it's acquired a significant web-presence over the past few years, released their first Boys' State and Regional Basketball Polls yesterday.   Not surprisingly, most of the teams picked in each division are from the SoCal region, but there are more than a few top NorCal teams also represented.  The rankings were compiled by Matt Mills and Mark Tennis and can be found at Cal-Hi Sports by clicking on this highlighted link.  We're reproducing them (in edited format) below as well. . .since this is SoCalHoops we've highlighted the SoCal-based teams so they're a bit easier to spot. . . Cal-Hi is another great resource for info, stats and stories about high school hoops all over the State of California, and Mark Tennis and his crew have been producing the site for longer than most care to remember, and as a result, they've also built a reputation as one of the most well-respected publications involved in high school athletics anywhere in the country.   We highly recommend a visit to their site if you haven't been there lately.  Just click on their logo below, or any of the other highlighted links.

Here are the latest rankings:

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BOYS STATE RANKINGS BY DIVISION & REGION
By: Matt Mills & Mark Tennis
Date: 1/16/2001
Boys basketball divisional and regional
rankings as of 1-16-2001
Division I Division II Division III Division IV Division V

SoCal Overall Top 10

  NorCal Overall Top 10

(Preseason rank in parenthesis)

CIF DIVISION I

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 18-2
2. (2) Westchester (Los Angeles) 15-1
3. (3) Clovis West (Fresno) 16-2
4. (5) Upland 17-1
5. (7) De La Salle (Concord) 10-3
6. (6) Modesto Christian (Modesto) 17-2
7. (4) Centennial (Corona) 15-2
8. (nr) Fremont (Los Angeles) 13-3
9. (9) Poly (Long Beach) 14-5
10. (nr) Technical (Oakland) 13-1

Changes: Jesuit dropped out as did Fairfax, and Fremont and Oakland Technical are new this week.

CIF DIVISION II

1. (1) Dominguez (Compton) 13-3
2. (4) Inglewood 17-4
3. (2) Mayfair (Lakewood) 14-2
4. (3) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 16-2
5. (9) Foothill (Pleasanton) 15-1
6. (10) John Muir (Pasadena) 15-2
7. (5) Hayward 14-1
8. (8) Ocean View (Huntington Beach) 15-3
9. (6) Artesia (Lakewood) 13-3
10. (nr) Rocklin 19-1

Inglewood rises, Santa Margarita and Mayfair drop, Rocklin comes in, while Redondo drops out of the rankings.

CIF DIVISION III

1. (1) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 15-2
2. (2) Centennial (Compton) 16-3
3. (3) Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 16-2
4. (4) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 11-5
5. (5) Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 15-3
6. (7) Leigh (San Jose) 15-1
7. (6) Palma (Salinas) 15-2
8. (8) St. Augustine (San Diego) 12-5
9. (9) Chaminade (West Hills) 10-7
10. (nr) Washington Union (Easton) 9-5

Surpringly, Washington Union comes into the rankings (after a disastrous loss on Saturday to Eisenhower at the Pump Challenge), and Natomas is out

CIF DIVISION IV

1. (1) Crossroads (Santa Monica) 11-5
2. (2) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 13-3
3. (3) Crespi (Encino) 13-4
4. (nr) Christian (El Cajon) 11-4*
5. (4) Lincoln (San Diego) 12-5
6. (5) San Rafael 13-3
7. (nr) Garces (Bakersfield) 17-0
8. (6) St. Monica (Santa Monica) 13-6
9. (7) Horizon (San Diego) 11-6
10. (10) Daniel Murphy (Los Angeles) 10-4

[El Cajon Christian moves up to their proper enrollment division this week, taking the No. 4 spot from Lincoln (4 last week). Garces also moves in while Bishops (La Jolla) and Justin Sienna (Napa) drop out. ]

CIF DIVISION V

1. (1) Price (Los Angeles) 18-3
2. (2) Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 13-4
3. (3) Calvary Chapel (Downey) 16-2
4. (7) Serra (Gardena) 11-7
5. (9) Immanuel (Reedley) 13-4
6. (5) Branson (Ross) 12-3
7. (8) Buckley (Sherman Oaks) 12-1
8. (nr) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 14-3
9. (6) St. Elizabeth (Oakland) 9-6
10. (4) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 11-5

[No change among the top three, but here's one we just don't get: Serra loses to St. Paul (in a game which wasn't very pretty either, and we can say that because we were there) and yet they move up from No. 7 to No. 4. . . go figure.  Reedly makes a big jump up from No. 9 to No. 5, and while Branson moves down a notch after losing one and winning one.  Buckley wins one and moves up a notch from 8 to 7, and St. Elizabeth loses a game and drops three spots.   El Cajon Christian moves to their correct enrollment division (D-IV, not D-V), so they vacate a spot in the poll and are replaced by Santa Fe Christian. . .LJCD drops from 4 to 10. . .]

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OVERALL TOP 10
(Previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Clovis West (Fresno) 16-2
2. (3) De La Salle (Concord) 10-3
3. (2) Modesto Christian (Modesto) 17-2
4. (5) Technical (Oakland) 13-1
5. (7) Foothill (Pleasanton) 15-1
6. (10) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 11-3
7. (9) Pittsburg 13-1
8. (8) McAteer (San Francisco) 18-1
9. (6) Hayward 14-1
10. (nr) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 13-3

[SoCalHoops commentary: We know this has got to be an error, but we're also puzzled why the No. 1 team in the "North" actually plays in the "South", i.e. the Southern California State Regionals. . . Shouldn't Clovis West be ranked in SoCal?].

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OVERALL TOP 10

(Previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 18-2
2. (2) Westchester (Los Angeles) 15-1
3. (5) Upland 17-1
4. (3) Dominguez (Compton) 13-3
5. (6) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 15-2
6. (4) Centennial (Corona) 15-1
7. (9) Inglewood 17-4
8. (7) Mayfair (Lakewood) 14-2
9. (8) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 16-2
10. (nr) Fremont (Los Angeles) 11-3

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 14-2
2. (2) Westchester (Los Angeles) 13-1
3. (3) Dominguez (Compton) 11-2
4. (4) Centennial (Corona) 13-0
5. (5) Upland 14-1
6. (6) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 12-2
7. (7) Mayfair (Lakewood) 11-2
8. (8) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 15-1
9. (9) Inglewood 13-4
10. (nr) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 11-3

*Rated No. 7 in preseason Div. III with inaccurate enrollment figure.
**Rated No. 7 in preseason Div. IV with inaccurate enrollment figure.

Notes: Rankings are based on enrollment divisions according to the CIF. Please call (209) 463-9050 (Cal-Hi Sports) or email mark@studentsports.com to report corrections on enrollment divisions or win/loss records. Thanks to those who reported this week.

California Overall State Rankings--Top 20 overall

BOYS BASKETBALL OVERALL TOP 20
(By CalHiSports.com; previous rank in parentheses; games after Jan. 15 not incl.)

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 18-2
2. (2) Westchester (Los Angeles) 15-1
3. (4) Clovis West (Fresno) 16-2
4. (6) Upland 17-1
5. (3) Dominguez (Compton) 13-3
6. (8) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 15-2
7. (11) De La Salle (Concord) 10-3
8. (7) Modesto Christian (Modesto) 17-2
9. (5) Centennial (Corona) 15-2
10. (12) Inglewood 17-4
11. (9) Mayfair (Lakewood) 14-3
12. (10) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 16-2
13. (16) Fremont (Los Angeles) 13-3
14. (14) Poly (Long Beach) 14-5
15. (17) Technical (Oakland) 13-1
16. (13) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 12-4
17. (nr) Centennial (Compton) 16-3
18. (18) Carlsbad 17-2
19. (19) El Toro 17-1
20. (nr) Foothill (Pleasanton) 15-1

Ratings Notes & Highlights (these are Cal-Hi's notes, not ours).

Westchester proved to Fairfax who the boss is in the Los Angeles City Section with an 84-64 win last Wednesday over the Lions. Brandon Heath had 18 for the Comets who have the depth, height and talent to give Mater Dei a run in Southern California...Defending Southern Section Division I champions Poly went 4-0 this week with wins over Lakewood, Cabrillo, Compton and a 57-55 victory over city rival Jordan as Reggie Butler hit the game winner...Fremont beat Dorsey, 89-72 and Jefferson, 100-52 last week...Technical or Oakland Tech as they are commonly referred to went 2-0 last week and the team's only loss so far was to Upland in the Clovis West/Buchanan Tournament...Tony Key had a monster game for Centennial of Compton in its 85-70 win over Culver City with 34 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Key then had 22 more points in an 84-38 win over West Torrance...On a night when Foothill High dedicated its gym to its first ever basketball coach, Tom Hansen, Matt Burkholder scored 18 points to lead the Falcons over Granada, 60-47...

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