Final Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Ratings (Boys)

In support of our weekly highlights show that airs every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on KRON TV, Channel 4, in San Francisco, here's the final top 20 rankings for the 2002-2003 boys basketball season. Our Bay Area Top 20 includes teams from the CIF Central Coast and CIF North Coast sections only plus teams from Solano and Napa counties of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

(After games of Saturday, March 22; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Technical (Oakland) 23-6

2. (2) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 29-2

3. (4) McClymonds (Oakland) 20-10*

4. (3) Hercules 25-9

5. (5) Berkeley 25-6

6. (6) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 29-4

7. (7) Mitty (San Jose) 29-6

8. (9) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 25-5

9. (8) Newark Memorial (Newark) 25-5

10. (11) Vallejo 25-6

11. (10) De La Salle (Concord) 21-6

12. (12) Oakland 19-8

13. (13) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 27-1

14. (14) Salinas 25-5

15. (15) Serra (San Mateo) 23-6

16. (16) California (San Ramon) 19-8

17. (17) Bellarmine (San Jose) 19-12

18. (19) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 24-5

19. (18) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 27-5

20. (20) Deer Valley (Antioch) 19-9

Notes & Highlights

Congratulations to the Oakland Tech Bulldogs for being the Best of the Bay for the second straight season. Although Tech lost in the Div. I state finals for the second year in a row, the team was good enough to pin the only loss suffered on the season for the top-ranked team in Florida. And, of course, who will ever forget the prep career of Mr. Leon Powe. Good luck, Leon, when you hit the hardwoods for the Cal Golden Bears.

We did the ‘ol flip-flop four times for the final ratings, which favored McClymonds over Hercules, Amador Valley over Newark Memorial, Vallejo over De La Salle and Casa Grande over Monte Vista Christian.

Hercules' lop-sided loss to Horizon combined with the fact McClymonds' had a late-season win over Oakland Tech was the difference between those two. Mack also played into overtime against Tech in the OAL playoffs and lost in a close game to Valley of Sacramento in the NorCal playoffs.

Amador Valley was placed ahead of Newark Memorial because Woodcreek (the team the Dons lost to in the playoffs) did OK vs. Mater Dei and Newark's league was on the weak side this season.

San Leandro (18-9) and Hayward (20-8) are probably better than some rated teams, but each lost two HAAL games to lesser teams and also lost to each other, ending up with five league losses apiece.

We'll now start turning our attention to baseball and softball.

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