Here's the first overall top 20 plus the first top 10 teams for each division. Results from this week are not included and next week we should be returning to our schedule of doing baseball on Tuesday and softball on Wednesday.

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(After games of April 5; 1st rankings of 2003 regular season)

1. Santiago (Corona) 13-1

We can't remember a time when a team from this school was No. 1 in the state in anything. That win over Pacifica did it for the Sharks, but this week they play Mater Dei so the stay at the top could be short.

2. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 14-1

The Mariners also have a co-title from the prestigious Arizona Tournament of Champions to go with their second-place finish last week at the Foothill tourney.

3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 14-2

Both of the Monarchs' losses have come to Los Alamitos, but their co-title in Arizona and the strength of the rest of their schedule makes them a team to watch for the rest of the season.

4. El Modena (Orange) 10-2

Lindsey Klein pitched a no-hitter in one game and went 3-for-3 in the other as the Vanguards swept a doubleheader last Saturday over Lutheran of Orange.

5. Mitty (San Jose) 13-1

Returning All-CCS pitcher Christy Murray pitched a no-hitter and struck out seven as the Monarchs rolled in their final game of last week, 16-0, over St. Ignatius of San Francisco. Note: We haven't seen any CCS rankings from any other source so far this year.

6. Corona 11-1

Santiago is not the only powerhouse in town. The Panthers have been terrific as well behind pitcher Brittney Barger.

7. Rosary (Fullerton) 15-3

There's a lot of differing opinions on this team. Rosary is No. 1 in Div. I in the CIF Southern Section coaches poll, but the L.A. Times overall top 25 doesn't even list Rosary in its top 10.

8. University City (San Diego) 8-3-1

Two of the losses came in toss-up games at the Arizona Tournament of Champions. The Centurions stayed No. 1 in the San Diego Section this week even though they lost to La Costa Canyon in the Falcon Fiesta tourney semifinals.

9. Sheldon (Sacramento) 12-1

This school is on a roll. Ed Lombardi is coming in to coach the football team, DeMarcus Nelson is coming in to play for next year's basketball team and the softball team has lost only to nationally-ranked Wooster of Reno.

10. Freedom (Oakley) 7-1

If the Falcons hadn't dropped a game to Vanden, they would be looking at a top five ranking (maybe higher). That's what sweeping a doubleheader from Clovis will do for you.

11. Notre Dame (Salinas) 10-2

The Spirits have not missed a beat despite the graduation loss of CCS Player of the Year Erin Sigala. Note: We already know they edged North Salinas in a league game this week.

12. Clovis 15-4

Despite the four losses (two in Arizona and two to Freedom), it's too hard to not rank the Cougars among the state's top 15. They remained No. 1 overall in the Central Section with a 3-1 win last week over Buchanan.

13. Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 13-1

Coach Lance Christensen's team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 4-1 loss last week to Torrey Pines at the Falcon Fiesta tourney. If the Barons had won that event, they'd have had a shot at being as high as No. 1.

14. Simi Valley 10-3

Jandie Henricks cracked a two-run homer as the Pioneers took over first-place in the mighty Marmonte League with a 3-0 win over Thousand Oaks.

15. Thousand Oaks 6-3-1

The Lancers started out with five straight wins and took their loss last week to Simi Valley after having to play a marathon 27 innings earlier in the week.

16. Valencia 11-3

Other than Mater Dei, there's only one other school in the state that has top 20 teams in both baseball and softball. It could be a good spring indeed for the Vikings.

17. Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 10-1

All the upsets at the Falcon Fiesta tourney (University City & Bonita Vista losing) benefitted the Sundevils, who moved up to No. 2 in the San Diego Union-Tribune's section rankings.

18. North Salinas (Salinas) 13-3

Monica Abbott has had some unbelievable outings, especially the 21-strikeout perfect game, but the Vikings also have taken some tough losses and they'll probably finish behind Notre Dame in their league standings.

19. Vanden (Travis AFB) 9-3-1

Anjelica Selden would give the Vikings a chance against any team they play, no matter the classification. The win over Freedom gets them into the top 20, but three losses prevent them from being even higher.

20. Royal (Simi Valley) 10-4

The Highlanders are going to be toughened up for the postseason by playing in the Marmonte League. In a 1-0 win last week over Moorpark, Kirstie Kenton fired a perfect game and struck out 10.



Division I

1. Santiago (Corona) 13-1

2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 14-2

3. Sheldon (Sacramento) 12-1

4. Clovis 15-4

5. Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 13-1

6. Simi Valley 10-3

7. Thousand Oaks 6-3-1

8. Valencia 11-3

9. Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 10-1

10. North Salinas (Salinas) 13-3

Division II

1. Mitty (San Jose) 13-1

2. El Modena (Orange) 13-1

3. Corona 11-1

4. Carlmont (Belmont) 9-1

5. California (Whittier) 9-5

6. Poly (Riverside) 12-3

7. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 8-1

8. East Union (Manteca) 16-2-1

9. El Camino (Sacramento) 11-2

10. Los Altos 10-2

Division III

1. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 14-1

2. University City (San Diego) 8-3-1

3. Freedom (Oakley) 7-1

4. Vanden (Travis AFB) 9-3-1

5. Alhambra (Martinez) 10-2

6. Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 12-3

7. Dos Pueblos (Goleta) 9-3

8. Taft 15-3

9. Paradise 15-3-1

10. Analy (Sebastopol) 10-3

Division IV

1. Notre Dame (Salinas) 10-2

2. Poly (Pasadena) 11-1

3. Templeton 12-0

4. Woodlake 9-0

5. Justin-Siena (Napa) 9-1

6. Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 7-3

7. Patterson 13-1

8. Oaks Christian (Westl. Vill.) 11-2

9. La Salle (Pasadena) 13-2

10. Imperial 12-1

Division V

1. L.A. Baptist (Sepulveda) 8-3

2. Oxford Academy (Cypress) 10-0

3. St. Vincent (Petaluma) 7-3

4. Ferndale 10-0

5. Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) 13-0

6. Biggs 14-2

7. Riverside Christian 6-1

8. Bloomington Christian

9. Fall River (McArthur) 7-0

10. Immanuel (Reedley) 11-5-1

Northern California

Overall Top 10

1. Mitty (San Jose) 13-1

2. Sheldon (Sacramento) 12-1

3. Freedom (Oakley) 7-1

4. Notre Dame (Salinas) 10-2

5. Clovis 15-4

6. North Salinas (Salinas) 13-3

7. Vanden (Travis AFB) 9-3-1

8. Carlmont (Belmont) 9-1

9. Madera 14-3

10. Alhambra (Martinez) 10-2

Southern California

Overall Top 10

1. Santiago (Corona) 13-1

2. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 14-1

3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 14-2

4. El Modena (Orange) 10-2

5. Corona 11-1

6. Rosary (Fullerton) 15-3

7. University City (San Diego) 8-3-1

8. Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 13-1

9. Simi Valley 10-3

10. Thousand Oaks 6-3-1

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