It's a Combo Thing

It's time to take a look at those truly elite schools in California who've been successful this winter in both boys and girls basketball. Hint: The greatest all-time sports school in the history of America tops the list.

Boys-Girls Basketball

Combo State Rankings

(Based on results through Feb. 9; various local rankings; and wins over key opponents)

1. Poly (Long Beach) 28-0 girls, 23-3 boys

Jackrabbits are the only school in the state with teams ranked nationally at the moment in both boys and girls. The unbeaten girls team could run into national No. 1 Lynwood in the CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA finals and if it wins would be in position to make a run toward a mythical national title. Not bad for a school that's already been among the nation's top five in football, top 10 in boys cross country and top 50 in girls volleyball so far this school year. Oh, and track season (boys and girls both could win state team titles) is just around the corner.

2. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 20-5 girls, 20-6 boys

How can the Knights not be up there for this category when they've won the last two Div. III state titles for both boys and girls? The school's combined record of 40-11 isn't above 80 percent for both teams so far this year but both teams also play in strong leagues and both teams have quality wins, like the boys beating Serra and L.A. Fremont in recent weeks.

3. Eisenhower (Rialto) 23-2 boys, 23-3 girls

Both boys and girls teams just completed perfect runs in the Citrus Belt League. The boys are nationally-ranked and the girls just lack that one quality win to be a top-ranked team as well.

4. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 21-4 girls, 20-4 boys

Two of the four losses by the Eagles' in boys play have been to Oak Hill conquerer Mater Dei. The girls just went 6-0 in the Serra League that included sweeps of Mater Dei and Rosary.

5. Modesto Christian 25-2 girls, 18-9 boys

The MC boys have had their trouble in an 18-9 season so far but all of those losses have been to highly-ranked foes. And people are wrong when they say the Crusaders haven't beaten a ranked team themselves. One of their wins has been over Denver East of Colorado, which is currently that state's No. 1 ranked team. The MC girls have a win over Berkeley and should be force for several years with freshman phenoms Courtney and Ashley Paris.

6. Redondo (Redondo Beach) 19-6 boys, 18-7 girls

This is another school with double-digit losses on its combo record, but we more prefer to like the 13-1 dual marks in the highly-competitive Bay League. The Seahawk boys, despite injury problems throughout the year, have been good enough to climb as high as No. 9 in the state. The girls, who haven't had standout Ofa Tulikihihifo for much of the season, have still been good enough to post wins over Pinewood and La Jolla Country Day.

7. Soquel 22-2 girls, 24-4 boys

The Knights at one point were cruising along in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League in both boys and girls. The girls were still cruising at the end of last week, but the boys had slipped into a battle with Santa Cruz and Monte Vista Christian. Both teams have been picked high in the San Jose Mercury-News' CCS rankings.

8. Muir (Pasadena) 22-4 girls, 21-5 boys

There may not be a school in the state with a boy-girl center combination of Ryan Hollins and Ty'sha Fluker. Hollins helped the Mustangs to a perfect record that lasted well into January. Fluker led the girls to a first-place finish in league. And since Muir's losses on both sides have almost all been to teams from Div. I or Div. II, this is one school that could make some serious noise in the Div. III playoffs.

9. Westchester (Los Angeles) 24-2 boys, 17-8 girls

Despite a loss to Fairfax, the Comets still remain as the favorite to win this year's Div. I state title on the boys side. The girls, meanwhile, have been generally considered to be the second-best team in the L.A. City Section behind Narbonne, although they did drop one last week to Palisades.

10. Clovis West (Fresno) 21-3 boys, 18-5 girls

Both boys and girls teams were No. 1 in the Central Section several weeks ago. Then the girls lost to Central and boys fell to Clovis. Now they're both No. 2.

Top Reported Combo Records

(Based on results through Feb. 9)

Poly (Long Beach) -- Southern -- 28-0 girls, 23-3 boys, 51-3 overall (94.4%)

Branson (Ross) -- North Coast -- 22-1 boys, 21-2 girls, 43-3 overall (93.5%)

Eisenhower (Rialto) -- Southern -- 23-2 boys, 23-3 girls, 46-5 overall (90.2%)

Soquel -- Central Coast -- 22-2 girls, 24-4 boys, 46-6 overall (88.5%)

Stockdale (Bakersfield) -- Central -- 21-3 boys, 21-3 girls, 42-6 overall (87.5%)

Pleasant Valley (Chico) -- Northern -- 21-2 girls, 20-4 boys, 41-6 overall (87.2%)

Kelseyville -- North Coast -- 21-2 girls, 19-4 boys, 40-6 overall (86.9%)

El Dorado (Placentia) -- Southern -- 22-3 girls, 22-4 boys (86.7%)

Sylmar -- L.A. City - 19-2 girls, 20-5 boys, 39-7 overall (84.8%)

Hart (Newhall) -- Southern -- 22-4 boys, 22-4 girls, 44-8 overall (84.6%)

Centennial (Corona) -- Southern -- 22-3 boys, 21-5 girls, 43-8 overall (84.3%)

Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) -- Southern -- 21-4 girls, 20-4 boys, 41-8 overall (83.7%)

San Diego -- San Diego -- 21-5 girls, 20-4 boys, 41-8 overall (83.7%)

Clovis West (Fresno) -- Central -- 21-3 boys, 18-5 girls, 39-8 overall (83%)

Muir (Pasadena) -- Southern -- 22-4 girls, 21-5 boys, 43-9 overall (82.7%)

Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) -- Central -- 19-2 girls, 18-6 boys, 37-8 overall (82.2%)


Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 17-4 girls, 16-6 boys

Artesia (Lakewood) 20-5 girls, 18-6 boys

El Camino (Oceanside) 21-4 boys, 15-9 girls

Enterprise (Redding) 19-5 boys, 17-5 girls

King (Riverside) 24-3 boys, 19-7 girls

Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 22-4 boys, 20-6 girls

Narbonne (Harbor City) 21-3 girls, 18-7 boys

Redwood (Visalia) 22-3 boys, 18-6 girls

Rolling Hills Prep (R.H. Estates) 18-6 girls, 16-6 boys

Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 21-4 boys, 18-5 girls

Tech (Oakland) 21-3 boys, 14-7 girls

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