Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area NorCal<br> Overall Top 20

Tough call for new No. 1 among girls as Pinewood loses to St. Mary's of Stockton. Oakland Tech survives overtime upset bid by De La Salle and will now be No. 1 for the season in the region, even if the Bulldogs lose to Westchester in the Div. I state final.

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Northern California Top 20 Rankings

(Updated after games of Sat. night, March 16)

(For the purposes of our new TV show, which does not reach many cities beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, we define Northern California for these rankings as not to include schools from the CIF Central Section. For our own geographically-based rankings, we include the CIF Central Section as Northern California)

Here's the up-to-date boys rankings after Sat night games:

1. Oakland Tech (Oakland) 28-3 (D1)

2. De La Salle (Concord) 27-5 (D1)

3. Riordan (San Francisco) 30-4 (D3)

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 29-5 (D3)

5. St. Mary's (Berkeley) 28-4 (D1)

6. Oakland 21-8 (D1)

7. St. Francis (Mountain View) 25-8 (D2)

8. Modesto Christian (Modesto) 23-10 (D1)

9. Vallejo 27-7 (D1)

10. Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 23-5 (D1)

11. Foothill (Sacramento) 30-5 (D3)

12. Northgate (Walnut Creek) 27-3 (D2)

13. Oak Grove (San Jose) 28-3 (D1)

14. Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 26-4 (D2)

15. California (San Ramon) 23-3 (D2)

16. Rio Americano (Sacramento) 28-6 (D2)

17. Fremont (Sunnyvale) 24-10 (D2)

18. Lodi 27-5 (D1)

19. Sheldon (Sacramento) 28-3 (D1)

20. Pleasant Valley (Chico) 24-5 (D1)

Here's the up-to-date girls rankings after Sat night games:

1. St. Mary's (Stockton) 32-3 (D2)

2. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 28-5 (D4)

3. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 28-3 (D2)

4. Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 32-2 (D4)

5. Miramonte (Orinda) 29-3 (D3)

6. Kennedy (Sacramento) 31-4 (D1)

7. St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 26-6 (D1)

8. Mitty (San Jose) 26-7 (D1)

9. Pleasant Valley (Chico) 27-3 (D1)

10. Berkeley 22-9 (D1)

11. Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 25-5 (D2)

12. Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 24-8 (D3)

13. Oakland Tech (Oakland) 20-9 (D1)

14. Oakland 20-10 (D1)

15. Kennedy (Richmond) 24-5 (D4)

16. Alhambra (Martinez) 20-12 (D3)

17. Pittsburg 26-4 (D1)

18. Modesto Christian 32-3 (D5)

19. Santa Cruz 21-8 (D3)

20. Foothill (Palo Cedro) 23-6 (D2)


So who's No. 1 for NorCal girls, anyway? St. Mary's beat previous No. 1 Pinewood in the Div. II regional final at UC Davis on Saturday, 66-54, but one of the Rams' losses was to Marin Catholic. With a tip of the hat to the Wildcats for avenging one of their losses to Ursuline, 60-47, in the Div. IV regional final we're giving the nod for now to St. Mary's. Here's why: While Marin Catholic does have the win in head-to-head competition, the win was on its home court and was by a close score. Marin Catholic also has a loss to Pinewood, which St. Mary's just beat and by a comfortable margin. If St. Mary's wins the state title in Div. II and Marin Catholic in Div. IV, St. Mary's will have won over a stronger field than Marin Catholic. Div. IV this year in the state was strong, but Div. II top-to-bottom is still stronger.

Some teams in the region have moved up even though they haven't played in several weeks. This is because teams they lost to in the earlier rounds of the section playoffs have gone on to finish deep into the state playoffs. Example: Santa Cruz girls of the CCS, which lost in a close game to Sacred Heart Cathedral and owns a nonleague win over Oakland. Final rankings will be done next week, so anyone out there with a similar case to be made for your favorite team, don't hesitate to let us know. E-mail comments to

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