(All divisions; NorCal & SoCal combined; after games of March 16; last week's rank in parentheses)
1. (1) Westchester (Los Angeles) 31-2
Comets favored to win second CIF Div. I state title vs. Oakland Tech, but they still have a long way to go to catch the record total of eight won by fellow L.A. City Section member Crenshaw.
2. (4) Technical (Oakland) 28-3
Sluggish first half against De La Salle in NorCal final cannot be repeated if Bulldogs hope to knock off Westchester.
3. (3) Poly (Long Beach) 30-4
Poly hoopers much like Poly gridders in that postseason honors selections can go many ways. Bobby Jones, Reggie Butler, Carlos Rivers and Marcedes Lewis all took turns having big games down the stretch.
4. (8) M.L. King (Riverside) 30-4
Hard to believe that the Wolves were a Div. III team last year that lost in the CIF Southern Section semifinals.
5. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 29-5
As strong as the Monarch program has been, the loss to King gives it a losing record (6-7) in Southern Regional finals.
6. (5) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 30-5
Apologies to Evan Burns of the Lions, who was accidentally left off Mr. Basketball nominee list in last week's newsletter and for two days on web site. He is, in fact, one of the leading candidates to win the honor.
7. (10) Centennial (Compton) 31-1
Apaches returned to this week's Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings. Avenging your only loss has a way of doing that and jumping over a few in the state ratings as well.
8. (6) Horizon (San Diego) 28-4
King beating Mater Dei (which is the last team the Panthers lost to) plus Centennial having the chance to finish 32-1 meant a tough thing had to be done: Dropping a team two spots even though it won its regional final.
9. (15) Riordan (San Francisco) 30-4
It wasn't easy, but the Crusaders did what they had to do and are back in the Div. III state final. School is 0-2 in state finals with other loss coming in Div. I in 1990.
10. (7) De La Salle (Concord) 27-5
Most insiders knew giving Frank Allocco a week to prepare for Oakland Tech in the NorCal final would result in a closer game than the two teams' previous meeting. But not many thought the Spartans would win and they very nearly did.
11. (11) Clovis West (Fresno) 28-4
Mmm, remember our comment last week about coach Vance Walberg possibly being interested in a college job? There are now openings at Fresno State.
12. (13) Eisenhower (Rialto) 27-4
The Citrus Belt League turned out to be on the weak side this year, which may have prevented the Eagles from getting in enough tough games before the playoffs began.
13. (9) Garces (Bakersfield) 29-5
Tough call between Garces and Clovis West for No. 1 overall in Central Section. For now, we like CW, but Ram fans are welcome to make their case via e-mail.
14. (17) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 24-7
King's win over Mater Dei also causes a logical boost to the Sea Hawks' ranking since they were the ones who nipped the Wolves, 71-70, in the CIF Southern Section finals.
15. (14) Sacred Heart Cathedral (S.F.) 29-5
Two wins over Riordan will keep the Irish in the rankings, but they could fall in the final list next week if Riordan loses to Centennial in Div. III state final.
16. (16) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 28-4
Without meaning to disrespect the efforts of players at Valley Christian of San Jose, there's not much doubt that the Panthers would be in this week's Div. IV state final vs. Horizon had they not moved up to Div. I.
17. (12) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 28-7
Despite subpar outing in matchup last Saturday vs. Centennial, junior standout Fred Washington of the Knights is still in line to receive a number of postseason honors.
18. (nr) St. Francis (Mountain View) 25-8
Lancers are the third West Catholic League team in the top 20. And Serra, which made CCS Div. I final, wasn't too bad, either.
19. (18) Pasadena 27-6
Bulldogs surged past Muir and Crescenta Valley in league and lost twice in the playoffs to Mater Dei.
20. (20) Oakland 21-8
Wildcats may drop in final rankings in favor of Dorsey if Westchester does exceptionally well against Tech in Div. I state title game.