Final Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20 Rankings

We promise viewers of the Sunday show that updated baseball and softball rankings will be out next week. For now, here's the final rankings for the 2001-2002 season in boys and girls basketball. Congratulations to Div. III boys state champ Riordan, Div. IV girls champ Marin Catholic and to Div. II girls state champ St. Mary's of Stockton.

Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area

Northern California Top 20 Rankings

(Updated after games of Sat. night, March 23)

(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) 28-4 (D1)

2. Riordan (San Francisco) 31-4 (D3)

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

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

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

6. St. Francis (Mountain View) 25-9 (D2)

7. Oakland 21-8 (D1)

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) 33-3 (D2)

2. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 29-5 (D4)

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

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

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

6. Miramonte (Orinda) 29-4 (D3)

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. Modesto Christian 32-4 (D5)

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

15. Oakland 20-10 (D1)

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

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

18. Pittsburg 26-4 (D1)

19. Santa Cruz 21-8 (D3)

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

Notes:

Riordan's state title win over Centennial of Compton was enough to lift the Crusaders over De La Salle for the final rankings but not enough to put them over Oakland Tech. The Bulldogs only lost by five points in the Div. I state final to Westchester, one of the nation's top-ranked teams.

Marin Catholic played well enough in its Div. IV girls state title game win over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey that serious thought was given to moving the Wildcats past St. Mary's of Stockton for the No. 1 NorCal ranking even though St. Mary's won the Div. II crown. But the Div. II playoff field throughout the state was just that much stronger than Div. IV so the nod went to the Rams.

The Modesto Christian girls were moved up the most for the final rankings. The Crusaders only lost by four points in their Div. V state final vs. La Jolla Country Day and jumped up from No. 18 to No. 13.

With players returning like Leon Powe and Quentin Thomas, it's pretty certain that Oakland Tech will start out next season as the region's No. 1 team. Vallejo could be No. 2 if it's underclass players are all back, led by sophomore DeMarcus Nelson, one of the best in his class in the nation. Also watch for Oak Grove, which won the CCS Div. I crown with mostly juniors.

St. Mary's of Stockton will likely be among the top-rated teams in the nation to start out the 2002-2003 season. The Rams will welcome back players such as Dominique Banks, Tiffany Ducker and Renee Roberts. Mitty, which reached the Div. I NorCal final, will be returning four starters, led by 6-3 center Jenna Green.


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