Westchester: 2002 State Team of the Year

Being No. 1 in the state is nothing new for a team from Los Angeles. For the 14th time since 1970 a school from the City of Angels has finished the boys basketball season at the top of the state rankings. Westchester completed its season last Saturday at ARCO Arena in Sacramento with an 80-75 victory over Oakland Tech and this week has been officially named Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year.

The Comets also were No. 1 in the state when they won their last Div. I state title in 1998. They have a ways to go, however, before catching up with fellow L.A. school Crenshaw, which has No. 1 statewide finishes for 1994, 1993, 1989, 1986, 1985 and 1983. The Cougars also won Div. I state titles in 1996 and 1997, but in 1996 it was Div. II titlist Dominguez of Compton which finished No. 1 overall and in 1997 it was Div. III champ Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood that was No. 1.

This week's final edition of the 2002 state boys basketball rankings also includes special expanded lists to 50 deep overall and 20 deep for the various divisional and regional sub-categories.

Congratulations to the complete Westchester roster: senior guard Brandon Heath, junior center Scott Cutley, junior forward Trevor Ariza, junior guard Jonathan Smith, junior guard Bobby Brown, freshman forward Marcus Johnson, junior guard Randy Williams, senior guard Ashanti Cook, senior guard Hassan Adams, senior forward Brandon Bowman, senior forward Jonathan Toliver and senior center Keith Everage. Head coach: Ed Azzam.

CAL-HI SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL

STATE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

(Chosen retroactively based on research prior to 1975)

2002 -- Westchester (Los Angeles) 32-2

2001 -- Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 33-2

2000 -- Dominguez (Compton) 35-2

1999 -- Dominguez (Compton) 32-3

1998 -- Westchester (Los Angeles) 29-3

1997 -- Harvard-Westlake (N. Hollywood) 35-1

1996 -- Dominguez (Compton) 34-2

1995 -- Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 36-1

1994 -- Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 29-2

1993 -- Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 26-2

1992 -- St. Joseph (Alameda) 32-3

1991 -- St. Joseph (Alameda) 31-3

1990 -- Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 34-1

1989 -- Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 25-2

1988 -- Manual Arts (Los Angeles) 27-3

1987 -- Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 31-1

1986 -- Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 25-2

1985 -- Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 24-0

1984 -- Long Beach Poly 26-2

1983 -- Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 27-2

1982 -- Carson 26-2

1981 -- Poly (Long Beach) 26-2

1980 -- Inglewood 29-0

1979 -- Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 28-1

1978 -- Pasadena 26-2

1977 -- Fremont (Oakland) 25-1

1976 -- Poly (Long Beach) 30-1

1975 -- Elk Grove 27-5

1974 -- Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 30-2

1973 -- Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 29-2

1972 -- Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 30-1

1971 -- Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 29-2

1970 -- Berkeley 32-0

1969 -- Compton 30-0

1968 -- Compton 32-0

1967 -- Fremont (Los Angeles) 16-2

1966 -- Jordan (Los Angeles) 18-0

1965 -- Poly (Long Beach) 29-3

1964 -- Poly (Long Beach) 32-1

1963 -- McClymonds (Oakland) 19-3

1962 -- McClymonds (Oakland) 23-0

1961 -- Compton 28-3

1960 -- McClymonds (Oakland) 22-0

1959 -- McClymonds (Oakland) 22-0

1958 -- McClymonds (Oakland) 21-0

Note: List continues back to 1903 in Cal-Hi Sports Record Book & Almanac.


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