Final Softball Rankings By Division & Region

Congratulations to the five divisional winners -- Clovis, Mira Mesa, Pacifica, Brookside Christian and Faith Baptist -- and find out how two of them did it even though they lost their last games and how one of them was picked at the last moment in one of those difficult decisions.

FINAL STATE RANKINGS

BY DIVISION & REGION

(After games of June 1; previous rank in parentheses)

Division I

1. (1) Clovis 37-3-1

2. (2) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 31-1

3. (4) Sheldon (Sacramento) 29-4-1

4. (7) Poway 23-6

5. (5) Poly (Riverside) 26-3

6. (10) Etiwanda (R. Cuc.) 24-6

7. (nr) California (Whittier) 26-6

8. (9) Santiago (Corona) 22-6-1

9. (8) Dana Hills (Dana Point) 25-8-1

10. (6) Royal (Simi Valey) 25-6-1

Division II

1. (1) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 35-1

2. (nr) M.L. King (Riverside) 26-2

3. (2) Foothill (Tustin) 29-4

4. (nr) Kennedy (La Palma) 24-6-1

5. (nr) El Dorado (Placentia) 21-9

6. (3) El Modena (Orange) 28-6

7. (5) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 26-6

8. (6) Wilson (Hacienda Hgts) 25-3-1

9. (9) College Park (Pleas. Hill) 23-4

10. (10) North Salinas (Salinas) 24-6-1

Division III

1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-3-1

2. (2) Vanden (Travis AFB) 28-1

3. (3) Freedom (Oakley) 23-4

4. (4) Campolindo (Moraga) 23-2

5. (9) Atascadero 23-4

6. (5) St. Francis (Sacto.) 26-9-1

7. (7) Petaluma 19-3

8. (8) Half Moon Bay 22-7

9. (nr) Rio Linda 23-6

10. (10) Roseville 20-10-1

Division IV

1. (1) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 32-1

2. (2) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-3

3. (3) Lutheran (Orange) 27-6

4. (4) Valley Christian (San Jose) 25-4

5. (5) El Segundo 23-4

6. (6) Taft 28-3-1

7. (8) Garces (Bakersfield) 16-6

8. (9) Templeton 28-5

9. (nr) Pomona Catholic 23-5

10. (nr) Clear Lake 22-5

Division V

1. (4) Faith Baptist (Canoga Park) 22-5

2. (1) Biggs 19-3

3. (2) St. Vincent (Petaluma) 22-4

4. (3) East Nicolaus 19-3

5. (5) Arrowhead Chr. Acad. (Redl.) 24-3-1

6. (7) Ferndale 22-3

7. (8) La Jolla Country Day 20-6-1

8. (6) Linfield (Temecula) 15-8

9. (9) Orestimba (Newman) 21-9

10. (10) Berean Chr. (Waln. Creek) 19-3-2

Northern California

Overall Top 10 (Final)

1. (1) Clovis 37-3-1

2. (2) Brookside Chr. (Stockton) 32-1

3. (3) Sheldon (Sacramento) 29-4-1

4. (4) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-3

5. (5) Vanden (Travis AFB) 28-1

6. (6) Freedom (Oakley) 23-4

7. (8) College Park (Pleas. Hill) 23-4

8. (9) Campolindo (Moraga) 23-2

9. (10) North Salinas (Salinas) 24-6-1

10. (7) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 28-7

Southern California

Overall Top 10 (Final)

1. (2) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 35-1

2. (3) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 31-1

3. (nr) M.L. King (Riverside) 26-2

4. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-3-1

5. (5) Foothill (Tustin) 29-4

6. (4) Kennedy (La Palma) 24-6-1

7. (nr) Poway 23-6

8. (9) Poly (Riverside) 26-3

9. (nr) El Dorado (Placentia) 21-9

10. (nr) Etiwanda (R. Cucam.) 24-6

Explanations for the

Final Rankings

1. A school doesn't have to win a section title to be No. 1 in its division, but it sure does to be the overall State Team of the Year.

2. It's preferable to have each No. 1 team win a section title, but with so many upsets that's not always possible. A school also can finish No. 1 in its division if its playoff loss was to a school with a higher state CIF enrollment. Such was the case for Pacifica in Div. III as its loss was to Div. II King.

3. In most cases, schools have been listed according to their state CIF enrollment (same as basketball). But there are exceptions. Mira Mesa, for example, actually is Div. I by a handful of students but we left the school in Div. II since it's in the San Diego Section Div. II playoffs. Brookside Christian is actually Div. V by enrollment, but plays in an almost exclusive Div. IV league so we left the Knights in Div. IV. Two schools that were switched to different enrollment divisions this week due to updated enrollment information were California of Whittier (from Div. II to Div. I) and Kennedy of La Palma (from Div. I to Div. II).

4. M.L. King of Riverside had to come up all the way to No. 5 in the final overall top 20 even though it wasn't ranked at any time during the season. How did that happen? Mainly because the Wolves were considered behind teams like Riverside Poly, Santiago of Corona and Etiwanda in the Inland Empire for the entire season and did not play in any major tourneys. They wound up beating a team that could have been No. 1, Pacifica, then knocked off another state-ranked team, El Modena, and had a better overall record than any of the other CIFSS champions.

5. Another difficult decision needed to be made for the final No. 1 ranking in Division V. And after going over as much information on the two teams that could be gathered, the nod went to Faith Baptist of Canoga Park. Biggs was No. 1 for last week, but that was the first time the CIF Northern Section school was listed in that spot and once in a while a change is made for the final rankings. Faith Baptist won its final two playoff games last week by 11-1 over Linfield of Temecula and 2-0 over Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. Linfield has been a traditionally-strong small school power in Southern California and winning 11-1 certainly carried a lot of weight for Faith Baptist. Biggs' team is mostly underclassmen and figures to start out the 2003 preseason in the No. 1 position.


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