Section titles plus a strong overall win-loss record puts Newark Memorial, Villa Park and Arlington in the final top 20. Only Newark had been ranked earlier this season. Rancho Buena Vista lands at No. 2 behind Bishop Amat after winning tough San Diego Section Div. I championship.


(All divisions; through games of June 4; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 28-2

The eight graduating seniors on this squad were truly special as they led the Lancers to a 55-4 mark over two years with two CIF Southern Section titles and two No. 1 statewide ranking finishes.

2. (3) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 30-4

Longhorns first denied Rancho Bernardo its seventh straight league title, then they denied the Broncos their fourth straight CIF San Diego Section Div. I crown. RBV's 6-0 win also capped an unbeaten run through the double-elimination style playoffs and ensured an extremely high state and national ranking.

3. (4) Camarillo 30-4

All the excitement over this year's CIFSS Div. I title will be doubled next year as the Scorpions will attempt to repeat with the most watched player in the nation, Delmon Young, who is already being projected to be the top overall pick in the MLB draft.

4. (5) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 34-3

Coach Dave Currie's club won their last two games in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. I playoffs over West Catholic Athletic League members Mitty and Serra.

5. (2) La Quinta (Westminster) 29-3

Aztecs had only committed 11 errors in their previous 31 games, so the three they had in their showdown vs. Bishop Amat had to be doubly disappointing.

6. (7) Mission Bay (San Diego) 30-4

Only two seniors were on this year's team, which wrapped up its season with an 18-1 romp past Clairemont in the CIFSD Div. III section finals.

7. (8) Clovis 27-6

Evan Bayless and Jordan Christensen were a potent 1-2 pitching punch for the Cougars, who won their second straight CIF Central Section Yosemite Division Large title.

8. (12) Centennial (Bakersfield) 25-4

There are some who think the Golden Hawks should be ahead of Clovis even though they won the Yosemite Division Small crown. They had a better overall record and they set a state record for most doubles hit by a team.

9. (6) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 29-7

Broncos have had four players in the last seven years chosen in the first round of the MLB draft. There are many colleges who would love to have that total.

10. (9) Lakewood 28-6

Jon Ortega pitched a two-hitter in a 4-1 win over Righetti that put the Lancers into the CIFSS Div. I final opposite Camarillo. Lakewood lost, 8-1, which was the third time the Lancers lost to that team this season.

11. (nr) Newark Memorial (Newark) 26-4-1

Cougars rallied from an early 5-0 hole to whip Clayton Valley of Concord, 12-7, in the CIF North Coast Section East Bay 3A finals.

12. (18) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 28-6

Eddie Solis cracked a three-run homer, his 11th of the season, as the Titans broke open a tight game and defeated Oceanside, 5-1 in eight innings, for the CIFSD Div. II crown.

13. (nr) Villa Park 24-7

Dane Ferguson blooped a couple of singles for two of the Spartans' three runs in a 3-2 win over Canyon of Canyon Country for the CIFSS Div. II title. Villa Park also won the CIFSS Div. III crown in 2000.

14. (10) Montgomery (San Diego) 31-5

The Aztecs wound up playing Rancho Bernardo three times in the CIFSD Div. I playoffs. They lost twice by 5-0 and 6-0 scores, but they won once by a 2-1 count in 11 innings.

15. (nr) Arlington (Riverside) 25-6

Joe Reyes notched a three-hitter and scored the game's only run as the Lions nipped Santa Margarita, 1-0, in the CIFSS Div. III finals. Reyes will join fellow junior Zack Zinicola on one of the state's top teams next year.

16. (19) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 25-4

Mustangs battled for the top overall ranking in the CIF Central Section all season long, before settling for runner-up spot in Yosemite Div. Small playoffs.

17. (20) Mitty (San Jose) 26-6*

Robert Perry will return next season as one of the top leadoff-hitting outfielders in the nation. This year's squad also featured a promising freshman pitcher, Jason Codiroli.

18. (16) Canyon (Canyon Country) 24-6

Eric Ashbrook and Ryan Burke hammered back-to-back homers in 8-4 win over Mission Viejo in CIFSS Div. II semis. The same magic wasn't present in 3-2 loss to Villa Park in the final.

19. (15) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-7

Monarchs lost in CIFSS Div. III semis to Arlington, but they stayed in the rankings since Santa Margarita (which is from the same league that Mater Dei won) advanced to the final from the other side of the bracket.

20. (nr) Buchanan (Clovis) 26-6

Section titles by Merced (14 losses) and Cleveland of Reseda (11 losses) created some room for the Bears, who lost in their section final by just 1-0 to No. 7 Clovis.

*Losses or wins by forfeit not included.

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