Now that the 2002 season is complete, here's another way to look at the state's top teams -- by breaking them into the same enrollment-based divisions that are currently used by the CIF state office for boys and girls basketball. It's a much different makeup of teams and three of the teams that were No. 1 in our state rankings (based on league strength) would not be No. 1 using strict enrollment guidelines.

The biggest differences in using these two classification systems is that only going by enrollment offers a huge advantage to private schools in major metropolitan areas that can theoretically get players from anywhere. Those schools usually have smaller enrollments, too, so placing them into the same divisions as small-town teams just doesn't make a lot of sense.

Why do you think private schools dominate the state basketball championships? Is it because they recruit? No. It's mainly because the CIF chooses to use an enrollment-only system of classifying teams that benefits the private schools.

If you take a look at the Div. IV final state rankings that we compiled and compare it to the one that we'd have to do if we also went by the CIF enrollment guidelines you'll see significant differences. State Team of the Year Carpinteria would only be sixth if you put the Warriors into the same division as St. Bonaventure, Valley Christian of San Jose, Marian Catholic of San Diego and other private schools who are in higher divisions based on league strength.

There's nothing quite like a small-town football team like Carpinteria, Escalon, Dos Palos or Corning. And because we love those types of teams so much, we'll resist going by enrollment-only for our state rankings for as long as possible.

In addition to Carpinteria, our Div. III No. 1, Kaiser of Fontana, and our Div. V No. 1, Central Catholic of Modesto, also wouldn't be No. 1 if the CIF state enrollment classifications are used.

Kaiser's enrollment actually would be Div. I, but the Cats are a new school so the program hasn't been moved up to a higher division within the Southern Section yet. The No. 1 team in that division by enrollment would be Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (another private school).

St. Bonaventure was No. 1 in the Div. IV state rankings last year and went 13-1 this season with its only loss coming to Hart. The Seraphs' enrollment did not go up, but the football program was placed into the Channel League this year, which is Div. II according to league strength.

The Div. V rankings champ, if we went by enrollment only, would be Ferndale. Central Catholic of Modesto would be Div. IV going by the same system.



(Compiled by CalHiSports.com)


1. De La Salle (Concord) 13-0

2. Los Alamitos 13-0-1

3. Mission Viejo 14-0

4. Hart (Newhall) 13-1

5. Poly (Long Beach) 11-2

6. San Leandro 12-1

7. Skyline (Oakland) 11-0-1

8. Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 12-1

9. Birmingham (Lake Balboa) 11-3

10. Taft (Woodland Hills) 13-1

11. Kaiser (Fontana) 13-0-1

12. Esperanza (Anaheim) 10-2

13. Loyola (Los Angeles) 9-4

14. Carlsbad 10-2-1

15. Clovis 11-2


1. Monte Vista (Danville) 13-0

2. Jesuit (Carmichael) 13-0

3. Oceanside 11-2

4. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 10-4

5. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 12-1

6. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 13-1

7. Centennial (Corona) 13-1*

8. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 9-3

9. Grant (Sacramento) 9-2

10. Foothill (Pleasanton) 9-2-1

11. J.W. North (Riverside) 11-3

12. Edison (Fresno) 11-2*

13. Helix (La Mesa) 11-2

14. Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 13-0

15. San Ramon Valley (Danville) 10-3


1. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 14-0

2. Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 13-1*

3. Servite (Anaheim) 7-4-1

4. Lassen (Susanville) 12-0

5. San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 13-0

6. St. Francis (Mountain View) 7-5-1

7. Colfax 13-0

8. South Hills (West Covina) 11-3

9. Lompoc 10-3

10. Novato 13-0

11. Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 11-2

12. Miramonte (Orinda) 11-1

13. Manteca 7-3-2

14. Enterprise (Redding) 11-1

15. Monrovia 11-1


1. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 13-1

2. Valley Christian (San Jose) 12-1

3. Marian Catholic (San Diego) 13-0

4. Garces (Bakersfield) 13-0

5. Palma (Salinas) 9-2

6. Carpinteria 14-0

7. Lutheran (Orange) 9-3

8. St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 7-4-1

9. Escalon 12-0-1

10. Serra (Gardena) 13-1

11. Valley Christian (Cerritos) 12-2

12. Central Catholic (Modesto) 13-0

13. S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 11-2

14. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 11-2

15. Corning 9-4


1. Ferndale 12-1

2. Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 10-2

3. Immanuel (Reedley) 11-2

4. Bishop Quinn (Redding) 10-0*

5. Fresno Christian 11-1

6. Cloverdale 11-1

7. Linfield Chr. (Temecula) 11-2

8. Biggs 10-3

9. South Fork (Miranda) 5-4

10. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 10-4

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