Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Ratings

In support of our weekly highlights show that airs every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on KRON TV, Channel 4, in San Francisco, here's the first regular season top 20 rankings for the 2002-2003 boys and girls basketball season. Presented by the good folks at Team Dealer, Inc., our Bay Area Top 20 includes teams from the CIF Central Coast and CIF North Coast sections only plus teams from Solano and Napa counties of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

Boys Top 20

(After games of Saturday, Jan. 11)

1. Technical (Oakland) 9-4

2. Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 11-1

3. Oakland 12-2

4. Vallejo 12-3

5. De La Salle (Concord) 6-3

6. Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 13-2

7. Berkeley 10-2

8. Mt. Eden (Hayward) 12-0

9. Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 10-2

10. Serra (San Mateo) 10-2

11. Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 16-0

12. Skyline (Oakland) 11-5

13. Newark Memorial (Newark) 11-4

14. Fremont (Oakland) 10-5

15. Mitty (San Jose) 10-3

16. McClymonds (Oakland) 11-6

17. Hayward 8-4

18. Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 13-3

19. El Cerrito 11-3

20. San Leandro 8-4

Notes & Highlights

Leon Powe warmed up for the opening of the Oakland Athletic League schedule by scoring 23 points on Saturday in a 65-45 nonleague win by No. 1 Oakland Tech over Jesuit of Carmichael. Oakland High, the Bulldogs' probable chief rival for the OAL crown, rolled past Salesian of Richmond, 60-43, in a similar warm up style game on Friday. The only OAL team that is not ranked among the Bay Area's top 20 is Castlemont, so it won't be a surprise if Tech, the defending NorCal Div. I champs, suffers a league loss sometime this season.

Vallejo also played on Saturday as the Apaches faced Modesto Christian in a rematch of last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I championship. Vallejo won this time, 83-76, as All-American guard DeMarcus Nelson netted 36 points and had 12 rebounds and seven assists. Nelson had 47 points earlier in the week against Fairfield in a league game.

Bishop O'Dowd has one of the best wins by any Bay Area team this year as the Dragons are the only team to defeat Salpointe Catholic of Tucson, Arizona. Salpointe is currently the No. 1 Class 5A team in that state. On Friday, the Dragons improved to 2-0 in the Hayward Area Athletic League with a 57-54 victory over San Leandro. Johnnie Bryant, who was MVP of the tourney in which O'Dowd beat Salpointe in the finals, had 21 to lead the team in scoring vs. the Pirates.

Check back on Monday night for our exclusive state rankings.

Girls Top 20

(Also after games of Saturday, Jan. 11)

1. Mitty (San Jose) 11-2

2. Piedmont 13-2

3. Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 11-1

4. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 6-4

5. Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 10-1

6. Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 10-3

7. Technical (Oakland) 13-2*

8. Soquel 12-3

9. Notre Dame (Salinas) 14-1

10. Kennedy (Richmond) 12-1

11. Healdsburg 14-1

12. Presentation (San Jose) 12-2

13. Vacaville 17-1

14. Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 8-3

15. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 8-4

16. Carondelet (Concord) 8-2

17. Berkeley 10-4

18. Moreau (Hayward) 10-1

19. Salinas 14-1

20. St. Francis (Mountain View) 11-3

Notes & Highlights

No. 1 Mitty's most impressive outing may have been in its 64-60 loss to Murry Bergtraum of New York at the Nike tourney in Arizona. Bergtraum is currently one of the highest ranked teams in the nation. Last Friday, Mitty made it 2-0 in the WCAL to start the season last with a 65-44 win over Sacred Heart Prep.

As explained in our state rankings, you certainly could put Ursuline ahead of Piedmont since the Bears own a 46-44 win over the Highlanders. We have it the other way around since Piedmont's overall strength of schedule is better (including a win over St. Mary's of Stockton, which is the only team to defeat Ursuline). Plus, the game was at Ursuline and the win was by only two.

Marin Catholic traveled to Stockton on Saturday for a game vs. St. Mary's that matched last year's Div. IV state champs (MC) vs. last year's Div. II state champs (St. Mary's). The Wildcats had no answer for St. Mary's standout Dominique Banks, who poured in 38 points as her team won, 88-63. Casey Lockwood led Marin Catholic with 27.

Check back on Tuesday for our exclusive state rankings.

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