Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Ratings (Boys)

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 top 20 rankings so far for the 2002-2003 boys 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.

(After games of Saturday, March 8; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 28-1

2. (2) Technical (Oakland) 20-5

3. (5) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 27-3

4. (9) Mitty (San Jose) 27-5

5. (8) McClymonds (Oakland) 20-9*

6. (7) Newark Memorial (Newark) 25-5

7. (6) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 25-4

8. (15) Hercules 22-8

9. (16) Berkeley 24-5

10. (3) De La Salle (Concord) 21-6

11. (14) Oakland 19-8

12. (13) Vallejo 25-6

13. (4) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 27-1

14. (12) Salinas 25-5

15. (10) Serra (San Mateo) 23-6

16. (11) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 24-5

17. (17) California (San Ramon) 19-8

18. (19) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 25-4

19. (nr) Bellarmine (San Jose) 19-11

20. (nr) El Cerrito 24-5

Notes & Highlights

What to do with Bellarmine? Thanks, fellas, for making it tough on us in compiling these rankings. The difficulty is that those 11 losses have to count for something, but at the same time the Bells deserve a ton of credit for winning the CCS Div. I title. Of course, Piedmont Hills wouldn't have gone undefeated for so long in the WCAL, but the Pirates did get all the way up to 27-0 and one of their wins was over the Bells. We'll just have to wait to see what happens in this week's NorCal regionals before deciding for sure how to rank all the CCS Div. I teams.

Bellarmine's ascent in the CCS also makes us wonder just how good Oakland High might be. Although the Wildcats didn't make it into last week's OAL playoffs due to their third-place finish in league standings behind Oakland Tech and McClymonds, how much would anybody want to bet that they would have won the Div. I CCS title? Even Fremont, the OAL's fourth-place team, would have been a strong playoff team in either the CCS or NCS.

There's still time for some teams to drop and others to go into the final version of these rankings. A poor NorCal showing by one or more of the above could allow the likes of Hayward (20-8) and San Leandro (18-9) the chance to make it.

Of all the teams who played each other in sectional title games over the weekend, the one we think has the best chance of being replayed in a NorCal final is Montgomery vs. Amador Valley in Div. II. Although it doesn't make a difference, how the Vikings were seeded No. 2 behind Pleasant Valley of Chico is a complete mystery. Must be a case of section vs. section politics.

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