Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Ratings (Girls)

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 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.

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

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 28-2

2. (2) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 23-4

3. (4) Piedmont 28-3

4. (3) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 28-3

5. (5) Berkeley 25-5

6. (9) Carondelet (Concord) 27-2

7. (6) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 23-6

8. (8) Notre Dame (Salinas) 27-2

9. (7) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 23-7

10. (10) Healdsburg 27-3

11. (12) Technical (Oakland) 25-3*

12. (13) Vacaville 30-2

13. (16) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 22-9

14. (17) Presentation (San Jose) 24-8

15. (11) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 25-3

16. (19) Acalanes (Lafayette) 22-7

17. (18) Miramonte (Orinda) 20-8

18. (nr) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 20-9

19. (14) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 25-4

20. (nr) Castlemont (Oakland) 20-8

Notes & Highlights

Players at Notre Dame of Salinas should actually be happy that their team was strangely seeded behind Sutter (a team with 10 losses) in this week's Div. IV NorCal playoffs. That's because it will be Sutter and not the Spirits who have to take on Ursuline in the first round. As a section runner-up team, Ursuline automatically has to hit the road for the NorCal playoffs and no one would be surprised if the Bears get a third game this year against Piedmont in the NorCal final on Saturday in Stockton although to do it they will have to find a way to upset St. Mary's of Stockton.

Two top 10 teams from above who are not involved in this week's NorCal regionals are Marin Catholic and Healdsburg. Both teams lost in the NCS Div. IV semis, which would have to be called the toughest sectional playoffs this year in the Bay Area.

Mitty and Berkeley were seeded in opposite brackets of the NorCal Div. I playoffs, so they should meet in Saturday's final. The Monarchs open against Kennedy of Sacramento (the same team they lost to in last year's NorCal final) and would then likely play Oakland Tech.

The only two teams ranked last week to drop out of this week's top 20 were Soquel and Skyline of Oakland. Soquel fell to St. Francis of Mountain View, 49-39, in the CCS Div. II playoffs. Skyline lost to Castlemont, 54-43, in the OAL playoffs.

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