CIF Southern Section teams Mater Dei (D1), Mission Viejo (D2) and Burbank (D3) are joined as top-ranked teams in the state this week by Wheatland (D4) of the CIF Northern Section and unbeaten Redwood Christian (D5) of the CIF North Coast Section.
This first look at how teams stack up according to our long-time five-division format shows Mater Dei (D1), Casa Grande of Petaluma (D2), Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (D3), Pacific Grove (D4) and Desert Christian Academy (D5) with No. 1 rankings.
It’s a tough call for Division III, but St. John Bosco has one win that can’t be overlooked. The only CIF state champion ending No. 1 in its division (due to Open Division teams being higher) is Horizon in D5. We have top teams to watch for next year in this post as well.
There are two new No. 1 teams this week with Mater Dei of Santa Ana taking over in Division I and St. Augustine of San Diego in Division III. The highest rising newcomer is College Park of Pleasant Hill in D2.
In the next to last polls of the season, there are few changes, except in Division I where Berkeley bounds up to No. 8 and Hanford gets a nod as a newcomer at No. 15. Lynwood is a new No. 2 in Division II while Sierra Canyon is a new No. 1 in Division V.
We are leaving the open division teams in their original state divisions. This is the way it was done in football, but that only effected Division I and two teams. This will involve four of the five CIF divisions.
Etiwanda takes advantage of home court and knocks off state and national No. 1 Mater Dei. We go through every division after Wednesday games and have comments from Etiwanda coach regarding open division.
Long Beach Poly falls to Etiwanda on Tuesday to shake up pecking order but probably does nothing to change open division possibilities. We go through every division after Tuesday games and can offer more detailed explanations regarding open division.