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February 7, 2005

Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 20 Rankings

(Through reported results of Saturday, Feb. 5)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(To report corrections or updates, email [email protected])
(For teams from the CIF Central Coast and North Coast sections, except schools in the NCS from way up north)

Boys Top 20
1. (1) Newark Memorial (Newark) 20-3
2. (2) Santa Cruz 25-1
3. (3) Berkeley 17-3
4. (5) Palo Alto 21-1
5. (6) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 21-1
6. (8) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 18-4
7. (10) Salesian (Richmond) 17-5
8. (9) Burlingame 20-3
9. (12) Woodside 20-5
10. (13) Terra Linda (San Rafael) 19-3
11. (15) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 18-3
12. (4) De La Salle (Concord) 16-4
13. (7) Pinole Valley (Pinole) 17-3
14. (16) Deer Valley (Antioch) 15-5
15. (17) Campolindo (Moraga) 17-3
16. (18) Valley Christian (San Jose) 16-6
17. (11) Serra (San Mateo) 16-6
18. (20) Castlemont (Oakland) 15-8
19. (nr) Piner (Santa Rosa) 20-1
20. (19) St. Joseph (Alameda) 14-8

Notes & Highlights

The major pondering of the week involved how far to drop De La Salle after the Spartans had their 57-game Bay Valley Athletic League win streak broken on Friday night, 65-64, by Clayton Valley. Drew Menez keyed the victory by the Eagles with 35 points. The verdict for DLS turned out to be behind San Ramon Valley (which has a win over Clayton Valley and avenged its only league loss last week by beating Amador Valley) but still ahead of Pinole Valley (which the Spartans have defeated in a head-to-head matchup. If De La Salle had not lost, Pinole would not have fallen so far itself after a 53-50 loss to Salesian on Saturday. It was a game in which the Spartans had a chance to tie it up on a three-pointer at the buzzer.

No. 3 Berkeley and No. 5 St. Mary's still have testy games left in the regular season, but it would be a major upset if No. 1 Newark Memorial, No. 2 Santa Cruz or No. 4 Palo Alto are beaten before the start of the postseason.

The region's top state player of the week candidate this week looks like Marin Catholic's Michael Turner. The standout senior had the school's first-ever triple double early in the week with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 76-40 win over San Marin of Novato. He came back with 24 points and 12 rebounds, including a pair of game-winning free throws with 2.4 seconds left, as the Wildcats downed Drake of San Anselmo, 45-43.

Girls Top 20

1. (1) Piedmont 21-2
2. (2) Carondelet (Concord) 16-3
3. (3) Oakland Tech (Oakland) 12-5
4. (5) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 13-7
5. (7) Mitty (San Jose) 17-5
6. (4) Sacred Heart Cathedral (S.F.) 20-2
7. (6) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 18-1
8. (8) Deer Valley (Antioch) 17-2
9. (9) Pinole Valley (Pinole) 18-2
10. (11) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 21-1
11. (13) Berkeley 13-7
12. (11) Castlemont (Oakland) 19-2
13. (14) Soquel 19-3
14. (15) Analy (Sebastopol) 20-2
15. (16) Mills (Millbrae) 22-1
16. (12) El Cerrito 17-3
17. (17) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 16-6
18. (18) Miramonte (Orinda) 16-4
19. (19) Aragon (San Mateo) 15-4
20. (nr) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 16-5

Notes & Highlights

Obviously, Piedmont's loss last Saturday to Garfield of Seattle was to a top team from out of the area and does not effect the team's state or local ranking. Nationally, though, the Highlanders will now probably not be among the top five for the rest of the season. And what is it about Seattle teams whipping up on top-ranked Bay Area teams? First, Bellevue over De La Salle in football and now Garfield over Piedmont in girls basketball. Maybe all those people cashing out their homes and leaving the Bay Area for the Northwest are taking some good prep talent up there with them.

Kudos this week to teams on the rise Berkeley and Pinewood. The Yellowjackets came up big in triumphs over El Cerrito (78-57) and Miramonte (62-54). Point guard Danesha Wright sparked the win vs. Miramonte with 19 points, igniting a 21-3 run in the second quarter. Pinewood knocked off previous No. 20 Marin Catholic, 62-57, in a nonleague matchup. Pinewood also owns a win from earlier in the season over East Bay Athletic League leader Amador Valley.

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