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RANKINGS: Tops in Hoops & Final Soccer Hierarchy

Peninsula boasts five Central Coast Section basketball champions & one girls soccer winner; which teams are the region's best?

The Central Coast Section champions are in the books for the winter season, including five basketball programs and one girls soccer team from the Peninsula.

Patch's top-10 Peninsula rankings this week include the final hierachy for boys and girls soccer teams -- as their seasons are complete -- and the penultimate rankings for boys and girls basketball, which enter NorCal competition today.

The weekly rankings are drawn from all San Mateo County high schools, as well as schools in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Records include games played through Saturday, Mar. 5.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

1. Serra 21-9 (Last week: 1) Lost last 2 WCAL tournament finals & CCS Div. I finals by combined 7 points

2. Burlingame 26-4 (2) Missed last 12 shots to fall short of 1st section crown; 0-6 in CCS title games since ‘03

3. Sacred Heart Prep 25-2 (3) Won back-to-back section titles for 1st time; looks for inaugural NorCal crown

4. St. Francis 15-13 (4) No surprise – Mitty too tough; after 6-year drought, SF has played in 3 straight CCS finals

5. Palo Alto 19-7 (5) Impressive 1st season under Sax; top soph Floreal a centerpiece for two more years

6. Pinewood 22-5 (6) CCS champs enter NCS-dominated NorCals; Menlo (’89) was last CCS team to win NorCal Div. V

7. El Camino 17-11 (7) Soph PG White & junior G/W Knight signal Colts should have strong ’11-12 campaign

8. Mountain View 21-5 (8) Claimed SCVAL El Camino title after 4 straight .500 or worse league showings

9. Gunn 15-10 (9) Finished 0-4 against Paly & Cupertino, 7-1 against rest of SCVAL De Anza

10. Mills 17-10 (10) Gelled nicely down stretch to earn tri-championship in competitive PAL Ocean

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

1. Pinewood 24-5 (Last week: 1) Looks to become 2nd team since ’01 to clinch NorCal three-peat in any division

2. Eastside College Prep 21-8 (2) Surely needs to find way past Eackles, Pinewood to break 0-3 record in NorCal final

3. Terra Nova 24-5 (3) CookTaylor puts up gem (36 points, 23 rebounds), but Tigers disheartened by 19-point SI loss

4. Palo Alto 22-4 (4) “Paly ‘D’” slogan proves apt as Vikes shut down Gunn en route to program’s 1st CCS title

5. Gunn 19-6 (5) Survived semifinal thriller vs. 22-1 Gilroy but fell in title game for 2nd time in 3 years

6. Notre Dame 14-14 (7) All smiles now -- senior-laden Tigers roll to 1st section crown since ‘99

7. Mills 19-9 (6) Soph G Lastofka’s emergence as threat at both ends of court bodes well for Vikes’ future

8. Menlo School 16-11 (8) Solid year & core of six sophs and freshmen suggests program is on rise

9. St. Francis 11-14 (9) Highlights came early in WCAL campaign with wins over Mitty (on road) and SI

10. Sacred Heart Prep 13-11 (10) Gators improved markedly from 10-18 showing in ’09-10

 

BOYS SOCCER

1. Mountain View 16-2-4 (Last week: 1) Late Hanley goal forces OT vs. Bells but MV falls just short of 1st CCS title

2. Burlingame 17-4-2 (3) Sharabi’s first year was among program’s best; late flurry not quite enough in Div. II final

3. Serra 10-9-5 (2) Forward Perla and sweeper Pastore among top underclassmen set to return for 2011-12 run

4. Menlo-Atherton 14-4-2 (4) Breakthrough season should have strong follow-up; F Molina keys many returnees

5. St. Francis 12-6-6 (5) 2010 CCS Div. II title raised bar for Lancers; injuries helped derail end of ’11-12 campaign

6. Palo Alto 9-4-8 (6) Odd SCVAL De Anza year – 7 ties in 12 games; allowed 5 goals to Mtn. View, 5 to rest of league

7. Woodside 10-6-4 (7) Bustos returns most of his 1st squad, including 3 freshmen who started playoff game

8. Los Altos 10-7-3 (8) Valadez (five goals, five assists) among most versatile De Anza players

9. Carlmont 8-8-3 (9) Rare CCS miss should serve as plenty of motivation in ’11-12 season

10. Half Moon Bay 14-3-2 (10) Senior-heavy unit secured 1st league title since mid-1980’s & 1st CCS trip in 8 years

 

GIRLS SOCCER

1. St. Francis 17-3-3 (Last week: 1) Frosh Kingman & soph Polini power 2-1 win over Mtn View, 11th CCS title

2. Mountain View 14-3-6 (2) Brown-bound Belinsky & Spartans nearly force OT but can’t quite match Lancers

3. Aragon 14-3-5 (3) Injury-depleted Dons no match for SI; follows ’10 CCS riches w/ 1st PAL Bay title this year

4. Burlingame 11-4-5 (4) One of just two teams to score 2+ goals vs. CCS Div. II champ Mitty

5. Woodside 12-7-3 (7) Top F Duffner among senior losses, but played six freshmen in close semi loss to Mtn View

6. Los Altos 8-6-8 (5) Rebounded from rare down year in De Anza (0-9-3 in ’10) to finish solid 5-5-2

7. Gunn 10-7-5 (6) Cohen building team toward contender status in rugged De Anza; can Titans continue rise?

8. San Mateo 11-5-2 (8) Narrowly missed phenomenal leap from PAL Ocean champ to Bay winner

9. Sacred Heart Prep 14-5-3 (10) Fully-loaded Gators could compete w/ anyone; senior losses will be heavy

10. Carlmont 7-7-7 (9) Credit to all of PAL Bay that 5th-place Scots earned CCS invitation

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