Berkeley girls climbing in national rankings

I figured I’d piggyback on Jimmy’s post about the East Bay’s top boys teams earning national rankings and give an update on the girls. The Berkeley High girls first jumped into the ESPN Rise Fab 50 poll a few weeks ago and have been climbing steadily since then. This week they are No. 43.

What I’ve thought was interesting, and a bit strange, all year is how the ESPN Rise Fab 50 poll and the Cal-Hi Sports top 20 poll (also owned by ESPN Rise) don’t seem to match up at all, except at the very top. For example, Berkeley is ranked No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports behind just Mater Dei-Santa Ana, which is also the national No. 1 team in the national Fab 50 poll. But there are three other California teams – No. 5 Brea Olinda, No. 8 St. Mary’s-Stockton and No. 13 Long Beach Poly – ranked way ahead of Berkeley in the national poll, but behind the Yellowjackets in the state poll. As Jimmy pointed out, the rankings do match up on the boys side.

Here are the state rankings for East Bay teams: No. 2 Berkeley, No. 7 Carondelet, No. 8 St. Mary’s-Berkeley, No. 15 Dougherty Valley.

So my question is, if Berkeley or Carondelet beats Mater Dei for the Division I state title next weekend (or if MD loses in the SoCal regional final this weekend), how far can Berkeley or Carondelet rise in the national poll and how far would Mater Dei drop. Side note: Mater Dei’s standout junior point guard, Jordan Adams, injured her shoulder last week and may be out for the remainder of the season, according to the OC Register.

Stephanie Hammon

  • E_CULB

    I’ll answer the question simply for you Stephanie, becasue those teams went to the tournament in AZ during Dec they are considered to have played an elite schedule so Hoopgurlz and Maxpreps (Clay Kallum’s rankings) give more weight to teams that do that. And if Berkeley or C-Let was to win state they would say something along the lines of MD had hurt players, or they didnt have to go through a schedule the Poly’s and others did so they probably wont move to high.

  • The difference regarding the rankings is that there are four people that do the boys and girls state rankings: Mark Tennis, Ronnie Flores, Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens. Three of those (Tennis, Flores and Muyskens) are contributors to the national boys rankings. None of them are listed as contributors to the national girls rankings.

  • Stephanie Hammon

    Thanks for the insight, guys. I still think the state and national rankings done by the same media company should match up a little more consistently.

    On another note, Berkeley made its debut this week in the MaxPreps Top 25 national poll at No. 21.