Updated baseball, softball standings: SJAA, TCAL, VOL

St. Mary's baseball's Matt Avila (right) slides back to first safely as Tracy first baseman Brett Mansell tries to apply the tag during their game Monday in Tracy. St. Mary's won 7-0. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

We’re right around the midpoint of the high school baseball and softball league season, and it’s a good time to update how the San Joaquin County leagues are doing for large- and medium-sized schools. So here’s a look at the San Joaquin Athletic Association, Tri-City Athletic League and Valley Oak League (Which, OK, has two Stanislaus County schools in Oakdale and Central Catholic), and how they’re doing.

NOTE: As with most things, these are via MaxPreps.com. If win-loss totals are not updated, it’s because that respective team’s coach has not updated on the website.

SJAA 

BASEBALL

T1. Bear Creek 6-0 (13-5)

T1. McNair 6-0 (15-3)

3. Edison 5-1 (8-9)

4. Stagg 1-5 (2-11)

T5. Franklin 0-6 (4-13)

T5. Chavez 0-6 (4-13)

SOFTBALL

1. Bear Creek 7-0 (10-6)

2. Franklin 5-2 (8-8)

T3. Chavez 4-3 (7-10)

T3. Stagg 4-3 (4-11)

5. Edison 1-6 (1-15)

6. McNair 0-7 (0-11)

TCAL 

BASEBALL

T1. Lincoln 6-1 (16-3)

T1. St. Mary’s 6-1 (11-8)

T1. Tracy 6-1 (13-5)

4. Lodi 1-5 (8-10)

5. Tokay 1-6 (3-14)

6. West 0-6 (4-12)

SOFTBALL

T1. St. Mary’s 6-1 (15-2)

T1. Tracy 6-1 (13-4)

3. West 6-2 (12-5)

4. Tokay 5-4 (9-8)

5. Lincoln 1-8 (11-9)

6. Lodi 0-8 (5-13-1)

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VOL

BASEBALL

T1. Sierra 5-1 (11-4-1)

T1. Oakdale 5-1 (9-7)

T3. Central Catholic 3-3 (10-8)

T3. Kimball 3-3 (6-9)

T3. Manteca 3-3 (8-8)

T3. Weston Ranch 3-3 (8-10)

7. East Union 2-4 (3-13)

8. Lathrop 0-6 (3-11)

SOFTBALL

1. East Union 5-0 (15-1)

2. Oakdale 5-1 (11-6)

3. Sierra 6-2 (12-3)

4. Manteca 4-2 (11-4)

5. Kimball 3-4 (5-11)

6. Central Catholic 2-4 (5-9)

7. Lathrop 0-5 (6-8)

8. Weston Ranch 0-7 (1-13-1)

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Franklin in first: Yellowjackets girls soccer tops Edison to grab control of SJAA

Franklin girls soccer senior Arianna Sandoval scored two second-half goals in a 3-1 win at Edison. (THOMAS LAWRENCE/ THE RECORD)

While it’s been a tough year for Franklin High athletics in the win-loss column, the two soccer programs have been flourishing. And the Franklin girls team grabbed control of first place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association Wednesday, topping rival Edison 3-1 on the road.

The Yellowjackets (8-2-2, 4-0-1 SJAA) and Vikings (6-6-1, 3-1-1) were tied at halftime, after Franklin’s Maira Rios and Edison’s Mebli Calvillo scored, but that changed.

Franklin senior Arianna Sandoval broke the tie in the 51st minute, with a picturesque one-touch, left-footed, skipping goal on an assist from Nicole Gomez. And Sandoval put the dagger in with two minutes left, a left-footed rocket off the fingertips of the goalkeeper.

“Before the game I was really nervous. I’d never felt this way toward Edison,” Sandoval said. “I’m really glad that we took the win.”

Edison has taken pride in its defense, coach Ruben Martinez said, giving up two goals through its first four SJAA matches. Franklin upped that number to five.

“We seemed at a loss with their passes,” Martinez said. “They got us out of position, they took advantage, they put them in.”

The Yellowjackets’ defenders and midfielders controlled the pace in the second half, and Franklin goalkeeper Erica Isegurra didn’t have to make a single save.

That’s due to how well Franklin controlled the ball, coach Nicolas Guzman said.

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A trip down memory lane with the Stockton Thunder

The Thunder era in Stockton comes to a close at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the ECHL franchise hosts the final home game against the Bakersfield Condors at Stockton Arena. Take a trip down memory lane with a look at some of the Thunder’s greatest moments.

After the Stockton Thunder take the ice for pregame introductions as the home team for the first time in franchise history, left, Nathan Martz wins the game-opening faceoff, launching the first event in Stockton Arena history. A capacity crowd was on hand to witness the Thunder’s 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Roadrunners. RECORD FILE 2005

1. Opening night at Stockton Arena (2005)

After playing the first 15 games of the season on the road while construction on Stockton Arena was being completed, it played in front of the home fans on Dec. 10, 2005 against the Phoenix Roadrunners.

One hot, frozen housewarming Thunder looks right at home in the Stockton Arena, crusing to an opening-night win.

League’s top official calls venue ‘absolutely gorgeous’ Brian McKenna, ECHL commissioner, toured Stockton Arena at its opening in 2005 and said this: ”It’s just absolutely gorgeous. The moment it opens, it joins the upper echelon of arenas in our league. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

Stockton fans fall in love on first date Fans seemed ready to forgive anything on opening night, but they didn’t have to.

Thunder forward Harrison Reed fakes out Royals goaltender Riley Gill before scoring the first goal of Game 3 on May 21, 2013, at Stockton Arena. CLIFFORD OTO/RECORD FILE 2013

2. Thunder makes the Kelly Cup finals (2013)

The team made the playoffs in eight of its 10 seasons, making into the ECHL’s version of the Final Four twice. In 2013 it made its only appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals.

Thunder to play for Kelly Cup for first time in team history

Thunder not ready to give up despite 3-0 deficit, brink of elimination

Stockton bows out after finest season in franchise history

 

Cancer paitent April Velazquez of Stockton does the ceremony first puck drop between Stockton Thunder's Garet Hunt, left, and Untah Grizzlies' Adam Pineault before the "Thunder Goes Pink" ECHL hockey game at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/RECORD FILE 2013

 3. Thunder gives back

The Thunder stressed community involvement from its first press conference forward. Thunder Goes Pink, which benefits breast cancer awareness, has been its most recognizable charity event.  The Teddy Bear Toss is the one day a season fans are encouraged to throw something on the ice, with the stuffed toys being donated and distributed to children by the United Way of San Joaquin County.

Stockton Thunder players Cleve Kinley, left, and Igor Gongalsky use their sticks to sweep up some of thousands of stuffed animals thrown on the ice by fans after a Thunder goal during the Teddy Bear Toss on Jan. 17, 2009, at Stockton Arena. CLIFFORD OTO/RECORD FILE 2009

Special delivery: Stockton Thunder hosted several teddy bear tosses over the years with thousands of colorful stuffed animals distributed to children by the United Way of San Joaquin County. So what was the best way to throw your stuffed animal so it reaches the ice? Our 2014 story tried to answer that question.

 

National player Igor Gongalsky from Fresno passes the puck between the legs of Jamie Milam from Gwinnett at the ECHL All-Star hockey game on Jan. 23, 2008, at Stockton Arena. CLIFFORD OTO/RECORD FILE 2008

4. Stockton Arena hosts ECHL All-Star game (2008)

Event a chance for city to shine: “The fact the fan support has been outstanding through the first two years, bringing in the All-Star game, our showcase event, was our way to say thank you to the fans, the civic leaders and business leaders who’ve shown so much support for our team,” said ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna on picking Stockton to host the 2008 All-Star game.

Game officials honored by all-star selection, too: Being selected to referee the ECHL All-Star Game for the first time in his four seasons was such an honor for Jason Nissen, his wife, Tracie, flew down from their Portland, Ore., home on Wednesday so she could watch.

Usual rivals Goldie, Ferraro lead Thunder’s side to victory: Ash Goldie and Peter Ferraro do not usually hear cheers when they come to Stockton Arena. But this was the ECHL All-Star Game, and suddenly they were the stars of the home team. Goldie had a hat trick and a total of six points and Ferraro added five points as the National Conference trounced the American Conference 10-7 in the high-scoring exhibition contest.

5. Goalie fight (2010)

Goaltender lands finishing blow in sweep: In a game stopped several times for fighting, a frustrated Josh Tordjman, who had given up three goals, skated to Stockton’s zone where Tyson Sexsmith answered his challenge as both goalies threw their gloves to the ice. Sexsmith landed several punches and ended the melee with the Condors goalie firmly pinned beneath him on the pink-tinted ice on Nov. 7, 2010, in front of 5,021 fans at Stockton Arena. It was the only goalie vs. goalie altercation at Stockton Arena. (Check out some of the other Thunder fights here.)

 

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Lions All-Star North football roster unveiled

Chavez coach John Ward has been selected to coach the 2015 Lions North All-Star football team. (MICHAEL MCCOLLUM/RECORD FILE PHOTO)

The 2015 Lions All-Star Football game, which will be played Saturday, June 13, at Wayne Schneider Stadium in Tracy, is having its media banquet Saturday and the rosters have been unveiled.

After guiding Chavez football to its first-ever league championship (the Titans went 4-1 in San Joaquin Athletic Association play), coach John Ward will be guiding the North, which is made up of 29 players, most of which are from The Record’s coverage area. Here’s a look at the list. Expect lots of Lions coverage as we get into June and the big game gets closer.

2015 NORTH ALL-STARS

Labron Alofaituli (Sierra LB, 6-2, 220)

- Alofaituli was a second-team All-Area defensive lineman, and Sierra coach Jeff Harbison said he vastly improved as the year wore on.

Chavez High tailback Priest Jennings (left) runs the ball as Edison's Kiante Bell tries to bring him down by his hair. (RECORD FILE PHOTO)

Kiante Bell (Edison UT/DB, 5-9, 160)

- Bell’s talents were hidden in a difficult year for Edison. This guy can run, catch, and thrive in special teams, tackling and pass coverage. He’ll play at NCAA Division II Chadron State in Nebraska with longtime friend and Chavez senior Priest Jennings (also a Lions All-Star).

Nate Brown (Tracy OL, 6-4, 250)

- Brown was a senior leader on a vastly underrated line for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runner-up Bulldogs, as a first-team All-Area offensive lineman.

Edison High quarterback Sean Buligon (right) runs in his team's win over Stagg. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

Sean Buligon (Edison QB, 6-0, 200)

- Buligon was the focal point of the Vikings’ run-heavy, offset veer offense, and was nails for them.

Chris Cannady (Lincoln WR/DB, 5-10, 170)

- Cannady was another underrated senior. He was quick and could catch, and was a viable sweeper option for the Trojans after transferring from Weston Ranch.

Darrell Clemons (Manteca OL, 6-2, 260)

- Clemons, a second-team All-Area offensive lineman, was a beast for the Buffaloes’ protection.

Kimball senior Rashaad Cooper is headed to Dartmouth College. (RECORD FILE PHOTO)

Rashaad Cooper (Kimball UT,/RB, 5-11, 190)

- Cooper, bound to play football at Dartmouth College, was an underrated running back for a struggling Jaguars team. He scored four rushing touchdowns in a loss to three-time defending state champion Central Catholic.

Tyler Cornwell (Stagg OL, 6-4, 330)

- Cornwell, who just signed with Sterling College in Kansas, teamed with fellow senior Tristen Taylor to block for a prolific Delta Kings offense.

Tokay football quarterback Grayson Dillon (front) threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' 48-12 win over rival Lodi at the Grape Bowl. (JERRY R. TYSON/LODI NEWS-SENTINEL)

Grayson Dillon (Tokay QB, 5-10, 180)

- Dillon was a constant dual-threat quarterback, helping lead the Tigers to a program-record third consecutive playoff berth and a 7-4 record.

Demetrius Ferguson (St. Mary’s WR, 6-0, 160)

- Ferguson played like a college-caliber wide receiver, but his most electric play may have been on special teams: with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Rams’ 21-14 Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II finals loss to Grant at Sacramento State. He was a first-team All-Area selection.

Sergio Fernandez (Chavez DB, 5-10, 155)

- Fernandez, also a talented wrestler for the Titans, was one of the defensive foundations as a cornerback. The SJAA was a highly-offensive league, and Fernandez helped facilitate some key stops.

Connor Hamilton (Calaveras RB/DB, 5-10, 180)

- While it was a down year for the Redskins, Hamilton was still well over a 1,000-yard rusher, and was a second-team All-Area player for Calaveras.

Owen Iniguez (Amador OL, 6-2, 270)

Chavez football senior tailback Priest Jennings was a first-team All-Area pick. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

Priest Jennings (Chavez RB, 5-9, 165)

- Jennings stunned the section with his outstanding senior season, running for over 1,700 yards, leading the section in rushing for most of the second half of the season. He and Sierra’s Mark Paule Jr. were the All-Area first-team running backs.

Hunter Johnson (Sierra WR, 6-4, 200)

- Johnson, a first-team All-Area wideout after being a second-team wideout as a junior, was unselfish but dominant when need-be for the co-VOL champion Timberwolves.

Bradley Kazmierczak (Tokay LB, 5-9, 180)

- Kazmierczak played much bigger than his size, and was a tackling machine for the Tigers’ defense.

Serge (Billy) Kiriluk (Sonora LB, 5-10, 220)

Hawaii Leaf A Teao (Lathrop LB, 5-7, 180)

- Leaf a Teao was a key piece of a resurgent Spartans group, as both a ball carrier and a linebacker.

Dustin Littlefield (Amador LB, 6-2, 225)

Trevon McCray (Sierra LB, 6-2, 220)

- McCray, an absolute hitter in the middle of the Timberwolves’ defense, was a first-team All-Area linebacker and the VOL’s defensive player of the year.

Tracy senior Brandon Russell (left) protects the football in his team's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal win at Granite Bay. (TIM LLOYD/SPECIAL TO THE RECORD)

Brandon Russell (Tracy LB/WR, 5-10, 185)

- Russell, a two-time first-team All-Area linebacker, was part of a senior core that was the heart and soul of the Bulldogs, who reached their first section finals in 27 years. He’ll play at NCAA Div. II Concordia University in Minnesota with his older brother Bruce Russell III.

Javonte Norman (St. Mary’s DB/WR, 5-10, 160)

- Norman was one of the best cover corners in the area, if not the section, and a talented wide receiver when the Rams needed him to be, too.

Bear Creek High senior Craig Perkins (right) had four touchdown runs in the Bruins' 44-37 win over the Stagg Delta Kings. (ROGER WOO/THE RECORD)

Craig Perkins (Bear Creek DB/UT, 6-1, 175)

- Perkins did anything the Bruins needed him to. When Brice Weber got hurt, he was a dual-threat quarterback. He could run and catch. And he killed it as punter in SJAA play, and became our first-team All-Area punter.

Zerek Salvidar (Sonora OL, 6-3, 220)

Stagg High offensive lineman Tristen Taylor (center) is an Eastern Washington commit. (PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK)

Tristen Taylor (Stagg OL, 6-6, 305)

- Taylor, bound for NCAA Div. I FCS Eastern Washington, is a two-time first-team All-Area offensive lineman, and was a blocking force for the Delta Kings.

T.J. TiaTia (Lincoln OL, 6-0, 320)

- TiaTia was one of many strong but agile mashers on both sides of the ball for the Trojans.

Jacob Wall (Tokay OL, 6-2, 240)

- Wall and Clint Schallberger were pivotal to the Tigers’ offensive line.

Kahale Warring (Sonora WR, 6-6, 200)

Ja’Quan Williams (Edison LB, 6-0, 215)

- As Vikings coach Andre Horace said, “Quanie” was the heart and soul of his team. He was best known as a linebacker, but could be a bruising ball carrier as well.

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Recruiting: McNair football’s Derrion Grim verbally commits to Boise State

Derrion Grim, a junior wide receiver with the McNair football team, had a fantastic second half of the 2014 season: with 35 catches for 637 yards and 10 touchdowns. Extrapolate that to a full season, and that’s 70 catches for 1,274 yards and 20 TDs, pretty staggering numbers.

Well, teams across the nation took notice, and as McNair coach Curtis Perkins confirmed today via text message, Grim has verbally committed to West Coast powerhouse Boise State.

Grim will be part of a fascinating McNair offense in 2015, including seniors in quarterback Osai Brown and wide receivers Sean Hamilton and Sharif Van Hook.

Perkins said Grim also had offers from the Big Sky Conference’s Sacramento State and Eastern Washington, but NCAA Division I FCS schools.

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St. Mary’s named Cal-Hi Sports girls hoops state team of year

St. Mary's girls basketball celebrates its CIF State Open Division championship Saturday in Berkeley. CRAIG SANDERS/FOR THE RECORD

This should come as no surprise. I’m guessing as Cal-Hi Sports was watching St. Mary’s girls basketball’s California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championship with Santa Ana-Mater Dei Saturday at Cal’s Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, it knew its girls basketball state team of the year would be the winner.

Sure enough, after St. Mary’s rallied past Mater Dei 76-69 for its eighth state title, coach Tom Gonsalves’ record seventh state crown and its first Open Division title, it was decided. Cal-Hi named St. Mary’s its girls basketball team of the year, after the Rams ended the season 34-1 and on a 29-game winning streak.

It’s only fitting, considering St. Mary’s didn’t lose to a team from California this season.

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Tigers golf going high tech

Pacific golf coach Chris Hill holds a computer tablet.

Perhaps 10 yards from Hill is Tigers’ senior golfer Bryon Meth, practicing on the driving range at Stockton Golf and Country Club. Meth hits a shot with a wedge, the tablet beeps and Hill looks at the screen.

Pacific senior golfer Byron Meth practices at Stockton Golf and Country Club with feedback from Trackman, a device that measures 26 variables in the golf swing using radar.

“He’s getting pretty consistent,” said Hill, who is in his first season at Pacific. “Fifty-point-eight, 109 yards. Perfect. It hung in the air exactly 5 seconds.”

The tablet is the same as any you would find on sale for a couple hundred bucks at an electronics store, but it actually is set up as part of a state-of-the art piece of equipment that uses doppler radar to measure 26 variables in the golf swing.

When Hill said 50.8, he was referring to the angle of the ball as it headed toward the ground. The device also measured the shot’s distance, 109 yards, and hang time, 5 seconds. The radar is housed in a square monitor that sits on the ground.

“I’m just watching the face angle and I’m watching the hang time and the big numbers,” Hill said. “You want to see what it takes off at because then you can tell if it’s high and spinny or if it’s coming off a little penetrating.

“That was good Byron,” Hill said after the device beeped shortly after Meth hit another shot. “That was perfect.”

Hill used the same system — called Trackman — at the University of Houston and said in his seven years of coaching, every player has improved using it.

The Tigers have Trackman thanks to a booster who helped pony up the $30,000 cost.

“We are fortunate to have this,” Hill said. “We have recruits who came here just because of this.”

Meth is preparing to compete in The Masters April 9-12 in Augusta, Ga., and the West Coast Conference Championships April 13-15 in Ventura.

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The State of the CIF: Today’s words from executive director Roger Blake

In-between two of the high school basketball state finals today, Roger Blake, the California Interscholastic Federation’s executive director, sat down with reporters to discuss the “state of the state.”

On the very-loose, open-ended agenda were state playoff division alignment, the future of high school football bowl games (which expand to give every section champion a regional bid beginning next season) and the locale of football and basketball state playoffs.

Here’s a look at the most important parts:

  • The CIF is going to, even as an organization that moves “very slowly”, Blake said in good humor, try to start moving up its athletic schedules. Most schools begin in mid-August, yet Week 0 football isn’t until the final few days of August, usually. Plus, the CIF State football championships have been the week of Christmas. Only California and Texas still play the week of Christmas, the other 48 states do not. Plus, he’d like the spring sports to end before athletes graduate, which also causes a lot of scheduling conflicts and having to choose between a graduation ceremony or competing at the CIF State track and field finals.
  • As the football bowl game system expands next year, there will be 13 state championship games to cap the season. Five of those are certain to be at Sacramento State, where the larger schools and divisions will compete. However, the other eight locales are still being decided. Ideally, it’ll only be a couple more locations to spread out those eight games, not eight separate stadiums.
  • It’s the first year here (Cal’s Haas Pavilion) for hosting the CIF State basketball finals, and considering it returns to Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena next season, it’s not guaranteed to by NONE” href=”#”>continue. But, with the Kings opening their new downtown arena in 2016-17, nothing is certain. Blake did say that the Kings and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson want CIF championships around. “It’s been pretty boring, hasn’t it?” a joking Blake said, obviously happy about the Haas experience. “Cal’s been awesome. (They’ve) been very competitive games.”
  • One thing that’s helped the Haas Pavilion finals go smoothly this year is the Cal students are on spring break. Parking is tough enough in Berkeley, so if the students are around for one of these major events things could get hectic.
  • For the state basketball playoffs, Blake feels that below the Open Division — the bracket of the state’s elite — there should not be a mixed bag in each of the divisions below like it is now. The next-best set of teams after the Open Division go to Div. I, and then Div. II, and so on.

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Know Thine Enemy: Sierra Canyon Trailblazers

You want a sign that Chatsworth-Sierra Canyon girls basketball is not to be trifled with? All you need to do is look back to January.

The Trailblazers, after being pummeled in the first half by host St. Mary’s, the No. 2 team in the nation according to USA Today, in their game at the Rams’ MLK Showcase. Yet, Sierra Canyon hung tough, and only lost 85-77 after winning the second half.

NorCal Division IV champion Brookside Christian plays Sierra Canyon at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cal’s Haas Pavilion for the California Interscholastic Federation Div. IV crown.

My “Know Thine Enemy” blog returns to break down the Trailblazers:

SIERRA CANYON TRAILBLAZERS

Record: 24-5, 8-0 Gold Coast League

2014-15 Resume: Won the GCL outright before losing in the Southern Section Open Division quarterfinals. The Trailblazers have cruised through the SoCal Div. IV playoffs, winning their three games by an average of 14 points.

Playoff History: Sierra Canyon has won back-to-back CIF State championships, Div. IV in 2014 after the Div. VI crown in 2013.

Head-to-head: Sierra Canyon and Brookside Christian have not played each other, at least in the last decade, according to MaxPreps.com.

Fun fact: Via the LA Daily News: Sierra Canyon has won 13 consecutive state playoff games, the longest run of that type in their area.

*****

My thoughts: Rarely is Brookside Christian an underdog, but the Knights certainly are in this case. The Trailblazers are projected to win 61-48 by Cal-Hi Sports, and that St. Mary’s final score is quite telling. Quite a powerhouse matchup, though, as these teams won three state titles combined in the prior three seasons.

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Final National Rankings: St. Mary’s, Mater Dei into CIF State finals

St. Mary's freshman Aquira DeCosta (center) rises for a block attempt against Orinda-Miramonte during their California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Open Division final Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. (RANDY ALLEN/SPECIAL TO THE RECORD)

St. Mary’s girls basketball (33-1), the No. 1 seed in the state, finally has what it wants: the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championship game.

And the Rams face Southern California champion Santa Ana-Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps.com and the team St. Mary’s coach Tom Gonsalves calls the best the nation has to offer.

Mater Dei features Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 forward, the No. 1-rated senior in the country and a UConn commit. That means Rams 6-2 freshman Aquira DeCosta, the No. 2 rated prospect in the Class of 2018, has her work cut out for her.

Here’s a look at how St. Mary’s and Mater Dei stack up in the national rankings heading into Saturday’s 6 p.m. showdown at Cal’s Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

ESPNW

St. Mary’s is fourth and Mater Dei is third in the Week 15 national Top 25.

USA TODAY

St. Mary’s is second and Mater Dei is 11th in USA Today’s latest Top 25.

MAXPREPS

St. Mary’s is third and Mater Dei is seventh in the Xcellent 25 human rankings, while Mater Dei is No. 1 in the nation, and St. Mary’s is fifth in the computer-generated national Top 25.

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