Northern California Rankings: Week Three

We have our first changing of the guard of the top ranked team in Northern California following an odd week with Northern California teams last week. Nine teams that were ranked last week suffered losses including the top two teams in our rankings. Yuba becomes the new number one in Northern California followed by San Francisco, Las Positas, Cabrillo and Fresno rounds off the top five. Lassen and Foothill are new to the rankings, while Merritt and American River drop out the rankings. Sierra which started last week at number three fall twelve spots down to number 15 following their three losses last week at the Fresno Tournament.


1. Yuba (5-1): The 49ers become the top team in Northern California following losses to all four schools that were above them in the rankings last week. Yuba jumps four spots to the top spot after winning the Allan Hancock Tournament. Yuba picked up wins against Cuesta, San Diego and picked up the championship with a 71-58 win over Santa Barbara to bring home the championship. The 49ers will have this week off before stepping back on the floor December 1st at the Monterey Tournament against Irvine Valley.

2. San Francisco (7-1) The Rams drop one spot in the rankings after going 2-1 over the weekend. San Francisco had their seven game winning streak snapped yesterday losing to Fresno 87-86, but still picked up a 85-60 win over Sequoias and slipped past Merced 92-89 at the Fresno Tournament over the weekend. The Rams will be off this week before facing Sierra December 2nd at the Golden Gate Classic.

3. Las Positas (6-1) The Hawks drop two spots in the rankings after suffering their first loss of the season against Lassen at the Mendocino Tournament. Las Positas started off winning six straight games to start the season and picked up wins over Los Medanos and Cosumnes River in the first two rounds before suffering their first loss on Saturday night. The Hawks will be back in action on Saturday night as they will host 4th ranked Cabrillo in a battle of top 5 teams.

4. Cabrillo (4-1) The Seahawks stay at number four despite suffering their first loss over the weekend. Cabrillo lost in the first round of the Shasta Tournament against Diablo Valley but recovered with two wins against Siskiyous and Shasta to come home win the consolation championship. Cabrillo will have two games this week as the Hawks will host Siskiyous on Wednesday and follow that up with a road game against 3rd ranked Las Positas in Livermore on Saturday night.

5. Butte (4-1) The Roadrunners move up one spot in the rankings after picking up a win last week over the Simpson JV Butte has started the season off winning four of their first five games and move into the top 5 for week three. This upcoming week, Butte will travel to Sonora and take on Columbia on Saturday night in a non conference game against the Central Valley school.

6. Fresno (4-2) The Rams make a big jump in the rankings following a solid weekend with three quality wins. Fresno jumps up five spots after knocking off Mt. San Antonio, Sierra and edging San Francisco 87-86 in day three at the Fresno Tournament. The Rams have won three straight after losing 2 of their first three and the Rams will have this week off before returning to action December 2nd against a very good Citrus team at the Mt. San Antonio Mountie Classic in Walnut.

7. Feather River (5-1) The Golden Eagles move up two spots in the rankings after picking up a win last week against the Simpson JV. Feather River will have another week off and get back into action on December 1st against Chabot at the Cosumnes River Tournament. Feather River has started off the season winning five of their first six.

8. Diablo Valley (4-2) The Vikings drop one spot in the rankings following a 2-1 weekend. Diablo Valley picked up wins against Cabrillo and American River before losing to Foothill 71-47 in the championship game at the Shasta Tournament last weekend. This week the Vikings have off and will return to action on December 2nd against 12th ranked San Jose at the Golden Gate Classic in San Francisco.

9. Santa Rosa (5-2) The Bear Cubs move down one spot in the rankings after picking up a third place finish at the Shasta Tournament last weekend. Santa Rosa picked up wins against Shasta in the first round before losing to Foothill in the semi finals. On the last day of the tournament, Santa Rosa picked up a 68-41 win over American River to take home third place. This week the Bear Cubs will  have the week off and return to action on November 29th against Mendocino at home.

10. Ohlone (7-2) The Renegades stay put at number ten following a 2-1 showing at the Hancock Tournament. Ohlone lost in overtime to San Diego 63-59 in first round action before beating Cuesta and Chabot to take home the consolation championship. This week Ohlone will have the week off before returning to action November 30th against 12th ranked San Jose at home.

11. San Joaquin Delta (2-0) The only unbeaten team remaining in Northern California moves up two spots despite having the week off. The Mustangs will travel up to Redwood City on Tuesday for their lone game of the week and look to win their third straight to start the season. Delta has only played two games but are the only remaining undefeated team in Norcal.

12. San Jose (2-1) The Jaguars move up two spots in the rankings despite not having a game last week. This week, San Jose will travel to San Bruno and take on unranked Skyline on Wednesday for their lone game of the week.

13.Foothill (5-2) The Owls jump into the rankings after winning the Shasta Tournament last weekend. Foothill has won three straight games and knocked off Merritt 64-56, followed that up with a 59-54 win against Santa Rosa and then beat Diablo Valley 71-47 in the championship game to win the championship game. This week, the Owls will host De Anza on Wednesday for their lone game of the week.

14. Lassen (6-4) The Cougars jump into the rankings following a solid week of basketball. Lassen knocked off Modesto, Skyline and knocked off Las Positas in the championship game to win their fourth straight game of the year. Lassen will have the week off before returning to action on December 2nd against De Anza at the Cabrillo Classic. The Cougars jump into the rankings for the first time this season after a solid first ten games of the season.

15. Sierra (2-3) The Wolverines drop twelve spots in the rankings following a 0-3 week at the Fresno Tournament. Sierra lost to Merced, Fresno and suffered another loss to unranked Sequoias last weekend. Sierra lost three straight games and takes a big drop in the rankings. Sierra will have the week off and next face 2nd ranked San Francisco on December 2nd at the Golden Gate Classic in San Francisco.

Signaling a Light: Canada (4-3), Merced (3-2), Sequoias (3-3), American River (5-2), Sacramento (4-2), Hartnell (3-1)