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SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings: St. Bernard ends the season at No. 9

The Vikings won the Division 1 Southern Section championship 71-59 over JSerra.

The 2021-22 California boys high school basketball season is in the books.

SBLive’s Southern Section high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette.


March 17, 2022

1. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (33-1)

Last week: 2

Corona Centennial won both the Open Division state and Southern Section championships this season. The Huskies went undefeated against California opposition.

2. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (26-6)

Last week: 1

Sierra Canyon had a lot of talent on its roster, but the Trailblazers only won their league this season.

3. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) (25-4)

Last week: 3

Harvard-Westlake played for the school's first ever Southern Section Open Division championship this season losing 68-48 to No. 1 Corona Centennial. In the state playoffs, the Wolverines lost to No. 2 Sierra Canyon 72-55.

4. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.) (21-4)

Last week: 9

Bishop Montgomery went 2-1 in Southern Section Open Division playoff pool play. Their season ended in the state playoffs against No. 1 Corona Centennial, the team they also lost to in the Section playoffs.

5. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (26-5)

Last week: 5

Mater Dei won the Trinity League but then went 1-3 in the postseason. The Monarchs beat No. 8 Notre Dame in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs, but lost to No. 2 Sierra Canyon, No. 3 Harvard Westlake and then No. 4 Bishop Montgomery in the state playoffs.

6. Damien (La Verne, Calif.) (32-4)

Last week: 6

Damien won the school's second ever state championship this season beating Clovis North 65-57 to claim the Division 1 crown. The Spartans went 1-2 in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs.

7. Crean Lutheran (Irvine, Calif.) (25-7)

Last week: 4

Crean Lutheran fell to No. 6 Damien in the Southern Section Open Division and Division 1 state playoffs. The Saints' best win on the year came against 8. 12 Notre Dame.

8. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) (21-8)

Last week: 7

Notre Dame won a share of the Mission League championship this season thanks to a regular season win over No. 3 Harvard-Westlake.

9. St. Bernard (Playa del Rey, Calif.) (24-8)

Last week: 15

St. Bernard won the Division 1 Southern Section championship 71-59 over No. 12 JSerra.

10. St. Anthony (Long Beach, Calif.) (18-10)

Last week: 18

St. Anthony made deep runs in both the Division 1 Southern Section and state playoffs this season.

11. Village Christian (Sun Valley, Calif.) (28-5)

Last week: 19

Village Christian won the Division 2AA Southern Section championship 78-69 over No. 17 Long Beach Poly.

12. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (20-11)

Last week: 24

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