CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Power Balance Pavilion
Division I boys
Sheldon Huskies (29-5) vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana Monarchs (33-2), 8 p.m. (CSNCA, 10 p.m., taped)
Coach Joey Rollings has built Sheldon's reputation on defense, hustle and tenacity through a 7-0 postseason run while earning some national credibility by moving into USA Today's Top 25 (at No. 25) this week. Junior stars D'Erryl Williams and Dakarai Allen lead the first Sac-Joaquin Section team to play for a D-I state title since 1994. Defending champ Mater Dei, ranked No. 3 nationally by Maxpreps.com and No. 9 by USA Today, is making its 13th appearance in the state final, including eight wins. Six-foot-7 senior forward Xavier Johnson (Colorado signee), 6-5 senior Katin Reinhardt (UNLV) and 6-6 sophomore sensation Stanley Johnson are the scoring leaders while junior transfer Elijah Brown the son of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown provides a spark off the bench.
Division III boys
Sacred Heart Cathedral Fighting Irish-San Francisco (28-5) vs. Bishop Alemany Warriors-Mission Hills (32-4), 2:45 p.m. (CSNCA)
Seniors Josh Fox and Taylor Johns, both 6-5, are the leaders for Sacred Heart, which ended Bishop O'Dowd's two-year D-III Northern California title reign with a 61-57 win last Saturday. They combined for 36 points and 23 rebounds. Alemany loves to push the ball the Warriors average 72.5 points behind Nevada-bound Marqueze Coleman (21.8 points) and senior point guard Max Guercy (18.3). Guard Jerico Richardson is headed to UCLA to play football.
Division V boys
St. Joseph Notre Dame Pilots-Alameda (29-4) vs. Village Christian Crusaders-Sun Valley (32-3), 11:15 a.m. (CSNBA)
The defending champion Pilots and renowned coach Don Lippi (701 wins, third all-time in California) are making their eighth appearance in the final, while Village Christian is on the big stage for the first time. The Crusaders are led by 6-7 Marquis Salmon, 6-7 Marsalis Johnson and 6-5 Bryan Alberts. Temidayo Yussef, a 6-6 sophomore, leads the Pilots in scoring.
Division I girls
Berkeley Yellowjackets (29-2) vs. Mater Dei Monarchs-Santa Ana (33-3), 6 p.m. (CSNCA, midnight, taped)
Berkeley, Northern California's dominant D-I team through the years, plays the underdog role with a 2-8 overall record at this stage. Mater Dei, ranked ninth nationally by USA Today, is led by McDonald's All-Americans Jordan Adams (USC) and Nirra Fields (UCLA), an Oak Hill Academy transfer and Canadian native.
Division III girls
Bishop O'Dowd Dragons-Oakland (29-3) vs. Laguna Hills Hawks (26-8), 1 p.m. (CSNCA)
The Dragons are big (6-2 Kendall Waters, 6-4 Oderah Chidom and 6-4 Breanna Brown) and fast (junior guard Ariell Bostick), making them the favorites after losing in last season's state final with essentially the same group. Laguna Hills senior Celia Marfone (19 points per game) signed with UC Davis.
Division V girls
Brookside Christian Knights-Stockton (29-4) vs. Mission Prep Royals-San Luis Obispo (32-1), 9:30 a.m. (CSNBA)
The Royals have a 29-game winning streak but are 0-6 in the state final. Brookside Christian's top seven scorers, including Sac-Joaquin Section scoring leader Tiara Tucker (26.3), are underclassmen.