Another good season of San Diego Section basketball is in the books.
St. Augustine finished sixth in the final, expanded Cal-Hi Sports listing of the top 40 teams in the state and the Mission Hills girls were seventh in rankings of the top 35.
The Saints (28-5) were a preseason No. 21 in the newsletter’s top 25 but rolled through local games and showed continued improvement.
An example of the Saints’ rise came in the three losses to No. 2 Mater Dei. Coach Mike Haupt’s team lost by 23, 12, and finally by 6 to the Monarchs in the Southern California semifinals.
Torrey Pines (28-5) rose to 13th after not being in the preseason top 25. Preseason-ignored Vista (28-5) finished 24th and Foothills Christian (24-7) 26th after starting No. 16.
Foothills was third in Cal-Hi’s final rankings for the 2015-16 season, with Cathedral 14th, and St. Augustine 23rd.
St. Augustine was 23rd, Torrey Pines 24th, and Foothills Christian 36th in 2013-14.
Helix, the winningest San Diego team this season with a 31-6 record and a state finalist in Division IV, was not in Cal-Hi’s top 40.
Schedules matter. The Highlanders annually do not play the level of opponents of the section’s big three.
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The girls’ team at Mission Hills repeated its third place rating of a year ago.
The Bishop’s (30-4), with state career scoring leader Destiny Littleton, was 12th.
La Jolla Country (18-12) was ranked 26th, “the best 12-loss team in the state,” according to Cal-Hi Sports, which respects the schedules and teams annually turned out each season by coach Terry Bamford.
The spring thinclad season officially commands center stage this week at the Arcadia Invitational, where dozens of San Diego Section runners, throwers, jumpers and vaulters will compete in a variety of classes.