5 Bay Area High School Basketball Teams Claim State Championships
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It was a successful weekend for Bay Area high school basketball.
Five teams – four girls and one boy – have won their respective California Interscholastic Federation basketball championships at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings:
Girls: Salesian (Richmond), Oakland Tech (Oakland), Branson (Ross), San Domenico (San Anselmo)
Boys: Stuart Hall (San Francisco)
There are six CIF State Champions on the girls’ and boys’ side – divided into divisions based primarily on school size. The divisions range from I to V – I being the largest schools based on enrollment numbers and V being the smallest.
Additionally, there is an open division that is historically known for fielding the best teams, regardless of school size.
Stuart Hall Secondary School
Stuart Hall is the only Bay Area men’s team to win a state championship.
Hailing from San Francisco, the Knights defeated Chaffey, Ontario to win the CIF Division V state title.
The Mayor of London Breed congratulated the school with around 200 pupils on Twitter.
“Congratulations to the Stuart Hall basketball team on winning a state championship! Your town is so proud of you,” Breed tweeted.
Preparatory to the Salesian College
The Salesian Girls of Richmond made it to the state finals as the No. 1 seed in the Northern California group defeating Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland in the NorCal Finals.
On Friday, Salesian defeated Windward High School (Los Angeles) 62-51 to win the Girls’ Division I state title.
Oakland Technical High School
About 15 miles south, success also followed the girls from Oakland Tech.
The Bulldogs won the Division III women’s group by defeating La Salle (Pasadena) 39-33.
The Branson School
As the 3 seed in the Northern California category, the Branson Girls defeated Imperial 46-23 to win the Division IV Women’s Championship.
This is Branson’s first state championship in 14 years, according to the school’s Twitter page.
San Domenico School
Before Stuart Hall won the boys’ division V championship, a school about 20 miles north won the girls’ group.
San Domenico defeated Shalhevet School (Los Angeles) 38-27 to win the Women’s Division V title.
They did so after defeating University of San Francisco High School in the NorCal Finals.