Mt. SAC heads into postseason as No. 1 team in CCCSIA poll

Mt. SAC plays defense against Pasadena City College during Friday's game. (Photo courtesy, Mt. SAC Athletics)
Mt. SAC plays defense against Pasadena City College during Friday's game. (Photo courtesy, Mt. SAC Athletics)

CCCSIA State Top 20 Poll (Feb. 21)

PASADENA, Calif. - Mt. San Antonio received the tie-breaker after sharing the South Coast Conference North Division title with East Los Angeles and to the victors go the spoils as Mt. SAC overtook ELAC for the final regular season No. 1 ranking in the CCCSIA State Top 20 poll.

The Mounties (28-2) drew the South region's top seed while the Huskies (26-2) settled for No. 2. The two teams faced each other in last year's state championship game won by Mt. SAC. Big 8 champion Sierra is No. 3 and grabbed top seed in the North Region for its upcoming playoffs. 

Central Valley champ Sequoias (25-3) moved up two spots to No. 4 while picking up North No. 2 region seed. Pacific Coast Athletic North winner Palomar (25-2) was No. 5, followed by No. 6 Ventura (25-5), the Western State North champions who moved up two spots, No. 7 San Francisco (25-3), winners of the Coast North title, and Siskiyous, 27-1, the Golden Valley first place team that fell three spots to No. 8.

Rounding out the state top 10 were newcomer Cypress, Orange Empire champs (23-6) who jumped three slots at No. 9, and No. 10 San Joaquin Delta (24-6), the Big 8's second place team but one that beat Sierra twice during conference play.

Los Angeles Valley (22-6), who shared the WSC East title with unranked Antelope Valley, drummed up enough support to leap four spots to the No. 11 state rank. Diablo Valley (24-6), a team that tied Delta for second in the Big 8, was No. 12, followed by PCAC North runner-up No. 13 Mt. San Jacinto (fell three spots), deemed not worthy enough for a home regional playoff as the South's No. 9 seed. No. 14 LA Trade Tech (22-7), the SCC North third place unit, will host MSJC. At No. 15 was Fresno City (23-8), the CVC's second place team.

Saddleback (21-9), the OEC's second banana was No. 16 with Coast South champion Foothill (21-8) at No. 17. Pasadena City (20-9) was the fourth place team in the powerful SCC North and No. 18 in the poll. Chabot (22-7), Coast North second place squad, was No. 19 and previously unranked American River (18-10), fourth in the Big 8, got enough support for No. 20.

In conferences with no ranked teams, Solano won the Bay Valley title, Long Beach City and El Camino shared the SCC South title, Santa Monica was WSC South champs, and San Diego City and Grossmont shared the PCAC South crown.

CCCSIA Poll (Feb. 21)      
School Conference Record LW
1.   Mt. San Antonio (13)  SCC North  28-2 2
2.   East Los Angeles (3)  SCC North  26-2 1
3.   Sierra  Big 8  25-3 3
4.   Sequoias  Central Valley  25-3 6
5.   Palomar  PCAC North  25-2 4
6.   Ventura  WSC North  25-5 8
7.   CC San Francisco  Coast North  25-3 7
8.   Siskiyous  Golden Valley  27-1 5
9.   Cypress  Orange Empire  23-6 12
10. San Joaquin Delta  Big 8  24-6 9
11. LA Valley  WSC East  22-6 15
12. Diablo Valley  Big 8  24-6 11
13. Mt. San Jacinto  PCAC North  25-4 10
14. LA Trade Tech  SCC North  22-7 13
15. Fresno City  Central Valley  23-8 14
16. Saddleback  Orange Empire  21-9 16
17. Foothill  Coast South  21-8 18
18. Pasadena City  SCC North  20-9 17
19. Chabot  Coast North  22-7 19
20. American River  Big 8  18-10 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Riverside CC, Mission, Moorpark, Long Beach CC, El Camino, Santa Monica, Antelope Valley, Orange Coast (20th rank last poll)