CIF Breakdown & Predictions: Podcast Goes IN!
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Ronnie has evaluated basketball talent for 20 years and has over 15 years of experience in publishing, editing and managing high school sports websites for companies such as Student Sports, ESPN and Ballislife. Ronnie compiles the FAB 50 National Team Rankings while serving as an account manager and consultant for grassroots event run by Ballislife and other companies, in addition to serving as a color commentator on high school broadcasts.
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In episode No. 14 of our “In The Paint Show,“ hosts Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland break down what went down in the NorCal and SoCal regional playoffs and preview this week’s CIF state championships at Golden One Center in Sacramento (March 8-9) with special guest Mark Tennis of Cal-Hi Sports.
The fellas talk about FAB 50 No. 7 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) returning to the CIF Open Division title game to once again face No. 50 Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.). Can Sheldon redeem last year’s loss? The fellas also talk about the return of The Big O to Sacramento for the third time in his career, as Onyeka Okongwu tries to lead Chino Hills (Calif.) to back-to-back D1 titles after winning the FAB 50 title as a freshman playing with the Ball brothers.
Tennis, who has been to each CIF state championship event in basketball since all of California’s sections began participating in 1982 and whose state rankings are largely credited with helping the CIF create interest in CIF state football championships, dishes on the Sheldon-Sierra Canyon matchup, breaks down where the Big O stands among the top big men he’s seen at state over the years, and gives his take on whether James Logan (Union City, Calif.) has a shot against Chino Hills in D1.
The fellas also ask Tennis what he likes and dislikes about the competitive equity format and spend time going over the games in Division 2 down through Division 5. Check out the predictions from CalHiSports.com for all six championship games and make sure to give our Pod a listen and share it with friends!
To learn more about our hosts, Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland, and to get more information about what “In The Paint” is all about, check out our intro below!