Clovis West High’s girls basketball team already had won the state’s top bracket and finished first in espnW’s national rankings list.
Now, how about two more national championships?
The Golden Eagles, who went 34-2 and captured the CIF State Open Division title, finished as the top team in the country as ranked by by Maxpreps.com on Thursday.
Coach Craig Campbell’s Eagles this week also were one of 20 schools honored the MaxPreps Tour of Champions.
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To be ranked that high with so many schools is hard to get your hands wrapped around it.
Clovis West coach Craig Campbell
“To be ranked that high with so many schools is hard to get your hands wrapped around it,” said Campbell, who completed his 12th season. “It’s a tremendous honor.”
The MaxPreps Tour of Champions and the Army National Guard honor the most outstanding teams in the nation for their state championship performance and elite national level ranking each year.
Clovis West defeated Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 44-40 in the state championship game, avenging a 76-75 overtime loss in a preseason tournament. Mitty finished second in the Maxpreps rankings. .
Campbell added another individual honor to his growing list of achievements, named Maxpreps’ Coach of the Year for California. He was The Fresno Bee’s Coach of the Year, too.
Point guard Danae Marquez, a San Jose State recruit and one of four Eagles who signed a Division I scholarship, was named to the MaxPreps All-State first team, as well as the D-I first team.
And center Bre’yanna Sanders, who signed with Arizona State, was named second team all-state and to the D-I second team.
Hanford’s Janelle Sumilong received all-state honorable mention.
Sierra Pacific’s Haley Bettencourt was a D-IV second-team selection
Honoring Clovis West
- Nationally: Ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps, espnW and USA TODAY computer
- State: Cal-Hi Sports Team of the Year; Campbell was Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports and MaxPreps
- Local: Danae Marquez and Bre’yanna Sanders were The Fresno Bee co-Players of the Year