2021-22 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BASKETBALL STUDENT SECTION TOP 40 RANKINGS
- ST. AUGUSTINE SAINTS PIT OF SAN DIEGO (2020 RANK: 1)
The Saints Pit stays on top. One of the best out there every basketball season. The Pit is wild and savage. The purple curtain is legendary. When you have the best basketball team in San Diego, you need to have a top of the line student section behind the rim and this student section has a potential dynasty on their hands! The St. Augustine Saints Pit is your back-to-back San Diego basketball Student Section of the Year and now the back-to-back Southern California Basketball Student Section of the Year!
- ALISO NIGUEL DEN OF ALISO VIEJO (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The last time we had the basketball rankings, the Den wasn’t even on our radar.
But, they showed strong signs during the pandemic and when they got the ok to go full throttle, the Den was packed and shaking. A rowdy and loud student section that battled with the best of them. They were savages in the stands if you ever made a mistake. The Den also traveled well for the road games.
For their amazing improvement and fantastic season in the stands, the Aliso Niguel Den is the 2021-22 Orange County Basketball Student Section of the Year!
- HARVARD-WESTLAKE FANATICS OF STUDIO CITY (2020 RANK: 7)
There was no excuse for the Harvard-Westlake Fanatics as they had one of the best basketball teams in the country, going all the way to the CIF-SS Open Division Finals. The Fanatics showed up every home game and didn’t let Bronny James and Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth get in the way. The Fanatics rocked it this season and for that, they are the Los Angeles Basketball Student Section Champs!
- DAMIEN PIT OF LA VERNE (2020 RANK: 23)
The Pit was insane. It craziness was never-ending. If you made a mistake, you’re in trouble because the Pit will not forget your mistakes. The Pit can get on the edge and they can be huge savages, but you appreciate the insane roar in the stands. Amazing group and that’s why the Damien Pit is the 2021-22 Inland Empire Basketball Student Section of the Year.
- BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN BLUE CREW (2020 RANK: N/A)
Blue Crew fit with the best ones in this region, but they went over the top with their showing during the CIF-CS Division I Title game. That put them at the top as the Blue Crew of Bakersfield Christian is the Kern/SLO Basketball Student Section of the Year!
- EDISON MESS OF HUNTINGTON BEACH (2020 RANK: 26)
The MESS is getting better and better. One of the best in the gym every year and they almost stole the crown from Aliso Niguel. The Edison Thunderclap is legendary. Even with the powerhouse student sections back next season, the MESS will battle for the top spot in 2022-23!
- MURRIETA MESA BEAST (2020 RANK: 3)
The Beast is insane. They bring any kind of props they’re allowed to bring (and sometimes not bring). Trying to make a free throw? Good luck because the Beast can get rowdy. This is a large and rowdy group of students.
- THOUSAND OAKS GREEN HOLE (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Green Hole was on top for most of the basketball season. This student section is a beast every winter and they showed no signs of slowing down this season.
- CREAN LUTHERAN BLUE ZONE OF IRVINE (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
When you have the best team in the OC and one of the best teams in the country, you’ll go loud and crazy too. The Blue Zone went chaotic inside the tent at Crean Lutheran! The Blue Zone is insane and battles with the best of the best!
- TORREY PINES CHAOS OF SAN DIEGO (2020 RANK: 13)
The Chaos was just that this season, chaotic. Torrey Pines student section is a group you don’t want to mess with. Saying they’re savages at courtside is an understatement.
- GARCES MEMORIAL HERD OF BAKERSFIELD (2020 RANK: N/A)
A sea of Green and White, the Hard stampede through its competition. This is a loud and proud student section.
- GREAT OAK RED WAVE OF TEMECULA (2020 RANK: 16)
One of the best to do it. The Red Wave is always jammed pack and insane. They always take it to another level. I expect much bigger things from the Red Wave, which is insane for me to say. How can they top themselves when they are at the top?
- PATRICK HENRY HOOLIGANS OF SAN DIEGO (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Hooligans can hang with the best of them and what makes them better than the rest is that they spit hot fire when it comes to their social media game. They know how to market their wild student section.
- RANCHO BERNARDO STABLE OF SAN DIEGO (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
I saw the Stable in person this winter and they’re a crazy bunch. I’m a huge fan of the Stable and I love the hospitality they gave me. They know how to get crazy.
- SAN JUAN HILLS STAMPEDE OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Stampede can travel, but like many student sections, they pack the gym at home and more so during the postseason. They are wild and very loud. This is no longer a football only student section!
- VISTA MURRIETA BRONCO BLEACHER CREATURES (2020 RANK: 19)
Mad respect to the Bronco Bleacher Creatures. When I saw them, they traveled for a road game. Road Warriors and they packed the gym and went wild against Murrieta Mesa. Fantastic student section!
- ST. ANTHONY SAINTS PIT OF LONG BEACH (2020 RANK: 4)
Another big year for the Saints Pit. Not as insane and hectic when they were the best in LA in 2020, but this was still a crazy group of kids.
- CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC LOS LOCOS OF SAN DIEGO (2020 RANK: 6)
Los Locos is very crazy. One of the best year in and year out. They don’t just hang with the best of them, they’re the student section you aim to be.
- FRONTIER OF BAKERSFIELD (2020 RANK: N/A)
The Frontier Student Section worked a solid social media game. Sometimes, social media marketing takes you a very long way and that’s what this student did.
- SUNNY HILLS LANCER NATION OF FULLERTON (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
Lancer Nation was a beast all year. The basketball student section is a bit crazier than the football one. Fantastic group that has improved so much! Keep it up Lancer Nation!
- NORTE DAME CASTLE OF SHERMAN OAKS (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Castle with a big year this season. We don’t see them much as social media isn’t consistent, but the times we saw them, they looked solid. Hoping we see more of them in 2022-23.
- MT. CARMEL RED SEA OF SAN DIEGO (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Red Sea came away with another fantastic season, but I felt like this was their best year in awhile. Could be because they got so much better at social media that they showed off their amazing school spirit. It worked as they won the San Diego Football Student Section title.
- FOOTHILL DUNGEON OF SANTA ANA (2022 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Dungeon skyrocketed in the rankings during the playoffs, more so during the state playoffs. This student section is clutch and very rowdy! All opponents stay far away from the Dungeon!
- ETIWANDA RED ZONE (2020 RANK: 8)
The Red Zone stayed the course with another Top 5 finish. Amazing student section that has been consistent as one of the Inland Empire’s best!
- DEL NORTE FLOCK OF SAN DIEGO (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Flock is an amazing student section. So much so that I need to make amends to the Flock during football season. Totes forgot to put them not just in the San Diego Top 40 Football Student Section, but the upper top half of it. I have my microscope on the Flock from here on out.
- CHAMINADE CAGE OF WEST HILLS (2020 RANK: 15)
We saw bits and pieces of the Cage and it was the same rattling group of kids in the Cage. Consistent and fantastic.
- CARLSBAD LOUD CROWD (2020 RANK: 24)
The Loud Crowd is one of the most respected student sections in Southern California, heck, the nation. They put on a show during basketball season.
- CENTENNIAL DAWGPOUND OF CORONA (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
When you have one of the best basketball teams in the country, you have to go wild. They did that when they faced teams like Sierra Canyon and Havard-Westlake.
- ONTARIO CHRISTIAN DUNGEON (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Dungeon is a scary place to be at as the noise is a distraction. The Dungeon gives Ontario Christian an edge and a big advantage.
- NIPOMO MOUNT OLYMPUS (2020 RANK: N/A)
This student section was solid. Not as large from what you see on social media, but they have been consistent in the stands and show it off on Instagram.
- CAPISTRANO VALLEY CAGE OF MISSION VIEJO (2020: RANK: 2)
A rowdy and savage group of kids that made opposing players nervous and rattled. The Cage likes to shake things up.
- ORANGE LUTHERAN CODE RED (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
Code Red is not only a Top 10 Student Section in Orange County, but they take the Trinity League title as the Basketball League Champ. In a league full of rowdy student sections, this is huge. Code Red is one of the loudest student sections in the county.
- EL DORADO HAWKS NEST OF PLACENTIA (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
The Hawks Nest got a lot better this season and they are now with the big dogs in the OC. With a fantastic basketball team comes a rowdy student section. A sea of yellow is tough to play against when it is also loud!
- ARROYO GRANDE ZOO (2020: N/A)
When it comes to this area, the Zoo is one of my favorites. It was the same great school spirit this winter as it was in the fall.
- BISHOP MONTGOMERY SWAGLET OF TORRANCE (2020 RANK: 28)
The Swaglet saw an improvement from the Knights. Swaglet has fantastic leaders and hopefully the rest of the student section followed suit.
- MISSION HILLS GROWL CROWD OF SAN MARCOS (2020 RANK: 20)
The Growl Crowd is always a top-notch student section in any sport they attend. A disadvantage for opposing teams. This is a very loud crowd.
- JSERRA LION NATION OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (2020 RANK: NOT RANKED)
Lion Nation has gotten a lot better this season in the gym and on social media. This is only the beginning for Lion Nation. We’re going to see so much from them in the next few years.
- SAGE CREEK BOB SQUAD OF CARLSBAD (2020 RANK: 27)
The Bob Squad is a gym-only student section and it is a fantastic student section inside the gym. They can pack the gym and go wild!
- ST. JOSEPH OF SANTA MARIA (2020 RANK: N/A)
St. Joseph is a solid student section, but we didn’t see much of them on social media. Perhaps they move up in the rankings if they showed off their school spirit.
- BISHOP AMAT DAWGPOUND OF LA PUENTE (2020 RANK: 18)
Dawgpound is always fantastic and are savages at court side. You make a mistake and the Dawgpound will not let it go. Led by the baseball players, the Dawgpound is a wild one.