Katella High School, riding a nine-game winning streak, broke into the Top 10 of the Orange County Sportswriters' Assn. prep basketball poll this week in the ninth position.
The Knights (14-3) opened play in the Empire League with two straight losses but have since rebounded to win their tournament and add six consecutive league victories. Katella meets eighth-ranked El Dorado on Wednesday in the Hawks' gym in the featured game of the week.
Mater Dei (19-0) remained the top-ranked team, a position the Monarchs have had since the season opened.
The writers' poll:
Pos. Team (League) Record 1. Mater Dei (Angelus) 19-0
2. Newport Harbor (Sea View) 16-2
3. Ocean View (Sunset) 16-3
4. Estancia (Sea View) 18-2
5. Mission Viejo (South Coast) 16-4
6. Foothill (Century) 15-4
7. Capo Valley (South Coast) 16-4
8. El Dorado (Empire) 15-3
9. Katella (Empire) 14-3
10. Brea-Olinda (Orange) 16-4
Others receiving votes: Fountain Valley, Kennedy, Corona del Mar and Edison.