DLS going to Carson?

Ending months of speculation, De La Salle High School principal Brother Christopher Brady told the Times on Tuesday afternoon that the Spartans football team would play in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I state championship game if invited.

Here’s the link to the story.

This comes as good news not only to members of the team, but to the CIF as well. The possibility of having a high-profile team like the Spartans in the large-school Division I final may increase interest and boost television ratings. Gate revenues may also be helped.

It also gives the CIF more flexibility in choosing a large school representative from Northern California. If De La Salle won the NCS title and decided not to go, and Division II teams Valley Christian-San Jose and St. Mary’s-Stockton won its respective section titles, then the CIF’s options for choosing NorCal’s large-school representative would have been severely limited. Mark Tennis of CalHiSports.com has rankings for NorCal’s Division I and explains some scenarios here.

1. De La Salle (Concord) 11-2

2. Monte Vista (Danville) 11-1

3. Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 13-1

4. Grant (Sacramento) 11-2

5. Pittsburg 8-3

6. West (Tracy) 11-3

7. Merced 8-2

8. Napa 10-2

9. Foothill (Pleasanton) 9-3

10. Franklin (Stockton) 7-3

11. Oak Grove (San Jose) 9-3

12. San Ramon Valley (Danville) 6-6

13. Granite Bay 8-4

14. Hayward 8-3

15. Lincoln (Stockton) 10-2

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Of course, it is not a given that De La Salle will get to go. Both Monte Vista and Pittsburg should give the Spartans all they can handle should they meet in the NCS playoffs. In fact, it can be argued that Pittsburg is playing just as tough a schedule as De La Salle, seeing as how the Pirates play nonleague games against Valley Christian, Long Beach Poly and San Leandro.

Manteca of the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Buffs are just over the new cutoff and previously would have been Div. II. De La Salle goes unbeaten and doesn’t accept invitation. St. Mary’s of Stockton wins Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I title and Valley Christian of San Jose wins Central Coast Section Open Division title, which would leave CIF with limited eligible teams to chose from.De La Salle beats Mission Viejo, finishes 13-0, wins another North Coast Section title and accepts bid to play in first Div. I state final.Manteca 12-1, Skyline (Oakland) 4-6, Woodside 6-5.

Division I North