Here’s an update of what’s going on around NorCal outside of the East Bay. I basically just updated where the Central Coast and San Joaquin Sections are at and tried to tie it back in to the East Bay teams as much as possible.
Central Coast Section (semifinals)
3 Carlmont v 2 Bellarmine
5 Salinas (upset Serra) v 1 Piedmont Hills
3 Gunn v 2 Mitty
5 Menlo Atherton vs St Francis 1
11 Valley Christian v 2 Burlingame
5 El Camino vs 1 Sacred Heart Cath.
The CCS is definitely in a “down” year. I saw Div 1, No. 1 Piedmont Hills at American’s Tim Cole Tournament – that team would have been blasted by the top-eight NCS Division I teams. Irvington (yes, that Irvington that went 6-20 and won 1 MVAL game) played with PH the whole game I was there before PH pulled away late to win by 8. Bellarmine lost to Monte Vista by 13 and those are the two teams that will likely end up with NorCal berths. Division I is a joke.
Div 2 (St Francis) and Div 3 (Sacred Heart) has a pair of good teams at the top, but other than Mitty in D2 — which lost to O’Dowd (by 6) and St. Mary’s (by 9) — none of the other teams should threaten any potential East Bay teams in NorCals.
Anyone paying attention to Valley Christian-San Jose? It went 0-14 in WCAL play (15 straight losses to end the year) and was seeded 11th in the D3 playoffs. They’ve won three in a row and now have Burlingame in the semis. Burlingame lost to San Ramon Valley by 15. Valley Christian lost to Washington-Fremont by 17.
Still in the quarterfinal rounds, Folsom is the top-seed and still alive.
1 Rocklin v 5 Wood
3 Bella Vista v 2 Fairfield
1 Sac v 5 Whitney
3 Foothill v 2 Del Oro
1 Christian Bros 4 San Juan
6 Modesto Christian v 2 Vista del Lago
The SJS definitely has some teams that can make some noise at NorCals.
At D1, Folsom is 27-1 (lone loss to Monte Vista) and their two wins against East Bay opponents were a 12-point win over Campo and a 32-point win over Fremont-Oak. They are probably the only D1 team out of the SJS that can contend with DLS/Newark/San Leandro/Monte Vista.
D2 is strong with No. 1 Rocklin, which is the top-ranked Division II team in the state by CalHisports.com, but it did lose to No. 2 Fairfield at the DLS Chris Vonture tournament early in the year. Rocklin Fairfield lost to DLS by 15 and beat Oakland by 16. Wood beat Salesian by 13, lost to San Leandro by 5 and also beat Fairfield earlier in the year.
D3 is led by Sac High (ranked No. 2 in the state in D3 by CalHiSports), which lost to Newark Memorial twice early and then beat Skyline. Whitney lost to Berkeley by 34. No. 2 Del Oro didn’t play any East Bay teams and neither did No. 3 Foothill.
D4 is interesting because with UCLA-bound Reeves Nelson, Modesto Christian can beat anyone, but is just a No. 6 seed. MC beat Pitt, lost to Salesian, lost to San Leandro and lost to Skyline. None of the other teams played any East Bay teams, but VDL and CB split this year against each other. Doubtful that any of those teams will be a problem for Salesian or St. Mary’s come NorCals.
Only big deal from a state title game standpoint was that Fairfax got blasted by Taft, 67-45, in the semifinals of the LA City Section Division I. I’m not positive on the rules, but looking at last year’s bracket, the LA Section got four teams into the State tourney. So I’d assume that as a semifinalist, Fairfax will still be alive for State purposes, it made the SoCal semis before losing to Dominguez in OT last year and is ranked No. 3 in the state by CalHiSports (behind Mater Dei and DLS)