I’ve arrived home from Sacramento and what a fun, but exhausting day. I started blogging around 9:30 a.m. and kept going until I turned it over to Michael Bower for the 8 p.m. game. During that game I was vigorously taking notes so I could have a story done to meet our first deadline of 9:45 p.m. Guess what time that game ended? Yep, 9:45! Don’t worry Daily Review readers, I got it sent up in time.
While I was parked at Arco Arena all day and saw some great games, it sounds like the final three games at Folsom High were unreal, especially St. Joe’s miracle comeback. Congrats to the Pilots. Ditto to Salesian, who unbelievably beat St. Mary’s for a fourth time this season. You just don’t beat good teams like St. Mary’s four times. Congrats also to the St. Mary’s girls on a great season. Even though it’s sad to see it end short of the state title game, it was a great year for Nate Fripp’s bunch.
Onto the action I saw, the Monte Vista girls certainly struggled during the early morning hours and playing on the big stage at Arco Arena. Fortunately, Kennedy did too and in the second half Monte Vista proved to be the superior team and rose to the top. Tough task next week against Long Beach Poly, but they’ll be happy to be there.
Also, nice work by the Carondelet girls to outlast a solid Oak Ridge team and dominate the second half. How good is freshman Hannah Huffman going to be in a couple of years?
Of course, the highlight game of the night locally at Arco was Monte Vista vs. McClymonds. Great game played by the Mustangs, who pushed the Warriors to the brink. But Mack just has something special about them and pulled out a win to become the first Division I boys team to ever win three straight regional titles. A win next week would make them the first NorCal Division I boys team to win back-to-back titles since St. Joe’s and Jason Kidd did in 1991-92.
Also, a little horn-tooting for myself. The halftime analysis that I relayed to have Bower post centered on the struggles of Justin Standley and how he wasn’t used to this stage like the rest of the Mack players who were here the last couple of years. I figured the game would be decided for Mack based on how Standley could get going. Well, eight points in the final 1:45 helps them pull it out. Seems he was the difference. Another horn-tooting takes me back to a prediction I made after last season that Mack would be back in the state finals. And, well, here they are.
Fun day up in Sac. Thanks to all who joined us on the blog. I just booked my hotel in Sac for next weekend so let’s do it all again Friday and Saturday.