By Jimmy Durkin
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 at 1:39 am in Uncategorized.
I’m back in the comfort of my own home, so I wanted to post some final thoughts on the past two days at Arco Arena.
No game had a more exciting finish than the wild ending of Salesian’s 65-64 win over Bishop Montgomery to win the Division IV boys title. Awesome performance by Desmond Simmons with 31 points and 19 rebounds. It’s scary to think how good he’ll be next year.
Mack just had a rough day. The shots couldn’t fall for the life of them. I actually thought they outplayed Westchester in the first quarter, but the open looks wouldn’t go in and stuff just snowballed from there. Even though there was lots of head hanging, Mack really has nothing to hang its head about. It was a tremendous season for the Warriors to overcome adversity and get back to this level.
That last statement also rings true for St. Joseph Notre Dame and the Carondelet and Monte Vista girls. All three just ran up against teams they were overmatched against.
A couple of CIF related notes. Next year’s state championships will be at Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena. They’ll return to Arco in 2011 and future sites past then have not been determined. Also, the NorCal playoffs next year will expand to a 16-team bracket, meaning a large section like the NCS will now get four entries to the NorCal playoffs (I bet De La Salle wishes that could’ve been in place for this year). The Oakland Section will stick with its two entries.
Football-wise, it seems that it’s likely in May there will be approval given for regional championships in football. In the five divisions, two teams will be selected in the north and two in the south and the winners will face each other for the state title.
One final note that is semi-unrelated. I’m sure most have heard about the four Oakland police officers shot Saturday. Three are dead and one is on life support. McClymonds hadn’t heard about that until after the game and coach Brandon Brooks was shocked and saddened when he learned of that. On a personal note, the officer who is in critical condition, John Hege, was a former football coach and teacher at Tennyson High. He was the offensive line coach of the freshman team that I played on at Tennyson. My thoughts are with all of the families.
Final note is that I will be away on work furlough for the next week, so as of tomorrow night you won’t see me on the blog for a week. Have a good one.