The d4 championship is scheduled to be at Alberts field Saturday at 7:00. Which is bs, the d5 game is leapfrogging the d4 game because head royce is in Oakland and Redwood Christian is in San Lorenzo. Salesian vs St. Mary’s will be a better game and those two teams should not be penalized because they aren’t as close to the Coliseum as Head Royce and Redwood Christian.
the NCS is a joke. 6 EBAL teams in the div 1 bracket? The division 5 bracket playing in the Coliseum over the division 4? This is twice this year that St. Mary’s and Salesian have competed against each other in far off locations for championship play. Once for Basketball and now for Baseball. Head Royce and Redwood Christian? May 30th at 10 AM bay area baseball fans will be robbed of seeing a good game. They will see a couple of teams that have no business on that field. St. MARY’S AND SALESIAN have beaten upper division playoff teams while Head Royce and Redwood Christian have gotten write ups in the paper for beating lower level competition.
I agree with above comments re D4 venue – also, assuming the choice was based on the top remaining seed’s proximity to Oakland – which is closer to oakland – St. Mary’s (highest remaining D4 seed) or Orinda (Miramonte is highest D3 seed)? Is that by car or as the crow flies? In any case, bad (not to mention random) system for choosing those allowed to play on big stage. Agree with comment above – find a way to have 5 games that day – 8 AM start and finish later under the lights if needed – please, let’s just be fair. (Disclosed bias: I have a kid on St. Mary’s team)
Five games at the Coliseum in one day would be just a bit too much. When you figure in people that have to be there for the whole event, you’re talking about 15 hours. However, I’ve got a better solution to the whole problem: Play two games on Friday night. One at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Remember that Division IV isn’t the only team being left out. There’s also Division VI, although there’d be very little argument for that game to get into the Coliseum. Even if Div. VI wasn’t at the Coliseum, I think having a 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and then doing 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and eliminating that early 10 a.m. game would be better. As it is, that’s a tough scenario for St. Mary’s and Salesian, especially after they got squeezed out of Saint Mary’s in basketball. Too bad they couldn’t have at least gotten Evans Diamond for them.
Jimmy: Just for “fun” I checked Google maps and what do you know – Miramonte is 19.8 driving miles from Coliseum and St. mary’s is 15.6 miles. Do you know the criteria used to select D3 over D4 to play at McAfee? Now I am curious.
The only problem with having 2 days of games at the Coliseum is $$. The NCS will say that renting the Coliseum for 2 days is too expensive.
As for the 5th game. To me it looks like NCS secured the site in San Rafael thinking that either the #1 or #2 seed(Marin Catholic or Justin Siena) would be in the championship. After the semis NCS should have tried to secure either Cal, Cal-State, Chabot or C of A for the 5th game since all the D3 and D4 teams are East Bay teams.