Willson steps down as basketball coach at Cal High

After 11 seasons as the boys basketball coach at California High, Cary
Willson has decided to step down.

“I’ve missed out on a number of things, some of my kids’ events, and
decided its a good time to take a break,” said Willson, who has three
kids ages 10, 7 and 5. “I definitely want to get back into coaching at
some point, maybe as an assistant.”

During Willson’s tenure at Cal, the Grizzlies claimed three East Bay
Athletic League titles and qualified for the North Coast Section
playoffs seven times. Cal was eliminated in the first round of the NCS
playoffs by James Logan on Tuesday.

“The relationships I built with the players are very important to me,” Willson said. “I really respect the fact that a lot of ex-Grizzlies come back to see me and keep in touch.”

Before coming to Cal for the 1999-2000 season, Willson coached for
five seasons at Moreau Catholic, the last three as varsity coach. He
will continue to teach Physical Education at Cal.

“(Willson) is a great human being who brought a lot of energy to the
school,” Cal Principal Mark Corti said. “We’re losing a great one.”

Corti said the position will be posted soon and he hopes to have a new
coach in place by the beginning of April.


NCS Division I clarification

We’ve gotten a couple calls today, so I figured I’d let everyone know that yes, the NCS Division I boys hoops games are Tuesday of this week. I plugged it into the paper wrong. So, if you want to check out a Division I first round game, it’s Tuesday.


NCS Hoops Bracket Challenge

Back by popular demand — and revamped for 2010 — is the North Coast Section basketball playoffs bracket challenge. At stake here is the all important ETERNAL GLORY! We’re going to make things a bit tougher for you guys this year as you’ll be forced to fill out your entire bracket before the tournament begins. Choose wisely, because you won’t be able to make new selections after each round. You’ll be picking both the boys and girls, Divisions I-VI, so be prepared to bone up on your Ferndale and Rincon Valley Christian knowledge just as much as Salesian, Bishop O’Dowd, Newark Memorial, Berkeley and everyone else. Of course, you can only choose to predict the brackets that your interested in, but it’ll make it hard to gain Eternal Glory that way. Below is the link and let the picking begin. Deadline for Divisions I-III is 5 p.m. on Tuesday and for Divisions IV-VI is 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Good luck. Standings will be posted after each round.

North Coast Section basketball

*A tip for when you visit the link and make your selections. When you click on a bracket to do the predictions, open it in a new window. That way when you are ready to go to the next bracket, you can go back to that page and open the next bracket in a new window.