The main question for Division I is will there be a full field of eligible teams? We’ll find out this weekend.
AUTOMATICS (1): Pittsburg
Pitt is the only league champ at the moment. Either DLS or Cal will end up here, as could James Logan.
LOCKS (2): California, De La Salle
The top two teams in the East Bay meet this weekend with the EBAL title on the line. They’re probably the No. 1 and 2 seeds, regardless of what happens in that game.
PROBABLES (9): Berkeley, Deer Valley, Foothill, Granada, Heritage, James Logan, Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley
Only Foothill, Granada and SRV have less than six wins in this group, and all three of those teams would have more wins if they played in a different league. San Leandro is likely in, based on the lack of already-qualified teams and a win over Castro Valley. Seeding the probables could be tricky, but they’ll all be in there.
BUBBLES (6): Amador Valley, Castro Valley, College Park, Freedom, Irvington, Newark Memorial
A couple of these teams have yet to qualify, so they land on the bubble.
Amador Valley needs a win over Foothill this week to qualify. Win though, and they’re likely in based on strength of schedule. Also, the Dons have a win over Freedom.
Castro Valley is already qualified thanks to its league record, but an 0-4 record against Division I teams is something the Trojans would have to overcome in a full field. In a head to head situation, CV has losses to San Leandro and Newark Memorial.
College Park can qualify with a win this week against Clayton Valley, but the Falcons would be qualifying thanks to a 3-2 record in a largely Division II league. They’d have the same issue as Castro Valley, that being an 0-3 record against Division I teams. And, they have a loss to Freedom.
Freedom needs to beat Liberty to become eligible, but if it does, it will be a strong candidate. Wins over Berkeley and College Park highlight an entirely Division I schedule. I could see Freedom getting a decent enough seed if it could get eligible.
Irvington could qualify with a win over Newark Memorial, but it would be qualifying because of a 3-3 league record. Overall, the Vikings would be 3-7 and if the field has more than 16 teams, it would be tough for them to get a spot.
Newark Memorial needs a win over Irvington to qualify. The Cougars would have a valuable chip to play though, a win over Castro Valley. Win, and a low seed looks likely.
PROJECTED FIELD (not in seeded order): Berkeley, California, Castro Valley, College Park, De La Salle, Deer Valley, Foothill, Freedom, Granada, Heritage, James Logan, Monte Vista, Newark Memorial, Pittsburg, San Leandro, San Ramon Valley
DIVISION I (2000 AND ABOVE) (up to 16-team bracket)
AMADOR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2590 – 4-5, 2-4 EBAL (can become overall eligible with win this week)
BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL 3461 – 7-3, 5-1 ACCAL (overall eligible)
CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL 2435 – 9-0, 6-0 EBAL (overall eligible)
CASTRO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2920 – 4-5, 4-2 HAAL (HAAL eligible)
COLLEGE PARK HIGH SCHOOL 2053 – 3-6, 2-2 DVAL (can become DVAL eligible with win this week)
DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL 2102 – 9-0, 6-0 EBAL (overall eligible)
DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 3249 – 7-2, 3-1 BVAL (overall eligible)
FOOTHILL HIGH SCHOOL 2298 – 5-4, 2-4 EBAL (overall eligible)
FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL 2385 – 4-5, 1-3 BVAL (can become overall eligible with win this week)
GRANADA HIGH SCHOOL 2330 – 5-4, 2-4 EBAL (overall eligible)
HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL 2114 – 7-2, 3-1 BVAL (overall eligible)
IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 2032 – 2-7, 2-3 MVAL (can become MVAL eligible with win this week)
JAMES LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL 4154 – 7-2, 5-0 MVAL (overall eligible)
MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL 2207 – 6-3, 4-2 EBAL (overall eligible)
NEWARK MEMORIAL HS 2126 – 4-5, 2-3 MVAL (can become overall eligible with win this week)
PITTSBURG HIGH SCHOOL 2406 – 4-5, 4-0 BVAL (BVAL champs)
SAN LEANDRO HIGH SCHOOL 2675 – 5-4, 4-2 HAAL (overal eligible)
SAN RAMON VALLEY HS 2032 – 5-4, 2-4 EBAL (overall eligible)