Following up on the theme of yesterday’s post about the new Western Alameda County Conference, it’s time to talk about our other new league: the Tri-County Athletic League.
The TCAL (couldn’t get more original with the name, eh?) essentially blends the former Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League with the Bay Shore Athletic League. So those two league are gone and the TCAL is the new product. Four schools (Alameda, Berkeley, Encinal, Piedmont) left those leagues to join the new WACC, leaving 12 full-time TCAL members. However, St. Joseph Notre Dame doesn’t field a football team. That would’ve dropped the TCAL to 11, but Berean Christian and Valley Christian-Dublin joined the fold to make the TCAL a 13-team commodity for football.
The Rock Division, which is the A Division, has seven teams: Berean Christian, El Cerrito, Pinole Valley, Salesian, St. Mary’s, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Valley Christian. Pretty interesting league if you ask me. For Salesian, it’s an obvious step up from playing in and dominating the Bay Football League. We’ll see how they handle the likes of El Cerrito and Pinole Valley. I think they are still capable of doing very well. El Cerrito could prove to be the favorite. Marcellus Pippins is a stud with a lot of college interest. The rest of the league should all be pretty solid.
The Stone Division features Albany, De Anza, Hercules, John Swett, Kennedy and Richmond. On paper, there’s not a ton to get excited about there to be perfectly honest. But it’s definitely a league that should be competitive. You’re going to see a team win a league title that hasn’t generally been competitive in the old league configurations. And competitive equity is one of the key aspects of this realignment and I believe that will be achieved.