30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 19): Going North Central

I’ve lauded much of the results of the NCS Bay Shore Conference realignment, which created the new Tri County Athletic League and Western Alameda Athletic Conference. But there was one casualty in the process that will make things a little strange for a few local teams.

After the realignment went down, among the big questions were: what would Salesian do? The Pride had been playing in the supplemental Bay Football League, rather than the Bay Shore Athletic League — the league all its other sports played in. That was answered when Salesian confirmed it would leave the BFL to participated in the TCAL, with it being slotted in the “A” Division, the Rock Division. With Salesian leaving the BFL, that left Berean Christian and Valley Christian obviously concerned about the quality of the league and both teams lept at the chance to also join the TCAL, as supplemental members. The TCAL was going to need at least one extra member, to make up for the fact that St. Joseph Notre Dame doesn’t field a football team. So with both Berean Christian and Valley Christian gone, that left a depleted BFL.

Only three members of the league remained in California School for the Deaf, Emery and St. Elizabeth, with Stellar Prep of Hayward set to join as a first-year program. A four-team league wasn’t going to work. So with a little creativity, the BFL has joined forces with the North Central League II, another league that only had four teams. (It has actually participated as a four-team league previously, with teams playing a double round robin against league opponents).

So now we’ve got the North Central II/Bay Football League. Strange. Very strange. It’s got the four East Bay teams, CSD, Emery, St. Elizabeth and Stellar Prep. And it also has Calistoga, Upper Lake, St. Vincent-Petaluma and Tomales. Who’s ready for some serious road trips?

A note about Stellar Prep, which makes its varsity debut after a successful JV season last year. They are coached by Desmond Gumbs, former head coach at Oakland High, Wilson Prep and Mt. Eden. He led Oakland to a three-way share of the regular season title in his year there and had some decent teams at Wilson Prep. It should be interesting to see what this new program looks like. If I recall, they won quite a few games as a JV team last year.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • BayAreaSection

    Stellar Prep-Sleeping Giant waking up?

  • DJ

    not with Gumbs at the helm.

  • Mission Blvd Fan

    rumor is that csd s HC and an assistant joined MSJ FB program. Looks like CSD will not be able to return to NCS this season. New HC is a young inexperienced coach.

  • oalfan2

    It will be tough still for them, a var team with only sophs! if they can beat more than emery and St Liz i will be impressed. Looks like Gumbs bought himself another team!! Hopefully the kids do well there! And I believe they had a freshman team last year, so they are making a big jump from freshman ball to varsity!! hopefully gumbs has some decent coaches. I hear he has kids from out of the area! So that should help. i am sure many of the kids he has arent from hayward.

  • oalfan2

    I say Tomales wins this league easily

  • epcthree

    Okay Jimmy/Ben, since no one else has, I’m gonna ask… what happened to No. 18??? 😉

  • Ben Enos

    EPC, nicely spotted. Just a mix-up. I fixed the numbers.

  • When was Gumbs at Mt. Eden? What years? I don’t remember.

  • HAAL Fan

    Gumbs was in charge of Mt. Eden for the 2000-2001 season. 0-10 or 1-9. He averages 2 years at a school then leaves. Good luck to the kids who are headed to Stellar