And finally, it’s time to take a look at the Tri-County Athletic League Stone Division.
Of course, this isn’t a league loaded with top teams. You’ve got Hercules, Kennedy-Richmond, Albany, De Anza, Richmond and John Swett. Not exactly teams used to dominating. But the kind of cool thing is, one of them is going to win a league title this year. And all of them should at least be able to participate in a lot of competitive games.
Many point to Hercules as one of the favorites. The Titans have had athletes, they’ve got a nice campus with decent resources, and they’ve done well recently to handle their business against the type of teams they should beat. They reached the playoffs last year, losing to Campolindo in the first round. I’d expect as long as the league has this current makeup, Hercules should be a competitor.
The other top competitor, I think, will be Kennedy-Richmond. The Eagles feature Takkarist McKinley, a physical specimen with size and strength who is headed to Cal. He’s a TE/DE, but figure to see him all over the field. Kennedy has been building a bit lately and I think they can take the next step and have a shot to win this league. One problem is they’ve already cancelled their first scheduled game of the year, which was to be Friday against Berkeley. Hopefully that’s just a one-time deal.
The rest of the league is probably playing catchup. Fortunately, there shouldn’t be much separation between all of those teams. They’re all looking to build and gain some confidence in their players. Since they should all be in the same boat, expect them to play competitive games.