Who’s in, who’s out, who needs to win on Friday to become eligible? Here’s a quick look at the North Coast Section playoff picture in Divisions I-IV.
Qualified: Amador Valley, Cal High, De La Salle, Deer Valley, Dougherty Valley, Foothill, Granada, Irvington, James Logan, Liberty, Pittsburg, San Leandro, San Ramon Valley, Santa Rosa
Need to win this weekend: Castro Valley, Freedom, Mission San Jose
Definitely out: Antioch, Berkeley, Heritage, Monte Vista
Notes: The NCS committee has put out some head-scratching Division I seedings the last two years, but I think this year’s bracket should be pretty straightforward, at least for the top eight or so seeds. Unless it fails to take care of business in the Big Little Game this week, Pittsburg should absolutely get the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 Cal High, No. 4 Deer Valley and No. 5 James Logan. If SRV and Foothill win their rivalry games, I see them at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively… Santa Rosa qualifies based on its win over the lone D1 team it played, Antioch, but is 2-7 overall and may not apply.
Qualified: Alameda, American, Casa Grande, Clayton Valley Charter, College Park, Concord, Las Lomas, Livermore, Miramonte, Montgomery, Newark Memorial, Northgate, Rancho Cotate, Redwood, San Lorenzo, Tennyson, Washington.
Need to win this weekend: Mt. Eden, Pinole Valley, Windsor
Definitely out: Arroyo, Dublin, Hayward, Maria Carrillo, Richmond, Ukiah
Notes: Seventeen teams already meet the qualifying criteria with three more on the bubble. My best guess is Redwood or Livermore gets left out. Mt. Eden and Pinole Valley could have a tough time being selected even if they do win and become eligible. I do think Windsor will be in the field if it can beat 8-1 Montgomery… It’ll be interesting to see if the committee goes with Casa Grande or Clayton Valley Charter for the No. 1 seed if both teams win this Friday.
Qualified: Acalanes, Albany, Analy, Campolindo, Cardinal Newman, El Cerrito, Encinal, Eureka, Hercules, Marin Catholic, Mt. Diablo, Novato, Drake, Sonoma Valley, Tamalpais
Need to win this weekend: Bishop O’Dowd, Kennedy-Fremont, Petaluma
Definitely out: Alhambra, DeAnza, Elsie Allen, Terra Linda, Ygnacio Valley
Notes: There’s a chance Division III will be able to field a full 16-team bracket even though Miramonte, San Lorenzo and Tennyson (D3 teams by enrollment) petitioned up to Division II. However, none of the three teams on the bubble for qualifying have a sure win coming this weekend — actually all three are underdogs, according to Calpreps… I’m also not so sure a team like Mt. Diablo (which qualified based on its win over the lone D3 team it played, Ygnacio Valley) will apply. The Red Devils had to forfeit a game a few weeks ago because they didn’t have enough healthy bodies to compete.
Qualified: Del Norte, Fort Bragg, Fortuna, Healdsburg, Kennedy-Richmond, Justin-Siena, Kelseyville, Moreau Catholic, Piedmont, Piner, San Marin, St. Helena, St. Mary’s, St. Patrick-St. Vincent
Need to win this weekend: El Molino
Definitely out: Arcata, Lower Lake, McKinleyville, San Rafael, Willits