Winter Sports: CCS and NCS live bracket updates

Sacred Heart Cathedral and Mitty boys basketball teams playing in the WCAL championship game on Saturday at Foothill College. (Photo by Doug Ko)

After a crazy day, I’ve got a full night of sleep and I’m repeatedly hitting the refresh buttons on the Central Coast Section and North Coast Section playoff brackets.

I’ll update them as quickly as I can as they get posted and please feel free to discuss in the comments section

– Jeremy Balan

CCS Basketball

Division II girls basketball – First round games on Tuesday
(2) St. Ignatius (first- and second-round byes)

Division III boys basketball – First round games on Tuesday
(1) Sacred Heart Cathedral (first- and second-round byes)
(3) St. Ignatius (first- and second-round byes)

Division III girls basketball – First round games on Tuesday
(2) Sacred Heart Cathedral (first- and second-round byes)

Division IV girls basketball – First round games on Tuesday
(1) Mercy (first- and second-round byes)

Division V boys basketball – First round games on Tuesday
Jewish Community vs. Trinity Christian (Monterey) @ Alma Heights (Pacifica), 7:15 p.m.

NCS Basketball

Division IV boys basketball – First round games on Wednesday
(6) Justin-Siena (Napa) @ (11) Lick-Wilmerding, 7 p.m.

Division V boys basketball- First round games on Wednesday
(8) Stuart Hall @ (9) St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma), 6:30 p.m.
(7) Urban vs. (10) Marin Academy (San Rafael) @ Kezar Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.
(3) University vs. (14) Oakland Military Institute @ Kezar Pavilion, 8 p.m.
(12) Bay @ (5) Head-Royce (Oakland), 8 p.m.

Division V girls basketball – First round games on Wednesday
(16) Bay @ (1) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda), 7 p.m.
(12) Valley Christian (Dublin) @ (5) University, 7 p.m.
(15) Roseland Prep (Santa Rosa) @ (2) Convent, 7 p.m.
(11) Head-Royce (Oakland) @ (6) International, 7 p.m.

Division VI girls basketball – First round games on Wednesday
(9) Waldorf @ (8) Point Arena, 7 p.m.

CCS Soccer

Division II boys soccer – First round games on Wednesday
(10) St. Ignatius @ Hillsdale (San Mateo), 2:30 p.m.

Division III boys soccer – First round games on Wednesday
(3) Sacred Heart Cathedral (first-round bye)

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63 Comments

  1. JJ says:

    February Madness! Besides Riordan, which team will get snubbed??

  2. jbalan says:

    Looks like we’re all set for NCS basketball.

    Early notes…

    It appears the Waldorf boys team has opted out of the playoffs in Division VI. Pretty much everyone who applies gets in in Division VI

    The Lick boys in Division IV obviously get penalized in seeding for playing in a largely Division V league.

    • lickchamps says:

      it’s unfortunate that Lick is just over the limit for the d5 bracket. they would easily be the 3 seed, possibly even the 2 seed

      • jbalan says:

        Seems to happen in every sport. Lick had a double-digit seed in baseball the last couple of years too, if I remember correctly. At least they’re on the opposite side of Salesian.

        • TTerritory says:

          It’s funny how that works out. In this case it’s so much better to be the 11 seed then the 8 or 9 seed.

          • lickchamps says:

            you’re correct. During the string of 4 championships in a row for Lick baseball, they got low double digit seedings. and Yes, they are, but it looks like a pretty tough road before getting to Salesian in the finals!

        • Baller says:

          That’s hella true. I feel bad for the 8 or 9 seed

  3. E. K. says:

    From Twitter: @VCHSAthletics Boys basketball earns number four seed in CCS playoffs. Will open at SI next Saturday

    That would imply that SHC and SI are in the top 3. Most likely SHC 1, El Camino 2 and SI 3.

  4. JJ says:

    It looks like Valley Christian will play SI on Saturday, if I’m not mistaken.

  5. JJ says:

    Yea, SI is a seed. So D-3 gots a 3 seed and a 4 seed with bad records. D-3 must be really watered-down. I hope we can see an El Camino vs SI rematch, that would be a great game.

    • JJ says:

      *** SI is a 3 seed **

    • E. K. says:

      Seeding committee did an awful job in D3 after the top 4. SI should have a decent game against Aptos, but Aptos, Santa Cruz and Monterey should all be behind Burlingame. Watch for Burlingame to beat Monterey Thursday and come out with a vengeance Saturday against SHC.

  6. jbalan says:

    Looks like some websites are posting some of the CCS brackets, but the CCS website still hasn’t posted any at all. They will probably release them all at once, rather than the one-by-one method the NCS uses.

  7. BadW says:

    Apparently neither Gateway nor Leadership won’t get in due to not having put their required paperwork in??? That’s not only foolish, but idiotic. How could their school ADs not do this????

  8. jbalan says:

    I’m done. I’ve wasted most of my afternoon waiting for the CCS to post its brackets. I have better things to do on my day off.

  9. TM76 says:

    CCS has got to be the slowest of all the league championships to get their brackets up!

  10. Crusader 88 says:

    Still no CCS brackets at 5:30pm!

  11. JJ says:

    It looks like SHC will play the winner of Burlingame and Monterey, while SI will most likely play Aptos in their 1st game on Saturday.

  12. JJ says:

    I’m watching Cal-Hi Sports right now on Comcast channel 13 KOFY, let’s see if they screw up any last name pronunciations.

  13. Kezar For Keeps says:

    CCS as usual is an absolute disaster.

  14. jbalan says:

    7:30 p.m.: Still no CCS brackets up.

  15. JJ says:

    Brackets are up!! Do I win a SanFranPreps t-shirt, if my bracket is flawless?

  16. RC Cola says:

    I bet that if it is St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral in the championship, they are gonna complain and ask the game to be played at AT&T Park.

    • BballFan says:

      The Oakland Coliseum will do.

    • GCJ 01 says:

      That’s funny. Would be interesting if they actually held a basketball game outdoors.

      • JJ says:

        An outdoors game would be great for the league. I think the NBA had a game about 3 or 4 years ago outdoors, but that was in a warm environment. In San Francisco, it’s usually chilly at night, and sometimes windy which would affect the outside shot. Maybe the game could be played in the day? 1st Bruce Mahoney game outdoors would be sick.

    • Basketball Fan says:

      RC Cola,
      Why do you think they will complain? Are you being facetious?

  17. GCJ 01 says:

    Looks like a WCAL team will win the D3 championship. Would be nice if SI and SHC end up in the championship game (just like they did in football). The good thing is, neither team has to travel prior to the championship due to their games being played at SI. Good luck to both schools. Hopefully Fox will be better by then.

    • JJ says:

      Depending on the health of Josh Fox, SHC can be beaten if their outside shots are not falling. Imagine if Fox wasn’t in the lineup in the game vs Serra, they probably would’ve lost by 20. Fox is an integral part of their offense, and is always relied upon to make a crucial basket. Although Taylor Johns can pick up the load, who will take the game-winning shot when SHC is losing by 1 and there’s 7 seconds left in the game? Petroni, Pratt, James, or Johns? It will be interesting if Fox plays this Saturday, or if they let him rest a couple more days for their 2nd game, assuming they beat Burlingame or Monterey.

    • Cats Pride says:

      looks like D 1-3 will be won by WCAL schools – definitely 2 and 3, not sure about 1.

  18. Nicholas S says:

    I don’t like how CCS doesn’t give the top seeds a home game.

    • Unbiased says:

      Gateway is D-4.

    • TTerritory says:

      That just proves record is not everything. Your strength of schedule matters and Gateway barely had that. It also seems like they didn’t play any D4 teams besides Lick-Wilmerding (who they lost to) which hurt their chances for an NCS bid.

  19. GO LICK says:

    Lick has great potential this year. Does anyone know why they are in D4? They play in BCL West with all D5 schools. Seems strange.

  20. bubba says:

    don’t care what you say about strength of schedule, gateway should be up there

  21. Waka Flocka Flame says:

    Sorry I’m new at this but what about the AAA teams? I know their season isn’t over yet but do they still get a shot at CCS or NCS or whatever?

    • jbalan says:

      The AAA playoffs begin on Friday and the AAA is in it’s own section (the San Francisco Section), which is different from the North Coast and Central Coast sections. The San Francisco Section sends its top two teams (in both boys and girls) to the state championship tournament. The CCS sends its top two teams in each division and the NCS sends its top four.

      • SHC Student says:

        isnt CCS better than NCS usually?

        • jbalan says:

          As a whole, I would say no.

          • Crusader 88 says:

            CCS vs. NCS- I’d give NCS the edge in D1, D3, D4, D5. With CCS being a bit stronger in D2.

          • ARHS Stats says:

            Division 5 Boys
            The North Coast Section and the Sac-Joaquin Section both have 4 teams each ranked in the Top Ten Northern California teams.
            The C.C.S. has only 3 teams ranked in the Top 25 teams in Northern California.

            Division 4 Boys
            The North Coast Section has 6 teams each ranked in the Top Ten Northern California teams.
            The C.C.S. has 6 teams in the Top 15 teams, while the North Coast Section has 7 teams in the Top 15 teams in Northern California.

            Division 3 Boys
            The North Coast Section has 4 teams each ranked in the Top Ten Northern California teams. Central Coast Section and the Sac-Joaquin Section both have 3 teams each ranked in the Top Ten Northern California teams.

            Division 2 Boys
            The Central Coast Section and the Sac-Joaquin Section both have 4 teams each ranked in the Top Ten Northern California teams.

            Division 1 Boys
            The Sac-Joaquin Section has 6 teams each ranked in the Top Ten Northern California teams.
            The C.C.S. has only 2 teams ranked in the Top 25 teams in Northern California.

            • ARHS Stats says:

              The Top Ranked Teams by Division Boys

              Division 5
              St. Joseph Notre Dame [North Coast]
              Pinewood [Central Coast]
              Capital Christian [Sac-Joaquin]

              Division 4
              Salesian [North Coast] {16 point ranking difference}
              Cardinal Newman [North Coast]
              Marin Catholic [North Coast]

              Division 3
              Sacred Heart Cathedral [Central Coast]
              Bishop O’Dowd [North Coast]
              Foothill (Sacramento) [Sac-Joaquin]

              Division 2
              Archbishop Mitty [Central Coast]
              Newark Memorial [North Coast]
              Junipero Serra [Central Coast]

              Division 1
              Sheldon [Sac-Joaquin]
              Jesuit [Sac-Joaquin]
              De La Salle [North Coast]

              Division 4 is Salesian’s Division to lose, all the other divisions should have competitive championship games.

        • Cats Pride says:

          CCS is pretty weak, besides the WCAL.

          • JJ says:

            Piedmont Hills could challenge Bellarmine in D1, Palo Alto could make some noise in D2, but obviously, Mitty should win that division with Serra also challenging them, D3 winner will most likely be SHC, but maybe SI can get hot, but also watch out for El Camino and Burlingame. Burlingame had some pretty good outside shooters and if they get hot, they could upset a couple of the top seeds. Santa Cruz usually have a competitive team too.

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