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High school basketball: Top 10 storylines heading into California title games

The Northern California loftier schoolhouse basketball playoffs continue this evening with teams in all brackets now just two wins from regional championships and a trip to Sacramento’s Golden1 Center for next weekend’south country finals.

Four teams in the Bay Expanse News Grouping’s coverage surface area — two boys, ii girls — are alive in the Open Partition, the best-of-the-best bracket.

And 4 others — 2 boys, two girls — are in contention in Division I.

In all, in that location are 20 still playing across the 6 divisions that will feed into Sacramento.

Here are ten storylines for this evening:

No. 1: Tin the Campolindo boys go along their incredible run going? The Moraga school is 46-1 since February 2020 heading into the semifinals against Archbishop Riordan and has never ended a season with a loss in the Aidan Mahaney era. The Cougars won a state title in 2019 and a NorCal title in 2020 when the pandemic shutdown concluded the season but before the state finals. Last jump, Campo finished xv-0 when there were no playoffs for North Declension Department teams.

No. 2: How large is that chip on Riordan’due south shoulder? In case you didn’t know, the Riordan boys were not pleased that
they only received the 5th seed
in the NorCal Open after winning the Central Coast Section Open title. The Crusaders had to win a road game Wednesday at De La Salle to accomplish the semifinals.

No. 3: Don’t bring up 2020 around Riordan. The San Francisco schoolhouse tin can’t help only expect at Campo’s NorCal Division I title that flavor without thinking what could take been. Riordan was the No. i seed in that subclass but had to withdraw going into the semifinals against De La Salle
because of COVID-19 issues. Campo not only beat out DLS in the concluding, just it too hung a 2020 co-state championship banner in its gym — which will be in front of Riordan’south eyes all night.

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Campolindo displays a co-land boys basketball championship imprint from the 2019-20 flavour in its gym.  The Division I state final was not played in March 2020 because of the pandemic. (Darren Sabedra/Bay Expanse News Grouping)

No. 4: Ahead of schedule? Given Kelly Sopak’south level of success as the Miramonte girls coach, we all knew that his movement to Concord private school Carondelet before the 2021 flavor would have a major affect on the girls’ game. Merely this quickly? The rise has been swift — 10-1 last spring and the No. 1 seed in the Open up this flavour heading into tonight’s home game against Oak Ridge.

No. v: It’ll be a state championship rematch at Archbishop Mitty in the NorCal girls Open when Clovis West pays a visit. Depending on need, the California Interscholastic Federation reserves the right to put the Fresno-area schools in the North or the South. In 2017, Clovis West won the S region, then held Haley Jones-led Mitty to 32 points below its season scoring average in a 44-40 victory for the country crown.

No. 6: Dorsum at home for the Sacred Heart Prep boys? Later on
needing two gyms
— its own and Menlo School’s next door — to beat Oakland Tech in the Sectionalization I quarterfinals Thursday, SHP will be on its home court tonight to play Clovis North.

No. 7: SHP is the meridian seed in the bracket, but seeds have meant cipher to Clovis North. In the beginning circular Tuesday, the 13th-seeded team traveled to Orinda and
stunned No. 4 seed Miramonte
lxx-68 in overtime. Thursday, it won a road game, 45-43 at No. 5 seed Folsom.

No. 8: St. Ignatius had a
decisive abode-court advantage
in its auxiliary gym Th against Lincoln of Stockton, winning 53-38 (The San Francisco school’due south main gym was being prepared for a fundraising auction). Now No. three seed St. Ignatius will travel for the first time in the NorCal regionals, playing tonight at No. ii seed Inderkum of Sacramento. SI is 6-4 on the road this season, but Inderkum is 12-0 at dwelling house and 28-2 overall.

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No. 9: The third-seeded SI girls also will hit the road for the first fourth dimension in these NorCals D-I playoffs, traveling to Stockton to play No. 2 seed St. Mary’s. When the teams played at Carondelet in belatedly Jan, St. Mary’s rolled 71-52.

No. 10: Considering Salesian’s gym doesn’t meet the minimum capacity requirement to host a regional semifinal, the Pride’south habitation game tonight against Bishop O’Dowd will be played on the westward side of the Richmond-San Rafael bridge at Dominican University equally part of a doubleheader. In the 6 p.m. opener, the Branson boys will face St. Patrick-St. Vincent in a D-II semifinal. The girls game is scheduled to start at viii.