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Menlo boys left out of NorCal hoop playoffs

 

When the CIF NorCal basketball playoffs open this week, seven local squads will be competing. In any normal year, eight local teams would be playing this week.

Under normal circumstances, the Menlo School boys would be playing this week after reaching the Central Coast Section Division IV title on Saturday, falling to No. 1 seed Santa Cruz by 59-53 at Independence High. The No. 2-seeded Knights, however were victims of the division's success this season.

Sacred Heart Prep and Half Moon Bay, both Division IV teams, played in the Open Division last week. By reaching that level, both were guaranteed berths in the NorCal playoffs along with the CCS champ -- Santa Cruz.

Since four teams can't advance from any division, that left Menlo (18-8) the odd team out. Thus, seniors Will Richardson, Jack Hammond, David Nahm, McKenzie Morehead, Liam Dunn and Davis Rich all played their final game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sacred Heart Prep (23-4) received the No. 3 seed for NorCals and will host No. 14 Mesa Verde on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Santa Cruz (23-6) is the No. 6 seed and Half Moon Bay (24-4). All three teams are in the same half of the bracket. In fact, should the Gators and Cardinals win their openers, they'll face each other in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep at 6 p.m.

The Priory boys, meanwhile were rewarded for their first-ever CCS Division V title and received a No. 5 seed and home game Wednesday against No. 12 Mariposa County at 7 p.m.

In the girls' NorCal brackets, Pinewood as expected remained in the Open Division following a two-point loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the CCS championship game on Friday. The Panthers are the No. 7 seed and will visit No. 2 Miramonte on Friday. Miramonte handed Pinewood (24-3) one of its two losses during the regular season.

Palo Alto (22-4), which lost twice in the Open Division, dropped down to Division I for NorCals and received a No. 4 seed and home game Wednesday against No. 13 Oakland. Paly coach Scott Peters was hoping to be seeded higher than the CCS Division I champ (North Salinas) and got his wish. North Salinas is No. 7 and Menlo-Atherton (24-6), which lost in the section title game Saturday, is No. 11. The Bears will travel Wednesday to face No. 6 James Logan.

Menlo School (19-8) was seeded No. 5 after winning its third straight CCS Division IV title on Saturday and will host No. 12 Dixon on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Eastside Prep (22-5), which went 2-1 in the Open Division but finished third after upsetting No. 1 seed St. Ignatius, is the top seed for NorCal Division V and for the first time will not have to face rival Pinewood. The Panthers have a bye into Saturday's quarterfinals.

2015 CIF NORCAL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

BOYS

Open Division

Friday

No. 8 St. Francis (22-5) at No. 1 Bishop O'Dowd (24-4), 7 p.m.

No. 5 El Cerrito (29-3) at No. 4 Folsom (27-4), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Serra (23-5) at No. 3 Moreau Catholic (23-6), 7 p,m.

No. 7 Modesto Christian (28-3) at No. 2 Monte Vista (27-3), 7 p.m.

Division I

Wednesday

No. 9 Washington-SF (26-7) vs. No. 8 McClymonds (20-8) at Oakland Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Freedom (18-10) at No. 5 Bellarmine (17-10), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Fremont-Oakland (12-14) at No. 6 Pleasant Grove (21-9), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Salinas (22-6) at No. 7 Berkeley (19-10), 7:30 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 De La Salle (26-4), No. 2 Sheldon (21-7), No. 3 San Ramon Valley (23-6), No. 4 Woodcreek (25-5)

Division II

Wednesday

No. 9 San Marin (21-9) at No. 8 Los Altos (14-14), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Las Lomas (19-10) at No. 10 Pleasant Valley (13-14), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. 5 Dublin (18-11) at No. 4 St. Mary's-Stockton (22-8), 6 p.m.

No. 6 Cosumnes Oaks (22-8) at No. 3 Montogmery (21-11), 6 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 Sacramento (26-5), No. 2 Mitty (17-11)

Division III

Wednesday

No. 9 Aptos (23-7) at No. 8 Weston Ranch (21-11), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Encinal (18-12) vs. No. 5 Mission-SF (25-6) at Kezar Pavilion, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Manteca (22-8) at No. 4 Foothill (21-8), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Albany (28-2) at No. 6 Archbishop Riordan (17-10), 7 p.m.

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No. 10 Vanden (24-6) at No. 7 Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-11), 7 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 Drake (26-5), No. 2 Campolindo (25-4), No. 3 Sierra (29-2)

Division IV

Wednesday

No. 8 Liberty Ranch (23-6) at No. 9 Anderson (26-5), 7 p.m.

No. 12 West Campus (19-10) at No. 5 Palma (22-5), 7 p.m.

No. 13 Lassen (20-7) at No. 4 Capital Christian (23-8), 7 p.m.

No. 14 Mesa Verda (16-13) at No. 3 No. 3 Sacred Heart Prep (23-4), 7 p.m.

No. 11 St. Mary's-Berkeley (17-11) at No. 6 Santa Cruz (23-6), 7 p.m.

No. 10 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (22-9) at No. 7 Half Moon Bay (24-4), 7 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 Marin Catholic (22-10), No. 2 Cardinal Newman (29-3)

Division V

Wednesday

No. 9 Forest Lake Christian (21-8) at No. 8 Hamilton (23-5), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Mariposa County (24-6) at No. 5 Priory (17-9), 7 p.m.

No. 11 R.L. Stevenson (19-8) at No. 6 Urban (19-11), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Trinity (19-8) at No. 7 Elliot Christian (22-8), 7 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 Stuart Hall (29-3), No. 2 University (25-7), No. 3 St. Joseph Notre Dame (16-15), No. 4 Brookside Christian (24-4)

Division VI

Wednesday

No. 8 Anderson Valley (19-9) at No. 1 Liberty Christian (21-8), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Valley Christian-Roseville (14-11) at No. 4 Archbishop Hanna (24-5), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Paradise (3-22) at No. 3 St. Bernard's (20-10), 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 California School for the Deaf (19-11) at No. 2 Sacramento Country Day (26-4), 7 p.m.

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GIRLS

Open Division

Friday

No. 8 Modesto Christian (27-4) at No. 1 St. Mary's-Stockton (30-1), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Saint Mary's (23-7) at No. 4 Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco (15-10), 7 p.m.

No. 6 St. Ignatius (21-5) vs. No. 3 Salesian (27-3) at TBA, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Pinewood (24-3) at No. 2 Miramonte (28-2), 7 p.m.

Division I

Wednesday

No. 9 Clayton Valley Charter (24-7) at No. 8 Davis (26-3), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Lowell-San Francisco (19-7) at No. 5 Pittsburg (23-6), 7 p.m.

No. 13 Oakland (21-6) at No. 4 Palo Alto (22-4), 7 p.m.

No. 14 Lincoln-San Francisco (23-9) at No. 3 Berkeley (21-9), 6 p.m.

No. 11 Menlo-Atherton (24-6) at No. 6 James Logan (24-5), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Oakland Tech (20-8) at No. 7 North Salinas (24-2), 7 p.m.

First round byes: No. 1 McClatchy-Sacramento (23-7), No. 2 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (25-4).

Division II

Wednesday

No. 9 Pleasant Valley-Chico (21-6) at No. 8 Del Oro-Loomis (23-6), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Novato (18-12) at No. 6 Antelope (26-2), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Windsor (18-12) at No. 7 Presentation (12-14), 7 p.m.

First round byes: No. 1 Dublin (26-3), No. 2 Carondelet (26-3), No. 3 Mitty (21-6), No. 4 Kimball-Tracy (30-1), No. 5 St. Francis (13-14).

Division III

Wednesday

No. 9 Hillsdale (20-9) at No. 8 Moreau Catholic (20-9), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Florin-Sacramento (20-9) at No. 5 Shasta (21-6), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Eureka (18-7) at No. 6 Rio Linda (25-6), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Patterson (26-4) at No. 7 Branham (21-7), 7 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 Vanden (28-3), No. 2 Bishop O'Dowd (21-9), No. 3 Valley Christian-San Jose (13-13), No. 4 Acalanes (22-7).

Division IV

Wednesday

No. 9 Anderson (22-7) at No. 8 Notre Dame (13-13), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Dixon (22-7) at No. 5 Menlo School (19-8), 7 p.m.

No. 13 Justin-Siena (20-10) at No. 4 Brookside Christian-Stockton (23-3), 7 p.m.

No. 11 West Campus-Sacramento (20-7) at No. 6 Piedmont (18-11), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Arcata (20-10) at No. 7 Central Valley-Shasta Lake (24-5), 7 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (25-6), No. 2 Scotts Valley (24-5), No. 3 Bradshaw Christian-Sacramento (23-9).

Division V

Wednesday

No. 9 San Domenico-San Anselmo (22-6) at No. 8 Ripon Christian (16-7), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Notre Dame-Salinas (19-7) vs. No. 5 University-San Francisco (22-9) at Kezar Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

No. 13 Argonaut-Jackson (20-8) at No. 4 Durham (23-3), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Weed (23-6) at No. 6 Capital Christian-Sacramento (17-11), 6 p.m.

No. 10 Woodland Christian (25-4) at No. 7 St. Francis-Watsonville (15-11), 7 p.m.

First-round byes: No. 1 Eastside Prep (22-5), No. 2 Valley Christian-Dublin (29-3), No. 3 St. Joseph Notre Dame (20-12).

Division VI

Wednesday

No. 8 Tulelake (17-9) at No. 1 St. Bernard's-Eureka (21-9), 6 p.m.

No. 5 Round Valley-Covelo (17-7) at No. 4 Valley Christian-Roseville (25-3), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Turlock Christian (20-9) at No. 3 Ferndale (14-14), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Cornerstone Christian (24-8) at No. 2 Fall River-McArthur (22-7), 7 p.m.

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