Prep basketball season will continue for 10 local squads


The postseason will continue for 10 local teams, headed for the 35th annual CIF State Basketball Championships this week at various sites. Eight teams, however, will host NorCal regional competition.

The Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton girls will join the Priory boys in opening-round action Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Palo Alto (19-7), which captured the CCS Division I title on Saturday, received a No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Dublin (18-10) at Gunn High. Dublin is coached by Hans de Lannoy, who was a standout boys coach at Cubberley and Gunn before moving to the East Bay. He coached the Gunn boys to a second-place CCS finish in 1981, when only one division existed.

M-A (25-4), which dropped back-to-back games in the CCS Open Division, nonetheless received a No. 4 seed in Division I and will host No. 13 Washington of San Francisco (13-11).

The Priory boys (14-8), meanwhile, will take the momentum of winning a second straight CCS Division V crown into its NorCal opener against No. 9 Williams (20-4) after receiving the No. 8 seed.

Also on Wednesday, CCS Division V runner-up Eastside Prep (15-12) will hit the road after receiving a No. 12 seed and face No. 5 Urban (22-9) at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Pinewood girls (22-5) will embark on another tough schedule by hosting No. 5 Bishop O'Dowd (24-6) in an Open Division contest in Los Altos Hills at 7 p.m. The Panthers, who received the No. 4 seed, were eliminated in the first round last season.

Five other local squads won't open until Saturday.

In Division IV, Menlo School (19-7) received the No. 2 seed and a bye into the second round. The Knights will host the winner of No. 7 University Prep (24-5) and No. 10 Placer (20-8) at 6 p.m.

Sacred Heart Prep got the No. 4 seed and a bye to Saturday and will host either No. 5 Arcata (24-5) or No. 12 Central Valley (18-11) at 6 p.m.

In Division V, the Eastside Prep girls (16-11) will host either No. 8 Argonaut (19-10) or No. 9 University of San Francisco (22-7) at 6 p.m. University is led by former USF coach Mary Hile-Nepfel. The No. 3 Priory girls (18-6) will host at the same time against either No. 6 Cloverdale (24-7) or No. 11 Mariposa County (21-8).

The Menlo-Atherton boys (26-4), meanwhile, drop from the CCS Open Division to Division I and will take their No. 5 seed on the road Saturday to face No. 4 McClymonds (21-9) in Oakland at 6 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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