The Bears, who have won 19 straight since losing to Mitty by a point, are carrying the mantle for CCS public schools as they are the only non-private selected for either the boys or girls Open Division.
In the girls Open Division bracket, Pinewood (22-2), as expected, received the No. 2 seed. The Panthers will play No. 7 St. Francis on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Gunn. St. Francis (14-8) is coached by Sami Polisso, who played at Pinewood for longtime Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler. The two teams have played once before this season. Back on Dec. 22 Pinewood blew out the Lancers 72-27.
In other CCS Open girls quarterfinal matchups, No. 5 Menlo School (21-3) will play No. 4 St. Ignatius (15-9) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gunn. St. Ignatius defeated Menlo 66-51 on Dec. 1 in a tournament at Marin Catholic. The Wildcats are one of two teams, with Pinewood, to beat the Knights this year.
Eastside Prep (13-11) was also selected for the Open Division as the No. 8 seed. The Panthers have the arduous task of taking on No. 1 seed Archbishop Mitty (22-2) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Christopher High in Gilroy.
Eastside finished third in the West Bay Athletic League, behind Pinewood and Menlo.
The three-time Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division champion Palo Alto girls received the No. 1 seed and the Palo Alto boys, who finished second in the SCVAL De Anza Division, are the No. 3 seed in Division I. Both Palo Alto teams will play their first games on Tuesday in a doubleheader at Paly, the girls at 5:30 and the boys at 7.
Menlo-Atherton received the No. 5 seed in girls Division I and will play Saturday at home at 7 p.m. against the winner of the Friday game between Homestead and Piedmont Hills.
The Gunn boys (9-16) received the No. 10 seed in Division II and will host unseeded Yerba Buena on Friday at 4 p.m. Woodside (11-10), the No. 10 seed in girls Division II, will play at No. 7 Oak Grove on Saturday at 7.
Sacred Heart Prep is the No. 1 seed in girls Division IV and Priory the top seed in girls Division V. Both will be looking to defend CCS championships won a year ago. Both begin play with 7 p.m. home games on Tuesday.
Castilleja (13-9), the No. 4 seed in Division V, also gets underway on Tuesday. The Gators were the CCS runner-ups to Priory last year.
In boys Division IV, No. 7 Sacred Heart Prep (13-11) will host No. 10 Half Moon Bay (14-10) and No. 9 Menlo (15-9) will play at No. 8 Terra Nova (16-9). Both games are on Saturday at 7 p.m.
And after winning the West Bay Athletic League regular-season title, the Eastside Prep boys (16-7) received the No. 1 seed in Division V.
Pinewood (10-14), the No. 8 seed, will host the Pacific Point-Oakwood winner on Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of Saturday's game will play at Eastside on Tuesday at 7. No. 6 seed Priory (8-16) will host the Crystal Springs Uplands-Summit Shasta winner on Saturday at 7 p.m. Unseeded Kehillah (12-7) will play at No. 10 Mountain View Academy (17-3), Friday at 2 p.m.
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