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One year later San Ramon Valley beat Campolindo In the Division II championship game, the teams will meet again in the first round of the Open/Division I playoffs Friday at SRV. Both were promoted through the competitive equity formula used by the North Shore chapter. SRV, which brought back many players from last season’s section and regional championship team, was in position to advance to the playoffs. The only suspense Sunday was whether the Wolves or Pittsburgh would receive the No. 2 seed behind Of the room. SRV had a better computer rating and took De La Salle to overtime before losing to the Spartans last month. SRV was ranked second. Campo entered the playoff bubble last weekend, but earned an at-large berth after rallying in the fourth quarter to stun Acalanes 25-24 on Friday, a result that gave the Cougars a share of their title of champion. Campo coach Kevin Macy, who has long been vocal about his dissatisfaction with competitive fairness, understands the challenges the top division will present his team. “It was our championship,” Macy said after Friday’s dramatic victory. “If we go in, we’ll say okay. I think we’re just going to show North Shore that they need to abandon the competitive equity format. Whether SRV buys what Macy’s sells remains to be seen. Campo beat SRV 17-14 in the Division II semifinals in 2021 en route to the championship before losing to the Wolves 35-21 in the final last year. -Darren Sabedra


Freedom is the 13th best team in NCS, according to CalPreps’ computer evaluation. So how did the Lions miss the seven-division, 55-team playoffs? Liberty went 7-3, with losses to San Ramon Valley powers, Pittsburg and Los Gatos. A similar resume last season was enough for Liberty to receive the No. 4 seed in Open/Division I. That’s not the case this time. With 11 teams competing for eight spots, Liberty was the best of the schools left out. League Champions Pittsburgh, Amador Valley And James Logan blocked three places. Of the roomwho benefits from an automatic place in his league, took another. San Ramon Valley is the second-best NCS team, according to calpreps.com. He received a place, just like Clayton Valley, California And Campolindo, which are ranked higher than Liberty. That said, the result did not please Lions coach Mike Cable. “We are frustrated and upset to say the least,” Cable told the Bay Area News Group. “It’s just sad for the seniors to suddenly be told, ‘No, we’re not going to continue despite our record and despite what we’ve been able to accomplish.'” —Joseph Dycus


San Ramon Valley nearly made history last month, coming so close to becoming the first NCS team to beat De La Salle in 32 years. The Wolves finished 9-1 and were ranked 23rd Sunday morning by calpreps.com, four spots behind De La Salle and eight spots ahead of Pittsburg. The NCS selection committee ranked SRV second, opening the possibility of a rematch against De La Salle for the section’s Open Division title in the second week of the playoffs. If SRV loses this game, the Wolves would then play for the section’s Division I championship in Week 3 of the playoffs, likely against No. 3 seed Pittsburg. Who would have the advantage in this one? The team coming out of a bad physical patch against De La Salle or the team that didn’t play against De La Salle? The winner of the two championship matches advances to a regional championship. The loser of the Division I title game goes home. -Darren Sabedra


California did not win their championship and lost at home against Clayton Valley Charter 33-24 last month in the league. But when the teams meet Friday in the first round of the Open/Division I bracket, fourth-seeded Clayton Valley will be on the road to face the fifth-seeded Grizzlies. Here’s why: After the teams’ game last month, Clayton Valley players celebrated excessively in the middle of the field, leading to eight suspensions for last week’s game against De La Salle (CVC’s 48-0 loss ) and the loss of a home match. game Friday. Suspended players will return for the playoffs. “It was very unusual,” Clayton Valley coach Nick Tisa said Sunday. “They were on the 50, waving. These were inappropriate actions that did not represent the Clayton Valley program in a positive manner. » The winner Friday will face third-seeded Pittsburg or sixth-seeded Amador Valley in the semifinals. -Darren Sabedra


Since the NCS divisions are set before the season, a series of inevitable blowouts populate the first round of each of the seven brackets. No bracket features more than Division IV. No. 1 San Marino is ranked 541 places ahead of No. 8 Kennedy-Fremont in the CalPreps.com rankings. No. 2 Acalanes will play Mount Diablo, or 550 places behind the Lafayette school. In Division II, No. 1 El Cerrito is ranked 392 places above the eighth seed Berkeley. In Division V, seeded n°1 Miramonte will host San Rafael, which sits 243 spots behind the Mats in the calpreps.com rankings. Catholic sailor, which crushed Newark Memorial 69-0 in the D-IV first round last season, was moved to D-III. But a victory on the clock remains probable. The Wildcats’ opening game will be against a Bishop O’Dowd team he beat 52-0 this season. —Joseph Dycus


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