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AS LEAGUE PLAY BEGINS, THE GIRLS RANKINGS REMAIN THE SAME

by / Monday, 04 January 2016 / Published in News

The YSN365.com rankings have no changes from the opening version a week ago. The power rankings did have a change, although not at No. 1.

This page will have the top ten from YSN365.com, the top twenty in the local power rankings and with league play starting a look at games to keep an eye on.

WCJ 1

Cardinal Newman Head Coach Monica Mertle during a timeout at the West Coast Jamboree

No. 1 Cardinal Newman (7-3) (Last Week No. 1)…Until someone in the area beats them they will stay No. 1.  For the second straight season they had a tough West Coast Jamboree, losing two of three. In both losses they let late leads slip away. There was improvement though. Last season they lost all three in the tournament.

No. 2 Montgomery (9-3) (2)…Won two of three in the West Coast Jamboree. Opens league season at No. 1 Cardinal Newman on Tuesday. Sophomore Shayla Newman is averaging 15.9 scoring and nine rebounds. She had a double-double in both of the tournament wins. Those two wins will help come playoff seeding time.

No. 3 Healdsburg (9-1) (3)…Only loss has been to Fortuna who is 10-4. They have won four straight since. Schedule hasn’t been overwhelming, but just right for its school size.

No. 4 Windsor (6-5) (4)…Also took two of three in the West Coast Jamboree. Their only loss was to Concord in the first round. They went on to win the bracket. Both wins were by over 20 points.

No. 5 Middletown (7-4) (5)…They were in the same bracket as Windsor in the West Coast Jamboree. They won two of three, losing to Concord in the championship game. Middletown has a six point halftime lead and in the semi-final game had a 27 point win over Analy.

No. 6 Santa Rosa (5-6) (6)…They lost the Championship game in its West Coast Jamboree bracket losing to 8-2 Encinal. Junior Emily Codding is averaging a double-double a game for the season and has had one in nine of twelve games.

No. 7 Sonoma Academy (9-0) (7)…They started December with a tournament and haven’t had one since. All their wins have been one sided and they are the favorite in what should be a good NCL II race.

No. 8 Cloverdale (9-2) (8)…Another team that went 2-1 in the West Coast Jamboree. Only loss was to Chico who is 10-2 and won the bracket.

No. 9 Kelseyville (8-3) (9)…They didn’t play in any tournaments this past week. They have had a tough schedule, its losses to teams with a combined record of 37-5. One of those losses was to Cloverdale, who they get a chance to avenge when they go on the road Friday.

No. 10 Piner (6-1) (10)…They also had a tournament-less Christmas. This is looking like a remarkable turnaround story. This is only the second time since 2007 that they have won more than five games in an entire season.

POWER RANKINGS
No. 1 Cardinal Newman (Last Week No. 1)…Overall in the North Coast Section they are No. 5
No. 2 Montgomery (4)
No. 3 Cloverdale (2)
No. 4 Middletown (7)
No. 5 Sonoma Academy (3)
No. 6 Ukiah (5)
No. 7 Kelseyville (6)
No. 8 Healdsburg (8)
No. 9 Rancho Cotate (10)
No. 10 Lower Lake (12)
No. 11 Casa Grande (13)
No. 12 Piner (9)
No. 13 Windsor (15)
No. 14 Maria Carrillo (14)
No. 15 Santa Rosa (NR)
No. 16 Sonoma Valley (20)
No. 17 Analy (19)
No. 18 Clear Lake (11)
No. 19 Fort Bragg (17)
No. 20 Rincon Valley Christian (16)

TOP GAMES THIS WEEK
NORTH BAY LEAGUE
Will someone give Cardinal Newman a battle for the NBL title this season? We might get an idea quickly. They open league play on Tuesday hosting No. 2 Montgomery.

On Thursday, No. 6 Santa Rosa is at No. 4 Windsor and Maria Carrillo is at Casa Grande. That second game is between two teams that are just outside the rankings.

SONOMA COUNTY LEAGUE
Two of the seven teams made it through pre-league play over .500 and they meet in the league opener on Wednesday when No. 10 Piner travels to No. 3 Healdsburg. The two teams aren’t usually mentioned when mapping out an SCL title, but are a combined 15-2.

Two teams that are mentioned in the SCL mix meet on Thursday when Sonoma Valley travels to Analy. The game features the last two SCL champions. Sonoma Valley won it last season.

NCL I
Middletown is the highest ranked team in the league at No. 4. They open league play at home against Lower Lake.

On Friday No. 9 Kelseyville is at No. 8 Cloverdale. The two teams have already met in a Non-League game on December 5th in the championship game of a tournament Kelseyville hosted. Cloverdale took a 40-33 win.

NCL II
The first week this league is basically on upset alert. No. 7 Sonoma Academy and Rincon Valley Christian are a combined 18-2 and meet in the first of their two league games on January 12th.

One game to keep an eye on is Tuesday with St. Vincent de Paul at Rincon Valley Christian. St. Vincent de Paul is coming off winning two of three in the West Coast Jamboree and is usually a contender in the NCL II race.

NCL III
Round Valley is the two time defending champions and has a league best 6-4 record in pre-league play.

SMALL SCHOOL BRIDGE
This race has started. Last season they had a four way tie for first which included Rio Lindo Adventist and Summerfield Waldorf. There are two of the three local teams in the eight team league.

My email address is jacpasquini@comcast.net

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