BOYS RANKINGS AND LEAGUE OVERVIEW
Parity is the story in these rankings, at least after the first four, where there is no change from last week.
After that, three of the last six teams make the rankings for the first time.
A note: The rankings don’t include Tuesday results
No. 1 Windsor (11-3) (Last Week No. 1)…Nice way to open league play with two one sided wins. They will have no problem getting up for next game at No.2 Cardinal Newman. They are No. 2 in the North Coast Section Division 2 power rankings.
No. 2 Cardinal Newman (9-4) (2)…The improvement has been almost stunning until you think it is Cardinal Newman, what did you expect. They are also getting healthy just in time for the home game against Windsor.
No. 3 Analy (11-4) (3)…Dodged a bullet with an OT win over Sonoma Valley. They followed that up with a one sided win over Piner. Has a three game week that includes Petaluma and a non-league game with Mt. Eden. (Lost to Healdsburg 62-50 Tuesday Night)
No. 4 Montgomery (7-6) (4)…Bounced back from league opening loss to Cardinal Newman with win over Ukiah. The two wins over Petaluma keep them from moving down.
No. 5 Petaluma (10-5) (8)…After a 5-0 start things looked like they were getting back to normal when they lost five of seven. They have regained footing with a three game winning streak to reach double digits in wins for the first time since 2009.
No. 6 Fort Bragg (9-5) (NR)…They make their first appearance in the rankings. An impressive win over Kelseyville got notice and then Kelseyville pulled off the upset of Cloverdale.
No. 7 Kelseyville (11-3) (7)…Mixed week. Not an impressive performanceagainst Fort Bragg. That was more than made up for with the win over Cloverdale, which was the first win over the Eagles since 2012.
No. 8 Cloverdale (10-3) (5)…The NCL I race got interesting with the loss to Kelseyville. They had won 13 of the last 14 NCL I games over the last three seasons.
No. 9 Upper Lake (9-3) (NR)…Went with the record here as their schedule doesn’t match up with other possibilities. They have a four game winning streak with three of the wins by double figures.
No. 10 Piner (6-7) (NR)…They got momentum of winning three of four including a league opening win over Healdsburg. They ended the week with a 21 point loss to Analy.
No. 1 Windsor (Last Week No.1)…No. 16 in North Coast Section
No. 2 Cloverdale (2)
No. 3 Kelseyville (3)
No. 4 Cardinal Newman (4)
No. 5 Fort Bragg (9)
No. 6 Analy (8)
No. 7 Clear Lake (6)
No. 8 Petaluma (13)
No. 9 Rio Lindo Adventist (7)
No. 10 Archbishop Hanna (10)
No. 11 Montgomery (11)
No. 12 St. Vincent de Paul (12)
No. 13 Santa Rosa (14)
No. 14 Healdsburg (5)
No. 15 Roseland University Prep (NR)
No. 16 Anderson Valley (17)
No. 17 Casa Grande (20)
No. 18 Willits (15)
No. 19 Upper Lake (NR)
No. 20 Ukiah (19)
It is already the second No. 1 vs. No. 2 game in league play. The first was on the Girls side with Cardinal Newman taking a one sided win over Montgomery. This game figures to be closer.
If last year is any indication it will be. Windsor handed Cardinal Newman one of its two losses and then in the NBL Post Season tournament lost a 63-62 OT game at Cardinal Newman.
Of course there will be a lot put into this game, but there will be a lot of race left after. But these two seemed to be a step ahead the rest of the league.
The two top ranked teams in league meet on Thursday when Petaluma travels to Analy. Both teams lost road games on Tuesday night.
You would have gotten pretty good odds against this at the beginning of the season but when Lower Lake travels to Fort Bragg on Tuesday it is a battle for first place. The teams are the only two that are undefeated in league play. UPDATE: On Tuesday Fort Bragg defeated Lower Lake 78-66 to take over sole possession of first place in the NCL I race.
This race has had postponements and two teams haven’t even played its first game yet.
Upper Lake, who is 2-0 overall, host St. Vincent De Paul. They got hit by the postponements and are playing its first league game. They are 7-3 overall.
The standings here don’t look updated. Anderson Valley is 9-5 overall and 2-0 in league, that does look right. One of the wins is over Mendocino, which looks like the only other team in the league over .500 overall.
SMALL BRIDGE LEAGUE
Not sure if this is caught up either. There are three undefeated teams with one being 5-0, another 4-0 and the third 2-0. Maybe there were some postponements here because of the weather.
Two of the undefeated teams are Archbishop Hanna and Rio Lindo Adventist. The other is Cornerstone Christian, who is from Antioch. They don’t meet for a while.
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