Not much of a change, especially at the top.  There are some minor changes and some new teams in this week’s top ten.

BOYS

No. 1 Montgomery (12-4) (Last Week 1)…The Vikings continues to be dominate.    Average win in a 5-0 league start is 29 points.  Week schedule is with two teams that have one league loss.  This looks like the last chance for a league race this week. kiel shot

No. 2 Willits (14-2) (2)…The wins over Maria Carrillo and Ukiah are looking better each week.   If there is a showdown left in the NCL I race it is Friday when the Wolverines travel to Kelseyville.

No. 3 Analy (12-6) (3)…A nice three win week that not only put them in solid position in the SCL race, but helped in the NCS seeding game.

No. 4 Ukiah (10-5) (6)…Until further notice a team isn’t going to get punished for a loss to Montgomery.   If you need an example of parity look at two weeks ago when they lost to Cardinal Newman by 24 and then got a road win at Maria Carrillo.

No. 5 Maria Carrillo (11-5) (7)…Here is example No. 2 of Parity.  A week with a home loss to Ukiah and then they go on the road for a 30+ win over Cardinal Newman. The Pumas have showed they can be the best team in area this side of Montgomery.

No. 6 Piner (9-8) (8)…Shook off the tough loss to Analy with two nice road wins.  SCL schedule has Analy-Piner game to end regular season.

No. 7 Windsor (11-5) (5)…Not dropped because of loss to Montgomery.  Other teams earned step up.  They can move up with games against Maria Carrillo and Cardinal Newman.

No. 8 Cloverdale (9-5) (NR)…This is Eagles first appearance in rankings.   Big second half gives them impressive win over Middletown.   Only league loss at Willits.

No. 9 Cardinal Newman (9-7) (4)…You might have to go back forever to see the last time they lost a more one sided NBL game and Montgomery is next.  Ugh.

No. 10 Elsie Allen (11-6) (9)…Wasn’t the best of weeks after making rankings for the first time but record keeps them hanging in there.  They can make statement win for program against Sonoma Valley.

Keep an Eye On:  Kelseyville, Roseland University Prep, Sonoma Valley

GIRLS

No. 1 Santa Rosa (15-1) (1)…They have set such a standard that a twenty point win is considered close.

No. 2 Windsor (13-3) (2)…Has a chance for No. 1 seed in Division 2 playoffs.  They could help that with win at Cardinal Newman.

No. 3 Cardinal Newman (13-5) (3)…Survived game with Montgomery.   They meet in order No. 2 and No. 1 this week.

No. 4 Casa Grande (10-6) (5)…They had a good week winning three of four with the lone loss to Windsor.  They get a shot at Santa Rosa on Wednesday.

No. 5 Montgomery (9-8) (6)…After losing to Windsor they just missed pulling off win against Cardinal Newman.  Salvaged week with Monday win over Petaluma.

No. 6 Sonoma Valley (9-9) (4)…Dominating week before losing to Maria Carrillo in Monday’s NBL-SCL challenge which cost them a couple of rating points.   Reality check when they meet Analy on Friday for the top of the SCL.

No. 7 St. Vincent (11-5) (7)…They are one of those small school programs that is dominating its league enough to make one wonder how they would do in a bigger league.

No. 8 Cloverdale (8-7) (NR)…After rough start, last undefeated team in NCL I race.  The Eagles can take full control of league race with win at St. Helena on Friday.

No. 9 Roseland University Prep (11-4, 5-0)(NR)…Has won seven straight since loss to St. Vincent.  They get another chance against them this week.

No. 10 Petaluma (10-8) (NR)…Was most successful team for the league in the SCL challenge by giving Montgomery a game.

Keep an Eye On:  Analy, Middletown, St. Helena

NOTING

Rivalry was thrown around in sports quite a bit the last week with what the match-up in the NFC Championship Game.  The best rivalry or event in the area takes place Tuesday Night when Cardinal Newman travels to Montgomery for an NBL Basketball game.

Last year the games were play at SRJC.   This year they are being moved back to the schools, so if you want to make sure you get in, get there early.

When the two teams play it is usually a good show.   This year it would be quite an upset if Cardinal Newman would pull off a win.  This is a match-up of one of Montgomery’s best teams ever, against a Cardinal Newman team that is in a transition year.

Cardinal Newman had a 22 game league winning streak snapped last Friday Night when they were defeated by Maria Carrillo 67-33.  It is safe to say that it is one of the worst losses (if not worst) for Cardinal Newman in NBL history.

The 34 points difference isn’t too far away from Montgomery’s average winning score in a 4-0 start to league play.

One bright side for Cardinal Newman might be going back to last season and while having one of their best teams ever, all three games with Montgomery were thrillers although Cardinal Newman won them all.

Cardinal Newman resumes its rivalry with Montgomery on Tuesday Night
Cardinal Newman resumes its rivalry with Montgomery on Tuesday Night

Cardinal Newman is joined by Maria Carrillo and Windsor at 3-1 one game behind Montgomery.   Windsor at Maria Carrillo on Tuesday Night.  Then Maria Carrillo has a Thursday home game against Montgomery.  Windsor loss is to Montgomery. 

Other games Tuesday night are Ukiah at Santa Rosa and Rancho Cotate at Casa Grande.

The NBL Girls race goes into the week with Santa Rosa and Cardinal Newman tied for first.  This is judgment week for Cardinal Newman who hosts No. 2 Windsor on Wednesday before traveling to No. 1 Santa Rosa on Friday.

For the second straight year in the NBL-SCL Girls challenge the NBL swept all five games.

The Sonoma Valley Boy’s team just missed the top ten because of a 5-12 record.   They can jump into it with a two win week.  They spend the week at home hosting Elsie Allen on Tuesday and Analy on

Thursday.

It is the same story for the Analy Girls, who are undefeated in SCL play, but 7-9 overall.  Add to that they lost to Casa Grande 59-22 in the NBL-SCL challenge.  On Friday they host Sonoma Valley.  Both teams start the week undefeated in league play.

It appears that the NCL II Boys have a first place battle when Roseland University Prep travels to Rincon Valley Christian.   This league isn’t very good at reporting its scores and this could be a game between two undefeated teams…or not.

JC WEEK

SRJC hosts American River on Tuesday and travels to Diablo Valley on Friday.

SRJC Men Basketball Coach Craig McMillan
SRJC Men Basketball Coach Craig McMillan

The Men’s loss to Sacramento not only cost them share of the Big 8 lead but they took a big hit in the State rankings.   It was a surprise that they were No. 5 last week.  It turned out to be a soft No. 5.  They fell to No. 20 in this week’s rankings.

The Women are at No. 10.  American River is one game behind SRJC in the Big 8 race.

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