The year 2014 is ending tonight.
So is the Basketball Tournament barrage.
If you are the directors of the Sonoma County Classic, you can’t ask for anything better than what you are getting for this years finale on New Years Eve.
The host school against the team everyone loves to beat.
The Sonoma County Classic Championship features Cardinal Newman and Piner, the No. 1 and No. 4 ranked teams in the opening YSN365.com rankings.
This is a rivalry that has some history. The two coaches, Tom Bonfigli of Cardinal Newman and Mike
Erickson of Piner have some history themselves. They are two of the longest tenured coaches in the area.
Maybe the most memorable game between the two was on February 21st, 2009. That season both teams were in the NBL and this was the league’s post season championship game at SRJC.
Piner was pretty good that season. The Prospectors had a twenty win season and tied for second in the NBL race.
Cardinal Newman was special. They went into the game 27-0.
Piner won the game 55-46.
WATCH THE 2009 NBL CHAMPIONSHIP HERE
This championship game tonight is a junior version of this. Cardinal Newman goes into the game unofficially 10-0. The 0 part of that record is official.
Not only is this for the Sonoma County Classic Championship, but with the other results of tournament play, the winner could go into league play, the No. 1 ranked team in the area.
It is a nice way to end the December tournament barrage.
SONOMA COUNTY CLASSIC AT PINER HIGH SCHOOL
Game 1—Las Lomas 73 Healdsburg 26
Game 2—No. 1 Cardinal Newman 70 Eureka 26
Game 3—Mt. Eden 70 Santa Rosa 56
Game 4—No. 4 Piner 63 Rancho Cotate 30
Santa Rosa 66 Rancho Cotate 25
Eureka 55 Healdsburg 35
No. 4 Piner 67 Mt. Eden 54
No. 1 Cardinal Newman 64 Las Lomas 47
1:30—7th place—Healdsburg vs. Rancho Cotate
3 pm—Consolation—Eureka vs. Santa Rosa
4:30—3rd place—Las Lomas vs. Mt. Eden
6 pm—CHAMPIONSHIP—No. 1 Cardinal Newman at No. 4 Piner
WINDSOR HOLIDAY SHOOTOUT
Game 1—Palo Alto 66 Maria Carrillo 48
Game 2—Dublin 73 Analy 56
Game 3—Northgate 55 Novato 29
Game 4—McKinleyville 78 No. 3 Windsor 55
Game 5—Analy 54 Maria Carrillo 34
Game 6—Novato 58 No. 3 Windsor 46
Game 7—Palo Alto 66 Dublin 57 (OT)
Game 8—Northgate 57 McKinleyville 44
10:30…7th place…Maria Carrillo vs. Windsor
Noon…Consolation…Analy vs. Novato
1:30…3rd place…Dublin vs. McKinleyville
3 pm…CHAMPIONSHIP…Northgate vs. Palo Alto
The tournament in Windsor hasn’t work out as well for the host school. The host school, No. 3 Windsor will start the day’s action in the 7th place game against Maria Carrillo.
After Analy plays in the consolation game at noon, the four teams in the last two games are all out of area teams.
TORREY PINES HOLIDAY CLASSIC
Linwood 39 No. 2 Montgomery 35
Montgomery lost three of four in the tournament and is a very average 5-5 on the season. They ended the tournament with a three game losing streak that will look better come playoff time when the seedings are announced, because of the schedule they had through the tournament.
They aren’t done with the pre-league part of the schedule yet. The Vikings host College Park on Friday Night. College Park has been a powerful Division 2 team over the past few seasons. This season they are in Division 1 and have a record of 8-3.
Then on Saturday, they are at Freedom who is another Division 1 team.
Then the stage will be set:
NBL opener: Wednesday, January 7th…Cardinal Newman at Montgomery.
MUSTANG STAMPEDE IN FAIRFIELD
No. 5 Elsie Allen 56 Wooster (Reno) 28
Noon—No. 5 Elsie Allen vs. Damonte Ranch (NV)…Consolation
DON BAMBAUER MEMORIAL HOLIDAY CLASSIC AT MARIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
No. 8 Casa Grande 53 Mills 48
Sonoma Valley 59 Napa 53
Casa Grande went 2-2 in the four day tournament and is 5-6 on the season.
Jon Christy had 24 points in the win over Mills and averaged nearly 21 points a game in the tournament.
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