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Devin Murray, Kylie Oden and the Santa Rosa Lady Panthers on the road Wednesday Night to take on the Yellow Jackets of Berkeley in the NCS Semi-Finals.

I’m not into the private-public school debate.   Some people are, but I really haven’t got wrapped up in it too much.  

 

I don’t bring this up to add fuel to the fire to the debate, but to explain how out of touch I am with it.   If you look at the NCS Champion list in any sports, most of the teams that dominate their Division for any length of time are private schools. 

 

Actually until two years ago I thought they were all private schools.

 

I was wrong.

 

Santa Rosa is traveling to Berkeley on Wednesday and Berkeley is a public school.  They also have a Girls Basketball program that has dominated the North Coast Section more than any other school has in any other sport, except of course for the De La Salle football program (they are private).   They have dominated things so much I took it for granted they were a private school.

 

There was a taste of the domination almost at the beginning.   The NCS started having the playoffs in 1977.  Berkeley won its first NCS title in 1979, which started a streak of three titles in five years.

 

That was a preview of bigger things to come.

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The Santa Rosa Lady Panthers will be visiting Berkeley High School to take on one the top programs in State History.

The real domination started in 1990 when they won four straight.  After taking two years off, they won nine straight.   After taking two more years off, they won five of six.  The longest streak since 1990 that they haven’t won a section championship is two years.  They didn’t win it last year, which means since 1990 the number is 18 NCS section championships in twenty four years.  

 

Last year after losing in the NCS Semi-Final they were so upset about it, once they got into the Nor Cal part of the tournament they kept winning until they got to the Division 1 State Championship game.   It was the third straight season they have gotten to that game and the twelfth overall.  No other girl’s team in any division has played in as many and only one Boys team has reached it more.

 

If you’re looking for a losing record for this program, the state championship game is it.  They are 2-10 in the state championship games.

 

The last two seasons they needed the playoffs to reach the 20 win mark.   That hasn’t happened since 2006, which was the last time they went two years without a section championship.   The last year they didn’t win 20 games period was in 2005, when they went 19-11.

 

No they didn’t go to the state championship game that year.  But they have in six of the last eight.

 

If all these numbers are making you dizzy, they are me to.   What all the numbers mean in a nutshell is Santa Rosa isn’t taking on a run of the mill program.  They are meeting a special program.  

 

It is a program that has been special for a long time.

 

WEDNESDAY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLAYOFFS ROUND TWO

WOMEN—No. 11 Diablo Valley (20-10) at No. 3 SRJC (20-10)…5:30

MEN—No. 6 Ohlone College (23-6) at No. 3 SRJC (20-10)…7:30

NCS SEMI FINALS…AT GAMES START AT 7 PM

DIVISION 1 GIRLS

No. 3 Santa Rosa (27-3) at No. 2 Berkeley (20-7)

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Montgomery Head Coach Tom Fitchie looking for his 5th NCS Championship this week.

DIVISION 2 BOYS

No. 4 Concord (21-7) at No. 1 Montgomery (25-5)

DIVISION 2 GIRLS

No. 10 Ukiah (14-13) at No.3 Clayton Valley Charter (22-6)

DIVISION 3 GIRLS

No. 5 Analy (19-11) at No. 1 Miramonte (26-1)

DIVISION 4 GIRLS

No. 6 St. Vincent (24-6) at No. 2 San Domenico (23-4)

DIVISION 6 BOYS

No. 4 Archbishop Hanna (24-4) at No. 1 CSD-Fremont (23-3)

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