Some observations 24 hours after the first round

Actioin from Wednesday night's Analy at Maria Carrillo boys playoff game.

Actioin from Wednesday night's Analy at Maria Carrillo boys playoff game.

Now we are down to the Elite Eight in all four mini-tournaments (remember there are no regionals or state playoffs…..yet).

So, what’s next on the pitch. Well, for starters there are some lovely matchups and all games will be contested on Saturday. 

Let’s start with the Boys Division I quarterfinal pairings:

– Analy at Marin Catholic, 2 p.m.

– Elsie Allen at Terra Linda, 2 p.m.

– Tamalpais at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m.

– Casa Grande at Windsor, 7 p.m.

NOTES: Let’s give the NCS a little love for arranging this so anyone can partake of two games on Saturday instead of one … the Analy/Marin Catholic winner may well move on to win it all … if I sense an upset, and it would only be a mild one, it would be Elsie Allen over Terra Linda…don’t know about TL’s field but the other three are artifical so rain won’t be a factor.

Now, for the Girls Div. I:

Sonoma Valley at Montgomery, 7 p.m.

Windsor at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m.

Arcata at Casa Grande, 7 p.m.

Petaluma at Maria Carrillo, 7 p.m.

NOTES: Matchup of the day: Trojans at Pumas. Wow, definitely this one should be worth the price of admission… upset special? If there is one it will be Windsor over Santa Rosa… I’ll try to find out more about that Arcata win over Ursuline, but from what I am reading in the way of comments on this blog it sounds like the officials really messed this one up…

On to the Boys Div. III

International at Marin Academy, 2:30 p.m.

Fort Bragg vs. Calistoga at Napa Country Fairgrounds, 1:30 p.m.

Roseland Prep vs. Branson at College of Marin, 2 p.m.

SF University vs. Anderson  Valley at Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.

NOTES: Well, we have four of the Empire’s small school boys teams still alive. Can they survive? Doubtful, but we shall see…best bet for an upset? How about Roseland Prep over Branson…

Now the Girls Div. III

Calistoga at Sonoma Academy, 2:30 p.m.

Clear Lake vs. Ferndale at Fortuna, 7 p.m.

Roseland Prep vs. St. Vincent at Rancho Cotate High, 7 p.m.

St. Helena at Middletown, 7 p.m.

NOTES: Can anyone dethrone the S.A. Coyotes? Doubtful, although they are not as strong as they were a year ago…Upset possibility: Clear Lake over Ferndale…