Big week for Newman & Gaucho women

This week will definitely be a turning point in Cardinal Newman’s season. And the same might be said for the Casa Grande women’s team.

First, the Cardinals. They’ve been progressing through the season as an average, middle-of-the-NBL-pack team. They tied on the road with Montgomery and Elsie Allen. Now, with a modest two-game winning streak, come two hugely important home games.

First up, undefeated Carrillo (9-0-3) on Tuesday (6 p.m.). On paper, it’s somewhat of a mismatch. This Puma team is too talented, too physical, too deep, too quick for Newman (6-5-2). The matchups favor the Pumas at almost every position.

Remember, after the two teams played to a 0-0 tie at Carrillo, the Pumas embarrassed Newman (6-0) a year ago at Newman. Can it happen two years in a row?

Then, on Thursday Elsie Allen (6-3-2) comes to Newman. The Lobos already own a tie with Newman, but the Cardinals should be favored at home. A split for the week without an embarrassment to Carrillo would put Newman in a position to make a run to the NCS playoffs. Two losses? Well, there is always next year.

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The Casa Grande Gauchos are the defending NCS champions and this week will tell us just how serious they are in their attempt to make it back-to-back titles.

Casa (12-1) travels to Sonoma Valley for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Dragons on Wednesday. Remember, SV beat Petaluma last week and the Dragons play well against everyone on their home field.

And if the Gauchos get past SV to retain the lead in the Sonoma County League, then comes a rematch at home at 7 Saturday night against Petaluma. This one will give Casa a chance to avenge its only loss of the season and establish itself as the SCL and NCS favorite.

The best NBL women’s game might be Montgomery at Maria Carrillo on Friday and the best SCL men’s game could turn out to be Windsor at Sonoma Valley on Thursday afternoon.

It should be an interesting week.