Windsor boys get No. 2 seed

The Windsor boys basketball team got the news it was hoping for Sunday, receiving the second seed in the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs. The Jaguars went 23-4 and captured the Sonoma County League title before falling to Analy in the league tournament final. That loss did not persuade the NCS seeding committee to drop Windsor below College Park or Las Lomas, and Steve Kramer’s team will open with a home game against Pinole Valley on Tuesday night.

The Jaguars are one of four teams on the “south” side of the Division 2 bracket, along with No. 6 Montgomery, No. 7 Maria Carrillo and No. 14 Casa Grande. Windsor and Carrillo could conceivably meet in Round 2 on Friday, as could Monty and Casa. Rancho Cotate, which reached the North Bay League final, is seeded twelfth on the “north” side of the bracket.

The Casa Grande girls, seeded third, head a D-2 lineup that also includes No. 4 Maria Carrillo and No. 7 Montgomery.

Only one Redwood Empire team made the Division 1 brackets. That would be the Santa Rosa girls, who clock in at No. 11.

In Division 4, the Cardinal Newman boys got a little extra motivation when they received the third seed. Newman coach Tom Bonfigli had hoped a 10-game winning streak and 24-4 overall record would get his team the No. 2, but the seeding committee gave it to Marin Catholic instead.

The good news for the Cardinals: By virtue of their being designated North Bay League champs, they would still host Marin Catholic in a semifinal game.

A quartet of Redwood Empire boys teams bring up the rear of Division 4 – Middletown at No. 13, St. Helena at No. 14, Healdsburg at No. 15 and Kelseyville sneaking in at No. 16. Among the Division 4 girls, Willits is at No. 9, Cardinal Newman at No. 12, Cloverdale at No. 13, Healdsburg at No. 15 and El Molino at No. 16.

Meanwhile, the Piner boys got their first NCS bid in three years, receiving the No. 12 seed in Division 3. The Analy boys and girls both came in at No. 6 in D-3, and the Sonoma Valley girls landed at No. 9.

Down in Division 6, it was the Point Arena boys who claimed the top seed. The Pirates (23-3), who were NCL III co-champions, were the designated league champion by virtue of tiebreakers. The Pirates will host Redwood Adventist Academy on Saturday night.

Other Redwood Empire boys teams in the Division 6 playoffs include fourth-seeded Rincon Valley Christian, No. 5 Laytonville, No. 6 Mendocino and No. 7 Summerfield Waldorf. Laytonville and Mendocino were the other NCL III co-champions. Only eight teams were selected in the division.

On the girls side – in a more complete 12-team D-6 bracket – RVC claimed the second seed, and NCL II rival Tomales is No. 3. Both get a first-round bye and begin play Saturday. The field also includes No. 7 Round Valley, No. 8 Point Arena, No. 10 Summerfield Waldorf, No. 11 Anderson Valley, No. 12 Rio Lindo Adventist and No. 13 Laytonville. Round Valley hosts Summerfield in a first-round game Wednesday.

In Division 5, the highest local seed belongs to the St. Vincent girls, who received the No. 3 seed after winning the NCL II title. Sonoma Academy is at No. 4, and Roseland Prep is in the bracket at No. 15. The only D-5 boys teams from the Redwood Empire are St. Vincent (No. 9) and Sonoma Academy (No. 15).

Divisions 1 through 3 will open with first-round games Tuesday, with the next round on Friday. Divisions 4 through 6 open Wednesday, with second-round games to follow on Saturday.

The NCS selection committees have been meeting since 9 a.m. this morning and posting each bracket as it is created, beginning with the smaller schools. We will update throughout the day.