PD Preps Insider: Time for the postseason

Fall prep playoffs are coming with the calendar turning to November.

North Coast Section seeding meetings at the NCS offices in San Ramon will determine qualifying teams and rank them for playoff brackets.

First are the soccer playoffs with large and small school girls and three boys divisions. The NCS seeding meeting is Sunday.

Then comes a busy Sunday, Nov. 10, when playoffs will be set for three sports: Five football divisions; six girls volleyball divisions; large and small school girls team tennis.

Galloways everywhere

The St. Vincent football coaching staff is a Galloway team effort. Gary is the head coach, his son Ryan coaches the defensive backs and wide receivers, nephew Taylor is the offensive coordinator and nephew Justin is the defensive coordinator.

All three assistants should know their head coach has no plans to retire. “I love what I do,” said Galloway, 61, who will be trying for his 200th coaching win Saturday at home against Upper Lake. “As long as I’m physically able to get out there, I will.”

Small blocks of granite

Middletown has outscored opponents 324-33 and the team’s young offensive line is the heart of the club’s offense. The stars of the squad aren’t the behemoths typically associated with offensive linemen, but their talent makes up for their lack of size.

Three stars deserve mention in this space: Juniors Wyatt Hall (6-foot, 190 pounds) and Cody Chorjel (6-2, 190) and senior center Garrett Gabaldon (5-9, 180).

Ready for baseball

Sonoma Valley senior Dan Deely is still busy quarterbacking the Dragons football team, but not so busy that he can’t have an eye on his future.

Deely will be signing his national letter of intent on Nov. 13 to play baseball at Sacramento State University.

As for football, Deely and the Dragons have tonight’s game against Elsie Allen and the regular-season finale next Friday at Petaluma.

Carrillo leads the pack

Cross country season is headed into its postseason — the NBL meeting is next Friday, the SCL meet the following day — but the regular season shouldn’t be left behind without an appreciative nod to the teams at Maria Carrillo. So here it is: Both the Pumas girls and boys teams finished the season with 7-0 records against the NBL.

Craving contact

Makana Garrigan, the former Casa Grande football star and co-Sonoma County League 2011 player of the year along with teammate Nick Sherry, is prohibited from playing at the University of Nevada because of a bad shoulder. But he has still found a way to satisfy his urge for contact. Garrigan has taken up boxing at the school.

Analy ready for tests

The Analy football team wraps up its regular-season schedule tonight at home against Petaluma. A victory will complete the Tigers’ second consecutive undefeated trip through the SCL.

They’ll have to wait a week for their playoff assignments.

How good is Analy’s football team? “It’s too soon to tell,” said coach Dan Bourdon. “We have to wait until we fire it up against the big dogs.”

The Press Democrat’s Bob Padecky, Michael Coit, Phil Barber and Ted Sillanpaa contributed to this report.

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