CIF releases basketball state tourney brackets

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The CIF released the brackets for the state high school basketball tournaments Sunday with some interesting matchups all around. In boys Division II, a 12-team Nor Cal bracket has Woodcreek as the No. 4 seed, which earns the Timberwolves a bye in the opening round. They will open tourney play at home at 7 p.m. Thursday night against the winner of a Tuesday night game between No. 5 Chico and No. 12 Alameda. Oakmont is the sixth seed in the Division II bracket, and will host Montgomery of Santa Rosa, the No. 11 seed, in a 7 p.m. game Tuesday night. One of the more intriguing brackets is the D-II group that includes Rocklin. Seeded No. 10, the Thunder travel to Chico to take on No. 7 Pleasant Valley. Rocklin beat the Vikings in the first round of the Nor Cal tournament last season. A win advances the Thunder to a matchup against second-seeded St. Francis of Mountain View, the team they beat in last year's Nor Cal final. Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland has the top seed in boys Division II Nor Cal play, with Sacramento High as the second seed. Vista del Lago is No. 4 in D-III and gets a first-round bye before hosting its first game at 7 p.m. Thursday against the survivor of No. 5 Sacred Heart Cathedral and No. 12 El Cerrito. Colfax is the No. 9 seed in D-IV, and will travel to Sutter, the No. 8 seed Tuesday night. St. Mary's of Berkeley is the top seed in D-IV boys play. Branson of Ross is No. 1 in Division V boys, with Roseville's Valley Christian Academy drawing the No. 10 seed. The Lions open at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City College of San Francisco against University High of San Francisco. On the girls side, Berkeley is the top seed in the Division I field, with Oak Ridge drawing the No. 2 slot. The Trojans have a first-round bye and then host the winner of No. 10 Castro Valley against No. 7 Oakland Tech in a 7 p.m. Thursday contest. The Woodcreek girls are No. 11 in Division II, and they also have a familiar opponent in their opener. The Timberwolves will travel to play at No. 6 Chico at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Woodcreek beat the Panthers in a tight game earlier this season during preseason tournament play. Archbishop Mitty of San Jose is the No. 1 seed in D-II girls. The Del Oro girls drew the 12th seed in the 12-team Division III bracket. The Lady Eagles visit No. 5 Daugherty Valley of San Ramon at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. St. Mary's of Stockton is the top seed, with Sac High at No. 2. St. Mary's of Berkeley is the top seed in girls D-IV play, where Colfax is seeded No. 11. The Falcons open at Central Valley of Lake Shasta, the sixth seed, Tuesday night. Tournament first round games are played Tuesday, with second round games Thursday and third round contests Saturday at the sites of the higher seeds. The Nor Cal final is the following Saturday at Arco Arena and the state final one week later at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.