Based on some updates in CalPreps rankings, this final update contains a few changes from the last update.
There were a lot of dramatic developments in the final weekend of the Central Coast Section season.
As we expected, the Live Oak-Christopher matchup was worthy of the billing of the BVAL-Mount Hamilton championship,
and Live Oak rallied for a thrilling 28-24 victory in Gilroy to take the crown.
In the wild BVAL-Santa Teresa Valley Division, Leigh got off the mat to defeat Westmont 34-27 to take the league
title. Overfelt edged Ann Sobrato 30-28 to capture the second automatic berth.
Del Mar knocked off Prospect to capture the BVAL-West Valley Division chammpionship and lone automatic bid in a battle
of league unbeatens. In the PAL-De Anza, Palo Alto got past The King's Academy 34-28 to force a three-way tie for
second behind league champ Menlo, which incidentally lost for the first time this season against rival Sacred Heart
Prep in a non-league matchup. We have Palo Alto winning the tiebreaker on CCS points for the second automatid bid.
The PCAL-Gabilan closed out as expected with Salinas knocking off Hollister and Palma defeating Alvarez. That put
Monterey and Palma into the automatic bid list behind Salinas and Soquel.
The Central Coast Section playoff format has changed once again, and the CCS
has adoped a setup similar to one that is used in the North Coast Section, in which the top 8 teams are
essentially divided up into two smaller brackets with an Open Division and Division 1 separated after the
While it is a little confusing from a traditional bracket perspective, the justification is
to enable better teams to advance to the CIF playoffs considering the restriction that only teams that
win a section title may be included. The latest CCS bylaws are available
Here is a brief refresher of the relatively new playoff system. As has been the case the past several years, there
will be 40 CCS playoff teams, of which 35 receive automatic bids as follows: BVAL-MH (4), BVAL-ST-F (2),
BVAL-ST-V (2), BVAL-WV (1), PAL-Bay (5), PAL-DA (3), PAL-EC (2), PAL-Ocean (2), PAL-Lake (1), PCAL-Gab (4),
For the most part, the CCS point calculation is the same as it has been for the past few years with one
addition: teams get additional credit for playing teams in the CalPreps Top 150 California ranking:
1.5 points for a team ranked in the top 100 and 1 point for a team ranked
101-150. Teams also earn an additional 1.5 points for finishing the season in the top 100 and 1.0
for finishing between 101-150.
The 15 best at-large point totals are put into a pool and then their CalPreps rankings are
taken into account to choose the top 5. Once the entire field of 40 is selected, a weighted score of the
teams' CalPreps ranking and their CCS point total is produced and then the top 8 teams go to
Open/Division 1, the next 8 to Division 2 and so on down to Division 5.
In the early part of the season - with league races just getting underway - we predict the results
of all games that have not been played yet and combine them with the results of games that have taken
place. While we are not yet projecting league champions in out-of-section areas, we are applying
their CalPreps ranking as of this point of the season.
Here are the CCS league champs:
BVAL-Mount Hamilton: Live Oak
BVAL/Santa Teresa-Foothill: Branham
BVAL/Santa Teresa-Valley: Leigh
BVAL-West Valley: Del Mar
PAL-Bay: Los Gatos
PAL-De Anza: Menlo
PAL-El Camino: Los Altos
PAL-Lake: South San Francisco
PCAL-Mission North: Scotts Valley
PCAL-Mission South: Carmel
PCAL-Santa Lucia: Greenfield
NOTE: Adjusted CCS points are in parentheses and the projected home team is listed in CAPS.
Here's a brief look at the at-large teams that made it based on our CCS point calculations and the first
five that would be left out based on our projection process. This only includes teams that meet the
top six in league requirement (actual CCS points in parentheses - not combined with CalPreps rankings
points). Note: the point totals are not in necessarily in order because the at-large teams are selected
by a combination of CCS points and weighted ranks based on CalPreps.