Saturday, August 21, 2010
Division 1 (2 Berths)
1. Oak Ridge
4. Grace Davis
Notes: This division should just be called the Youth Division. One thing was striking when calculating next year's possible positions. There were almost no seniors in the 2009 Section final. And a majority of those few seniors came from one school: Davis Sr. Legendary Coach Bill Gregg will have his work cut out for him to reboot his empire, but I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be able to. The obvious story here is that Oak Ridge is virtually unbeatable, losing only Hayley Scott. Lodi looks strong too however, especially with the track credentials of #1 Cassidy Daley. If Davis or Oak Ridge stumble seriously, Lodi might be ready and waiting.
Division 2 (3 Berths)
1. St. Francis
5. Del Campo
Notes: I suspect that Woodcreek may have a secret stash of 21-flat Willow Hills girls waiting for November 2010, but for the time being, it looks like Woodcreek is out of contention for the 2010 season. St. Francis will be there though, possibly with a Top-10 in the State type team. Barring any dramatic improvements from Oakmont's 3-4-5 scorers, St Francis appears to be ready to roll through Section finals. Vacaville, Ponderosa and Del Campo return full squads with experienced leaders. Look for these 3 teams to pick up the pieces if St Francis or Oakmont fall by the wayside and/or move divisions. Additionally, a lot of us will be wondering what Bella Vista will do. Will they run their freshmen and sophomores down again like last year or will they unleash them on the varsity scene? With no results on their prowess at the 5km distance it is hard to guess what type of team BV could be. If they do run them all up, expect Bella Vista to cause some sort of stir.
Division 3 (3 Berths)
1. Del Oro
2. Vista Del Lago
3. El Dorado
Notes: Note to self; Del Oro is loaded. Looking at their frosh-soph team, it appears DO could be dominating this division once again for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, another perennial D3 power seems to have lost their hold on those coveted State berths. Placer loses Shannon Harcus and it hurts them quite a bit. The Hillgals do have a decent frosh-soph team that may be able to replenish their Varsity squad, but look to Vista Del Lago to keep hold of their berth and then it will likely be El Dorado, returning a strong front 3 with frosh-sophs ready to reinforce. If any of these teams falter however certainly Placer and Woodland are strong enough to take advantage.
-- Jason Jimenez
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