Peninsula Athletic League women’s hoops play major role in Central Coast section | Sports






When it comes to women’s sports, the Bay Division of the Peninsula Athletic League is among the best in the Central Coast section. Bay Division softball has been a powerhouse for the past 20 years, Bay Division volleyball is just as strong, and over the past decade Bay Division soccer has reached the elite level.

You can now add PAL South Division women’s basketball to the list. Eight of the 10 PAL Sud teams qualified for the playoffs – it’s not so bad considering that a winning record, in the league or overall, allows a team to advance to the playoffs playoffs.

Of those eight teams, however, five are still alive after Tuesday’s quarter-final and that includes a pair of No. 1 seeds, Hillsdale in Division II and Capuchino in Division III. Aragon and Burlingame are also in the mix, respectively the No. 2 and 3 seeds in Division II, while Mills is the sixth seed in Division III.

PAL are guaranteed to have at least one team in Saturday’s league game as Aragon and Burlingame meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in a DII semi-final match in San Mateo. The Panthers had to battle for a 63-57 victory over Oak Grove on Tuesday, but the second-seeded Dons and the top-seeded Knights had few problems in their quarterfinal matches – Aragon buried trailblazer No. 9, 54-26, while Hillsdale routed No. 8 Christopher, 69-45.

If you want to know how strong the PAL South women’s basketball division is, look no further than Mills, who is seeded sixth in the Division III tournament.

The Vikings finished league play in a four-way tie for sixth place with a 4-8 record, losing six of their last seven PAL games heading into the playoffs.

That 4-8 record wasn’t good enough to qualify the Vikings for the playoffs. They did so by going 5-3 in the non-league portion of the schedule.

Hardly a world record.

But as they say, just get into the playoffs and take a chance and right now Mills is playing with house money because the Vikings absolutely destroyed their first two CSC opponents as they find themselves in semis -final for the second time in three years – moving on to the CCS Division III Championship game in 2020.

Mills, as the No. 6 seed, received a second-round bye from the CCS bracket and in his 2022 playoff debut on Saturday, starched No. 11 Monterey, 51-16.

On Tuesday night, the Vikings had to travel to Soquel to face a still strong third-ranked Soquel Knights side.

Well, was seeded third as the Vikings pulled off one of the tournament’s upsets, dominating the Knights 60-25.

The Vikings will make a return to the Santa Cruz coast when they hit the road at No. 2 Santa Cruz at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The Cardinals defeated No. 7 El Camino in the quarterfinals, 66-47.

When Adhir Ravipati resigned as Menlo-Atherton football coach after the Bears state championship in 2019, he did so because his work-life balance was out of whack.

However, he never strayed too far from the game. A product manager at Dropbox, Ravipati continued his off-season training with student-athletes looking to prepare for the college recruiting process, while also serving as a quality control. for the College of San Mateo football program. Last season, he joined the coaching staff at San Mateo College as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

But it still wasn’t enough. On Tuesday, Ravipati announced on social media that he was back as head coach, taking over the Riordan program in San Francisco.

“I joined CSM staff and thought if I ever left it would be for a DI level job,” Ravipati wrote on Twitter. “Being back on the pitch made me feel whole again, but I found that I couldn’t invest in training the way I wanted to and the training part of my life was now what didn’t happen. was more aligned. As I was trying to figure out what this new alignment was like in my life, a very unique opportunity presented itself that brought everything together with the way I wanted and needed in my life at this time- the.

“I decided to take him and I will be the next head football coach at Riordan.”

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