We’re nearing the end of our all-in-fun Bay Area News Group picks competition.
The race now between yours truly, Mike Lefkow and The Kid — aka Joseph Dycus — might be for second place as Lefkow’s lead over Dycus has shrunk to three games while my advantage over Lefkow has stretched to seven.
We pick 12 games this weekend — all five Central Coast Section finals, five North Coast Section finals, the Oakland Athletic League championship game and, as a bonus, the Southern Section Division I final at Rose Bowl between Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.
In the video podcast, we discuss the fascinating matchup in the CCS Division I final on Friday night between Serra and Archbishop Mitty of the West Catholic Athletic League. Serra, given the teams it has beaten and how it has played, is clearly one of the CCS’s all-time great teams. Mitty, given that it won one game last season, is one of the CCS’s all-time great stories.
We also discuss the wild storylines in the NCS Division I final between Clayton Valley Charter and Pittsburg. Who will feel more pressure in this game — CVC quarterback Christian Aguilar, Pittsburg quarterback Jaden Rashada or Pittsburg coach Victor Galli?
Aguilar, before transferring to Clayton Valley, started in place of the injured Rashada in last year’s NCS Division I final and beat Clayton Valley. Galli, after 21 years as Pittsburg’s coach, has announced that he will step down when the season ends. He and the Pirates obviously hope that won’t happen Friday.
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WEEK 14 PICKS
Saturday’s CCS Division II final: No. 5 Bellarmine (6-6) vs. No. 2 St. Ignatius (6-6) at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s CCS Division III final: No. 5 Hollister (7-5) vs. No. 3 Menlo School (7-5) at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas, 7 p.m.
Lefkow: Menlo School
Saturday’s CCS Division IV final: No. 4 Santa Teresa (7-5) vs. No. 3 Branham (11-1) at San Jose City College, 1 p.m.
Dycus: Santa Teresa
Lefkow: Santa Teresa
Friday’s CCS Division V final: No. 5 Monterey (8-4) vs. No. 2 Palo Alto (6-6) at Sequoia HS, 7 p.m.
Sabedra: Palo Alto
Dycus: Palo Alto
Lefkow: Palo Alto
Friday’s NCS Division III final: No. 2 Windsor (9-2) vs. No. 1 El Cerrito (12-0) at Benicia HS, 7 p.m.
Sabedra: El Cerrito
Dycus: El Cerrito
Lefkow: El Cerrito
Friday’s NCS Division V final: No. 2 Miramonte (8-4) vs. No. 1 San Marin (10-2) at Rancho Cotate HS, 7 p.m.
Sabedra: San Marin
Lefkow: San Marin
Friday’s NCS Division VI final: No. 4 Pinole Valley (7-4) vs. No. 3 Justin-Siena (7-5) at Memorial Stadium in Napa, 7 p.m.
Sabedra: Pinole Valley
Dycus: Pinole Valley
Lefkow: Pinole Valley
Saturday’s Oakland Section final: McClymonds (10-1) vs. Castlemont (6-5) at Fremont-Oakland HS, 6 p.m.
Friday’s NCS Division II final: No. 2 Campolindo (12-0) vs. No. 1 San Ramon Valley (10-2) at Dublin …read more
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