Friday, March 13, 2009

The last of the Redwood Empire goes down

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I always thought that there was sort of an ethic towards rooting for teams.  While you might compete against certain rivals during the season, when Division Play-offs or State came around you changed your tone and cheered for the locals.  I remember hating Chico and Pleasant Valley to death during the season, but was always willing to root them on when they played Sacramento and Bay Area teams in the NorCal State Championships. 

This year I was rooting for the Redwood Empire locals, those teams (minus teams that actively recruit) get my full fledged support during play-offs because they represent our league (Piner, Maria Carillo) or our area (Willits, Ft. Bragg, Analy).  In the end, the story of this year has been Analy High School from Sebastopol, a little town west of Santa Rosa.  The underdogs from the Empire had little size, but they made up for it with frantic defense and flurries of 3-pointers.  They disposed of San Marin first, then upset Drake, then #1 Bishop O'Dowd, and finally Miramonte in overtime to win the North Coast Section Championship.  On Tuesday they beat Burlingame in the first round of State before falling tonight to Sacramento High School, the school many have picked to win it all.  There really isn't a bad thing you can say about Analy's situation.  Sure, so they didn't win State, but they represented the Redwood Empire very well in a situation they were always picked to lose.  Nice job, Analy.

For the record, my North Section ties (Paradise High graduate) had me rooting for Enterprise and Sutter tonight as well.  Both didn't fare so well.  Oh well, time to prep for 09/10.  

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