My Mountain View

Gregg DodderidgeMarch 29, 2012 

California just crowned its high school basketball champions last weekend in Sacramento. One thing is very clear -- to win the California CIF State Basketball Championship, you better be a private school. Seriously, it is glaring that we need a separate championship, one for public schools and one for private schools.

Here is why. Combined there were 10 divisional championships for boys and girls. Of the 10 games played, nine were won by private schools. The only public school victory was the boys Division III championship where Alemany High School of Mission Hills defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco 71-67.

If you are a hoops fan, this has to be your favorite time of year. There is no sporting event more exciting than the NCAA Basketball Tournament. To win, you must play about seven games. Any loss and you are done. At least there is a playoff system.

Imagine how exciting a playoff arrangement would be with NCAA D I football? It works with all the other divisions: D-II, D-III and NAIA.

Congratulations to Fresno State being host to the 2012 NCAA women's basketball regionals. The bad news, attendance was sparse. It has been the story since the inception of the $115 million dollar Save Mart Center. It is sad.

It wasn't that long ago you couldn't get basketball tickets to Selland Arena. Now, the few basketball season holders can't give them away. Fresno State has said they would like to host an NCAA regional men's event, possibly in 2015. Good luck. If the NCAA sees the lack of support from the fan base for the men's program, the poor attendance for the women's regional, along with the lack of decent hotel space, it is highly unlikely Fresno would ever see another regional. But we can hope.

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