by Josh Morgan
As the Fall sports season dwindles down, all Las Lomas sports have started looking towards the ends of their seasons. However, the hard work of many of our athletes has extended their seasons by qualifying them for the playoffs.
For cross country, the outline is pretty simple. Regardless of how they finish out their seasons, they will compete in an end-of-the-year league tournament. How they perform in that tournament will determine if they are able to move on to NCS.
Girls golf playoffs have a similar structure to cross country, but they have already participated in their league tournament, finishing fourth out of five teams in their league. They won’t qualify for NCS as a team, but Elizabeth Contreras, Samantha Pierce, McKenna Dixon, and Jessica Soan all qualified for NCS as individuals. The NCS tournament is in Rohnert Park, California, and despite all four qualifying, only Contreras and Pierce will be playing.
Girls tennis also has a league tournament. Every team competes in that tournament, and the teams will be bracketed against each other based off of the regular season league standings. The team is going to finish near the bottom of the league, but once they get to this tournament, anything can happen. The #1 doubles team and the #1 singles player from the tournament will move on to NCS.
Our other fall sports don’t have designated league playoffs. The league champion is based off of regular season standings, as are NCS births. Our girls volleyball team entered league play with and 11-6 record with help from key wins over Pittsburg, Benicia, and College Park. In league play, outside of a huge win in the Battle of the Creek, they have struggled so far in what is a very tough league. While it is unlikely that they will end up winning league, an NCS birth remains highly possible, if not likely.
Our football team has started off undefeated once again, and looks to be poised to possibly repeat as league champions before eventually competing in NCS and possibly state. It looks like the league championship could quite possibly come down to the game vs. Campolindo on 10/25. Regardless, this team is almost guaranteed a spot in NCS based off of their results so far.
The boys water polo team had a near perfect start to the season, as they won their first five games, including huge wins over Northgate and De La Salle. After a tough loss to Garces Memorial, they strung together five more wins to enter league play at 10-1. The presence of a very tough Miramonte team may make a league championship a very tall task, but this team will almost surely find a spot in NCS.
The girls water polo team has had a similar story. They started off the year at 4-0, including a win over Northgate. They then competed in the Arroyo Grande Tournament, where they lost their first two games before winning their last three to finish at 3-2 for the tournament and 7-2 overall. Following that tournament, they began league play. A slow start in league makes a league championship unlikely, but an overall solid season makes an NCS birth a near guarantee.
Our Fall sports teams have all had great seasons, and they will look to keep playing for as long as they can by hopefully making deep playoff runs.