1. San Francisco (26-2): The Rams have been one of the most dominant teams in Northern California and around the state all season long. The Rams won 26 games went 11-1 in the best conference in Northern California and lost two games all season long. The Rams lost to Fresno in late November and suffered another loss in Coast North Conference play against Las Positas. The Rams have the highest RPI in the state, and earned the first seed heading into the post season. San Francisco will have the top seed in the post season in Northern California and will await the winner between 16th seeded Cosumnes River and 17th seeded Cabrillo and host either team on Saturday night in second round action.
2. Feather River (23-3): The Golden Eagles picked up the second seed in the Northern California playoffs which was a surprise for us. The Golden Valley Conference champions went undefeated in conference play but six other teams had higher RPI’s than Feather River. The Golden Eagles played much of the pre season without point guard Derrick Randolph but still won 23 games during the 2016-2017 campaign. Feather River suffered three losses during the season as the Golden Eagles lost to Sierra in the second game of the season, Marin in mid December and they suffered a loss to Canada. The Golden Eagles will have a first round bye and will await the winner between 15th seeded Sierra and 18th seeded Lassen in a first round play in game.
3. Yuba (26-2): This was a shock to me how the 49ers slipped to number three but the strength of the Bay Valley Conference did not help out Yuba. The 49ers won 26 games and cruised the Bay Valley Conference, and Yuba has not lost a game to anyone inside of California since suffering a loss to San Francisco on the opening game of the season on November 4th. The 49ers only other loss of the season was to North Idaho at the San Jose Tournament December 9th and Yuba has not looked back since. Yuba has the 4th highest RPI in Northern California and will face off against 14th seeded Merced (17-10) in second round action on Saturday evening.
4. Fresno (23-6): The Central Valley Conference champions picked up a fourth seed exactly where we projected them into the post season. The Rams won their 16th straight conference championship as Fresno went 12-2 in conference action. Fresno picked up a solid win against San Francisco earlier this season and picked up wins against Ohlone, Sacramento, Cosumnes River, Citrus and Mt. San Antonio as well this season. Fresno had the third highest RPI in Northern California and the Central Valley Conference champion will host 13th seeded American River on Saturday night in second round playoff action.
5. Canada (21-7): One of our surprises for the 2016-2017 season was Canada, as the Colts finished in 2nd place in the Coast North Conference and won 21 games. Canada had the 2nd highest RPI in Northern California, won 21 games and went 9-3 in the Coast North Conference. The Colts suffered two losses to San Francisco in conference play and also lost to Ohlone in Coast North Conference play. Canada posted non conference victories against Feather River, Santa Rosa, San Joaquin Delta, and Ventura. The Colts will open up playoff action on Friday night in second round action against 12th seeded San Joaquin Delta.
6. Santa Rosa (20-8): The Big 8 conference champions are at the six spot following their 20 win regular season campaign. The Bearcubs had a solid regular season and went 11-3 in conference action and had the 5th highest RPI in Northern California. The Bearcubs had victories over Fresno in non conference action and played well in Big 8 play to give them the six seed. We had them as our third seed but time will tell how Santa Rosa will play as the Bearcubs open the playoffs on Friday night with a home game against 11th seeded Ohlone (20-8) as both teams share the same record.
7. Las Positas (21-7): The Hawks are at the seven spot, four spots ahead of someone who they finished behind in the standings. Las Positas was our preseason number one team as the Hawks won 21 games this season and finished the year with 21 wins and went 7-5 in conference action. The Hawks had the sixth highest RPI and picked up non conference wins against Butte, Cabrillo, Sacramento and Cosumnes River. Las Positas will face off against 10th seeded Diablo Valley (20-9) in second round action on Friday.
8. Sacramento (18-10): The Panthers are at number eight in the post season and that is where we had them projected. The second place team from the Big 8 Conference had a surprising year as the Panthers went 18-10 and went 10-4 in the Big 8 Conference. The Panthers had the 10th highest RPI in Northern California and challenged Santa Rosa in Big 8 conference action at the top of the standings. Sacramento picked up non conference wins against Merced and Butte and played well in conference. Sacramento is one of the hottest teams going into the post season. The Panthers will host 9th seeded Butte (19-9) in second round action on Friday evening, as the two teams have faced off twice already this season.
9. Butte (19-9): The second place team from the Golden Valley Conference are at the nine spot as the Roadrunners put together a 19-9 season. Butte went 7-3 in Golden Valley Conference action and had the 12th highest RPI in Northern California. Butte picked up non conference wins against Diablo Valley, Sacramento, Cabrillo, San Joaquin Delta, and Merced. At one point, the Roadrunners were ranked in our top 5 in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings. Butte will open up on the road against eighth seeded Sacramento as the Roadrunners split two games with Sacramento during the season.
10. Diablo Valley (20-9): The Vikings pick up the ten spot in the post season following a 20 win campaign and a fourth place finish in the Big 8 Conference. Diablo Valley started off pretty hot and were a top 5 team in our Signal The Light Basketball rankings in the early part of the season. Diablo Valley began conference with a 12-3 record and faltered to an 8-6 conference finish. Diablo Valley picked up non conference wins against Cabrillo, American River, Delta and Antelope Valley and the Vikings have the 11th highest RPI in Northern California going into the post season. The Vikings will begin the post season on the road facing 7th seeded Las Positas on Friday.
11. Ohlone (20-8): The Renegades come in at the 11th seed following a solid placing in the Coast North Conference. Ohlone had the 9th highest RPI in Northern California and the Renegades picked up 20 wins on the season. Ohlone finished 3rd place in the Coast North Conference and picked up non conference wins against Lassen and Ventura and knocked off Las Positas twice and split with Canada. Ohlone will open up the post season on the road as the Renegades will face 6th seeded Santa Rosa on the road on Friday.
12. San Joaquin Delta (16-11): The Mustangs from San Joaquin Delta are at the 12 spot in the Northern California playoffs. San Joaquin Delta finished 3rd place in the Big 8 Conference and picked up 16 wins in the 2016-2017 campaign.The Mustangs ended the year winning 7 of their last 10 games and have the 8th highest RPI in Northern California which helped get them a 12 seed. Delta picked up wins against Merced and Cabrillo in non conference action and the Mustangs will open up playoff action on the road in the second round against Canada on Friday evening.
13. American River (15-10): The Beavers come in at the 13th spot in the playoffs after going 8-6 in Big 8 Conference action. American River won 15 games during the regular season and have the 13th highest RPI in Northern California. American River had a win against Lassen in the non conference part of the schedule and also picked up a win against Sacramento at the Ball in the Fall Tournament in November. American River went 3-1 in their last four games and will travel to fourth seeded Fresno in their opening game of the playoffs on Saturday evening.
14. Merced (17-10): The Blue Devils come in at the 14 spot after finishing 2nd place in the Central Valley Conference. Merced won 17 games and went 9-5 in conference action and closed out the season going 5-3 and picked up a win on the road against a solid Fresno squad. Merced had one of the biggest turn arounds from the year before and the Blue Devils had the 16th highest RPI in Northern California. The Blue Devils will have their hands full as they will face 3rd seeded Yuba on the road in second round action on Saturday.
15. Sierra (11-17): This was one of my biggest surprises to get into the post season as the Wolverines did not boast a .500 record in conference nor in their non conference part of their schedule. Sierra won 11 games during the season and went 6-8 in the Big 8 Conference. Sierra started off 3-0 in conference and finished the season going 3-8 in their last eleven games. Sierra picked up a solid non conference victory over Feather River and picked up a solid win against Butte. The Wolverines had the 17th highest RPI in Northern California and Sierra will be in a first round play in game at home against 18th seeded Lassen tomorrow night.
16. Cosumnes River (13-16): Another surprise to get into the post season as the Hawks finished 7th place in the Big 8 Conference going 4-10 in conference play. Cosumnes River was the 7th team from the Big 8 to get into the post season after going 2-7 in their last nine games. Cosumnes River picked up non conference wins against Lassen and Las Positas to help get into the post season. A late victory over Diablo Valley helped as well as the Hawks only had victories against Modesto and Sierra in conference up until that point. Cosumnes River will host Coast South Champion Cabrillo in a first round play in game on Wednesday.
17. Cabrillo (19-7): The Coast South champion received a very low seed after going 19-7 and posting a 9-1 record in conference. The Seahawks struggled against teams with winning records for most of the season but won the Coast South Conference by two games finishing ahead of second place De Anza. Cabrillo had the 15th highest RPI in Northern California and will oddly travel to Cosumnes River in a first round play in on Wednesday.
18. Lassen (15-12): The Cougars finalize the playoff seeding and come in at number 18 in the post season. Lassen finished third in the Golden Valley Conference and picked up 15 wins during the year and had the 21st highest RPI in Northern California. Lassen went 5-5 in conference action and picked up non conference wins against Las Positas and Ohlone to justify their bid. The Cougars will start playoff action on Wednesday as Lassen will travel to Sierra in Rocklin.
Columbia (14-11): The Claimjumpers finished in second place in Central Valley Conference action and finished the season at 14-11 and went 9-5 in conference play. Columbia picked up a win over Fresno in conference but did not have a lot of quality wins outside of the CVC. The Claimjumpers may have hurt themselves with a loss to Porterville within the conference and they had the 24th highest RPI in Northern California.
West Hills (15-11): The Falcons were one of the teams that I thought would have a standout season. West Hills struggled from the start and never found any consistency through out the year. The Falcons finished 7-7 in Central Valley Conference play and won 15 games on the year. The most significant win of the year had to be when the Falcons edged East Los Angeles in non conference action, but losses to Sequoias and Porterville did not help their cause. West Hills had the 20th highest RPI and in our eyes another team that had a case to get into the post season.
Los Medanos (16-9): Anytime you win 16 games and are over 7 games over .500 it is hard to see a reason why you should not be in the post season. Los Medanos finished 13-3 in conference but struggled in non conference action picking up 3 wins before Bay Valley Conference started. The only issue was the Mustangs did not beat anyone with a winning record. In defense, Los Medanos beat everyone they were supposed to and with that being said, a second place finish was not enough for the committee to get them into the post season.