Though his squad is 3-10 in league action going into tonight's regular season finale against Delta League champion Sheldon, the Herd may actually make the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
The reason, according to the Section's Director of Communications Will DeBoard, is that Elk Grove is ranked #10 in Maxpreps.com's rankings of SJS boys' teams. Under a new playoff rule, any team ranked in Maxpreps' top 12 that is not in their league's top three places will get a spot in the post-season brackets.
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DeBoard said Elk Grove, like Monterey Trail - a team that is 6-7 in the Delta and in fifth place - are teams that have played in a tough league yet have done well in out-of-league games. In the Maxpreps' rankings, strength of schedule is a heavy consideration, not just wins and losses.
Monterey Trail is currently ranked 11th in Division I and pretty much assured a playoff spot. That would mean six of the eight Delta League teams - Sheldon, Pleasant Grove, Jesuit, Franklin, Monterey Trail and Elk Grove - would make the post-season. All but Elk Grove would compete in Division I.
The final brackets for the basketball playoffs are set to be released Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Also today, Levin told me that EGHS girls' basketball coach Greg LeCount has tendered his resignation effective at the end of the season. He has headed up that program for two seasons.
The Lady Herd go into tonight's game against Sheldon in pretty much a must-win situation to have a shot at the playoffs.
Don't be surprised if either Brian Benson or Amanda Buck return to coach the girls' team. Benson resigned the post after the 2007 season but has been teaching at EGHS since. Buck resigned two years ago but has headed up the school's P.E. department.