The Road to the Playoffs
Game highlights from Coach MolerFebruary 21: North Coast Section Division VI playoff game vs #13 Archbishop Hanna
Congrats to our Girls Varsity team, who came close to pulling off the upset last night @#3 CSD. The Wolves played their hearts out to the final buzzer and should be commended for how far they came this post-season. Well done!
And congratulations to the Boys team, who advanced past # 13 Archbishop Hanna 67-28, and in doing so, now advance to the NCS D6 Quarterfinal game vs #5 Rio Lindo Adventist.
February 24: North Coast Section Division VI Quarterfinal game vs #5 Rio Lindo Adventist
It took an incredibly poised and resolved team effort to hold off a very talented Rio Lindo comeback attempt, but they did it! The Wolves, with their 55-50 victory, thus vaulting them into the NCS semifinals, have now gone further into sectional playoffs than any other JCHS team has previously been. A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!
What's next? JCHS will travel north on Wednesday to play #1 ranked Laytonville in the NCS Division 6 Semifinal game. Game time is 7pm.
Win or lose, the Wolves, by advancing to the NCS Semis, have (for the 1st time ever) qualified for the CIF NorCal playoff round (aka CA State Playoffs), with the first round game scheduled for March 7th.
Hats off and thank you to students and ProfCom who attended Saturday night to cheer on the Wolves and witness a little JCHS history making, and to the coaches and players for giving us so much to cheer about. Seriously, AWESOME STUFF!February 28: North Coast Section Division VI Semi Final v. Laytonville
What a night. Like a scene pulled from Hoosiers, the Wolves walked into a Laytonville bee hive tonight. Stands packed to the gills, standing room only - felt like the entire town showed up for the game.
Then the game started. The boys battled from the outset, stifling the Warriors offensive attack, and converting on easy opportunities. Ben Michelson was particularly impressive in the 1st half, handling the 1-2-2 zone pressure and attacking the rim with confidence. The score see-sawed back and forth, eventually landing on a 23-23 halftime score.
After a strong 3rd quarter, with Toby Holm breaking out for numerous transition scores, the Wolves led 35-33 at the end of the quarter. The intensity level ratcheted up in the 4th, and riding a frenzied home crowd, the Warriors made their run, with an assist (or two), eventually pulling ahead and closing out a 46-42 win.
I would like to mention that in all of my experience watching and coaching high school basketball, this game was unique, for a number of reasons, and I greatly admire the composure and character the Wolves exhibited under extremely adverse playing conditions. They gave it their all, left it all on the court, and deserve a ton of credit for taking the high road. And credit also needs to be dished out to Coach Shogan and Coach Wiekert, who do a phenomenal job preparing this team for elite competition, and most importantly, for creating a team culture that can rise to meet moments like these.
The season rolls on! NCS ends tonight, but NorCal round starts next Wednesday.
Proud to be a part of this,