Big Game Wednesday

In less than two weeks the playoff teams will be seeded and selected. The 16 playoff teams will include seven league champions who earn automatic bids and nine at-large qualifiers selected by a combination of factors, including the coaches poll (see this article for more details).  In summary, the teams that do not win a league championship are fighting for nine at-large spots.  When you consider the Top three teams Corona del Mar, Foothill, and St. Margaret’s are in the at-large pool because they are independents, and pretty good bets to earn playoff berths, we are now down to six open spots.  That leaves for a lot of drama in the final week and a half.  With that said, there are big games almost every day from now until the season ends. Here is a look at today’s big game.

No. 9 Newport Harbor vs No. 11 Los Alamitos

Newport Harbor hosts Los Al at Estancia High School at 7:00 pm.  The Griffins (7-6; 4-2) can help their cause considerably tonight if they become the first Sunset League team to knock of the Sailors (6-6; 4-0) since 2014.  If Los Al wins they still have a fighting chance of capturing at least a share of the Sunset League and will likely improve their seeding position.  If Newport Harbor wins, they will only need to win one of their last three games to clinch a second consecutive league championship and will help secure their top 10 position.