By Ray Hamill — Seven H-DNL teams remain in the hunt for a North Coast Section championship in basketball, and all seven of them will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Four of those seven will host games, and should do so in front of loud and enthusiastic home crowds now that the H-DNL spectator mandate is no longer in play.
In Division-6, South Fork will host another girls and boys doubleheader, while the St. Bernard’s boys and Ferndale girls will also play at home.
Three other H-DNL teams will play on the road in the Division-4 brackets, including the Del Norte boys and Arcata girls, who each face challenging matchups against high seeds, as well as the Mack boys, who will travel to play Justin-Siena in a 5 vs. 4 showdown that could go either way.
The Panthers tip off at 7 p.m.
The No. 6 Del Norte boys will get the day’s action started at 4:30 p.m. when they play No. 3 University at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, after the Red Devils got the better of Fortuna in their opening game.
Fresh off their victory over St. Bernard’s, the No. 8 Arcata girls will be looking to upset the odds at No. 1 Marin Catholic at 5:30 p.m.
In Division-6 girls action, the No. 1 Ferndale Wildcats will host No. 8 California School for the Deaf at 7 p.m., while the No. 4 South Fork Cubs will have a tricky matchup at home to No. 5 Credo, with tip off set for 5:30 p.m.
The winners of those two games will play each other in next week’s semifinal round.
In Division-6 boys, meanwhile, Little 4 rivals South Fork and St. Bernard’s are seeded No. 1 and 2, respectively and could be on course for another championship showdown next week, providing they continue to take care of business.
Just two weeks after the Cubs won a double-overtime thriller against the Crusaders to clinch the league title, both teams are still playing and both will be expected to win their quarterfinals this weekend.
The Cubs play No. 8 Rio Lindo Adventist at 7 p.m., following the South Fork girls game, while the Crusaders will play No. 10 Mendocino, also at 7 p.m., after the Cardinals won their playoff opener with a forfeit over Napa Christian.