Jeff Smith 9 a.m., May 24
Top four seeds receive first round bye
(1) Francis Parker (15-11)
(8) Mater Dei (9-17) vs. (9) Guajome Park (16-9)
(5) Horizon (11-15) vs. (12) Calipatria (9-14)
(4) Santa Fe Christian (16-10)
(3) La Jolla Country (17-9)
(6) Christian (16-9) vs. (11) Chula Vista High Tech High (10-14)
(7) Bishop’s (7-20) vs. (10) Preuss School UCSD (11-12)
(2) Army-Navy (21-6)
First Round Tuesday, Feb. 21 at home sites
Quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at home sites
Semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. at home sites
Finals Saturday, March 3, 11:15 a.m. at University of San Diego
Favorite (2) Army-Navy
Army-Navy finished tied atop the Coastal League with top-seed Francis Parker and the two teams split in league play, making the Division IV favorite a tough call. The nod goes to the Warriors because they played more consistently throughout the season and because their frontcourt of 7-foot-1 junior Cheikh N’diaye, 6-foot-8 senior Jhoan Camacho and 6-foot-6 junior Akhadj Diatta presents a tough matchup for any opponent.
Sleeper (6) Christian
If any team from outside the Coastal League makes a run it will be Christian, who finished on top of the Central League along with Coronado and Kearny. The Patriots recently lost forward Shane Dillon for the season to injury and will need to be carried in the postseason by 6-foot-4 senior forward Jason Gaines, who is averaging 20.5 points per game.
Best of the First Round (8) Mater Dei vs. (9) Guajome Park
Strength of schedule is one of the biggest factors in determining playoff seeding, and one of the main reasons why Mater Dei was seeded ahead of Guajome Park despite having seven less wins. The Crusaders finished second to last in the Mesa League – will their tougher schedule translate to success against the Citrus West League champions?
Star Watch Dalante Dunklin, Francis Parker, Sr.
Few guards in the section possess the speed and playmaking ability of Dunklin, Francis Parker’s 5-foot-11 point guard and lone senior starter. Dunklin’s athleticism makes him one of the most entertaining players to watch in San Diego, and the UC Santa Barbara-bound star will likely do whatever it takes to end his career with a section title.
Looking Ahead Finals – (1) Francis Parker vs. (2) Army-Navy
Francis Parker and Army-Navy finished as co-champs in the Coastal League, and split two regular season meetings by a combined six points. A rubber match in the Jenny Craig Pavilion promises to be just as good – if both teams can survive likely rematches with league foes before the finals.
Pictured: Dalante Dunklin and Francis Parker received the top seed in the Division IV playoffs