Piedmont winter sports playoff previews

All four of Piedmont High School’s winter sports teams have made the North Coast Section playoffs, and all four teams will be opening playoff play on February 13.

Nakilah Johnson beats her defender

Piedmont’s girls basketball team received the fifth seed in the NCS Division 4 bracket and will host Middletown at 7 p.m. The Highlanders finished the regular season with a 17-9 record after beating Berkeley on February 6 and then falling to Alameda 65-62 in double overtime on February 8.

Piedmont tied for second in West Alameda County Foothill League play with a 5-5 record.

The Mustangs finished 18-8 and finished second in the North Central 1 league with a 12-2 mark. St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo received the top seed.

Jordan Hunt goes up for a block

The Piedmont boys team received a No. 4 seed in NCS Divison 4 after finishing the regular season with an overall record of 17-9, and 5-5 in the West Alameda County Foothill League. The Highlanders finished third in the league behind co-champions San Leandro and Bishop O’Dowd.

Piedmont wrapped up the regular season with a 57-47 win over Berkeley on February 6 followed by a 64-50 loss to San Leandro on February 8. The latter game was Senior Night for the Highlanders.

No. 13 seed Gateway-San Francisco was initially slated to host Piedmont (based on winning their league), but the game has been moved to Piedmont at 5:30 p.m. The Gators (17-11) shared the Bay Counties League Central Division crown with Jewish Community School. Branson-Ross was named the No. 1 seed.

Piedmont scores a goal

In soccer, Piedmont’s boys and girls teams each received a No. 4 seed in the Division 4 bracket and will play a double-header at Piedmont. The girls will host St Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo at 5 p.m. The Highlanders finished 11-5-1 overall, and 3-4-1 in the West Alameda County Foothill League. Piedmont finished up the season with a 4-1 win over Castro Valley on February 6 and a 0-0 tie with Berkeley the following day. The Bruins were 10-2-1 on the year, 9-1-1 in Tri-County Athletic League Stone Division play. Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa is the top seed.

Rico Barker winds up for a shot

Piedmont’s boys team will host Hercules at 7 p.m. The Highlanders (11-4-2 overall, 9-0-1 West Alameda County Shoreline) finished off their first league title in 10 years with a 2-0 win over Tennyson on February 7. Hercules was just 5-11-1, 4-7-1 in the TCAL Stone Division, which was dominated by Albany. University-San Francisco was awarded the top seed in the bracket.

Sites and times are subject to change. All brackets are on the NCS website at www.cifncs.org.

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