The El Camino boys’ basketball team had never been to a Central Coast Section championship game. The Colts (25-4) had only won seven CCS playoff games in school history coming into the season, but with its second win over St. Ignatius this season, they find themselves in position to claim their first CCS title.
El Camino will meet Sacred Heart Cathedral (24-5), which is searching for its fourth straight CCS Division III championship, on Saturday at Santa Clara University.
SHC won each of its three titles against El Camino’s league-mate Burlingame, a team the Colts beat three times this season.
The two have not met since the 2009 CCS Division III semifinals when SHC won 78-53.
Serra (23-5) may have failed to win the West Catholic Athletic League title, but is now one win away from a CCS Division II championship.
The Padres have lost two straight CCS title games by a total of three points, but get another shot against a team they are incredibly familiar with.
Mitty (26-3), which won the WCAL title, and the Padres split their two meetings in the regular season with the last coming in a Feb. 4 thumping by Mitty 60-42.
Serra has not won a CCS title since 2006.
Half Moon Bay (23-5) pulled off a huge upset on Tuesday, beating top-seeded Palma 49-42, and now has a chance to claim its first CCS Division IV title since 1996.
Its opponent, Sacred Heart Prep (20-6), has won 11 of its past 12 games since Jan. 17 and has won three CCS championships in the last four years.
This marks the eighth time in nine years that SHP has been in a CCS title game.
The Menlo-Atherton boys’ soccer team (17-0-5) held Serra scoreless and beat the Padres 1-0 to move into the CCS Division I title match.
It is the Bearcats’ first trip to a CCS title game since 1994, the same year they claimed their last championship.
M-A faces Watsonville (17-1-2), which is in search of its first CCS title since 2005.
San Mateo (18-2-2) is on the verge on snapping the program’s streak of futility and win its first CCS title today when it takes on Willow Glen.