Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
A basketball playoff doubleheader is on tap at Santa Rosa Junior College on Saturday with both the Bear Cubs women and men hosting first round games.
The action at Haehl Pavilion starts at 5:30 p.m. with the women going up against Chabot. Santa Rosa is the fifth seed in the Northern California Regional of the California Community College Athletic Association tournament.
The Santa Rosa men follow with a contest against Feather River. The Bear Cubs are seeded third in the Northern California Regional.
Both squads won Big 8 Conference titles this season.
Going into the playoffs at 24-5, the Bear Cubs men are ranked third in the state and second in northern California.
Leading the men is Sama Taku, who was named Big 8 Conference Most Valuable Player in a vote of league coaches.
Earning all-conference honors were Jordan Salley and Kevin Aronis, who is from Analy High. Honorable mention recognition went to Max Fujii, Analy, and Bobby Sharp, Cardinal Newman.
Santa Rosa men’s coach Craig McMillan was named conference Coach of the Year.
Defending state champions, the Santa Rosa women are 11th in the CCCAA rankings and fifth in the northern California poll, with a 22-6 overall record.
Former Analy standout Jen Tsurumoto was named Most Valuable Player of the Big 8 Conference. Ashley Morgan, from Maria Carrillo, and Anandi Jimenez, out of Montgomery, were named to the all-conference team.
Women’s coach Lacey Campbell was named Big 8 Coach of the Year.