Burlingame coach Pete Harames and senior guard Frankie Ferrari both expressed the wish to take part in the Central Coast Section Open Division boys basketball playoffs after beating Mills to clinch the Peninsula Athletic League South Division championship.
Half Moon Bay coach Rich Forslund, whose team is also having a terrific season, has expressed the same wish.
That got me thinking about what the Open Division playoffs will look like. I wondered if more than one team from the PAL would have a chance of taking part.
Since then, I've talked to a couple members of the seeding committee. Both told me that Burlingame (20-3) and Half Moon Bay (20-2) are likely candidates to be part of the field.
Leigh (21-1) is another public-school team that has an excellent chance of being part of the field, especially if the Longhorns win out.
It goes almost without saying that four West Catholic Athletic League teams will constitute half of the eight-team field.
As of Wednesday, the top four teams in the WCAL standings were Archbishop Mitty, St. Ignatius, Serra and Archbishop Riordan.
But no more than three teams from a single enrollment division can take part in the Open Division. Mitty, St. Ignatius, Serra and Leigh are all Division II.
If Leigh is included (the Longhorns play at Piedmont Hills on Wednesday night, then take part in next week's Blossom Valley Athletic League playoffs) then one of those WCAL teams would be excluded. Thus the St. Ignatius game at Serra on Thursday and next week's WCAL playoffs take on added importance.
If one of the Division II teams from the WCAL gets left out of the Open Division field, Sacred Heart Cathedral, currently the fifth-place team but in the minds of many the favorite at the beginning of league play, would be a likely replacement. The Irish had a very impressive showing in nonleague play.
The best team this season from the southern part of the CCS would appear to be San Benito (19-2).
Last season, Soquel was included in the Open Division and performed very well. Santa Cruz is winning the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League this season but does not have a very strong overall resume.
Another team that is being considered is Sacred Heart Prep (15-6, 10-1).
The Gators started the season 0-3. But they have been a different team since their roster expanded when football season ended. A nonleague win at Serra is the biggest reason why the Gators are in the Open Division picture. Sacred Heart Prep also has an impressive recent postseason history, having won CCS championships in four of the last six years.
A nine-member seeding committee will determine Open Division participants.
However it works out over the next two weeks, it will give basketball fans a topic for discussion.