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Saturday, Nov 03 2012 11:38 AM

Division II playoff bracket, quickie anlaysis

BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

DIVISION II

(1) Garces
BYE

(9) Monache
(8) Kingsburg


(5) Fresno-Sunnyside
BYE

BYE
(4) Visalia-El Diamante


(3) Lemoore
BYE

(11) West
(6) Tehachapi


(7) Visalia-Redwood
(10) Fresno-Hoover

BYE
(2) Sanger

First impressions: Early in the season, I thought Kingsburg would be one of Garces' biggest roadblocks to a Division II title; that opinion has obviously changed, but the Vikings are still a very successful program that Garces might have to tangle with right away. The Rams' biggest challenge might come in the semifinals; I think the second-most talented team in the whole bracket is El Diamante, and the Miners could collide with Garces sooner than we thought. As for the bottom half of the bracket, I thought Tehachapi played a heck of a game last night against the Rams, but margin of victory doesn't factor into seedings, and the Warriors weren't rewarded much for an 8-2 season. Remember, West gave Tehachapi a real test in Bakersfield back in Week 5. And then Lemoore is a hot team to face in the quarterfinals.

Early prediction: Semifinals: Garces d. El Diamante, Lemoore d. Sanger
Championship: Garces d. Lemoore

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