For years and years the success of the athletic teams from the Orange Empire Conference has been crammed down our throats. Yes those teams are good, in pretty much every sport. But most of those are located in more affluent areas and the schools have the resources most other community college’s don’t.
So it is nice to see the Foothill Conference thriving, at least in basketball.
It had five teams qualify for the postseason on the men’s side and all five won at least one playoff game. Victor Valley was the No. 5 team and it defeated Long Beach City, the No. 2 qualifier out of the South Coast Conference (North Division).
Antelope Valley and Victor Valley both lost on Saturday. The Rams were sent home by defending state champion Citrus. No shame in that.
San Bernardino Valley, Chaffey and Mt. San Jacinto remain. Chaffey looks to have the toughest foe coming up as it will play at No. 1 Saddleback. But Victor Valley beat Saddleback during the season so maybe the Panthers can pull it off. I wouldn’t bet against any team that has Winston Robinson on it.
SBVC will be hosting Miramar, also on Saturday. The Wolverines got the benefit of an upset as No. 11 Miramar upended No. 6 Fullerton, a perennial state championship contender. SBVC escaped with a win over West Los Angeles but will need a better effort to get by Miramar.
Then there’s Mt. San Jacinto which will face No. 4 San Diego City. The Eagles boast the conference Player of the Year in Melvin Goins. That says a lot.
On the women’s side five teams qualified. The only ones left are San Bernardino Valley and Antelope Valley, who tied for the top spot. Despite being the No. 1 seed out of a tough conference SBVC got a 12 seed, only to hit the road and beat No. 5 Palomar, Next up is No. 4 Pasadena City, a formidable foe.