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A team, coach and time for history

In the world of prep sports, there are levels of success that high school teams try to reach, with a championship being the utimate goal at each level.

While winning tournament titles is a challenge, and claiming league crowns is a tougher challenge, capturing a sectional championship is a more challenging venture, and a precursor to a chance at a NorCal banner and the ultimate challenge of possibly being a state champion.

On March 5, 1994 – 20 years ago tomorrow – a historical Valley sports feat was achieved, which, two decades later, still reverberates with the magnitude of difficulty it took to accomplish.

At a sold-out 4,000-seat James Logan High School gym in Fremont, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity boys’ basketball team, under the enlightened direction of head coach Phil Rosemurgy, faced mighty San Lorenzo – ranked No. 1 in the Bay Area, in the NorCal top-five and the state’s top-10 – with the North Coast Section Division-3 title on the line.

With highly favored San Lorenzo expected to dominate the sectional final en route to a NorCal crown and a shot at the CIF state title, the Dragons, who were Sonoma County League champions and compiled an impressive 25-3 record, shocked the whole Bay Area hoops world by instantly taking charge and racing to an eye-opening 22-9 first-quarter lead.


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