I got some feedback, all positive, after my story on the 20th anniversary of Sonoma Valley High School’s first-ever North Coast Section champion in any sport, the 1994 Dragon boys’ basketball team coached by Phil Rosemurgy, which stunned mighty San Lorenzo.
Going into the sectional championship at a sold-out 4,000-seat James Logan gym in Fremont on March 5, 1994, San Lorenzo was ranked No. 1 in the Bay Area, in the NorCal top-five and state’s top-10.
But the Sonoma County League champion Dragons burst out of the gate to a 22-9 first-quarter lead, then turned their high-level team performance into an emphatic 71-46 victory, which earned them the NCS Division-3 title.
Whether Sonoma’s deep and talented 1994 NCS Division-3 championship team was the best in school history – which, for clarification and not wanting friends and past loyalists mad at me, can definitely be debated because there were a few strong squads in the 1970s that won titles, but didn’t have the postseason opportunities that followed their runs.
Before the sections were devised, the Bay Area postseason was the famous Tournament of Champions, which was won each year by an East Bay school, mostly from the Oakland area, with no North Bay team to my recollection ever winning a TOC title.