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March 7, 2006 > March Madness, Ohlone style

March Madness, Ohlone style

by Biff Jones

March Madness is coming to Central Park in Fremont this coming week-end, Saturday and Sunday, March 11th-12th on fields 3, 4, 5, and 6. This version of March Madness is in the form of women's softball. Sixteen teams from junior colleges across Northern and Central California will participate in this two-day tournament with each team playing three games on Saturday and from one to three games on Sunday.

Ohlone College of Fremont is hosting the tournament with Cabot College of Hayward also participating. This tournament will start with four pools of four teams each. Pools and their teams are as follows:

Pool A - De Anza, Diablo Valley, Shasta and Yuba
Pool B - Cosumnes River, Ohlone, San Jose and Siskiyous
Pool C - Feather River, Los Medanos, San Mateo and Solano
Pool D - Chabot, Napa, Porterville and Redwoods

Games on Saturday will be played on all four fields starting at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ohlone plays their three games on field #4 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., while Chabot plays on field #6 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday's games will be divided into two brackets, Gold (Championship) and Silver (Consolation). The top two teams from each pool after Saturday play advance to the Gold bracket with the bottom two teams to the Silver bracket. Teams from Pools A and B face off in the upper half of each bracket with A1 playing B2 and B1 playing A2 in the Gold bracket, while A3 plays B4 and B3 plays A4 in the Silver bracket. The lower half of each bracket have teams from Pools C and Pool D facing off; C1 vs. D2 and D1 vs. C2 in Gold bracket and C3 vs. D4 and D3 vs. C4 in Silver bracket.

The four quarter-final games of the Silver bracket play at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, and four quarter-final games of the Gold bracket at 11:00 a.m. Then at 1:00 p.m. will be the four semi-final games (two from each bracket) with the two finals at 3:00 p.m.; Gold on field #3 and Silver on field #4.

Admission for these games are on a daily basis with adults $5.00 and kids 12 and under and seniors $3:00. High school students with a pass are free! You will need to get stamped if you want to re-enter.

If women's softball is something you enjoy watching, then you can get your fill this week-end.

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