Check out our highlight reel from Carondelet vs Chaminade, the championship game of the Platinum Division at the 2012 West Coast Jamboree.

Chaminade takes charge at the West Coast Jamboree

January 3, 2013 - 2:53pm

Southern California’s Chaminade was the only non-Northern California team in the semifinals of the West Coast Jamboree’s Platinum Division last week, and was up against some of the best San Francisco Bay Area teams.

But the Eagles knocked off Berkeley and Carondelet of Concord in the last two games, and put themselves on the fringe of the national rankings thanks to that strong showing. After all, Chaminade was 26-4 last season and has lost only to nationally ranked Windward (by three) this year, and the Eagles dominated Carondelet in the finals.

That’s significant because Carondelet has a win over St. Mary’s of Berkeley, which beat then nationally ranked Long Beach Poly at the Nike TOC in Arizona.

All of this convoluted logic, however, shouldn’t detract from the Jamboree itself, which is the largest tournament, girls or boys, in the country. This year, 119 teams in 14 brackets at eight different sites battled it out, and Chaminade emerged as the best team in the most competitive bracket. The Platinum drew teams from all across the country, including Nazareth of New York, Kinkaid of Texas and Bishop McGuinness of North Carolina.

The rest of the brackets were filled out with Northern California and Nevada teams, but there was still plenty of talent to go around.

Miramonte of Orinda, behind Megan Reid, beat Salesian of Richmond (with star Mariya Moore) to win the very competitive Diamond Division, while McNair of Sacramento (led by 6-4 junior center Mandy Coleman) ruled the Gold.

Mi’Chael Wright, who will attend UC Santa Barbara next year, was the Platinum MVP, and Natalie Romeo of Carondelet scored 26 points in a losing effort in the finals, and was on the all-tournament team.

Many of the brackets, though, were stocked with lesser teams that were placed in divisions that were designed to give all the teams a chance to go 2-1 – which is why so many smaller schools play in the WCJ each year.