The boys and girls PAC 8 League basketball seasons are at the mid-point. The Los Padres League boys and girls basketball campaigns are nearly there.
Familiar names are at the top of the boys and girls LPL and girls PAC 8 League standings. The boys PAC 8 League race is more wide open.
Here's a look at all four races.
PAC 8 League Boys
There were four league games Friday night, and three underdogs won.
St. Joseph was one of those victorious underdogs. The Knights won at San Luis Obispo and tagged the Tigers with their first league loss. This came two nights after St. Joseph blew a 20-point first-half lead against Mission Prep and lost.
Speaking of Mission Prep, the Royals were another upset victim Friday night as Paso Robles, whose coach is former Bearcats' star Derrick Jasper, edged the Royals for their third league win this week in as many games after an 0-4 PAC 8 start.
Thus, the Bearcats, at 3-4 in the PAC 8, are suddenly in the thick of the playoff race. San Luis Obispo leads the PAC 8 at 6-1, with Mission Prep and St. Joseph right behind at 5-2. Arroyo Grande is in fourth place at 4-3.
The Eagles lost a chance to make up some ground against San Luis Obispo. Arroyo Grande was upset victim No. 3 Friday night, losing to Atascadero.
PAC 8 League girls
Defending league champ Righetti (16-1 overall) finished the first half of league play 7-0. The Warriors have won 16 straight this year and 22 straight league games, dating back to 2016.
Righetti's closest league games this year has been a 73-62 win at Arroyo Grande in the teams' respective league openers. The Warriors will host the Eagles at 7 p.m. Tuesday night as the second half of league play begins.
Arroyo Grande sits at 6-1 in the PAC 8. Mission Prep is 5-2. Paso Robles, at 4-3, sits in fourth place and the last guaranteed playoff spot in the league.
The Bearcats have a two-game cushion over Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and St. Joseph, all of whom are tied for fifth place at 2-5 in league games.
Righetti has ridden a high-powered offense and a turnover-producing defense, this year. Zane Sheckherd leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points a game.
The Warriors have no other players averaging in double figures, but three are close. Mercedes Arredondo averages 9.7 points a game, Alijah Paquet is at 8.6 and Ashley Reynoso averages 8.1. Reynoso has also been a force as a rebounder.
Los Padres League boys
Cabrillo has an even longer league winning streak going than the Righetti girls, 38 straight.
The Conquistadores sit at 6-0 in Los Padres League play. Cabrillo pulled out a 65-64 win over Santa Maria at Santa Maria's Wilson Gym last Thursday night.
Santa Maria and Santa Ynez are tied for second place at 4-2. Lompoc, Templeton and Nipomo are tied at 3-3 in a tightly-bunched pack behind Cabrillo.
Cabrillo point guard LeAndrew Knight had a big season for the Conqs last year, and he is picking up this year where he left off from 2017. Austin Olsen, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard-forward who transferred from Righetti, has also given the Conquistadores a big lift.
Los Padres League girls
Cabrillo is the defending league champion and the Conquistadores are in first place again, at 6-0 in LPL play.
The Conquistadores have ridden the scoring of Erin Jenkins (19.6 points a game) and a tough defense to their first-place ranking.
Templeton is in second place, at 5-1. Lompoc and Nipomo sit tied for third place, at 4-2 in league games.
Cabrillo has had bad luck when it comes to injuries. Britney McCune, a rebounding and defensive force who was also a reliable scorer, went down in the season opener against Righetti. One of the Conqs' best defenders, Kiki Dial, suffered a recent injury and the forecast for her return is uncertain.