Oxnard has tough challenge in Div. 1AA playoffs

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Oxnard's Matt Ramon jumps over Rio Mesa's Payton Palmer-Newton to attempt to grab a rebound, during a varsity basketball game between Rio Mesa High School and Oxnard High School, at Rio Mesa High School, in Oxnard. © David Yamamoto/VC Star

It’s a challenge not that far removed from David taking on Goliath, but it won’t find the Oxnard High boys basketball team moping at the prospects.

“We understand just how good the teams in our division truly are,” said Oxnard coach Jeff Staniland. “You’ve got a number of teams that are ranked among the best in the nation. But we’re not going to run from this challenge, we’re going to embrace it.

“We’re 24-2, and we’ve had a special, special season. This is our opportunity to do even more, and we’re really excited about it.”

Operating in what arguably ranks among the top high school basketball divisions in the nation, Oxnard launches postseason competition Friday in the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs. The Yellowjackets learned Sunday that they will play host to Quartz Hill in the opening round beginning at 7 p.m.

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