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6-for-6 in playoff picture

Stacy Hicklin

If the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs began today, all six of the Western Nevada County girls and boys basketball teams would have a game.

The most recent power rankings, which came out Jan. 30, have both girls and boys teams from Nevada Union, Bear River and Forest Lake Christian in the top 16 in their respective divisions. However, the rankings only take into consideration games played through Jan. 28.

And four of the six teams are currently in the top half of their division, meaning they’d host a first-round playoff game.

The Nevada Union boys team is currently No. 4, just hundredths of a point behind Armijo at No. 3. Modesto is the top team in the Division. The Metro League, with a 7.8 power index, is the fourth highest in the section.

Both the Bear River and Forest Lake Christian boys team are ranked No. 12, with Colfax leading Division IV and Modesto Christian at the top of Division V. But Bear River beat Lincoln, ranked two spots higher, on Tuesday and should climb in the next rankings.

With a 4.4 power index, the Central Valley Christian league is fourth from the worst in the section with the Pioneer Valley’s 5.5 in the bottom third.

All three girls teams are ranked in the top five in their respective divisions, with at least one team from their league ranked above them – meaning a league win could catapult the team higher.

Nevada Union is fifth with Napa holding down the top spot, with Metro foe Kennedy sitting at No. 2. The girls Metro league power index, 7.8, is the second highest league in the section.

Forest Lake Christian and Bear River are both listed at No. 4, with Sacramento Waldorf leading the charge in Division V. The Bruins’ chief rival, Colfax, sits at No. 1 in Division IV.

With a 4.5 power index, the Central Valley Christian league is second from the worst in the section with the Pioneer Valley’s 4.5 in the bottom third.

Two more power rankings will come out before the final playoff teams are determined.


To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@theunion.com or call 477-4244.

Power rankings are derived from a formula that takes into consideration a team’s league record, overall record and strength of league. After the appropriate numbers are plugged into a formula, teams in a division are seeded from the highest number to lowest number. The top 16 teams in each league qualify for playoffs.

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