Bruins have shot to wrap up another league crown |

Bruins have shot to wrap up another league crown

Tonight’s showdown between the top two teams in Pioneer Valley League standings offers Bear River’s girls a chance at capturing at least a share of the conference crown.

But considering the Bruins’ track record since joining the PVL last season, they’re more likely to keep the title all to themselves.

Bear River (21-2 overall, 9-0 league) has never lost in PVL play, meaning the Bruins are currently riding a 21-0 record in the conference. Dominating their league is not exactly a new thing in coach Duwaine Ganskie’s helm of the Bruins, who have been crowned a league champion 10 times since 1991. Bear River also won four of six Sierra Foothill League titles between 1996-97 and 2001-02, including a 13-1 mark in Bear River’s last SFL season.

Tonight, Bear River welcomes the Mesa Verde Mavericks (13-8, 7-1), who have won five straight games, dating back to 56-35 defeat to the Bruins on Jan. 15.

With just two games to go after tonight’s tilt, including a trip to second-place Colfax (12-12, 6-3) on Feb. 18 and a home date with Oakmont (9-14, 3-5) on Feb. 20, a win tonight will ensure a second-straight PVL Championship.

A closer look at key contests:


League tournaments – The Bear River and Nevada Union wrestling teams will take a shot at their respective league crowns on Friday and Saturday. The Bruins will host the Pioneer Valley League tournament, while Nevada Union, which went undefeated in league dual meets, travels to Johnson for the Metro Conference tournament.

Boys Basketball

Nevada Union at Yuba City – The last time these two Metro teams hooked up their fans were treated to an overtime thriller, a 57-50, come-from-behind win for host NU. Since that game though, Yuba City has fallen on hard times, losing two of three to fall to fourth place in the Metro. The Miners stand atop the conference’s standings. The two tangle again at Yuba City Tuesday.

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