County teams look good |

County teams look good

If the high school basketball season ended today, five of western Nevada County’s six varsity basketball teams would be playoff bound.

The Sac-Joaquin Section released its first edition of the 2004-05 power ratings Friday, listing the top 30 teams in each of five divisions. Only the top 16 teams in each division, however, will qualify for the section playoffs.

A power rating is compiled by the use of a formula that combines a team’s record and its league’s perceived strength, from top to bottom.

The good news for Bear River’s boys, who were rated No. 22 in Div. III, is that there is still a month to climb back into contention. The first round of the section playoffs is scheduled to start the week of Feb. 21.

The varsity boys teams at Forest Lake Christian and Nevada Union would qualify for the postseason, as it now stands, but just barely. The Falcons (7-9 overall, 3-2 league) currently rank 16th in Division V.

Nevada Union (8-12, 3-2) is also ranked 16th in Division I.

On the girls side, western Nevada County rates much higher.

Forest Lake Christian, the defending Div. V state champions, are rated third in the section, behind Capital Christian (15-2, 4-0) of the Golden Empire League and Victory Christian (14-4, 4-1), who the Falcons (11-4, 5-0) will face Tuesday in Central Valley Christian League action.

Nevada Union’s girls (10-7, 3-0 heading into Friday’s game) rate fourth in the Division I debut rating, behind Lincoln (Stockton) (13-3, 4-0), Grace Davis (15-2, 5-0) and Elk Grove (16-2, 3-1).

The Bruins of Bear River (11-3, 3-0) come in at No. 9 in D-III, with Sierra Foothill League leader Del Oro (15-2, 3-0) atop the list.

The Delta League – which includes Elk Grove, Valley, Laguna Creek, Sheldon, St. Francis, Folsom, Florin and Franklin – is rated as the strongest league by the section in both boys and girls basketball.

On the boys side, the Sierra Foothill League ranks second and the Modesto Metro Conference are considered the second and third strongest leagues, respectively. The Metro Conference, in which Nevada Union competes, is ranked 11th among the 20 leagues listed. The Pioneer Valley League, Bear River’s conference, ranks 15th, while Forest Lake Christian’s CVCL is 17th.

The Capital Athletic League and the Sierra Foothill League rank second and third among the girls basketball leagues, respectively. The Metro ranks sixth, the PVL 14th and the CVCL 16th.

The section power ratings will be updated each week throughout the remainder of the league season. For the complete ratings, click onto

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