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Falcons drop despite impressive showings

Defending Division V California state champion Forest Lake Christian continues to be the top-rated county team in the latest Sac-Joaquin Section Power Ratings list released this week.

The Falcons (18-5 overall, 11-0 Central Valley Christian League) dropped one spot – from second to third – in this week’s ratings, even though FLC won four games since the previous power ratings were published.

The top 16 rated teams in each division qualify for the section playoffs, scheduled to start the week of Feb. 21.



Among the wins, FLC defeated CVCL foes Sacramento Lutheran 74-18, Sac Country Day 78-31 and Wilton Christian 75-32 and also downed Division I Chico 69-60 in Saturday’s Sacramento Challenge at Center High School.

Still holding onto the top spot in D-V, however, is Capital Christian (20-2, 9-0) of the Golden Empire League. The CVCL’s second-place team behind FLC, Sac Waldorf (19-4, 9-1) – who the Falcons beat 77-54 on Jan. 14 – remains the No. 2-rated team in the section.




Forest Lake Christian will get a chance to stake its claim to the No. 1 rating this week, as the Falcons travel to Waldorf at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a matchup against Capital Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday on a neutral floor inside the Bentley High School gymnasium in Lafayette.

Bear River’s girls team (18-4, 9-0) remained unbeaten in Pioneer Valley League play, with wins over Mira Loma (67-37) and Lincoln (65-35), as well as a 55-36 non-league victory over Sierra (Manteca) in the Sac Challenge Saturday.

The Bruins also remained rated sixth among Division III teams, the same spot they held last week.

Nevada Union (13-10, 6-2), which went 1-1 last week with a 52-31 Metro Conference win over Johnson and a 59-38 non-league loss to Placer in the Sac Challenge, retained the No. 12 rating it held last week.

On the boys side, Forest Lake Christian climbed back into contention for a Division V playoff spot, moving up from No. 18 to No. 16. The Falcons (11-11, 7-4) have won three straight games in CVCL action, including victories over Sacramento Lutheran (68-49), Sac Country Day (70-58) and Wilton Christian (66-40).

Nevada Union (11-12, 6-2) owns first place in the Metro Conference, after rolling off four-straight wins – including last week’s 55-37 rout at Johnson -but the Miners slipped one spot in the Division I ratings, from 15th to 16th.

Bear River’s boys (11-12, 4-5) went 1-1 last week, including a 56-52 win at Lincoln and a 65-64 loss at home to Mira Loma. The Bruins remain the 20th rated team in Division III, still four spots shy of a playoff berth.

For more information on the Sac-Joaquin Section’s power ratings, click onto http://www.cifsjs.org.


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