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Local teams near playoffs

If the high school basketball season ended today, all three area varsity girls squads would be set for postseason play, while just one boys program would be playoff bound.

The Sac-Joaquin Section released its latest edition of the 2004-05 basketball power ratings Monday, which decide what teams will qualify for the playoffs. The top 16 teams listed in each of the section’s five divisions will reach the second season.

Forest Lake Christian (14-4 overall, 8-0 Central Valley Christian League), the defending Division V California state girls champion, is western Nevada County’s highest rated team, currently listed No. 2 in D-V, behind top-rated Capital Christian of the Golden Empire League.

Bear River’s varsity girls (14-3, 6-0 Pioneer Valley League) are sixth in the latest ratings – two spots higher than last week – with St. Mary’s of Stockton (14-3, 6-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association) holding down the top spot.

The only change among the top six in Div. III is a flip-flop between Placer (18-3, 6-1 Sierra Foothill League) and Vanden (19-2, 7-0 Capital Valley Conference), now rated No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Nevada Union’s varsity girls (12-9, 5-2 Metro) dropped two spots, from 10th to 12th, this week. Elk Grove kept its hold on No. 1, with a 20-2 overall record and a 7-1 Delta League mark.

In the boys’ rankings, Nevada Union (8-12, 5-2) is still in the hunt for a playoff spot – as well as the Metro Conference crown, but is rated 15th this week. The Miners were rated 19th a week ago.

Bear River (10-11, 3-4 PVL) is currently on the outside looking in at a playoff berth, rated 20th in Division III. The Bruins were 21st last week.

And in Division V, Forest Lake Christian (8-11, 4-4 CVCL) dropped from 14th to 18th in the lastest ratings after picking up a pair of league losses.

For more information on the section’s power ratings, click onto http://www.cifsjs.org.

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