Nevada Union playoff hopes hinge on help
With a pair of Sierra Foothill League matchups still on the table this week, Nevada Union’s varsity boys basketball team will take its best shot at moving up three spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section power ratings to secure a spot in the postseason.
Yet after a pair of tough losses to two of the top three teams in the SFL last week – to league-leading Rocklin (62-60) and third-place Del Oro (64-48) – the Miners face quite a climb to the 16th and final qualifying spot for the Division I playoffs.
Rated 19th in this week’s power ratings, the Miners (13-11 overall, 4-6 league) must find a way to leap-frog No. 18 Golden Valley (12-14, 5-6) of the Central California Conference, No. 17 Jesuit (13-9, 6-4) of the Delta River League and No. 16 Grace Davis (16-8, 8-5) of the Modesto Metropolitan Conference.
Nevada Union hit the road in their final two regular season games this week, traveling to Oakmont (13-13) today and Roseville (7-20) on Friday.
Among the rest of the field standing in the way of the Miners’ postseason hopes, Golden Valley hosts Merced (18-7) Friday, according to http://www.MaxPreps.com. Jesuit hosts Florin (2-23) today and travels to Monterey Trail (15-10) Friday. Grace Davis also has two games still on the slate, hosting Beyer (9-16) today and traveling to Enochs (4-20) on Friday.
The remaining four area basketball teams appear to be locks for postseason berths. Bear River’s girls team has been removed from the Division IV power ratings after the team forfeited its season due to an athletic code violation (See story, page B1).
Bear River’s boys (17-7, 7-3 league) are the highest seeded area squad, entering this week’s Division IV ratings at No. 3, behind No. 1 Colfax and No. 2 San Juan.
Forest Lake Christian (15-9, 8-2) is rated the fifth best team in the Division V boys ratings, after earning a share of the Central Valley Christian League championship last week. Big Valley Christian is the top seed, while Sierra Christian, Brookside Christian and Tioga follow as the Nos. 2-4 seeds.
On the girls side, Forest Lake Christian (13-8, 9-1) is rated sixth in Division V, moving up one spot after securing three wins and a co-league championship last week.
Nevada Union’s girls (17-8, 7-3) are currently the eighth seed in Division I. If the Miners can retain that rating – or climb higher through their final two games – NU will host at least a first-round playoff game.
Divisionals hit mat this weekend
The Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Wrestling Tournaments take to the mats this weekend with berths into the SJS Masters Tournament on the line.
Bear River’s qualifying wrestlers will compete in the Division IV Tournament at Foothill High School in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday. Action gets underway at 11 a.m. both days.
Nevada Union’s grapplers will head into Division II competition at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday. Competition also begins at 11 a.m. on both days.
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