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‘Second season’ for fall sports begins next week

All that’s left of fall sports is playoffs, with the exception of tonight’s volleyball match between rivals Bear River and Colfax, as well as two more regular-season football games for both Bear River and Nevada Union.

Soccer and volleyball playoffs begin Tuesday, while the football postseason doesn’t begin until Nov. 17.

Soccer



Forest Lake Christian is the only playoff entrant from the three western Nevada County high schools.

Led by Andreas Zeischegg, who has scored 28 goals this season, the Falcons (18-3-2 overall, 11-0-1 Central Valley Christian League) take a No. 1 seed into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs as CVCL champions.




San Juan, the No. 3 seed from the Golden Empire League, will make the trip to Forest Lake Christian for the 3 p.m. contest.

A win Tuesday will advance the Falcons to the second round, which would be played at 3 p.m. Thursday at FLC. A second win would put them in the section championship at 10 a.m. Saturday at Folsom High School.

Volleyball

Nevada Union

Nevada Union coach Bob Rogers expects a No. 1 ranking in Div. I with Thursday’s release of the power ratings.

If the Miners (23-4 overall, 11-1 Sierra Foothill League) earn the top seed, and if they make it to the section championship, they will host the first three matches: Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Nov. 14. The section final is at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at UC Davis.

Each match in the first three rounds begins at 7 p.m.

The first edition of the power ratings, which were released halfway through the season, had NU at No. 1, Lodi at No. 2 and Turlock at No. 3.

Forest Lake Christian

After winning the Central Valley Christian League with just one CVCL loss, and after beating Woodland Christian on Friday in the CVCL Tournament, the Falcons are expecting to be ranked No. 1 in Div. V of the Sac-Joaquin Section.

The playoff schedule follows the same format as Div. I, although the section championship is at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at UC Davis.

The Falcons were ranked first with the midseason power ratings. Woodland Christian was second, and Turlock Christian was third.

Bear River

The Bruins were ranked 14th with a 4-3 Pioneer Valley League record when the first power ratings were released.

Since then, Bear River (12-8 overall, 8-3 PVL) has won four straight.

A home win tonight against PVL rival Colfax would likely seal a playoff berth, but the last time the teams met, the Falcons prevailed 3-1.

Tonight’s PVL finale begins at 6:30 p.m.

If the Bruins make the playoffs, and if they are ranked ninth or lower, they will play all matches on the road.

The Div. IV schedule is the same as Div. 1 and V, with the section final at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at UC Davis.

Football

Bear River

The Bruins (6-2 overall, 4-0 Pioneer Valley League) can win the PVL with victories at home Friday against El Dorado (4-4 overall, 2-3 PVL) and Nov. 10 at Colfax. (8-0 overall, 4-0 PVL).

Bear River clinched a playoff berth by beating Lincoln 21-18 last Friday.

Nevada Union

After losing to Elk Grove Friday in their second Delta Valley Conference loss of the season, the Miners (5-3 overall, 1-2 DVC) are in fourth place in league.

The top three teams from the DVC advance to the playoffs.

On Friday, NU travels to Davis (4-4 overall, 1-2 DVC), before heading to Valley (3-4 overall, 0-3 DVC) to end the regular season.

Franklin (Elk Grove) is in first place in the DVC with a 3-0 record (7-1 overall). Laguna Creek (6-2 overall, 2-1 DVC) is in second, followed by third-place Elk Grove (7-1 overall, 2-1 DVC).

If Laguna Creek loses its final two (against Franklin and Davis) and Nevada Union wins its final two, the Miners would make the playoffs, because NU beat Laguna Creek on Oct. 20.

Franklin and Elk Grove have each won at Hooper Stadium.

No more confetti

Nevada Union Athletics Director Steve Pilcher is asking NU football fans to discontinue throwing confetti at football games – both home and away.

Cleaning up confetti, Pilcher said, is time-consuming for the high school’s staff.

Pilcher also said he also has received requests from future and past opponents concerning confetti.

“Our opponents are requesting we also not bring and throw confetti at football games for the same reasons we don’t want it at our home games,” Pilcher said. “We received a note from Laguna Creek about this issue and would appreciate if this practice was discontinued, period.”

Coming soon: Alumni Game

Practices are already underway for the annual Bear River-Nevada Union alumni football game.

The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Nevada Union High School’s Hooper Stadium.


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