The Week Ahead
With playoff action opening in most sports across the Sac-Joaquin Section, and with the final week of football action Friday night, the week ahead promises to be a hectic one in high school athletics.
All three of western Nevada County’s volleyball teams were in action Tuesday night, serving into play in the section tournament. Four-time defending Division I champ Nevada Union and D-V Forest Lake Christian hosted first-round action of the postseason as No. 1 seeds in their respective divisions, while 14th-seeded Bear River hit the road in search of an upset of No. 3 Summerville (Tuolumne), owner of a 34-1 regular season record.
Second-round play resumes Thursday (For complete brackets, see Scoreboard, B3), with higher seeds again serving as match hosts. Semifinal play continues Nov. 14 at home sites, followed by the section championship matches two days later at UC, Davis.
In Division V soccer, Thad Kopec’s Forest Lake Christian Falcons also opened tourney play as a No. 1, hosting San Juan on Tuesday. A win places the Falcons in the semifinals on Thursday. The section championship is scheduled for Saturday in Folsom.
On Friday, Nevada Union’s varsity cross country teams will keep on running after qualifying to compete in the Division I section championships at Willow Hill in Folsom.
NU’s boys placed sixth at the subsection meet to earn the finals berth, while the Miners’ girls team took seventh place to qualify.
Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, 9 a.m. Friday, Willow Hill Course at Folsom High School Ð Nevada Union qualified both of its varsity teams to the section meet. The NU girls are scheduled to run in the Division I girls race, which has an 11:02 a.m. start. NU’s boys will follow at noon in the Division I boys race.
Nevada Union (6-3) vs. Valley (4-5) at Cosumnes River College, 7:15 p.m Thursday Ð A win over Valley moves the Sac-Joaquin Section defending Division I champion Miners to the postseason for the eighth-straight year.
Bear River (7-2) at Colfax (9-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday Ð Up for grabs is the Pioneer Valley League championship as both the host Falcons and the visting Bruins own 5-0 PVL records. The Bruins are looking to end a five-game skid againt rival Colfax.
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The Nevada Union Junior Miners Football and Cheer teams traveled to Roseville to take on the Oakmont Junior Vikings in Sacramento Youth Football League action last Saturday.