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The Week Ahead

The Union Staff

The final three days of the high school basketball scene will be filled with competitive matchups that could have a huge impact on playoff seedings.

In these final few days of “Championship Week” five of the six western Nevada County teams will play the No. 1 ranked team in their respective divisions.

Only the Nevada Union boys will be without a game against the top team in their division.

This week’s games could be most important, however, for the Forest Lake Christian boys team as it fights to host a home playoff game. A win at No. 1 Sacramento Waldorf could do the trick in propelling the Falcons into the top eight from their current spot at No. 10.

PVL Championship

Colfax and Bear River matchups are never lacking intensity, but more than pride is riding as the girls basketball teams face off this Friday at Colfax.

On Jan. 25, the Falcons won 52-51 at Bear River on a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the game to break the Bruins’ 41-game league win streak. With the win, Colfax moved into first place in the Pioneer Valley League and to No. 1 in the Division IV power rankings.

If Bear River can beat Colfax in the rematch, however, the two teams would split the PVL Championship and make the playoff seedings quite interesting.

It’s a can’t miss game to end the regular season.

Metro Championship

The Kennedy girls basketball team travels to Grass Valley tonight to play Nevada Union and to the winner will go the spoils. Both teams enter the game with just one league loss, so barring any final game let downs by either team, the winner of the game will be the Metro Champions.

In the previous meeting between the two teams, the Miners won 53-42 at Kennedy.


Nevada Union, which produced seven champions and nine finalists at the Metro League Tournament on Saturday, competes at the Northwest sub-section tournament on Friday and Saturday at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo. The Miners are sending 12 wrestlers overall to the tournament.

Meanwhile, Bear River will be represented by 10 wrestlers and one alternate at the small schools sub-section tournament at Oakmont High School in Roseville.

Competition begins at 9 a.m. both days at the two tournaments. The top qualifiers in each weight class will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament next weekend in Folsom.


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