Title talk – Championship Week arrives on prep scene
Consider this “Championship Week” in the wide world of western Nevada County sports, as several area teams make runs at capturing championship banners.
First up is Nevada Union’s varsity boys basketball team, which will try to wrap up the Metro Conference title at 7 p.m. tonight inside Ali Gymnasium, when the Miners (13-12 overall, 8-2 Metro) host the Kennedy Cougars (13-11, 7-3), which currently stand in second place among Metro clubs.
The two teams shared the conference title last season.
Nevada Union, which has won six straight and 11 of its past 13 games, beat the Cougars 64-45 in the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 20 at Kennedy.
Since that loss, however, the Cougars have won five straight games in climbing into second place in the conference standings.
A win would give the Miners the outright championship, following two consecutive seasons of finishing as co-champions.
A loss would leave the window open for another shared crown, as Nevada Union wraps up its regular season schedule Friday at Yuba City. Kennedy closes out at home against Grant Friday.
Yuba City at Nevada Union – With the Miners edging McClatchy 34-31 last Thursday, elbowing the Lions out of second place in the Metro, and taking care of Kennedy Tuesday, Nevada Union (16-10, 9-2) now turns its attention to Thursday’s home date with Yuba City.
The Honkers (19-4, 9-1) head to Grass Valley for the regular-season finale and the Metro Conference championship game, in which the Miners can earn a share of the Metro crown. Yuba City has won eight straight games, including Tuesday’s 61-54 win at Johnson.
Pioneer Valley League
Colfax at Bear River – Having already sealed a third-straight Pioneer Valley League championship, Bear River’s varsity girls are looking to close the door on a third straight unbeaten season in this 7:30 p.m. PVL matchup Friday.
The Bruins (20-4, 11-0 PVL) have never lost a PVL matchup, but their rivals from Colfax (17-8, 8-2) came close to handing Bear River its first league defeat on Jan. 25. The Falcons fell short of the upset in a 43-41 Bruin victory.
Central Valley Christian League
Forest Lake Christian at Faith Christian – Like Bear River, Forest Lake Christian is looking for an undefeated season in league competition in Friday’s Central Valley Christian League matchup at Faith Christian.
A win on Friday would mean the Falcons (21-5, 13-0) will have completed four consecutive CVCL seasons without a single defeat.
North West Subsection at Nevada Union – Considering the manner in which Nevada Union dominated its Metro Conference matches, this weekend will be one of the first opportunity for area fans to catch the Miners in a competitive match on their home mats.
Action is set to start at 9 a.m. Friday and continue through Saturday’s championship round. Wrestlers from the Delta League, the Monticello Empire League and the Solano County Athletic Conference will join the Metro Conference contingent in the competition.
Small School Subsection at Lindhurst – Bear River’s wrestlers will join fellow Pioneer Valley League competitors in this two-day section qualifying tournament for small schools. Wrestlers from the Golden Empire League, the Mother Lode League and the Trans Valley League will also compete. Action begins at 9 a.m. Friday and continues through Saturday.
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