Basketball playoff brackets revealed

Games to begin Monday and Tuesday
By: Nick Pecoraro
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The long haul of the winter season has come to what many call “the real season”. Saturday, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section released the official playoff brackets for both boys and girls basketball.


The road to section championship games at Golden 1 Center set for Feb. 22–23 begins Monday.

Here’s where the Gold Country area teams land in each division.


Division I

Last year’s section runners-up, the Folsom girls fell to the No. 4 seed in D-I and will host No. 13 Monterey Trail Tuesday night. No. 5 Oak Ridge hosts No. 12 Davis.

Woodcreek draws the No. 9 seed and heads to Elk Grove to take on No. 8 Franklin.

For the boys, Folsom takes the second overall seed and will play the winner of Monday’s Pleasant Grove-Bear Creek play-in game.

Oak Ridge is the 5-seed for the boys bracket and hosts No. 12 Kennedy.


Division II

The D-II bracket is loaded with Gold Country area teams on both the boys and girls sides.

For the girls, No. 3 Whitney, No. 4 Del Oro and No. 8 Granite Bay all come out of the Sierra Foothill League for first-round home games.

The Lady ‘Cats host No. 14 Grant. The Lady Eagles host No. 13 Wood and the Lady Grizzlies host No. 9 Vista del Lago.

Roseville draws the No. 10 seed and heads to No. 7 Laguna Creek while Lincoln heads to Sacramento High in the 2-15 matchup.

Each of the above girls games are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

For the boys, Grant overtook Rocklin High as the top seed in D-II as the Thunder draws No. 2 after a season-finale loss to Whitney Friday night. Rocklin will play the outbracket winner of Elk Grove and Buhach Colony of Merced.

Speaking of Whitney, the Wildcats’ upset of Rocklin helped earn them a No. 4 seed to host No. 13 Woodcreek.

After controlling the Capital Valley Conference for most of the season, the Roseville boys ended up in a three-way tie for the league crown with River Valley (No. 10) and Inderkum (No. 11). The Tigers do, however, receive a home game against No. 9 Ponderosa Wednesday night.

Granite Bay will travel to a tough St. Mary’s as the No. 14 seed.


Division III

The Placer girls went 10-0 in the Foothill Valley League and were rewarded with a Tuesday night home game against No. 14 Merced.

The Lady Hillmen will look to hang their fourth Sac-Joaquin Section girls basketball banner inside Earl Crabbe Gym.

The Placer boys, meanwhile, hit the road as an 11-seed to take on No. 6 El Camino, who went 6-6 in the Capital Athletic League. The Hillmen, last year’s section runners-up, shared the FVL championship with Ponderosa, who earned the No. 9 seed in D-II to take on No. 8 Roseville.


Division IV

After capturing the D-V section championship a year ago, the Colfax girls will try to repeat at the Division IV level.

After going 24-3 and winning their Pioneer Valley League title under head coach Rich Simpton, the Lady Falcons earn the No. 1 overall seed and will play the winner of Monday’s play-in game between Bear River and Natomas.

The Lady Bruins went 15-12 and will look to get another rematch with their PVL rivals Tuesday night.

In the boys D-IV bracket, Bear River reaches the postseason for the first time since 2012. After emphatically snapping a 22-game PVL losing streak with a 6-4 mark in league, the Bruins enter the postseason as the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Calaveras Wednesday night.


Division V

After winning the school’s first ever boys basketball league championship, the Foresthill Wildfires were rewarded with a home game Wednesday as the 7-seed, hosting No. 10 Western Sierra.

The Western Sierra girls drew the No. 4 seed and will host Golden Sierra Thursday night.


Division VI

While the team hovered between the second and third spot in MaxPreps’ rankings for most of the season, the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team’s perfect 14-0 record in the Central Valley California League earned them a No. 1 seed in D-VI.

The Lady Falcons, who have won 26 straight league games, will get a first-round bye and host the winner of the Sacramento Adventist-Victory Christian game at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

The top team in D-VI for most of the season, Valley Christian Academy, also drew a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed. The Lady Lions, who also had an overwhelming league win streak of 77 games carry into this season, will host the winner of the 7-10 matchup between Stockton Christian and New Life Christian Thursday night.

Both Forest Lake and Valley Christian are represented on the boys side of D-VI as well.

The Falcons (13-13, 7-7) are the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Freedom Christian Wednesday while 10th-seeded VCA travels to No. 7 Victory Christian for the rights to play No. 2 Sacramento Waldorf on Friday.