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Playoffs aplenty in the foothills

PVL Pipeline
By: Dave Krizman Journal Sports Columnist
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By all accounts, the success the local highs schools have achieved in all sports this fall is remarkable. With the playoffs beginning this week for boys soccer and next week for football, girls’ volleyball, girls’ tennis, our foothill schools will be well represented. Already, the Placer girls’ golf team won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship. The Placer girls’ and boys’ cross country teams are once again expected to dominate in their respective divisions. The following is a breakdown of potential seeding for area football teams. In a first for area football, all five local teams, Bear River, Colfax, Del Oro, Foresthill, and Placer, appear headed to the playoffs next week. Bear River: A victory over Colfax Friday would give the Bruins a share of the Pioneer Valley League title and go a long way in giving them a high seed in the Division IV-A bracket. Even with a loss Friday night, Bear River will make the Division IV playoffs. Colfax: A win over rival Bear River would give Colfax the outright PVL championship. More importantly, a win would all but guarantee the top seed in the Division IV-B bracket. With an 8-2 record and a quality win over Placer, the Falcons would be the class of the ‘B’ bracket. The top seed gives Colfax three home playoff games, assuming of course, they continue to win, before playing for the Division IV championship in Stockton on Dec. 3 The Falcons will be competing against Escalon and Central Catholic for that coveted top seeding. Falcon fans, keep Dec. 3 free on your social calendar. Del Oro: The Golden Eagles are peaking at just the right time. With a victory over Woodcreek Friday, Del Oro would share a piece of the Sierra Foothill League title and an automatic berth in the playoffs. However, a loss would place them on the bubble for a playoff berth in either Division II or Division III. In Del Oro’s favor is its rugged non-league schedule and competing in the ferocious SFL. Foresthill: Congratulations to head coach Jim Herlehy and his staff for advancing the Wildfires into their first playoff game in the school’s history. Foresthill could also grab a piece of the Sacramento Metro Athletic League title on Friday with a win over Delta at home. Placer: According to head coach Joey Montoya, “I see us being a high seed in the Division IV-A bracket. A local paper has us headed to the Division III playoffs, but we think we will end up in the Division IV bracket. Union Mine, Calaveras, and Bear River also have good shots at a high seeding.” Just as Colfax is playing for a No. 1 seeding, Placer also has a shot for a top seed. A victory over Foothill Friday would give the Hillmen an 8-2 record with their only two losses coming to Colfax and Casa Roble, two teams headed to the playoffs. A top seeding would give Placer three home games before the championship game. From this column’s perspective, a Placer vs. Colfax match-up in Stockton on Friday, Dec. 3 looks like a strong possibility. Here’s hoping there’s no fog that night on the drive down to Stockton. Dave Krizman’s column runs Wednesdays in the Journal. Comment online at www.auburnjournal.com.