The regular season for basketball and soccer came to a close yesterday for Sac-Joaquin Section teams and with multiple teams finishing the season as league champions from the city of Elk Grove, area talent is once again flooding the playoffs.
The Sac-Joaquin Section released basketball brackets Thursday and will release soccer playoff brackets today.
One change this year for the soccer postseason is the Northern California Regional soccer championships that will take place this year. Seven section champions plus the Div. I runner-up will qualify for soccer regionals, according to Will DeBoard of the SJS. Regional brackets will be released on March 4.
Wrestling playoffs started two weeks ago with the SJS Team Duals, in which Bradshaw Christian won the Div. VI Championship and Elk Grove placed second for Div. I, and will continue today with the CIF SJS Divisional Wrestling tournaments.
The Division I-A tournament will take place at Gregori High School, Division I-AA will take place at Folsom High School, Division II will take place at Benicia High School, Division III at River Valley High School, Division IV at Foothill High School and Division V at Delhi High School.
The CIF SJS Girls Wrestling Regional Tournament will take place today through Saturday at McNair High School.
The region will send multiple league champions into the playoffs for basketball, including Bradshaw Christian’s girls basketball, which finished the Sierra Delta League undefeated in league (12-0, 17-11) for the sixth straight year.
The Lady Pride has won 12 straight league championships.
Sheldon’s boys basketball program went undefeated in the Delta League (14-0, 23-4) for its fourth straight league title. The Huskies beat Elk Grove 86-57 on Feb. 13 in the final game of the regular season.
The Delta League will send its top four teams into the basketball playoffs, while the Metro, Capital Valley Conference and Sierra Delta League all have three qualifiers apiece. Play-in games for girls’ basketball are Feb. 16, but official playoff games begin Feb. 21 for boys basketball and will be played at home sites for the first three rounds.
For girls basketball, playoff games will begin Feb. 20 and will also be played at home sites for the first three rounds.
In soccer, Bradshaw Christian’s Lady Pride won the Sierra Delta League Championship. The championship is their 11th straight league championship.
Laguna Creek’s girls soccer team won the Metro Conference after going on an eight-game win streak prior to their regular season finale against Johnson, which was played after publication of The Elk Grove Citizen.
Cosumnes Oaks has plenty to celebrate this season as both of its soccer programs clinched league championships: The Wolfpack clinched at least a share of the league championship with its win on Feb. 13, giving the team an 8-1-4 record (their final game against Ponderosa was scheduled to be played in Shingle Springs after publication). Bella Vista, the second place team in the Capital Valley Conference, had a 7-2-4 record headed into their final regular season game against Del Campo. The Lady Wolfpack won the Capital Valley Conference as well, armed with a 10-2-1 league record heading into their final league game while Roseville and Ponderosa were each tied with 8-3-2 records for second place.
Boys soccer will have five qualifiers from the Delta League for the CIF SJS Soccer playoffs, while the CVC will have four qualifiers and the Metro and SDL will have three qualifiers apiece.
The playoffs begin Feb. 20 for all divisions and will be played at home sites through the first three rounds for Div. 1-IV teams and through Feb. 22 for Div. V-VII teams.
Boys’ soccer finals will be held Feb. 27 for Div. VII, March 3 for Div. I-IV and March 1 for Div. V-VI.
The girls’ playoffs will be held on the same dates except the semifinals for Div. I-IV will be held Feb. 28 at home sites.