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Preps gearing for playoffs

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Come Saturday, prep playoffs will be in full swing.

They already are for some sports. Like soccer, which begins today with the three-day Northern 3A Region Championship tournament at South Valleys Regional Sports Complex in Reno.

Truckee and North Tahoe’s boys and girls teams enter as first and second seeds from the Sierra League. Based on the programs’ history of success, which carried over to the regular season, all four teams have a good shot at advancing to the state tournament.

Both Truckee teams secured No. 1 seeds, while North Tahoe’s boys and girls earned second seeds. Truckee’s boys finished the regular season 7-1 in the Northern 3A Sierra League and 20-1 overall, and the girls were 6-0-2 and 14-0-2.

North Tahoe’s boys ended the season with a 5-1-2 mark in the Sierra League and 14-5-4 overall. The girls finished 5-1-2 and 11-5-2.

In head-to-head match-ups between the rivals, the boys split two games while the girls tied in the first meeting and Truckee won the second.

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Last year, the Laker boys defeated Truckee in the state championship game, and Incline defeated the Truckee girls for the title.

The Lakers and Wolverines also will be represented by their cross country teams in the Nevada State Cross Country Championships at Reno’s San Rafael Park on Saturday.

North Tahoe’s boys and girls teams qualified at the Northern 2A zones, and Truckee’s boys team qualified in the 3A. Additionally, Truckee freshman Annika Deurlington and sophomore Hanna Casares qualified for state individually on the girls’ side.

No playoff team has more than one game a day during the three-day Northern 3A Region Boys Soccer Championship tournament. Today, the second-seeded Lakers square off against Lowry, the No. 3 seed in the Sagebrush League, at 3 p.m. Truckee also plays at 3 p.m., taking on Spring Creek, the No. 4 seed in the Sagebrush League.

The tournament moves to Churchill County High School in Fallon on Friday and Saturday. Reno’s Mackay Stadium hosts the first day of the state championship on Nov. 9, and the championships game will be hosted by Damonte Ranch High School in Reno on Nov. 10.

The playoff scenario on the girls’ side is much the same as the boys’.

No. 1-seeded Truckee plays fourth-seeded Fernley of the Sagebrush League today at 1 p.m. The first-seeded North Tahoe girls play Lowry, the third seed in the Sagebrush League, today at 1 p.m.

The tournament then moves to Churchill County High School on Friday and Saturday. Like the boys, the girls’ state championship semifinals will be played at Mackay Stadium on Nov. 9 and the finals at Damonte Ranch High School on Nov. 10.

The 2A, 3A and 4A Nevada State Cross Country Championships will be held at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park on Saturday.

North Tahoe races in the 2A and Truckee in the 3A.

The 2A girls’ race begins at 10 a.m. and the 2A boys at 12:30 p.m. In the 3A competition, the girls race at 10:45 a.m. and the boys at 1:10 p.m.

Go to http://www.niaa.com to print out playoff brackets for all fall high school sports.