Preps preparing for playoff push
October 31, 2007
‘Tis the season of the preps, when Truckee and North Tahoe fall sports squads lay it on the line for state title hardware.
It’s a whirlwind of action. And much of it goes down simultaneously, whether on home fields and courts or in far-away Nevada lands.
Ten teams ” five from each school ” are set to represent North Tahoe and Truckee in the postseason this weekend.
From Truckee, playoff teams include volleyball, football, boys soccer, girls soccer and boys cross country. North Tahoe will send into postseason play its boys soccer, girls soccer, volleyball, girls cross country and boys cross country teams.
Only Truckee football and volleyball clinched home contests this weekend. They earned it, as both swept through Northern 3A league play. The football team went 5-0 in league (8-1 overall) while the volleyball squad finished the regular season an impressive 14-0 in league and 32-3 overall.
As a reward for their stellar season, the Wolverines host the Northern 3A Girls Volleyball Championship in their sparkling new gym Saturday.
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Truckee, the No. 1 seed, earned a first-round bye and will play the winner between the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds ” which had yet to be determined at press time ” in a semifinal at 1:20 p.m.
Second-seeded Yerington, the only 3A team to push the Wolverines to a fourth game this season, plays the winner of the third and sixth seeds at 3 p.m. The winners of the semifinals meet in the championship match scheduled for 5 p.m. ” just in time for the football fans to file out of Surprise Stadium and into the gym.
State will be held at Silverado High School in Las Vegas on Nov. 9-10.
Also rewarded for its undefeated season in league, the Truckee football team will host the first two rounds of the Northern 3A playoffs. Before thinking about the second round, however, the No. 1-seeded Wolverines must get past Fernley, a fourth seed, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Second-seeded Sparks hosts No. 3 Spring Creek the same day.
The winners of the first rounds meet in the semifinal on Nov. 10. Teams are re-seeded for the state championship, which will be held at Reno’s Damonte Ranch High School on Nov. 17.
Whittell, a perennial No. 1 seed the past several years, plays host to the Northern 2A Girls Volleyball Championship in Zephyr Cove on Saturday.
The second-seeded Lakers ” who finished their first season in the 2A with 7-3 league record (18-9 overall) ” play third-seeded Pershing County (Lovelock) at noon, and will face the winner between Whittell and Battle Mountain in the championship match at 4:30 p.m. State for the 2A and 3A will be held at Silverado High School in Las Vegas on Nov. 9-10.