Big games on tap as preps prepare for postseason |

Big games on tap as preps prepare for postseason

Shoulder season in Tahoe is a crucial time of year for Truckee and North Tahoe’s playoff-bound fall sports teams. And there’s no shortage of them headed to the postseason in 2008.

Many of those teams earned the right to host their respective regional tournaments or first-round games the first week of November. They include Truckee’s football, volleyball and soccer teams ” both boys and girls ” and North Tahoe’s girls soccer team.

The Laker boys soccer team opens postseason play on the road, while the Truckee and North Tahoe cross country squads compete in the 3A and 2A State Championships in Boulder City, Nev.

Here’s a look at each playoff scenario.

The No. 1-seeded Wolverines (6-0 league, 7-2 overall) host Sparks (3-3, 4-5) in a Northern 3A playoff game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Second-seeded Fernley (5-1) hosts third-seeded Spring Creek (3-3) in the other Northern 3A contest Saturday, while in the South, first-seeded Moapa Valley (3-0) hosts fourth-seeded Faith Lutheran (0-3), and second-seeded Virgin Valley (2-1) hosts Boulder City (1-2).

Teams are re-seeded for the State Semifinals on Nov. 15, with Truckee guaranteed to host. The State Championship is scheduled for Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Arbor View High School in Las Vegas.

The boys and girls Northern 3A Regional Soccer Championship tournaments are scheduled to kick off with first-round games Tuesday, with play resuming on Friday and Saturday.

In the first round on Tuesday, the No. 2-seeded Laker girls of the Tahoe League host third-seeded Fernley of the Sagebrush League at 3 p.m.

Truckee’s girls and boys, both seeded No. 1 in the Tahoe League, were scheduled to host on Tuesday. But because of a recent storm, both teams will play at Galena High School, said Donnie Nelson, assistant director with the NIAA. The girls play fourth-seeded Dayton of the Sagebrush League at noon and the boys play Dayton at 2 p.m.

Semifinal game sites ” which could include Lowry, Incline or Whittell high schools ” and start times will be set after the first-round winners are determined.

The State Championship tournament is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 in Mesquite, Nev.

Truckee earned the No. 1 seed from the North and will host the Northern 3A Girls Championship tournament on Saturday.

The Wolverines (11-1 league, 26-6 overall) play the winner between Fernley and Lowry in the semifinal at 1:20 p.m., while Yerington, the North’s No. 2 seed, plays the winner between Dayton and Spring Creek in the other semifinal at 3 p.m.

Semifinal winners then meet to determine the Northern 3A champ at 7 p.m.

The Northern 2A Girls Championship tournament is scheduled for Friday at Pershing County High School, also called Lovelock.

No. 2-seeded North Tahoe (9-2 league, 13-9 overall) must play a makeup match from the regular season against Pershing County on Tuesday to determine who gets the No. 3 seed between Pershing County and Incline.

The Lakers will then play the No. 3 seed in the semifinal at 4:45 p.m., whichever team it may be, while No. 1-seeded Whittell plays the No. 4 seed at 3 p.m.

Semifinal winners meet for the Northern 2A championship at 6 p.m.

The Nevada State High School Cross Country Championships ” classes 2A, 3A and 4A ” are scheduled for Saturday in Boulder City.

All four North Tahoe and Truckee High teams qualified to compete, with the Lakers qualifying in the 2A and the Wolverines in the 3A.

The 2A boys start 10 a.m. and are followed by the 3A boys at 10:40 a.m., the 2A girls at 12:15 p.m. and the 3A girls at 1 p.m.

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