Le Grand and Hilmar High fans won’t have to travel far to see their soccer teams play in section championship games on Thursday night..
The Sac-Joaquin Section announced on Monday morning that the Division VI boys game and Division V girls games have been moved from Elk Grove to Turlock High School.
The Division VI title game features top-seeded Le Grand (15-1-2) against No. 6 Waterford (16-8-5) in an all-Southern League matchup. The match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
The Bulldogs have defeated Amador 5-2 in overtime and Encina Prep 3-2 in the first two rounds. Waterford has gone on the road and won a pair of games by the score of 4-1 against No. 3 San Juan and No. 2 Delta.
Le Grand is 1-0-1 against the Widcats with a 2-1 win over Waterford on February 9. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first meeting on January 19th in Waterford.
Le Grand has won one section title back in 2001.
The Division V girls championship will be an all-Trans-Valley League affair with top-seeded Hilmar (20-1-6) playing No. 2 Ripon (15-4-2). The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Hilmar went 1-0-1 against Ripon in TVL play. The Yellowjackets won 1-0 at Ripon on January 17th and then the two teams played to a 0-0 draw on February 5th at Hilmar.
The Yellowjackets are looking for their fourth section championship and first one since 2008.
Other boys soccer playoff action resumes on Tuesday.
Top-seeded Pacheco (13-0-6) continues its quest for a repeat section title when the Panthers host No. 5 Buhach Colony (10-6-2) in the Division III semifinals. The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Pacheco High’s Veterans Stadium.
The Livingston boys will also host a Division IV semifinal game on Tuesday night. The second-seeded Wolves (14-2-6) will face No. 3 Natomas (17-3) at 5:30 p.m.
Atwater’s Juarez becomes four-time placer at state tournament
Atwater High senior Courtney Juarez finished in fourth place in the 170-pound division at the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships on Saturday at Visalia’s Convention Center.
The Falcons star becomes the first girls wrestler to place four times at the state meet.
Juarez went 4-2 in the tournament.
Pacheco High junior Tajivale Vaifale also placed fourth at 235 pounds.
El Capitan cheerleaders repeat at Spirit Nationals
The El Capitan High cheerleaders won a second consecutive United Spirit Association Nationals championship in Anaheim this past weekend.
The Gauchos won the Co-Ed Varsity Show Cheer Non-Tumbling division.
El Capitan finished second in the same division in 2015 and 2016 before breaking through with the victory last season.