Defending Section basketball champs rolling along

Nine of last season's champions remain in the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoffs, which include five divisions each for boys and girls.

The El Camino High boys (Division III) are the only eliminated defending champ.

Folsom (D-I), Rocklin (D-II), Modesto Christian (D-IV) and Forest Lake Christian (D-V) seek title repeats for the boys. Girls champions still in the hunt are Kennedy (D-I), St. Francis (D-II), St. Mary's-Stockton (D-III), Christian Brothers (D-IV) and Bradshaw Christian (D-V).

Eighty percent of the higher combined seeds for boys and girls have won games so far, according to John Williams, assistant section commissioner. All No. 1 seeds are alive in the 10 combined divisions, and three or four of the top six seeds are still around in all 10 divisions.