Five area teams are one win from playing for a Sac-Joaquin Section championship in volleyball and water polo. Cross sountry will have its section championships. Oh yeah, the football playoffs kickoff Thursday.
It’s another busy week of high school action with every sport in the postseason.
Here’s what the high school sports week looks like:
Girls volleyball – Buhach Colony, Hilmar and Stone Ridge Christian are still alive in their quests of blue banners. All three will be in action Tuesday night in semifinal matches.
The fourth-seeded Thunder (20-11) will make their first semifinal appearance since 2006 when they travel to Sacramento to face No. 1 Christian Brothers (25-5) in Division III at 7 p.m.
The Thunder and Falcons have cruised through their first two playoff matches with two three-game sweeps each.
Hilmar (22-12) is the No. 2 seed in Division IV and will host No. 3 Bret Harte (25-5) at 7 p.m. The Yellowjackets are trying to advance to the section finals for the fourth consecutive season. Hilmar lost to Sonora in the section championships the last three years.
Second-seeded Stone Ridge Christian (26-3) will host No. 3 Forest Lake Christian (15-6) in Division VI at 7 p.m. The Knights are vying for a fourth section title match appearance and a first section championship.
Water polo – The third-seeded Atwater (23-7) boys travel to Johansen High in Modesto on Tuesday for a Division II semifinal against No. 2 Rocklin (16-9) at 12:45 p.m.
The winner advances to the section championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Roseville Aquatics Complex against the winner between No. 1 Rio Americano and No. 5 Ponderosa.
The top-seeded El Capitan (21-6) girls will face No. 4 Lodi (16-11) at Tokay High in Lodi on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Division II semifinals.
The winner advances to the final Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Roseville complex against the winner between No. 2 Oakmont and No. 3 Del Oro.
Cross country – Area runners will head to Folsom’s Willow Hill Saturday for the section championships at 9 a.m. The Merced girls qualified for the Division II race. The Buhach Colony boys (Division II) and Golden Valley boys (Division III) also qualified.
The goal is to advance to the CIF State Championships on Nov. 26 at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Football – Five area teams will begin the postseason Thursday at 7 p.m.
In the Sac-Joaquin Section, Merced (7-3) is the fifth seed in Division III and will host No. 12 Beyer (7-3) at Veterans Stadium. In Division V, Hilmar (9-1) is the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Colfax (7-3). Delhi (8-2) is the No. 7 seed in Division VI and will open at No. 2 Bradshaw Christian (10-0). Stone Ridge Christian (8-2) is the top seed out of the Central California Athletic Alliance and will face Delta (4-6) in Division VII.
Los Banos (7-3) is the No. 4 seed in Division IV and will open Friday at Loftin Stadium against No. 5 El Dorado (8-2) at 7 p.m.
In the Central Section, Dos Palos (6-4) is the No. 2 seed in Division V and will host No. 15 Kern Valley (5-5) on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Chowchilla is the No. 3 seed in Division IV and received a first-round bye.