By Bill Paterson
With the regular season concluding this week, today's third Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls basketball power ratings offer up a few surprises.
Showing the competitiveness of the Division I boys field, a 13-9 Laguna Creek team is on the outside looking in at No. 17. Only the top 16 teams advance to the playoffs.
But the Cardinals, hurt by their mediocre 4-4 record in the Delta Valley Conference, face a tough challenge in trying to qualify. They end the regular season this week with home league games Wednesday against Monterey Trail (17-7, 5-3) and Friday against Franklin (20-5, 8-0).
Nine of The Bee's top 20 teams are in Division I.
Here are those teams' latest power ratings: No. 1 Sheldon, No. 2 Franklin, No. 3 Granite Bay, No. 6 Burbank, No. 8 McClatchy, No. 9 Kennedy, No. 11 Jesuit, No. 13 Monterey Trail, No. 14 Pleasant Grove and No. 15 Oak Ridge. Grant (unranked by The Bee) is at No. 16.
Here are the the top four seeds by division, plus area teams on the bubble.
D-II - 1. Woodcreek, 2. Cordova, 3. Bella Vista, 4. Del Campo.
D-III - 1. Sacramento. 2. Center, 3. El Dorado, 4. Weston Ranch. Bubble teams: Vista del Lago, No. 17; Whitney, No. 18.
D-IV - 1. Modesto Christian, 2. Summerville, 3. Colfax, 4. Amador.
D-V - 1. Ripon Christian, 2. Bradshaw Christian, 3. Vacaville Christian, 4. Valley Christian.
D-I - 1. St. Francis, 2. Lincoln-Stockton, 3. Turlock, 4. Armijo. Bubble teams: Nevada Union, No. 17; Grant, No. 18.
D-II - 1. Del Oro, 2. Bella Vista, 3. El Camino, 4. St. Mary's-Stockton.
D-III - 1. Sacramento, 2. El Dorado, 3. Christian Brothers, 4. Vanden. Bubble team: Center, No. 17.
D-IV - 1. Colfax, 2. Bear River, 3. Calaveras, 4. Modesto Christian.
D-V - 1. Bradshaw Christian, 2. Brookside Christian, 3. Vacaville Christian, 4. Turlock Christian. Bubble team: Sacramento Adventist, No. 17.
For more go to:
http://cifsjs.org/sports/winter/basketball/boysbb/powerratingboys-3.pdf and http://cifsjs.org/sports/winter/basketball/girlsbb/powerratinggirls-3.pdf