Joe Davidson

Prep notes: Sierra Foothill League crashes section girls soccer party

The Sierra Foothill League stands tall in just about all things athletic in Placer County.

This includes girls soccer.

Four SFL teams, all battle-tested from having played each other, are among the eight remaining in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and II playoffs. Semifinal matches are Wednesday. The SFL survivors are Del Oro, Granite Bay, Rocklin and Woodcreek.

In D-I, fourth-seeded Woodcreek plays at top-seeded Davis, looking to avenge a 3-0 early-season scrimmage loss. No. 2 Rocklin hosts No. 3 Franklin, a member of the Delta League that includes Davis.

In D-II, top-seeded Del Oro hosts No. 5 Whitney, and No. 3 Granite Bay hosts No. 7 Lodi.

Woodcreek advanced by beating St. Francis 2-0 on goals by Grace Vargas and Annie Clements. The lone unbeaten team in the bracket, Davis (18-0-2) beat Kennedy 5-0 as freshman Maya Doms and Gaby Herrera each scored two goals.

Rocklin (14-0-5) won the SFL, with Del Oro second, Granite Bay third and Woodcreek fourth. Rocklin advanced by beating Pleasant Grove 2-1 in overtime behind goals from Tanya Bills and Madeline Morrison.

Granite Bay eliminated Elk Grove 4-1 as freshman Abbie Gould punched in two goals.

In the D-III semifinals on Wednesday, No. 4 Vista del Lago plays at top-seeded Manteca, and No. 3 Ponderosa visits No. 2 Rio Americano. In D-IV, No. 9 West Campus plays at No. 4 Placer, and No. 3 Liberty Ranch visits No. 2 Woodland.

In D-V, No. 4 Colfax plays at No. 1 Amador, and No. 3 Ripon is at No. 2 Capital Christian. In D-VI, No. 4 Bradshaw Christian plays at No. 1 Modesto Christian, and No. 3 Ripon Christian visits No. 2 Argonaut. In D-VII, No. 4 Sacramento Country Day takes on top-seeded Vacaville Christian.

Boys volleyball – Three Sierra Foothill League teams are among the final four in the D-I boys playoffs, with top-seeded Roseville hosting No. 4 Oak Ridge and No. 2 Granite Bay hosting No. 3 Whitney on Tuesday.

In D-II, top-seeded Del Oro hosts No. 5 Christian Brothers and No. 3 Placer visits No. 2 Rio Americano on Tuesday.

Swimming – Granite Bay won the section girls title for the third consecutive season and fifth time since 2007, edging 18-time champion Davis 321-310 in Lodi.

Oak Ridge won its first boys title, scoring 290 points to edge Granite Bay (282), a four-time winner since 2009, and 21-time winner Jesuit.

The 2nd CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Clovis, but scores of section swimmers, including Davis All-American Chenona Devine, will be absent because they already committed to other meets or events. Devine, who’s headed to Cal, will concentrate on the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Softball – Top seed and defending champion Sheldon will open against No. 16 Chavez of Stockton on Thursday at the Sacramento Softball Complex in the Division I playoffs.

Woodcreek is seeded second and Vacaville third.

Rocklin, which tied Woodcreek for the SFL title, is seeded first opposite No. 2 Roseville in D-II at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The field is deep with No. 3 Vanden, No. 4 Del Campo and No. 9 Elk Grove.

In D-I at the Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton, Bear River is seeded first and Casa Roble second.

Tennis – Davis beat Delta League rival Jesuit 7-2 to repeat as the section champion and win its sixth title in eight years. It was the 14th time in 18 seasons the schools have met for the title, each winning 11 total titles.

Davis No. 1 Jasper Murphy beat Stephen Morley 6-3, 6-4.

Both programs advanced to the CIF NorCal Regional Tournament, which starts Thursday at the Broadstone Racquet Club in Folsom. St. Ignatius of San Francisco is seeded first, Davis fourth and Jesuit sixth.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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