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Playoffs begin despite snow

Greenville High’s newly crowned King, Harlan Savala, flies through the air as the Greenville Indians take on Princeton on Feb. 8. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Northern Section CIF basketball playoffs get underway as regular league play wrapped up last week.

Chester Volcanoes

The CHS boys are 15-8 overall and finished 3-4 in the Five Star league. The boys’ playoff game was yesterday, Feb. 12, at home, facing the Mercy Warriors. The Mercy team was 6-11 and the times the teams met, the Vols came out with wins. The CHS team won 50-45 on Jan. 11. More recently, Chester won 63-49 on Jan. 29.

The winner of the Feb. 12 game will take on Los Molinos tomorrow, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. The winner of that contest plays in the semi-finals Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

The CHS girls’ team ended 3-4 in league play and 10-13 overall. They played Tulelake yesterday in Chester. They have not met this season, but the Tulelake Honkers are 11-12 overall and 8-4 in their league. The winner of the game plays this Friday, Feb. 15, against the Redding Christian Lions at 7 p.m.

Greenville Indians

The Greenville girls have an impressive 18-5 overall record and finished 6-2 in league. They play Hayfork today, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. The winner will play this Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. If the girls win both games, the final Division 7 championship game will be Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m., at Shasta College.

The girls played Maxwell on Feb. 8 and swept the Panthers 53-13. Alexis Goodson led the charge with 18 points. Ashlyn Bustamante scored 14. Mackenzie Brown landed 12, along with three out of four free throws, and Lacie Banchio added 2 GHS points. The girls also beat Downieville on Feb. 7, 48-23.

The Greenville boys team ended league at 6-2 and are 10-13 overall. They played Hayfork for their first playoff game and if victorious will play tomorrow, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. The final championship game is Saturday, Feb. 23, at 12:45 p.m.

The boys lost a close and exciting game against Maxwell on Feb. 8, 43-38. Andrew Putnam led with 14 points. Harlan Savala and “flying” Rodney Meyer each scored 6 and Sam Lawson added 2. The boys had a victory with Downieville on Feb. 7, winning 67-50.

Portola Tigers

The PHS girls are 20-5 overall, ending the regular season with an 8-2 league record. They sit in second place behind Biggs and in front of Quincy. The Tigers take on the East Nicolaus Spartans tomorrow, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., in Portola. The girls have only played the Spartans once this season, Nov. 29, and came out the victor 49-36.

Champion players for PHS are Mya Wilson, Annie Folchi, Maddie Wilson, Abby Klemensrud, Emily Sheridan, Maddie Boyd and Emilee Stewart.

Portola boys finished 6-4 in the Mountain Valley league and 9-16 overall. The Tigers will take on the Trojans of Durham this Friday at 7 p.m. on the Durham home court.

The Durham Trojans are 17-9 this season. The Tigers head into the match winning their two most recent games.

The tough Biggs Wolverines fell to the Tigers on Feb. 6, 65-62, and the Esparto Spartans were shredded by Portola, 78-31.

Junior Keegan Folchi scored 30 points against Biggs and hit seven of seven free throws! Senior Ricky Johnston added 16 points for the Tigers while sophomore Mario Ruiz sunk four of his six free throws. Sophomore Owen Bowling picked up 11 rebounds and Johnston gathered up 10, Folchi and Ruiz each had six and JT Massey got five. Dylan Gonsalves, Cody Callahan and James Sampson all picked up three.

In the landslide win against Esparto, Folchi scored 18, Bowling 15, Johnston 13, Gonsalves 12 and Massey 11. All the other Tigers scored as well.

Gonsalves scored his points with four 3-pointers! Johnston and Gonsalves led in rebounds with 13 each and Bowling had 12. All the Tigers did a great job picking up rebounds.

Quincy Trojans

The Tiger boys ride behind Quincy Trojans with an ending league record of 8-2. QHS has a strong 19-5 overall record.

The first playoff game for QHS was yesterday, Feb. 12, against the Loyalton Grizzlies in Quincy. The two teams met Jan. 28 to finish with a relatively close victory for QHS, 74-65.

The boys played the Maxwell Panthers on Feb. 8 and lost 75-61. Cameron Dingel scored 28 points for QHS. Noah Hardee and Miguel Williams both scored 9 and Sein Yoachim scored 8. Dominic Rinetti, Luis Santos and Quinn Holzer also scored for QHS.

Quincy girls finished 6-4 in league and 13-13 overall. Their first playoff game is this Friday, Feb. 15, at Loyalton at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies were tough the last time the teams met, winning 63-23. The QHS girls also played Biggs on Feb. 8. Lexi Baumgartner led the Trojans with 22 points including a trio of 3-pointers. Annie Froggatt had two 3-pointers and a total of 10 for QHS. Emmary Wingfield scored 8. Elaina Warndorf scored 6 as did Makenna Crosby. Brystol Beatley scored 2.

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