Union Democrat reports

Calaveras and Sonora, boys and girls, will host playoff basketball games next week when the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships begin.

The Calaveras boys (25-2), who rampaged through the Mother Lode League unscathed, and lost just two games all season, were given the No. 3 seed in the 17-team, division IV bracket.

Calaveras, winners of 13 straight and haven’t lost in 2017, will host the Highlands Scots (17-8, 11-1 SDL), champions of the Sierra Delta League, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mike Flock Gym in San Andreas.

Should Calaveras advance to the quarterfinals, the school would host the winner of No. 6 Liberty Ranch and No. 11 Lindhurst.

The Sonora boys have lost just twice in the new year, both to Calaveras, but earned the No. 5 seed and on Tuesday will host the Mesa Verde Mavericks (15-10), the fifth-place finisher in the Golden Empire League.

The Wildcats (19-5) would likely face a road trip if they win. They play the winner of No. 4 Ripon (22-5) and No. 13 Marysville (16-10), who qualified with just a 2-9 league mark.

The Sonora and Calaveras girls shared the MLL title this season and both have the opportunity to host a pair of playoff games.

Calaveras (20-5) was awarded the top seed from the MLL and was handed the No. 2 ranking in the 17-team, division IV bracket.

Calaveras will host Hilmar (16-9), of the Trans Valley League, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in San Andreas. If Calaveras advances, it could set up an interesting quarterfinal match with No. 10 Venture Academy (17-10), a team that beat Calaveras Feb. 7 by nine points in Stockton. Calaveras was outrebounded badly but also played without junior star Kate Lumley.

The Wildcat girls (20-4) reeled off seven straight wins to share the league title and their reward was the No. 4 seed.

Sonora will host the No. 13 Dixon Rams (14-13), the third-place finisher in the GEL at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bud Castle Gym.

Should the Wildcats move on, they will host either No. 5 Union Mine or No. 12 Highlands.

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