Today’s a big day for the post-season dreams of a number of high schoolers as three boys basketball teams compete for a chance at a San Joaquin Section title in their respective divisions.
In the Division I bracket Turlock High travels to Franklin High of Elk Grove for the first round of tournament play. The 10th seed Bulldogs finished second in the Central California Conference with a 7-3 league record. Three Turlock players finished the regular season with over 200 points—DaShawn Holcombe (287), Kenny Fraser (261), and Austin Bush (209)—an offensive onslaught that will be needed to defeat the seventh seed Wildcats. Franklin also ended its regular season with a 7-3 league record and a second place finish in its Delta Valley League though they fall short of Turlock by four games in the overall record.
The Division IV bracket welcomes Delhi High for the first time in a long time. The Hawks enter the tournament as the 15 seed and will travel to face the second seed Summerville High Bears. The Hawks finished with an 8-6 record in the Southern Athletic League, good enough for third place, and earned a post-season appearance by winning their final two regular season games for an overall record of 13-14. The young Delhi team will have its hands full with the undefeated Mother Lode League champion Bears who finished the season with an overall record of 21-3.
The final local boys basketball team to compete today will be Turlock Christian High when they take on Lodi Academy High in the first round of the Division VI bracket. The Eagles, led by first year varsity head coach Eddie Sai, finished with a 7-7 record in the SAL and an overall record of 12-15. Their opponents also finished with an even 7-7 record in the Mountain Valley League. TC is expected to enter the game with a slight edge.
On Thursday, the girls of Turlock Christian High are back in the post-season a year after falling short in the SJS DV Final. With leader Halie Bergman back, the Eagles are looking for a return trip to the Sleep Train Arena but they will have to get by either Big Valley Christian High or Foresthill High first. Though they are missing a handful of pieces from last season’s team, the combination of Bergman and Arin Morelli is enough to give the Eagles playoff faith.