Chasing the elusive rainbow

By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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As many predicted, the Sierra Foothill League boys basketball title would be a wild race. As it stands, with the exception of Granite Bay (3-0), all the teams have one loss.

Rocklin, however, is the only club with two wins. Ironically, the only team to beat the Thunder was Woodcreek. I say ironically, because the Timberwolves had the worst preseason record (9-8) coming in of any SFL team.

The Grizzlies have beaten Del Oro, Nevada Union and Roseville. Both Rocklin and Granite Bay share identical overall records at 14-6. The two will meet head-on in Bear country (Granite Bay) Thursday.

Four of the five teams are 1-2; not one is without a win, so one cannot say the cream has already risen to the top. But the Grizzlies’ victories have been by 22, 28 and 17 points.

The Thunder also defeated Del Oro and Nevada Union on those club’s home courts. Granite Bay’s win over Del Oro and Roseville both came at home.

If we take a look at the wins of the other four clubs, Woodcreek beat Rocklin, Roseville beat Woodcreek, Nevada Union beat Woodcreek and Del Oro beat Roseville.

In preseason, the defending champion Golden Eagles were 12-9, the year before 10-8. NU was 7-10, last year 10-8 and Granite Bay improved from 8-10 a year ago to 11-6 this season. The Tigers went from 9-8 to 15-2, the T’wolves 6-11 to 9-8 and Rocklin had the biggest jump, 3-15 to 12-5.

From a purely physical standpoint, Woodcreek’s tallest player is 6-3. Del Oro’s Keenan Finney is 6-4, Nevada Union has a 6-8 junior and Rocklin’s Hayden Cook is around 6-7. The player’s heights for Granite Bay and Roseville were unavailable.

It may appear the pot of gold is somewhere in Granite Bay but with more than half the games in SFL league play to go, there isn’t any team yet out of the race.

Del Oro is the defending league champion and the Grizzlies finished in a tie for second with the Miners last season.

Statistically, the match ups are intriguing. But the fact remains, the team that will get the SFL’s pot of gold at rainbow’s end will be the one that works the hardest to find it.

In the battle for SFL supremacy on the girl’s side, Nevada Union and Del Oro have charged to the forefront; both are 3-0. The Miners and Eagles were 1-2 in the standings last year.

As luck would have it, Rocklin opened league play on the road at Del Oro and then traveled to Nevada Union. But in spite of those two losses, the Thunder is still in the mix.

Roseville is the only 0-3 club. Granite Bay, Woodcreek and the girls in blue are 1-2. Rocklin defeated Woodcreek last week.

If the Thunder beat Roseville and Granite Bay, they get Del Oro and Nevada Union at home in the next go-round. They will need some momentum however; they lost to the Eagles by 16 in their first meeting and 21 to the Miners.

 Rocklin’s win over Woodcreek is the only game it has won this season scoring less than 50 points.