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League championship race breakdown: Boys leagues up for grabs still, girls NAL title decided

Enterprise High's Mianna Saechao has averaged 13.7 points per game over the past six contests to get the Hornets in position for an Eastern Athletic League title. Enterprise can clinch a share Tuesday against PV. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

With the final week of the prep basketball season kicking off Tuesday with a full slate of league games, there is still much to be decided when it comes to league championships.

Of the eight leagues that include Shasta County teams — four girls and four boys — only the girls Northern Athletic League title is determined (West Valley). Below is a breakdown of each of the leagues that involve teams in Shasta County and what needs to happen for each team that is still contending for a league crown.

BOYS

Eastern Athletic League (EAL)

Foothill’s Luke Lindsey is a driving force behind the Cougars’ run to an Eastern Athletic League title. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Foothill has been in complete control of the EAL with its lone league loss to Enterprise at raucous Manatowa Gymnasium — always a tough place to play. But since the Cougars have taken care of business otherwise and control their own destiny. Still, two huge games are on tap in the final week for Foothill with a road contest with second-place Chico and a home game against Shasta. Foothill can clinch the outright EAL title with a win Tuesday and the No. 1 seed in the D-III section playoffs. A loss, however, means Foothill needs a win Friday over Shasta or an unlikely Chico loss to Red Bluff to earn the top spot.

PV is mathematically alive to share the EAL title but needs help. PV needs to beat both Shasta at home and Enterprise on the road this week, coupled with two Foothill losses and Chico to beat Foothill and lose to Red Bluff. PV would likely be seeded third in the playoffs due to having lost twice to Foothill and splitting with Chico.

Current Standings
Foothill 7-1, 23-3
Chico 6-2, 15-8
Pleasant Valley 5-3, 15-11
Shasta 3-5, 16-10
Enterprise 2-6, 13-12
Red Bluff 1-7, 5-20

Northern Athletic League (NAL)

U-Prep’s Logan Hawes is one of three Panthers with double-digit scoring averages. He’s putting up 11.3 points per night for the first-place Panthers. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

U-Prep suffered its first league loss last week to an Anderson team on the rise. The Cubs knocked off both U-Prep and Yreka on the road last week. U-Prep can clinch at least a share of the NAL title with a win Tuesday over Yreka and the outright title with a win and a Lassen loss to Anderson or a victory over Lassen on Friday.

Anderson has to win out on the road Tuesday at Lassen and at home Friday against Central Valley to have a shot at a share of the NAL title. But U-Prep winning either of its final two games keeps the Cubs away from the NAL crown.

Lassen can share the NAL title with wins in its final two games or an outright title with wins in its final two games and U-Prep losing to Yreka.

Current Standings
U-Prep 7-1, 18-8
Lassen 6-2, 18-8
Anderson 5-3, 14-10
Yreka 2-6, 11-14
West Valley 2-6, 8-14
Central Valley 2-6, 10-14

Five-Star League (FSL)

Redding Christian’s Jackson Black is a key contributor for the Lions and will be relied upon more down the stretch with injuries to his teammates. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

The FSL order was shaken up last week with Los Molinos handing Redding Christian a 49-22 loss, snapping the Lions’ 17-game winning streak in league. Redding Christian is hurting with injuries with broken collarbones to both Shane Harper and Jordan Piercy, Clark Smith is out until playoffs with a concussion and Chase Livingston has a broken foot, said coach Todd Dwyer.

Redding Christian and Los Molinos split the FSL series. The Lions can share the league title with home wins over Mercy on Tuesday and Burney on Friday and can clinch an outright league championship with wins in both those games and an unlikely Los Molinos loss to Mercy. LoMo beat Mercy 65-38 on Feb. 1.

Current Standings
Los Molinos 6-1, 15-7
Redding Christian 5-1, 22-3
Burney 3-3, 6-12
Mercy 2-4, 6-12
Chester 0-7, 6-13

Shasta Cascade League (SCL)

Fall River sophomore Ryan Osborne leads the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding with 11 points and 7.2 boards per game. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Fall River’s win over Weed last week allowed the Bulldogs to complete the SCL series sweep over the Cougars and take over first place in league. Fall River can clinch at least a share of the SCL title with a win over either Trinity on Tuesday or Modoc on Friday. Wins in both give Fall River the outright league crown. Fall River’s lone SCL loss is a 10-point defeat to Mount Shasta.

Weed needs Fall River to lose at least one game and beat both Mount Shasta and Modoc to force a tie atop the SCL standings, though, the Fall River owns the tiebreaker.

Mount Shasta has to win both games on the road this week over Etna Tuesday and Weed Friday, and needs Fall River to drop at least one game to share the SCL.

Current standings
Fall River 7-1, 19-5
Weed 6-2, 16-4
Mount Shasta 6-2, 15-8
Modoc 3-5, 11-9
Trinity 2-6, 9-17
Etna 0-8, 6-15

GIRLS

Eastern Athletic League (EAL)

Enterprise’s Alyssa Terras is averaging 11.4 points per game for the first-place Hornets, who can clinch at least a share of the EAL title with a win Tuesday over Pleasant Valley. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Enterprise is the top team with two games to go — at home against Red Bluff on Tuesday and on the road to Pleasant Valley on Thursday. The Hornets can locked up at least a share of the EAL title with a win in either game and wins in both secures an outright EAL title and the No. 1 seed in the D-III playoffs. Pleasant Valley can share the EAL title with wins in its final two games, including a head-to-head meeting with Enterprise. PV won the earlier meeting 63-56 meaning the Vikings would have the head-to-head if they tied atop the EAL standings and would likely be awarded the top seed.

Current standings
Enterprise 7-1, 16-10
Pleasant Valley 6-2, 12-11
Chico 4-4, 14-11
Shasta 4-4, 14-9
Foothill 3-5, 11-11
Red Bluff 0-8, 6-17

Northern Athletic League (NAL)

West Valley’s Maddie Bassett has helped the Eagles to a perfect NAL mark this season. (Photo courtesy of Fred Lucero)

West Valley locked up an outright NAL title with a win over U-Prep on Thursday. The Eagles shared the NAL championship last season and last won an outright title in 2017-18, making that three straight for the girls in Cottonwood. The previous league title was in 2011-12 for the Eagles.

Current standings
West Valley 8-0, 18-8
Lassen 5-3, 11-14
U-Prep 5-3, 15-10
Yreka 5-3, 11-13
Central Valley 1-7, 9-17
Anderson 0-8, 3-23

Five-Star League (FSL)

Redding Christian’s girls basketball team is in first place in the Five-Star League entering the final week of the season. (T.J. Holmes/Shasta County Sports)

Redding Christian has the edge as the top team but has played one more game than second-place Mercy. The Lions have won nine straight games, including a 50-18 win over Mercy and the two square off in Palo Cedro on Tuesday. A Redding Christian win locks up the outright FSL title, a loss Tuesday and a win Friday over Burney also gives the Lions at least a share of the FSL crown.

Mercy plays at Redding Christian Tuesday and at Los Molinos. The Warriors can only lock up the outright league title if they win both and Redding Christian loses both.

Current standings
Redding Christian 5-0, 15-5
Mercy 5-1, 12-7
Burney 3-3, 9-8
Los Molinos 2-5, 9-12
Chester 0-6, 4-16

Shasta Cascade League (SCL)

Fall River has positioned itself atop the Shasta Cascade League standings led by Marissa Leighton (24). (T.J. Holmes/Shasta County Sports)

The Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 1 in D-VI with Monday’s release of the playoff points, can capture an outright SCL title with a win in either of its final two games, playing at Trinity on Tuesday and hosting Modoc on Friday. Fall River beat second-place Etna 41-34 and 43-28 this season to have the tiebreaker.

Etna could share the SCL title by record if the Lions beat Mount Shasta and Trinity at home and Fall River loses its final two games.

Current standings
Fall River 8-0, 18-4
Etna 6-2, 18-4
Trinity 5-3, 16-10
Mount Shasta 4-4, 10-13
Modoc 1-7, 5-19
Weed 0-8, 5-11

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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