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DHS girls 6th, boys 33rd in rankings

By January 31, 2011

Enterprise staff writer

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When the last basketball season ended at Davis High (what now seems like 20 years ago), the Lady Blue Devils were licking their wounds after an 8-19 campaign, while the DHS boys were coming off a winning record that featured a trip to the playoffs.

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Fast forward to Feb. 1, 2011.

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With the release of the Sac-Joaquin Section power rankings over the weekend, the girls now find

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themselves as one of the area\’s powers while the boys apparently need a miracle to return to the playoffs.

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Life is so uncertain.

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“We have a lot of work still ahead of us,” girls interim coach Dennis Foster said after Friday\’s dispatch of Elk Grove, 64-38. “We can\’t get big heads … now (teams will) be pointing for us.”

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And how. According to the convoluted CIF rankings system, the Lady Blue Devils are rated sixth in

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Division I. Cruising along at 15-6 and 5-0 in Delta Valley Conference play, the girls have won six straight to make them 6-1 under Foster.

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Meanwhile, the DHS boys — playing through a series of injuries and poor shooting nights — ended a 12-game skid with a 55-44 victory at Elk Grove on Friday.

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The 8-13 mark (which, as we all know, was once 7-1) has the Devil guys wallowing as the 33rd-ranked team in section, according to Monday\’s CIF ratings.

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At 1-4 in DVC play, they will need an amazing finish to head back to the postseason tournament.

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DHS boys coach Dan Gonzalez says his team knows it\’s one game at a time the rest of the way. Build off Friday\’s loss and … Well, stranger things have happened.

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Sac-Joaquin officials will take the top 16 teams into the playoffs.

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With five regular-season DVC contests remaining, and the league\’s year-end “tournament” games, the Lady Devils are looking good.

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St. Francis (15-5, 5-0 in Delta River League) is the No. 1 team, followed in order by Lincoln (Stockton), Turlock, Oak Ridge and Armijo.

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Davis beat Armijo (17-5, 5-0 in Monticello Empire League) on Dec. 14 in Fairfield, 62-59.

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St. Francis hammered the Blue Devils, 75-51, on Jan. 6. However, the locals played with attention divided that day: It was the first game after the removal of six-year coach Jeff Christian by school district officials .

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Modesto, Kenney and McNair (Stockton) round out the girls top 10.

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For the boys, Sheldon (14-7, 5-0 in DRL) is the top-rated team. Franklin of the DVC is next, followed by McNair, Granite Bay, Golden Valley (Merced), Burbank, Rodriguez, Turlock, Oak Ridge and Kennedy to account for the rest of the top 10.

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Fortunately for DHS boys, their league is ranked as the third strongest in the section. Wins in conference will provide big boosts toward that Dream 16 placement.

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CIF ranked the Lady Blue Devils\’ league as the fifth-toughest in the Sacramento area.

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Division I girls playoffs begin Feb. 22 on the home court of the highest-seeded teams. The following night, the boys tournament begins.

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Next up for the DHS girls is a home contest against Grant (12-7, 3-2) on Wednesday at 7. The Blue Devil boys are at Grant (12-9, 3-2) the same night.

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Friday, with the local girls at Laguna Creek, the Davis boys host the Cardinals on Break the Record Night.

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— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com. To view and purchase Blue Devil sports photos, visit http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com

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