FAIRFIELD — Spring is in the air and so are basketballs – plenty of them with four city high school teams still going in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Tuesday offers a fascinating doubleheader in the Division III semifinals at Consumnes River College with the Vanden girls looking to make their second straight finals appearance when they play Florin of Sacramento at 4 p.m., right before the Vikings boys tangle with Fairfield for the third time at 5:30 p.m.
In the first playoff matchup between city basketball teams – and the first between city foes in any sport in more than 25 years – the Vikings boys are looking to make their first SJS title game since the days of legendary coach Jim Boyd in 1996. Fairfield, meanwhile, made it three years in a row from 2007 to 2009.
Vanden won the first two meetings this season.
After beating one Merced high school, Golden Valley, in the quarterfinals, the Rodriguez boys play the Merced High School in the semis. They meet at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
By reaching the semifinals, all four city teams have qualified for the NorCal Regionals.
Here’s a look at what will be a busy week if the weather allows it happen:
The Armijo High boys tennis team begins its quest for an eighth straight Monticello Empire League title when it entertains Wood, while across town Rodriguez battles Vintage.
In baseball, Rodriguez hosts American Canyon.
The Solano baseball and softball teams both play at home, the former taking on Modesto, the latter playing San Joaquin Delta.
Solano County Athletic Conference badminton gets going with Fairfield traveling to Benicia and Rodriguez heading to Vallejo.
Nonleague baseball action has Vanden going to Napa and Bethel coming to Armijo.
Vanden and American Canyon tangle on the course at Chardonnay Golf Club.
In boys tennis, Fairfield goes to American Canyon, while Vanden entertains Bethel.
Rodriguez hosts Inderkum of Sacramento in a nonleague girls soccer match, while Fairfield is at Benicia and Vanden at Bethel in SCAC play.
The Vanden softball team heads to Vacaville.
Fairfield hosts Vallejo in track at Schaefer Stadium.
The Solano women’s basketball team, riding a school-record 18-game winning streak, heads south to take on Fresno in the NorCal Regional quarterfinals.
Former SCAC rivals meet when the Rodriguez badminton team travels to Benicia.
Crosstown rivals tangle when Armijo takes on Fairfield at the latter’s Eddie Muzzio Field.
Play continues in MEL boys tennis with Armijo heading to Vintage and Rodriguez going to Vacaville.
The Rodriguez softball team hosts traditional state power Sheldon of Elk Grove, while Fairfield entertains Hercules.
In a clash of SCAC track and field titans, Benicia travels to Vanden’s George A. Gammon Field.
The Solano baseball and softball teams hit the road, the former going to Sierra of Rocklin, the latter to Marin of Kentfield.
Former bitter SCAC baseball rivals meet when Rodriguez goes to Benicia. It’s the same in the pool when the Mustangs swim teams host the Panthers.
Another interesting nonleague baseball game features Vacaville at Vanden.
City badminton teams are in action with Rodriguez at Bethel, Vallejo at Fairfield and Armijo at Davis.
Vanden hosts Benicia in a key early SCAC girls soccer battle, while Armijo heads to Napa, Wood is at Rodriguez and Fairfield entertains Vallejo.
The Rodriguez and Benicia baseball teams meet again, this time on the Mustangs’ home field.
Armijo heads south of town to play American Canyon.
Armijo’s boys tennis team goes to Napa for an early test for MEL supremacy.
Solano’s swim teams hit the road and cross a few bridges to go against City College of San Francisco.
Rodriguez’s swim teams go to Roseville for the Woodcreek Invitational, while Fairfield heads to Vintage.
The Armijo and Vanden softball teams are in tournaments, the former at Davis, the latter at Lindhurst.
Solano’s swim teams go to Kentfield for the College of Marin Invitational.
Baseball has Solano hosting Santa Rosa and Vanden entertaining Wood.
The Armijo and Rodriguez track teams go with spilt squads to compete in the Sacramento State Classic and Vallejo relays. Meanwhile, Vanden goes to Burbank of Sacramento for the Steve Jones Relays.
Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.