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Barlow girls look to secure league title, Sandy boys try to hold onto a wildcard spot

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandy coach Jason Maki has his Pioneers in position for a wildcard spot into the 6A boys bracket heading into tonights league finale at Barlow.

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BARLOW (17-6) — The Bruins moved up two spots to No. 6 in the rankings with their latest win, putting them in position to stay on their home court leading up to the Chiles Center. A victory at home over Sandy tonight will solidify that spot and give them the MHC title outright.

Most likely first-round foes: Cleveland, West Salem, Mountain View

CLACKAMAS (18-5) — The Cavaliers only losses since league play started have come against Barlow, one of those in overtime. At No. 5 in the rankings, Clackamas is all but assured home games through the first two rounds.

Most likely first-round foes: Mountain View, Cleveland, Canby

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (16-7) — Despite being locked into third place in the MHC, the Rams are the highest-ranked team heading into tonight's league finales. Central will likely drop a bit after taking on No. 46 Reynolds tonight, which will drop its strength-of-schedule number. Still, the Rams should stay in position to be at home through the first two rounds.

Most likely first-round foes: Canby, Mountain View, Newberg

DAVID DOUGLAS (12-11) — The Scots look to finish league with a winning record with a Senior Night win against Gresham. Regardless, David Douglas is No. 19 in the rankings and positioned to be the MHC's first wildcard team into the 6A bracket.

Most likely first-round foes: Westview, Sherwood, North Medford

GRESHAM (15-8) — The Gophers have a chance to make a sizable jump up the rankings with a road game against a team with winning record at David Douglas tonight. A win over the Scots would give Gresham a top-half league finish and potentially vault them past David Douglas to be the MHC's top wildcard qualifier.

Most likely first-round foes: Grant, Tigard, South Eugene

SANDY (12-12) — The Pioneers would climb above .500 with a win at Barlow tonight, but even with a road loss it is unlikely Sandy would move down much if at all in the rankings. They enter the night holding the next-to-last wildcard spot.

Most likely first-round foes: South Salem, Jefferson, Jesuit


PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlow players prepare for the national anthem during a recent home game. The Bruins claim the Mount Hood Conference crown with a home win over Sandy tonight.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

BARLOW (18-5) — The Bruins enter tonight's finale vs. Sandy at No. 19 in the rankings, needing to jump up three spots to earn themselves a first-round home game. That is unlikely with the way the schedule falls, but by staying put in the rankings the Bruins avoid a potential second-round game against No. 1-ranked Beaverton.

Most likely first-round foes: St. Mary's, Mountainside, Forest Grove

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (15-8) — Central Catholic claims the MHC title with a win over Centennial, combined with a Barlow loss to Sandy. The Rams sit No. 21 in the rankings and are unlikely to move up enough to lane a home playoff game.

Most likely first-round foes: Bend, Benson, Mountainside

CLACKAMAS (13-10) — A home win tonight against Reynolds would make it eight in the past nine games for the Cavaliers.

Most likely first-round foes: South Salem, Oregon City, Southridge

DAVID DOUGLAS (13-10) — The Scots are ranked No. 27 heading into their Senior Night game against Gresham, putting them on solid footing to gain one of the 11 wildcard spots. Taking on the last-place team in the RPI will not boost the Scots in the rankings, meaning a road game against a top-five team is likely to open the playoffs.

Most likely first-round foes: Oregon City, Sheldon, South Salem


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