By Wil Keepers,

The Northern Section released playoff seeding and both the boys and girls or Redding Christian will get a first-round bye as the number 1 seed in the Division 6 Tournaments.

The girl’s tournament includes byes for the top six of 10 teams who will be a part of the tournament.  The Lions will face the winner of the 8-9 game between #8 Chester and #9 Tulelake at home on Friday the 15th.  The 8-9 game will be played on the 13th at Chester.  If they defeat this foe, they will face the winner between #4 Fall River and #5 Burney, who both have first-round byes, and will play each other at Fall River also on the 15th.  This 3rd round game will be played at Redding Christian, if they advance, scheduled for Wednesday, February 20th.  If the Lions advance that far, they would play the section championship game at Shasta College on Saturday the 23rd.  The Lions side of the bracket includes #1 Redding Christian, #4 Fall River, #5 Burney, #8 Chester, and #9 Tulelake.  On the other side of the girl’s bracket are #2 Etna, #3 Loyalton, #6 Quincy, #7 Mercy, and #10 Los Molinos.  The two teams who play in the Section Finals game on the 23rd will also receive bids in the NorCal Tournament with the two finalists from Sac-Joachin Section and four semifinalists from the North Coast Section.

The boy’s tournament includes 11 teams, and the first 5 seeds get a first-round bye.  The Lions will face the winner of the 8-9 game between #8 Quincy and #9 Loyalton at home on Thursday the 14th.  Quincy and Loyalton play each other at Quincy on Tuesday the 12th.  It is possible that either the girls or boys’ game will be moved to create a doubleheader, as often happens when both teams host tournament games, but visiting teams would have to agree to the move.   If the Lions advance, they would play the winner between #4 Fall River and #5 Weed on Tuesday the 19th.  These teams will play each other on the 12th at Fall River, and both of them have first-round byes.  If the Lions were to win both 2nd and 3rd round games, they would play in the section final on Saturday the 23rd at Shasta College, right after the girls Division 6 championship.  The Lions side of the bracket includes #1 Redding Christian, #4 Fall River, #5 Weed, #8 Quincy, and #9 Loyalton.  On the other side of the boy’s bracket are #2 American Christian, #3 Los Molinos, #6 Chester, #7 Maxwell, #10 Burney, and #11 Mercy.  Both entries in the Finals game on the 23rd will receive berths in the NorCal Tournament with the Sac-Joachin finalists and North Coast semi-finalists, just like the girls.

Soccer playoffs will also be posted today, but will not include Redding Christian, who finished 9th, while the top 8 teams are placed in the playoff bracket.