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Resurgent Meadows in boys soccer playoffs

With The Meadows’ boys soccer team coming off a 4-12 season, its chances of reaching the Class 3A Southern League postseason looked murky at best.

But thanks to sophomore strikers Alex Karabachev (17 goals) and Toby Warburton (11), the Mustangs have made a quick ascension.

The Meadows is in the postseason for the first time under fourth-year coach Garry Shackley. The fourth-seeded Mustangs (7-7, 6-6) will face No. 1 seed Faith Lutheran (13-0-1, 11-0-1) at 6 p.m. Friday at the Mesquite Sports Complex.

“We’ve come a long way from being the whipping boy in the division to being able to give anyone a game,” Shackley said.

In the other 3A Southern matchup, second-seeded Boulder City (7-5-2, 7-3-2) will play third-seeded White Pine (9-5-3, 7-3-2) at 4 p.m. Friday.

The semifinal winners, who clinch trips to state, will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in the league title game.

3A VOLLEYBALL — The 3A Southern League girls volleyball tournament begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Moapa Valley when the No. 1 seed and host Pirates (19-6, 5-1) play No. 4 Boulder City (15-13, 0-6). Second-seeded Faith Lutheran (22-13, 5-1) then plays No. 3 Virgin Valley (17-11-1, 2-4) at 5.

The title match will follow at 7.

2A VOLLEYBALL — Lincoln County (20-9, 14-0) opens the 2A Southern League girls volleyball tourney as the No. 1 seed against No. 4 Needles (10-10, 8-6) at noon Saturday at White Pine. Second-seeded White Pine (17-7, 10-4) plays No. 3 The Meadows (14-17, 10-4) at 1:45.

The championship is at 4.

1A VOLLEYBALL — The 1A Southern League girls volleyball tourney begins at 3 p.m. Friday at Desert Oasis when No. 4 seed Round Mountain (17-8, 6-3) plays No. 5 Lund (9-9, 5-4).

Other quarterfinal matchups are No. 3 Tonopah (20-5, 7-2) versus No. 6 Beatty (6-8, 4-5) at 4:40 p.m.; No. 2 Lake Mead (28-4-3, 8-1) versus No. 7 Trinity (5-13, 3-6) at 6:20; and No. 1 Pahranagat Valley (20-3, 9-0) versus No. 8 Henderson International (6-20, 2-7) at 8.

The semifinal matches will be played at 10 and 11:40 a.m. Saturday, followed by the title match at 2 p.m.

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