Wild Card A at No. 1 Santa Barbara
Villa Park at Irvine
Dos Pueblos at Laguna Beach
Winner Wild B at No. 4 Newport Harbor
Wild Card C at No. 3 Corona del Mar
Costa Mesa at Los Alamitos
Edison at San Marcos
Beckman at No. 2 Foothill
Wheatley is not even finished with her junior season and holds the prestigious record for a program that has had ample success, to say the least. Bonita hasn’t lost a league game since entering the Hacienda League three seasons ago and has played in a CIF-SS final and semifinal the last two seasons, respectively.
1. If the preseason polls released on Tuesday are any indication, girls water polo season in the Inland Valley likely will still be going near the end of February.
Despite having moved up a division, Bonita claimed the No. 1 ranking in the CIF-SS Division 4 poll a season after it secured the No. 1 playoff seed in Division 5. The Bearcats have some unfinished business after falling one goal short of the division championship last season.
Four of the 10 teams in the Division 3 preseason poll are locals, headlined by a third-ranked Los Osos program that has reached the CIF finals four years in a row. The Grizzlies will have plenty of local competition, including Baseline League foe Upland, which is ranked No. 7. Upland and Los Osos were two of the final four teams left in the Division 4 playoffs last season but lost to eventual champ Harvard Westlake.
1 Diamond Bar High School golfer Bethany Wu already has an impressive collection of hardware entering today’s CIF State semifinals. After her team claimed its first CIF championship on Oct. 23, Wu won the CIF-SS individual championship Nov. 1.
The sophomore, who recently issued a verbal commitment to UCLA, was one of two players to shoot under par as her 3-under 67 earned her a two-shot victory.
“Right at the end of the year she’s playing her best golf,” Diamond Bar coach Tony McCabe said. “She’s a premier player, so she has a chance every time she steps on the course. There’s about 11 or 12 elite players and she’s one of them.”
The Brahmas play today in the state semifinals in Murrieta with the hopes of being one of three teams to advance to the state finals on Nov. 13. The top 12 individuals also will advance. Diamond Bar has shown an affinity for clutch play this postseason. During the competition that advanced the Brahmas to the state semifinals, Wu birdied the last four holes and teammate Isabelle Shee birdied three of the last four to advance the team by one stroke.
2 Miller High School Athletic Director John Romagnoli said he wasn’t surprised when football coach Marcus Soward resigned last week.
Diamond Ranch nearly handed two-time defending CIF champion West Covina its first ever Hacienda League loss. But a pair of costly turnovers were the difference in the Panthers’ 20-14 loss Friday night. Tyler Drohan reports on the game in the video below.
It’s hard not to regress after winning the CIF championship by 63 points.
But could West Covina High School’s football team could conceivably dip to, say, one win in its first four games and still have a shot to win the Hacienda League? We’re about to find out.
The two-time defending CIF and league champions lost most of the group that carried it to an 84-21 win in last season’s CIF title game and have begun the season 1-3 as they enter league play tonight. Of course, one of those losses is a forfeited 34-0 win over Covina and the other two to prolific teams in the Pac-5 and Inland Divisions.
Considering the level of dominance the last two years by West Covina in the playoffs, much less the Hacienda League, nobody is taking them anything but seriously.
“I still think they’re a force to be reckoned with,” Bonita coach Adrian Medrano said. “It’s too early in the season to say anything about them dropping off. They’re playing big-boy football.”
Cordell Broadus needed only to hear the first portion of the question before starting into his answer.
“I want to be known as Cordell Broadus first,” the Diamond Bar High School receiver said. “I want to be known as Snoop Dogg’s son second. I want to make a name for myself.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore already is on his way to establishing a separate identity from his famous rap-star father.
If you’re looking for legitimacy, look no farther than the scholarship offer Broadus picked up this summer after attending UCLA’s football camp. Bruins head coach Jim Mora Jr., for one, never said a thing to Broadus about his father. Mora later told Diamond Bar head coach Ryan Maine he didn’t find out until after the offer Broadus was the son of the mucic icon.