A quick look at tonight’s prep football playoff games


Mission Viejo (12-0) at Chino Hills (10-2), 7:30 p.m.:

 The top-seeded Diablos advanced with a 42-21 win over Murrieta Valley and have had just one game this season decided by single digits. They are the defending CIF champion and have won 24 straight games dating to back-to-back losses to start the 2014 season. The brother tandem of Colin and Brenden Schooler were key last week and are being relied upon more as season progresses. They are transfers from Trabuco Hills, which won Southwest last year. The Huskies don’t have a lot of big name Division I talent but used a solid defense and a workmanlike offense to unseat perennial Baseline League champion Upland. The Huskies rely on the ground game led by Grady O’Donnell and Curtis Price while DE William Hackenberg and LB Anthony Rosales have been the catalysts on defense. The Chino Hills losses were to quality foes in Bishop Amat and JSerra.

Vista Murrieta (11-1) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (9-3), at Los Osos HS, 7 p.m.:

 The Broncos are coming off a 21-14 win over Upland while Rancho is coming off a 53-28 thrashing of Tesoro. Vista Murrieta has reached the semifinals for the seventh straight year while Rancho has done so for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Broncos are directed by junior QB Karson Greeley and rely on a punishing ground game. One of the main contributors there is Cole Dubots, whose 93-yard TD run was the difference last week. Senior S Tanner Williams and senior DB Dwayne Johnson are the leading tacklers. Senior Aaron Manning has been the most versatile standout for the Cougars, with junior Jaylon Redd a major contributor on both sides of the ball for the Cougars. Coach Nick Baiz also singles out the play of MLB Cameron Smith, DB Darriel Busby and OL Nathan Thomas Thomas


San Dimas (9-3) vs. Calabasas Viewpoint (7-5), at Agoura HS, 7 p.m.:

The Saints have win five straight games since a loss to Northview that cost them a Valle Vista League title. Coach Mark Holman said two first-quarter turnovers were pivotal in that game and the Saints have done a good job of taking care of the ball and regrouping since then, Junior Jarell Sykes has been a major force both offensive and defensively and on special teams. The coach also singles out LB Steven Ojeda, LB Joey Erickson and Mbanefo Akpom. Viewpoint seems to be putting it together as the right time. It was second in a three-team league and was just 5-5 in the regular season. Viewpoint advanced with a 37-35 win last week over Covina, the same team San Dimas beat in the regular season 42-0.

Pomona (11-2) at Sierra Canyon (12-0) at Granada Hills HS, 7 p.m.: The Red Devils are the reigning CIF champions but have needed late touchdowns in the closing seconds to get by their first two playoff opponents. In both cases it has been senior Darreon Lockett, the most experienced and versatile player from last year’s team, providing the heroics. However, Sierra Canyon is the top seed in the division, and will be looking for a little redemption — it was Pomona that ended its playoffs run in the quarterfinal last year, 33-20. The Trailblazers are led by junior QB Niko Harris, who has thrown for 2,625 yards and 39 TDS with 5 interceptions, Junior Josua Cole has rushed for 1,793 yards and 27 touchdowns.


Summit (12-0) at San Marino (12-0), 7 p.m.: It says something for the Central Division when two undefeated teams, No. 2 Summit and No. 3 San Marino are playing each other in the CIF-SS semifinals. Summit is coming off a lackluster offensive performance in a 13-9 win over Chino. The passing game wasn’t in sync and coach Nick Matheny thinks part of that was because of star WR Damian Alloway’s tight groin. But Matheny said physical therapy this week has done wonders for Alloway. Unlike last week’s opponent, Chino, San Marino’s passing game is its strength. Perhaps the SkyHawks’ best defensive unit is its line, so pressure on QB Carson Glazier (3,237 yards passing, 39 TDs, 1 INT) is likely critical to slowing down the Titans, who average 50.9 points per game. Summit will have to worry about several receivers, most notably J.P. Shohfi, who has 85 catches for 1,586 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has scored a touchdown in every game, and has four straight games of at least 120 receiving yards. The SkyHawks could count on many of their opponents making critical mistakes, but can’t depend on that against the Titans. “They are extremely fundamentally sound,” Matheny said.

INLAND DIVISIONMenifee Heritage (12-0) at Cajon (11-1), 7 p.m.: For a while last week, it looked like three Citrus Belt League teams might make the semifinals, but as it turns out, fourth-seeded Cajon is the last one and the Cowboys have a difficult task in taking on top-seeded Heritage, a team that has made at least the semifinals five straight years. Cajon has had success with long passes this year from Jayden Daniels to WRs such as Tyrone Gasaway, Giovanni Daniel and Phillip Ryan, but coach Nick Rogers thinks that will be much more difficult against a Heritage team that typically keeps two safeties deep. Although Wilbur Murray and Aaron Ortega have both been good running the ball this year for Cajon, Rogers said he plans on using Elijah Lilly, who has 165 yards on just eight carries this season, more in the run game this week because he has big-play capabilities. Cajon will need to cut down on its penalties and take advantage of limited offensive chances against a Heritage team that averages 262 yards rushing per game, led by 5-foot-10, 192-pound Jalen Glover (1,249 yards, 17 TDs).


Aquinas (8-4) vs. Riverside Notre Dame (12-0) at Riverside North HS, 7:30 p.m.: It’s not known whether The Shield, the trophy these rival teams play for, will be up for grabs in this playoff game, believed to be the first time the teams have ever met in the playoffs. But regardless, something bigger is at stake: a berth in the CIF-SS championship game. It’s only been three weeks since these teams played in the Ambassador League finale, as top-seeded Notre Dame won 28-7. Notre Dame only had 246 total yards in the game, but that was plenty because Aquinas turned the ball over five times, all on fumbles. “We turned the ball over five times, and we can’t do that again and give them a short field. They’re really fast and physical,” Aquinas coach Jordan Brusig said.

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The prep football playoff rundown

Here are the scores from tonight’s action

Glendora 28, Colony 14
Charter Oak 52, Monrovia 14
Summit 13, Chino 9
San Marino 52, Don Lugo 10
Next week
Summit at San Marino

Rancho Cucamonga 53, Tesoro 28
Chino Hills 16, Valencia 14
Vista Murrieta 21, Upland 14
Next week
Mission Viejo at Chino HIlls
Vista Murrieta vs. Rancho Cucamonga (at Los Osos)

Rancho Verde 28, Redlands East Valley 24
Citrus Hills 20, Redlands 16
Heritage 31, Yucaipa 10
Cajon 24, San Jacinto 13

Pomona 62, Northview 55
San Dimas 43, Lancaster Paraclete 28
Next week
Pomona at Sierra Canyon
San Dimas at Viewpoint

Northwest Division
Aquinas 35, Maranatha 14

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Upland coach Tim Salter likes chances of league rival

Upland coach Tim Salter and his Highlanders have played both Tesoro and Rancho Cucamonga this year. Those teams are squaring off in a West Valley Division quarterfinal at Los Osos.

Tesoro is the favorite and has an outstanding quarterback in Devon Modster who has committed to Arizona.

But Salter likes the chances of his Baseline League rival because of the quality of its defensive backs.

“They haven’t seen a team that has that much speed and defends the pass that well,” Salter said of Rancho.

Upland actually gets the winner of that game if it wins tonight against Vista Murrieta.

Upland lost to Tesoro on Sept. 11 30-28 and defeated Rancho in the last game of the regular season on Nov. 6, 31-21.

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Three local teams set to battle for volleyball titles

Three local teams are set for CIF championship matches. Here is the rundown on those:

Upland Christian (23-7) vs. Santa Clarita Christian (18-4-1), 5 p.m. at Cerritos College today: This is a rematch of last year’s championship match won by Santa Clarita Christian 3-2 (15-11 in the fifth set). Both teams have many of the same players. Upland Christian relies on a talented senior outside hitter and team captain in Rachel Holmes, who has 315 kills, 212 digs and 88 aces. Sophomore Brooke Madkin has added 172 kills and 334 assists, sharing setting duties with junior Heidi Lemelin (265 assists). Upland Christian had to battle past California Lutheran 3-2 in the semifinals. Santa Clarita Christian, which went undefeated in the Heritage League, defeated La Sierra 3-1 in its semifinal. The Cardinals will play in the third title match in the 22-year tenure of head coach Darcy Brown. Their top player is senior Kylie Brown, the reigning player of the year in the division.

Alta Loma (23-7) vs. Laguna Blanca (16-8), 4:30 p.m. at Cerritos College on Saturday: The Braves are the defending CIF champion and Division 4 state runner-up. This run has been a bit more of a surprise because the Braves gradiated eight players from that team and have only two holdovers – seniors Gabrielle Oddo and Kyle Szczepanksi. Oddo has tallied a team-high 510 kills while Szczepanksi leads the team in blocks with 102. Alta Loma, seeded second, is also running a 6-2 offense with freshman and sophomore setters. Among the other newcomers who have excelled are juniors Jada Sharpe (247 kills) and Victoria Duarte (101 blocks). Laguna Blanca advanced with a 3-2 win over Archer while Alta Loma advanced with a 3-1 win over St. Bonaventure.

Summit (22-3) vs. Desert (Edwards AFB) (25-2), 2 p.m. at Rio Hondo College on Saturday
: This is the first appearance in a title match for Summit, which upset No. 1 Cate in the semifinal. The team is led by senior Jordon Wilson who had 13 kills in the semifinal win over Cate. Among the other key players are senior hitter Lorelle Kennedy and junior middle blocker Shaiann Palos. Top player for Desert are junior Elizabeth Shelton (385 kills, 68 aces) and senior Devyn Cross (362 kills, 105 blocks).

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CIF preseason boys soccer polls released

Here are the boys soccer preseason polls for each division. Teams in Bulletin/Sun coverage area are denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Servite; 2. El Toro; 3. Loyola; 4. Edison; 5. Warren; 6. Parmount; 7. Corona; 8. Santa Barbara; 9. Palos Verdes; 10. Los Alamitos.

Division 2 – 1. La Quinta; 2. Santa Ana; 3. Long Beach Jordan; 4. Sunny Hills; 5. California; 6. Millikan; 7. Long Beach Cabrillo; 8. Rancho Verde; 9. JW North; 10. Laguna Hills.

Division 3 – 1. Cathedral; 2. Chaffey; 3. Redlands East Valley; 4. Pasadena; 5. Alta Loma; 6. Claremont; 7. Santa Monica; 8. San Luis Obispo; 9. Ontario; 10. Salesian.

Division 4 – 1. Bellflower; 2. Hart; 3. Godinez; 4. Temnecula Chaparral; 5. Norwalk; 6. El Segundo; 7. Great Oak; 8. Lawndale; 9. West Torrance; 10. Cate.

Division 5 – 1, Garden Grove Santiago; 2. Chino; 3. Rialto; 4. Arroyo; 5. San Gorgonio; 6. La Puente; 7. Arroyo Valley; 8. Garey; 9. Animo Leadership; 10. Charter Oak.

Division 6 – 1. Monrovia; 2. La Canada; 3. South Pasadena; 4. Vista del Lago; 5. Sage Hill; 6. Moreno Valley; 7. Moreno Valley; 8. Desert Mirage; 9. Covina; 10. Firebaugh.

Division 7 – 1. Dunn; 2. Laguna Blanca; 3. University Prep; 4. Webb; 5. Buckley; 6. Santa Rosa Aca. 7. De Toledo; 8. Filmore; 9. St. Anthony; 10. Desert Christian Aca.






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First CIF girls soccer polls of the season are out

Here are the preseason girls soccer rankings in all divisions with Daily Bulletin teams denoted in bold:

Division 1 – 1. Mater Dei; 2. Laguna Hills; 3. Long Beach Poly; 4. Long Beach Wilson; 5. Chino Hills; 6. Santa Margarita; 7. Huntington Beach; 8. Aliso Niguel; 9. Harvard-Westlake; 10. Edison.

Division 2 – 1. Corona Santiago; 2. Oaks Christian; 3. Hart; 4. Westlake; 5. Northwood; 6. Bishop Amat; 7. Mira Costa; 8. Newbury Park; 9. Palos Verdes; 10. Troy.

Division 3 – 1. West Torrance; 2. Buena; 3. Cypress; 4. Quartz Hill; 5. Brea Olinda; 6. Ayala; 7. Yorba Linda; 8. Garden Grove Pacifica; 9. Torrance; 10. Los Altos.

Division 4 – 1. La Mirada; 2. Moorpark; 3. Santa Monica; 4. Riverside Poly; 5. Royal; 6. Arcadia; 7. Oak Park; 8. Alemany; 9. Malibu; 10. Sage Hill.

Division 5 – 1. Sierra Canyon; 2. La Serna; 3. La Quinta; 4. Alta Loma; 5. Colony; 6. Ocean View; 7. Laguna Beach; 8. Hemet; 9. Palm Desert; 10. Estancia.

Division 6 – 1. Temescal Canyon; 2. Paloma Valley; 3. Maranatha; 4. Grand Terrace; 5. Bloomington; 6. Sierra Vista; 7. San Gorgonio; 8. Gabielino; 9. Summit; 10. Schurr.

Division 7 – 1. Grace Brethren; 2. Garden Grove; 3. St. Anthony; 4. Shadow Hills; 5. Vista del Lago; 6. St. Genevieve; 7. Moreno Valley; 8. Los Amigos; 9. Vistamar; 10. Pomona.



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Alta Loma leads local teams in CIF dual meet wrestling rankings

Here are the preseason dual meet wrestling polls. Teams in Sun and Dialy Bulletin coverage area are in bold:

Central – 1. Northview; 2. Bloomington; 3. Alta Loma; 4. Hillcrest; 5.Chino Hills; 6. Montclair; 7. La Sierra; 8. Norte Vista; 9. Ayala; 10. Etiwanda.

Coastal – Servite; 2. Santa Ana; 3. St. John Bosco; 4. Trabuco Hills; 5. Yorba Linda; 6. Irvine; 7., Laguna Hills; 8. Fountain Valley; 9. Anaheim Canyon; 10. San Clemente.

Eastern – 1. Temecula Valley; 2. Oak Hills; 3. Palm Desert; 4. Citrus Hill; 5. Temescal Canyon; 6. Sultana; 7. Victor Valley; 8. Canyon Springs; 9. Hemet; 10. Corona Centennial.

Northern – 1. Camarillo; 2. Bishop Amat; 3. Righetti; 4. Oxnard Pacifica; 5. Ventura; 6. Pioneer Valley; 7. Quartz Hill; 8. Santa Maria; 9. Dos Pueblos; 10. Thousand Oaks.

Southern – 1. Santa Monica; 2. Shadow Hills; 3. Mira Costa; 4. CSD Riverside; 5. Magnolia; 6. Faith Baptist; 7. Bassett; 8. Desert Mirage; 9. Duarte; 10. Peninsula.

Western – 1. San Marino; 2. Millikan; 3. Mayfair; 4. Downey; 5. Lakewood; 6. Glenn; 7. Warren; 8. Arroyo; 9. California; 10. Santa Fe.

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First CIF girls water polo polls loaded with local teams

Senior Delaney Parks of Los Osos is a key player for the No. 4 ranked Grizzlies.

Here are the CIF preseason polls for girls water polo. Teams in the Sun/Daily Bulletin coverage area are denoted in bold.

Division 1 – 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Foothill; 3. Orange Lutheran; 4. San Marcos; 5. Corona del Mar; 6. Dos Pueblos; 7. Mater Dei; 8. Newport Harbot; 9. Santa Barbara; 10. Los Alamitos.

Division 2 – 1. El Toro; 2. San Clemente; 3. Murrieta Valley; 4. Los Osos; 5. Montebello; 6. Agoura; 7. Rancho Cucamonga; 8. Vista Murrieta; 9. Long Beach Wilson; 10. St. Lucy’s.

Division 3 – Arroyo Grande; 2. ML King; 3. Mira Costa; 4. Troy; 5. Peninsula; 6. Corona Santiago; 7. Palos Verdes; 8. Harvard-Westlake; 9. La Serna; 10. La Habra.

Division 4 – 1. Royal; 2. Mission Viejo; 3. Riverside Poly; 4. Ayala; 5. Crescenta Valley; 6. Bonita; 7. Warren; 8. Cerritos; 9. Laguna Hills; 10. Trabuco Hills.

Division 5 – 1. Los Altos; 2. Palm Desert; 3. Charter Oak; 4. Yucaipa; 5. Cajon; 6. Temple City; 7. Rio Mesa; 8. Oxnard; 9. Redlands East Valley; 10. La Canada.

Division 6 – 1. Pasadena Poly; 2. Ocean View; 3. Santa Monica; 4. Lompoc Cabrillo; 5. Westridge; 6. Temescal Canyon; 7. Segerstrom; 8. Cypress; 9. Santa Ynez; 10. Hemet.

Division 7 – 1. Foothill Tech; 2. Hillcrest; 3. San Dimas; 4. Alta Loma; 5. Santa Ana Valley; 6. La Sierra; 7. Colony; 8. Don Lugo; 9. Los Amigos; 10. San Gorgonio.

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The football scores from Friday night and what’s next for the winners

Here is the rundown on scores from Friday night’s first round playoff games:

Colony holds on to beat Kaiser 23-19 in CIF-SS Central Division

Friday’s scores
Chino 21, Chaffey 10
Don Lugo 28, Bonita 19
Charter Oak 49, Ayala 0
Monrovia 27, Grand Terrace 17
Glendora 34, South Pasadena 0
San Marino 35, Diamond Ranch 21
Summit 59, South Hills 35

Next Friday’s games
Monrovia at Charter Oak
Glendora at Colony
San Marino at Don Lugo
Chino vs. Summit (At Miller HS)


Friday’s scores

Yuciapa 20, San Gorgonio 14
Cajon 59, Rim of the World 0
REV 73, Jurupa Hills 0
Redlands 49, Paloma Valley 21

Next Friday’s games
Heritage at Yucaipa
Cajon at San Jacinto
Redlands at Citrus Hill
REV at Rancho Verde

Friday’s scores
Pomona 40, Brentwood 33
San Dimas 49, La Puente Bassett 21

Next Friday’s games
Pomona at Northview
San Dimas at Lancaster Paraclete

Friday’s scores
Twentynine Palms 41, Ontario Christian 0
Aquinas 28, Mission Prep 21

Next Friday’s game
Maranatha at Aquinas

Friday’s scores
Chino Hills 38, Los Alamitos 30
Upland 45, Saugus 10
Rancho Cucamonga 30, Edison 17

Next Friday’s games
Next Friday’s games
Valencia at Chino Hills
Tesoro at Rancho Cucamonga
Vista Murrieta at Upland

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