Duarte will play Cate in Friday night’s CIF-SS 4A title game at Cerritos College
Here’s what we wrote in Thursday’s newspaper:
By John Sherrard
DUARTE In the biggest match in the history of Duarte High School, the girls volleyball team completed a miraculous come-from-behind five-set victory in the CIF Southern Section Division 4A semifinals Tuesday night before a packed gym.
The second-ranked Falcons, trailing 2-0, won the final three sets and defeated visiting Desert High from Edwards Ari Force Base 15-25, 27-29, 25-23, 27-25, 15-11 and will make their first-ever appearance in the title match Friday or Saturday at either Cerritos or Fullerton College against top-ranked Cate (22-1) of Carpinteria.
The young Duarte (26-8) team could have folded after a tough second-set loss to the third-ranked Scorpions, but fought off a slow start in the third set. Trailing 13-6, the Falcons came all the way back by outscoring Desert 19-12, and seemed to take control at that point in the match.
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At Irvine HS, 3:30 p.m.
Capistrano Valley vs. Laguna Beach
Montebello vs. Murrieta Valley
At Diamond Bar HS
Los Altos vs. La Serna, 5:30 p.m.
Claremont vs. Redlands, 7:30 p.m.
At Mt. SAC
Rowland vs. Don Lugo, 3 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Rio Mesa, 4:30 p.m.
All finals Saturday at Irvine HS
Village Christian 3, Pasadena Poly 1: The Crusaders rallied from a near-2-0 deficit to defeat the Panthers (24-6), 20-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-12 victory.
Esperanza 3, Mayfield 0 The Cubs’ bid for a second consecutive title game ended in Orange County. Mayfield (20-8) fell 25-23, 25-21, 25-22. Sarah Johnson led the Cubs
Arcadia 3, Viewpoint 1 Hannah Kennedy had 18 kills, Lexi Resch had 17 kills and Kelly Dopke added 16 kills in a balanced effort to lead the Apaches to a 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 victory to knock out No. 4 Viewpoint.
The Apaches (22-5) play host to Palm Springs in Tuesday’s semifinal match.Troy 3, Glendora 1 The Tartans (20-7) won the first game, 25-21, but the third-seed Warriors won the final three games in the 2A quarterfinal.
Quartz Hill 3, La Mirada 2 The second seeded Rebels rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the visiting Matadors, 25-27, 25-18, 22-25, 25-12, 15-8. La Mirada finishes 23-5.
La Sierra 3, San Gabriel 2 The Matadors (18-5) rallied from two games down to force a fifth before falling 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 13-25, 15-8.
“We played a horrible first two and then two really good games,” San Gabriel coach Larry Kanow said.
The Eagles built a big lead in the final game.
St. Paul 3, Pacifica Christian 1 Riley Kelly had 20 kills and Katie Engles 24 digs to lead the fourth-seeded Swordsmen to a 25-22, 25-13, 24-26, 25-11 victory at a match played at St. Bernard High.
St. Paul (31-6) plays at second seeded La Reina on Tuesday.
Duarte 3, Anaheim 2 The second seeded Falcons rallied for a 25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory.
“It was an unbelievable game,” Duarte coach Irene Sunabe said. “I’m extremely proud. I think the girls know now what we are capable of.”
Duarte (25-8) led 6-1 in the fifth game. The Falcons will play
St. Francis and Maranatha, two of the area’s three undefeated teams, rolled to easy playoff wins, while the other, Pasadena Poly, held on for a 7-0 victory over Morro Bay. The big news might be bad for the Golden Knights as player of the year candidate Jeremiah Martin was hurt in the third quarter and may miss next week’s quarterfinals. Reports say it may be a possible broken collar bone. Rio Hondo League foes Monrovia and San Marino advanced, as did Rosemead. Muir, La Canada were eliminated.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
MARANATHA 47, MISSION PREP 21
PASADENA >> Maranatha High School looked every bit Friday like the top seed in the Northwest Division and a team capable of winning a CIF-Southern Section title.
Eli Snyder threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns and Caleb Devine rushed for 197 yards and three scores as the host Minutemen rolled to a 47-21 victory over Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo in their playoff opener.
Dmitri Mata also had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown for Maranatha, which improved to 11-0. The Minutemen, who scored on eight of their first nine drives, will travel to Arrowhead Christian, which beat Cantwell, in next week’s quarterfinals.
Bryce Fiedderman threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns for the Royals, who finished 4-7.
– Stephen Ramirez
ST. FRANCIS 49, MAYFAIR 14
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE >> It has been a successful year of firsts for the St. Francis football program, which opened the postseason hosting Mayfair at Friedman Field in its first playoff contest in the CIF-SS Southeast Division after moving up from the Western Division last year.
On Friday night, top-seeded St. Francis took care of business against the Monsoons with a 49-14 victory behind five touchdowns from Areg Nazarian.
“I thought we came out hitting on all cylinders in the first half. I’m just proud of our guys,” said St. Francis coach Jim Bonds, who in last week’s regular-season finale won his first league title in his tenure at the school.
The Golden Knights (11-0) were led by running back Nazarian. The junior returned the opening kickoff 89 yards up the middle for the Golden Knights’ first score. Nazarian struck again on St. Francis’ third possession, finishing it with an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeremiah Martin. Nazarian caught the ball on the run and plowed through two Mayfair defenders to get into the corner of the end zone for a 22-0 lead.
– Nathan Cambridge
ROSEMEAD 31, COVINA 27
ROSEMEAD >> Luis Luna’s interception with 34 seconds left put a halt to Covina’s bid to upset Rosemead in the first round of the CIF Mid-Valley Division playoffs Friday night and gave the Panters a 31-27 victory.
Luna added 138 receiving yards as well.
A wild fourth quarter resulted in zero points for either team. The Colts (6-5) stopped the Panthers (7-4) and got the ball at their own 15-yard line with 1:57 left in the game. Two big plays by Colts’ quarterback Joe Benavidez, including a 43-yard bomb to Greg Hennes with 59 seconds left, got his team to the Panthers’ 20 with 39 seconds left. That was when Luna came up with the interception to end Covina’s season.
– Robert Schmitt
MONROVIA 26, DON LUGO 20, OT
Lawrence Spicer scored from the 12-yard line in overtime to lead Monrovia High School to a 26-20 overtime victory over visiting Don Lugo in the first round of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs on Friday night.
The second seeded Wildcats (10-1) drove 43 yards in the game’s final 3:48 to set up Blake Cusick’s game-tying 42-yard field-goal with 3.3 seconds to play and force the overtime.
SAN MARINO 49, CLAREMONT 28
Carson Glazier passed for 405 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the fourth-seeded Titans in the Central Division opener. He completed 22 of 27 passes and had three TD throws of 52 yards or more.
PASADENA POLY 7, MORRO BAY 0
Griffin Carter scored the game’s lone touchdown after the Pirates muffed a punt in the first quarter of the Northwest Division game played at South Pasadena High.
St. Francis 49, Mayfair 14
Cathedral 36, Muir 22
Monrovia 26, Don Lugo 20, OT
San Marino 49, Claremont 28
Colony 48, La Canada 0
Rosemead 31, Covina 27
Maranatha 47, Mission Prep 21
Pasadena Poly 7, Morro Bay 0
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Big Bear at Big Bear Middle School, 1:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOV. 21
St. Francis vs. La Serna at Cal HS, 7:30 p.m.
Charter Oak at San Marino, 7:30 p.m.
Monrovia at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m.
Rosemead at Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m.
Maranatha at Arrowhead Chr., 7:30 p.m.
Linfield at Pasadena Poly, 7:30 p.m.
Templeton at Rio Hondo Prep (if it wins today), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday’s second round
Corona del Mar def. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-8
No. 3 Chino Hills def. Norco 24-26, 25-16, 25-13, 17-25, 15-13
Pasadena Poly def. South Pasadena 14-25, 25-17, 25-23, 26-24
No. 4 Brea def. Whittier Christian 25-15, 25-21, 26-24
Mayfield def. Valley Christian 25-10, 25-13, 25-7
Arroyo Grande def. La Canada 25-15, 18-25, 23-25, 25-8, 15-6
Palm Springs def. La Habra 26-24, 25-10, 25-14
Arcadia def. Claremont 25-10, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17
Glendora def. Sierra Canyon 25-12, 23-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13
No. 2 Windward def. Bonita 19-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-21
Rim of the World def. La Serna 25-21, 25-23, 25-20
La Mirada def. J.W. North 27-25, 25-15, 28-26, 25-18, 15-13
No. 2 Quartz Hill vs. California
No. 1 Saddleback Valley Christian def. Wilson 25, 11, 25-7, 25-6
La Sierra def. Gabrielino 3-1
San Gabriel def. No. 4 West Valley 25-20, 25-14, 25-22
Loma Linda Academy def. San Dimas 20-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21,15-10
St. Paul def. Rolling Hills Prep 25-13, 25-15, 25-7
No. 1 Cate def. Azusa 25-14, 25-20, 25-9
Katella vs. Gladstone
Desert def. San Gabriel Mission 21-25, 25-2-, 25-16, 25-23
No. 2 Duarte def. Carpinteria 25-20, 25-9, 25-9
Calvary Murrieta def. San Gabriel Academy 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24
All games 7 p.m. start
No. 3 Chino Hills at Villa Park
Pasadena Poly at No. 1 Village Christian
Mayfield at Esperanza
Arcadia at Viewpoint
Glendora at Troy
La Mirada at California or No. 2 Quartz Hill at La Mirada
San Gabriel at La Sierra
St. Paul at Pacifica Christian
Katella/Gladstone winner vs. St. Geneive/Summit winner
No. 2 Duarte at Anaheim/Boron winner