Girl’s water polo playoff schedule

A look at west San Gabriel Valley first-round games:

Wednesday’s games
D3: Flintridge Sacred Heart (10-12) at No. 1 Arroyo Grande (24-5), 3:30 p.m.
D5: La Canada (15-11) at Esperanza (11-17)
D5: Monrovia (17-8) at No. 4 Charter Oak (24-5)
D5: El Modena (7-18) vs. Temple City (23-6) at Rosemead Aquatic Center, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday’s games
D6: Elsinore (15-8) at No. 1 Pasadena Poly (22-3)
D6: Westridge (20-3) at Hemet (14-11)
D6: Mayfield (17-6) at Cabrillo Lompoc (13-12)
Quarterfinals: Saturday
Semifinals: Wednesday Feb 25
Finals: Saturday Feb 28

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Girl’s soccer playoff pairings

A look at west San Gabriel Valley girl’s soccer playoff games:

Thursday’s games
D1: Los Osos (14-6-4) vs. Flintridge Sacred Heart (10-5-5) at Occidental College, 3:15 p.m.
D3: Diamond Ranch (8-4-3) at Pasadena Poly (16-5-2), 3:30 p.m.
D3: Flintridge Prep (12-10-2) at Cypress (16-7-2)
D4: Monrovia (14-6-2) at Mayfair (18-6)
D4: La Canada (11-6-1) vs. Notre Dame Academy (7-8-5) at Redondo Beach Aviation Field, 2:30 p.m.
D4: Apple Valley at No. 4 Arcadia, 3:30 p.m.
D4: Burbank (12-6-1) at San Marino (14-1-3)
D6: Rosemead (6-10-1) at No. 1 Grand Terrace (20-2-3)
D6: Rim of the World (10-7-2) at No. 4 Gabrielino (15-4-1)
D6: Lancaster Desert Christian (8-10-2) at No. 3 Maranatha (15-4-4)
D6: Archer (6-3-3) at Duarte (12-5-1)
D6: Marshall (11-9-2) vs. Alhambra (12-7-3) at Moor Field
D7: Garey (12-6) vs. Alverno (11-4-2)
D7: Desert Hot Springs (8-6-1)/Ramona Convent (6-7-1) winner at Pomona (10-7)

Second round: Wednesday, Feb. 25
Quarterfinals: Friday, Feb. 27
Semifinals: Tuesday, March 3
Finals: Friday, March 6-Saturday, March 7

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Boy’s soccer playoff pairings


Here is where west San Gabriel Valley teams are at in the first round of the CIF-SS boy’s soccer playoffs.

Wednesday’s games
Wild card
D3: Arcadia (13-9-2) at Eastside (7-9-4)
D3: Muir (7-10-2) at Chino Hills (10-4-7), 5 p.m.
Friday’s games
D1: St. Francis (9-4-4) at Corona (11-7-7), 5:30 p.m.
D3 Palmdale (11-11-4)/Bishop Amat (11-1-4) winner at Pasadena (16-1-2)
D3: Arcadia/Eastside vs. Redland East Valley (18-2-2) at Redlands Sports Park
D3: Muir/Chino Hills at Knight
D4: Duarte (11-4-3) at Oak Hills (15-1-8)
D5: La Salle (10-11-2) at Garden Grove (15-6-1)
D6: Chadick (6-3-1) at No. 1 South Pasadena (9-3-4)
D6: Shadow Hills (9-6) at Flintridge Prep (9-7-4)
D6: La Canada (10-7-5) at Firebaugh (6-5-3)
D6: Pasadena Poly (12-4-6) at Rowland (11-10-1), 5 p.m.
D6: Linfield Christian (13-7) at Maranatha (9-9-1), 4 p.m.
D6: St. Margaret’s (8-13) at No. 2 Monrovia (19-1-5), 5 p.m.
Second round: Wednesday, Feb. 25
Quarterfinals: Friday, Feb. 27
Semifinals: Tuesday, March 3
Finals: Friday, March 6-Saturday, March 7

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Girl’s hoops playoff schedule

Here is where west San Gabriel Valley teams are at in the first round of the CIF-SS girl’s basketball playoffs. All games 7 p.m. unless noted.

Wednesday’s game
Open: Keppel (22-5) at Vista Murrieta (21-6)
Thursday’s games
D3AA: Diamond Ranch (9-14) at Gabrielino (23-3)
D3A: Shadow Hills (9-10) at La Canada (18-7)
D3A: Monrovia (7-15) at Covina (18-9)
D4AA: St. Lucy’s (8-18) at Flintridge Sacred Heart (13-12)
D4AA: San Marino (10-15) at No. 2 Harvard-Westlake (17-11)
D4A: La Salle (9-18) at No. 1 Fairmont Prep (20-4)
D4A: Nuview Bridge (11-6) at Maranatha (18-9)
D4A: Westridge (9-8) at Riverside Notre Dame (19-7)
D5AA: Academy of Excellence (10-10) at Pasadena Poly (12-9)
D5AA: Sherman Indian (11-6) at No. 3 Flintridge Prep (21-1)
D5A: Pasadena AGBU (7-8) at No. 2 Bishop Diego (18-8)
D6: Waverly (5-7) at Pilgrim (13-3)
D6: No. 3 Rio Hondo Prep (11-9) at Midland (10-0), 5:30 p.m.
D6: Wildwood (5-9) at St. Monica Academy (18-2)
Saturday’s games
D1AA: Arcadia (20-7) at Roosevelt (19-7)
D2AA: San Gabriel (17-10) at No. 4 Santa Barbara (20-5)
D2A: Temple City (13-12) at Arroyo (6-9)
D3A: San Dimas (9-17)/Yucca Valley (17-9) winner at No. 2 South Pasadena (21-1)
D 3 through 6 second round
D4AA: Ganesha (12-11) at Duarte (19-7)
Tuesday Feb. 24
Open quarterfinals
Wednesday Feb 25
D 1 and 2 second round
D 3 through 6 quarterfinals
Friday Feb 27
Open quarterfinals
Saturday Feb 28
D 1 and 2 quarterfinals
D 3 through 6 semifinals
Tuesday March 3
D 1 and 2 semifinals
Friday March 6 and Saturday March 7

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Boy’s hoops playoff schedule


Here is where west San Gabriel Valley teams are at in the first round of the CIF-SS boy’s basketball playoffs. All games at 7 p.m. unless noted

Wednesday’s games
D3AA: Rosemead (10-14) at Pasadena (17-9)
D3A: Monrovia (9-17) at Gabrielino (21-4)
D3A: Ridgecrest Burroughs (12-10) at South Pasadena (16-8)
D3A: South El Monte (12-8) at La Canada (20-6)
D4AA: St. Francis (9-17) at Barstow (11-13)
D4AA: Muir (14-13) at Excelsior Academy (8-5)
D4AA: San Marino (14-12) at No. 2 Mission Prep (20-5)
D4A: Milken Community (10-16) at No. 1 Maranatha (15-8)
D4A: La Salle (14-13) at Duarte (12-14)
D4A: CAMS (7-10) at Bosco Tech (20-5)
D4A: Heritage Christian (11-15) vs. San Gabriel Academy (12-9) at Glendale Adventist
D5AA: Pasadena Poly (14-11) at New Jewish Academy (13-3)
D5AA: Flintridge Prep (8-15) at No. 4 Saddleback Valley Christian (18-8)
D5A: Southwestern Academy (9-7) at No. 2 Capistrano Valley Christian (21-5)
D6: St. Monica Academy (14-9) at West Shores (9-7), 5 p.m.
D6: Westmark (10-3) at No. 3 Rio Hondo Prep (12-11)
Friday’s games
D1AA: Oxnard Pacifica (13-13) vs. Renaissance Academy (20-7)
D2AA: Arroyo Grande (14-13) at Keppel (23-4)
D2A: Temple City (15-11) at Righetti (21-6)
D3 through 6 second round
Tuesday, Feb. 24
D 1 and 2 second round
D 3 through 6 quarterfinals
Friday, Feb 27
D 1 and 2 quarterfinals
D 3 through 6 semifinals
Tuesday, March 3
D 1 and 2 semifinals
Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7

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Boys hoops playoffs: Pressure’s on Maranatha in Division 4A …

After avoiding the open division, the Maranatha High School boys basketball team knew it was headed toward some high expectations in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.

The Minuetmen got just that when they were made the division’s top seed when playoff pairings were announced on Sunday. And now the pressure’s on to live up to the advanced billing.

“We’re excited we’re No. 1, but it doesn’t make it easy,” Maranatha head coach Tim Tucker said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’re going to go back to work on Monday and try our best to do what we need to do.”

Tucker won two CIF championships when he was head coach at Pasadena. He took over as Maranatha head coach two years with the expectation of turning the program into a Southland power.

The Minutemen were earmarked for the prestigious open division by many pundits at the start of the season, but finished 15-8 and weren’t chosen. An illness to 6-foot-10 post standout Trevor Stanback likely kept Maranatha from being the elite team most thought it would become. The Minutemen host Milken in (10-16) in Wednesday’s first round.

“I’m not happy we didn’t make the open division, but I think it was the right call because we don’t have all our players,” Tucker said. “If we had Stanback, then by all means, put us in the open.

“This one seed is probably one of the toughest seeds around. You’re the one and everybody is gunning for you.”

La Canada and South Pasadena split the Rio Hondo League this season and both drew home games in the Division 3A first round on Wednesday. The Tigers host Burroughs of Ridgecrest while La Canada hosts Mission Valley League runner-up South El Monte.

Also in Division 3A, Gabrielino hosts Monrovia in Wednesday’s first round. The Eagles made easy work of the Mission Valley League this season while Monrovia showed it can be dangerous by upsetting La Canada.

Pasadena parlayed winning the Pacific League into a first-round home game against Rosemead, which got an at-large berth, in Division 3AA. The Bulldogs are the division’s No. 9 overall seed. Muir needed an at-large bid in Division 4AA after finishing out of the top three in the Pacific League. The Mustangs got it, but are on the road against Excelsior Charter in Wednesday’s first round.

Keppel enters the Division 2AA playoffs as one of the hottest teams around. The Aztecs are on a 16-game win streak but face a tall test in such a rugged division. Keppel, the No. 6 overall seed, hosts Arroyo Grande in Friday’s first round.

Renaissance Academy played one of the toughest schedules around and should be ready for whatever Division 1AA holds. The Wildcats host Oxnard Pacifica in Friday’s first round.

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Keppel girls get CIF open division invite (again) …

After a 21-3 regular-season record and Baseline League championship, the CIF open division playoff pairing announcements on Friday afternoon weren’t a matter of if for the Damien High School boys basketball team.

More like a matter of who, when and where.

The Spartans knew they’d be invited to the Southland’s biggest dance and on Friday they got their first-round assignment: a home game against Orange Lutheran (22-4) on Feb. 19.

“We’re really excited,” Damien head coach Matt Dunn said. “If you have a team that you think can compete at that level, it’s an incredible opportunity. I think we’ve earned the right to play in the best of the best tournament.”

Damien was made the No. 5 overall seed. Orange Lutheran is the No. 12 seed. Only one other local boys team made the field and that was Cantwell Sacred-Heart, which went 15-11 and will play at Etiwanda (20-7) on Thursday.

Cantwell made the open division last season and lost its first-game in overtime to eventual champion Mater Dei.

“Our hope was that we would make it,” Cantwell coach George Zedan said. “All along we were trying to schedule and play the best teams that we could play in order to measure ourselves against the best teams in the state.

“The fact that we’re in, we’re excited. We love the idea of the open division. There are no easy games, so I don’t know that seeding matters a ton. I don’t know much about Etiwanda, but I know their coach is a defensive and they’re big and physical and athletic.”

All hope is not lost for teams that lose first-round games. First-round losers go into a consolation bracket where the winner gets an automatic bid to their division’s state playoffs. All first-round winners in the open division are guaranteed a berth in the state playoffs, too.

Keppel’s girls team made the girls tournament for the second consecutive season. The Aztecs went 21-5 in the regular season and were made the No. 10 seed. They will visit Vista Murrieta (20-6) in Wednesday’s first round.

“I figured we’d be in there,” Keppel head coach Joe Kikuchi. “I’m more excited to see what we can do this year. We’ve had that one year of experience of playing in it, so I’d like to see what we can do now.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about them (Vista Murrieta). It’s going to be tough, especially at their house.”

For Damien, the opponent didn’t really matter. The competition is so stiff, it’s not like there are any preferred match-ups, according to Dunn.

“It’s probably the least climactic CIF draw that I’ve ever participated in because you know it really doesn’t matter,” Dunn said. “In a normal division, you know there are only those on or two teams you hope you’re inside the opposite side of the bracket from. But in this tournament, every game is literally like a CIF championship.”

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La Canada and South Pas are co-champs in Rio Hondo League … Pasadena edges rival Muir to secure Pacific League crown …

The stakes were very clear for both the La Canada and South Pasadena High School boys basketball teams on Thursday.

Both teams needed road wins to guarantee at least a share of the Rio Hondo League championship. And for a league that’s had its share of crazy moments this winter, Thursday went surprisingly to form.

La Canada routed Temple City, 66-51. Meanwhile, across town, South Pasadena held off finicky San Marino for a 55-46 win. The Spartans and Tigers are co-league champions.

“It feels right,” South Pasadena head coach David Lutzeier said of winning a share of the league title. “We’ve worked very hard for the last two years. These kids have bought into everything I’ve sold them and shown they’re really capable basketball players.”

South Pasadena improved to 16-7 overall and finished 8-2 in league. San Marino fell to 14-12 overall and 4-6 in league. La Canada finished 20-6 and 8-2. Temple City, which entered the night needing a win over La Canada and a South Pasadena loss to earn a share of the league title, finished 15-11 and 6-4.

All four teams are expected to make the CIF-Southern Section playoffs when the tournament brackets are announced on Sunday. South Pasadena will go as the league’s No. 1 representative after winning a coin flip after Thursday’s games.


The Bulldogs are outright Pacific League champs (again).

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Thursday Recap: Isabella Dou scored twice to lead Arcadia to 3-1 girls soccer win and to be undefeated in Pacific League

Girls soccer
Arcadia 3, Crescenta Valley 1 — Isabella Dou scored twice and Stephanie Yen scored a goal to lead the Apaches (20-0-0, 14-0) to be undefeated in the Pacific League.
Flintridge Prep 4, Firebaugh 0 — Katherine Pinney scored twice and had two assists and Jillian Brady and Isabella Boyle both scored a goal for the Rebels (11-10-3, 5-4-1) in a Prep League match. Also contributing to Flintridge Prep’s victory were goalies Lauren Stiles and Lindsey Uteda who both combined for the shutout and Maria Cohen who had an assist.
Boys soccer
Pasadena Poly 3, Chadwick 2 — Jack Queen scored twice and Ben Hubsch scored a goal to lead the Panthers (10-5-6, 3-2-3) to clinch third place in the Prep League. Skylar McLean had two assists for Pasadena Poly.
Girls basketball
Pasadena Poly 51, Rio Hondo Prep 45 — Sarah Johnson had 24 points and Kiki Yang added 16 points for the Panthers (12-9, 10-2) in a Prep League contest. Halston Harper had 13 rebounds for Pasadena Poly.

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