Girls soccer playoff pairings

This sport returns a defending champion, as Mojave River League champion Sultana will try to defend its Division 4 crown. Ontario Christian, also a frequent participant deep in the playoffs, notched the No. 2 seed in Division 6. Wild card games will be played Wednesday, with the first round starting Friday.

Wild Card
A: Chino at Burbank Burroughs
B: Villa Park at Nogales
C: Canyon Country Canyon at Highland
D: Fontana at Ontario
E: Palmdale at Arcadia.

First Round
Wild Card A at Harvard-Westlake
Redlands at El Dorado
Eastside at Laguna Hills
Valencia at Walnut
Wild Card B at Redlands East Valley
Glendora at Hart
Montclair at Corona del Mar
Knight at Crescenta Valley
Wild Card C at Beckman
South Hills at Burbank
Chaminade at Ayala
Wild Card D at Anaheim Canyon
Wild Card E at Saugus
Colony at Yucaipa
St. Lucy’s at Lancaster
Brea Olinda at Flintridge Sacred Heart.

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Boys soccer playoff pairings

Oak Hills, a freelance team without seniors in its first year, grabbed the No. 1 seed in Division 6, a pretty heady accomplishment for a young program. Hesperia notched the No. 2 seed in Division 5 as well, while Division 3 is a who’s who of county teams. Wild Card games will be played Wednesday, with the first round starting Friday.

Wild Card
A: Cathedral City at Rialto
B: Santa Ynez at Saugus
C: Chaffey at Great Oak
D: Redlands East Valley at Anaheim
E: Miller at Bloomington
F: Temecula Valley at Nogales
G: Ontario at Indio
H: Lynwood at Pioneer.

First Round
Wild Card A at Chaparral
West Covina at Savanna
Wild Card B at Paramount
California at Garey
Wild Card C at Fontana
Warren at Lompoc
Kaiser at La Quinta
Wild Card D at Canyon Country Canyon
Wild Card E at Coachella Valley
Valencia at Santa Maria
Downey at El Rancho
Wild Card F at Montclair
Wild Card G at Norte Vista
Murrieta Valley at Redlands
Lompoc Cabrillo at Rowland
Wild Card H at Santa Ana Valley.

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Girls water polo playoff pairings

Division V is where its at in girls water polo, with Los Osos taking the No. 1 seed and Redlands East Valley grabbing the No. 3 seed. Wild card games will be played Tuesday, with the first round starting Wednesday.

Wild card
Torrance at Alta Loma

First Round
Fontana at No. 1 Los Osos
La Habra at El Segundo
Beaumont at Redlands
Wild card winner at No. 4 Sunny Hills
La Sierra at No. 3 Redlands East Valley
Beverly Hills at Troy
Santa Monica at Upland
Buena Park at No. 2 Riverside Arlington

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Girls basketball playoff pairings

Cajon and Colony come in as two-time defending CIF champions, but at least one of them won’t make it a three-peat, as both the No. 5 Cowgirls and No. 7 Titans are in Division 1-AA this year. Highest seeds in the county are Barstow in 3-A and Lake Arrowhead Christian in 6-A at No. 2.

First-round games will be played on Thursday in every division except D6-A, which has wild-card games Thursday and first-round games Saturday.

Aliso Niguel at No. 1 Long Beach Poly
No. 16 Los Osos at Alhambra
Palmdale at No. 9 Lynwood
Redlands at No. 7 Colony
Vista Murrieta at No. 5 Cajon
No. 12 Milikan at Oxnard Pacifica
La Sierra at No. 13 Rialto
Quartz Hill at No. 4 Etiwanda
Downey at No. 3 Troy
No. 14 Silverado at Knight
Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 11 San Clemente
Miller at No. 6 Great Oak
Redondo Union at No. 8 Jordan
No. 10 Warren at Schurr
Long Beach Wilson at No. 15 Rancho Verde
Upland at No. 2 Corona Santiago
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Boys basketball playoff pairings

With three No. 1 seeds in Chino Hills (Division 1-A), Summit (D2-AA) and Eisenhower (D2-A), multiple CIF-SS champions are not out of the question on the boys side. First-round games get going Wednesday except for Division VI-A, which has a wild-card Wednesday before the first-round gets going Friday.

Division 1-AA
Corona at No. 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei
No. 16 Long Beach Jordan at Vista Murrieta
Arcadia at No. 9 Oxnard Pacifica
San Clemente at No. 8 Los Alamitos
Corona Santiago at No. 5 Montebello
Silverado at No. 10 Upland
Lakewood at No. 13 Redlands
Downey at No. 4 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde
Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 3 Corona Centennial
Lynwood at No. 14 Ventura
Trabuco Hills at No. 12 Oxnard
Palmdale at No. 6 Etiwanda
Bell Gardens at No. 7 Thousand Oaks
No. 11 Los Osos at Paramount
Riverside King at No. 15 Palmdale Knight
Temecula Greak Oak at No. 2 Long Beach Poly

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Yucaipa plans to open football job next week

The Yucaipa football job, vacated with the removal of John Hallenbeck, will be advertised next week according to athletic director Mark Anderson. The job will be open to all applicants, with applicants within the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint School District receiving first consideration.

“We’ll be opening it up pretty soon and see what kind of interest is out there,” Anderson said.

The athletic director also shed a bit of light on the timetable in the removal of Hallenbeck, who was an assistant at Yucaipa before taking on the head coaching job two years ago and who remains a teacher at Yucaipa High. The decision to part ways was made late last week after a postseason review process.

“The athletic department ran its end-of-the-season review and the decision was made not to renew (Hallenbeck) as football coach,” Anderson said. “John is a good person and it was a tough decision to make, but we decided that we needed to part ways.”

Hallenbeck out at Yucaipa

Yucaipa football coach John Hallenbeck is out at coach of Yucaipa after two seasons, according to Hallenbeck. The coach did not go into details when I got a hold of him a couple of minutes ago, as he confirmed his departure and denied comment after that.

“There’s too much going on right now and I can’t say anything at this moment,” Hallenbeck said. “Maybe it’s something I’ll be willing to discuss later, but not now.”

Hallenbeck was 11-10 in two seasons with the Thunderbirds after taking over for Scott Pearne, advancing to the playoffs in 2008 and going 5-5 this past season. Yucaipa had a chance to make a fourth straight playoff appearance this fall, but fell to Carter 28-7 in the season finale.

SB County has 3 of top 4 seets in D6 Dual meet wrestling

Although the brackets don’t come out until Thursday, I believe, the seeding has been done for the Division 6 dual meet wrestling, taking place at Baldwin Park Sierra Vista High School on Saturday.

Although defending champion Morro Bay is seeded No. 1, the next three teams are all from San Bernardino County: Oak Hills, Bloomington and Kaiser in that order. That means there’s a decent chance a county team will make it to the finals. Only the 9 league champions are guaranteed spots in the 16-team bracket in D6, so with Kaiser seeded fourth, the Cats will take one of those 7 at-large spots, and another will go to Santa Ynez, runner-up in the Los Padres League behind Sierra Vista and seeded fifth for Saturday.