OK, we’re here at CIF-SS championship game week, and prediction time.
I had a good week last week, going 8-2 in picking CIF-SS semifinal games. I was wrong in picking Rancho Cucamonga (a game that went 6 OTs) and I also had Rancho Verde beating Citrus Hill, which was incorrect. My season record is 295-89 with 6 margins exactly right and one score exactly right.
Here are picks this week:
Serrano 42, Oak Hills 34
Heritage 28, Citrus Hill 21
West Valley Division
Mission Viejo 41, Vista Murrieta 37
Charter Oak 42, San Marino 35
Riverside Notre Dame 28, Linfield Christian 26
To see semifinal tweets, click below:
CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod proposed a new playoff format for many of its sports including football.
It would be playoff divisions by competitive equity and not by league.
For instance, a school such as defending state champion Redlands East Valley would likely be placed into a higher CIF-SS division than the other schools in the Citrus Belt League.
Cajon coach Nick Rogers is one of those coaches who likes the idea.
“I look at our league and four of the top 10 teams in CIF are in our league,” Rogers said. “Theoretically, the fourth team might not get in (the playoffs), but this would help. I think we’re in a strong league right now.”
Rogers said he feels for the Big VIII League, which is in the Pac-5 Division largely based on the success of Corona Centennial.
This would enable Corona Centennial to be in a higher division than some of the other schools.
“I couldn’t imagine being in that league, but we have REV, the top program around,” Rogers said. “I’d be all for it (the proposal).”
In the proposal, the previous two years of playoff data would be used to determine playoff divisions. Like it is now for basketball, divisions would be set prior to each season.
The problem for football is that brackets can only be 16 teams. Byes will be filled with an at-large process. In theory, four- and five-team leagues would get two guaranteed entries, leagues of 6-8 teams would be guaranteed three, while leagues of nine or more would get four.
But, if more than 16 teams qualify in a division, via the “guaranteed” process, then teams would have to be cut using the same at-large criteria used to fill byes. So guaranteed entries would be a misnomer.
Serrano coach Ray Maholchic is one coach who doesn’t like the idea.
“We focus on trying to win league,” he said. “When you win league, you’re accomplishing something, you should be rewarded. With competitive equity, it’s almost like you’re punishing teams that are winning … or you’re rewarding teams that have mediocrity.”
Maholchic also said many playoff opponents have developed rivalries, and that would be gone under a new format.
My take: I”m not sure if this is a good idea for football. It might be good for other sports, but football is already the No. 1 component in releaguing. And schools should know whether they are automatically in the playoffs before it comes to the committee. Does third place get in or not? I think in many sports, it’s a good idea. But in football, I’d say no.
Grand Terrace celebrates its CIF-SS semifinal win
Here’s a recap of local Sun/Bulletin CIF-SS semifinal baseball and softball scores from Tuesday as well as this weekend’s schedule.
Chino Hills 4, San Clemente 3
Walnut 4, San Dimas 1
Serrano 4, California 2
Excelsior 7, Avalon 6
Saturday’s Championship Games
At UC Riverside
Santa Clarita Christian vs. Excelsior, noon
Flintridge Prep vs. St. Anthony, 3:30 p.m.
Hemet vs. Temple City, 7 p.m.
At San Manuel Stadium
South Torrance vs. Serrano, 10 a.m.
Redondo vs. Walnut, 1 p.m.
Mission Viejo vs. Chino Hills, 4 p.m.
Hart vs. Huntington Beach, 7 p.m.
California pitches to San Gorgonio in Friday’s CIF-SS quarterfinal
Here are Friday’s CIF-SS baseball quarterfinal scores for Sun/Daily Bulletin schools
San Clemente 4, Bonita 3 (10 inn.)
Chino Hills 3, Moorpark 2 (9 inn.)
Crescenta Valley 1, Carter 0
San Dimas 1, Santa Monica 0
California 4, San Gorgonio 1
Serrano 4, Sonora 0
South Torrance 5, Granite Hills 4
Excelsior 21, Trinity Classical 0
Rolling Hills Prep 10, Riverside Prep 2
Santa Clarita Christian 4, AAE 2
Tuesday’s Semifinal Games
San Clemente at Chino Hills
Walnut at San Dimas
Serrano at California
Avalon at Excelsior
Yucaipa’s Brooke Bolinger
Here are the scores from Thursday’s Sun/Daily Bulletin CIF-SS softball quarterfinals
Los Osos 9, El Modena 4
Yucaipa 4, Oaks Christian 1
Grand Terrace 3, Cerritos 2
Highland 19, Apple Valley 0
Dos Pueblos 2, Aquinas 1
San Dimas 8, Mary Star 2
University Prep 14, Santa Clara 2
ACE 4, Faith Baptist 1
Tuesday’s Semifinal games
Murrieta Valley/West Ranch winner (Friday) at Los Osos
Westlake at Yucaipa
Grand Terrace at Gahr
St. Bonaventure at San Dimas
University Prep at Rolling Hills Prep
Grace Brethren at ACE
Carter’s Ryan Maestas tags out Etiwanda’s Omar Larranaga at home plate in the seventh inning during Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 2 first round baseball game at Carter High School. May 26, 2015. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)
Tuesday’s Second Round Scores
Chino Hills 6, Rio Mesa 2
Carter 2, Etiwanda 1 (9 inn)
San Gorgonio 6, St. Bonaventure 4
Serrano 5, Victor Valley 2
Sunny Hills 7, Grand Terrace 6
Granite Hills 14, Laguna Beach 7
Village Christian 4, Big Bear 0
Salesian 2, Bloomington Christian 0
Excelsior 20, New Roads 2
Avalon 4, Hesperia Christian 2
Riverside Prep 20, Apple Valley Christian 0
AAE 26, Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel 2
Friday’s Quarterfinal Games
Moorpark at Chino Hills
Carter vs. Crescenta Valley at Stengel Field, 6 p.m.
California at San Gorgonio
Serrano at Sonora
South Torrance at Granite Hills
Trinity Classical at Excelsior
Rolling Hills Prep at Riverside Prep
Santa Clarita Christian vs. AAE at James Woody Community Center, 12:30 p.m.
Carter beats Etiwanda 2-1 in 9 innings, but watch the game-saving defensive play by the Carter infield in the seventh inning in the highlights above.
Carter’s Anthony Villegas, above pitched a nine-hitter, striking out six and walking two (one intentionally)
Coach Samuel Lopez above, talks after the win. In three playoff games, covering 25 innings, Carter has outscored its opponents 6-2. Pitching and defense have been the key to the playoff run
Here is a baseball/softball update for San Bernardino County teams
Think about how crazy Division 2 baseball is:
The Citrus Belt League has lost 3 of its 4 teams. The one team alive? Fourth-place Carter, which had to win 2 games (wild card, first round) just to get to the second round.
The Palomares League had two of the four seeds: Glendora and South Hills. The one team alive? Third place Bonita
Bonita 5, Cajon 2
All games 3:15 p.m. except where noted
Chino Hills at Rio Mesa
Etiwanda at Carter
San Gorgonio at St. Bonaventure
Victor Valley at Serrano
Grand Terrace at Sunny Hills
Laguna Beach at Granite Hills
Village Christian at Big Bear, 4 p.m.
Bloomington Christian at Salesian, 2 p.m.
Excelsior Charter vs. New Roads at Clover Park
Avalon at Hesperia Christian, 1 p.m.
Riverside Prep at Apple Valley Christian
Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel at AAE
All games 3:15 p.m. except where indicated
Bonita at Cajon, ppd. rain, resched for Sat 3:15 pm
Chino Hills 7, Redlands East Valley 1
Mission Viejo 6, Yucaipa 4
Etiwanda 2, Warren 1
Carter 3, Foothill 1
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 1, Kaiser 0
San Gorgonio 3, Silverado 1
Katella 2, Alta Loma 0
Victor Valley 5, Patriot 1
Serrano 3, Whittier 0
Sunny Hills 3, Don Lugo 2
Grand Terrace 2, Jurupa Hills 1
Laguna Beach 20, Colton 0
Granite Hills 11, Ridgecrest Burroughs 3
South Torrance 13, Montclair 4
Bloomington Christian 6, Silver Valley 2
Crean Lutheran 18, Upland Christian 0
Los Osos 3, Chino 1