Is a 26-0 game in soccer excessive?

What constitutes an excessive blowout that crosses the line for good sportsmanship?
Earlier this season, the discussion was about Arroyo Valley girls basketball’s 161-2 win over Bloomington.
While it doesn’t involve a local team, but what about Hemet Tahquitz’s 26-0 boys soccer victory over Los Angeles Summit View West?
Which is worse? Well, the girls basketball game probably should never have been scheduled by the athletic directors, but the soccer was a Division 5 playoff game.
The girls basketball score was 104-0 at halftime, and the leading scorer in the game, Tamera Trigg, scored 43 points compared to her season average of about 27.
In the boys soccer game, it wasn’t reported what the score was at halftime.   Marcos Rojo led the way for Tahquitz with seven goals. He had scored only 11 on the season before that. But the team had 14 different players score goals, and two others had assists.
So are they both bad? And if so, which is worse? To be honest, I’d really need to see tape of both games. I’m sure something could’ve been done in both instances to hold the game down a little, but I don’t exactly know how excessive it was.
I once reported about the aftermath of a game now nearly 20 years ago, a girls soccer game between Bonita and Ganesha. I believe the final score was 19-0 in favor of Bonita, in a league game. The problem was, the  coach left his star player, Kendra Payne, in the game for too long and she set a CIF-SS record with 13 goals in the game (which I believe still stands).  The consensus seemed to be that this was excessive, because they were scoring goals just so Payne could get the record.
But 26-0 and 161-2? Whether excessive or not, it didn’t do the winning teams much good. Arroyo Valley girls basketball lost in the first round of the playoffs, while Tahquitz lost in the next round to Rialto. Did those teams get what they deserved? Some might say so, but I don’t think so, just that playing that kind of opponent isn’t really going to help in the long (or short) run.

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CIF-SS San Bernardino County playoff updates, basketball, boys soccer

Here is who is left in the playoffs from San Bernardino County for boys and girls basketball and boys soccer, with girls soccer playing today

Boys basketball
Open Division Semifinal
Tuesday’s Game
Etiwanda at Mater Dei
Friday’s Games
Division 2AA
Ayala at Anaheim Canyon
Division 2A
Redlands East Valley at Colony
Division 6 semifinals
Rio Hondo Prep at Hesperia Christian, Friday
Orangewood Academy at Joshua Springs, Monday

Girls basketball
Friday’s Game
Open Division
Consolation semifinal
Cajon at Oaks Christian
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Division 1AA
Chino Hills at Windward, 5 p.m.
Etiwanda at Los Alamitos
Division 1A
Alta Loma at Troy
Division 2AA
Santa Barbara at Summit
Norco at Eisenhower
Division 2A
Lakeside at Colony

Semifinals
Division 5AA
Orangewood Academy at Aquinas
Division 5A
Bloomington Christian at Avalon, 5 p.m.

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Aaryon Green’s injury is a blow to Eisenhower girls basketball

Eisenhower’s Aaryon Green (No. 13), against Cajon earlier this season.

The Eisenhower girls’ promising CIF-SS hopes were dealt a blow with the season-ending knee injury to star  Long Beach State-bound senior 6-foot-2 forward/center Aaryon Green. Green suffered the injury in the opening minutes of last week’s 38-32 win over Perris. Eisenhower, seeded third hosts Walnut in the second round of the 2AA playoffs tonight (Wednesday).

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CIF Scoreboard: Girls Basketball

GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 1AA
Chino Hills 44, Lakewood 35
Lynwood 57, Diamond Bar 21
Upland 65, Oxnard Pacifica 40
Crescenta Valley 48, Rialto 35
San Clemente 59, Los Osos 40
Rancho Cucamonga at Los Alamitos
Etiwanda 66, Temecula Chaparral 40
DIVISION 1A
Westminster 77, Ontario 35
Burbank 45, Arroyo Valley 39
Alta Loma 54, Temecula Valley 37
Yucaipa 65, Katella 35
DIVISION 2AA
Ayala 57, Anaheim Canyon 48
Summit 79, Hemet 20
Chino 65, Carter 39
Eisenhower 38, Perris 32
Norco 63, Silverado 29
Oak Hills 55, Bonita 32
DIVISION 2A
Lakeside 76, Fontana 22
Colony 64, Redlands East Valley 20
Grand Terrace 53, La Habra 48
Victor Valley 65, Temescal Canyon 43
South Torrance 69, Jurupa Hills 47
DIVISION 4AA
Duarte 99, Ganesha 56

DIVISION 5AA

Aquinas 50, St. Pius-St. Matthias 39
DIVISION 5A
Bloomington Christian 80, Coast Union 19
Thacher at Mesa Grande

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How/why did Cajon girls basketball end up in Open Division?

Cajon girls basketball coach Mark Lehman was surprised when he found out his team was picked for the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs.
Should he have been?
Absolutely. Considering his team was ranked fifth in Division 1A entering the season’s final week, the Open Division took only one of the teams ranked ahead of Cajon in Division 1A, Riverside North.
Entering the week, 3 Division 1A teams were on the Open Division Watch List: Riverside North, Fullerton Troy and Cajon. North was ranked No. 1 in 1A, and got the 16 seed in the Open Division. Cajon was No. 5 in 1A, and got the 15 seed. Troy was ranked No. 3 and didn’t get in, and is the No. 2 seed in 1A.
I realize that Cajon had a big win, beating Eisenhower, which had given Cajon its only loss in the teams’ first meeting. Yet no one else above them in 1A lost during the final week. So, how is Cajon the No. 5 team in 1A according to that division’s pollsters entering the week, then essentially the No. 1 team (highest Open Division seed) just a week later?

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Citrus Belt League water polo, basketball provide 2 improbable finishes in 1 week

I cannot recall a week with two games as crazy as the ones I had this week.
First, there was Redlands East Valley’s 5-4, 5 overtime win over Yucaipa in girls water polo on Tuesday.
Then came Thursday, when Eisenhower girls basketball rallied from 9 points down in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime, before falling to Cajon, 65-57.

I have never seen a 5 overtime game in water polo, and neither had anyone I talked to at the game. And scoring 9 points in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime? It just doesn’t happen.

But what makes these games remarkable beyond that is that both games had Citrus Belt League titles at stake at the end of the season. In the first case, REV won the CBL title outright, its sixth straight title with the marathon win. In the latter, Cajon earned a share of the CBL title by knocking off Eisenhower. In each case, none of the four teams had lost to anyone else in league. And they were all ranked in CIF-SS.

Those were two games what show why I love high school sports. In both cases, great fan atmosphere, two closely matched teams and two games in which there was a big mental aspect. in the first case, REV fought through fatigue to finally win. In the second case, Cajon fought through the embarrassment of squandering a big lead and recovered to win in overtime.

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Eisenhower girls rally, but fall in OT to Cajon


You’ll see above one of the craziest comebacks in a short period of time, with Eisenhower trailing by 9 and tying it on two 3-pointers by Delilah Cerda, and then a steal and a layup by Allyah George as time expired. A foul was called, and the free throw tied the score and sent it to OT.
I have never seen 9 points in less than 10 seconds to send the game to OT. Of course, it was a combination of Ike’s great plays and Cajon making some poor decisions.
Ike didn’t have enough left in OT and Long Beach State-bound Aaryon Green suffered from leg cramps and Cajon took advantage.

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VIDEOS: Arroyo Valley girls basketball wins 1st San Andreas League title


Arroyo Valley trailed (except for a couple of times the game was tied) for the entire game until Tamara Trigg’s layup gave them the lead for good midway through the fourht quarter. It wasn’t Arroyo Valley’s best performance, but it was a good test before the playoffs.


Michael Anderson talks about what it means to win league, especially after what the team’s first-ever league title means in the wake of bad publicity from a 159-point blowout last month.

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VIDEOS: Summit girls basketball blows out Grand Terrace, 68-29

Although Grand Terrace has a few players other than UC RIverside-bound Skyler Lewis, they not only didn’t they have outside shooters, but they weren’t scorers on Tuesday night.  Summit on the other hand, is much more athletic, and much deeper. Summit has now won 18 league games in a row.

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New girls basketball: Sun Top 10, CIF-SS rankings

 

Here are new girls basketball Sun Top 10s and CIF-SS rankings

The Sun’s San Bernardino County girls basketball Top 10
1. Eisenhower (17-1)
Last week: 1
Allowed 41 points or less every game of 11-game win streak
 2. Cajon (21-1)
Last week: 2
Won 3 straight since only loss
 3. Etiwanda (12-6)
Last week: 3
Plays 2 league games, 1 nonleague game this week
4, Summit (19-3)
Last week: 4
Won 13 straight
5. Oak Hills (19-3)
Last week: 5
Allowed 23 points or less in 4 of the last 5 games
6. Arroyo Valley (21-1)
Last week: 6
Won by 78 and 58 points last week
7. Chino Hills (16-4)
Last week: 7
2 wins in week by a combined 13 points
8. Grand Terrace (15-3)
Last week: 8
Tuesday showdown at Summit
9. Alta Loma (17-6)
Last week: NR
Moved in Top 10 after routing Colony
10. Upland (15-7)
Last week: 10
Lost by 32 to Etiwanda
Dropped out: 9. Colony (15-7)
Under consideration: Aquinas (21-1), Chino (13-5), Colony (15-7), Yucaipa (13-7).

CIF-SS GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

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