Granite Hills’ Trey Trent made this catch on Friday against Barstow. Thanks to Gregory Trent for sending this in.
Granite Hills is doing work in girls soccer yet again, as the Cougars are the top-ranked team in Division 3 in this week’s poll.
1. Palos Verdes
3. Los Osos
4. Corona Santiago
5. Long Beach Wilson
6. Great Oak
8. Dos Pueblos
9. Murrieta Valley
10T. Sunny Hills
1. Granite Hills
3. Bishop Amat
5. La Mirada
6. La Salle
7. Los Altos
9. Flintridge Prep
10. Lakewood St. Joseph
1. Lancaster Desert Christian
2. Palm Springs
3. Ontario Christian
4. Grace Brethren
5. El Rancho
6. Linfield Christian
9. Santa Ynez
1. St. Genevieve
2. Mary Star of the Sea
4. Rim of the World
5. Milken Community
6. Santa Clarita Christian
7. New Community Jewish
8. Animo Leadership
9. Bishop Union
10. Big Bear
The High Desert remains alive and well in soccer going into this weekend’s CIF-SS title games, as all three remaining teams in the boys and girls playoffs are located north of the Cajon Pass.
On the girls side, Sultana and Granite Hills will get a chance to replay their classic Division 4 championship game from a year ago, which the Sultans won on penalty kicks, 7 p.m. Friday at Downey Warren High School. The Sultans advanced to the finals with a 1-0 victory over No. 1-seeded La Puente Bishop Amat Tuesday while No. 2 Granite Hills defeated Hacienda Heights Los Altos 1-0 in the semifinals.
On the boys side, No. 1-seeded Oak Hills advanced to the Division 6 championship in its inaugural season by ousting Brentwood Tuesday. After a scoreless tie in regulation, the Bulldogs won the penalty-kick round 4-1 on goals by Abel Arriola, Brett Croft, Juan Nuno and Sergio Romero. The Bulldogs will face El Monte Mountain View at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Warren HS.
In the other semifinals Tuesday, Redlands East Valley fell to Harvard-Westlake 4-0 in Division 2 girls while Malibu defeated Ontario Christian on penalty kicks 3-2 in D6 girls after the teams played to a 1-1 tie.
Still have quite a few teams trucking, as Redlands East Valley, Sultana, Granite Hills and Ontario Christian have all advanced. All will be on the road Tuesday, as will boys semifinalist Oak Hills. The CIF had to make it tough for us, didn’t it?
Harvard-Westlake 1, Laguna Hills 0
Redlands East Valley 1, Corona del Mar 0
Beckman 1, Ayala 0
Flintridge Sacred Heart 3, Saugus 2
Redlands East Valley at Harvard-Westlake
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Beckman
Sunny Hills 1, Bloomington 0
Bishop Amat 3, Santa Maria St. Joseph’s 2
Sultana 2, La Serna 1
Los Altos 1, Santa Ynez 0
Granite Hills 5, Serrano 0
Sultana at Bishop Amat
Granite Hills at Los Altos
Lancaster Desert Christian 9, Calvary Murrieta 1
St. Margaret’s 1, Santa Paula 0 (2OT)
Malibu 6, San Jacinto 0
Ontario Christian 3, Woodcrest Christian 0
St. Margaret’s at Desert Christian
Ontario Christian at Malibu
Not much has changed here lately, as Granite Hills is No. 2 in Division IV while Ontario Christian holds that spot in D6.
The High Desert is feeling good again, as Oak Hills jumps into first in Division VI while Hesperia and Granite Hills are ranked No. 2 in Division V and VI, respectively.
Ontario Christian, a perennial CIF contender, is looking like a decent bet to play for a title, as the Knights are ranked second in the Division VI poll. Besides that, Granite Hills and Serrano are looking good in Division IV, as they are ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.