The division shifts in football got most of the attention by the CIF-Southern Section on Monday, but several other powerful local teams in other sports were impacted by the changes.
One of the teams most impacted was the Redlands East Valley girls volleyball team. The three-time defending CIF-SS champions are being bumped up a class from Division 2-AA to 1-A. The Baseline and Citrus Belt leagues were bumped up in softball from Division 2 to Division 1 and the Citrus Belt was bumped up from Division 2 to Division 1 in girls soccer.
The High Desert also saw its soccer prowess recognized as two-time defending Division 4 girls champion Sultana moves into Division 3, along with CIF-State Southern California Division II regional champion Granite Hills. The boys soccer teams got a bump too, with the Mojave River League moving up to Division 4 and the Desert Sky League going to Division 5.
While the county boys soccer teams were shut out of the SoCal regional brackets, the combatants in the Division 4 girls championship made the cut. D4 champion Sultana made the Division 1 bracket, where it’ll play Buchanan at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Tice Park or Lamonica Stadium in Clovis. Granite Hills qualified in D2, where it’ll also head to Clovis to play Clovis North Tuesday. The game will be at Tice Park or Clovis West HS.
Semifinals will be played Thursday with the championship being played Saturday at Downey Warren High School.
Sultana at Buchanan
San Clemente at El Camino Real
Riverside King at La Costa Canyon
Rancho Buena Vista at Esperanza
Sierra Vista at Coronado
Beckman at West Hills
Granite Hills at Clovis North
Belmont at Harvard-Westlake
Pacific wrestler Samantha Cardoza won the 108-pound title at the CIF-State girls Southern Regional wrestling championships this past weekend at Covina Northview High School, heading a list of county athletes participating in the event.
Cardoza defeated Oceanside’s Kalin Knight-Alvarez in the final, with Redlands East Valley’s Alexis Rodriguez finishing third. Upland’s Gabriella Gongora finished second in the 154-pound division to La Serna’s Jackie Williams while Sultana’s Sarah Bollinger took third at 132 pounds.
Redlands East Valley, buoyed by three placers in Rodriguez, Lauren Chavez (5th, 103) and Jase Osterblad (8th, 114), had the highest county team finish, taking 13th with 55 points.