The girls basketball state playoffs locally will be centered on Division 1, with Ayala, Summit and Etiwanda all qualifying. The Bulldogs and SkyHawks will be playing Tuesday at Summit High School while Etiwanda plays at D1-A No. 1 seed Canyon Springs.
Barstow also qualified in Division 3, where it will play at Bakersfield Ridgeview.
Washington Prep at No. 1 Long Beach Poly
Stockdale at Carson
Ayala at Summit
Poway at No. 4 Corona Santiago
Narbonne at No. 3 Santa Monica
Etiwanda at Canyon Springs
Troy at San Diego
Taft at No. 2 Clovis West
Monroe at No. 1 Santa Margarita
Buena at Birmingham
Academy OLP at Bishop Amat
Clovis North at No. 4 Agoura
Tulare at No. 3 Inglewood
Frontier at Muir
Barstow at Ridgeview
Orange Lutheran at No. 2 Mt. Miguel
Four county teams – Eisenhower, Etiwanda, Colony and Summit – qualified for the state playoffs, with defending state champion Eisenhower grabbing the No. 1 seed in Division 2. The Eagles get a bye from Tuesday’s Round 1, hosting the Mark Keppel-Liberty winner in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Etiwanda is also seeded, as the CIF-SS Division 1-AA runner-up Eagles are the No. 3 seed in Division 1 and host El Camino Tuesday. Summit plays at San Pedro in D2 Tuesday while Colony plays at No. 2-seeded Westchester in D1 Tuesday.
Things are a bit different this year. Instead of playing out the SoCal regional this week – culminating in the SoCal championship on Saturday – the first, second and semifinals will be played this week, with a week off before the SoCal finals March 20 and the state finals March 27. Why they did this, I have no idea.
Buchanan at No. 1 Mater Dei
Rancho Verde at Rancho Bernardo
Washington Prep at Leuzinger
Loyola at No. 4 Taft
El Camino at No. 3 Etiwanda
Long Beach Poly at Crenshaw
Santa Monica at Clovis East
Colony at No. 2 Westchester
No. 1 Eisenhower, bye
Mark Keppel at Liberty
San Joaquin Memorial at Compton
Damien at No. 4 Hoover
Burbank at No. 3 Murrieta Valley
University at Pasadena
Summit at San Pedro
No. 2 Lincoln, bye
Because of snow in the mountains yesterday, the Division 6-A semifinal between Calvary Baptist and Lake Arrowhead Christian was postponed until tomorrow. It will be played at 6 p.m. at the Pinecrest Conference Center in Twin Peaks.
Moving on to the games that were played. Summit made the big move, upsetting No. 1 seed Canyon Springs 72-71 in Division 1-A to make its second CIF final in three seasons. Announcements of times and sites for the title games in both the boys and girls divisions will come at noon tomorrow.
Long Beach Poly 59, Etiwanda 47
Corona Santiago 56, Troy 51
Summit 72, Canyon Springs 71
Santa Monica 67, Ayala 37
No. 4 Summit vs. No. 2 Santa Monica, TBA, The Pyramid
Santa Margarita 57, Bonita 43
Muir 57, Barstow 39
North County Christian 54, Apple Valley Christian 26
No. 3 Calvary Baptist vs. No. 2 Lake Arrowhead Christian, 6 p.m. Monday
No. 1 North County Christian vs. Lake Arrowhead Christian-Calvary Baptist winner, TBA, Colony HS or Mater Dei HS
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.
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
After a week off for National Signing Day and disease, the polls are back! The county is representing at the higher levels, as Chino Hills (Division I-A) and Summit (Division II-AA) have joined D2-A No. 1 Eisenhower as top-ranked teams. Should make for some fun when the pairings get released Sunday.
After an inexplicable drop in last week’s rankings, Cajon moved up to No. 4 in the Division I-AA poll, setting up a meeting with D1-A No. 2 Summit Saturday in Fontana. Besides that, it was pretty much the status quo as far as county teams are concerned.
This division messed me up quite a bit last week. Then again, with the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds being upset, I wasn’t the only one who screwed up in their predictions. Hopefully I’ll do a bit better this time around.
Palm Springs at Summit
Thanksgiving came six days early for Summit, as they shocked No. 1 seeded Perris Citrus Hill 48-36 last Friday, breaking Citrus Hill’s 38-game winning streak in the process. I guess Summit could be ripe for a letdown, but Palm Springs whipped Summit in the first round a year ago, so the SkyHawks are looking for revenge. I’m tempted to pick them again, but I think I like Palm Springs to carry this.
Palm Springs 26, Summit 19
Kaiser at Rim of the World
This is the game I’ll be at tomorrow, as the Cats and Fighting Scots get together for the third time in four years. Both teams feature dominating running games, with Kaiser depending on Anthony Brown – who is committed to USC – while Rim rides junior RB Dillon Pretzinger. Kaiser won close battles the last two times they’ve played and will likely do the same in this one.
Kaiser 20, Rim of the World 14
Riverside Norte Vista at Apple Valley
I saw the Sun Devils pull a 48-27 surprise over No. 3 Silverado last week, which marked Apple Valley’s first first-round playoff victory in over 25 years. Norte Vista doesn’t have a long history of success either, so one of these teams will be in the Cinderella role come next week. Having seen both teams at different times this season, I feel that Apple is a bit more balanced and will prevail.
Apple Valley 31, Norte Vista 23
La Quinta at Serrano
The Eastern Division opened up a ton for the No. 2-seeded Diamondbacks last week with Citrus Hill and Silverado going down hard. La Quinta is always a tough out this time of year, but I picked Serrano to win this division for a reason – they are darn good. I see the Diamondbacks being a bit too physical for the Blackhawks.
Serrano 24, La Quinta 13
The Cajon-Colton bash, which will likely determine the San Andreas League champion, will be played on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Colton High School instead of Friday as was originally scheduled during the summer.
Makes for a great Thursday of football, as Kaiser and Summit will also butt heads at 7 p.m. at Miller High School.