First-round playoff predictions

I’ve been a little under the weather this week, so I didn’t recap my picks or my record for picking last week. I will recap all of that after this week, I hope.

First round playoff picks

CENTRAL DIVISION
Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 28, Colton 20
Kaiser 28, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs 14
Paloma Valley 35, Chino 17
Summit 21, Riverside Poly 17
La Quinta 42, Chaffey 21

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CIF-SS football playoff scenario outline

With this, the final week of the prep football regular season, I’d thought I’d take a look at the playoff scenarios in the various leagues

By Division, with each league’s guaranteed berths in parentheses

INLAND DIVISION
1 at-large berth available
BASELINE LEAGUE (3)
Rancho Cucamonga and Upland play, with the winner going as the No. 1, the loser going as No. 2.
Etiwanda and Los Osos play, with the winner going as the No. 3, and the loser hoping for a wild-card.
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE (3)
Redlands East Valley (5-4, 4-0) is the only team guaranteed to be in, but the Wildcats could go as a No. 1, 2 or 3. Redlands (4-5, 3-1), Eisenhower (7-2, 3-1) and Yucaipa (5-4, 2-2) are vying for the final two automatic spots. If Eisenhower beats REV and Redlands beats Yucaipa, then it’s a 3-way tie for first. All 3 get in, and coin flips would break the tie. If REV beats Ike, then Redlands would be the No. 2 and Ike the No. 3 if Redlands beats Yucaipa. But if REV and Yucaipa win, then Redlands, Ike and Yucaipa would be tied for second, requiring a tie-breaker. If Ike and Yucaipa win, then Ike goes as the No. 1, REV as the No. 2, and Yucaipa as the No. 3.
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CIF-SS championship moments: Mesa Grande Academy and Aquinas softball; Citrus Valley and Oak Hills baseball

Here are videos from the last 2 days of 3 CIF championship games.

The below video shows the final out for Mesa Grande in a 16-7 victory over Southlands Christian in a CIF-SS Division 7 championship softball game.

Video No. 2 shows the final out for Aquinas in an 8-1 victory over Montebello in a CIF-SS Division 5 championship softball game.

Video No. 3 shows Citrus Valley scoring the tying run with two outs in the top of the seventh.

Video No. 4 shows Oak Hills scoring the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Moments later, they would score the winning run in a 5-4, eight-inning victory over Citrus Valley in the CIF-SS Division 5 baseball final

 

Mesa Grande Academy downs Academy for Academic Excellence, 8-3 in CIF-SS Division 7 softball

0529_SPT_SBS_L-SOFTBALL-02-RLOur photographer, Rachel Luna, captured this great shot of Mesa Grande Academy’s Jen Deiner hitting the ball during Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 7 semifinal win, 8-3 over Academy for Academic Excellence.

First, here are Tuesday’s Sun/Bulletin baseball/softball scores:

BASEBALL
DIVISION 2
Temecula Valley 3, Los Osos 2
DIVISION 3
Gardena Serra 9, Diamond Bar 2
DIVISION 4
Oaks Christian 3, San Dimas 0
DIVISION 5
Citrus Valley 1, Sun Valley Village Christian 0
SOFTBALL
DIVISION 2
Chino 2, Oaks Christian 1 (9 inn.)
DIVISION 5
Montebello 12, Silverado 11 (9 inn)
Aquinas 9, Covina Northview 1
DIVISION 7
Mesa Grande Academy 8, Academy for Academic Excellence 3

Here is some stuff from the Mesa Grande game, some of which didn’t make it into my game story on sbsun.com.

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Plenty of local winners in CIF-SS baseball and softball Tuesday, but also surprise losers

Here are Tuesday’s second-round playoff scores for The Sun and Daily Bulletin

BASEBALL
DIVISION 2
Vista Murrieta 8, Redlands East Valley 4
Oxnard 4, Yucaipa 2
Los Osos 6, Irvine Northwood 2
DIVISION 3
Diamond Bar 6, Santa Fe Springs St. Paul 0
DIVISION 4
San Dimas 1, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 0
Kaiser at El Segundo (Wednesday)
DIVISION 5
Citrus Valley 14, Sierra Madre Maranatha 3
Ontario Christian 14, Brentwood 2
Templeton 16, Big Bear 6
Oak Hills 14, Baldwin Park Sierra Vista 4
DIVISION 6
Webb 5, Carpinteria 2
DIVISION 7
Riverside Prep 13, San Pedro Rolling Hills Prep 2

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Fontana celebrates winning its CIF-SS Division 4 wild card baseball game

Fontana baseball celebrates its first playoff win in at least 10 years.

Here is what we have in terms of San Bernardino County scores from Tuesday’s baseball and softball wild-card games:

BASEBALL
DIVISION 2
Yucaipa 2, Great Oak 0
Claremont 5, Upland 4
DIVISION 3
Downey 7, Rialto 0
DIVISION 4
Fontana 7, Garey 4
California 6, Barstow 1
DIVISION 5
Beaumont 11, Arrowhead Christian 0
Apple Valley 11, San Jacinto 2
DIVISION 6
Cal Lutheran 17, Joshua Springs 10
DIVISION 7
Academy of Careers and Exploration 26, Trona 1

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Could Jurupa Hills-Citrus Valley softball this week be CIF-SS title game preview?

Jurupa Hills coach Scott Cartzdafner said he was “more than positive” his team would see Citrus Valley in the CIF-SS Division 5 championship game in three weeks.

He said that after his team lost to defending Division 6 champ Citrus Valley 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh to give Citrus Valley the Mountain Valley League title on Thursday. That was two days after Jurupa Hills knocked off Citrus Valley 3-2 on a walk-off two-run homer.

Citrus Valley is ranked No. 1 in the division and a favorite to get back to the CIF-SS title game. But what about Jurupa Hills? The Spartans were ranked fifth entering this week.

A year ago, Citrus Valley won its final 21 games en route to the CIF title. In the final 20 of those games, 2 of the 3 closest games were 3-2 and 4-1 wins over Jurupa Hills. The 4-1 win came in the CIF semifinals. Jurupa Hills might’ve been the second-best team in the division last year, but because the Spartans tied for 2nd in league and went into the playoffs as the No. 3 team, they could end up on the same side of the bracket as Citrus Valley, hence meet in the semifinals.

This year, since Jurupa HIlls is the No. 2 team in the league, the Spartans will be on the opposite half of the bracket from No. 1 Citrus Valley. So they could meet in the finals. But will they?

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Friday’s CIF-SS football finals scores

Here are Friday night’s CIF-SS football championship game scores. County games in bold:

Eastern Division
Perris Citrus Hill 38, Serrano 24
East Valley Division
Rim of the World 34, Ontario Christian 31
Inland Division
Corona Centennial 30, Vista Murrieta 28
Mid Valley Division
Monrovia 23, Lancaster Paraclete 7
Northeast Division
Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep 28, San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 21
Southwest Division
Huntington Beach Edison 28, Villa Park 10
Western Division
Gardena Serra 30, West Hills Chaminade 28

CIF-SS East Valley championship game moved; my CIF championship game picks

If you haven’t already heard, the CIF-SS East Valley Division football championship game pitting Rim of the World and Ontario Christian on Friday night has been moved to Citrus Valley because of the threat of inclement weather at Rim.

Here are the games that include Inland Empire teams, the dates and times and my prediction. San Bernardino County teams in bold.

Friday’s Games
INLAND DIVISION
No. 2 Corona Centennial (12-1) at No. 1 Vista Murrieta (13–0), 7 p.m.
Prediction: Vista Murrieta 31, Corona Centennial 27
Storyline: Team from the I.E. advances into the state championship semifinals.
EASTERN DIVISION
No. 3 Serrano (13-0) at No. 1 Perris Citrus Hill (13-0), 7 p.m.
Predicton; Citrus Hill 35, Serrano 28
Storyline: Serrano can’t quite contain Citrus Hill’s explosive spread offense and the Diamondbacks drop to 1-3 in CIF-SS championship games
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
No. 1 Ontario Christian (13-0) vs. unseeded Rim of the World (11-2) at Citrus Valley HS, 7 p.m.
Prediction: Rim of the World 41, Ontario Christian 27
Storyline: Rim running back Jacob Taylor becomes the sixth back in U.S. history to go over 4,000 yards. He finishes with 4,077 yards and Rim continues its offensive roll. Rim’s tough league pays dividends.
Saturday’s Game
CENTRAL DIVISION
No. 3 Kaiser (12-1) at No. 4 Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (10-3), 7 p.m.
Prediction: Kaiser 15, Rancho Verde 14
Storyline: Kaiser coach Phil Zelaya decides to go for 2 late in the game rather than kick the extra point and a tie and go to overtime. He gets it and the Cats win the title.