Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat and Los Altos both win, a game away from mammoth rematch in championship; Sierra Vista wins easy again, 5-0

CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 4
Sultana at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Granite Hills at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Alverno at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.

Sierra Vista game story: Lizbeth “Chata” Rodriguez, dropping into midfield to find the ball and a little space to operate, scored two goals and set up a third in the first 11 minutes of the second half to lead Sierra Vista to a 5-0 romp and into the semifinals for the first time.

Amat game story in Santa Maria Times: However, by the match’s end it was a herculean comeback by the visiting Lancers that squashed the Knights’ upset bid, ending one of the greatest soccer seasons in St. Joseph history.

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
— Bringing new meaning to the phrase, “survive and advance,” the Los Altos High School girls soccer team held its collective breath as Santa Ynez’s 32-goal scorer Alisa Silsbee broke free in stoppage time on a defensive breakdown, leaving her all alone with Los Altos goalkeeper Justine Padilla. Silsbee’s shot, however, hit the left post and Emily Ineman’s follow skidded wide, allowing the Conquerors to escape with a 1-0 victory over the Pirates (18-7-4) in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal at La Puente High School on Friday. (To Continue, click thread).

Friday’s Girls Soccer quarterfinals
Division 4

Bishop Amat 3, Santa Maria St. Joseph 2
Sultana 2, La Serna 1, sudden death OT
Los Altos 1, Santa Ynez 0
Granite Hills 5, Serrano 0
Division 7
Sierra Vista 5, St. Paul 0
Alverno 3, Cate 1

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Wrestling: Masters Meet takes center stage

For complete pairings and results of the Masters, click thread

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
February is about surviving and advancing for high school wrestlers.
It’s the same this weekend, when 35 area competitors look to advance to next week’s CIF State championships when they take part in the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Temecula High School. The meet begins today at 10 a.m., with preliminary bouts, and concludes Saturday. The top nine competitors in each weight class advance to the state championships, scheduled for March 5-6 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

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JCs: Citrus, Mt. SAC begin quests for CCCAA titles

Above: Citrus won the CCCAA title in 2008. Will the Owls celebrate again?

Don’t forget about our local colleges, who tonight and Saturday begin their quest for playoff glory.
It begins tonight when the Mt. San Antonio College men’s and women’s basketball teams open the CCCAA playoffs with a doubleheader. The women’s team, which has won four state titles since 2004, faces Mt. San Jacinto at 5:30 p.m., then the men’s team, under first-year coach Allen Caveness, face Cerritos at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday it’s Citrus’ turn as the Owls’ men’s team, who won a CCCAA title in 2008, host Santa Ana.
Until then, here’s my story on Citrus coach Rick Croy and how he’s changed the culture at the Glendora school and has the Owls annual competitors for a CCCAA title

Here’s where you can find the brackets for the men’s and women’s Southern California regionals

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The Valle Vista League, home of Mid-Valley champ San Dimas, now has two-time champion Anthony Rice to deal with at Pomona

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Anthony Rice will try to bring his winning touch to his hometown.
With a pair of CIF championships in tow, the Pomona native was hired on Thursday to coach the Pomona High School football team, pending school board approval.
In four seasons at Colony High, Rice won CIF titles in 2006 and 2007, compiled a 39-12 overall record and an 18-2 mark in the Mt. Baldy League.
The fifth Pomona coach in the last seven years will take over a program that hasn’t made the playoffs since winning the Valle Vista League in 2003.
“When people think of Pomona, they shed a negative light on it,” Rice said. “But that’s not how I think of Pomona because that’s where I’m from. These kids are in the same boat I was in when I was growing up and I want to turn this program back into what it used to be.”

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Boys Soccer: Baldwin Park and Salesian win and will meet again; Mountain View continues defense of its title with gutty effort

It’s on folks, Salesian and Baldwin Park both won and will meet at Salesian in Tuesday’s semifinals, a rematch of last year’s Division 5 championship won by Salesian. I can’t think of a better way for the Braves to put their undefeated season on the line than against the team that beat them last…Meanwhile, the champions of the Valley, Mountain View, won 2-0 again despite not having reigning player of the year Diego Rodriguez, sidelined with a knee injury. Like former Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said, don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.

Below: This was the scene following Salesian’s 2-1 sudden death overtime win in last years championship over Baldwin Park….

By Fred J. Robledo
— In the moments that followed Baldwin Park High School’s 3-0 victory over Arroyo Grande in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal, what the Braves players really wanted to know was the final outcome between La Canada and Salesian. It was Salesian than handed Baldwin Park its last defeat, a crushing 2-1 sudden-death overtime loss in last year’s Division 5 championship, sending the Braves on a mission ever since. After hearing that Salesian had just knocked off La Canada 1-0 in sudden death overtime, the Braves got their wish, a semifinal rematch at Salesian in Tuesday’s semifinals. (To continue click thread)

CIF-SS Boys Soccer
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Division 5

Baldwin Park 3, Arroyo Grande 0
Salesian 1, La Canda 0, sudden death OT
Division 6
Mountain View 2, Arrowhead Christian 0

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