Softball Pairings: Bonita earns Division 3 top seed while South El Monte grabs No. 4 spot in D-6; West Covina-San Dimas second-round possibility

By Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School softball coach Ken Carlson wasn’t bothered at all when Ayala coach John Ameluxen last week discussed the Bearcats’ lofty No. 1 ranking in the final Division 3 poll, questioning the Bearcats’ strength of schedule and noting their non-existent history in the postseason. On Monday, the Miramonte League champion Bearcats were awarded the top-seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, with wild-card games Tuesday and the first-round on Thursday. (To continue, click thread)

CIF-Southern Section area softball pairings listed below, or you can go straight to the CIF-Southern Section website to view the pairings sheets.

CIF-Southern Section Softball Playoffs
Division 3
Wild Card Games
Tuesday, 3:15 P.M.

A–Lancaster at Kaiser
B–Pioneer Valley at Burbank
C–St. Lucy’s at Cajon
D–Fullerton at Aliso Niguel
E–Charter Oak at La Reina
F–Fillmore at Quartz Hill
G–Righetti at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame
H–Dana Hills at Los Altos
I–San Gorgonio at Chino Hills
J–Arcadia at Paramount

First Round, Thursday
Wild-card A at Bonita
Wild-card B at Sunny Hills
Wild-card C at Mission Viejo
Oak Park at Downey
Wild-card D at Alemany
Wild-card E at Highland
Paso Robles at Burbank Burroughs
Patriot at Ayala
Wild-card F at Glendora
La Habra at Tesoro
Crescenta Valley at Colton
Wild-card G at Warren
Wild-card H at Atascadero
Wild-card I at Summit
Chaminade at Knight
Wild-card J at Oaks Christian

Division 4
Wild Card Games
Tuesday, 3:15 P.M.

A–Morro Bay at St. Paul
B–Westminster at Culver City
C–El Segunod at Lompoc

First Round, Thursday
Wild-Card A at LQ La Quinta
Hawthorne at Buena
W. La Quinta at Ocean View
Hemet at South Torrance
Paloma Valley at Serrano
North Torrance at St. Joseph
Rancho Alamitos at Bishop Amat
Palm Springs at Aquinas
Wild-card B at Torrance
Dos Pueblos at Lompoc Cabrillo
Indio at Hesperia
Ontario Christian at Lakeside
Ventura at L St. Joseph
Segerstrom at Pomona Catholic
Apple Valley at Garden Grove
Wild-card C winner at Santa Monica

Division 5 wild-card games
Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.

A–Gladstone at Rowland
B–Rio Hondo Prep at Riverside Notre Dame
C–Magnolia at Temple City
D–Godinez at Village Christian
E–Tahquitz at Covina
F–Paraclete at Flintridge Prep
G–Victor Valley at Riverside Christian
H–Montebello at Sierra Vista

First Round, Thursday
Wild-card A at Whittier Christian
Western at Schurr
Costa Mesa at San Marino
Wild-card B at Calvary Murrieta
Wild-card C at West Covina
Pasadena Poly at San Dimas
Ridgecrest Burroughs at Beaumont
Wild-card D at Duarte
Keppel at Cerritos Valley Christian
Wild-card E at Mayfield
Woodcrest Christian at Barstow
Azusa at South Hills
Wild-card F at Heritage
Wild-card G at Savanna
Northview at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Wild-card H at La Canada

Division 6 Wild Card
Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.

A–Bishop Diego at Gabrielino
B–Los Angeles Lutheran at Mary Star
C–Lone Pine at Windward
D–Holy Family at Baptist Christian

Thursday, First Round
Wild-card A at Marymount
Viewpojnt at St. Monica
Lancaster Desert Christian at Alverno
Twentynine Palms at Maranatha
Marlborough at Oxford Academy
Big Bear at Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian
Silver Valley at Grace Brethren
Wild-card B at South El Monte
Wild-card C at Oak Hills
San Gabriel Mission at Ramona Convent
Mesa Grande Academy at Yucca Valley
Providence at Nordhoff
Carpinteria at Faith Baptist
Marshall at Boron
Whitney at Arroyo
Wild-card D at La Salle


Bonita, which touts super lefty pitcher Chloe Wurst, will face the winner of today’s wild-card between host Kaiser and Lancaster.
“It’s just a poll, and not trying to take anything away from us, but teams like Ayala and Glendora had a great season,” Carlson said. “There are so many great teams in this division that you just have to go out and play and not worry about where you’re seeded.
“It’s flattering to get the top seed, but now we have to go out and prove it. The playoffs are a marathon and we’re prepared for all the battles along the way.”
Glendora, which beat Ayala to tie for the Sierra League title, earned the league’s top playoff entry and will host the Quartz Hill-Fillmore wild-card winner on Thursday.
St. Lucy’s finished third in the Sierra, but could be a sleeper with several noteworthy victories on its resume.
The Regents will be on the road for a wild-card at Cajon, with the winner facing South Coast league champion Mission Viejo in the first round.
Bishop Amat came on strong toward the year and tied for the Del Rey league title with St. Joseph, but the Lancers head to the Division 4 playoffs as the second-place team.
Fortunately, the Lancers earned a home game in Thursday’s first-round against Rancho Alamitos, the second place team from the Garden Grove League.
Valle Vista League co-champion San Dimas and last year’s Division 5 finalist will open the Division 5 playoffs at home against Pasadena Poly, no easy first round matchup.
San Antonio League champ West Covina will face the wild-card winner between host Temple City and Magnolia.
If West Covina and San Dimas advance, the two league champs will square off in the second round.
“You don’t expect anything easy in the playoffs,” San Dimas coach Don Pollard said. “We’re trying to do our homework on Pasadena Poly, we know they’ve had some pretty good teams in the past.
“If we’re fortunate to get to the second round and play West Covina, we know that’s going to be an exciting area matchup. We saw them in our tournament and know they’re a very good team.”
San Antonio League runner-up South Hills will face Montview league runner-up Azusa in an intriguing first-round game while Northview hits the road against Orange Coast champion Santa Ana Calvary Chapel.
Duarte, the Montview League champ and fourth seed, will play the wild-card winner between Village Christian and Godinez.
In other wild-card games today, Rowland will host Gladstone with the winner getting top seed Whittier Christian.
Covina will host Tahquitz for the right to face Prep League champ Mayfield while Sierra Vista hosts Montebello, the winner getting No. 2 seed La Canada.
In the Division 6 playoffs, South El Monte earned the fourth seed with its huge victory over rival Arroyo in the Mission Valley league finale to claim the league title.
The Eagles will host their Division 6 first-round game on Thursday against today’s wild-card winner between Mary Star of the Sea and Los Angeles Lutheran.
Arroyo will host Whitney in a first-round game while Gabrielino hosts a wild-card against Bishop Diego, with the winner getting top-seed Marymount in the first round.

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  • great pic

    way to choose a pic of an athlete thats not even academically eligible to finish her season to represent the softball cif playoffs in the valley

  • youdumbazz

    thats cold and how would fred know that idiot!

  • whitey

    no need to read the trib ocvarsity.com had all baseball/softball pairings up 30 minutes ago, freddy must be taking a siesta………again lmfao

  • Outsider Knows

    To Great Pic,

    Whoever you are – you are cold and a Dumb—! How do you know what is going on with this athlete and how do you know she doesn’t get on this blog, and then to see a hurtful comment such as yours, not cool! She is a great kid! Just maybe having some personal issues, which is frankly none of your buisness, so keep your stupid comments to yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bohi Fan

    Bonita got the #1 seed in Div 3. Congrats to the Lady Bearcats!!

  • great pic said

    cuz if he followed wc at all, he’d know…come on, shes never finished a season all her yrs playing for us. and whats so cold about it? its a fact. grades rnt important to her. unlike some of our other plyrs that struggle but at least make the effort. hs classes are easy, and keeping a 2.0?? any “dumbazz” “idiot” should be able to do that…YOUR WORDS

  • hello???

    OC Varsity had all the pairings up right after they were posted by CIF. What is taking you so long? Are you looking for your fav El Monte teams? Let me help you they are in div 6 or 7, somewhere down there.

  • scholar/athlete

    Letting your team mates down is not cool. It works both ways.

  • Investigate West Covina

    If she isn’t academically eligible now then how was she during the past few weeks. Sounds like they[West Covina]should be investigated and lose their league title. Not fair to the players that work hard to keep their grades up! I thought this was a rule????

  • SGV Softball players D1

    SGV Softball players D1

    Here is some info for all you softball fans…
    D1 players from our area. I’m sure I missed a few if so add them.

    Courtney Gano- Washington, Los Altos BA .458
    Natalie Hernandez- Univ.Ill.Chicago,Glendora NU
    Taylor Langdon- New Mexico,Glendora NU
    Stephany La Rosa- UCLA,Diamond Bar BA .514
    Samantha Nieves- Middle Tennessee,S.Hills BA .484
    Kayla Norrie- Portland State,San Dimas BA .494
    Brittany Rodriguez- UCLA,South Hills BA .436
    Breeanna Sandoval- Wright State,Bonita BA .440
    Sydney Stewart- Univ.Nevada LV,Dranch BA. 507

    I vote Stephanie La Rosa for POY how you hit .631 in 2009 and not get POY? .449 her freshmen year and .514 her junior year in the toughest of leagues WOW? Unless someone has a dramatic CIF run this should be a slam dunk.

    Top area prospects:

    Kristen Stewart,SH BA .514
    Jazzlyn Costa,BH BA .441
    Dekota Monarrez,WC BA .420
    Nicki Sprague,CO BA .413
    Daniel OToole,SL BA .361

  • Scott Fisch

    Duarte was first place in the Montview league but not the number 4 seed in the division. That seed went to Village Christian, even though they were the third place team in the Olympic League.

  • Predictions?

    All that rec ball coach Ameluxen needs to know is both teams split with Glendora and own a loss to St Lucy. Ayala did get a better draw though and should get to the semis fairly easy. Bonita has some work to do and probably won’t get past the quarters(Mission Viejo). Glendora has it tuff and will do battle against last year champ Tesoro in the 2nd round. Chino Hills has the best draw in my opinion and could easily get to the semis to face Tesoro or Glendora.

  • wow

    who ever keeps stats for Los altos does a real good job of keeping Gano’s stats nice and pretty the last game against C/O she had 4 to 5 errors in that game and they only counted 2 batting is also shady so over all that end of season numbers for that girl are terribly wrong!!!!!

  • STATS A JOKE

    High school stats are a joke that’s why colleges don’t ever look at them! Stats are kept by mommy, daddy or someones son or even someone who just volunteered. They are never kept by someone who knows what the heck they are doing.

  • roe

    All of CO’s stats are fake as well no ROE’s for the past 4years so I wouldn’t talk cheater. Thats high school for you, next year you do the stats azz whole!Everythings a hit now in high school you didn’t get the memo?

  • What?!

    To roe:
    Your comment on CO stats being inaccurate due to not tracking ROEs doesn’t make sense… If a CO batter gets on base due to an error made on the defense, it does NOT get marked as a hit in CO’s book. So for example if a player gets up twice and gets on once on a hit and once on an error by the defense, that player is marked down a 1 for 2. So why the big deal on the ROE tracking? Isn’t it just a stat used by coaches for their own purposes/discussions and has no impact on a player’s BA or SLG %. Based on MaxPreps, ROE is not part of any of the formulas used for calculating stats. Can someone correct me if I’m wrong please…please! Because this comment on the ROEs not being tracked for 4 years is driving me nuts!

  • ROE

    Please stroke someone else Reached on Error!is used to track non hits instead of putting it down as an error they put it down as a hit. Match the books of other teams and the truth is spilled all over the field.

  • #for#

    What?!

    I see your point but an ROE should be kept to maintain the on base percentage of a batter. Simply leaving it out allows for no explanation of how a batter reached base. Same goes for FC
    The fudge factor

  • What?!

    To #for#:
    Thank you for your response. I see what you are saying regarding ROEs. As for “roe”, you really need to get facts before making allegations about cheating. And “roe”, your comment — “Match the books of other teams and the truth is spilled all over the field.” Come on..really?!
    Why am I surprised though, your opening “Please stroke someone else” pretty much sums up why you are so caught up on CO’s ROEs…classy roe, classy

    On another note, I think Gano will continue to do great next year and in college. She really is a legit player and you can tell she loves the game!

  • Willie

    That player that is academically eligible for three years in a row. Its not her fault its the parents fault and the coach.Shouldn’t talk about a little girl like that what a dumb A** What we should be talking about is that the West Covina coach should not be coaching any kids he doesn’t care about them. The parents hate him the girls hate him. He did not care for this player only thinking about himself.

  • you really think so??

    actually the player in this picture was told many many many times. COUNTLESS times about grades. By teammates and coaches. It is not the coaches job to babysit her and make sure she goes to class. She has done it all 3 years of her high school career. Why is she the only one inelligible from west covina? Maybe she doesn’t care? Maybe she is going through a rough patch? But who knows except for the player herself. Plain and simple!

  • grades

    wasn’t she one of the amat recruits, but transfered out because of academics? isn’t it kind of hard not to make it academically at amat?

  • Magic hits

    Look at San Dimas’ stats and you have to wonder. A team batting average of .477????? Based on Maxpreps, in 25 games and 816 plate appearances they show only 9 ROE and 10 FC – TOTAL! They play many teams with weak defenses and they document only 9 ROE? Contact is not a hit. Looking at some games on maxpreps, you can see why. For example, they played one game against Covina. They claim they had 23 hits but Covina records only 14. In another game they claim 14 and covina only records 10. Against Northview, they claim 22, but Northview only records 16. Against South El Monte, they claim 15, but South El Monte claim 10. There are several more examples. 3 teams in their league don’t post on maxpreps so we can’t compare those stats. And you wonder why colleges don’t want to know about player’s high school careers. Btw, bases taken on pass balls are not stolen bases. One player shows more stolen bases than stolen base attempted, wow!

  • Willie

    Any other player would have been kick off the team like what happen at Amat. This coach Play her last year and this year when she didn’t have grades. Kick her off the team don’t let her be apart of the team.Sometimes its not about just winning games.I hope next year when my kid goes there things change.

  • @@@@@@@@@@zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Willie

    what are you on crack its always about winning do us favor don’t come here stay in rec ball.

  • Willi

    Go San Dimas