Observations: My first though is Northview coach Ron Rice may get another win at 8-14 Ridgecrest which could mean another home game for the coach who started at Northview in 1969 and is in his final season. For a league champ, Bonita probably has the toughest game at home against South Torrance and Bishop Amat can thank its lucky stars that league is over and things get easier in a division more to its liking at South El Monte. Also sad to look at one-loss Workman in such a tough division with Lutheran, Price and the others. Workman should be in 3A battling the Covina’s, Amat’s and teams from its own league like Gladstone. But for whatever reason the Workman boys, just like its girls, got screwed in playoff placement. But Workman should win round one. With four Valle Vista league teams in action, don’t be surprised if they go 4-0. Covina, San Dimas and Northview should all win, and Wilson is in a good spot at home.
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CIF-SS Boys Basketball
Wednesday’s first-round games
South Torrance (16-9) at Bonita (23-5), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Claremont (19-9) at Apple Valley (15-9), 7 p.m.
No. 16 Servite (15-12) at Arroyo (20-6), 7 p.m.
No. 16 Esperanza (8-19) at Sierra Vista (6-17), 7 p.m.
La Puente (9-14) at No. 13 Diamond Ranch (14-12), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Irvine (14-14) at Wilson (15-12), 7 p.m.
Los Amigos (12-12) at No. 2 Damien (20-6), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Northview (10-15) at Burroughs/Ridgecrest (8-14), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Bishop Amat (14-12) at South El Monte (9-16), 7 p.m.
Barstow (8-16) at No. 13 Gladstone (18-6), 7 p.m.
Mountain View (12-14) at No. 14 Santa Paula (13-10), 7 p.m.
Antelope Valley (7-15) at No. 6 Covina (20-5), 7 p.m.
Pioneer (10-17) at No. 10 San Dimas (15-10), 7 p.m.
No. 5 La Verne Lutheran (21-6) at Milken Community (18-4), 7 p.m.
Valley Christian/Cerritos (11-15) at Workman (25-1), 7 p.m.