Follow Bonita’s website for Dick’s sporting Goods brackets and info throughout the tournament. It all starts Saturday and practically anyone who’s anyone is in it. The 32-team knockout will work just like a CIF playoff tourney with a consolation bracket as well. Home games are listed with an asterisk, and coin flips will determine subsequent home games just as CIF does. I’ll post updated brackets as we get them, but here’s a look at what’s happening Saturday.
UPDATE: With rain in the forecast Saturday, I received an email from tournament director John Knott that several games have been moved to 10 a.m., in hopes of getting the game in. Here are the schedule changes as of now.
Charter Oak @ Bonita 10am
Alta Loma @ San Gabriel 10am
Adelanto @ Temecula Valley 10am
Etiwanda @ Northview 10am
Walnut @ Tahquitz 10am
Claremont @ Pasadena 11am
San Dimas @ Cater 10am
Covina @ Yucaipa 11am
Fullerton @ South Hills 10am
Crescenta Valley @ LB Cabrillo 1pm
Victor Valley @ La Canada 5pm
Valencia @ Los Osos 1pm
Montebello @ Arcadia 6pm
Apple Valley @ Chino Hills 10am
CIF-SS Playoff Schedule
Boys Basketball Open Division Quarterfinals
Mater Dei 73, Chino Hills 62 Open Division Consolation
Damien 74, Alemany 61 Girls Basketball
Great Oak 55, Chino Hills 37 Division 2AA
Redondo Union 56, Ayala 42
Eisenhower 50, Walnut 47
Mira Costa 63, West Covina 35 Division 2A
Lakeside 68, Arroyo 38 Quarterfinals Division 3AA
South Hills 50, Antelope Valley 47 Division 4AA
Harvard-Westlake 73, Duarte 51
CIF-SS PLAYOFFS BOYS SOCCER
Wednesday’s Second Round Division 3
Littlerock 2, Damien 1
Santa Maria 5, Chino Hills 2
Claremont 1, Ontario 1, Claremont wins in PKs, 4-3 Division 4
Godinez 2, Sierra Vista 0 Division 5
Arroyo 2, Granite Hills 1
La Puente 1, Charter Oak 1, La Puente wins 5-4 in PKs Division 6
Sage Hill 3, Covina 0
Rowland 2, Ontario Christian 0
My first thoughts are how much fun it’s going to be covering baseball with South Hills, Glendora, Bonita and Damien in the mix in Division 2, with probably San Dimas and Bishop Amat headed for a showdown in Division 3. My second thoughts are CIF really made life difficult for the Tribune areas best softball teams, most of whom will compete in Division 1 and 2, where you all know they don’t belong or proved they belong there. That’s silly. That’s why only San Dimas and Sierra Vista, in Division 5, are the only area teams ranked.
Heard there were over 1,500 in attendance for Saturday night’s RJ Legacy exhibition baseball games, a preview before the real season starts next week. San Dimas took care of Northview 4-0 in the opener, something everyone should get use to with the stacked Saints squad. San Dimas and South Hills probably have the best pitching in the Valley. In the late game, Bishop Amat and South Hills tied, yes tied, 2-2. I know, there are no tie’s in baseball, but hey, it was for charity, so everyone wins. In another exhibition, Bonita beat Damien 5-2 and I heard Damien went all out and threw its best. Nice showing by Bonita.
CIF-Southern Section Girls Basketball Playoffs
Windward 58, Bishop Amat 29
Chino Hills 44, Lakewood 35
Lynwood 57, Diamond Bar 21 Division 2AA
Ayala 54, Anaheim Canyon 48
Walnut 70, Whittier 48
West Covina 48, Moreno Valley 32
Mira Costa 61, Rowland 42 Division 2A
Arroyo 47, Temple City 43 Second Round
South Hills 56, Pacifica 37 Division 3A
Orange Lutheran 42, Los Altos 30
Lompoc Cabrillo 46, Covina 37 Division 4AA
Rosary 50, Bassett 31
Duarte 99, Ganesha 56
Wednesday’s second round
Great Oak at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. Division 2AA
Mira Costa at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Walnut at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
Ayala at Redondo, 7 p.m. Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Antelope Valley at South Hills, 7 p.m. Division 4AA
Harvard Westlake at Duarte, 7 p.m.
Friday’s First Round
Walnut 90, Paloma Valley 58 Division 2AA
Glendora 62, Saugus 42
Ventura 66, Rowland 54
Garden Grove 75, Arroyo 61 Division 2A
La Mirada 70, West Covina 23 Friday’s Second Round Division 3AA
Bonita 81, Don Lugo 61
Diamond Ranch 43, El Dorado 33
Los Altos 55, Arlington 45 Division 3A
Leuzinger 46, Bishop Amat 43 Division 4AA
Crespi 61, Pomona 45
Oaks Christian 61, Covina 55
Morningside 63, Workman 50
Tuesday’s Second Round
Mayfair at Walnut, 7 p.m. Division 2AA
Glendora at Woodbridge, 7 p.m. Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Diamond Ranch at San Marcos, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Buena Park, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Gahr, 7 p.m. Wednesday’s Open Division consolation
Damien at Alemany, 7 p.m.
How I would change the format: I love the concept of the Open Division, but if you’re going to sacrifice the best teams in all 11 divisions for our enjoyment, make it worth it for them and us. In a traditional 32 team bracket, it takes 5 games to win a championship. What I would do is split the 16 Open teams into four groups of four. Just like the World Cup seed four 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s, put them in a hat and have a draw to formulate four even groups. We would be arguing who’s in the group of death. Each group plays three round-robin games to determine a group winner. Think of the excitement of watching the best go at for at least three games. This makes going to the Open worth it for everyone, especially the teams selected. Who wants to lose and go to a consolation bracket anyway? And it would guarantee that all of the teams get at least one home game, which they deserve. The Group winners then go to the Final Four with two games to determine a champion. Just like a 32-team bracket, it still takes five games to win it and it’s much more exciting for everyone.
I would split the Open Division to four groups of four; round-robins with group champs going to Final Four. More games, money, excitement.
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Girls Soccer update: Bishop Amat scored in the final moments of injury time on a Hanna Armendariz penalty kick to send the game into overtime against Beckman. Then the Lancers won in PKs, 3-0 to advance. Camila Garcia scored three goals in South El Monte’s 3-2 win over Santa Ana and South Hills’ Hailey Zerbel scored both in the Huskies’ 2-1 win over South Torrance.
CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Thursday’s first round
Bishop Amat 1, Beckman 1, Amat advances in PKs 3-0 Division 3
South Hills 2, South Torrance 1
Diamond Ranch 1, Pasadena Poly 1, Diamond Ranch advances in PKs
Los Altos 3, Chadwick 0 Division 5
Lindfield Christian 2, Rowland 1
Viewpoint 2, San Dimas 0 Division 6
Rosemead at Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista 3, Lakeside 0
Duarte 3, Archer 0
South El Monte 4, Santa Ana Valley 2 Division 7
Pomona 2, Desert Hot Springs 1
Vistamar 8, Ganesha 0
Tuesday’s Second Round Division 2
Murrieta Mesa at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m. Division 3
South Hills at Buena, 3 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Yorba Olinda at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Quartz Hill at Los Altos, 3 p.m. Division 6
Sierra Vista at Rialto, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Maranatha, 3 p.m.
Duarte at San Gorgonio, 3 p.m. Division 7
Grace Brethren at Pomona, 3 p.m.
CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs
Calabasas 65, Baldwin Park 42
South Hills 76, Gahr 41
Gabrielino 56, Diamond Ranch 40
Sonora 64, El Monte 28 Division 3A
Los Altos 38, Azusa 34
Brentwood 52, South El Monte 39
Covina 51, Monrovia 23
Barstow 64, Pomona 38
Yucca Valley 51, San Dimas 38
Orange Lutheran 67, Wilson 19 Division 4AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart 56, St. Lucy’s 37
Bishop Amat at Windward, 5 p.m.
Lakewood at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Lynwood, 7 p.m. Division 2AA
Whittier at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Moreno Valley, 7 p.m.
Rowland at Mira Costa, 7 p.m. Division 2A
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m. Second Round Division 3AA
South Hills at Pacifica, 7 p.m. Division 3A
Orange Lutheran at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Lompoc Cabrillo at Covina, 7 p.m. Division 4AA
Rosary at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Wednesday’s first round results
Pasadena 57, Rosemead 32
Diamond Ranch 94, Norte Vista 58
Bonita 86, Sultana 36
Los Altos 64, Baldwin Park 37
Palm Desert 78, El Monte 41 Division 3A
Palos Verdes 51, Wilson 49
Tahquitz 62, Charter Oak 32
Bishop Amat 44, Shadow Hills 40
La Canada 69, South El Monte 33 Division 4AA
Pomona 72, Estancia 37
Covina 67, Yucca Valley 35
Workman 68, San Dimas 60 Division 4A
La Salle 69, Duarte 47
The Bishop Amat boys soccer team had reason to feel slighted when the CIF-SS Division 3 pairings were released. How could a team with just one loss all season to Cathedral, the top seed and arguably one of the best in Southern California, have to play in a wild card after finishing second to Cathedral in the Del Rey, and also boasting a 4-4 tie against them earlier in the year?
It made no sense and Amat showed how silly it was with an easy 5-1 victory over Palmdale in Wednesday’s wild card, advancing the Lancers (12-1-4) to Friday’s first-round game against Pacific League champion Pasadena.
David Cabral scored 30 seconds into the match and freshman Havier Zaragosa and Brandon Arconado each scored twice.
Zaragosa drew a penalty kick and finished it himself in the 12th minute, and added another in the 30th to give Amat a 3-0 lead.
Arconado, also a stud receiver for the Lancers in football, scored in the sixth minute and finished things off in the 70th.
Zaragosa and Arcondado spoke following the game, as did Pasadena coach Cherif Zein in the stands to watch. Watch and listen to what they had to say … In another D-3 game, Diamond Bar’s scored three goals and Guy Horcasitas added two give the Brahmas and easy 5-0 win over Templeton. Diamond Bar is another team that had no business having to play in a wild card.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Wednesday’s Wild Card games
Bishop Amat 5, Palmdale 1
Diamond Bar 5, Templeton 0
Chino Hills 7, Muir 1
Glendora 2, Beckman 0
The official start of the spring season when games actually count is Saturday, March 28, but for area fans there is nothing better than Saturday’s Spring Baseball Preview with the annual RJ Classic at Maverick Park in West Covina. San Dimas takes on Northview at 3 p.m., followed by South Hills vs. Bishop Amat at 7 p.m. In the meantime, I’m working on next week’s baseball preview. Any thoughts on the area’s top ten? Who’s No. 1. I welcome all your thoughts
Who are the areas best softball teams … South Hills? Bishop Amat? Los Altos? San Dimas? Bonita? That’s where I would start but would love your feedback with the season starting officially on Saturday, February 28. I’m trying to figure out our preseason top ten? Would love to hear what your top ten would be like.
AREA GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Thursday’s first round
Beckman at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m. Division 3
Thursday’s first round
South Torrance at South Hills, 3 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Los Altos at Chadwick, 3 p.m. Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card
Cathedral City at Covina, 3 p.m. Thursday’s first round
Rowland at Linfield Christian, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana-Viewpoint winner at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Covina-Cathedral winner at Hemet, 3 p.m. Division 6
Tuesday’s wild card
Calvary Murrieta at Rosemead
Baldwin Park at Marshall Thursday’s first round
Calvary Murrieta-Rosemead winner at No. 1 Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Lakeside-Valley Christian winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana Valley at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Archer at Duarte, 3 p.m. Division 7
Tuesday’s wild card
Southland Christian at Ganesha, 3 p.m. Thursday’s first round
Garey at Alverno, 3 p.m.
Ramona Convent-Desert Hot Springs winner at Pomona, 3 p.m.
AREA BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Division 3 Wednesday’s wild-card
Glendora at Beckman, 3 p.m.
Templeton at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Palmdale at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m. Friday’s first-round
Glendora-Beckman winner at No. 1 Cathedral, 3 p.m.
Yucaipa-Glendale winner at Damien, 3 p.m.
Templeton-Diamond Bar winner at Notre Vista, 3 p.m.
Palmdale-Bishop Amat winner at Pasadena, 3 p.m. Division 4
Duarte at Oak Hills, 3 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista at El Dorado, 3 p.m. Division 5
Friday’s first round
Mountain View at Garey, 3 p.m.
Adelanto at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 3 Arroyo Valley, 3 p.m.
Charter Oak at El Monte, 3 p.m.
Crossroads at La Puente, 3 p.m. Division 6 Friday’s first round
Hawthorne MSA at Covina, 3 p.m.
Nogales at Desert Mirage, 3 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Rowland, 3 p.m.
San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow, who brought the Saints’ program to relevance over the past decade by winning two CIF-SS championships and making three finals appearances, is moving to Oregon to become the head football coach at Tualatin High School. It is rumored that some of Zernickow’s longtime assistants may take their families and join him as well.
Tualatin is roughly 10 miles from Portland.
“My family and staff can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Zernickow said. “Life is full of adventures and experiences. This new adventure was just too perfect to pass up. How many times in life can you actively teach your family how to trust in God and take a leap of faith.”
Zernickow certainly likes challenges, the Tualatin Timberwolves were 0-9 last season.
“I love the challenge,” Zernickow said. “Can’t wait to get started. I remember before I took the San Dimas job people told me I’d never win.”
Zernickow compiled an 87-37 record in 10 years with the Saints, winning four Valle Vista League titles with CIF championships in the Mid-Valley Division in 2009 and 2013.
After Zernickow resigned Dec. 1, the school hired one of his longtime assistants, Mark Holman, to take over the Saints’ football program.