By Fred J. Robledo The Bishop Amat girls soccer team, with two CIF-SS championships in the past decade, earned the top seed in Division 3 while Covina, winners of the Valle Vista League for its first-ever girls soccer title, was awarded the second seed in Division 5.
The CIF pairings for all divisions were released Monday, with wild card games scheduled Tuesday and first round games on Thursday. All games will either start at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m., depending on the home team’s preference.
South Hills (13-8-1), which won the Division 3 and Southern California Regional Division III state championship championship a year ago, was bumped to Division 1. But after finishing third in the Palomares League, the Huskies will have the tough challenge of hitting the road to take on Baseline League champion Upland (14-3-4) in the first round of the toughest division.
Top seed Bishop Amat (21-3), winners of the Del Rey League, will open the Division 3 playoffs at home against the winner of Tuesday’s wild card between Lancaster (7-12-1) and North Torrance (15-7).
Claremont and Glendora finished tied for the Palomares League title, but Claremont (19-2-2) earned the league’s first-place entry based on head-to-head and will open at home against Desert Sky League third-place Barstow (12-5-5). Glendora (17-4-2) got what it wanted, a home game in the first round against Del Rey second-place Placentia Valencia (11-11-2) at Citrus College.
In Division 4, Hacienda runner-up Walnut (7-10-1) is on the road at Sunkist League champion Bloomington (12-2-4).
West Covina (12-3-8), winners of the Hacienda League for the first time ever, will take on the wild card winner between Westridge (12-4-2) and Nipomo (10-8-4).
Sierra Vista (12-6-3), which rallied from a slow start to win the Montview League, will host the wild card winner between Eastside (17-5) and Sierra Canyon (13-2-2).
Although Covina (13-5-2) earned the second-seed in Division 5, it has a tough opening game against Desert Valley third-place Cathedral City (16-8-1).
Valle Vista third-place San Dimas (10-11-2) is on the road at Camino Real league champion St. Genevieve (16-2-1) with Rowland (14-7-2) making the long trip to take on top-seed Palm Desert (16-4-4).
Nogales (14-4-4) finished second in the Valle Vista behind Covina and will be on the road at Rancho Verde (12-7-3).
South El Monte (8-10-3) is at Hemet (12-8-1) in a Division 5 wild card.
Duarte is the lone local team in Division 6. Duarte (9-9-4) will be at San Andreas league champion Jurupa Hills (15-3-4).
In Division 7, Mission Valley runner-up Arroyo (11-5-6) and Pomona (10-3) will take on wild-card survivors in the first round.
Arroyo will host the winner between Cantwell Sacred Heart (5-13-1) and St. Mary’s Academy (7-15-1) while Pomona awaits the winner between Capistrano Valley Christian (6-3-2) and Ramona Convent (6-7-2)
El Monte (6-9-3) is at St. Paul (8-9-2) in a Division 7 wild card Tuesday, with the winner advancing to face Dunn (9-3-1).
Girls Soccer playoff schedule All games tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. Division 1 – Thursday’s first round
South Hills at Upland Division 3 – Thursday’s first round
WC winner at Bishop Amat
Barstow at Claremont
Placentia Valencia vs. Glendora at Citrus College Division 4 – Thursday’s first round
Walnut at Bloomington
WC Winner at West Covina
WC Winner at Sierra Vista Division 5 – Tuesday’s wild card
South El Monte at Hemet Thursday’s first round
Rowland at Palm Desert
Nogales at Rancho Verde
San Dimas at St. Genevieve
Cathedral City at Covina Division 6 – Thursday’s first round
Duarte at Jurupa Hills Division 7 – Tuesday’s wild card
El Monte at St. Paul Thursday’s first round
WC Winner at Arroyo
WC Winner at Pomona
By Fred J. Robledo CIF Southern Section division realignment paid big dividends for the Nogales boys soccer team, earning the top seed in the Division 6 playoffs after winning the Montview League title.Nogales (15-3-4) will open the playoffs on Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card between Crean Lutheran (10-8-2) and California Academy of Math and Science (8-3-1).
The CIF pairings for all divisions were released Monday, with wild card games scheduled Wednesday and first round games on Friday. All games will either start at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m., depending on the home team’s preference.
In other Division 6 first-round games La Puente (11-2-5) will host South Pasadena (10-4-3) in a battle between second place teams. There are two Division 6 wild card games Wednesday with Carpinteria (5-10-3) at Arroyo (13-6-2) and Azusa (8-8-3) hosting Hawthorne MSA (5-6-1).
Two locals teams will compete in Division 3 with Palomares third-place Diamond Bar (9-9-1) having the tough task of taking on top-seed Garden Grove Santiago (19-1-5) while Bishop Amat (7-14) visits Pioneer League second-place entry West Torrance (11-5-3).
Glendora, the Palomares league champion, is the lone participant in Division 4. Glendora (12-5-2) will host Pacific League third-place Hoover (14-6-4) in the opening round.
The majority of area boys soccer teams are in Division 5 and there are some intriguing local games in the first round.
Rio Hondo runner-up Monrovia (15-7-4) is at Mission Valley League champion El Monte (14-5-2) while Hacienda third-place Walnut (13-7-1) travels to take on Valle Vista league champion Baldwin Park (15-3-3).
Mission Valley third-place Mountain View (7-8-7) is on the road at Miramonte league champion Garey (13-4-3) and Mission Valley runner-up South El Monte (10-2-3) hits the road at Hacienda league champion Chino (17-5-1).
In other Division 5 first round games, Sierra Vista (12-6-4) is at Moreno Valley (15-6-1) while Diamond Ranch (11-9-4) is at Antelope Valley (14-5-2) and Pomona (8-10-2) visits second-seed Rialto (13-2-5).
In Division 7, Northview (8-10-2), who finished third in the Valle Vista league, is at Public Safety Academy (4-7-1) in a wild card game Wednesday.
Boys Soccer playoff schedule All games tentatively scheduled for 3 or 5 p.m.
Division 3 – Friday’s first round
Diamond Bar at Garden Grove Santiago
Bishop Amat at West Torrance Division 4 – Friday’s first round
Hoover at Glendora Division 5 – Friday’s first round
South El Monte at Chino
Mountain View at Garey
Sierra Vista at Moreno Valley
Monrovia at El Monte
Walnut at Baldwin Park
Diamond Ranch at Antelope Valley
Pomona at Rialto Division 6 – Wednesday’s wild card
Carpinteria at Arroyo
Hawthorne MSA at Azusa Friday’s first round
WC Winner at Nogales
South Pasadena at La Puente Division 7 – Wednesday’s wild card
Northview at Public Safety Academy Friday’s first round
WC winner at Southlands Academy
LINKS: Boys Basketball pairings By Fred Robledo There were no big surprises following the release of the CIF Southern Section boys basketball pairings on Sunday, just a lot of playoff matchups to dissect now that the road to the championships are clear.One year after Damien advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs, the Spartans are hoping that a difficult schedule has prepared them for a deeper run in 2017.But the Spartans’ road could come with an extremely difficult second-rounder should it survive the opener.
Damien (24-3), whose only losses were to Chino Hills (twice) and Mater Dei, the second and third seeds respectively, will host Corona Centennial (23-6), a second-place team from the Big VIII, in the first round on Friday. The winner will likely take on top-seed Sierra Canyon (25-1) in the second round.
Essentially, Damien was given an eighth seed.
“I was confident we would be seeded either five or eight,” Damien coach Mike LeDuc said. “We couldn’t be six or seven because Chino Hills earned the second seed so we couldn’t be on that side of the bracket. The committee obviously felt Santa Margarita (20-6, fifth seed) was above us.
“But really, I feel like all 16 teams are great. Whoever you play is a ridiculously tough challenge, just step up and do the best you possibly can. If you win, you have to play one of those big four teams in the second round so don’t worry about it, just play.”
In any case, Damien is guaranteed at least two games in the divisional playoffs because of a consolation bracket in the Open Division, and it also is an automatic qualifier for the state playoffs in March. One of the most intriguing local divisions for area fans is Division 1A, where Los Altos and super sophomore Jarod Lucas are hoping the chances of hanging a first banner are real.
Los Altos (20-5) earned the third-seed and will have a bye to the second round. It will play the winner between Peninsula (17-9) and Thousand Oaks (16-10) in the second round on Friday.
In Division 1A first round games Wednesday, Walnut (20-7), which finished second to Los Altos in the Hacienda, will be home against Loyola (16-9) while Palomares league champion Bonita (19-6) hosts Tesoro (16-10) .
Division 3A boasts an exciting first-round game on Wednesday with Valle Vista league champion San Dimas (19-8) hosting Hacienda at-large Charter Oak (14-10). West Covina (16-11) will be at Arroyo Grande (16-11).
Bishop Amat (20-6), which tied for second in the Camino Real, will host a first round game in Division 3AA against Mission Viejo (14-12).
Glendora and Diamond Bar were both awarded at-large berths to Division 3AA and will be on the road in the first round. Glendora (15-12) is at Ocean View (21-6) while Diamond Bar (14-13) is at Godinez (25-3).
Division 4AA appears wide open with several locals having a good chance to go deep, especially Montview League champion Workman (20-5), who will host Jurupa Valley (15-10) in the first round Wednesday.
South Hills (14-14) earned an at-large berth from the Palomares and is on the road at Westminster (13-13). If South Hills and Workman win it will meet in the second round.
Rowland (18-8) finished second to San Dimas in the Valle Vista, and will host Jurupa Hills (14-12) in the first round while Covina (17-11) travels to take on San Marino (13-13).
Rosemead (10-12) was the lone team in Division 4A and will be on the road at Salesian (12-14).
In Division 5AA, Sierra Vista (12-15) will host Arrowhead Christian (15-9) and Nogales (9-17) will make the trip up the hill to take on Big Bear (14-10) in wild card games Wednesday. Mountain View (17-10) will host Edgewood (19-6) in a the first round on Friday.
BOYS BASKETBALL LOCAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Open Division – Friday’s first round
Corona Centennial at Damien Division 1A – Wednesday’s first round
Los Altos bye (Peninsula-Thousand Oaks winner Friday)
Loyola at Walnut
Tesoro at Bonita Division 3AA – Wednesday’s first round
Mission Viejo at Bishop Amat
Glendora at Ocean View
Diamond Bar at Godinez Division 3A – Wednesday’s first round
Charter Oak at San Dimas
West Covina at Arroyo Grande Division 4AA – Wednesday’s first round
Jurupa Valley at Workman
South Hills at Westminster
Covina at San Marino
Jurupa Hills at Rowland Division 4A – Wednesday’s first round
Rosemead at Salesian Division 5AA – Wednesday’s wild card
Arrowhead Christian at Sierra Vista
Nogales at Big Bear
Edgewood at Mountain View (Friday’s first round)
LINKS:Girls Basketball pairings By Fred Robledo There are several local teams with shots at chasing girls basketball divisional titles following the release of the CIF Southern Section girls basketball pairings on Sunday.
It might come as a huge surprise that Glendora and Bishop Amat, despite not winning league titles, were awarded the top two seeds respectively in Division 3AA. Glendora (22-5), which tied for second in the Palomares League, will be on the road at Mission Valley League champion Gabrielino (16-8) in the second round on Saturday after both teams were given bye’s to the second round. Because Glendora is a second place team, it is on the road despite earning the top seed.
Second-seed Bishop Amat (18-7) finished second in the Camino Real and also was given a bye to the second round where it will await the winner between Tahquitz (15-7) and Serrano (10-6).
In other Division 3AA first round games, Diamond Ranch (13-12) is at Palos Verdes (18-9) while El Monte (10-15) is at Gahr (14-11).
Rowland, the area’s top-ranked team, was seeded third in Division 2AA after an impressive season that saw it finish 24-1.
Rowland will host the Temescal Canyon (21-5), Lakewood St. Joseph’s (17-7) winner in the second round on Saturday.
Los Altos (23-3), co-champions with Walnut in the Hacienda league, earned the fourth seed and also has a bye to the second round.
Los Altos will face the St. Monica Catholic (20-6)-Arcadia (14-12) winner in the second round.
In Division 2AA first round games on Thursday, Palomares league champion Bonita (18-8) will host Channel League at-large Dos Pueblos (19-6) while Walnut (23-3) hosts Almont third-place San Gabriel (18-7).
The best local matchup in Thursday’s first-round is in Division 2A with Covina (23-5), second to Rowland in the Valle Vista, hosting West Covina (17-10), a third-place team from the competitive Hacienda.
One year after the Duarte girls basketball team advanced to the Division 4AA championship game, the Falcons’ regular season success has continued, but now they will have to compete in Division 1A, where even a first round game is tough.
Duarte (25-4) will host Murrieta Valley (18-8) in the first round on Thursday.
Diamond Bar (20-7), which earned an at-large berth to Division 1A, will be on the road at Citrus Belt league champion Yucaipa (20-4), with the winner taking on top-seed Martin Luther King in the second round.
Sierra Vista (10-13) was the lone area participant in Division 3A and will be home in the first round on Thursday against Rancho Verde (14-12).
In Division 4AA first round games Thursday, San Dimas (10-17) is at Nipomo (15-11) while Arroyo (14-14) hosts Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (14-14).
Bassett (10-15), which finished second in the Miramonte, will be on the road in a Division 4A first-round game at Pioneer (17-11).
In Division 5AA, Workman (11-10) will host Heritage Christian (19-8) in a Wednesday’s wild card while Rosemead (16-10) hosts a first-round game Saturday against La Reina (10-11).
In 5A, La Puente (9-14) is at Riverside Prep in a wild card on Wednesday.
GIRLS BASKETBALL LOCAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Division 1A – Thursday’s first round
Murrieta Valley at Duarte
Diamond Bar at Yucaipa Division 2AA – Thursday’s first round
Rowland bye (Temescal Canyon-Lakewood St. Joe’s winner Saturday)
Los Altos bye (St. Monica Catholic-Arcadia winner Saturday)
Dos Pueblos at Bonita
San Gabriel at Walnut Division 2A – Thursday’s first round
West Covina at Covina Division 3AA – Thursday’s first round
Glendora bye (at Gabrielino Saturday)
Bishop Amat bye (vs. Tahquitz-Serrano winner Saturday)
Diamond Ranch at Palos Verdes
El Monte at Gahr Division 3A – Thursday’s first round
Rancho Verde at Sierra Vista Division 4AA – Thursday’s first round
San Dimas at Nipomo
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Arroyo Division 4A – Thursday’s first round
Bassett at Pioneer Division 5AA – Wednesday’s wild card
Heritage Christian at Workman
La Reina at Rosemead (first round Saturday) Division 5A – Wednesday’s wild card
La Puente at Riverside Prep
San Dimas’ Jaylene Tiki Jaime, top, hugs her Head Coach and father Jesse Jaime, bottom, after winning the 150-pound championship match during Saturday’s CIF-SS Girls Wrestling Championships at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, CA Saturday, February 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Dustin for the Press Enterprise)
Baldwin Park’s McKayla Loza, front, reacts after defeating Eastside’s Dymond Guilford, back, in the 170-pound championship match during Saturday’s CIF-SS Girls Wrestling Championships at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, CA Saturday, February 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Dustin for the Press Enterprise)
The Vikings, led by 101-pound champion Angelina Gomez, had five top-eight medalists and won the event with 175.5 points, compared to 160 for second-place Hillcrest. Walnut was fifth at 97 points, with San Dimas sixth at 71.
The other area champions were San Dimas’ Jaylene Tiki Jaime, who won by fall at 150, and Baldwin Park’s McKayla Loza (170), who also scored a victory by fall to win a title for the second consecutive season.
Also qualifying for the state championships, scheduled for Visalia on Feb. 24-25, are Northview’s Haven Driscoll (106, third), Brittany Wynn (111, second), Julia Padilla (143, third) and Deidra Valles (170, fifth); Walnut’s Justine Barredo (101, sixth), Jeselle Corpus (116, sixth), Mia Dow (121, second), Alyssa Gomez (137, sixth) and Brianna Harrison (160, sixth); Bishop Amat’s Janeice Alcocher (160, eighth) and Vivanna Garcia-Reveles (189, fourth); El Monte’s Jennifer Garcia (126, eighth) and Nelly Mendoza (137, seventh); Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do (106, sixth) and Skye-Lynn Bojorquez (150, fourth); San Dimas’ Haley Valdez (126, third); Diamond Ranch’s Trina Nguyen (106, second); Schurr’s Sarah Zaragoza (121, fifth); Monrovia’s Mary Tuite (121, eighth); California’s Roxanna Barragan (150, sixth) and Baldwin Park’s Makayla Hernandez (189, second).
Northview, which is beginning to match its boys team’s title mettle, won the tournament for the third time in four seasons.
“We all bleed black and gold,” said Northview assistant Larry Medina, himself a former state medalist. “We try to live on with that legacy of winning championships. We just tried to do what we could, prove everybody wrong. They proved the doubters wrong.”
Loza, after winning at 189 last season, just kept on rolling, winning at 170 in impressive fashion. She scored three wins by fall, including pinning Eastside’s Dymond Guilford in five minutes, six seconds.
She built leads of 5-1, 8-4 and 11-6 before putting Guilford on her back with 54 seconds left in the third period.
“I’m excited,” Loza said. “It’s my second year in a row. I have so much joy.
“I knew what was there. I just went for it.”
Jaime was equally impressive in the 150 bout. The sophomore, whose older sister Daishea Jaime won at 121 in 2015, had five wins by fall in the tournament, including pinning Hillcrest’s Melissa Lopez in 2:21 in the final.
She got four quick points following a takedown and near fall before pinning Lopez 21 seconds into the second period.
“I’m really happy about this,” said Jaime, who was eighth at 160 last season. “I worked so hard for this.
“I just wanted to get it over with. I’ve been working so hard … I feel good about this.”
Gomez was solid in winning at 101. She built a 4-0 lead against Corona’s Shandrea Shelby before holding on for a 4-2 decision.
“I feel good,” Gomez said. “I get to see my mom in (Visalia). I do this for her, and my family in Texas.
“I was a little nervous, but I kept telling myself to relax and be confident and that’s what I did.”
Northview almost had two champions. Wynn lost in overtime to Norte Vista’s Monika Garcia in the 111 final. She had a 4-0 lead before giving up a reversal and near-fall to trail 5-4 with a minute left in the match. But she scored a late point before losing on a takedown in overtime.