Arroyo in rematch; Damien takes on top seed and quarterfinal football predictions

When the Division 11 playoff brackets were released, it was easy to look ahead to the possibility of a rematch between second seed Arroyo (11-0) and Rancho Mirage (8-3).

Arroyo won its first championship since 1986 defeating Rancho Mirage in last year’s Division 12 championship, going for it on a gutty two-point conversion in overtime to win, 35-34.

Arroyo hosted last year’s title game, but Rancho Mirage, a 41-39 first-round winner over Jurupa Hills, is hosting Arroyo, a 35-6 winner over Lakeside, in Friday’s quarterfinals at 7 p.m.

“Hey, it’s an opportunity to play them and do it again,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “The stakes are not what they were last year, but to get to the place we want to go and play for another ring, you have to go through it, and we have to make the trip and go face them.”

Last year, Rancho Mirage arrived from the long busride 20-30 minutes before the game, something the Knights want to avoid for the 2 or 2 ½ hour drive to the desert.

“We want to give ourselves a two-hour cushion if we can,” Singiser. “We want to get there early, eat some snacks, hydrate and be ready to go.”

Singiser knows Rancho Mirage will have extra motivation to face them again. The challenge for Arroyo after winning its first title in 30 years was finding the same motivation and hunger that it took to win last year’s title.

Sure, the Knights are undefeated and answered every call, but Singiser wants to see more.

“I have said to anyone that will listen that this team is different,” Singiser said. “After you win a championship, guys are sometimes asking why should I continue to play. Some guys say they won a ring and want to focus on baseball, wrestling or getting a job.

“When you spend a couple months focusing on those other things, there is not the same dedication in the weight room, practice field or the little things. All pre-season and even in league I didn’t know if we had that edge. We found it in games against Covina, against Schurr and mustered it up against South El Monte and in last week’s win.

“But I have to give this team credit too, they’ve won a lot of games the last two years and they’ve been able to rise to the occasion when they have to. This week is no different.”

Rancho Mirage has won five straight, but struggled earlier in the season with three straight losses, one of which was to nearby Bell Gardens, 38-21.

“Earlier in the year they (Rancho Mirage) were trying to do things differently, a little more one on one up front,” Singiser said. “I don’t think they liked it, and they’re not running that stuff anymore. They’ve figured it out, are playing different and better and give them a lot of credit because they have a good coaching staff. It should be another great game.

Damien’s Warren Bryan had over 500 all-purpose yards in first-round win
Damien quarterback Warren Bryan’s numbers were staggering in last week’s 45-28 victory over Paso Robles that advanced the Spartans to Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal at home against top-seed Capistrano Valley.

Bryan threw for 399 and yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for 138 yards and touchdown.

All in all, he combined for 537 yards total offense, by far his most complete game of the season.

“My take is he had a heck of a game,” Spartans coach Mark Paredes said. “We threw the ball a lot more than we have, but he was prepared and our team was prepared. We’re also starting to get more healthy.”

One of the players who had been playing through nagging injuries but seems to be on the mend is senior receiver Mikey McCauley, who had eight receptions for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

“Everyone goes through injuries this time of year, but I like where we’re health-wise right now,” Paredes said.

For Bryan, talking about his numbers or what he did personally speaks for itself.

“It was a great game by all of us,” Bryan said. “Our offensive line was giving me time in the pocket, coaches were calling great plays, guys were making catches and I ran when I had to the opportunity to run, and all happens because everyone is doing their job.”

Damien’s (7-4) reward is hosting top-seed and undefeated Capistrano Valley (11-0), a 35-6 first-round winner over Carter.

Capistrano Valley has an elite quarterback in junior Nathan Manning, who has thrown for 2,626 yards and 32 touchdowns.

But for the Spartans, who have play super teams like Rancho Cucamonga and Upland in the Baseline league, they will be ready.

“Capistrano Valley is a great football team and they’ve done an outstanding job, that’s why they’re the number one team in our division,” Paredes said. “But the Baseline league prepares you because you have to come to play every week. Not just against the Rancho Cucamonga’s or Upland’s, but against Chino Hills, Los Osos and Etiwanda. They are all good football teams.”

CIF Southern Section Playoffs
Football games and predictions
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s Quarterfinals
Division 11

Westminster at Covina — (COVINA)
Friday’s Quarterfinals
Division 3

Charter Oak at Westlake — (CHARTER OAK)
St. Francis at Citrus Hill — (CITRUS HILL)
Division 4
Capistrano Valley at Damien (DAMIEN)
Glendora at Murrieta Mesa (MURRIETA MESA)
Division 6
San Marino at Bishop Diego – (BISHOP DIEGO)
Saugus at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. – (STPAUL)
Division 7
Burbank at South Hills –(SOUTH HILLS)
El Modena at Diamond Ranch — (DIAMOND RANCH)
Division 10
Apple Valley at Montebello — (APPLE VALLEY)
Division 11
Katella at Arcadia — (ARCADIA)
Arroyo at Rancho Mirage — (ARROYO)
Division 12
Schurr at Santa Maria — (SCHURR)
Rancho Christian at South El Monte (RANCHO CHRISTIAN)
Division 13
Rio Hondo Prep at Orange — (RIO HONDO PREP)
Nogales at Silver Valley — (NOGALES)

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Charter Oak, St. Francis win; San Dimas, La Habra lose in OT; Amat rally falls short

Jermaine Braddock has big night for Charter Oak: If Charter Oak is going to make a serious run in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, Jermaine Braddock is going to be a big reason why.
The do-everything receiver/safety being courted by Arizona, San Jose State, New Mexico, Colorado State and others scored every way imaginable to lead the top-seed Chargers to a 55-14 victory over Crespi in the first round on Friday.

St. Francis football cuts off La Serna at pass: St. Francis High football coach Jim Bonds said earlier in the week he expected a much different La Serna team than the one his team easily defeated in September.
La Serna proved him right, almost too right in fact in this rematch, as it took an interception by Kevin Armstead with 44 seconds left to preserve a 31-27 win for St. Francis in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs on Friday night.

Bishop Amat’s rally falls short: The Bishop Amat football team took advantage of almost every opportunity on Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, but ultimately fell to defending champion and third seed St. John Bosco, 35-21, at El Camino College.
“We came here to play hard and that’s what we did, it just wasn’t enough,” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “Momentum is overrated. We just didn’t execute when we needed to.”

Edison emerges victorious after thrilling OT battle with La Habra: La Habra went for the win.
Edison got the win.
La Habra, trailing by one point after a touchdown in overtime, Skyler Taylor took the handoff and tried to twist his way into the end zone. A group of Edison Chargers, led by Hunter Griggs and Brandon Moradian, pulled Taylor down a foot-and-a-half short of the goal line and Edison won 28-27 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round playoff game at La Habra High.

Bryce Wooldridge passes Glendora football into second round: Prior to Friday night’s CIF Southern Section first-round playoff game between Corona Santiago and Glendora, many felt the Tartans needed to run the ball to have any chance of winning.
Glendora quarterback Bryce Wooldridge had other ideas.
The senior completed 16 of 19 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns to lead Glendora to a 38-23 win. The victory advances Glendora (8-3) to the quarterfinals of the Division 4 playoffs against Murrieta Mesa.

San Dimas’ game winner comes up short: San Dimas came up inches short of advancing in the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 football playoffs Friday night.
The Saints went for a two-point conversion in the first overtime, but Dylan Ware didn’t cross the goal line, as Kaiser won 35-34.
“You know we’ve been working since January and wanted to go all the way,” Ware said. “We just wanted to go for the win and I know I put the ball into the end zone.”

Late Gahr touchdown ends Santa Fe football season: Everyone in attendance at Friday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 10 first-round football playoff game between Santa Fe and Gahr knew who would be getting the ball.
With the Gladiators facing a fourth-and-3 at the Chiefs’ 3-yard line with less than 30 seconds to play in the game, there wasn’t any doubt about who Gahr would go to with its season on the line.

Cabot paces San Marino football to playoff win over Summit: Defensive stops were rare in Friday night’s CIF-SS Division 6 first-round playoff game between Summit and host San Marino.
Quarterback Blake Cabot and running back Beau Hobbie made enough plays to give their defense a break, leading the way as the fifth-seeded Titans topped the Skyhawks 62-49.

Northview falls short at Millikan: David Radford spoke to the Millikan football team before its game on Friday night about how his father – legendary former Rams coach Dave Radford, who passed away two weeks ago – cared more about the character of his team than the result of the game.
Millikan continued to make history as sophomore quarterback Qeanu Campbell-Caldwell threw five touchdown passes and the Rams dominated Northview, 48-23, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs.


St. John Bosco 35, Bishop Amat 21
Edison 28, La Habra 27 (OT)
Heritage 55, La Mirada 21
Charter Oak 55, Crespi 14
St. Francis 21, La Serna 27
Damien 45, Paso Robles 28
Glendora 38, Corona Santiago 23
Moorpark 42, Los Altos 0
San Marino 62, Summit 49
St. Paul 48, West Torrance 14
South Hills 42, Oxnard Pacifica 21
Don Lugo 26, Pomona 0
Yorba Linda 44, Monrovia 21
St. Margaret’s 31, Ayala 17
Diamond Ranch 20, Palmdale 17
Kaiser 35, San Dimas 34, OT
Millikan 55, Northview 23
Aquinas 44, Maranatha 3
Montebello 28, Pasadena Poly 24
Gahr 31, Santa Fe 28
Covina 21, Victor Valley 7
Arcadia 21, Hillcrest 20
Arroyo 35, Lakeside 6
Schurr 49, Santa Ana Valley 14
South El Monte 50, El Dorado 7
Santa Ana 46, Bell Gardens 20
Santa Clara 35, Workman 7
Rio Hondo Prep 42, Azusa 22
Orange 28, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 26

CIF Southern Section Playoffs
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s Quarterfinals
Division 11

Westminster at Covina
Friday’s Quarterfinals
Division 3

Charter Oak at Westlake
St. Francis at Citrus Hill
Division 4
Capistrano Valley at Damien
Glendora at Murrieta Mesa
Division 6
San Marino at Bishop Diego
Saugus at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Division 7
Burbank at South Hills
El Modena at Diamond Ranch
Division 10
Apple Valley at Montebello
Division 11
Katella at Arcadia
Arroyo at Rancho Mirage
Division 12
Schurr at Santa Maria
Rancho Christian at South El Monte
Division 13
Rio Hondo Prep at Orange
Nogales at Silver Valley

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St. Paul, La Salle girls volleyball teams chase CIF volleyball championships on Saturday

Girls Volleyball
Saturday’s Championships
At Cerritos College
Division 3

La Salle (25-5) vs. Sage Hill (31-7), 9 a.m.
Division 5
St. Paul (25-10) vs. Sonora (28-3), 4:30 p.m.

St. Paul, Sonora battle for title: The St. Paul High girls volleyball team called its shot back in September.With the team coming off a disappointing 2016 season, one in which the Swordsmen were denied a postseason berth, seniors Hannah Tostado and Alex Diaz guaranteed that they would win the CIF Southern Section Division 5 championship.
While it might have been a bold prediction back then, the team has one of the most stacked rosters in the Division 5 bracket and a core hungry for a title.

La Salle looking for third title since 2011: After the La Salle girls volleyball team traveled to deep Orange County on Wednesday night to squeeze out a five-set thriller over Sage Hill to advance to its fourth CIF Southern Section championship match since 2011, it learned the next morning it would have to set its alarm clocks for Saturday’s championship at Cerritos College.
Top-seeded La Salle (25-5) will take on No. 2 seed Sierra Canyon (31-7) in the CIF-SS Division 3 title match at 9 a.m., a time normally reserved for smaller schools in higher divisions.

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Nogales, South Hills football advance to next round

Nogales rolls past LP: The drought-busting Nogales football team did it again, and it barely broke a sweat.
Last week, Nogales ended 26 years of frustration with a victory over Azusa to win its first league title since 1991, and Thursday it ended another drought in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 13 playoffs.
Nogales’ Francisco Ibarra III scored the first four times he carried the ball and the Nobles went on to rout La Puente 42-0 to win its first playoff game since beating Santa Barbara in 1995.

South Hills pulls away in second half: Top-seeded South Hills struggled early but pulled away in the second half to beat Pacifica of Oxnard 42-21 in a CIF Southern Section Division 7 first-round playoff game Thursday night.It is the first time since 2009 that the Huskies have advanced past the first round.
The Huskies (10-1) will play the winner of Friday night’s game between Burbank and Tustin next week at a site to be determined.

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High School athletes celebrate national signing day

Story: For parents, athletes and family members that spend countless weekends and hours honing their craft in club sports, private training and with their high school sports teams, Wednesday was a date to celebrate all the hard work paying off during National Signing Day for most sports other than football and soccer.
Athletes celebrated in sign ceremonies throughout the Southland and many of them from the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier came to our office in Monrovia for a group picture to celebrate their hard work and dedication.

Boys Basketball
Cameron Shelton, Damien, Northern Arizona
Elijah McCullough, Damien, Sacramento State

Girls Basketball
Kyra Zovak, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Alexis Lowden, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Patricia Morris, Duarte, Oregon

Brandon Dieter, South Hills, Stanford
John Lopez, Damien, St. Mary’s College
Jack Noble, Claremont, University of Oregon
Diego Barrera, Damien, University of Washington
Tommy Delgado, South Hills, Loyola Marymount
Andrew Garriola, Damien, Old Dominion
Zachary Kirby, Damien, Eastern Tennessee State University
Cody Rawson, Damien, San Diego State
James Arakawa, Walnut, University of Pacific
Zane Lindeman, La Salle, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Nick Lugo, South Hills, Hawaii Hilo
Mark Ortega, South Hills, Hawaii Hilo
Daniel Genna, South Hills, Azusa Pacific
Ben Hurst, Bishop Amat, Long Beach St.
AJ Barraza, Bishop Amat, Cal State San Bernardino

Clarissa Reynoso, San Dimas, University of San Diego
Amber Arreola, Temple City, Idaho State
Samantha Garcia, San Dimas, Cal State Northridge
Trinity Garcia, West Covina, Felician University
Nadya Orozco, West Covina, University of Texas El Paso
Savannah Diederich, Los Altos, Mississippi
Brianna Santos, Los Altos, Sacred Heart University
Bailey Chavez, Los Altos, Holy Cross
Danielle Michaels, Los Altos, Concordia University
Leah Macias, South Hills, University of Minnesota Crookston
Hannah Macias, South Hills, University of Minnesota Crookston
Alexis Abboud, La Canada, Syracuse
Holly Stoner, La Canada, Washington University, St. Louis
Yamila Evans, San Marino, Siena College
Katie Greep, St. Lucy’s, Kennesaw University
Kiara Mills, St. Lucy’s, Creighton University
Lauren Nunez, St. Lucy’s, Providence College
Samantha Garcia, St. Lucy’s, Long Island University, Brooklyn
Dominique Jimenez, El Rancho, Western Michigan Unviversity

Girls Volleyball
Claire Forrest, La Salle, Seton Hall
Victoria Ashkinos, La Salle, Stanford
Sofia Sanchez, La Salle, University of Seattle
Sophia Anderson, La Salle, University of San Francisco
Kylie Robinson, Claremont, University of Oregon
Emilee Rohrer, Claremont, Loyola Marymount\

Girls Water Polo
Sienna Jagielski, St. Lucy’s, Fresno State

Karina Parker, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Jackie Basham, Glendora, UCLA
Katie Sulkevich, Glendora, UCLA
R’Rian Ocampo, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
James Torrez, La Salle, George Washington University

Girls Golf
Juliana Gomez, Claremont, Cal State Bakersfield

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