Be Forewarned

It happens every year at the start of the postseason. Family, friends, classmates and spectators will head down to a CIF playoff basketball game starting tonight and will be surprised with the prices.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is going to cost a few dollars to enter tonight’s games.

It’s $8 for adults and $5 for students (with high school ID’s) and children (13 and under).

While I love high school basketball, like many of you do, it is sad that it would cost a family of four anywhere from $26-32 to go attend a game. I’m not sure how high prices promotes the game?

You’ve been warned.

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Private or public schools, all for one, one for all; simple in description, complex in analysis

It’s only a proposal, at least for now, but the CIF Southern Section reportedly is being asked to separate private schools from public schools in the playoffs for all team sports.
The two major issues appear to be the funding and how its obtained on which high schools operate, and the public schools’ resentment for the private schools’ opportunities to recruit.

How about it?
Should the CIF-SS split its playoffs into private and public divisions?
If yes, why? And if no, why not?
Briefly, please, briefly.

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Whittier’s Barron commits to UC Berkeley

Whittier High school senior Lauren Barron has made an oral commitment to attend UC Berkeley. She said she’ll sign the official letter of intent in April.
A key member of two Cardinal CIF championship teams, Barron is a four-year starter and a two-time Daily News all-area selection.
This season, she leads the Cardinals in scoring and is one of the area’s most versatile players.

Any info’ out there concerning other water polo players who have committed or are planning to commit to colleges?

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Can spring sports really be this close?

With the CIF’s winter season sports beginning the stretch drive with playoffs in basketball, soccer, girls water polo and wrestling opening this week, the spring sports are pushing for some of the limelight.

Here’s a list of area teams included in the preseason polls for baseball, softball and boys volleyball:

In baseball, Division III, defending Suburban League champion La Mirada is No. 3 and California is No. 6.
In Division V, defending champ Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary is No. 3 and St. Paul is No. 5.

In Softball, perennial Del Rio League contenders California and La Serna are ranked Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while in Division IV, St. Paul is No. 10.
Cantwell is No. 6 in Division VI.

Only one local program cracked a Top 10 ranking in boys volleyball, with La Serna at No. 6 in Division III, and Montebello among others receiving votes in the division.

Any idea which teams would comprise the Daily News area’s top five in baseball and softball?
And why? (Briefly, please, briefly.)

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Girls Soccer Pairings Released

Caption: La Serna’s Jordan Dolbin kicks a shot during the Lancers game against San Luis Obispo in the semifinals of the North Orange County Classic girls soccer tournament at La Serna High School on Friday Dec. 28, 2007.

A total of nine area teams qualified to this week’s CIF-Southern Section Divisional playoffs which start Wednesday with the wild-card rounds.

Division III

Saturday

Norco (12-4-5) at La Mirada (14-7-5), 3 p.m., First Round

Division IV

Saturday

Lompoc Cabrillo (10-8-6) at California (15-7-2), 3 p.m., First Round
Hesperia (13-8-3) at La Serna (21-3), 3 p.m., First Round
Santa Fe (17-6-3) at Ocean View (13-5-5), 3 p.m., First Round

Division V

Wednesday

Pomona (7-9-4) at Schurr (7-6-6), 3 p.m., Wild-card Round
Whittier Christian (8-11-4) at El Segundo (13-7-2), 3 p.m., Wild-card Round

Saturday

Montebello (9-7-5) at St. Bonaventure (15-4-2), 3 p.m., First Round

Division VI

Wednesday

Cantwell-Sacred Heart (3-7-1) at Duarte (11-6-2), 3 p.m., Wild-card Round

Saturday

St. Paul (8-9) at Animo Leadership (18-5-1), 3 p.m., First Round

Here is the entire bracket from Division I to VI.

Girls Soccer Pairings.pdf
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Boys Soccer Pairings Released

Caption: Cal-Hi’s Jefferson Hernandez, left, and El Rancho’s Douglas Sorino, right, try to head the ball during Wednesday’s game in Pico Rivera Feb. 6th. Cal-Hi led at the half 1-0 but ultimately fell 2-1. (SGVN/staff photo by Greg Andersen/SWSports)

A total of eight area teams qualified to this week’s CIF-Southern Section Divisional playoffs which start Tuesday with the wild-card rounds.

Division I

Friday

Mater Dei (16-7-2) at Schurr (16-4-4), 3 p.m., First Round
Montebello (12-8-1) at Aliso Niguel (17-6-2), 3 p.m., First Round

Division III

Wednesday

La Serna (8-10-2) at Lynwood (12-7-3), 3 p.m., Wednesday, Wild-card Round

Friday

California (13-3-5) at Fullerton (17-5-1), 3 p.m., First Round
La Serna/Lynwood at La Mirada (14-5-3), 3 p.m., First Round
Westminster (10-8-3)/Nogales (10-12-2) at La Habra (20-2-2), 3 p.m., First Round
Norco (8-9-6) at El Rancho (16-4-3), 3 p.m., First Round

Division VI

Wednesday

Frazier Mountain (9-10-6) at St. Paul (9-11-2), 3 p.m., Wild-card Round

Here is the entire bracket from Division I to VI.

Boys Soccer Pairings.pdf
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Girls Water Polo Pairings Released

Caption: La Habra’s Julia Pecina shoots for a goal as the Highlanders play Sonora in their girls water polo match at La Habra High School on Thursday, Feb. 7. Sonora beat La Habra 13-12 in overtime. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/Sports)

Six area schools qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Divisional playoffs which begin this Tuesday.

Almont League champion Montebello (15-11) and Almont League No. 3 Schurr (7-7) are the area qualifiers in Division I, which begins first-round action on Wednesday.

The Del Rio League’s three entries in Division III include league champion Whittier (15-7) along with runner-up El Rancho (22-7) and third-place La Serna (20-6). The Dons and Lancers open up wild-card play on Tuesday while Whittier sits back and waits till Thursday’s first round.

Finally, in Division VI, Freeway League co-champion La Habra (18-11) received a Tuesday bye and will get started Thursday in the second round.

Here are the complete brackets from Division I to VI. Check out tomorrow’s paper for more info.

GWP Pairings.pdf
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No Dice

Breaking News from the CIF-Southern Section Division III Wrestling Dual Meet Championships from Whittier High School.

Santa Fe High School’s bid to win its second straight CIF-SS Division III Team Title and third in four years was halted by top-seeded West Covina South Hills High School, who defeated the Chiefs in a stunning fashion, 51-14.

Santa Fe’s victories were posted by Dimitri Crouch (112 pounds, a 12-0 decision), Marcus Orona (119 pounds, a 3-2 decision), Daniel Couts (152 pounds, an 18-10 decision) and Nikolai Crouch (171 pounds, a 5-2 decision).

There will be more in tomorrow’s paper.

Here are the final results from the tournament, posted here first.

Division III Final Results.pdf
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Set for the Rematch

Breaking News from the CIF-Southern Section Division III Wrestling Dual Meet Championships from Whittier High School.

Both top teams, No. 1-ranked South Hills (11-2) and No.2-ranked Santa Fe (8-0) have survived the first three rounds and will meet in the Divisional Finals today at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s final, won by Santa Fe 38-21.

Santa Fe enters ranked No. 2 in Division III by the CIF-Southern Section. However, thecaliforniawrestler.com has them ranked No. 6 in the Southern Section and 12th in the state.
South Hills enters ranked No. 1 in Division III by the CIF-Southern Section but thecaliforniawrestler.com has them ranked No. 8 in the Southern Section and No. 26 in state.

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La Serna Bows Out Early

Breaking News from the CIF-Southern Section Division III Wrestling Dual Meet Championships from Whittier High School.

La Serna falls to undefeated Montclair in the first round by a score of 67-9.

The Lancers (6-3), the No. 2 seed from the Rio Hondo League surrendered pins on 9 of 14 matches to No. 5-ranked Montclair (19-0), the Mt. Baldy League champions.

La Serna wins were turned in by senior Jacob Powell, who won an 8-5 decision over Montclair’s Lance Cisneros in the 145-pound bout, and by 103-pounder Jordan Vega, who pinned Minh Wong.

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