Girls Soccer Playoffs: La Serna advances with 3-0 victory; La Mirada, Cal seasons come to an end

The area batted .333 today in girls soccer, with La Serna scoring a 3-0 victory at Palm Springs to advance to Friday’s Division 5 quarterfinals against Woodcrest Christian at a site to be determined by coin flip.
La Mirada, in Division 3, and California in Division 5 were not so fortunate.
The Matadores dropped a 4-1 setback at Chino Hills and the Condors lost to No. 2 seed Cajon, 6-0.

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CIF-SS Girls Water Polo: La Serna’s dream ends in 15-7 loss to Murrieta Valley; Montebello no match for Mater Dei, 13-5


Above: Gabby Pierandozzi scored four goals, but La Serna’s dream of advancing to its first CIF-SS finals ended with a 15-7 loss to Murrieta Valley on Wednesday. (Staff file photo by Leo Jarzomb)

GIRLS WATER POLO
SEMIFINALS
At Woollett Aquatic Center, Irvine
Division 3
No. 1 Murrieta Valley 15, La Serna 7
IRVINE —
La Serna High School was hoping to make history Wednesday.
Murrieta Valley instead, showed its dominance.
Paige Virgil scored seven goals and Kayla Fedler had four to lead the Nighthawks to a 15-7 victory over La Serna in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinal at William Woollett Aquatic Center.
Murrieta Valley, also getting two goals from Megan Geurts adn eight saves from goalie Abby Goviea, improved to 23-6 and will face Arroyo Grande, a 7-6 winner over St. Lucy’s, in Saturday’s championship game, scheduled for Woollett Aquatic Center at 6 p.m.
Gabby Pierandozzi had four goals for La Serna, which finished 22-10. The Lancers were attempting to earn a spot in the finals since girls water polo was sanctioned by the CIF-SS in 1998.
La Serna coach Erin Brown: “I’m just so proud of the girls. They deserved to be here. It’s the first time in maybe, ever, that La Serna has made it to the semifinals. I think it’s an accomplishment in itself to be here today.”
Division 2
Mater Dei 13, Montebello 5
IRVINE —
It would easy today for Montebello High School girls water polo coach David Keys to be disappointed after the Oilers lost in the CIF-Southern Section divisional final four for the second consecutive season.
But he prefers to look at that as more as a positive after top seed Mater Dei scored a 13-5 victory over No. 4 Montebello in a Division 2 semifinal Wednesday at the William Woollett Aquatic Center.
The Monarchs, getting four goals from Brianna Daboub and three from Makenzie Barr, improved to 26-4 and will face Corona Santiago, which beat Agoura, in Saturday’s championship game here at 3:20 p.m.
Montebello, which received two goals each from Unica Garcia and Syania Morales, finished 22-12.
Montebello coach David Keys: “It”s disappointing when you lose, regardless of which ever way you look at it. But these girls fought all year. I’m proud of them. We lost two good players (off last year’s team) and made it back to the semifinals.
“Nobody thought we could make it back, especially in Division 2, where it’s so competitive. But to reload and make it back, it’s an accomplishment.”

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CIF-SS Playoffs: St. Paul, Whittier look to advance in girls basketball; La Serna, La Mirada and Cal seek quarterfinals in girls soccer

It’s the girls turn today in the CIF-SS playoffs.
In basketball St. Paul, led by Priscilla Hidalgo have a tough task with a Division 4A quarterfinal home game against St. Bonaventure. Whittier, meanwhile, takes to the road when it travels to Redondo in a 2AA second-round game. Both games are at 7 pm.
In girls soccer, La Serna and La Mirada are at home, with the Lancers in the desert at Palm Springs, while the Mats travel to Chino Hills. California is at home, but against No. 2 Cajon.
I will be in Irvine as the La Serna and Montebello girls water polo teams play semifinal games against Murrieta Valley and Mater Dei, respectively. The Lancers play at 3, with the Oilers at 6. Both games are at the William Woollett Aquatic Center.

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CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoffs: Cantwell’s Magical Tour continues, Estrada’s big steal and layup leads Cardinals to 70-65 win over Viewpoint


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CALABASAS — Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary might just be a team of destiny.
The Cardinals sure looked the part Tuesday night.
Jose Estrada scored 27 points and had a key steal and layup and Cantwell advanced to CIF-Southern Section semifinals for the first time in recent memory after rallying for a 70-65 victory over host Viewpoint in a Division 4A quarterfinal boys basketball game at the Paul Family Athletic Center.
The No. 3 seed Cardinals, also getting 20 points from Jacob Alaniz, including two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, improved to 25-5 and will travel to either No. 2 Ontario Christian or Brentwood on Friday.
Tim Howell had 22 points and Jake Borenstein scored 18 for the Patriots, who finished 18-9. Borenstein, who had 14 points at halftime, missed an open 3-pointer with about three seconds to play for the tie. Alaniz made two free throws with one second left to account for the final 70-65 score.
Cantwell coach George Zedan: “I would say Jose had an average game at best today. But what you have to appreciate about him — and our other kids — is to continuing to battle, continuing to play hard. He missed a lot of free throws, a lot of easy shots. But made the big play when we needed it. That’s what good players do.”

Cantwell 70, Viewpoint 65

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CIF-SS Boys Soccer Playoffs: The Ranch beats the Ranch; Montbello’s road comes to an end against Millikan


Above: Montebello High’s William Martinez, right, leaps for a header during Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoff against Millikan. (Staff Photo by Leo Jarzomb)

El Rancho continues to play tight, thrilling games, but the Dons also continue to win, scoring a 2-1 victory over Diamond Ranch in a Division 4 second round game on Tuesday. The Dons, ranked No. 5 nationally by ESPN and seeking its second consecutive CIF-SS title, improved to 24-0 and advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals. El Rancho will host South Torrance at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Francisco Lara scored both goals for the Dons, who had to withstood a final rally by the Panthers in the waning moments.
Back in the 562, Montebello’s road came to an end, losing to No. 2 Millikan, 2-0, in a Division 1 second-round game.

El Rancho 2, Diamond Ranch 1
Millikan 2, Montebello 0

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Baseball: La Habra tops preseason rankings

Above: La Habra’s Zack Ferreira, left, and Aaron Porter are expected to be two of the better players
in the area this season and should keep the Highlanders in the hunt for the Freeway League title.
(Staff photo Leo Jarzomb)

As a baseball hotbed, the Whittier area has more than held its own over the years.
It’s the area that spawned the Major League careers of Mark Kotsay, Rod Barajas and Todd Burns of Santa Fe; El Rancho alums Ron and Randy Flores; Anthony Reyes of California; David Stevens of La Habra; Willie Adams of La Serna and Nomar Garciaparra, who grew up in Whittier before playing at nearby St. John Bosco.
This season’s future star might be La Habra’s Aaron Porter.
Yes, that Aaron Porter of football fame. The UCLA football recruit also happens to be a very good baseball player.
The senior, who is expected to play baseball for UCLA as well, is a big reason why the 2012 season could be a big one for La Habra, which figures to challenge in the Freeway League and make some noise in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs come May.
“I’m definitely excited about the season,” said La Habra coach Paul Caffrey, whose Highlanders are expected to improve off last season’s 17-10 record and second-place finish in the Freeway League. “This is one of our most experienced groups. We return four pitchers and our entire outfield.
“We have some holes to fill in the infield, but I’m pretty excited about the season.”

BASEBALL TOP FIVE RANKINGS
1. La Habra (17-10 in 2011)
2. La Mirada (15-15)
3. Whittier Christian (23-6)
4. Montebello (18-9)
5. El Rancho 14-11)
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Monday Night Playoffs: St. Paul advances; Whittier Christian ousted


Above: St. Paul’s Priscilla Hidalgo came up big for the Swordsmen, who advanced to the quarterfinals with a 43-35 win over Archer Monday. (File photo by Chris Burt)

Both the St. Paul and Whittier Christian girls basketball teams were forced to the court for Division 4A second-round games. Monday.
For the Swordsmen, who beat Archer 43-35, it was a good thing. For the Heralds, who lost to Brentwood, 57-52, not so much.

St. Paul 43, Archer 35

SANTA FE SPRINGS – Priscilla Hidalgo has been the go-to player for the St. Paul High School girls basketball team this season.
The senior lived up to that billing Monday.
Hidalgo scored a game-high 18 points and hit a key 3-pointer during a third-quarter run and the Swordsmen advanced to the CIF-Southern Section quarterfinals for the second consecutive season with a 43-35 victory over visiting Archer, of Los Angeles, in a Division 4A second-round game.
St. Paul, also getting 18 rebounds and 8 points from Holly Shafer, improved to 16-13 and will host St. Bonaventure Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Archer, getting 15 points from Mariah Barnett and 12 points and 18 rebounds from Coco Maurice, finished 18-9.
“We needed those shots (from Hidalgo),” said St. Paul coach Robert Miller, whose Swordsmen forced 10 turnovers and yielded just five field goals during the second half to overcome a 19-15 deficit at halftime. “If she doesn’t hit those shots (in the third quarter), who knows?
“But sometimes when you’re up against a 2-3 (zone) and you’re not getting the inside shots to fall, you need someone to step up and hit something from the outside to loosen things up.”

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CIF-SS Playoffs: A look at the week ahead


LAST TEAM STANDING: Cantwell, ranked No. 1 in the area since January, is the lone area boys basketball team left in the CIF-SS playoffs. The Cardinals hope to continue their run when they travel to Viewpoint for the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
(Staff file photo by Leo Jarzomb)

We enter week two for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, and among the five sports, the area has 11 teams remaining, led by the Cantwell boys basketball team, which is in the Division 4A quarterfinals at Viewpoint High in Calabasas on Tuesday, and the El Rancho boys soccer team, which continues its quest for a second Division 4 title with a roadie at Diamond Ranch in the second round, also on Tuesday.
The week begins Monday with two girls basketball Division 4A second round games. St. Paul and Whittier Christian are at home, with the Swordsmen host Archer and the Heralds hosting Brentwood. Both games are at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s action includes Cantwell’s visit to Viewpoint at 7 p.m. as well as El Rancho traveling to Diamond Ranch at 3 p.m. The Montebello boys soccer team has likely the toughest task, taking on No. 2 seed Millikan in Division 1, also at 3 p.m.
On Wednesday, the scene shifts to Girls basketball, girls soccer and girls water polo.
St. Paul and Whittier Christian could be in action and join Whittier, which after an easy win on Saturday, gets a tougher task when it travels to Redondo at 7 p.m.
We have three in girls soccer, with La Serna, in Division 5, and La Mirada in Division 3, on the road in second round games.. the Lancers are at Palm Springs, with the Matadores at Chino Hills. California, which finished second to La Serna in the Del Rio League, is at home to No. 2 Cajon.
Girls water polo is the semifinals, and Montebello and La Serna both have tickets to the final four, scheduled for the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.
The Oilers face Mater Dei in a Division 2 tilt at 6 p.m., while the Lancers take to the water a bit earlier, at 3 p.m. for a Division 3 encounter against Murrieta Valley.
Saturday will be wrestling’s time to shine, with 12 area competitors competing at the CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula High School. The area’s contingent, which produced one champion – La Habra’s Elder Cruz – during Saturday’s divisional championships, will be led by Cruz at 195, Santa Fe’s Joey Davis,a 2011 state champion who was third after a controversial default loss, at 160 and the Chiefs Kioni Villalobos and Daniel Contreras, who were runners-up at 113 and 136 on Saturday.
Here is the schedule:

BOYS BASKETBALL
TUESDAY
Quarterfinals
DIVISION 4A

Cantwell at Viewpoint, 7 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
MONDAY
Second Round
DIVISION 4A

Brentwood at Whittier Christian, 7 p.m.
Archer at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
Second Round
DIVISION 2AA

Whittier at Redondo, 7 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER
TUESDAY
Second Round
DIVISION 1

Millikan at Montebello, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 4
El Rancho at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER
WEDNESDAY
Second Round
DIVISION 3

La Mirada at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 5
La Serna at Palm Springs, 3 p.m.
Cajon at California, 3 p.m.

GIRLS WATER POLO
WEDNESDAY
Semifinals
At William Woollett Aquatic Center, Irvine
DIVISION 2

Mater Dei vs. Montebello, 6 p.m.
DIVISION 3
La Serna vs. Murrieta Valley, 3 p.m.

WRESTLING
CIF-SS MASTERS MEET
At Temecula High School

Friday and Saturday, all day

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CIF-SS Wrestling: Cruz wins at Southern Divisional; Santa Fe qualifies six at Eastern Divisional


Above: La Habra’s Elder Cruz scored big at the CIF-SS Southern Divisional. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

HESPERIA — Santa Fe High School felt it left something on the table after finishing second during last week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 dual championships.
The Chiefs made up for it Saturday at the CIF-SS Individual Eastern Division championships, finishing second in the team standings and qualifying an area-best six competitors to next weekend’s CIF-SS Masters Meet. Santa Fe’s performance led the area, which also
produced 14 qualifiers, three who will go to Temecula High School next Friday and Saturday after divisional runners-up at Oak Hills High School.
The trio were Santa Fe’s Kioni Villalobos at 113 pounds and Daniel Contreras at 136 and Montebello’s Nelson Lucha at 160. A surprise third-place finisher was 2011 state champion Joey Davis, who lost by default in the second round on Friday and worked his way back to
third on Saturday.
Other Masters qualifiers were Santa Fe’s Nico Sanchez (106, third), Loucian Ponce (132, fourth), Dillon Crouch (152, third); Bishop Amat’s Andrew Olague (132, fifth), Idilio Sanchez (182, 5th) and Randall Varela (225, third); Schurr’s Nicholas Lucero (182, 4th) and
David Avina (195, fourth); Montebello’s Mark Green (heavyweight, fifth) and Alhambra’s Alfred Ginez (113, fourth).
Santa Fe, which was second with 166.5 points to champion Sultana’s 244, missed a seventh qualifier when Sergio Carona lost in the 120 fifth-place bout, 6-5.
“Overall, it was a good weekend,” Santa Fe coach Sal Garcia said. “We got six guys through and had a good weekend. But today, we had a great second day. We won 20 matches today. That was the difference.
“We had six guys who started today in (the consolation bracket), and out of those six, five placed. It was good.”
Elsewhere, La Habra’s Elder Cruz won at 195 pounds at the Southern Division at Brea Olinda High School. The Highlanders’ Jacob Rosales also qualified at 120.

SANTA FE FINISHES SECOND

LA HABRA’S CRUZ REPEATS

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CIF-SS playoffs: Saturday Night Massacre – only Whittier survives; Santa Fe, El Rancho, La Serna, Schurr out

Saturday was not good for the area girls basketball teams as Schurr, La Serna and El Rancho all saw their seasons end. Still no word on Whittier, which hosted Arroyo Valley in Division 2AA and Santa Fe, which hoste Temecula Valley in Division 1A.
Here’s the scores:

GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 1AA
Orange Lutheran 59, Schurr 29
DIVISION 1A
Highland 57, El Rancho 44
Temecual Valley 60, Santa Fe 54
DIVISION 2AA
Whittier 58, Arroyo Valley 17
DIVISION 2A
Foothill 61, La Serna 27

GIRLS WATER POLO
DIVISION 2
Quarterfinals

Montebello 14, San Clemente 12 (OT)
DIVISION 3
Quarterfinals

La Serna 10, Charter Oak 6

Wednesday’s Schedule
Semifinals
At William Woolett Aquatic Center
Division 2

Mater Dei vs. Montebello, 6 p.m.
Division 3
La Serna vs. Murrieta Valley, 3 p.m.

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