Saturday’s CIF State playoff roundup: El Rancho boys win soccer regional crown; St. Paul, Cantwell Sacred Heart girls basketball fall in second round

El Rancho High School’s boys soccer team capped an historic season yesterday with its 3-0 triumph over top-seeded San Clemente in the CIF Southern California Regional Division I championship game.  It marked the second championship in as many weeks for the Dons, who earlier captured the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title.
The season, however, ended for both St. Paul and Cantwell Sacred Heart girls basketball in the second round of the CIF State Division 4 tournament. St. Paul, the event’s No. 5 seed, lost to fourth-seeded JSerra 55-32 while the Cardinals fell to Camino Real League rival St. Monica 52-43. It was Cantwell’s fourth loss to the Mariners this season.

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    St. Paul’s coach Robert Miller is due big time props. He seldom has Div. 1 type talent, but he gets the most out of his teams. His teams are always fundamentally sound and always play hard. Props also due the Seniors on this team. They went to four playoff semis and one championship game. They were a great joy to watch compete and they will be missed. Onward and Upward, ladies.