Water polo wild-card scores, schedule: La Serna, Montebello advance

BOYS WATER POLO
WEDNESDAY’S SCORES
FIRST ROUND
Division 3

Yorba Linda 10, Temple City 7
Montebello 15, Brea Olinda 3
La Canada 11, Moorpark 10
Division 5
Claremont 19, Citrus Valley 9
Riverside Poly 21, Walnut 9
Redlands 19, El Rancho 5
Los Altos 20, Glendora 9
Ayala 18, Riverside North 5
La Serna 12, Redlands East Valley 10
SCHEDULE
THURSDAY
FIRST ROUND

Division 2
El Toro at Damien, 5 p.m.
Division 4
Arroyo Grande vs. Flintridge Prep at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Los Amigos at Baldwin Park, 5 p.m.
No. 4 San Dimas at San Gorgonio, 3:30 p.m.
Ramona at #3 Rowland, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at #2 Don Lugo, 5 p.m.
SATURDAY
QUARTERFINALS
Division 3

Trabuco Hills at #3 Montebello
No. 2 Murrieta Valley at La Canada
Division 5
No. 1 Claremont at Webb
Xavier Prep at No. 3 Los Altos
No. 2 La Serna at Ayala

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Girls Volleyball Playoffs: La Habra sweeps into second round; second round schedule posted

Alexis Kolschefski #44, Ryana Murch #17, Ashly Hernandez #10, andCasey Lunceford #11 of the La Habra Highlanders celebrate a point during the first round CIF Playoff match against the Oak Hills Bulldogs Tuesday, at La Habra High School. The Highlanders lead the Bulldogs 2-0 at the time of deadline. (Photo by Robert Huskey) PHOTO BY ROBERT HUSKEY

Alexis Kolschefski #44, Ryana Murch #17, Ashly Hernandez #10, andCasey Lunceford #11 of the La Habra Highlanders celebrate a point during the first round CIF Playoff match against the Oak Hills Bulldogs Tuesday, at La Habra High School. The Highlanders lead the Bulldogs 2-0 at the time of deadline. (Photo by Robert Huskey) PHOTO BY ROBERT HUSKEY

LA HABRA >> A three-game first-round sweep by the La Habra High School girls volleyball team over visiting Oak Hills of Hesperia propelled the Highlanders to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A playoffs Tuesday night.
La Habra will play Palm Springs on Thursday.
La Habra coach Adrianne Spear calls it the dreaded second-round curse.
Leading the way for La Habra was a pair of seniors, Alexis Kolschefski and Ryana Murch. Middle blocker Kolschefski, who has been on varsity for all four years, had a match-high 13 kills and eight blocks, while outside hitter/middle blocker Murch had eight kills.
Sophomore libero Mariah Venegas, who was all over the court saving hard kill-attempts by Oak Hills (15-12), had 22 digs and senior setter Ashly Hernandez had a game-high 22 assists.
La Habra coach Adrianne Spear: “This year’s team has a lot of composure and it’s been a building process to get to a point to be where we can be composed.”
– John Sherrard

Tuesday’s first-round results
Division 1AA

Los Alamitos def. La Salle 25-16, 25-16, 25-17
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy def. 25-9, 25-14, 25-14
Division 1A
No. 3 Chino Hills, bye
El Toro def. St. Lucy’s 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22
Division 2AA
South Pasadena def. West Torrance 25-16, 25-21, 25-17
Pasadena Poly def. Paramount 25-16, 25-19, 25-18
Whittier Christian def. Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 25-19, 25-15, 25-21
No. 4 Brea def. Westridge 25-9, 22-25, 25-10, 25-22
No. 3 Laguna Beach def. Maranatha 25-18, 25-13, 25-9
Esperanza def. Monrovia 25-19, 25-19, 25-20
Mayfield def. Mission College Prep 25-13, 25-13, 25-17
La Canada def. Costa Mesa 25-9, 25-9, 25-11
Division 2A
La Habra def. Oak Hills 25-19, 25-19, 25-22
Palm Springs def. Walnut 25-12, 25-12, 25-10
Arcadia def. Apple Valley 25-14, 25-13, 25-14
Viewpoint def. Diamond Ranch 25-13, 22-25, 25-13, 25-15
Glendora def. Burroughs 25-23, 25-17, 25-18
Bonita def. Los Altos 19-25, 24-26, 25-11, 25-18, 15-6
Division 3AA
No. 1 Sage Hill def. El Rancho 25-10, 25-14, 25-17
La Serna def. Norwalk 25-19, 25-12, 14-25, 23-25, 15-13
Elsinore def. Santa Fe 25-12, 25-10, 25-19
Santa Monica def. Pioneer 25-14, 25-19, 25-19
La Mirada def. El Segundo 25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22
California defe. Crean Lutheran 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22
Division 3A
Wilson def. El Monte 25-20, 25-10, 25-14
Santa Ynez def. Montebello 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20
Gabrielino def. Lompoc 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
San Gabriel def. Fairmont Prep 25-15, 25-10, 25-23
Bell Gardens def. South El Monte 25-13, 25-12, 25-11
San Dimas def. Morro Bay 25-19, 25-22, 27-25
Webb def. Covina 25-14, 25-10, 21-25, 25-21
No. 2 Templeton def. Rosemead 25-14, 25-9, 25-12
Division 4AA
No. 4 Garden Grove def. Pomona Catholic 25-20, 25-13, 25-15
St. Paul def. Colony 25-14, 25-15, 25-16
Division 4A
Azusa def. Bassett 25-4, 25-18, 25-22
Gladstone def. Ramona Convent 25-11, 21-25, 15-25, 32-30, 15-10
San Gabriel Mission def. Pomona 12-25, 25-12, 27-25, 25-19
Boron def. La Puente 25-21, 28-26, 14-25, 25-20
No. 2 Duarte, bye
Division 5AA
San Gabriel Academy def. Palm Valley 25-19, 27-25, 25-22
Division 5A
Einstein Academy def. Waverly 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 22-25, 25-12
Immanuel Lutheran def. Southwestern Academy 25-7, 25-14, 25-10

Thursday’s second-round schedule
Division 1AA
Corona del Mar at Flintrdige Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Division 1A
Norco at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Whittier Christian, 7 p.m.
Cerritos Valley Christian at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
La Canada at Arroyo Grande, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Palm Springs at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Arcadia at Claremont, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Sierra Canyon, 7 p.m.
Windward at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Rim of the World at La Serna, 7 p.m.
JW North at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
Quartz Hill at California, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Wilson at Saddleback, 7 p.m.
La Sierra at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
West Valley at San Gabriel, 7 p.m
San Dimas at Loma Linda Academy, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rolling Hills Prep at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
Division 4A
Azusa at Cate, 7 p.m.
Katella at Gladstone, 7 p.m.
San Gabriel Mission at Desert, 7 p.m.
Carpinteria at Desert, 7 p.m.
Division 5AA
San Gabriel Academy at Calvary Murrieta, 7 p.m.

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Northwest Predictions: Maranatha looks like the one

Can Steve Bogan win his fifth CIF title, leading  Maranatha?

Can Steve Bogan win his fifth CIF title, leading Maranatha?

Trying to predict the future is never easy, but that is what makes the playoffs fun, right?
So, here are my picks for the CIF-SS divisions that feature local teams. Here is a look at the Northwest Division

NORTHWEST DIVISION
Seeds: 1. Maranatha (10-0), 2. Pasadena Poly (10-0), 3. Shadow Hills (8-2), 4. Big Bear (8-2)
Local: Cantwell- Sacred Heart (8-2)
First Round
Maranatha
Cantwell
Templeton
Rio Hondo Prep
Shadow Hills
Nipomo
Linfield Chr.
Morro Bay
Quarterfinals
Maranatha
Templeton
Nipomo
Morro Bay
Semifinals
Maranatha
Nipomo
Finals
Maranatha
Notes: Maranatha has been on fire all season, and there’s no reason to jump off the Minutemen ship now. They have their version of the triplets, and its worked so far. That said, they face a tough matchup in the first round, first playoff-tough Mission Prep, but I stick with the 10-0 team. Cantwell looks to have a good draw in round one, and although the Cards can score with anyone, I’m not sure they can keep it up vs. Maranatha. Also, be weary of those Northern League teams, but in the end, i like the Minutemen.

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Mid-Valley Predictions: A return to the top for Paraclete

Can Montebello make a dent? (San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger

Can Montebello make a dent?
(San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger

Trying to predict the future is never easy, but that is what makes the playoffs fun, right?
So, here are my picks for the CIF-SS divisions that feature local teams. Here is a look at the Mid-Valley Division

MID-VALLEY DIVISION
Seeds: 1. Paraclete (7-3), 2. Sierra Canyon (9-1), 3. Pomona (6-4), 4. Northview (8-2)
Local: Montebello (6-4*)
*-includes forfeit win over Arroyo
First Round
Paraclete
Azusa
Montebello
Northview
Pomona
San Dimas
Rosemead
Sierra Canyon
Quarterfinals
Paraclete
Northview
Pomona
Sierra Canyon
Semifinals
Paraclete
Pomona
Finals
Paraclete
Notes: Paraclete has been solid in this division, with one title and advancing to the finals last season. The Spirits have the horses to make the next step this season, although a Northview-Paraclete semifinal would be classic. Montebello might find the bracket just as difficult as its nonleague slate, but I like Oilers int he first round. Pomona seems to have too much athleticism for the bottom of the bracket. But I wonder if Pomona makes the final and the title game is at Antelope Valley College, would PUSD allow them to make the trip?

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Southeast Division predictions: It should be Golden for St. Francis

Who can beat these guys?

Who can beat these guys?

Trying to predict the future is never easy, but that is what makes the playoffs fun, right?
So, here are my picks for the CIF-SS divisions that feature local teams. Here is a look at the Southeast Division.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SEEDS: 1. St. Francis (10-0), 2. La Mirada (9-1), 3. Cathedral (9-1), 4. Crescenta Valley (10-0)
Locals: La Mirada, La Serna (8-2), California (6-4), El Rancho (8-2), La Mirada (9-1).
WINNERS
First Round

St. Francis
La Serna
Norwalk
Crescenta Valley
Cathedral
Downey
El Rancho
La Mirada
Quarterfinals
St. Francis
Crescenta Valley
Cathedral
La Mirada
Semifinals
St. Francis
La Mirada
Finals
La Mirada
NOTES: This looks like St. Francis’ bracket to win, although the Golden Knights can expect trouble from La Mirada. The best matchup might be an El Ranch-La Mirada showdown in the quarterfinals, but the Mats might have enough. La Mirada vs. St. Francis in the final would be epic. It likely also would be a spot in the the state playoffs.

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CIF-SS water polo matchups

Tuesday’s wild-card games
Division 3
San Marino at Vista Murrieta
Aliso Niguel at Schurr, noon
Sage Hill at Alhambra
Division 5
Whittier at Glendora
Division 7
Sierra Vista vs. San Dimas at Glendora HS, 3 p.m.
Oxnard vs. La Puente at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Nogales vs. Fontana at Arroyo Valley HS, 5 p.m.

Wednesday’s first-round games
Division 3
San Marino/Vista Murrieta winner at No. 1 Laguna Beach, 4 p.m.
Aliso Niguel/Schurr winner at Royal
Temple City at Yorba Linda
Brea vs. No. 4 Montebello at Schurr HS, 5 p.m.
Moorpark at La Canada
Sage Hill/Alhambra winner at No. 2 Murrieta Valley
Division 5
Walnut at Riverside Poly
El Rancho at No. 4 Redlands
Whittier/Glendora winner at No. 3 Los Altos
Palm Springs/Redlands East Valley winner vs. No. 2 La Serna at La Mirada Splash, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday’s first-round games
Division 2
El Toro at Damien
Division 4
Arroyo Grande vs. Flintridge Prep at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Division 7
La Sierra/Los Amigos winner at Baldwin Park
Sierra Vista/San Dimas winner at No. 4 San Gorgonio
Alta Loma/Ramona winner at No. 3 seed Rowland
Oxnard/La Puente winner at Rancho Alamitos
Nogales/Fontana winner at No. 2 Don Lugo

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Football Pairings: La Mirada is No. 2 in Southeast; La Habra No. 3 in Southwest

Coach Mike Moschetti's La Mirada Matadores are seeded No. 2 in the Southeast Division.  (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Coach Mike Moschetti’s La Mirada Matadores are seeded No. 2 in the Southeast Division.
(Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

La Mirada High School has had quite a turnaround this season, rebounding from sub-par season a year ago to become one of the top teams in Southern California this fall.
The Matadores are expected to continue their rise in future weeks after receiving the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Division when the CIF-Southern Section released playoff pairings on Sunday.
Freeway League champion La Habra received the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Division.
Seven area teams qualified for the playoffs, topped by La Mirada, which went from 4-7 last season to 9-1 so far in 2014, including going undefeated in the Suburban League.
The Matadores’ reward?
How does facing 2013 Northeast Division champion Salesian sound?
La Mirada, which only loss was to Pac-5 Division qualifier Servite, will host the Mustangs (4-6) in Friday’s first round. The Mustangs finished fourth in the Angelus League and received the division’s only at-large spot.
The two teams also know a lot about each other. La Mirada practiced against Salesian during the summer.
“We’re excited,” La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. “They’re a really good team and we have a lot of respect for them, winning a CIF championship last year in a different division.
We’ve had a good year, but that’s past. It’s a one-game elimination now. You win, or you go home. We’re just excited to be playing. It’s going to be a great game on Friday.”
The first round is scheduled for Friday, with the finals set for Dec. 5-6. All games are 7:30 p.m. starts.
An all-area matchup could await the Matadores with a win. El Rancho (8-2), which won its first league title since the late 1990s with a Del Rio League crown, is opposite La Mirada in the bracket. The Dons host Burbank (7-3), which finished third in the Pacific League behind No. 4 seed Crescenta Valley and Muir.
Other area matchups in the division are La Serna (8-2) hosting Dominguez and California at San Gabriel Valley League champ Downey. La Serna, which finished second to El Rancho, has advanced to the finals the past three seasons, winning it last year.
La Habra (7-3), which found its comfort zone after a rugged nonleague season, is the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Division and will host Capistrano Valley (7-3) in the first round.
Montebello, which went 5-0 in the Almont League to improve to 6-4, is the lone area representative in the Mid-Valley Division. The Oilers drew La Puente and will host the Warriors on Friday.
La Puente is 7-3 and finished second to No. 3 seed Pomona. If the Oilers advance, a possible rematch vs. No. 4 seed Northview awaits them. The Vikings scored a 38-6 victory over Montebello on Sept. 4.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart is the lone entry in the Northwest Division. The Cardinals (8-2), who shared the South Catholic League title with Bishop Montgomery and Verbum Dei, host Arrowhead Christian, which was second on the Ambassador League. The Cardinals, with a win, could face top seed Maranatha in the second round.
AREA SCHEDULE
FRIDAY
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
Salesian at La Mirada
Burbank at El Rancho
California at Downey
Dominguez at La Serna
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Capistrano Valley at La Habra
MID-VALLEY
La Puente at Montebello
NORTHWEST
Arrowhead at Cantwell-Sacred Heart
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 7:30 P.M.
COMPLETE BRACKETS ON CIFSS.ORG

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Tennis quarterfinals are set

Monday’s quarterfinals
All matches at 2 p.m. unless noted
Division 3
No. 4 Pasadena Poly at Long Beach Poly
Division 4
No. 1 Riverside Poly at Chino Hills
Rowland at Serrano
Division 5
Magnolia at No. 3 Maranatha

Friday’s second round
Division 1
No. 3 Mira Costa 12, San Marino 6
Division 2
No. 1 Valencia 10, Arcadia 8
Division 3
Long Beach Poly 11, Walnut 7
No. 4 Pasadena Poly 15, Rio Mesa 3
Division 4
No. 1 Riverside Poly 18, Rosemead 0
Chino Hills 13, Westminster La Quinta 5
Rowland 12, Keppel 6
No. 3 Garden Grove 12, Alhambra 6
Bishop Montgomery 12, Flintridge Sacred Heart 6
Los Osos 12, Wilson 6
No. 2 South Torrance 14, San Gabriel 4
Division 5
Thacher 14, Sierra Vista 4
No. 3 Maranatha 12, Montclair 6

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St. Paul, Duarte earn volleyball playoff seeds

Tuesday’s first-round games
All matches at 7 p.m.
Division 1AA
La Salle at Los Alamitos
Palos Verdes at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Division 1A
No. 3 Chino Hills, bye
St. Lucy’s at El Toro
Division 2AA
West Torrance at South Pasadena
Paramount at Pasadena Poly
Whittier Christian at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Westridge at No. 4 Brea
Maranatha at No. 3 Laguna Beach
Monrovia at Esperanza
Mission College Prep at Mayfield
Costa Mesa at La Canada
Division 2A
Oak Hills at La Habra
Walnut at Palm Springs
Apple Valley at Arcadia
Diamond Ranch at Viewpoint
Burbank Burroughs at Glendora
Bonita at Los Altos
Division 3AA
El Rancho at No. 1 Sage Hill
Norwalk at La Serna
Santa Fe at Elsinore
Pioneer at Santa Monica
El Seguno at La Mirada
Crean Lutheran at California
Division 3A
El Monte at Wilson
Montebello at Santa Ynez
Lompoc at Gabrielino
Fairmont Prep at San Gabriel
South El Monte at Bell Gardens
Morro Bay at San Dimas
Covina at Webb
Rosemead at No. 2 Templeton
Division 4AA
Pomona Catholic at No. 4 Garden Grove
Colony at No. 3 St. Paul
Division 4A
Azusa at Bassett
Ramona Convent at Gladstone
Pomona at San Gabriel Mission
Boron at La Puente
No. 2 Duarte, bye
Division 5AA
Palm Valley at San Gabriel Academy
Division 5A
Waverly at Einstein Academy
Southwestern Academy at Immanuel Christian

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Saturday Rewind: La Mirada wins Suburban; Cantwell takes piece of South Catholic

Sei-j Lauago of La Mirada breaks open a big run to set up the Matadores final score of the first half. The Matadores beat Norwalk Lancers, 35-21, to win the Suburban League title.  (Photo by Chris Burt/ for Press-Telegram)

Sei-j Lauago of La Mirada breaks open a big run to set up the Matadores final score of the first half. The Matadores beat Norwalk Lancers, 35-21, to win the Suburban League title.
(Photo by Chris Burt/ for Press-Telegram)

It was league championship Friday, and two of the area teams claimed respective league titles with wins. La Mirada won the Suburban League with a 35-21 win over Norwalk. Cantwell took a share of the South Catholic League with a 56-34 victory over Bishop Montgomery. The Cardinals are tri-champs with Bishop Montgomery and Verbum Dei, which beat St. Bernard. Cantwell won the coin flip and will be the league’s No. 1 playoff representative. Bishop Montgomery also advances, with Verbum Dei needing to apply for an at-large spot.
Below is this week’s rundown:
GAMES OF THE WEEK
LA MIRADA 35, NORWALK 21

LA MIRADA — Big plays helped carry La Mirada High into the Suburban League championship game on Friday night against Norwalk, and big plays were the difference for the Matadors offense in a 35-21 victory at La Mirada High.
La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara completed nine of his 12 pass attempts, and five of them were for touchdowns to four different receivers. The senior finished with 250 yards through the air, 180 in the first half, when the Matadores broke out to a 28-0 halftime lead. Norwalk’s running game controlled the clock in the second half, but the lead was insurmountable.
“I’m proud of these players, coaches and this community,” said La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti, who has led his Matadores to five Suburban League titles in the last six years. Norwalk (7-3, 5-1) won it last season. This season, La Mirada (9-1, 6-0) is ranked No. 2 in the Southeast Division.

– JJ Fiddler
LA HABRA 56, SONORA 26
LA HABRA — For the eighth consecutive season, La Habra is the Freeway League champion, clinching the outright title with a 56-26 victory over visiting Sonora on Friday night.
Quarterback Eric Barriere did a lot of damage in a short amount of time, racking up 342 total yards (223 passing and 119 rushing) to go along with seven touchdown passes. He exited the game after the third quarter with the Highlanders up comfortably, 56-13.
The Highlanders (7-3, 5-0) entered the game as the third-ranked team in the CIF-SS Southwest Division, having won 40 consecutive league games, a streak that dates back to October 2006.
After being tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, La Habra broke the game open in the second quarter scoring 28 consecutive points before the break to take a 35-7 halftime lead.
Justin Sun and Edrick Flores were the main beneficiaries of Barriere’s big night, catching three and two touchdowns,respectively.

– Richard Hernandez
CANTWELL 56, BISHOP MONTGOMERY 34
The Cardinals scored 42 points in the second and third quarters to get a share of the South Catholic League title. Cantwell finished the regular season 8-1 overall and 2-1 in league play. They won the coin flip and will be the league’s No. 1 playoff representative.
Matt Valencia threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns and Javier Tejada scored five touchdowns for the Cardinals.
MARANATHA 69, WHITTIER CHRISTIAN 34
WHITTIER — For the first time in 31 years the Maranatha High School football team completed a perfect 10-0 regular season and will head into the CIF Southern Section Northwest Division.
The Minutemen easily defeated host Whittier Christian 69-34 at Whittier College to head into the playoffs next Friday as the top seed in the division.
Leading the way for the Minutemen was senior running back Caleb Devine with three touchdowns and 182 yards on 12 carries. He scored on runs of 65, 30 and 1 yard.
Whittier Christian freshman quarterback Quinn Commons threw for a game-high 227 yards on 31 attempts, completing 20 passes, while senior tight end Noah Evans caught nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

– John Sherrard
ROUNDUP
LA SERNA 42, WHITTIER 7

La Serna High School went deep to secure second place in the Del Rio League with a 42-7 victory over Whittier in a game played at California High on Friday night.
The Lancers struck with three touchdowns of 20 yards or more. They had a 35-0 halftime lead.

HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Mirada (9-1) def. Norwalk, 35-21
2. La Habra (7-3) def. Sonora, 56-26
3. El Rancho (8-2) def. Santa Fe, 49-31 (Thursday)
4. La Serna (8-2) def. Whittier, 42-7
5. California (6-4) def. Pioneer, 42-13 (Thursday)
6. Cantwell (8-2) def. Bishop Montgomery, 56-34
7. St. Paul (4-6) lost to Harvard-Westlake, 45-0
8. Montebello (6-4*) def. Alhambra, 28-21
9. Schurr (4-6) def. Keppel, 56-0
10. Whittier (4-6) lost to La Serna, 42-7
OTHER SCORE
Maranatha 69, Whittier Christian 34

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