Local CIF Playoffs Recap

Boys Basketball

Ten teams were eliminated in the opening rounds of playoffs and there are four teams left of the fourteen Valley boys basketball teams who qualified to compete in the 2011-12 CIF Southern Section-Ford Boys Basketball Championships, presented by Farmers: #10 Vista Murrieta in Division 1A, #3 Murrieta Valley and #5 Elsinore in Division 2A, and #3 Cal Lutheran in Division 6.

Division 1AA: (Top seed: Mater Dei (24-2), Trinity League Champion)

OUT: At-large Chaparral (17-10) lost at #1 seed Mater Dei (24-2) #1 Trinity League, 79-34. The Pumas were within four at the end of the first quarter, but a 21-4 run in the second quarter by the Monarchs put the game out of reach. Former Chaparral All-CIF power forward Xavier Johnson scored 17 points against his former team.

Division 1A: (Top Seed: Mission Viejo (23-3), South Coast League Champion)

OUT: #14 Great Oak (14-12) defeated Victor Valley (6-19) #3 Desert Sky League, 57-40. The Wolfpack started out 9-0 and never looked back. Patrick Sniff led with 21 pts; Justin Sadler had 12. Aaron Roedl added 10, including two more three’s to bring his season total closer to 60.

The Wolfpack hosts Arizona-bound guard Gabe York (26.3 ppg) and #3-ranked Orange Lutheran (17-10) on Tuesday. York leapt over a defender to slam dunk in the 1st round victory over Dana Hills, 70-46. Video is already a Youtube sensation.

The high-flying York ended up with 25 as Orange Lutheran eliminated Great Oak, 66-42. Justin Sadler ended up with 13; Anthony Green added 10.

IN: #10 Vista Murrieta (14-11) defeated at-large Alta Loma (10-16) Baseline League, 65-57 in overtime. Senior forward Davin Guinn scored 32.

The Broncos hosted the #7 seed Chino Hills Huskies (17-10), and defeated them 69-68 to advance to the quarterfinals. The Broncos avenged an earlier loss: the two teams met at the beginning of the year and the Huskies won 67-47 then. Davin Guinn led his team with 25 pts; Anthony White had 16, including four of his team’s eight three-pointers.

They next face the Cougars of Capistrano Valley (24-4) #2 South Coast League. Guards Alex Lipovic and Nick Thomas have combined for 96 three’s on the season.

Division 2AA: (Top Seed: Ocean View (23-3) Golden West League Champion)

OUT: Perris (17-8) #2 Sunbelt League lost to #8 Poly Riverside (18-8) #2 Big VIII League, 63-52. Freshman Tristan Hunter scored 11 points in the first six minutes of the game to put the Panthers up 21-4 in the first quarter. But despite Hunter’s 25-pt game effort, Poly made up the 11-pt deficit to tie and won the game in overtime.

OUT: #14 Temecula Valley (17-9) #4 Southwestern League defeated Serrano of Phelan (13-14) tied #1 Mojave River League, 74-68 in overtime. TVHS took an early lead at 13-6, but the first quarter ended up 25-24. TV outscored Serrano 22-14 in the 2nd quarter and kept the lead into the fourth quarter when Serrano’s full court pressure made up the 11-pt deficit and sent the game into overtime. Anthony Gonzales led all scorers with 32 (five 3’s); Michael Price had 16 (three 3’s). Brandon Rosser’s surprise return netted 8 pts and 14 rebounds.

They hosted #4-ranked JW North Huskies (22-5), #1 Big VIII Champion and were bounced out of the playoffs, 66-46. TVHS led by one point going into the 4th quarter, but a 21-pt 4th quarter sealed the deal for North. Brandon Rosser led the Bears with 19 points and 10 rebounds; Alex Hughes had 10.

Division 2A: (Top Seed: Mayfair(21-5) Suburban League Champion)

IN: #5 Elsinore (23-3) #1 Sunbelt League dominated Patriot (15-11) #3 Sunkist League, 61-49. EJ Twyman had 35 and Lawrence Chamberlain had 15.

They next faced the backcourt duo of Brandon Hunt and Estevan Johnson as they blasted visiting Dominguez from Compton (10-17), #3 San Gabriel League, 88-56. EJ Twyman led all scorers with 30; Lawrence Chamberlain had 20.

They travel to Lawndale to play the Leuzinger Olympians (21-5), Bay League Champions, in Friday’s quarterfinals. Junior guard Eric Childress leads his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

IN: #3 Murrieta Valley (23-2) #1 Southwestern League trounced Chino (10-13) #4 Mt Baldy League, 73-35. Darius Butler had 23 points, Reid Schackelford had 17, including 5-of-5 from beyond the arc to bring his season total to 79.

They decimated the Troy Warriors of Fullerton (21-6) #2 Freeway League, 65-37. The triple-threat team Reid Schackelford had 18 (including another four 3’s); Darius Butler had 16; Jackson Helms had 14.

They host Santa Maria’s Righetti (23-4) #2 Pac-7 League at 7 pm on Friday.

Division 3AAA: (Top seed: Damien (24-2), Sierra League Champion)

OUT: #12 Murrieta Mesa (17-10) #3 Southwestern League lost a close one to Rio Mesa (17-9) tied #2 Pacific View League, 79-75. An exciting game with seven lead changes in the second half; the Rams went on a 10-1 run to tie the game at 70-70 with two minutes left. The game eventually finished out at the free throw line. Shane Stanton finished with 23, four scorers in double figures.

Division 3AA: (Top seed: Calabasas (23-3), Marmonte League Champion)

OUT: #9 Lakeside (15-10) #3 Sunbelt League beat Jurupa Valley (12-14), 77-68 in the first round. Tyler Jones scored 19; Michael Christener had 25, including six 3’s.

In the second round, Lakeside defeated Bellflower (17-11) #2 in Suburban League, 80-62. Christener started cold (1/7 from 3-pt land), but finished hot with 18 pts (including five 3’s in a row). Melvin Washington had 22 pts, EJ Jackson had 16. The team shot 50% from the floor.

The Lancers advanced to round 3 and faced #1-seed Calabasas Coyotes (24-3) Marmonte League Champion and were eliminated from the playioffs, 70-56. Despite leading 20-17 at the end of the first quarter, the Lancers were unable to contain the Coyotes and Israel Holden (27 pts, 10 rebounds) as they dominated the second quarter 23-11.

OUT: At-large Temescal Canyon Titans (9-16) #5 Sunbelt League lost at home to at-large Charter Oak Chargers (10-17) Sierra League, 60-51. Rebounds were key as the Chargers front court pulled down 23. Titans’ Devante Kirkpatrick had 13 points; Marcus Kirkpatrick hit three of the team’s five 3-pointers. Titans were 10/22 from the charity stripe.

Division 4A: (Top seed: Pacific Hills (23-4), Alpha League Co-Champion)

OUT: California Military Institute (12-10) #1 Warrior League hosted #8 Brentwood (9-14) Alpha League and were eliminated 82-38 in the first round.

Division 5AA: (Top seed: St. Bernard (19-7), Camino Real League Champion)

OUT: #10 Linfield Christian Lions (20-5) #3 Ambassador League hosted the Chadwick Dolphins (9-14) #3 Prep League, and defeated them 62-53 to advance to the second round. Matt Wilson had 19 points; Daryl Morris had 18. Wilson also had ten rebounds while freshman point guard Dylan Weinmann had six assists.

In the second round, Linfield hosted Brethren Christian (22-5) and the 7’ 5” Mamadou Ndiaye. Linfield shooting dropped from 50% to 30% and they lost 66-54. Wilson had 11 points; Weinmann had 10. Ndiaye had 27 points, 16 rebounds, 7 blocks.

Division 5A: (Top seed: Providence (23-4), Liberty League Champion)

OUT: Temecula Prep (16-8) #1 Majestic League hosted at-large Kilpatrick (11-11) Delphic League and lost 68-49 in the first round.

Division 6: (Top seed: Renaissance Academy (19-6), Harbor Runner-Up)

IN: #3 Cal Lutheran C-Hawks (17-3) #1 Arrowhead League thrashed New Covenant (9-9) Freelance, 66-26. Weston Dryssen had 15 points, Noah Schreifer had 15. Cal Lutheran made six 3’s.

They advanced to the second round to face Desert Chapel (12-14) and won 65-61. Coming off of a 13-game win streak, the C-Hawks opened a 20-5 lead in the first quarter. Desert Chapel hit five 3’s to tie the game 32-32 at the half. The C-Hawks’

Big man 6’ 8” Ryan Smith ended up with 19, as did Robert Riesenberg who hit five 3’s to keep Cal Lutheran in the playoffs.

The C-Hawks traveled to Eastside Christian in Fullerton (16-10) #3 San Joaquin League and won their quarterfinals game, 67-45. Risenberg led all scorers with 23 points, including four more 3’s; Ben Schober added 12; Dryssen and Smith each had 10.

They next face Hesperia Christian (23-6), Agape League Champion and #3-ranked Southern Section and power forward Ryan Henry (18 ppg, 9 rpg).

OUT: Rancho Christian (15-6) Freelance beat Baker Valley (6-9) #2 Hi-Lo League, 68-40 to advance to the second round. Ben Gonzales had 21 pts, 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles; DeShwan Fortune had 14 points and Darius Geater added ten.

The Eagles hosted #2-seed Hesperia Christian Patriots (22-6), #1 Agape League at the Great Oak gym on Friday and were eliminated from playoffs 71-56. Gonzales had 21 points and 22 rebounds to go with three blocks. Fortune had ten points and six rebounds.

Semi-Finals will be Friday February 24 at 7pm. The tournament will conclude with final Championship contests on February 29 – March 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena and also March 3 at the Meruelo Athletic Center on the campus of Mater Dei High School.

Boys Soccer

Only two of the eight Valley boys soccer teams who qualified to compete in the 2011-12 CIF Southern Section-Ford Boys Basketball Championships, presented by Farmers are left. A total of 266 teams were paired into seven single-elimination tournament brackets.#10-ranked Great Oak was upset by Ocean View; #9 Perris, Division 5, is still alive as is the #2 Sunbelt team, Lakeside. Both teams are in Division 5 and both from the Sunbelt League.

Division 2: (Top seed: Claremont (10-0-0, 20-2-2), Sierra League Champion)

OUT: #10 Great Oak Wolfpack (11-4-2) #1 Southwestern League was upset at home by Huntington Beach’s Ocean View Seahawks (13-8-2 ), #3 Golden West League, 2-0. Ocean View had beaten Corona Centennial In Wild Card Round “G” to advance to the first round. The game was scoreless for the first hour of play; the Seahawks’ high-pressure defense made the difference as the Wolfpack was unable to create opportunities and finish. Goalkeeper Hunter Fitzharris had six saves.

OUT: Chaparral (12-5-6) #2 Southwestern League traveled to Martin Luther King (17-7-2) #2 Big VIII League, and were eliminated, 1-0.

OUT: Wild Card “E”: Murrieta Valley (10-9-3) #3 Southwestern League defeated at-large Palm Desert (10-9-2) Desert Valley League, 1-0 to advance to the first round.

The Nighthawks lost in the 1st Round at Foothill (15-3-9) #1 Century League, 1-0.

Division 5: (Top Seed: Cajon (9-1-4, 19-4-5), San Andreas League Champion)

IN: Perris (16-6-0) #1 Sunbelt League defeated visiting Victor Valley (10-7-2) #3 Desert Sky League, 3-2.

They hosted Carpinteria Warriors (15-6-1), Tri-Valley League Champion and advanced to the school’s first quarterfinal by beating the Warriors 3-1. Quepler Rojas had two goals; Enrique Landeros had the other. Landeros and Rojas each had an assist as did Servando Aviles. Jesus Cernas had ten saves.

Thursday the Wildcats travel to San Bernardino to face the Cajon Cowboys (21-4-5), San Andreas League Champion in the Quarterfinals round.

IN: Lakeside (14-7-3) #2 Sunbelt League traveled to Carter (15-4-5) #2 San Andreas League, and came home with a win, 3-2. Jesus Herrera (1 goal, 1 assist), Ricky Ruiz (1 assist), Ivan Hernandez (1 goal), Luis Casillas, (1 goal), Oscar Gonzales (1 assist) accounted for the scoring. Jose Chavez (3 saves) and Tristain Cisneros (6 saves) defended the goal.

The Lancers traveled Tuesday to Paso Robles Bearcats (13-4-8 ), #3 PAC-7 League and brought home a 2-1 win in overtime. Gonzales and Chris Rodriguez each had a goal, with Rodriguez’ goal came with twenty seconds left in the second overtime; Rodriguez added an assist as did Emanuel Rodriguez. Jose Chavez is credited with one save.

The Lancers host the Mountain View Vikings of El Monte (13-4-5), #2 Mission Valley League.

OUT: Wild Card “C”: Elsinore (9-10-3) #3 Sunbelt League tied visiting Arroyo Valley (11-7-1) #4 San Andreas League, 2-2, but then won on3-2 on penalty kicks to advance to the first round.

The Tigers lost in the 1st Round at San Luis Obispo (19-2-2) #1 PAC-7 League, 3-0.

Division 6: (Top Seed: Ontario Christian (13-0-1, 18-3-1) Ambassador League Champion)

OUT: Calvary Murrieta (12-9-1) #2 Ambassador League traveled to Rubidoux (11-6-5) #2 Mountain Valley League, and were eliminated 3-2.

OUT: Wild Card “D”: at-large Linfield Christian (11-10-1) Ambassador traveled to Saddleback Valley Christian (10-7-5) #3 San Joaquin League, and lost 3-1 on penalty kicks.

Championships will be presented by Farmers at either Mission Viejo or Warren High Schools on March 2-3.

Boys Wrestling

The CIF-Southern Section Individual Wrestling Championships were held at Pacific High in Oxnard this past weekend. Temecula Valley took third place as a team; Chaparral was fourth; Vista Murrieta was seventh; Great Oak was 18th; Murrieta Valley was 21st; Murrieta Mesa was 33rd.

First Place—

• Jesse Harlan (Temecula Valley) at 132 pounds won by a pin

• Bradley Christensen (Chaparral) at 160 pounds won by a decision, 1-0

• Joe Arellano (Vista Murrieta) at 195 pounds won by a pin

Second Place –

• Nick Jazo (Vista Murrieta) at 145 pounds lost by a decision, 8-4

• Jon Wixom (Chaparral) at 192 pounds lost by a decision, 9-2

• Diego Vasquez (Vista Murrieta) at 220 pounds lost by decision, 5-2

Fourth Place –

• Devante Wise (Murrieta Valley) at 113 pounds lost by decision, 11-8

• Joshua Cortez (Temecula Valley) at 126 pounds lost by pin

• Leo Mendez (Temecula Valley) at 145 pounds lost by technical fall, 19-3

• Brett Sayre (Temecula Valley) at 170 pounds lost by default

• Nicholas Johnson (Murrieta Valley) at 182 pounds lost by decision, 10-4

Fifth Place –

• Will Bitoni (Chaparral) at 113 pounds, won by major decision

• Zach Plummer (Chaparral) at 132 pounds, won by decision, 7-5

• Danen Calvin (Chaparral) at 138 pounds, won by major decision, 14-1

Sixth Place –

• Dylan Garcia (Chaparral) at 126 pounds, lost by pin

• Jacob Bailey (Great Oak) at 138 pounds, lost by major decision, 14-1

• Carter Armendarez (Temecula Valley), at 152 pounds, lost by decision, 2-0

• Garrett Reynolds (Vista Murrieta) at 160 pounds, lost by decision, 8-4

• William Atwell (Temecula Valley) at 182 pounds, lost by major decision, 11-2

• Shane Gonzales (Great Oak) at 285 pounds, lost by pin

Congratulations to all our local Valley wrestlers!

Girls Basketball

Seven teams were eliminated in the first round and only five teams advance out of the twelve Valley girls basketball teams qualified to compete in the 2011-12 CIF Southern Section-Ford Girls Basketball Championships, presented by Farmers.

Division 1AA: (Top seed: Poly Long Beach (25-2), Moore League Champions)

OUT: Great Oak Wolfpack (16-6) #3 Southwestern League lost at #8 Etiwanda Eagles (21-3) #1 Baseline League, 78-36. The Wolfpack started out behind in the first quarter, 20-12. The Eagles turned it on in the second quarter, outscoring the Wolfpack 26-5, creating a hole too big for the Wolfpack to climb out of. Izzy Mcgraw (9), Alexus Swanberg (8), Angie Hudnell (5) and Raya Rustamzada (5) scored for the Pack.

IN: Chaparral Lady Pumas (19-8) #2 Southwestern League held on to fight off a late rally by #15 Woodbridge Warriors (18-8) tied #1 Pacific Coast League, 44-41. The Warriors battled back from a 35-28 deficit at the end of the third quarter, but had four starters foul out in the fourth quarter. The Pumas’ Jessica Pino (18 pts) coolly sank two free throws with eight seconds left to make the score 44-41 and the Pumas then denied the last-second three-point attempt by Woodbridge. Abby Johnston had 11; Nia Thompson had 9, including Chaparral’s only 3—pointer.

They next travel to #2-ranked Mater Dei Lady Monarchs (24-3), #1 Trinity League who just beat King 76-47.

Division 1A: (Top Seed: Summit (21-3), Sunkist League Champion)

IN: At-large Temecula Valley (12-13) beat #12 Santa Fe (16-10) #2 Del Rio League, 60-54. Iman Lathan scored 26, Olivia Thompson had 14, and Kaitlin Mathewson contributed 9, including her team’s only 3.

They next travel to Diamond Bar Brahmas (18-9), #2 Hacienda League.

OUT: Heritage Patriots (12-12) #3 Sunbelt League lost to Riverside Poly Bears (17-10), 74-42. The Patriots gave up 19 pts to Tori Mitchell (7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 steals) and 18 points to Kianna Williams (7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals).

IN: #15 Paloma ValleyWildcats (18-9) beat Burroughs Indians of Burbank (12-16), #4 Pacific League, 70-51 to advance to the second round. Brandy Howard (20), Ashlyn Cota (18, including four 3’s), Breanna Turner (14), and Jazmine Peters (11) led the Wildcats’ scoring.

They travel to Lake Forest to face El Toro Chargers (24-2) South Coast League Champion, who just decimated the Marina Vikings 65-32.

Division 2A: (Top Seed: Foothill (21-5) Century League Runner-Up)

IN: #2 Perris (21-6) destroyed at-large Beckman (11-15) Pacific Coast League, 83-36. Christine Saldana had 32 points; UC Davis-bound Aniya Baker had 16 pts, six steals nine assists; Desirae Bagby added 16 points.

Perris next hosts the Kaiser Cats from Fontana (13-8) #4 Sunkist League who upset #7-ranked Sultana (18-6, #1 Mojave River League) 52-42 to advance.

IN: #5 Murrieta Valley (21-5) dominated at-large Beaumont (14-10) #3 Mountain Pass League, 72-40. This was their sixth consecutive win; their pressure defense took advantage of the Cougars’ missing point guard, Ria Reyes, forcing numerous turnovers. Karen Wolf (14), Brenda Bilton (14), Katie Clark (13), DeShea Wilkes (10), Brynn Dalmer (6) were among the ten players who scored for the Nighthawks.

They next host the Indio Rajahs (20-7), #1 Desert League, who are coming off a 57-46 win over San Bernardino.

Division 3AA: (Top seed: Yorba Linda (21-5), Empire League Champion)

OUT: At-large Lakeside Lancers (8-17) Sunbelt League couldn’t hold off #8 Yucca Valley Trojans (18-5) #2 De Anza League, and lost 60-57.

Division 3AAA: (Top seed: West Torrace (22-5), Bay League Champion)

OUT: At-large Temescal Canyon Lady Titans (10-16) Sunbelt League were eliminated at La Habra #6 Kennedy Fighting Irish(20-6) #2 Empire League, 61-31. The up-tempo ten-player rotation forced numerous Titan turnovers and the Irish perimeter assault (seven 3’s) were too much for the Titans. Jamisa Zagal ended up with 18 points, including four 3’s for the Irish. Titan forward Janae Peterson had eleven points.

Division 5AA: (Top seed: Mission College Prep (24-1), Freelance)

OUT: Linfield Christian Lady Lions (15-9) #4 Ambassador League season ended in an at-home loss to Village Christian Crusaders (15-8) #2 Olympic League, 65-37. The Crusaders had a fast start with a 14-8 first quarter and a 24-11 second quarter, squashing Lions’ hopes early. The Lions only lose two seniors and now have four freshmen and six juniors with varsity level and playoff experience.

OUT: Temecula Prep (16-7) #1 Majestic League hosted #10 Thatcher Toads (11-7) freelance. Temecula Prep had dominated their league, 12-0. Despite a 15-4 2nd quarter comeback sparked by senior Noel Adkins, the Patriots were stymied by the Toads’ zone press and were unable to overcome their own turnovers.

Division 6: (Top seed: Orangewood Academy (21-4), Express League Champion)

OUT: #8 Cal Lutheran (13-3) #2 Arrowhead League soundly defeated St. Monica Academy (9-11) from Pasadena, #4 in International League, 59-12 in the first round. Erin Plocher (11 points), Caity Seastrand (10), Lizzie Kogler (10) led the scoring. Christa Kronebusch, league-leading rebounder, had 10 boards.

In round two, Cal Lutheran lost to Atascadero’s North County Christian Crusaders (15-2), by a score of 49-43. Tied at 12-all at the end of the first quarter, the Crusaders went on a 17-5 run to take a thirteen point lead into the locker room at the half. The Lady C-Hawks owned the third quarter, outscoring the Crusaders 19-11. It wasn’t enough as both teams only scored single digits in the final period, 9-7 in favor of the Crusaders who were led by Mandy Legault with 22 points, including 3-of-3 from the 3-pt line.

Quarter-Finals will be Wednesday, February 22 at 7 pm and Semi-Finals will be Saturday February 25 at 7pm. The tournament will conclude with final Championship contests on February 29 – March 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena and also March 3 at the Meruelo Athletic Center on the campus of Mater Dei High School.

Girls Soccer

Only three teams remain of the eight Valley girls soccer teams who qualified to compete in the 2011-12 CIF Southern Section-Ford Girls Soccer Championships, presented by Farmers. A total of 263 teams were paired into seven single-elimination tournament brackets.

Temecula Valley ranked #6 in Division 2 was upset by Upland; Lakeside, ranked #8 in Division 5 is still alive. Great Oak and Paloma Valley advance.

Division 2: (Top seed: Sunny Hills (9-1-0, 18-4-3), Freeway League Champion)

IN: Great Oak (13-5-3) #2 Southwestern League beat Alta Loma (13-5-5) #2 Baseline League, 1-0.

They travel to Rolling Hills Estates to play Palos Verdes Peninsula (18-2-4), Bay League Champion and the #22-ranked team in the nation.

OUT: #6 Temecula Valley (18-4-1) #1 Southwestern League was upset by Upland (10-5-3) #3 Baseline League, 2-1 and exited the playoffs early. Becca Cartmill had the only TVHS goal with an assist from Nicole Robertson. Kat Spencer had five saves.

OUT: Wild Card “A”: at-large Vista Murrieta (13-6-2) Southwestern League lost to visiting at-large Newbury Park (10-8-4) Marmonte League, 3-0. Abigail Lopez had four saves.

OUT: Wild Card “C”: Murrieta Valley (9-2-7) #3 Southwestern League defeated at-large Roosevelt (10-10-2) Big VIII League, 6-1. Loni Byers had three goals; Carson Dukes had four saves.

The Nighthawks lost in the 1st Round at Poly Long Beach (12-7-5) #1 Moore League, 1-0.

Division 5: (Top Seed: Cabrillo Lompoc (11-1-0, 15-6-4), Los Padres League Champion)

IN: #8 Lakeside (14-6-5) #1 Sunbelt League defeated Arrowhead Christian Academy (13-6-3) #3 Ambassador League, 7-1. Montana-bound Mackenzie Akins scored a hat trick to bring her season total to 44 goals. Mireya Bravo, Paola Contreras, Bailey Bowe, and Jasmin Garcia also scored. Michelle Vasquez had two saves.

The Lady Lancers host Palm Desert’s Xavier Prep Saints (12-6-2), #2 Desert League.

IN: Paloma Valley (7-11-2) #2 Sunbelt League traveled 200 miles to Santa Ynez (11-8-3) #2 Los Padres League, and came home with a 2-1 win to advance to the second round. Chloe Herrera and Melody Gonzales scored goals within the first eighteen minutes and the Wildcats’ defense held Santa Ynez to just one goal.

The Wildcats host the Ontario Christian Knights (20-4-2), Ambassador League Champion.

OUT: Wild Card “H”: Linfield (10-10-3) #4 Ambassador League traveled to Santa Ana Valley (10-12-4) #3 Orange League, and lost 3-0.

Winner to play 1st Round at Palm Desert (13-11-2) #1 Desert Valley League

OUT: Wild Card “J”: Temescal Canyon (11-10-1) #3 Sunbelt League defeated visiting at-large Pioneer (11-8-2) Del Rio League, 4-1. Kayla Tucker had four goals and Meagan Ariaz had 12 saves.

The Lady Titans were eliminated in the 1st Round by the Cajon Cowgirls (20-3-2) #1 San Andreas League, 7-2.

Second-round games will be played Friday, February 24th. Championships will be presented by Farmers at either Mission Viejo or Warren High Schools on March 2-3.

Girls Water Polo

Four Valley teams were eliminated; two advance to the semi-finals. Murrieta Valley, the Southwestern League Champion is seeded #1 in Division 3. Sunbelt League Champion, Temescal Canyon, is seeded #2 in Division 5.

Division 3:

IN: #1 Seed Murrieta Valley (21-6) defeated California (16-7) #3 Del Rio League, 20-6, in first-round action. California had beaten Atascadero (11-11) #4 PAC 7 League in the Wild Card “A” round, 11-8. Paige Virgil (8), Megan Guerts (5), Maddie Sanchez (2) and K. Guerts (2) scored for the Nighthawks. Goalkeeper Abbie Goviea had nine saves.

OUT: #4-ranked Vista Murrieta (19-8) defeated Temple City (11-15) #2 in Rio Hondo League, 19-7 to earn their school’s first water polo play-off win. Hannah Evans had seven goals; Kaylawna Smith and Logan Young had three each as eight girls scored for the Broncos. Goalkeeper Kalani Phillips had eight saves.

Vista Murrieta then hosted #3 seed Arroyo Grande (24-5), Pac-7 Champion in a quarterfinal match on Saturday and lost 11-8. Hannah Evans had four goals; teammates Allie Turner, Young, Smith, and River McLeod also scored. Phillips had eight saves.

OUT: At-large Chaparral (13-14) #3 Southwestern League defeated Monrovia (10-6) #3 PAC 7 League in Wild Card “B” round, 12-2.

The Lady Pumas then faced #5-ranked La Serna (20-9) #1 Del Rio League in the first round and lost 12-6. Palmer Hardy had five goals; Shelley Neely had one. Goalkeeper Devin Lindsley had eight saves.

OUT: At-large Great Oak (16-11) #4 Southwestern League traveled six hours to the northernmost school in the Southern Section, San Luis Obispo (15-13) #3 PAC 7 League, and brought home a 10-6 victory in the wild card round.

They then travelled the next day to Glendora to face #2-ranked St Lucy’s (22-5) #1 Sierra League in the first round. The Wolfpack were eliminated 16-2. Taylor Johnson and Breanna Shea each scored for GOHS. Aubrey Anton had seven saves.

The Semi-Finals will be held February 22nd at the Wm Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center, at Heritage Park in Irvine. Finals will be 6 pm, Saturday, February 25th, also at the Wm Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center.

Division 5:

IN: #2 Seed Temescal Canyon (24-5) #1 Sunbelt League blew out visiting Glendale (10-10) #4 Pacific League, 19-2. Ashtynn Nelson and Taylor Johnson each scored five goals; Syndie Inman had three; Melissa Woody and Danielle Wenzel had two each. Goalkeeper Lina Medeiros had nine saves.

The Titans then rolled over the Walnut Mustangs, 13-4 to advance to quarterfinals. Johnson (5), Sammy Murphy (3), Nelson (2), Woody (2) and Wenzel (1) contributed goals. Medeiros had eight saves.

Temescal Canyon advances to the semifinal round and faces Crescenta Valley on Wednesday.

OUT: Elsinore (9-17) #2 Sunbelt League was eliminated by Burroughs (19-4) #2 Pacific League, 11-6 in the first round.

Semi-Finals will be held February 22nd at Mt. Sac. Temescal Canyon will play at 6 pm. Finals will be 11:40 am, Saturday, February 25th, at the Wm Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center.

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