OCVarsity breaks down the Open Division of the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs:
Top seeded teams: 1. Bishop Montgomery (25-0); 2. Etiwanda (27-1); 3. Mater Dei (20-6); 4. Rancho Christian (26-2).
O.C. teams in this division: Mater Dei (20-6); Santa Margarita (20-6).
Analysis: Reducing the number of teams in this division from 16 in previous years to eight this year truly makes this an elite division. It’s almost an all-private school division. Etiwanda is the only public school team in the bracket. Mater Dei and Santa Margarita might not have enough athleticism to keep up in this bracket. The Monarchs and Eagles will
OCVarsity breaks down Division 1 of the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs:
Top seeded teams: 1. Chaminade, 2. Brea Olinda, 3. Long Beach Poly, 4. Canyon of Canyon Country,
O.C. teams in this division: Brea Olinda, Troy, Sonora, Rosary, Los Alamitos, Fairmont Prep, Orangewood Academy, Esperanza, Huntington Beach, Orange Lutheran (at-large)
Analysis: Rosary at Troy is the county’s top first-round game Thursday. Rosary won a competitive tournament game in San Diego between the teams earlier in the season. Esperanza at Fairmont Prep and Orange Lutheran at Brea Olinda are other interesting county matchups. St. Anthony at Canyon of Canyon Country might be the
OCVarsity breaks down Division 1 of the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs:
Top seeded teams: 1. Oak Park (20-6); 2. Harvard-Westlake (21-4); 3. Pasadena (20-6); 4. Chino Hills (16-11)
O.C. teams in this division: Edison (20-7); Esperanza (17-10); JSerra (18-8); Los Alamitos (10-17); Villa Park (14-11).
Analysis: All but one of the eight teams selected to the Open Division come from Division 1. That doesn’t mean Division 1 is watered down. It’s still a fine division with some excellent teams in it like three that are in CalHiSports.com’s California top 20: Harvard-Westlake, No. 15 in the state top 20; No. 17 Oak Park;
The CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoff pairings:
Wednesday, Feb. 14
Oak Park bye
Esperanza at Edison
Santa Monica at JW North
Serra at Long Beach Poly
Los Alamitos at Centennial/Corona
Alemany at Maranatha
Windward at Dominguez
Inglewood at Chino Hills
Loyola at Redondo Union
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Lynwood
Damien at Temecula Valley
JSerra at Villa Park
Peninsula at Roosevelt/Eastvale
La Miarada at Rancho Verde
Heritage Christian at Harvard-Westlake
The CIF-Southern Section girls basketball playoff pairings:
Thursday, Feb. 15
Lakeside/Lake Elsinore at Chaminade
North Torrance at Santa Barbara
Esperanza at Fairmont Prep
Canyon Springs at Vista Murrieta
Alemany at Oaks Christian
Sonora at Millikan
Huntington Beach at ML King
St. Anthony at Canyon/Canyon Country
JW North at Long Beach Poly
Ventura at Centennial/Corona
Rosary at Troy
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at West Torrance
Great Oak at Valley View
Valencia/Valencia at Orangewood Academy
Roosevelt/Eastvale at Los Alamitos
Orange Lutheran at Brea Olinda
The top-five things to know about the CIF-SS girls water polo playoff pairings released Saturday morning:
1.Defending Division 1 champion Laguna Beach is seeded second in the newly-configured Division 1 to Dos Pueblos of Goleta. Mater Dei is seeded third. The order reflects the final standings from the recent Irvine Southern California Championships.
The first-round pairings for Thursday in Division 1:
Orange Lutheran at Dos Pueblos
Foothill at Corona del Mar
Los Alamitos at Mater Dei
San Marcos at Laguna Beach
2. San Clemente earned the top seed in Division 2 on the strength of its ninth-place at the Irvine Southern California Championships. Newport Harbor, which
CIF-SS girls water polo playoff pairings
Tuesday Feb. 13
All matches 5 p.m. unless noted
Wild card round
A – Santa Barbara at Troy, Huntington Beach at Santa Margarita
Wild card round
A — Rancho Cucamonga at South Pasadena, B — Rosary at Bonita, C — Palm Desert at Dana Hills, D — Villa Park at Warren
Wild card round
A — Westridge at Ocean View, B — Yucaipa at Esperanza, C — Beckman at Palos Verdes, D — Los Altos at Newbury Park, E — Xavier Prep at Brea Olinda, F – Irvine at Chaparral
Pacifica/Oxnard at Whittier, Wilson/HH at
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Every member of the U.S. Olympic team receives commemorative ring from the U.S. Olympic Committee, which makes snowboarder Kelly Clark’s career a handful.
Clark, the 2002 Olympic halfpipe champion, received her fifth Olympic ring, one for the thumb, last week. Monday morning (Sunday evening on the West Coast), Clark will drop into the halfpipe qualification at the Phoenix Snow Park to chase another medal in an Olympic career almost as long as this year’s gold medal favorite, Chloe Kim , 17, is old.
“I was snowboarding before it was cool,” cracked Clark.
Yet Clark at 34 is very much a
Mater Dei and Santa Margarita were selected to the CIF-Southern Section’s Open Division today.
Third-seeded Mater Dei’s first-round opponent is Crespi on Friday at 7 p.m. at Mater Dei. Santa Margarita has a first-round away game Friday at 7 p.m. against second-seeded Etiwanda.
Mater Dei and Santa Margarita are the only Orange County teams in the boys basketball Open Division. If they win their first-round games Mater Dei and Santa Margarita would play each other in the semifinals Feb. 24 at Cal Baptist University in Riverside. Mater Dei beat Santa Margarita twice in Trinity League games.
Mater Dei finished first and Santa
What a week it was for all of the Orange County high school athletes who signed letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the regular signing period for football, soccer and men’s water polo.
It was an especially gratifying week for Santa Margarita senior water polo goaltender Noah Hodge.
On Monday, Hodge was Santa Margarita’s choice to represent the school at the Orange County Athletic Director’s “Athletes of Character” dinner at Anaheim Convention Center. Santa Margarita’s female honoree at the event was his girlfriend Sarah Ciszek, an All-Orange County volleyball player . Hodge and Ciszek accepted their awards together.