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Girls' volleyball: Southern California and Northern California regional results and updated pairings

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Open Division

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#5 Redondo at #1 San Diego Torrey Pines

#3 Marymount at #2 Mater Dei

 

Division I

Regional quarterfinals

Santa Margarita d. Corona Santiago, 25-17, 25-18, 25-15

La Jolla Bishop's d. Bakersfield Liberty, 25-14, 25-22, 25-20

San Juan Hills d. Bakersfield Garces, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 26-24

Long Beach Poly d. Carlsbad La Costa Canyon, 22-25, 25-19, 25-13, 26-24

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#5 La Jolla Bishop's at #1 Santa Margarita

#3 San Juan Hills at #2 Long Beach Poly

 

 

Division II

Regional quarterfinals

Sierra Canyon d. Culver City, 25-18, 25-13, 25-20

Sage Hill d. Crean Lutheran, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15

Chula Vista Olympian d. Westridge, 18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 26-24

La Salle d. San Diego Del Norte, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#5 Sage Hill at #1 Sierra Canyon

#3 Chula Vista Olympian at #2 La Salle

 

 

Division III

Regional quarterfinals

San Diego Point Loma d. Quartz Hill, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17

La Reina d. Tulare Mission Oak, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22

Poway d. Sonora, 25-20, 25-16, 25-15

St. Paul d. Loma Linda Academy, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#4 La Reina at #1 San Diego Point Loma

#6 Poway at #2 St. Paul

 

 

Division IV

Regional quarterfinals

San Diego University City d. Colony, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-18

Foothill Tech d. Carlsbad Pacific Ridge, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13

San Diego Rancho Bernardo d. La Mesa Helix, 17-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17

Heritage Christian d. Archer, 25-11, 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 19-17

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#4 Foothill Tech at #1 San Diego University City

#10 Heritage Christian at #3 San Diego Rancho Bernardo

 

 

Division V

Regional quarterfinals, Saturday

Glendale Adventist d. Maywood, 25-15, 25-10, 25-13

Carnegie d. Santa Clarita Christian, 18-25, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 15-12

California City d. Central City, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23

San Diego Maranatha Christian d. Faith Baptist, 25-16, 25-13, 25-18

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#4 Carnegie at #1 Glendale Adventist

#6 California City at #2 San Diego Maranatha Christian

 

 

Notes: Regional finals, Nov. 25. State championships, Dec. 1-2 at Santiago Canyon College (Orange).

 

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Open Division

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#5 San Francisco St. Ignatius at #1 San Jose Mitty

#3 Turlock at #2 Kentfield Marin Catholic

 

 

Division I

Regional quarterfinals, Saturday

Union City Logan d. Elk Grove Pleasant Grove, 25-9, 25-23, 25-20

Burlingame d. El Dorado Hills Oak Ridge, 22-25, 25-23, 32-30, 30-28

San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral d. Clovis Buchanan, 23-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-23, 15-6

Ross Branson d. Shingle Springs Ponderosa, 20-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-17

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#12 Burlingame at #1 Union City Logan

#7 Ross Branson at #6 San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral

 

 

Division II

Regional quarterfinals, Saturday

Belmont Carlmont d. San Francisco Lowell, 25-20, 25-21, 24-26, 22-25, 15-8

Granite Bay d. Chico Pleasant Valley, 25-18, 25-22, 27-25

Atherton Sacred Heart Prep d. Grass Valley Nevada Union, 25-18, 17-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8

Belmont Notre Dame d. Danville San Ramon Valley, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#4 Granite Bay at #1 Belmont Carlmont

#3 Atherton Sacred Heart Prep at #2 Belmont Notre Dame

 

 

Division III

Regional quarterfinals, Saturday

Monterey Santa Catalina d. Martinez Alhambra, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17

San Francisco Lincoln d. Sacramento Christian Brothers, 25-18, 25-13, 25-12

Tuolumne County Sonora d. Oakhurst Yosemite, 25-12, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22

Los Gatos d. Placerville El Dorado, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#4 San Francisco Lincoln at #1 Monterey Santa Catalina

#11 Tuolumne County Sonora at #2 Los Gatos

 

 

Division IV

Regional quarterfinals, Saturday

San Jose Presentation d. Madera Liberty, 25-11, 25-15, 23-25, 25-14

San Francisco Waldorf d. Newark Memorial, 24-26, 15-25, 26-24, 25-9, 15-10

Concord Carondelet d. Cottonwood West Valley, 22-25, 25-18, 27-25, 25-18

Colfax d. Crescent City Del Norte, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#13 San Francisco Waldorf at #1 San Jose Presentation

#7 Colfax at #6 Concord Carondelet

 

 

Division V

Regional quarterfinals, Saturday

Novato San Marin d. El Dorado Union Mine, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21

Walnut Creek Berean Christian d. Colusa, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18

Watsonville Mt. Madonna d. Escalon, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-14

Lakeport Clear Lake d. Durham, 25-16, 18-25, 25-23, 25-12

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#4 Walnut Creek Berean Christian at #1 Novato San Marin

#7 Lakeport Clear Lake at #3 Watsonville Mt. Madonna

 

 

Notes: Regional finals, Nov. 25. State championships, Dec. 1-2 at Santiago Canyon College (Orange).

 

Boys' water polo: Southern California Regional semifinal and championship results

BOYS' WATER POLO

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

DIVISION I

Semifinals, Saturday

Mater Dei 10, Harvard-Westlake 7

Newport Harbor 10, Oaks Christian 8

 

Final, Saturday

Mater Dei 12, Newport Harbor 4

 

 

DIVISION II

Semifinals, Saturday

Orange Lutheran 11, Huntington Beach 8

Santa Margarita 12, Loyola 10

 

Final, Saturday

Orange Lutheran 14, Santa Margarita 8

Get Eric Sondheimer's latest updates from the field

Girls' tennis: Southern California Regional championship result

GIRLS' TENNIS

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

Championship, Saturday

Corona del Mar 4, Arcadia 3

Football: Saturday's scores

Saturday, Nov. 18

CITY

8-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Animo Robinson 34, Sherman Oaks CES 20

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 6

Quarterfinal

Mira Costa 45, Canyon Country Canyon 28

DIVISION 12

Quarterfinal

Big Bear 42, Patriot 14

DIVISION 1

Semifinal

Faith Baptist 56, Orcutt Academy 50

DIVISION 2

Semifinal

Laguna Blanca 42, Hesperia Christian 36

Loyola produces another cross country champion, Shane Bissell

Loyola cross country coach Lalo Diaz knows how to produce champions. He helped Mark Matusak and Elias Gedyon win championships. Now he has another champion.

Shane Bissell, a senior headed to Cal, won the Southern Section Division 1 championship on Saturday morning in Riverside in the closest race of the day.

He edged Colin Fitzgerald of Crescenta Valley. Bissell ran 14:39.4. Fitzgerald was at 14:39.9.

“It was pretty crazy,” Bissell said. “It was very, very tight the entire race.”

Bissell is known for his closing kick, and when he took off, so did Fitzgerald. They battled it out until the finish line.

“I’ve had a lot of confidence in my kick,” he said.

Great Oak won the boys’ and girls’ Division 1 team titles.

Football: Friday's scores

Friday, November 17th

CITY

OPEN DIVISION

Quarterfinals

Narbonne 48, San Pedro 14

Fairfax 40, Birmingham 35

Carson 31, Venice 7

Crenshaw 61, Wilmington Banning 13

DIVISION I

Quarterfinals

San Fernando 54, Arleta 0

Garfield 36, El Camino Real 7

Dorsey 42, Palisades 28

South Gate 45, Westchester 21

DIVISION II

Quarterfinals

Eagle Rock 70, South East 0

Cleveland 47, Los Angeles University 27

Granada Hills 16, Reseda 13

Huntington Park 32, Los Angeles Roosevelt 9

DIVISION III

Quarterfinals

Monroe 34, Santee 33 (OT)

Verdugo Hills 43, Torres 13

Locke 26, Los Angeles Wilson 14

Los Angeles Marshall 37, Granada Hills Kennedy 21

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 1

Quarterfinals

Mater Dei 55, Long Beach Poly 13

Mission Viejo 48, Orange Lutheran 35

St. John Bosco 55, Rancho Cucamonga 28

Corona Centennial 77, Murrieta Valley 34

DIVISION 2

Quarterfinals

Upland 59, Cathedral 20

Oaks Christian 42, Edison 13

Valencia 70, Norco 35

Heritage 41, Calabasas 7

DIVISION 3

Quarterfinals

Charter Oak 39, Westlake 28

Rancho Verde 55, Hart 27

El Toro 37, Lompoc 16

St. Francis 30, Citrus Hill 20

DIVISION 4

Quarterfinals

Capistrano Valley 34, Damien 7

Downey 49, Corona del Mar 42

Murrieta Mesa 54, Glendora 20

Cajon 42, San Juan Hills 21

DIVISION 5

Quarterfinals

Paraclete 55, Santa Maria St. Joseph 30

Paloma Valley 56, Yucaipa 21

Moorpark 22, Lawndale 20

Paramount 34, Chaparral 21

DIVISION 6

Quarterfinals

Bishop Diego 59, San Marino 21

Saugus 28, St. Paul 27

Golden Valley 41, Fountain Valley 14

DIVISION 7

Quarterfinals

Burbank 42, South Hills 30

Don Lugo 41, Yorba Linda 24

St. Margaret's 34, Fullerton 28

El Modena 35, Diamond Ranch 7

DIVISION 8

Quarterfinals

Rio Mesa 63, Kaiser 28

Antelope Valley 58, Cerritos Valley Christian 34

Grace Brethren 29, Millikan 22

Silverado 35, Garden Grove 20

DIVISION 9

Quarterfinals

Aquinas 56, Moreno Valley 7

Cypress 21, Palm Desert 17

Mayfair 42, Woodbridge 7

Ridgecrest Burroughs 32, St. Anthony 7

DIVISION 10

Quarterfinals

Apple Valley 59, Montebello 28

Quartz Hill 36, Grand Terrace 13

Valley View 59, Garden Grove Pacifica 28

Dos Pueblos 35, Gahr 28

DIVISION 11

Quarterfinals

Culver City 45, Coachella Valley 27

Katella 41, Arcadia 35 (OT)

Rancho Mirage 27, Arroyo 21 (OT)

DIVISION 12

Quarterfinals

Santa Maria 42, Schurr 21

South El Monte 42, Rancho Christian 35

Santa Ana 35, Godinez 6

DIVISION 13

Quarterfinals

Santa Clara 35, Santa Clarita Christian 14

Orange 27, Rio Hondo Prep 14

Silver Valley 35, Nogales 29 (2OT)

8 MAN

DIVISION 1

Semifinal

Mojave 86, Villanova Prep 44

DIVISION 2

Semifinal

Lancaster Baptist 56, Bloomington Christian 22

 

Boys' water polo: Southern California Regional results and updated pairings

BOYS' WATER POLO

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

DIVISION I

Quarterfinals, Friday

Mater Dei 14, Palisades 4

Harvard-Westlake 17, Coronado 5

Newport Harbor 17, La Jolla 5

Oaks Christian 14, Vista 11

 

Semifinals, Saturday at Corona del Mar

#1 Mater Dei vs. #4 Harvard-Westlake, 11:20 a.m.

#2 Oaks Christian vs. #3 Newport Harbor, 12:30 p.m.

 

Note: Final, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. at Corona del Mar

 

 

DIVISION II

Quarterfinals, Friday at Corona del Mar

Orange Lutheran 22, Spring Valley Steele Canyon 7

Huntington Beach 16, El Cajon Grossmont 3

Santa Margarita 18, San Diego Clairemont 2

Loyola 20. Granada Hills 2

 

Semifinals, Saturday at Corona del Mar

#1 Orange Lutheran vs. #5 Huntington Beach, 9 a.m.

#2 Loyola vs. #3 Santa Margarita, 10 a.m.

 

Note: Final, Saturday, 4 p.m. at Corona del Mar

GIrls' tennis: Southern California Regional results and championship schedule

GIRLS' TENNIS

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

Quarterfinals, Friday

San Diego Torrey Pines 7, Palisades 0

Arcadia 6, Irvine University 1

Peninsula 6, San Diego Canyon Crest 1

Corona del Mar 7, Fresno Clovis North 0

 

Semifinals, Friday

Arcadia 6, San Diego Torrey Pines 1

Corona del Mar 7, Peninsula 0

 

Championship, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Claremont Club

Arcadia vs. Corona del Mar

Basketball

Fairfax wins its basketball opener, 69-32

Fairfax, one of the favorites to win the City Section basketball championships, opened its season on Friday with a 69-32 victory over Venice in a Western League game.

Robert McRae scored 20 points and Ethan Anderson had 16.

Jamal Hartwell added 11 points.

Football

Harvard-Westlake is in market for new football coach

Scot Ruggles, the football coach at Harvard-Westlake since 2012, has resigned.

Ruggles produced a very good offense through the years but the Wolverines have had trouble developing the numbers needed for the program to compete against top private schools.

It will be the big challenge for whoever is hired to replace him. The school dropped its junior varsity team several years ago even though Harvard-Westlake has a good feeder program in its middle school.

Considering the school’s success in virtually every sport, the failure of the football program to reach a similar level has been puzzling.

Ruggles was known for his innovative offensive schemes and dedication. He has sent his share of players to four-year schools, such as Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff and USC-bound Liam Douglass on this year's team.

Girls' volleyball: Open Division Regional results and updated pairings

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Open Division

First round, Thursday

San Diego Torrey Pines d. Corona del Mar, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-14

Redondo d. San Diego Canyon Crest, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 15-7

Marymount d. Fresno Central, 25-16, 25-20, 25-12

Mater Dei d. San Diego Cathedral, 25-14, 25-13, 25-18

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#5 Redondo at #1 San Diego Torrey Pines

#3 Marymount at #2 Mater Dei

 

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Open Division

First round, Thursday

San Jose Mitty d. Sacramento St. Francis, 25-15, 25-13, 25-13

San Francisco St. Ignatius d. Danville Monte Vista, 25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 25-16

Turlock d. Atherton Menlo, 25-16, 13-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-12

Kentfield Marin Catholic d. Mountain View St. Francis, 26-24, 25-21, 29-27

 

Regional semifinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

#5 San Francisco St. Ignatius at #1 San Jose Mitty

#3 Turlock at #2 Kentfield Marin Catholic

Football: Thursday's scores

Thursday, November 16th

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 11

Quarterfinal

Covina 42, Westminster 28

DIVISION 13

Quarterfinal

Westminster La Quinta 56, Webb 28

Baseball

In appreciation of MVP Giancarlo Stanton, the pride of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

About the only person who might have been happier than Giancarlo Stanton when the news was announced on Thursday that he had won the MVP Award from the National League was his high school baseball coach at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Tom Dill.

"Wow," Dill said. "It's pretty cool. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. He's been such a great example to a lot of our guys and kids around the country. I was so excited."

Stanton came to Notre Dame as a junior after playing at Verdugo Hills. He proved to be one of the greatest all-around athletes in Southern Section history, earning All-CIF honors in football, basketball and baseball as a senior in 2006-07.

He hit "only" 12 home runs for Notre Dame in 2007 while batting .393. He averaged 19.7 points and 13.5 rebounds in basketball. In football, he caught 11 touchdown passes.

This season for the Miami Marlins, he hit 59 home runs.

"He's about as good as it gets," Dill said. "How are you ever going to run into a guy with that ability in multiple sports?"

Now Dill is in wishing mode. He's wishing for the Dodgers to bring Stanton home in a trade.

"I know miracles have to happen," he said.
 

 

Cross-country finals set for City Section, Southern Section

The City Section cross-country finals will be held Saturday morning at Pierce College. The Southern Section finals will be held Saturday morning at Riverside City Cross Country Course.

Palisades is heavily favored to win the girls' City title in Division I. Justin Hazell of El Camino Real is the athlete to watch in boys' Division I.

In the Southern Section, all eyes will be on junior Claudia Lane of Malibu in Division 4. She set a course record last week in the prelims, running 15:50. She's the nation's top female runner.

Teams and individuals will be trying to qualify for next weekend's state championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Football

Vista Murrieta is looking for new football coach

Vista Murrieta is making a coaching change with its football program.

Athletic director Coley Candaele confirmed that second-year coach David Olson has been asked to step down.

The school will launch a search for his replacement.

Olson replaced Candaele. The team went 4-7 this season after going 9-3 last season in Division 1.

LA84 Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grants to youth sports organizations

The LA84 Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to youth organizations in Southern California, putting its donations this year to nearly $5 million.

It has awarded more than $230 million since being created from profits from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Among the grants:

  • The South Central Sports League received $50,000 to fund A Place Called Home that provides children and teenagers who live in South Los Angeles with counseling, mentoring and education programs.
  • The Gang Reduction and Youth Development Foundation received $100,000 for a multi-sports program.
  • The Youth Policy Institute received $85,000 to help fund a pilot program at nine elementary and middle schools in central Los Angeles.
  • The Los Angeles Parks Foundation received a $140,000 grant to help increase the number of girls participating in Recreation and Parks sports seasons.

    Here's the link how to apply for an LA84 grant.

    Football

    Average margin of victory improves in Southern Section Division 1 first-round football games

    The second year of using competitive equity for the Southern Section football playoffs has helped make the first-round games more competitive in Division 1, according to Southern Section data.

    In 2015, the average margin of victory by winners in the first round was 37.75 points. In 2016, the first year of the new playoff format, it was 28.87.

    And last week in Division 1, games were won by an average of 13.62 points. Five of the eight first-round games were decided by 14 or less points.

    Also, in girls' tennis, four of the five champions this year had never won a section title. In girls' volleyball, seven of the 10 champions had never won. And in water polo, four of the seven champions won for the first time.

    Basketball

    Bishop Montgomery starts out as No. 1 prep basketball team

    Bishop Montgomery starts out as the No. 1 team in The Times' preseason top 25 prep basketball rankings.

    The Knights won't have standout guard Gianni Hunt for the first month of the season because of a broken ankle.

    It's particularly difficult coming up with rankings because several teams will not be at full strength until after Jan. 1, when sit-out period players who transferred become eligible.

    Here are the top 25 teams:

    1. BISHOP MONTGOMERY: Guards David Singleton and Gianni Hunt are better than ever.

    2. MATER DEI: No Bol Bol, but Spencer Freedman and Michael Chang lead the way.

    3. SIERRA CANYON: After Jan. 1, the team will have five top transfers in its starting lineup.

    4. CHINO HILLS: Andre Ball is much improved, and Onyeka Okongwu is terrific.

    5. FAIRFAX: The Lions need Kirk Smith to rebound, block shots and stay calm.

    6. WESTCHESTER: Jeremiah Turley and Jordan Brinson are the top guard duo.

    7. OAK PARK: Riley Battin’s scoring and rebounding lift the Eagles.

    8. CRESPI: Brandon Williams is back, so beware.

    9. PASADENA: Bryce Hamilton and Darius Brown are outstanding guards.

    10. SANTA MARGARITA: The Eagles have size, strength and toughness.

    11.CORONA CENTENNIAL: A young team will be very good at the end.

    12. DAMIEN: Cameron Shelton is ready for a big season.

    13. RANCHO CHRISTIAN: Watch out for the Mobley brothers.

    14. LONG BEACH POLY: No size here, but the guards know how to play defense.

    15. EASTVALE ROOSEVELT: There’s talent to cause trouble.

    16. TAFT: If 6-10 Antwan January stays eligible, the Toreadors can be very good.

    17. ALEMANY: Fred Odhiambo, a 7-footer, must be dealt with.

    18. DOMINGUEZ: The Dons’ guard play should be outstanding.

    19. WINDWARD: Jules Bernard leads Wildcats.

    20. HARVARD-WESTLAKE: This Young team will have great chemistry.

    21. BIRMINGHAM: Devonaire Doutrive should lead the City Section in scoring.

    22. MAYFAIR: Josh Christopher is a future star.

    23. ROLLING HILLS PREP: The State Division V champs all return.

    24. JSERRA: Lots of size will aid the Lions, led by 6-11 Joel Mensah.

    25. CAPISTRANO VALLEY: Dawson Baker leads four returning starters.

    Narbonne, Culver City and Etiwanda also are capable of breaking into the top 25.

     

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