What's happening in high school playoffs this week:
City Section Championship and Invitational division semifinals are today and finals on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, where the Invitational Division final will begin at 9 a.m. and the Championship Division final at noon. The Small Schools Division championship game between top-seeded Maywood and second-seeded Sherman Oaks CES is at 4 p.m. Friday at USC's Dedeaux Field.
On Thursday, the Southern Section-Toyota Division III final between second-seeded Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and West Covina South Hills is at 4:30 p.m., and the Division II final between top-seeded Redlands East Valley and Lake Forest El Toro is at 7:30 at Dodger Stadium. On Friday, the Division IV final between top-seeded Covina Northview and Pomona Diamond Ranch is at 4:30 p.m., and the Division I final between fourth-seeded Simi Valley and defending champion Long Beach Wilson is at 7:30 at Dodger Stadium.
On Saturday at UC Riverside, the Division VII final between Upland Christian and Avalon is at noon, the Division VI final between top-seeded San Jacinto and Pasadena Maranatha at 3:30 p.m., and the Division V final between top-seeded La Puente Bishop Amat and third-seeded Santa Fe Springs St. Paul at 7.
Taylor Petty, the City Section's career win leader, will lead top-seeded San Pedro against second-seeded Woodland Hills El Camino Real in the Championship Division title game at 4:15 p.m. today at UCLA. The programs have accounted for the last 20 City championships.
The Invitational Division championship game between 11th-seeded Los Angeles Lincoln and 17th-seeded L.A. Crenshaw, featuring home run-hitting sensation Alia Williams, at 2 p.m. at UCLA.
The Southern Section softball finals will be Friday and Saturday at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.
Top-seeded Simi Valley will play third-seeded Valencia in Division I; Orange El Modena will meet Glendora in Division II; Whittier La Serna will play Paloma Valley in Division III; fourth-seeded Huntington Beach Ocean View will meet La Puente Bishop Amat in Division IV; top-seeded Torrance will play third-seeded North Torrance in Division V; top-seeded Riverside Christian will meet second-seeded Calvary Murrieta in Division VI; and in Division VII, top-seeded Calabasas Viewpoint will play second-seeded Canoga Park Faith Baptist.
Which teams will play when has yet to be determined, but the first of three back-to-back title games begins at 2 p.m. Friday and the first of four straight championship games begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The CIF/SCGA tournament, which is the state qualifying tournament, takes place Thursday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the SCGA Members' Course in Murrieta. Among those competing will be senior Andrew Perez, who won the Southern Section-Toyota individual title after defeating Johnny MacArthur of Newhall Hart in a two-hole playoff, and freshman Robin Jang of Van Nuys, who won the City Section individual championship.
The top three teams and the top six individuals not already on a qualifying team will advance to the CIF state championships, which begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Santa Maria Country Club.
Southern Section championships in five divisions will be determined today at the Claremont Club.
Play begins with the Division III final between top-seeded Los Angeles Brentwood (17-6) and second-seeded Beverly Hills (20-4) at 11 a.m., and the Division II final between Palm Desert (21-1) and second-seeded Diamond Bar (23-1) follows at 11:30 a.m.
Top-seeded Irvine University (24-0) meets second-seeded Santa Barbara (26-0) at 1 p.m. in the Division I championship match.
The Division IV final between top-seeded Cerritos (23-3) and second-seeded Rowland (19-2) begins at 2 p.m., followed by the Division V final between fourth-seeded Pasadena La Salle (20-4) and second-seeded Ojai Thacher (11-3) at 2:30 p.m.
Also today, the City Section boys' individual playoffs continue with semifinal play in singles and doubles at 2 p.m. at Balboa Tennis Center in Encino.
The championship and third-place matches will take place 2 p.m. Monday at the same venue.
Track and field
The CIF state championships will be Friday and Saturday at Cerritos College. The first-day preliminaries begin with field events at 2 p.m., followed by running events at 5. On Saturday, the finals will begin with the field events at 3 p.m. and the running at 5 p.m.
Two-time defending state champion Christine Babcock, a senior from Irvine Woodbridge, will be the favorite in the girls' 1,600 after she broke the National Federation of State High School Assns. record in the event by running 4:36.57 at the Southern Section-Toyota Masters meet.