Advertisement
2325 posts

For weeks, most have projected St. John. Bosco, Mater Dei and Corona Centennial to reach the Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. All three remain heavily favored to get to the semifinals.

But the fourth team has been the uncertain spot, and it will come down Friday’s quarterfinal between 11-0 Oaks Christian and 9-2 JSerra in San Juan Capistrano.

Oaks Christian won last year’s Division 2 championship, returned most of its top players and was likely to get this far if it stayed healthy. Oaks Christian has kept its star players playing _ running back Zach Charbonnet, quarterback/linebacker Josh Calvert, defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Advertisement

CIF STATE GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

SOUTHERN REGIONAL

OPEN DIVISION

Advertisement
Mater Dei kicker Nick Lopez.
Mater Dei kicker Nick Lopez. (Courtesy of Lopez family)

The Lopez brothers are set to duel Friday night in the kicking competition when Mission Viejo plays Mater Dei in the Division 1 quarterfinals. RJ Lopez kicks for Mission Viejo. Nick Lopez kicks for Mater Dei.

“The house is torn in half,” Nick said Sunday on his way home from a recruiting trip to Oregon.

The brothers have separate bedrooms but share the same bathroom, so trouble could be brewing.

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

SOUTHERN SECTION

Championships, Saturday

BOYS' WATER POLO

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 1

Advertisement

FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Finals, Saturday

Championship: Harvard-Westlake 2, Huntington Beach 1
Third place: Newport Harbor 2, Bonita 0

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

CITY

Championships

Saturday

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 2

Advertisement
Palisades coach Carlos Gray and his players prepare to receive their championship awards after defeating Taft in four sets.
Palisades coach Carlos Gray and his players prepare to receive their championship awards after defeating Taft in four sets. (Eric Sondheimer)

Everyone in the City Section had been waiting for Alex Laita to return from a knee injury to see what kind of impact she would make for the Palisades girls’ volleyball team.

Last season’s City player of the year was injured in the first match of the year, then disappeared while trying to get healthy.

Well, she returned with a vengeance in the Open Division playoffs, and her serving and hitting helped the Dolphins claim their record 30th City title on Saturday night with a 26-24, 25-14, 8-25, 25-23 victory over Taft at Birmingham.

Bound for Oregon, the 6-foot-1 senior returned for a final regular season match and has been slowly getting into shape. When Palisades upset No. 1-seeded Granada Hills in an epic five-set comeback, the path had been cleared for coach Carlos Gray to win his third title in six years as coach.

Laita had eight kills in the fourth set alone to nullify any momentum the Toreadors had gained from a dominating win in the third set. She finished with 22 kills.

San Pedro won the Division I championship with a 25-16, 25-20, 15-25, 25-19 win over El Camino Real. Lauren Sutrin contributed 13 kills and Sara Peterson had 10.

In Division II, Elizabeth won its 10th overall title with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-17 win over Central City. In Division III, Birmingham defeated Maywood 25-12, 25-20, 25-23.

Mission League sprint champion Christian Grubb of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has three consecutive games of more than 100 yards rushing.
Mission League sprint champion Christian Grubb of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has three consecutive games of more than 100 yards rushing. (Notre Dame)

Speed matters in football, particularly if you have a hole to run through, and Christian Grubb of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame is taking advantage of every opportunity that his effective offensive line is giving him.

Grubb is the Mission League 100 meters champion, and he has rushed for 172 yards against Alemany, 109 yards against Chaminade and 133 yards against La Habra in his last three games.

The offensive line, led by seniors Kyler Branim and Daniel Fitzmorris, has helped turn the Knights into a top running team.