1. The Crespi football team won in dramatic fashion over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame to earn a spot in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs. The Celts won the game, 34-28, scoring an unlikely touchdown with no time left on the clock. Quarterback Kenny Stenhouse threw a pass to Mike Davison, a 5-foot tall wide receiver. He motioned as if to pass downfield, then brought the ball back down and took off running from midfield. He raced across the field and looked as if he were going to be tackled around the 45-yard line. Instead of going down, he pitched the ball to Terry Williams who took the ball the remaining 45 yards, diving into the end zone for the winning touchdown. “Never give up. That will stay with these boys forever,” Crespi coach Jon Mack said. “But we have to let that go. We can’t fool around. We don’t have time to talk about the past. We have to prepare for the future.” The win put Crespi in the playoffs. Notre Dame missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. For all its efforts, Crespi will play Los Alamitos, the winner of the Sunset League, in the first round on Thursday at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.
2. Valencia coach Larry Muir said he has no problem being the No. 4 seed in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. The top three seeds went to the tri-champions from the Marmonte League. Oaks Christian is No. 1, St. Bonaventure is No. 2 and Westlake, the reigning Northern Division champ, is No. 3. That puts St. Bonaventure and Westlake in one half of the bracket and sets up a potential semifinal game between Oaks Christian and Valencia. “All three of those teams are top-tier teams,” Muir said. “But everybody’s got to get to that point first. Never know. A couple of upsets, things can change dramatically.” Valencia already looks as if it’s catching a break in the first round against Highland. Highland’s highly touted quarterback Christian Tago broke his leg in the Golden League finale against Palmdale. Highland lost the game, 22-7, and ended up in fourth place in the league standings.
3. The Harvard-Westlake and Thousand Oaks girls' volleyball teams didn’t get very far in the Southern Section Division 1-AA playoffs. Both lost in the second round. Lakewood knocked out Harvard-Westlake and is in the semifinals. Lakewood plays Redondo Union on Tuesday night. Thousand Oaks lost to Edison in the second round. Los Alamitos and Long Beach Poly are in the other semifinal match. The winners will play for the championship at Cypress College this weekend. Meanwhile, the Oaks Christian girls' volleyball team is rolling in the Division 2-AA playoffs. Oaks Christian eliminated top-seeded La Canada in the quarterfinals and will play Chino Hills in the semifinals on Tuesday.
4. The Campbell Hall and Thousand Oaks girls' tennis teams meet in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division I playoffs Tuesday. Campbell Hall is the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and beat Northwood and San Clemente to reach the quarters. Thousand Oaks won the Marmonte League championship and beat Fullerton and Louisville in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In the Division III playoffs, top-seeded West Ranch is in the quarterfinals after beating Atascadero in the first round and Marlborough in the second round. West Ranch takes on Santiago Corona in the quarters on Tuesday. The Valencia girls pulled off a second-round upset of sorts on the road over Oaks Christian and are in the quarterfinals. Valencia plays Lakewood in the quarters on Tuesday. Viewpoint of Calabasas is in the quarterfinals of the Division IV playoffs after narrowly beating Garden Grove, 77-64, on games. Viewpoint plays Santa Ynez, the No. 2 seed in the Division IV playoffs, on Tuesday.
5. The Saugus boys' and girls' cross-country teams won their heat races in the Southern Section finals at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and will advance to the state finals. Both Saugus boys' and girls' teams are ranked No. 1 in the Southern Section Division II polls. The Saugus girls took the top three spots in their Southern Section final heat race. Stephanie Bulder won her heat race in 17:53. She was followed by Kaylin Mahoney in second and Karis Frankian in third. Five of the Saugus boys runners finished in the top 20 of their heat race. Robert Pion was the top finisher for Saugus in seventh place.