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Sunday, March 4, 2012
O.C.: Mater Dei No. 1 in State playoff for boys, girls


The spoils of victory for Mater Dei after winning boys' and girls' Southern Section Division 1AA championships over the weekend will be that they play home games until the Southern California Regional Final on March 17 at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario.

The state championship weekend is March 23-24 in Sacramento.

Both Mater Dei programs were seeded No. 1 in the Division I State Championship tournament that is scheduled to begin on Wednesday. At Mater Dei, that means a doubleheader with the girls' team (29-3) tipping off against Burbank (19-12) at 6 p.m., followed by the boys against (29-2) Crescenta Valley at 7:30 p.m.

There were a pair of local teams that were seeded No. 2, both girls' programs. Brea Olinda (24-6), which led Mater Dei in the fourth quarter of the championship before falling, 54-47, is the No. 2 seed and opens El Cajon Granite Hills (27-4). Brea could face El Toro in the second round, and Mater Dei could face Huntington Beach provided all get past first-round opponents.

Huntington Beach (24-5) plays at No. 8 San Diego, and El Toro (26-3) plays at No. 7 Harbor City Narbonne (28-6).

Laguna Hills (22-8), which upset Mission Hills Alemany in double overtime, 59-55, to win the Division 3AA title, is the No. 2 seed in Division III and plays host to Marshall (20-10). The Hawks, who could face third-seeded Alemany in the finals, won a state title in 1997 and are the only county school in the division. Mission Bay (24-6) is seeded No. 1.

Orangewood Academy, which has 75 students, won the SS Division 6 championship Saturday with a 34-31 win over Santa Barbara Providence Hall in the first title game in any sport in school history. The victory helped the Spartans get seeded No. 4 in State Division V. They play Calexico Vincent Memorial (20-6) from the San Diego Section.

Foothill (25-5), which defeated Norco for the 2A title, is the fifth-seeded team in Division II and will play host to L.A. Monroe (22-10). Lynwood is the top-seeded team.

On the boys' side, Sunny Hills (25-7) is the lowest-seeded of 14 teams in Division II and will play at third-seeded San Diego Lincoln (21-9). La Costa Canyon (31-2) is the No. 1 team.

Other than Mater Dei in Division I, seventh-seeded Orange Lutheran (21-10) will get  a home game against Dorsey (27-8), but the team that OLu beat in the Division 1A finals, Mission Viejo (27-4) will be on the road at eighth-seeded Del Mar  Torrey Pines (22-10). The Mission-Torrey Pines winner will likely face Mater Dei in the second round.

Capistrano Valley (25-6), which lost to OLu in the semifinals, will open at second-seeded Long Beach Poly (27-2).