Los Angeles Preps: Burroughs of Burbank

North: Agoura ranked No. 5 for Division 1 baseball playoffs

May, 14, 2012
The Agoura baseball team will open the CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs against the winner of the wild-card game between JSerra and Brea Olinda.

Agoura, the surprise winner of the Marmonte League, is the No. 5 team in the latest Division 1 poll. Orange Lutheran is the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs. Mater Dei from Santa Ana is No. 2, followed by JW North at No. 3 and Long Beach Wilson at No. 4.

West Ranch, the champion of the Foothill League, will play the winner of the wild-card game between Canyon of Anaheim and Riverside Poly.

Twenty teams are in the wild-card round for the Division 1 playoffs. Some of the more interesting games include Milikan vs. Moorpark, Pacifica of Oxnard vs. Capistrano Valley, Corona vs. Valencia and Hart vs. Simi Valley.

The wild-card games are scheduled for Tuesday. The first round of the playoffs begin on Friday.

In the Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, Harvard-Westlake earned the top seed and will play the winner of the wild-card game between Ventura and Burroughs of Burbank.

Alemany is the No. 3 seed giving the Mission League two of the top three teams in the Division 2 playoff bracket.

Paraclete from Lancaster earned the top seed in the Division 5. Hillcrest Christian from Granada Hills is the top seed in the Division 7 playoffs.

LA North: Games of the week

September, 7, 2011
Chaminade football coach Ed Croson doesn’t schedule any easy games for his team. Friday night’s opener against Venice is no different.

Venice reached the semifnals of the CIF City Section Division I playoffs last season and lost to eventual champion Crenshaw.

The Gondoliers opened their season with an impressive, come-from-behind, 34-27 win over Harvard-Westlake. Croson said Venice will be a good test for his team to open the season at Chaminade High School at 7:30 p.m.

“They’re one of the top four teams in the City Section year in and year out,” Croson said. “They’ve always got talent. What they lack in discipline, they make up for in speed.”

The big question at Venice is who will start at quarterback. Senior Dean Sarabia started at quarterback against Harvard-Westlake, but when Venice was down 21-0, coach Angelo Gasca put in sophomore Alexander Diamont. He rallied his team to tie the score at 27-27 before engineering the winning drive in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

Croson said the Venice players have a history of never giving up, and he credits the coaching staff for instilling that quality.

“They have to play every play,” Croson said. “Playing every play, there’s something to be said for that. And they’re tough kids.”

Chaminade, ranked No. 19 in this week's ESPNLA Top 25 rankings, has no questions at quarterback. Senior Logan Scott will start. He passed for 1,409 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 267 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown.

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Westlake will play Corona del Mar for the CIF Southern California Regional Division II championship today at Irvine Valley College.

Westlake, the fifth-seeded team in the Southern California Regional, beat Mater Dei of Santa Ana in five games in the semifinal match at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach on Thursday.

The Warriors won the first game, but dropped the next two before winning a marathon fourth game, 29-27, to force a deciding fifth game in the match.

Westlake won the fifth game, 16-14, to advance to the championship match.

Sophomore Colby Magorien led Westlake with 18 kills and had 11 digs. Taylor Tattersall, Jacob Delson and Keats Stanley each had 11 kills. Travis Magorien had 53 assists.

Corona del Mar is the Southern Section Division II champ. The Southern California Regional championship match starts at 5 p.m.

In other Southern California Regional semifinal matches, Granada Hills lost to top-seeded Buchanan in four games in the Division I playoffs. Jino Labao had seven kills and six digs to lead Granada Hills.

Burroughs of Burbank lost to Otay Ranch in four games in the other Southern California Regional Division I semifinal. Daniel Jacobs led Burroughs with 12 kills. Tyler Yanez had 32 assists.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

February, 21, 2011
1. The players on the Cleveland boys basketball team are making no secrets they want another shot at Woodland Hills Taft. The two teams meet in the quarterfinals of the CIF City Section Division 1 playoffs on Tuesday night. Taft, the top seed in the Division 1 playoffs, has won the previous two games against Cleveland by pretty significant margins. The first time the two teams met on Jan. 21, Taft won, 69-32. The second time, at Cleveland High School on Feb. 9, Taft won 79-40. That’s an average winning margin of victory of 38 points. Taft is coming off an 80-point win over Hollywood in the first round of the playoffs. Cleveland escaped with a two-point win over Fremont in its first-round game. This one has blowout written all over it.

2. The Valencia boys basketball team is in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs and will play third-seeded Etiwanda on Tuesday night. Valencia, the 12th seed in the playoffs, pulled off a bit of an upset in the second round. The Vikings beat fifth-seeded Murrieta Valley, 77-70, on the road. Valencia and Etiwanda played in the Oaks Christian Holiday Invitational in December, but didn’t play each other. Eitiwanda won the tournament. Valencia finished in fourth place. They had two common opponents in that tournament. Etiwanda beat Sacramento in the semifinals and beat Loyola in the championship game. Valencia lost to Loyola in the semis and lost to Sacramento in the third-place game.

3. Loyola opened the CIF Southern Section Division 1A playoffs with a bang. The Cubs beat Highland by 40 points, 98-58, in the second round of the playoffs. Loyola had a bye in the first round. Joe Stein scored 24 points, 19 in the first half, as Loyola built a 55-26 lead at halftime. Loyola plays ninth-seeded Montclair on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals. Montclair beat Rialto, 55-50, in the first round and El Toro, 73-33, in the second round.

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