The L.A. North region is well-represented in the CIF Division III state boys basketball championships.
Verdugo Hills opens against Hoover of Fresno in the first round. Verdugo Hills in the fifth-seeded team in the Southern California bracket and is 24-7. The Dons won the City Section Division III championship game, 60-50, over El Camino Real.
Hoover (20-10) lost to Ridgeview in the championship game of the Central Section Division III playoffs.
El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (16-14) plays Centennial, the No. 3-seeded team in the Southern California bracket.
Alemany of Mission Hills (11-17) is in the state playoffs after reaching the championship game of the Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.
Alemany lost to Crespi, 50-43, in the Division 4A championship game. It won’t get any easier in state. Alemany plays Orange Lutheran (23-8), which lost to Price in the championship game of the Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs.