PREPS: Loaded field for SoCal Regionals
Aliso Niguel High School's prize for winning the CIF Southern Section Division 1 girls title? A showdown with another one-loss team.
It's the toughest of first-round draws for local teams announced Sunday in the CIF Southern California Regional Championships, which begin with first-round games Monday and Tuesday leading to finals Friday and Saturday at Warren High School in Downey.
Twenty-eight Southern Section and six Los Angeles City Section teams are in the field, spread across three boys and three girls divisions. Oaks Christian (20-5-1), from Westlake Village, is seeking successive Division III girls titles, and Paramount's boys (22-4-3) are aiming for a second Division I championship in three years.
The Division I brackets, as always, are loaded: eight champions in both genders. Millikan (26-2-4), from Long Beach, claimed the No. 1 seed in Division I boys after winning the Southern Section's Division 1 title; Carlsbad (18-4-1), the San Diego Section's Division I titlist, was seeded first in girls Division I.
Aliso Niguel (19-1-5), from Aliso Viejo, was awarded the No. 2 seed in girls Division 1, and will face Claremont (27-1-4), the Southern Section Division 3 titlist. Division 2 winner Los Osos (23-0-3), from Rancho Cucamonga -- expected to vault atop the ESPN Rise Fan 50 national rankings -- was seeded fourth. The Grizzlies are the only unbeaten team in the eight-team field.
Other local top seeds: Cate (Carpinteria, 19-1-1) in boys Division III, Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita, 16-5-3) in girls Division II and Oaks Christian in girls Division III.
Santa Margarita, a Southern Section Division 1 semifinalist, was among 14 non-sectional champs -- all but three from the Southern Section -- granted a berth. Six champions from the Southern, Los Angeles City, San Diego and Central sections did not advance, including San Juan Capistrano's St. Margaret's, which declined a bid after winning the Southern Section Division 6 title.
Los Angeles City girls Divisional champ El Camino Real (22-2-2) makes its fourth appearance in the Regionals -- the nearest thing California has to a state championship. The Conquistadores reached the semifinals last year.
Southern Section teams have won 11 of 12 boys and nine of 12 girls titles since the tournament debuted in 2008.
Here's a full schedule:
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Division I (final Saturday at Warren HS, 6 p.m.)
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, 13-5-2) at Millikan (Long Beach, 26-2-4)
Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, 20-0-7) at Buchanan (Clovis, 19-5-1)
Paramount (22-4-3) at Fremont (Los Angeles, 19-4-4)
Valley View (Moreno Valley) at Torrey Pines (San Diego, 15-7-3)
Division II (final Saturday at Warren HS, 1 p.m.)
Oak Hills (23-2-4) at Lindsay (21-1-3)
Mt. Whitney (Visalia, 19-5-3) at Sun Valley (18-0-3)
Desert Mirage (Thermal, 23-1-2) at St. Augustine (San Diego, 16-5-5)
Lakeside (Lake Elsinore, 19-7-3) at Santa Ana Valley (17-8-2)
Division III (final Friday at Warren HS, 7:30 p.m.)
Fulton College Prep (Van Nuys, 13-4-2) at Cate (Carpinteria, 19-1-1)
Crossroads (Santa Monica, 16-7-2) at Francis Parker (San Diego, 17-2-4)
Paraclete (Lancaster, 15-11-3) at Pacific Ridge (Carlsbad, 16-0-4)
University Prep (Victorville, 22-4-0) at McFarland (22-5-2)
Division I (final Saturday at Warren HS, 3:30 p.m.)
Downey (18-7-4) at Carlsbad (18-4-1)
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, 20-3-2) at Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, 23-0-3)
Buchanan (Clovis, 20-2-1) at El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, 22-2-2)
Claremont (27-1-4) at Aliso Niguel (19-1-5)
Division II (final Saturday at Warren HS, 10:30 a.m.)
Arleta (14-4-4) at Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita, 16-5-3)
St. Lucy's Priory (Glendora, 18-9-2) at Clovis North (Fresno, 23-3-1)
Coronado (13-6-6) at Bishop Amat (La Puente, 22-4-4)
Citrus Valley (Redlands, 23-2-1) at Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, 17-6-5)
Division III (final Friday at Warren HS, 5 p.m.)
Strathmore (Porterville, 22-2-1) at Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, 20-5-1)
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, 16-4-2) at Horizon Christian Academy (San Diego, 20-4-3)
Viewpoint (Calabasas, 16-4-3) at Liberty (Madera Ranchos, 26-3-1)
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (14-5-1) at Marymount (Bel-Air, 19-4-4)
Divisions I and II: first round Tuesday, 4 p.m.; semifinals Thursday, 4 p.m.
Division III: First round Monday, 4 p.m.; semifinals Wednesday, 4 p.m.
CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION
Torrey Pines (San Diego) 0, San Pasqual (Escondido) 0, OT (Torrey Pines wins title on penalties, 3-2)
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 2, Hilltop (Chula Vista) 0
St. Augustine (San Diego) 1, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 1, OT (St. Augusting wins title on penalties, 5-4)
Coronado 2, Francis Parker (San Diego) 0
Pacific Ridge (Carlsbad) 2, Borrego Springs 2, OT (Pacific Ridge wins title on penalties, 4-3)
Carlsbad 2, San Pasqual (Escondido) 1, OT
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 2, Westview (San Diego) 0
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 4, Del Norte (San Diego) 0
Coronado 3, Francis Parker (San Diego) 1
Horizon Christian Academy (San Diego) 2, Christian (El Cajon) 0