It’s the very last week of league play for area high school basketball teams. The brackets for the CIF-SS playoffs will be announced on Sunday at noon at www.cifss.org.
Here’s a look at how the league races stand for teams serving The Tribune’s coverage area of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Westminster and Stanton.
Empire League boys: Pacifica (16-10 overall, 2-6 in league) is finishing fifth, but can still make the playoffs, as the Mariners are ranked 16th in their division. Cypress has the EL title.
Garden Grove boys: It’s a real race as four teams still have a shot at the title. Santiago and La Quinta are tied for first at 6-2, with Bolsa Grande and Loara in third at 5-3. The big game tonight (Tuesday) will put Santiago at Loara. The league schedule concludes on Thursday.
Garden Grove girls:The GGL is a three-team race with Santiago (7-1) on top, followed by Rancho Alamitos and La Quinta at 6-2. Tonight’s La Quinta-Rancho game will see one of those teams knocked out of the title chase, but the question may be moot as Santiago plays last place Loara in a game that will likely allow the Cavaliers to grab no worse than a tie for the championship.
Golden West boys:This race is probably over; Ocean View (8-0) clinched no worse than a tie after defeating Garden Grove (6-2) last Friday. Following them is Westminster (4-4).
Orange League boys:Magnolia (1-7) is finishing fifth. The league crown is up for grabs between Savanna and Century (7-1). They’ll play on Thursday.
Orange League girls:Magnolia (2-5) is fifth in the league. Anaheim (8-0) has a two-game lead over Katella (6-2) with two games to play.
San Joaquin League boys:Orangewood (1-7) is in fourth place (of five teams) and is 15-13 overall.
San Joaquin League girls:Orangewood (6-1) is in second place behind Fairmont Prep (8-0) and will meet the Patriots on Wednesday in Anaheim.
Surf League boys:Edison (3-2 in league) and Corona del Mar (3-2) are tied for first, with Newport Harbor and Los Alamitos in third at 2-3. Newport visits CDM on Wednesday and Edison is at Los Al that night, so everything is still undecided.
Surf League girls:Huntington Beach (4-1) is in the lead, followed by Los Alamitos and Corona del Mar next at 3-2. Edison brings up the rear. But if CDM and Edison each win tonight (Tuesday), that will create a three-way tie for first at 4-2.
Wave League boys: Marina and Laguna Beach are tied for first at 4-1, with Fountain Valley (2-3) and Huntington Beach (0-5) following. The Breakers will visit the Vikings Wednesday in a contest for the title.
Wave League girls: Marina (6-0) has the title locked up.
And the Lions roared
Westminster High’s wrestling team did pretty well in the CIF-SS dual meet championships on Saturday. The Lions not only served as hosts for the event, but advanced to the semifinals in Division 5.
They crushed Vista del Lago 70-9 in the first round and then defeated Quartz Hill 51-28 in the quarterfinals before finally losing 40-31 to South Torrance in the semis.
Last Train to Pollsville
The final winter sports polls before the CIF-SS playoffs start next week were released on Monday and here’s how local teams were mentioned.
- Division 3A: Pacifica is tied for 16th
- Division 4AA: Garden Grove is ninth.
- Division 1: Edison is seventh
- Division 2: Santiago is seventh
- Division 5: Los Amigos is fourth
- Division 2AA: Huntington Beach is fifth: Orangewood Academy is sixth
- Division 3A: Marina is 14h
- Division 4A: Santiago is fifth.
- Division 2: Pacifica is seventh
- Division 5: Los Amigos is fifth, Garden Grove is eighth and Santiago is 10th.
- Divisions 1 and 2: Huntington Beach is 16th
- Division 6: Los Amigos is 10th.
Prep Sport Spotlight is posted Tuesdays during the high school athletic year.
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