High school sports

Cavs, Saxons face off for GGL title

SANTIAGO can win the GGL football title outright with a win over Loara this week (Shutterstock).

A fistful of football titles will be on the table this week, along with that bag of candy.

In the Garden Grove League, first place Santiago can nail down the championship with a win over Loara on Thursday at Glover Field in Anaheim.

The Cavs are 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the GGL. The Saxons are 7-2 and 3-1. A win by Santiago would leave it alone in first, while a win by Loara would likely result in a three-way tie among Santiago, Loara and Rancho Alamitos (if the Vaqueros defeat La Quinta, as expected).

The Cavaliers are led by Bernardo Monroy, their senior quarterback. He’s passed for 1157 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with five interceptions.  His favorite targets are Abraham Saldana with 543 yards and six TDs, and Jose Villa with 484 yards and five TDs.  Each has 27 catches.

On the ground, the top rusher is Derrick Martin with 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

In the Big 4 League, Marina has clinched at least a tie for the title with its win last week over Segerstrom. It can win the crown outright by defeating Garden Grove Thursday night at Monsoor Stadium.

Pacifica could claim a piece of the Empire League championship if the Mariners could upset unbeaten Cypress on Thursday at Bolsa Grande.

The leagues with justice

Here are the league football standings for local teams. League record is listed first, overall record in parentheses.

Garden Grove: Santiago 4-0 (6-3), Rancho Alamitos 3-1 (6-3), Loara (7-2, 3-1), La Quinta 2-2 (3-6), Bolsa Grande 0-4 (1-8), Los Amigos 0-4 (2-7).

Sunset League: Corona del Mar 4-0 (9-0), Edison 3-1 (6-3), Los Alamitos 3-1 (4-5), Newport Harbor 2-2 (7-2), Huntington Beach 0-4 (1-8), Fountain Valley 0-4 (2-7).

Empire League: Cypress 4-0 (9-0), Pacifica 3-1 (5-4), Tustin 2-2 (4-5), Valencia 2-2 (4-5), Kennedy 1-3 (4-5), Crean Lutheran 0-4 (3-6).

Big 4 League:  Marina 2-0 (7-2), Segerstrom 1-1 (8-1), Garden Grove 1-1 (4-5), Westminster 0-2 (1-8).

Orange Coast League: Santa Ana 4-0 (6-3), Orange 4-0(8-1), Calvary Chapel 2-2 (7-2), Estancia 1-3 (2-7), Costa Mesa 1-3 (3-6), Saddleback 0-4 (1-8).

Pac 4 League: Western 2-0 (8-1), Ocean View 1-1 (6-3), Laguna Beach 1-1 (5-4), Godinez 0-2 (1-8).

Orange League: Katella 4-0 (8-1), Santa Ana Valley 4-0 (8-1), Magnolia 2-2 (5-4), Anaheim 1-3 (3-6), Savanna 1-3 (2-7), Century 0-4 (0-9).

Wrapping up the regular season

Here are the local prep football games scheduled for this week, all at 7 p.m. As always, times, locations etc. are subject to change without notice, so check before heading out to the stadium.

THURSDAY

  • Santiago at Loara (at Glover Stadium).
  • Edison at Newport Harbor.
  • Cypress at Pacifica (at Bolsa Stadium).
  • Marina at Garden Grove.
  • Laguna Beach at Ocean View.

FRIDAY

  • Huntington Beach vs. Fountain Valley (at Boswell Field).
  • Los Alamitos at Corona del Mar (at Newport Harbor).
  • Santa Ana at Orange (at Chapman University).
  • Westminster at Segerstrom.
  • Godinez at Western.
  • Magnolia at Century.
  • Los Amigos at Bolsa Grande.
  • La Quinta vs. Rancho Alamitos (at Monsoor Stadium).

Polls winding down ….

The CIF-SS polls for this week are out and here they are, by sport.

Football

  • Division 3: Edison is sixth.
  • Division 9: Pacifica is ninth.
  • Division 10: Orange is seventh, Western is eighth.
  • Division 11: Marina is second.
  • Division 14: Loara is ninth.

Boys water polo

  • Division 1 & 2: Huntington Beach is sixth.
  • Division 3: Edison is tied for 10th.
  • Division 4: Pacifica is fifth.
  • Division 6: Garden Grove received votes.

Girls tennis

  • Division 2: Edison is seventh.

Cross country

  • Boys division 4: Ocean View is 10th.
  • Girls Division 4: Ocean View is 16th.

And here are the weekly High 5 rankings for local prep football teams serving the cities of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster.

Topping the list again – as it has all season long – is Edison High. Western is again in second place, followed by Marina and Orange. New to the High Five is Rancho Alamitos after defeating Bolsa Grande last week. Not ranked but receiving votes were Santiago, Pacifica and Loara.

V-ballers in the quarterfinals

Four local high school girls volleyball teams have advanced to Wednesday’s CIF-SS Division 7 quarterfinals.

Garden Grove, which defeated Katella and Pacific Christian in the first two rounds, will visit Bolsa Grande. The Matadors have playoff wins over El Monte and Pacific Christian.

La Quinta will visit Webb on Wednesday after wins against Westminster and Orange Vista. Also Wednesday, Loara will host Sacred Heart of Los Angeles after beating Grand Terrace and Indio.

Prep Sport Spotlight is posted on Tuesdays during the high school athletic year.

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