High school sports

Winter playoff season rolling on

THE CIF-SS winter sports playoff season continues (Shutterstock).

UPDATE: The Rancho Alamitos High School boys’ basketball team lost 60-41 to Trinity Classical Academy in Division 5A quarterfinal competition Tuesday in Santa Clarita.


The winter high school sports season isn’t done yet, but spring athletics have already begun.

Four local teams are still involved in playoff action this Tuesday and Wednesday. Here’s the list as we see it (dates, times and locations always subject to change without notice. Check with the school before heading out to the gym or pool).

Orangewood Academy of Garden Grove is alive in the quarterfinal round of the Division 2AA girls’ basketball tournament. The Spartans (23-6) will be hosting Flintridge Prep (24-4) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Marina (19-11) is in the Division 6 playoffs for girls’ water polo with a game against El Modena (19-4) at Costa Mesa High at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Edison (13-5-4) is in a D-1 girls’ soccer quarterfinal contest at Long Beach Poly (26-4-2) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Perhaps the most surprising team of the four is the Rancho Alamitos boys’ basketball team, which will be in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m.  against Trinity Classical Academy of Valencia. The Vaqueros (15-12) finished third in the Garden Grove League but was the only GGL boys’ team to make it the Division 5A quarterfinals. TCA’s Knights are 18-6 and finished second in the Heritage League.

Seven area boys’ v-ball teams recognized

The CIF-SS boys’ volleyball preseason watch list has been released, and seven local teams made it.

They are:

  • Divisions 1 and 2: Edison and Huntington Beach.
  • Division 4: Garden Grove, Marina and Ocean View.
  • Division 5: Rancho Alamitos.
  • Division 6: Orange.

Some stars fell on Orange County

Here are some area high school athletes and teams with outstanding performances last week and over the weekend.

  • Morgan Roberts of Edison scored the game-winning penalty kick as the Chargers defeated Santa Margarita 1-0 in Division 2 girls’ soccer.
  • Jonathan Long of Orange threw a no-hitter for the Panthers in a 1-0 win over Savanna.
  • Sydney Gandy of Orangewood is averaging 15.4 points for the Spartans, who won their CIF-SS Division 2AA basketball game Saturday 57-35 over Valencia High of Valencia.
  • Pacifica High’s girls’ soccer team lost a close one 3-2 to Villa Park in overtime in a Division 1 contest on Saturday but finished with a gleaming 17-1-2 record. Just as interesting is the fact that the Mariners have eight starters coming back next year.

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


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