High school sports

Playoffs turn into the regionals

VIDAL JIMENEZ leaps for a rebound in the closing seconds of Garden Grove High’s CIF-4AA championship game on Friday. Argos won 54-50. Grove will host Los Angeles CES in the CIF Southern California Regionals Tuesday night (Orange County Tribune photos by Jim Tortolano).

The CIF-SS high school playoffs are over, but the all playoffs are not concluded.

Now comes the CIF Regionals, a prelude to the CIF State Championships.

Several local basketball teams are involved and will begin play on Tuesday. Round two games are Thursday, with the regional semifinals on Saturday, March 5. Regional finals are scheduled for Tuesday, March 8.


In Division II, Edison (ranked 11th in the division) will host Mission Bay of San Diego (sixth).

In Division IV, Western (14th) will visit Golden Valley (third) of Bakersfield and Garden Grove (seventh) will host Los Angeles CES (10th). That’s the Center for Enriched Studies.

In Division V, La Quinta (12th) of Westminster will visit Rosamond (fifth).

Garden Grove won the CIF-SS 4AA title last week, while Western won the 4A crown.

Those games are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.


In Division 1 Quarterfinals, Huntington Beach (sixth) will visit San Pasqual (third) of Escondido. The game is set for 5 p.m.

Here’s a closer look at hoop matchups

Edison is 26-5 overall, champs of the Surf League and had won 21 of 22 games before losing to La Mirada 67-48 in its CIF-SS 2A playoff game. The Chargers have played a pretty tough schedule, including a respectable 66-54 loss to national power Mater Dei.

ARGO FANS, PLAYERS, etc. celebrate Garden Grove High’s boys’ basketball team’s win in the CIF-4AA finals.

Mission Bay is 19-9 and finished third in the Western League in the San Diego Section. The Buccaneers were knocked out of the quarterfinals by St. Augustine, which went on to win the Open Division title.

Western is 19-9 and champion of the Orange League. The Pioneers won the 4A CIF-SS title with a 65-49 win over Dos Pueblos. The Pioneers are champs of the CIF Central Section’s Division III.

Garden Grove is 22-8 and champion of the Golden West League. The Argonauts won the CIF-SS Division crown with a 54-50 win over Fullerton. It was the school’s first CIF-SS boys’ basketball title in the 100-year history of GGHS.

Los Angeles CES is 18-13 and finished sixth in the Western League of the CIF Los Angeles City Section, but went on to win the Division II title by defeating Van Nuys 61-46.

La Quinta is 19-11 and finished in third place in the Garden Grove League. The Aztecs advanced to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 5A playoffs before losing to Riverside Prep 67-48.

Rosamond is 25-1 and champions of the High Desert League.  The Roadrunners lost the CIF-Central Section Division IV final 61-51 to Garces Memorial of Bakersfield.

And in soccer

Huntington Beach is 17-3-5 and champs of the Wave League. The Oilers won the CIF-SS Division 1 championship by defeating San Clemente 2-1.

San Pasqual of Escondido is 16-3-6 and champions of the Palomar League. They competed in the CIF-San Diego Open Division.

“Prep Sport Spotlight” is posted on Tuesday’s during the high school athletic season.














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