Prep Rally: Play of the 12 months units up state basketball playoffs

Whats up, and welcome to a different version of Prep Rally. My identify is Eric probeheimer. The state basketball playoffs start this week after regional hyperlinks are launched on Sunday. However there’s nonetheless buzz concerning the play of the 12 months and the ending that Saturday evening was arduous to imagine.

Unimaginable ending

Saturday evening’s Southern Part Open Division championship sport on the Honda Heart introduced an age-old ending.

As a Corona Centennial coach Josh Gilles stated, “Common season, playoffs, that’s the craziest ending ever.”

Aaron McBride, a Loyola Marymount commit, disproved a St. John Bosco go when time ran out, picked up the ball in midcourt and wanted two dribbles to dunk it for a 58-56 Centennial win when the buzzer went off.

Right here is the sport evening report.

Aaron McBride thinks earlier than time runs out, giving Corona Centennial a 58-56 victory over St. John Bosco within the Open Division ultimate on the Honda Heart.

(Jeremiah Soifer)

McBride completed with 18 factors and 11 rebounds. “He’s a winner,” coach St. John Bosco Matt Dunn stated.

It was an evening of championships.

Sierra Canyon gained the Southern Part Open Division ladies’ title. Right here’s the report.

Taft defeated Fairfax to win the Metropolis Part Open Division boys’ title. Westchester gained the Metropolis Open Division ladies’ title. Grant gained Division I boys on the town. Solar Valley Poly gained Division I ladies within the Metropolis.

Eagle Rock gained Division II boys on the town. Garfield gained Division III boys on the town.

Santa Ana Mater Dei defeated Etiwanda for the Southern Part Division 1 boys’ title. Lengthy Seaside Jordan gained the 4A title.

State playoffs

Sierra Canyon’s Juju Watkins (12) celebrates with teammates after defeating Etiwanda and profitable the Southern Part Open Division ladies’ basketball title on Saturday at Honda Heart.

(Craig Weston)

Let the state basketball playoffs start as the trail to Sacramento to play for a March 10-11 state championship at Golden 1 Heart begins. It’s now a one-elimination match. Groups that misplaced within the playoffs part chosen for state can have an opportunity for a second probability.

The large query within the hardest division is can a staff beat the Centennial boys or the Sierra Canyon ladies within the Open Division?

Here’s a report on the challenges forward.

Right here is the breakdown of regional playoff pairings.

To strengthen different divisions, the CIF fielded solely 5 groups in Open Division for girls and boys. The 16-team brackets start Tuesday. The semi-finals within the Open Division will happen on Saturday, adopted by the regional finals on March 7.


Tom Meusborn is in his first season as head coach at Sierra Canyon, which makes its Mission League

Tom Meusborn is in his first season as head coach with Sierra Canyon, which is able to make its Mission League baseball debut this week.

(Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Instances)

Climate allowing, the eight-team Mission League will start this week. Every week there are collection of three matches. The large video games beginning are Sierra Canyon vs. Loyola and Chaminade vs. Crespi.

Sierra Canyon is 5-0 below former Chatsworth coach Tom Meusborn. Loyola is 1-3 below former Mira Costa coach Keith Ramsey.

“We’re excited,” Ramsey stated. “It is going to be a problem. We’ve our three pitchers able to go.”

Chaminade (3-0) confirmed wonderful pitching, whereas Crespi (5-0) gained the Easton match championship, though the highest pitcher, Isaiah Magdaleno, rested a sore arm.

Harvard-Westlake (3-1) and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (3-0) are thought-about the league favorites.

Right here’s this week’s high 25 rating by The Instances.

Right here’s the recap of Tuesday’s video games earlier than the rain washed out the weekend video games.


Loyola's Sean Kelly goes on a murder charge.

Loyola’s Sean Kelly goes on a homicide cost.

(Brody Hannon)

Loyola opened his volleyball season with a four-game win over Mater Dei.

Sean Kelly had 28 kills and three aces for the Cubs.

Huntington Seaside wanted 5 video games to beat Beckman. Liam Phinizy had 22 kills for Huntington Seaside in an emotional opener. The Oilers went on to win the Redondo Union match championship, beating the hosts 20–18 within the ultimate.

College gained the Taft Match.

Jerry Ramos (left) scored four goals and Oscar Vargas scored three goals in Birmingham's 8-0 win.

Jerry Ramos (left) and Oscar Vargas led Birmingham to the Metropolis Part Division I soccer championship.

(Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Instances)

San Juan Capistrano JSerra and Birmingham gained the Division 1 Boys’ Soccer Championships within the Southern Part and the Metropolis Part and had been awarded the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, for the Southern California regional playoffs.

Right here is the hyperlink to regional hyperlinks.

Right here is the hyperlink to the championship outcomes.

Santa Margarita and El Camino Actual gained the women’ Division 1 titles within the Southern Part and the Metropolis Part. El Camino Actual recorded its fifteenth consecutive shutout in a 4-0 victory over Cleveland.

One of the intriguing finals was Harvard-Westlake vs. Coronary heart for the Division 2 ladies’ title, which was ultimately performed on a flooded discipline at Faculty of the Canyons throughout the pouring rain. Hart gained 1-0 however the query was whether or not the sport ought to have been performed because the damp pitch was so unhealthy that the ball wouldn’t roll on the bottom.

“I didn’t assume the taking part in circumstances had been unsafe,” stated the Harvard-Westlake coach Richard Simms stated. “No one slipped and slipped and the gamers had been very respectful in that surroundings. That was not a playable discipline in my skilled opinion. You don’t play in nonetheless water as a result of the ball doesn’t need to roll and soccer is a sport the place the ball has to roll.”

QBs are settling in

Bishop Amat's player who turns Chaminade QB Seth Shigg upside down is defensive back Foster Slaughter.

Chaminade QB Seth Shigg takes off.

(Craig Weston)

Spring soccer observe is only a few weeks away, and it appears just like the extremely aggressive Mission League has finalized the six quarterbacks who will begin within the fall after the inevitable switch window.

In fact, don’t inform that to the coaches who need competitors as a quarterback. However gamers wouldn’t have transferred in the event that they didn’t anticipate to begin, so we’re not going to play any matches. That is how issues stand:

Sierra Canyon misplaced three quarterbacks switching, however bagged the very best switch of all within the class of 2025 Wyatt Becker, passing for two,192 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Right here’s a take a look at the opposite 5 starters from across the league.

Right here is the highschool soccer switch tracker.

Notes . . .

Junior swimmer Theia Salvino of St. Margaret dedicated to Alabama. . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Battle of the Valley All-Star basketball sport will happen March 18 in Sierra Canyon. . . .

Mitch Kallick, a membership coach and former faculty coach, is the brand new ladies’ volleyball coach at Harvard-Westlake. . . .

Windward soccer putting Michael Blevins devoted to Cal State Northridge. . . .

Three-year quarterback starter Brian Wilson van Ayala has left faculty and plans to switch. Eastvale Roosevelt is a chance. . . .

Todd Quinsey is the brand new soccer coach at Whittier. He was head coach at Bassett. . . .

Former Trabuco Hills and Lengthy Seaside Poly soccer coach Jim Barnett died. He gained three Southern Part titles at Trabuco Hills. . . .

Pitcher Kalani Santos of Mater Dei devoted to USC. He’s pitching once more after an harm. . . .

Oak park ranger Trey McDonald dedicated to George Fox College. . . .

Foothill and JSerra gained the regional ladies’ water polo championships in Southern California’s Division I and II, respectively. . . .

The state wrestling championships had been accomplished in Bakersfield and St. John Bosco had two particular person winners.

From the archive: Max Fried

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) delivers.

Atlanta Braves beginning pitcher Max Fried delivers in opposition to the Washington Nationals throughout a sport on September 7, 2021.

(John Bazemore/Related Press)

Former Harvard-Westlake star most baked, 29, kicks off the most important league season with the Atlanta Braves as among the finest left-handed pitchers in baseball. In 2017, he made his Main League-debut.

He was a primary choose of the San Diego Padres in 2012. He underwent Tommy John in 2014. He’ll quickly be a free agent, and when that occurs, he will probably be probably the most wanted pitchers in basketball

Right here’s a 2010 story about selecting Fried Sandy Koufax curveball to be his inspiration.


From The Los Angeles Instances, an op-ed about why it’s essential so as to add feminine coaches for youth sports activities groups.

By, a narrative a few Sherman Oaks Notre Dame junior golfer who caught the attention of Tiger Woods.

Of the New York Instances, a narrative a few highschool basketball participant, COVID and the rule e book.

From The Los Angeles Instances, a narrative about former Sierra Canyon star Amari Bailey of UCLA.

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Till subsequent time…

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