Fri, Nov 09 2012 12:22 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The Bonita Vista Barons finished runner-up in last year’s San Diego Section Division II playoffs. If the Mesa League champions have any designs on matching that, it might take a bit of work after the Barons earned the No. 5 seed in this year’s playoff field.
The Barons (19-11) were up to the challenge in Tuesday’s opening round by eliminating the 12th-seeded Steele Canyon Cougars (13-16) in a three-game sweep, winning by scores of 25-16, 25-12, 25-15.
Bonita Vista will play at fourth-seeded Rancho Bernardo (11-15) in Friday’s quarterfinals after the Broncos eliminated 13th-seeded Hilltop (13-19) by scores of 19-25, 25-9, 25-19, 25-18.
Game time is 5 p.m.
Allie Loitz led the Barons with 15 kills and six aces while Taimane Napoleon had 27 assists and Alyssa Cortez had six blocks.
Quarterfinal winners advance to next Tuesday’s semifinals; the championship game is scheduled Nov. 17 at 4:15 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic High School.
The Barons finished 10-0 in league play and enter Friday’s quarterfinal match-up against RB riding an eight-game winning streak.
A total of 12 South County teams qualified for the playoffs.
The No. 6 Eastlake Titans (27-9) advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals after sweeping visiting San Pasqual, 3-0, on Wednesday.
The Division I semifinals are next Wednesday.
Ninth-seeded Mater Dei Catholic (11-20) eliminated eighth-seeded Holtville (9-17) in a five-game thriller, 3-2, on Tuesday. The Crusaders play at No. 1 Francis Parker (30-2) in Friday’s quarterfinals.
•No. 10 Otay Ranch (19-14) was eliminated in five games in its Division I opener against No. 7 Fallbrook on Wednesday. The Warriors (14-12) prevailed 20-25, 25-21, 15-25, 25-22, 15-8.
•No. 14 Olympian (15-17) made a 3-0 exit in Tuesday’s Division II match against third-seeded West Hills (23-6).
•South Bay League champion Castle Park (14-4) received the No. 11 seed in the Division III playoffs, but the Trojans were swept in three games by No. 6 San Dieguito Academy (20-12) on Wednesday.
Playoff brackets: www.cifsds.org.
Boys water polo: Titans sunk
Mesa League champion Eastlake, seeded seventh in this year’s Division I playoffs, ended its season with a 9-4 loss to 10th-seeded Westview in a first-round game Wednesday at Coronado High School.
The Titans (19-11) trailed 4-2 at halftime. “They bottled us up defensively and took away our rhythm,” EHS coach Chris Barrick said.
Johnny Velazquez led the Titans with three goals; Josue Alvarez scored once.
South Bay League champion Mar Vista, seeded 12th in the Division III field, ended its season at 15-12 following a 20-8 loss at fifth-seeded Santana (25-5), the 2012 Grossmont Valley League champion.
Record-setting duo leads Hilltop to playoff berth
Senior Nick Howard scored 13 goals in Hilltop’s regular season finale last Friday, a 22-9 non-league victory at Mar Vista, to give him 199 goals for the 2012 season, a new school and Metro Conference single-season record. He also had 10 steals to up his San Diego Section record to 201.
Carlos Uribe added nine assists to increase his school and league record to 142, further solidifying his No. 2 position all-time in the section record book. Howard ranks third all-time in the section for single-season goals.
Uribe finished the season with 68 goals and 84 steals. He scored five goals in the win over Mar Vista and also made four steals. Carlos Lizarraga had three goals, two assists and four steals in the victory against the Mariners while Maurizio Martinez contributed a goal, assist and four steals. The Lancers totaled 42 steals in the contest.
Hilltop (15-8, 6-2 in Mesa play) received the No. 10 seed in the Division II playoffs and was scheduled to open first round play at No. 7 West Hills (19-12) on Thursday. The winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals at La Jolla High School.
Playoff brackets: www.cifsds.org.
Red Devils advance record number of players to CIF
Sweetwater High School qualified eight players — the most in school history — for this week’s San Diego Section championship playoffs. Areli Martinez and Cynthia Herrera qualified to compete in the singles tournament. The Red Devils qualified three doubles teams: Nancy Nunez and Alma Cruz, Alexia Robledo and Jesse Maraya and Nikkirae Yamane and Mia Parin. “We may not have won the regular season league championship, but we left our mark at the league tournament,” SuHi coach Robert Bonilla said.
The CIF tournament took place Monday and Tuesday at the Barnes Tennis Center in Pt. Loma. Other South County singles qualifiers included Lynn San Roman (Mater Dei Catholic), Paola Yee (Chula Vista High Tech), Olivia N/A (Olympian), Lauren Lund (San Ysidro), Abby Valera (Eastlake), Karla Dulay (Otay Ranch), Hannah Aldrete (Chula Vista High Tech), Valeria Corral (Mater Dei Catholic), Astrid Torres (San Ysidro) and Marilyn Kathka (Mar Vista).
Yesenia Valverde and Mariana Montes, Hilltop’s No. 1 doubles team, qualified for this week’s CIF doubles tournament by winning the Mesa League title. In their run to the league title, they upset the No. 1-seeded team in the semifinals and the No. 2-seeded team in the finals. They finished the season 42-7 following a second-round appearance in this week’s section championships.
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CIF playoffs to face off Saturday
The opening round of the San Diego Section playoffs will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, with games at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Hilltop Lancers qualified to participate as this year’s Metro Conference champion. Final playoff seedings were to be announced Thursday evening.
The Lancers finished 8-0 in league play following a 3-0 victory at Eastlake on Nov. 1. The quarterfinal playoffs are on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and the semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Division I and Division II championship games are scheduled Nov. 17 at La Costa Canyon High School. Visit www.cifsds.org for complete playoff pairings.
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