Los Alamitos, the defending CIF-SS Division 1 softball champion, will be in action Saturday at the 37th Cypress Tournament to help highlight the start of the season.
The Griffins open by playing host to El Modena at 9 a.m. and play visiting Peninsula in the second round at 3 p.m.
The tournament includes county teams Canyon, Kennedy, Esperanza, Northwood, Fountain Valley, Irvine and Cypress.
Los Alamitos is expected to be one of Orange County’s top teams this season, but lost senior shortstop Kaitlin Parsons for the season with a knee injury, Griffins coach Rob Weil said.
Weil believes Los Alamitos has the depth to cope with the loss.
“We’re going to be pretty talented,” he said.
The Savanna Showcase also helps open the softball season. On Saturday, the event pits Dana Hills at Capistrano Valley in a 9 a.m. duel between Division 1 foes. Both teams were ranked in the final county top 10 last season.
Capistrano Valley is led by Oregon-bound shortstop Jasmine Sievers.
The Register’s softball preview, which includes the Orange County top 10 and top players to watch, will be published online Thursday, March 1, and in the Friday, March 2 sports section.
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Aliso Niguel’s girls basketball team cooled off one of the hottest teams in the Southern Section in the Division 2 quarterfinals Wednesday night.
And even accomplished the feat on the road.
Senior Madelyn Brauer scored the Wolverines’ final four points off steals by Abby Miller and Sarah Matossian to help visiting Aliso Niguel edge host and second-seeded Camarillo, 53-52, to reach its first semifinal.
The South Coast League champion Wolverines (19-7) will play host on Saturday night to third-seeded Lynwood, a 58-47 winner against JSerra in another quartefinal Wednesday. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m.
Camarillo (25-3) had won 20 consecutive games before being derailed by Coach Lindsey Sundin’s squad.
Brauer, a senior guard, led Aliso Niguel with 16 points and five assists while sophomore post Catherine Swanson added 10 points and nine rebounds.
In Division 3AA:
Oxford Academy 55, La Salle 50: Junior center Austyn Masuno racked up 24 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and five assists to lead the host and top-seeded Patriots (28-1) to the semifinals for the third consecutive season.
Oxford will play host to Flintridge Prep in the semifinals Saturday night.
La Salle’s Julia Macabuhay scored 33 points, including 24 of her team’s 26 points in the second half.
In Division 5AA:
Anaheim 51, Fillmore 47: Senior Shawnee Covarrubias scored 13 points, junior Eileen Sanchez had 11 and sophomore Jayleena Perez added 10 to lead the host and second-seeded Colonists into Saturday’s semifinals.
Anaheim plays at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy in the semifinals.
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CIF GIRLS WATER POLO
Semifinals, Feb. 21
Dos Pueblos 9, Foothill 7
San Marcos 6, Mater Dei 4
Santa Barbara 9, San Clemente 8
Newport Harbor 8, Santa Margarita 5
Long Beach Wilson 12, Claremont 7
Harvard-Westlake 6, Mira Costa 5
Long Beach Poly 7, Oaks Christian 6
Segerstrom 15, Newbury Park 7
Downey 12, Sunny Hills 9 (OT)
Notre Dame/SO 7, Diamond Bar 5
Valencia 4, San Dimas 2
Culver City 11, Tustin 7
Marymount 5, Villanova 4
Los Amigos 8, Valley View 6 (OT)
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Newport Harbor’s girls water polo team showed Wednesday night how far a positive attitude and commitment to improvement can take a group.
The Sailors continued to embrace their new playoff classification and displayed more signs of progress in defeating Santa Margarita 8-5 in the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine.
Second-seeded Newport Harbor (17-9) is competing in Division 2 for the first time after years of titles and playoff runs in Division 1. Coach Brian Melstrom’s team will play Santa Barbara in the finals Saturday at Woollett.
“A championship is a championship,” said Melstrom, a third-year coach who replaced the legendary Bill Barnett.
“We could see (the player’s excitement) all week long. They were hungry. They were happy. They were excited to play.”
Santa Barbara upset top-seeded San Clemente 9-8 in the other Division 2 semifinal, doing its share to contribute to a special night for the Santa Barbara-area teams.
Dos Puebos and San Marcos, rivals of Santa Barbara in the Channel League, won their Division 1 semifinals, giving the league three section finalists.
The three squads, who have endured fire and deadly mudslides this winter in their area, gathered for a group photo after the games.
“We’ve been through a lot in our community,” San Marcos coach Chuckie Roth said. “These kids just really want it.”
Newport Harbor suffered an early-season, 13-3 loss to Los Alamitos that brought Division 2 into focus. But the Sailors continued to improve. They held third-seeded Santa Margarita to a 2-for-10 effort on the power play while converting 4 of its 8 chances.
Sarah Barker, Jessica Lynch and Kili Skibby each scored twice for Newport Harbor.
“I think we’ve improved a lot,” Melstrom said.
Freshman Honnie Vandeweghe scored twice for Santa Margarita (22-8).
Also in Division 2:
Santa Barbara 9, San Clemente 8: The Tritons’ Caroline Christl tied the score 8-8 with 19 seconds left by scoring her third penalty-shot goal, but the Dons’ Georgia Ransone netted the winner from center with five seconds remaining at Woollett. Alison Echelberger drew the late penalty shot for the Tritons (21-9) on a counter.
In other semifinals:
In Division 1:
San Marcos 6, Mater Dei 4: The Monarchs’ Nicole Kresich tied the score, 4-4, with a power-play goal with 5:56 left in the fourth period but the Royals (17-11) responded with a perimeter strike about 30 seconds later and quickly added a power-play goal to beat the No. 3 seeded Monarchs (22-5) at Woollett.
Goalie Sophie Trumbull made nine of her 13 saves in the second half to help San Marcos reach its first final and beat Mater Dei for the first time in four tries this season.
The Royals also held the Monarchs without an even-strength goal. Mater Dei converted 4 for 9 chances with the extra attacker. Kresich scored two of the goals.
San Marcos went 1 for 4 on the power play but netted a key strike by UC Irvine-bound Piper Smith coming out of a timeout for a 6-4 lead with 4:37 left in the fourth.
Dos Pueblos of Goleta 9, Foothill 7: Val Ayala, Delaney Binette and Malia Allen each scored twice for the Knights against the top-seeded Chargers, who scored the first three goals of the third period to open a 9-4 lead.
In Division 7:
Los Amigos 8, Valley View of Moreno Valley 6 (OT): Junior Natalie Valentin scored five goals at Garden Grove High to lift the second-seeded Lobos (22-6) to their second final. Los Amigos will play top-seeded Marymount in the finals Saturday.
In Division 4:
Segerstrom 15, Newbury Park 7: Destiny Hernandez scored five goals as the second-seeded Jaguars won at Santa Ana Valley High to reach the finals against No. 1 Long Beach Poly, which edged Oaks Christian 7-6.
In Division 6:
Valencia 4, San Dimas 2: The Tigers won at Diamond Bar to advance to the finals for the first time. They will play Culver City, which beat Tustin 11-7.
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Orange Lutheran senior-to-be quarterback Ryan Hilinski (6-3, 218) is staying busy on the college recruiting circuit.
Hilinski was offered last week by Oregon, posting a special message to his late, Tyler, brother on Twitter.
— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) February 15, 2018
On Tuesday, Hilinski posted on Twitter that he made a “GREAT” unofficial visit to Mississippi. He said a visit to Georgia was scheduled for Wednesday.
Mississippi also is among several schools that have offered Hilinski. His Pac-12 offers also include Arizona State, Utah and Washington State.
Last season, Hilinski passed for 3,749 yards and 33 TDs to help the Lancers reach the CIF Division 1 quarterfinals.
— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) February 21, 2018
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My predicted winners for Wednesday’s CIF-SS girls water polo semifinals:
Dos Pueblos def. Foothill
Mater Dei def. San Marcos
San Clemente def. Santa Barbara
Santa Margarita def. Newport Harbor
Segerstrom def. Newbury Park
Sunny Hills def. Downey
Tustin def. Culver City
Valencia def. San Dimas
Los Amigos def. West Valley
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Godinez football coach Tom Heathington has resigned after one successful season for personal reasons, he confirmed Wednesday.
Heathington said he resigned because of the difficulty of being a walk-on coach and his responsibility as his mother’s caretaker.
In his first season, Heathington guided Godinez (8-4) to a second straight Orange Coast League title and a trip to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 12 playoffs. The Grizzlies lost 35-6 to Santa Ana but opened the season with a 23-13 victory against the Saints.
Heathington replaced Michael Echaves, who helped revive the program before departing for Troy. Heathington was a defensive coordinator under Echaves.
Godinez features top junior Patrick McMorris.
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SANTA ANA – Chants of “MVP! MVP!” welcomed Segerstrom guard A.J. Espinoza back to the court after his extraordinary fourth quarter Tuesday night against visiting Barstow in the CIF-SS Division 4AA boys basketball quarterfinals.
The diminutive guard scored 16 of his season-high 38 points in the final period, and with the aid of a huge blocked shot by teammate Gabriel Javalera, helped lead the Jaguars past the visiting and third-seeded Aztecs 86-82 for their first trip to the semifinals.
“Show up big in big moments,” Jaguars coach Brandon Rogers said of Espinoza. “I’m from Santa Ana originally. He’s a Santa Ana kid. We’re tough.”
Segerstrom (19-9) will play at St. Bonaventure in the semifinals Friday. St. Bonaventure was a 51-41 winner against Mark Keppel on Tuesday.
Javalera, one of the Jaguars’ tallest players at 6-foot-4, helped seal the victory with a blocked shot with about 20 seconds left on a drive into the key, preserving an 84-82 lead.
Segerstrom grabbed the loose ball and quickly passed to Espinoza, who was fouled and sank two foul shots with 16.4 seconds left to make it 86-82.
“When he blocked that shot, it just raised our momentum,” Espinoza said of Javalera, a junior. “We’re very excited. We worked hard the whole season. Finally making (the semifinals) is a dream come true.
“But we’re not done yet.”
Segerstrom’s Jeffrey Nong also delivered a late hustle play. He secured a rebound and was fouled with 1:18 left in the fourth. Nong made two foul shots to give the Jaguars an 84-82 lead.
Segerstrom made 7 of 11 shots from the foul line in the fourth.
Espinoza’s drives to the basket, often drawing contact, got Barstow (20-5) in foul trouble in the second half. Espinoza scored 11 of his 26 points in the second half from the free throw line.
Barstow led by six points early in the fourth, but Segerstrom quickly tied the score at 69 about a minute into the period.
The Aztecs later led by 75-70 before a 3-pointer by Christian Naranjo sparked the Jaguars’ final push.
Espinoza added a 3-pointer and Abraham Negrete scored on a drive to set the stage for the frantic final 1:30. Negrete finished with 20 points while Barstow’s Evander Burns scored 34 points.
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Orange County’s girls water polo season is headed toward several big matches this week, so it’s time to update the top 10 rankings.
The consolation bracket of the CIF-SS Elite 8 playoff begins today at Santiago Canyon College with two matches involving top county teams:
Los Al vs. Laguna Beach, 4:20 p.m.
Orange Lutheran vs. CdM, 6 p.m.
O.C. Top 10 (2-20-18)
1. Laguna Beach
2. Mater Dei
4. Corona del Mar
5. Los Alamitos
6. Orange Lutheran
7. San Clemente
8. Newport Harbor
9. Santa Margarita
10. Huntington Beach
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Buena Park has offered its football coaching position to former Fullerton standout player Dustin Sober, Coyotes principal Sonje Berg said Monday night.
Berg said Sober is going through the clearance process with the Fullerton Joint Union High School District but has been “formally” offered the Buena Park position.
Sober would replace Davis Lowery, who resigned after a 1-9 season as Buena Park’s first-year coach last season. Lowery replaced Anthony White, who in seven seasons turned the struggling Coyotes into consistent winners and a Freeway League champion in 2016.
Sober was a standout linebacker at Fullerton, graduating in 2002. He later played at Fullerton College and New Mexico State. In recent years, Sober has been an assistant coach at Fullerton College.
“He’s going to be an instant game-changer for us,” Berg said. “We’re very excited to have him on board!”
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Los Alamitos’ girls basketball team received a simple but well-timed message Monday as it returned to practice following an Orange County-rattling upset over the weekend.
“We’re not done,” Los Alamitos coach Rich Alvarez told his players.
The Griffins (24-5) are alive and kicking in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs after upsetting No. 2 seeded Brea Olinda 47-44 in the second round Saturday to set up a date at Valley View of Moreno Valley (27-1) in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
Valley View beat Orangewood Academy 59-52.
Los Alamitos posted its biggest victory of the season on a game-winning 3-pointer by Sydney Gandy with nine seconds left. Coming out of a timeout, Gandy drilled a step-back 3-pointer from the top of the arc to snap a 44-44 tie.
Gandy, slowed by foul trouble early in the game, scored off a play designed for her by Alvarez.
The host Griffins then forced a missed 3-pointer by Brea Olinda to seal the victory and reach the quarterfinals for the second time in four seasons under Alvarez.
“I was excited for the girls,” he said of the victory, which catapulted Los Alamitos to a No. 2 ranking in the county behind Mater Dei. “I got a lot of calls and texts. … That’s our goal, to be in the conservation (about the top teams in the county).”
Los Alamitos entered Saturday ranked sixth in the county but held an early-season victory against then-No. 4 Orangewood. But the Griffins rose to beat Brea Olinda despite leaning on several young players and reloading after the offseason transfer of standout Cailyn Crocker to Mater Dei.
Crocker, a junior, started at point guard for Mater Dei in its Open Division game Saturday.
Alvarez starts sophomore guards Gandy and Asia Avinger and junior 6-foot post Makayla Burdette.
Los Alamitos was well-equipped for Brea Olinda, a fast-paced, guard-dominated squad. Alvarez also starts senior guard Kalei Iwami, giving him three ball-handlers to combat the Ladycats’ press.
The Griffins also feature the Clarke sisters, Olivia and Molly. Olivia, a senior, starts and brings hustle, Alvarez said.
Molly, a freshman, is a strong defender. She helped hold recently-crowned O.C. 3-point queen Stephanie Lee of Brea Olinda too one basket from beyond the arc Saturday.
“Our girls have bought in to the defensive side,” Alvarez said.
The Griffins also receive quality play off the bench from freshman forward Latavia Miller and senior post Sam Richardson.
“They stepped up,” Alvarez said of his team Saturday. “We made some people more believers.”
But the veteran Alvarez, the former boys coach at Huntington Beach, said he told his players Saturday to enjoy the victory and then put it “on the shelf.” The Griffins returned “to work” on Monday.
Crocker played with broken finger on her left hand in a 60-56 victory against Ribet Academy on Saturday.
“She’s got shin spits and she is still recovering from the foot surgery,” Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan said. “She’s such a great kid. Most kids won’t even be playing. … She’s just such a gamer.”
Kiernan said freshman Brooke Demetre (ankle) was about 60 percent Saturday when she scored a team-high 17 points. “She was limited on her lateral movement,” Kiernan said. “Again, 60 percent of Brooke is pretty good. We’ll take it.”
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The Register’s girls basketball player of the week for Feb. 19.
The sophomore point guard scored 16 points to help the Griffins upset No. 2 seeded Brea Olinda, 47-44, in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. Avinger recorded eight assists, nine rebounds and four steals in a 43-37 victory against Roosevelt in the first round.
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The Register’s Orange County girls basketball top 10 for Monday, Feb. 19.
O.C. TOP 10
(Records entering Monday, Feb. 19)
1.Mater Dei (23-3)
Monarchs delivered their best rally of the season to beat Ribet but face No. 2 seed Windward in the Open Division semifinals Saturday at Cal Baptist.
2. Los Alamitos (24-5)
Griffins upset Brea Olinda to emerge as not only the last O.C. team standing in Division 1 but the county’s public school champion. They play at Valley View of Moreno Valley (27-1) in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
3. Brea Olinda (23-5)
Ladycats’ Division 1 postseason featured a surprisingly close win and a surprising loss but they still produced a strong season. Brea Oinda won Crestview League and Larry Doyle tournament titles.
4. Fairmont Prep (19-10)
Huskies lost to Vista Murrieta 57-47 in the second round of Division 1 but might be stronger next season. They didn’t feature a senior in 2017-18.
5. Orangewood Academy (19-10)
Spartans fell at one-loss Valley View of Moreno Valley in the second round of Division 1 but still delivered a strong season after a slow start.
6. Rosary (17-11)
Royals won their showdown at Troy in the first round of the Division 1 playoff but were slowed late by sizzling West Torrance, 43-36, in the second round. West outscored Rosary, 19-5, in the fourth quarter to win its 14th straight. The Royals now have to replace senior center Rebekah Obinma.
7. Troy (16-10)
Warriors accomplished plenty in their “learning year.” They extended their league title streak to a state-record 26 and played Rosary tough in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs.
8. Sonora (23-4)
Raiders’ season ended quietly with two straight losses but their first league title since 1974 and snapping Troy’s state-record 219-game league winning streak are lasting impressions.
9. JSerra (21-7)
Lions play at No. 3 seed Lynwood in the Division 2AA quarterfinals Wednesday. Lynwood played some tough tournaments but the Lions played in the Trinity League.
10T. Aliso Niguel (19-8)
The Wolverines will look to break a 20-game winning by No. 2 seed Camarillo when they travel to Ventura County in the 2AA quarterfinals Wednesday.
10T. Oxford Academy (27-1)
The Patriots play host to Santa Fe League champion La Salle of Pasadena in the Division 3-A quarterfinals Wednesday. La Salle is led by point guard Julia Macabuhay, who scored a career-high 48 points in her last game.
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The Register’s girls water polo athlete of the week for Feb. 19.
The UC Davis-bound senior recorded 12 saves in a 14-3 victory against Redondo and 15 blocks in an 11-9 triumph over La Canada to help the top-seeded Tritons reach the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals. The first-year, full-time starter has 342 saves on the season.
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The Register’s boys soccer athlete of the week for Feb. 19
The sophomore forward scored twice to lead the Saints to a 3-1 victory against Corona del Mar in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on Friday. Zamora has 14 goals for the season. “He’s having a good year,” Santa Ana coach Joe Penaflor said.
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Aliso Niguel All-County football player Tyler Jones has committed to San Diego State as a preferred walk-on, the senior said.
The Aztecs recruited the versatile Jones as a wide receiver. He played
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Mater Dei’s girls basketball team wasn’t known for making comebacks as the obstacles mounted against Ribet Academy on Saturday night.
But thanks to a passionate, fourth quarter of pressing defense, the Monarchs added a new dimension to their identity.
Third-seeded Mater Dei rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the fourth for a 60-56 victory against visiting No. 6-seed Ribet in a dramatic quarterfinal in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs.
“We really came back in the fourth quarter, which is a great sign for these guys because we don’t usually do that,” Monarchs coach Kevin Kiernan said.
“That was just awesome for us. That may be really a step up for these guys. Usually in the last couple of years, we’ve kind of not been able to finish games off like that.”
Mater Dei (24-3) advanced to the semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 24, against Windward, a 62-57 winner against Bishop Montgomery, at Cal Baptist in Riverside.
Back-to-back steals in the middle of the fourth period by freshman Khylee Pepe helped Mater Dei regain the lead for good.
Pepe missed a layup off her first steal by a trailing Cailyn Crocker, playing with an injured finger, leaped for the put-back and a 47-46 lead with 4:12 left.
It was Mater Dei’s first lead since 10-8 early in the second quarter.
Pepe turned her second steal into an assist to freshman Brooke Demetre for a layup and a 49-46 advantage with 3:53 left.
Demetre, limping with a sore ankle, later drilled a 3-pointer from the wing – on her second consecutive attempt from the spot – for a 52-48 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
Pepe and Emme Torbert followed with offensive put-backs and Mater Dei was on its way.
Ribet (22-4) led 39-27 with 3:50 left in the third on a corner 3-pointer by Andrea Aquino, a 6-foot-9 center bound for Oregon State.
But in the fourth quarter, Mater Dei’s full-court press forced nine turnovers.
“Just do what we do,” Kiernan said of the press. “We went to a zone mid-way through the game to combat that front-line that was killing us. The zone really didn’t work. … We said, ‘What the heck, let’s go out the way we came in.’ And the press worked.”
Mater Dei also shot better in the fourth period. The Monarchs missed their first 11 shot from the floor to open the first but finished better. Freshman Alyssa Frescas hit a 3-pointer just before Pepe’s steals.
Demetre scored nine of her team-high 17 points in the fourth. Torbert added 13 points, including a 7 for 7 effort at the line, and added five blocks. Crocker scored six of her 10 points in the fourth.
In other quarterfinals:
In Division 1:
Los Alamitos 47, Brea Olinda 44: Sophomore Sydney Gandy made a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to help the Griffins upset the No. 2 seeded Ladycats.
In Division 2AA:
Foothill 53, Yucaipa 19: Cassidy Stevens scored 22 points to lead the Knights.
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Los Amigos’ girls water polo players made some new commitments during the offseason.
They played about 20 matches over the summer and joined a fall league. Both pursuits came with one goal in mind.
“At the end of the day, CIF is the goal,” junior Natalie Valentin said. “It was actually pretty intense but we all knew this is the team we want to win with.”
The Lobos’ dedication continued to pay dividends Saturday as they held off improved Godinez, 10-8, in the CIF-SS Division 7 quarterfinal at Santa Ana Valley.
Second-seeded Los Amigos (21-6) reached the semifinals for the second time in school history and plays host to West Valley of Hemet, a 6-4 winner over Paloma Valley, on Wednesday for a trip to the finals Feb. 24 at the Woollett Aquatics Center.
“(Our) motivation has been just to improve,” Los Amigos fifth-year Chris Roman said. “That’s been our mantra. … It’s paying off.”
Los Amigos never trailed and led, 9-3, late in third period before Godinez (15-13) made a late surge.
Valentin scored a match-high five goals and drew a penalty shot and exclusion. She scored three times on the counterattack and twice at center.
Los Amigos anticipated well on the counterattack, sometimes leaving early on defense for offense. The Lobos also shot well from the perimeter.
Andrea Aguilar scored from midpool with for a 6-2 lead with 2:03 left in the first half. Aguilar, a senior co-captain with Bri Arostico, also fired a shot from 9 meters in off the post early in the third.
Aguilar and Michelle Maldonado each scored twice for Los Amigos. Arostico and Daisy Chavez each recorded three steals while Lobos’ goalie Natalie Albarran made seven saves.
Godinez won a three-team playoff in the Orange Coast League with Estancia and Saddleback to quality for the playoffs and won wild card and first-round matches to record its first postseason victories in school history.
“Not bad for a school with no pool and teaching everybody how to swim,” Godinez coach Jessica Morris said.
Senior goalie Julie Cons made nine saves, including a penalty shot, for the Grizzlies. Senior Priscilla Pereyra added three.
In other quarterfinals:
In Division 6:
Tustin 4, Burroughs of Burbank 3 (OT): Hannah Munoz scored with 2:08 left in sudden-death overtime to lift the Tillers at Foothill.
Valencia 7, Whittier 6: The host Tigers edged the top-seeded Cardinal.
In Division 5:
Sunny Hills 10, Temescal Canyon 9: Skylar Bowles scored with 32 seconds left to lift the host Lancers (28-4), who rallied from an 8-4 deficit in the third period. Sunny Hills plays top-seeded Downey, a 12-7 winner against Orange League champion Santa Ana Valley.
In Division 4:
Segerstrom 11, Brea Olinda 8: The visiting Jaguars (26-2) advanced to the semifinals
In Division 2:
Newport Harbor 12, Los Osos 9: Jessica Lynch and Anne Rankin each scored three goals to lead the host Sailors (16-9), who play Santa Margarita, a 19-7 winner against Arroyo Grande, in the semifinals Wednesday.
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ANAHEIM – Northwood’s boys basketball team placed its faith in Jacob Huynh in the final seconds Friday night and the guard delivered.
Huynh drilled a game-winning, fade-away 3-pointer from well beyond the arc with 1.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the visiting Timberwolves to a 70-68 victory at second-seeded Canyon in a thrilling CIF-SS Division 2AA second-round playoff game.
Huynh, an uncommitted senior and the school’s all-time leading scorer, dribbled on the perimeter before hoisting the shot from the right wing that sent Northwood (24-5) to the quarterfinals Tuesday against Brentwood.
“He wasn’t going to give (the ball) away and I wasn’t going to take it away from him either,” Northwood coach Tim O’Brien said of Huynh. “He was just going to keep spinning and rocking until he had a shot. That’s what you want in a guy.
“Heck of a play. … He deserved to take the last shot anyway. He’s carried us for so many years.”
Huynh also made a game-winning basket against Corona del Mar last season.
“It was a great win for us,” said Huynh, who finished with 26 points, including four 3-pointers. “The play broke down that we were originally going to run and (the ball) just ended up in my hands. I felt (the shot) was good when I let it go.”
Northwood’s faithful spilled onto the court afterward, but Canyon (25-4) called a timeout with 1.7 seconds left. The Comanches’ AJ Perry took an off-balance 3-pointer on the final play, but the junior’s shot bounced off the back of the rim.
Perry helped highlight the guard-dominated game with 26 points, including seven 3-pointers (six in the first half).
But in a play that foreshadowed the dramatic ending, Huynh made a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to beat the halftime buzzer.
“Their kids just made more shots,” Canyon coach Nate Harrison said. “The shot that Jacob hit at the end of the game was crazy. The reverse layup that (Devin) Owens had was great. Their guards are really good and they really came to play. … They wanted it more than us.”
Canyon led 66-62 with 2:38 left when Northwood called time out. The Timberwolves grabbed two offensive rebounds before sinking a 3-pointer to make it 66-65.
The Comanches led 68-67 with 29.8 seconds left but missed two free throws, creating the chance for Huynh.
Northwood made 12 3-pointers. Owens finished with 13 points, and Seth Locke and Trenton Harper each had 11 points.
Harper, a highly-flying sophomore, had a dunk on a fast break and three blocks.
Damian Pintor added nine points on three 3-pointers.
Justin and Matt Williams each scored 12 points for Canyon. The Comanches finished with nine 3-pointers.
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GIRLS WATER POLO
O.C. schedule for CIF-SS quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 17
San Clemente vs. La Canada, at Diamond Bar, 11 a.m., Arroyo Grande at Santa Margarita, 11 a.m., Los Osos at Newport Harbor, 11 a.m.
Canyon at Harvard-Westlake, 4, Mira Costa vs. Rosary, at Servite, 3,
Segerstrom at Brea Olinda, 11 a.m.
Santa Ana Valley at Downey, 2, Sunny Hills at Temescal Canyon, 3
Whittier at Valencia, 2, Burroughs vs. Tustin at Foothilll, 11 a.m.
Los Amigos vs, Godinez, at Santa Ana Valley, 10 a.m.
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