Hemet’s boys’ water polo team swam all the way to the CIF Southern Section Division 6 finals this past Saturday at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, where they fell to Muir 17-16 in the final seconds of the match. Valley News/Courtesy photo

With the playoffs for girls’ tennis and boys’ water polo still underway last week, here are the following updates for local teams. The quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section girls’ tennis playoffs matches took place early in the week, and only three local teams remained in the hunt.

Paloma Valley’s Brooklyn Berni returns a shot against Maranatha in the quarterfinal round of the CIF-SS Div. 4 girls’ tennis playoffs. Valley News/Courtesy photo

In Division 3, Vista Murrieta defeated Capistrano Valley 12-6 in the second round, advancing to play against Agoura in quarterfinal action, where they fought to a 9-9 tie, falling in games to the Chargers, 81-75. In Division 4, Paloma Valley fought to a 9-9 tie against Ontario Christian in the second round, and advanced by winning 82-75 on games.

The Wildcats then hosted Maranatha in the quarterfinal round, but after going toe-to-toe to a 9-9 tie in that matchup as well, Paloma Valley fell 82-80 in games. In Division 5, Citrus Hill (Perris) took down Schurr High School 12-6 and were on the road to face Villanova Prep in the quarterfinals where they fell 10-8.

As for the local teams still swimming their way through the postseason brackets, Hemet took a trip to the top in Division 6, where they battled Muir High School till the final buzzer. It would be Mustang swimmer Luc Garwood who took a shot at the buzzer, with success, lifting his team to a 17-16 victory for the Division 6 title. The 33 goals tied a record for the most goals scored in a CIF Southern Section championship.

Hemet’s boys’ water polo team swam all the way to the CIF Southern Section Division 6 finals this past Saturday at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, where they fell to Muir 17-16 in the final seconds of the match. Valley News/Courtesy photo

It was a collision course for both teams who averaged more than 20 goals per match during their postseason runs. Carter Burk led the way with his three goals for the Bulldogs, while Reeves Tyler and Mark Fredricksen each scored twice for the Hemet, who had nine other payers score goals.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.