Temecula Prep emerged victorious in a decisive 54-34 win over the Samueli Academy Wednesday, Feb. 13, asserting themselves as the last local team standing in the high-stakes CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. As the second-place team in the South Valley League, boasting a 10-2 league record and an overall record of 15-8, the Patriots have been on an incredible eight-game winning streak. It’s a narrative of relentless pursuit, where each victory writes a new chapter in their storied season.

Standout performances have been the hallmark of Temecula Prep’s journey this season, with players consistently stepping up to the challenge. Abby Bennett has been nothing short of phenomenal after leading the league with a staggering 259 points. Her exemplary scoring ability has been the hinge around which the Patriots’ offense pivots.

Temecula Prep defeated Samueli Academy in a decisive 54-34 victory Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Adding to the high-octane offense are Reese Miller and Zylah Coleman, who have amassed 145 and 242 points respectively. Their contributions underscore the depth and versatility of a Patriots team brimming with talent and ambition.

Temecula Prep next moved on to face their next challenge against St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy. The clash took place Saturday, Feb. 17, but did not go the Patriots way as they fell 53-45.

For updates on possible action for the Patriots in the CIF State 2024 Championship Brackets, those will be made available on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 25, at www.cifstate.org/sports/soccer.

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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.