The 2023-2024 school year is flying by and with the high school winter sports just now wrapping up the playoff portion of their seasons, the preseason for spring sports is getting underway. With that said, the CIF Southern Section offices released their preseason watchlists for some of the spring sports programs last week and only a handful of local teams find themselves as “teams to be watched.”

On the lacrosse fields, no local boys’ teams were noted, but for the girls’ teams, the Murrieta Mesa Rams are high on the Division 1 and 2 list at No. 10, while Murrieta Valley is coming in at No. 5 in Division 3, and Temecula Valley is close by, sitting at No. 10 in the same division as well.

The CIF Southern Section released their preseason watchlist last week, naming quite a few local teams from local lacrosse programs, including Murrieta Mesa. Valley News/File photo

As for the new girls’ beach volleyball season, selected by the Girls Beach Volleyball Committee, no local teams were identified in the release. The boys’ volleyball preseason watchlist showcased two local teams in Paloma Valley, No. 11 in Division 4, and Temecula Valley, No. 14 in Division 5. Preseason polls will come into effect next week and will be updated weekly at

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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.