JP Raineri
Sports Editor

The CIF-Southern Section offices recently announced the playoff division pairings for the 2019-2020 high school winter sports season, which includes boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ water polo and wrestling. As the fall season wraps up with playoffs starting as early as last week for most teams, the winter sports regular season should begin right around the second or third week of November. Lakeside and Rancho Verde will represent the illustrious and ever so tough Division 1 group for girls’ basketball and on the boys’ courts it will be Rancho Christian, Temecula Valley and Rancho Verde high schools holding down Division 1 as well. 

For girls’ soccer, it will be Temecula Valley and Vista Murrieta high schools duking it out for Division 1 rights, and for the local boys’ soccer teams, unfortunately no local teams qualified. In the water for girls’ water polo, it is Murrieta Valley High School keeping with their Division 1 tradition, and in the groupings for wrestling, it’s the Southwestern League teams that will be going at it for Division 1 glory. The breakdown for the playoff division pairings for the 2019-2020 high school winter sports season are as follows: 

Divisional Playoff groupings

Girls’ Basketball

Division 1: Lakeside, Rancho Verde. 

Division 2AA: Great Oak, Vista Murrieta.

Division 2A: No local teams.

Division 3AA: Chaparral, Murrieta Mesa, San Jacinto, Temescal Canyon. 

Division 3A: Hemet, Linfield Christian, Temecula Valley.

Division 4AA: Heritage, Orange Vista, Paloma Valley. 

Division 4A: Cal Lutheran, Citrus Hill, Elsinore, Perris, Rancho Christian, Tahquitz. 

Division 5AA: San Jacinto Valley Academy. 

Division 5A: Cornerstone Christian, Hamilton, River Springs – Hemet, River Springs – Temecula, Santa Rosa Academy, Temecula Prep, West Valley. 

Temecula Valley High School will be another one of the top local teams fighting it out for a spot in the Division 1 playoffs for this upcoming CIF-SS season. Annette Saenz photo

Boys’ Basketball

Division 1: Rancho Christian, Rancho Verde, Temecula Valley.

The Rancho Christian High School Eagles will be one of three local teams playing for a spot in the Division 1 playoffs at the end of the winter high school sports season. David Canales photo

Division 2AA: Great Oak.

Division 2A: Murrieta Mesa, Paloma Valley.

Division 3AA: Citrus Hill, Orange Vista, Temescal Canyon, Vista Murrieta. 

Division 3A: Chaparral, Hemet. 

Division 4AA: Elsinore, Perris, Tahquitz. 

Division 4A: San Jacinto. 

Division 5AA: Lakeside, San Jacinto Valley Academy, West Valley.

Division 5A: Cal. Lutheran, Cornerstone Christian, Hamilton, Linfield Christian, River Springs – Hemet, River Springs – Temecula, Santa Rosa Academy, St. Jeanna de Lostonnac, Temecula Prep.


Girls’ Water Polo (power rankings)

Division 1 & 2: Murrieta Valley.

Division 3: Temescal Canyon.

Division 4: Chaparral, Elsinore, Great Oak, Lakeside, Murrieta Mesa, Vista Murrieta.

Division 5: Hemet, Temecula Valley, West Valley. 

Division 6: Paloma Valley, Tahquitz.

Division 7: Heritage, Perris. 

The Vista Murrieta High School boys’ soccer team joins Great Oak, Murrieta Valley and Temescal Canyon high schools in the CIF Division 2 playoff groupings. David Canales photo

Boys’ Soccer 

Division 1 – 3: No local teams.

Division 4: Great Oak, Murrieta Valley, Temescal Canyon, Vista Murrieta. 

Division 5: Chaparral, Citrus Hill, Hemet, Paloma Valley, Rancho Verde, Temecula Valley. 

Division 6: Elsinore Heritage, Lakeside, Murrieta Mesa, Orange Vista, Perris, San Jacinto, West Valley. 

Division 7: Cal. Lutheran, Hamilton, Linfield Christian, Rancho Christian, San Jacinto Valley Academy, Santa Rosa Academy, Temecula Prep. 

The Temecula Valley High School girls’ soccer team will join Vista Murrieta High School in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoff groupings for the upcoming season. David Canales photo

Girls’ Soccer 

Division 1: Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta. 

Division 2: Paloma Valley.

Division 3: Chaparral, Great Oak, Murrieta Valley. 

Division 4: Hemet, Murrieta Mesa, Temescal Canyon.

Division 5: Elsinore, Heritage, San Jacinto, Tahquitz

Division 6: Citrus Hill, Lakeside, Orange Vista, Perris, Rancho Verde, West Valley. 

Division 7: Linfield Christian, Rancho Christian, San Jacinto Valley Academy, Temecula Prep. 


Wrestling Dual divisional groupings 

Division 1/2 

Southwestern League: Chaparral, Great Oak, Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta Valley, Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta.

Division 3

Mountain Pass: Beaumont, Citrus Hill, Hemet, San Jacinto, Tahquitz, West Valley. 

Ivy League (Duals): Canyon Springs, Elsinore, Paloma Valley, Temescal Canyon.

Ivy League (Individuals): Arlington, Elsinore, J.W. North, Notre Dame, Orange Vista, Rancho Verde, Temescal Canyon.

Division 4 & 5

No local leagues 

Division 6

Freelance League: De Toledo, Faith Baptist, Hoover, Temecula Prep, Valencia. 

Sunbelt League (Duals): Arlington, J.W. North, Lakeside, Riverside Poly, Rancho Verde. 

Sunbelt League (Individuals): Canyon Springs, Paloma Valley, Heritage, Lakeside, Perris, Riverside Poly, Valley View. 

Division 7

Arrowhead League: Cal. School for the Deaf, Hamilton, Nuview Bridge, Santa Rosa Academy. 

Inland Valley (Duals): Heritage, Notre Dame, Orange Vista, Perris, Valley View. 

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