HS Sports: Fall sports teams wrap up the regular season, playoffs await those worthy of a shot 

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The Temecula Valley High School Golden Bears celebrates after winning their share of the Southwestern League title by beating Murrieta Mesa High School 41-26 Friday, Nov. 1. David Canales photo

JP Raineri
Sports Editor

The regular season schedule for the high school teams in the area has come to end, and it’s time to talk playoffs, but not before going around the local leagues and seeing what took place last week around the valley. 

On the gridiron, take look at what those final scores were and see who grabbed that top spot to call themselves league champions. Over in the Ivy League, it was Rancho Verde High School that took the title, closing the door on a 9-1 season with a win over Valley View High School. In the Mountain Pass League, San Jacinto High School beat Tahquitz High School and took the league title with them going 8-2 on the season. Cornerstone Christian High School won the South Valley League with their 8-2 season as well, defeating Sherman Indian High School in Week 10, and for the Sunbelt League and the Southwestern League, there are some fresh faces claiming bid to the titles. 

It took 10 years, but the Elsinore High School Tigers are once again the Sunbelt League champions. Behind a balanced offensive attack and a timely defense, the Tigers defeated crosstown rival Temescal Canyon High School 28-7 in Week 10 and claimed the Sunbelt title for the first time in a decade. Quarterback James Brady completed 7 of 10 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns, while Elsinore’s defense held the Titans to 34 yards rushing on the night and 142 total yards. The defense had eight plays allowing zero or fewer yards. 

Over in the Southwestern League the night went to the Golden Bears, but not without dramatics as Murrieta Valley High School, Vista Murrieta High School and the aforementioned Golden Bears were all 3-1 going into the night. Earlier in the season Temecula Valley High School got the upper hand in the standings by beating Vista Murrieta High School, but they also fell to the Nighthawks, who lost to Chaparral High School. Temecula Valley beat the Pumas, as well as Great Oak High School – their only league win was over Murrieta Mesa High School – and in what was a very climatic game in Week 10, ousted the Murrieta Mesa Rams 41-26, in what some thought, would give the Golden Bears outright claim to the Southwestern League title. That title would be their first one in 20 years. Now, try to keep up, because if Murrieta Valley would of beat Vista Murrieta in Week 10, the Nighthawks would be the sole winner of the title, but here is what happened as the regular season came to an end. 

The Broncos kept Murrieta Valley’s high-powered offense in check and also dominated time of possession with their power running game. The result was a 21-7 home victory that helped Vista Murrieta secure the Southwestern League title as well. Since the Broncos beat Murrieta Valley, but fell to Temecula Valley, who also fell to Murrieta Valley, Vista Murrieta will share this year’s championship with Temecula Valley. Vista Murrieta finished up the night with 192 rushing yards on 32 carries.

Here are scores from last week’s CIF Southern Section high school football games that started Thursday, Oct. 31. Playoff schedules for the teams inside the Valley News coverage area that are not mentioned here, including football, girls’ tennis, girls’ golf CIF Finals updates, and cross-country finals will be posted online once they are available. 

CIF-SS FOOTBALL; THURSDAY 10/31 SCORES

Ambassador League

Linfield Christian (7-2) 85, Desert Christian Academy (1-9) 0

Inland Valley League

Orange Vista (7-3) 34, Canyon Springs (3-7) 6

Ivy League

Rancho Verde (9-1) 44, Heritage (7-3) 0

South Valley League

Cornerstone Christian (8-2) 35, Sherman Indian (0-9) 10

 

FRIDAY 11/1 SCORES

Inland Valley League

Perris (1-9) 109, Lakeside (0-10) 53

Ivy League

Paloma Valley (4-6) 24, Valley View (2-8) 21

Mountain Pass League

Beaumont (9-1) 22, Citrus Hill (7-3) 19

Hemet (6-4) 41, West Valley (2-8) 18

San Jacinto (8-2) 49, Tahquitz (4-6) 12

South Valley League

Santa Rosa Academy (4-6) 24, Temecula Prep (4-6) 14

Southwestern League

Chaparral (7-3) 49, Great Oak (4-6) 47

Vista Murrieta (7-3) 21, Murrieta Valley (8-2) 7

Temecula Valley (8-2) 41, Murrieta Mesa (3-7) 26

Sunbelt League

Elsinore (7-3) 28, Temescal Canyon (3-7) 7

Nonleague

Heritage Christian (3-2) 47, Rancho Christian (5-5) 45

 

SATURDAY 11/2 GAMES

Omega League

Cal Lutheran (5-4) 30, Lighthouse Christian (2-6) 34

 

CIF-SS GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS

(Matches at 6 p.m. Sites and times are subject to change)

Playoffs for girls’ volleyball have been underway for almost two weeks now and there are still quite a few local teams in the hunt for a CIF Southern Section title, as well as a CIF State bid. Here is a look at the remaining teams still finding a way to extend their seasons. 

 Division 1

First round

Corona del Mar 1, Vista Murrieta 3

Quarterfinal

Vista Murrieta 0, Marymount 3

*The Lady Broncos did qualify for a CIF State bid with their first-round win. 

Division 2

First round

Murrieta Valley 3, Burbank Burroughs 0

Second round

Murrieta Valley 3, Burbank Burroughs 0

Quarterfinal

Murrieta Valley 3, Santa Margarita 2

Semifinal

Murrieta Valley 3, Rancho Cucamonga 0 

Finals: Murrieta Valley vs. TBD; Saturday, Nov. 9

*Location and time are still TBD as of 11/3/19

Division 3

First round

Claremont 0, Paloma Valley 3

Second round

Paloma Valley 3, West Ranch 2

Quarterfinal

Paloma Valley 3, Fountain Valley 0 

Semifinal

Paloma Valley 3, Poly (Pasadena) 0 

Finals: Paloma Valley vs. Ontario Christian; Saturday, Nov. 9

*Location and time are still TBD as of 11/3/19

Division 4

First round

West Torrance 0, Hemet 3

Second round

Hemet 3, Calvary Chp/SA 0

Quarterfinal 

Hemet 1, Saddleback Valley Christian 3

Division 5

No local teams remain

Division 6

First round

Silverado 0, Linfield Christian 3

West Valley 3, Patriot 2

Second round

Linfield Christian 3, California 0

West Valley 0, Cate 3

Quarterfinal

Linfield Christian 3, San Dimas 0

Semifinal

Linfield Christian 3, St. Bonaventure 0 

Finals: Linfield vs. Nordhoff; Saturday, Nov. 9

*Location and time are still TBD as of Nov. 3

Division 7 & 8

No local teams remain

Division 9

First round

Pacific Lutheran 0, Cornerstone Christian 3

Crossroads Christian 0, Temecula Prep 3

Second round

Cornerstone Christian 3, New Harvest Christian 0

Temecula Prep 3, Academy of Careers 1

Quarterfinal 

Cornerstone Christian 3, Bacon Hill 0

Temecula Prep 3, Redlands Advent 0

Semifinal

Cornerstone Christian vs. Temecula Prep – Saturday, Nov. 2 

*Winner will advance to Final Saturday, Nov. 9

Senior Jake Garrett and the Temecula Valley High School boys’ water polo program won the Southwestern League title for the first time ever, beating Great Oak High School in the final seconds of their championship match. Annette Saenz photo

CIF-SS BOYS’ WATER POLO PLAYOFFS

The schedule for the first round of the CIF-SS boys’ water polo playoffs were recently released and coming into the final week, there was a lot of movement in the water, especially in the Southwestern League. For the first time in almost two decades, Murrieta Valley was not in the final match of the season as Temecula Valley and Great Oak took the top spots this season. In what was a spooky back-and-forth affair Halloween night, Temecula Valley scored with 10 seconds left in the second overtime period to hold on for the win and claim their first league championship. Murrieta Valley did however win a first-round bid in Division 2 for the playoffs and will begin their journey Wednesday, Nov. 6. Temecula Valley and Great Oak could see each other again in the Division 5 playoffs, and Paloma Valley High School, who took the league title again this year, will be the only local team to get a bye through the first-round of the Division 6 brackets. The remaining local teams in the playoffs include Hemet, West Valley and Heritage high schools. 

Division 1

First round action begins Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m.

*No local teams qualified. 

Division 2

First round (Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m.)

Murrieta Valley at Palos Verdes

Division 3 & 4

First round action begins Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m.

*No local teams qualified. 

Division 5

First round (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.)

Citrus Valley at Great Oak

Palm Springs at Temecula Valley

Buena Park at Hemet

Division 6

First round (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.)

Paloma Valley, bye

West Valley at Ramona

Redlands at Heritage

Division 7

First round action begins Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m.

*No local teams qualified. 

Playoff schedule

Second round, Divisions 3-6: Thursday, Nov. 7: 5 p.m.

Quarterfinals, Divisions 2-7: Saturday; Nov. 9

Semifinals, all divisions: Wednesday, Nov. 13

Championships, all divisions: Saturday, Nov. 16, at Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine

*All stats, schedules, photos and scores are supplied by local high school athletic directors, MaxPreps, CIF-SS offices, contributing writers/photographers and countless fans of the games via social media. Is your team’s score missing? Let us know if your school is inside our coverage area and would like to be mentioned. 

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