The CIF Southern Section winter playoffs are in full swing, and there is no shortage of intriguing events on the schedule this week for fans of Inland high school sports.
Wednesday’s Division 1 girls basketball quarterfinal matchup between North and King should draw a big crowd. It is a crosstown rivalry, and King will look to avenge its only loss when it heads to “J-Dub.” King has won 22 straight since that 67-58 setback to the Huskies. The one-time Ivy and Big VIII League foes met one other time during the postseason — King beat North 51-41 in the second round of the Division 1AA playoffs.
The Etiwanda girls basketball team started the Open Division playoffs with a victory over Rosary. The Eagles welcome Mater Dei to their gym Wednesday night. Etiwanda has won four straight games against the Monarchs, including a 56-52 victory in December.
Can the Valley View girls basketball team keep its surprising postseason run going? Valley View finished fifth in the tough Ivy League, but the Eagles have knocked off Brea Olinda and Ventura in Division 1. Up next: a home game Wednesday vs. Chaminade.
The Open Division boys basketball playoffs got turned on its head Saturday night, as top seed Rancho Christian was upset by Bishop Montgomery. Rancho Christian will look to bounce back Tuesday against Etiwanda (1-0 in pool play) at Vista Murrieta High School. Centennial looks to improve to 2-0 in pool play when its faces Mater Dei at Santiago High School.
Damien is the No. 2-seeded team in Division 1, but the Spartans will have to contend with Los Altos’ Jarod Lucas on Tuesday. Lucas recently became the Southern Section’s all-time leading scorer, and he sits on 3,321 points entering Tuesday night’s game. And another intriguing Division 1 boys game sees Riverside Poly hosting St. Anthony.
The Ivy League is one of two leagues in the Southern Section with three teams in the boys soccer quarterfinals. Arlington is the top seed in Division 2 but faces a long road trip up to San Marcos on Wednesday. Riverside Poly heads to Newbury Park for a Division 2 match, and Valley View will host to Montclair in Division 4 action.
The Summit boys soccer team beat No. 2 seed Granite Hills in the second round of the Division 5 playoffs. The SkyHawks take on St. Margaret’s on Wednesday at Miller High School. Summit started the season with a 1-3 record but is 13-0-4 over its past 17 matches.
One of the best girls soccer quarterfinal matches Tuesday will be in Division 6, as Arrowhead Christian hosts No. 2 seed San Jacinto. Arrowhead Christian placed second in the Ambassador League, while San Jacinto was second in the Mountain Pass League.
Could there be an all-Riverside County matchup for the Division 5 girls water polo championship? Valley View is the top seed and hosts Glendora on Wednesday. The other semifinal pits No. 3 seed Murrieta Mesa against Roosevelt at Murrieta Valley High School.