Poly No. 1, Narbonne No. 3 in girls’ Division I bracket
There’s no time to rest for CIF City champions Taft and Narbonne or Southern Section Division I-AA champions Dominguez and Long Beach Poly as they begin the push for the Division I state title Monday night.
When the state regional seedings were announced Sunday afternoon, Taft (25-3) and Dominguez (28-2) were given the top two seeds in a stacked Division I Southern California regional that also features Fairfax (No. 3), Westchester (No. 4) and Fremont (No. 12).
The Toreadors open up at home at Chino Hills while the Dons, Lions (25-5) and Comets (28-4) do the same against Palmdale, Perris and Rancho Verde, respectively.
All four should reach the semifinals with no problem – unless Riverside King (29-2) gets by Westchester – and both possible games (Taft-Westchester, Fairfax-Dominguez) will be rematches of earlier matchups won by the Toreadors and Dons.
A Taft-Dominguez final would be the third meeting between the CIF champions, both double-digit victories by the Toreadors.
On the girl’s side, No. 1-seeded Poly opens up at home against Bonita Vista (San Diego) while No. 3-seeded Narbonne does the same against Los Ojos (Rancho Cucamonga).
Poly (26-2) should have no problems reaching the finals again, even with a possible semi-final game against A.B. Miller (Fontana), who they beat last year in the regional championship, or Millikan (27-4) in what would be their fourth meeting this year.
Narbonne (28-4), on the other hand have not advanced past the second round of the regionals with this group of seniors and the regionals won’t make it easy, with possible matchups against Division II-A champion Cajon (San Bernardino) or league rival Washington in the second round and a City finals rematch with No. 7 Chatsworth in the semifinals.
Millikan will open against Chaffey (Ontario) as the No. 4 seed. No. 10 Lynwood (23-7) travels to Chatsworth (24-6) in a rematch of their meeting at the Ayala tournament, won by the Lady Knights 60-55.
Here are the rest of the local teams who advanced:
Division III boys – Bishop Montgomery (24-6) opens at home as the No. 2 seed against University City (San Diego) Tuesday night. The Division II-AA champions could face No. 1 seed Santa Margarita in the finals.
Division V – Price (29-3) opens here as the No. 1 seed once again as the Division III-AA runner-ups open with a home game Tuesday night against the winner of Monday’s wild-card game. Also in Tuesday night action, No. 6-seeded Joel John Academy (22-6) travels to Immanuel Christian (Reedley) while defending regional champion View Park (22-12) takes on Renaissance Academy at Crenshaw High School at 8 p.m.
Division II girls – Fresh off their Division I-A championship, Redondo (27-3) opens as the No. 1 seed at home against Edison on Tuesday. Possible showdowns this week include a fourth matchup with Bay League rival Mira Costa in the semifinals and Ayala (Chino Hills) in the finals.
Division IV – Marlborough (21-9) is gunning for their second state title as the No. 2-seeded Lady Mustangs open at home Tuesday night against City Small Schools finalist LACES. St. Mary’s Academy (No. 4 seed) opens at against The Bishop’s School (San Diego).
Division V – City Small Schools Champion View Park (24-5) opens against Liberty Christian at Crenshaw High School at 8 p.m.
All games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. First-round action starts on Tuesday, with the exception of the Division I bracket which starts Monday and will play their second round games on Tuesday. The semifinals will be on Thursday at the host sites with the finals taking place at the Sports Arena (Div. I-III) or Mater Dei (Div. IV-V)