The CIF Southern Section released the playoff divisions for winter sports last week.
Eleven boys basketball teams from the Inland Empire and seven girls basketball teams from the area were classified for Division 1 this year. Eight boys and girls teams chosen from all of the divisions will be selected for the Open Division playoffs. Most will be Division 1 classified schools. Those not chosen will compete for the Division 1 title.
Centennial, Chino Hills, Etiwanda and Rancho Verde are the Inland schools whose boys and girls teams both are in the Division 1 mix this season. The other Inland boys teams in the top division are Colony, Damien, Notre Dame, Riverside Poly, Rancho Christian, Rancho Cucamonga and Temecula Valley. The other Inland girls teams in Division 1 this season are King, Lakeside, North and Roosevelt.
All of the winter sports playoff division placements can be found at cifss.org.
GETTING HIS KICKS
The kicker for Summit’s football team transferred to Oak Hills after last season and the SkyHawks were without a kicker. Enter junior Mats Rodes, a foreign-exchange student from Denmark.
SkyHawks coach Nick Matheny knew Rodes was his guy when he tossed him a football and Rodes trapped it with his foot, like a soccer player.
The young man has some talent, too, connecting on about a 25-yard field goal Friday night in a 44-14 victory against Sultana, helping to move the SkyHawks to 4-1. It was Rodes’ first field goal.
“The kids love him and went crazy when he made the kick,” Matheny said. “And he had a smile on his face from ear to ear. He has a different way about him and we’re having a lot of fun coaching him.”
NIGHTHAWKS WIN FREEWAY GAMES
The Southwestern League’s volleyball depth and strength was on full display again this weekend.
Vista Murrieta shook off last week’s loss to Chaparral by finishing in eighth place at the prestigious Durango Fall Classic in Nevada. The Broncos scored a three-set win over Torrey Pines in the qualifying round to reach the quarters. Torrey Pines swept nationally-ranked Redondo earlier this year, and the Falcons have beaten Cathedral Catholic twice. Cathedral Catholic won the Durango Fall Classic title Saturday night.
Vista Murrieta senior libero Chloe Scheer was selected to the all-tournament team.
Murrieta Valley won the championship at the inaugural Freeway Games invitational hosted by Santiago. The Nighthawks swept Ontario Christian (No. 1 in Division 3) in the Gold Division championship match, handing the Knights their first loss of the season. Murrieta Valley also knocked off Palm Desert, Redlands East Valley, Paloma Valley and Westlake en route to capturing the title.
Vista Murrieta will host the crosstown rivalry match against Murrieta Valley on Thursday evening.
The Rim of the World football team (4-0) is perfect in nonleague play, having defeated Excelsior Charter (61-0), Boron (39-0), Bishop Union (20-17) and Perris (50-0).
That’s not Murderers’ Row, but coach Joe Jurado points out that Rim is a school of only 800 students.
“It’s a matter of perspective,” Jurado said. “Just because we play in the SAL and play the likes of Eisenhower does not mean we have to schedule similar opponents in preseason. We’d rather schedule teams with the same demographics and enrollment and then we’ll be confident that if we make the playoffs, we can do well.”
Rim competes in CIF-Southern Section Division 13 in the playoffs, though it’s 7-3 record last season was not good enough to qualify for a postseason spot.
The Scots face San Gorgonio, Jurupa Hills and Eisenhower in succession in October – a gauntlet Jurado says will be the toughest for Rim in recent memory.
The Scots have been paced this season by running back/cornerback Phillip Smith, tight end/linebacker Austin Shoopman, halfback/strong safety Daniel Garcia and tight end/defensive end CJ King.
Rim hosts Arrowhead Christian on Friday at 7 p.m.
SHE SAID YES
Kaiser football’s Javier Wimbley was walking through the parking lot after the Cats’ win against Los Osos on Friday night when a happening worthy of TMZ occurred.
A young lady, Alyssa Rodriguez, with a poster saying, “I don’t know why you think you’re out of my league” and “Be my pocket full of sunshine” surprised Wimbley by asking him to the school’s homecoming dance on Oct. 12.
“She’s been my best friend for seven years and she just wanted to go to the homecoming dance with her best friend and so she asked me,” Wimbley said of Rodriguez. “And the guy who filmed the game for NBC was there, so he filmed it.”
As the poster was displayed the song “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums was playing and friends of both Wimbley and Rodriguez gathered around.
The pressure was on the Kaiser tight end/defensive end to respond and he did, in the affirmative.
The moment was preserved on camera for posterity and made its way onto Twitter, as well.
QUEENS OF THE COURT
Don Lugo won the annual “Queens of the Court” volleyball match Sept. 18 against rival Chino, 25-11, 20-25, 25-15, 25-13.
Breanna De Anglelis led Don Lugo with 16 kills and Ellie Garcia added 12 kills. Also for the Conquistadores, Capri Salmon chipped in with 11 digs, 11 aces and 20 assists and Marissa Martinez added 15 digs.
Don Lugo’s Garcia is 26th in the Southern Section in kills with 147, according to MaxPreps.com.