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Teams head to playoffs

February 15, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

The CIF Southern Section winter playoffs got underway this week and several local prep teams earned berths, or were granted entrance, to the postseason party.

All regular season records and league finishes were supplied by the CIF-SS office.

Girls' Basketball

The playoffs get underway Thursday for the local teams with the exception of Edison. The Sunset League champion Chargers (24-3) are the No. 1-seed in Division 1A and received a first-round bye. They will host the winner of Thursday's game between Santa Fe (14-13, Del Rio No. 3) and No. 16 Arcadia (13-11, Pacific at-large) on Saturday.

In Division 1A action, Fountain Valley (8-18) got an at-large bid for the Sunset League and travels to take on Baseline League runner-up Rancho Cucamonga (16-4). The winner moves on to play at No. 13 Capistrano Valley (13-12, Seaview No. 1) which has a first-round bye.

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In Division 2AA, Sunset League runner-up and third-ranked Huntington Beach (22-3) hosts Valencia/Placentia (15-8, Empire No. 4) and Marina, 16-10 and the third-place team from the Sunset League, visits 13th-ranked Saugus (13-14, Foothill No. 3).

"We had a great [regular] season with lots of great memories," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "I hope we will continue the success. I believe the girls will be ready for the playoffs."

In Division 4AA, No. 14 Ocean View (15-11) which finished in a tie for second-place in the Golden West League, is home to Lawndale (8-16, Pioneer at-large) and in Division 5A, No. 5 Brethren Christian (18-7, Academy League No. 2) is on the road to face Avalon (17-8, San Joaquin co-No.2).

All first-round games are at 7 p.m. Thursday. Second-round games will at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Boys' Basketball

The playoffs begin Wednesday. Second-round games will be played at 7 p.m. Friday.

In Division 1A Wednesday, Fountain Valley, which finished 4-6 in the Sunset League and 15-11 overall, will travel to take on California (11-13), the No. 3 team from the Del Rio League. The winner will play Friday against San Gabriel Valley League champion and No. 4-seed Downey (25-2) which had a first-round bye.

"It is a great step for our program to be in the playoffs," first-year Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "I think it has been three years since Fountain Valley was last in [the playoffs] and they only won nine games that year. We are excited to play."

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