CIF finals venues set for winter sports playoffs

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Championship venues for this year’s San Diego Section winter sports playoffs have been announced.

The basketball finals will be split between Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University (Open Division, Division I and Division II), San Marcos High School (Division II, Division III and Division IV) and La Costa Canyon High School (Division V).

The soccer finals will be split between Mission Bay High School (Open Division, Division I and Division III) and La Jolla High School (Division II, Division IV and Division V).

Championship venues for this year’s San Diego Section winter sports playoffs have been announced.

The basketball finals will be split between Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University (Open Division, Division I and Division II), San Marcos High School (Division II, Division III and Division IV) and La Costa Canyon High School (Division V).

The soccer finals will be split between Mission Bay High School (Open Division, Division I and Division III) and La Jolla High School (Division II, Division IV and Division V).

The girls’ water polo finals will take place Feb. 24 at La Jolla High School with a quadruple header starting at 11 a.m.

League champions receive an automatic berth in the playoffs or play-in round, if applicable.

Play-in games were held prior to the first round in that sport.

All section champions will advance to a regional state playoff game in basketball and soccer.

Basketball

The section basketball playoffs will consist of six divisions: eight teams in the Open Division, 16 teams in Division I, Division II, Division III and Division IV and 12 teams in Division V.

Pairings were announced on Feb. 17.

Open Division teams tip off quarterfinal playoffs on Feb. 23 (boys) and Feb. 24 (girls). Semifinals are Feb. 28 (both genders).

Finals are scheduled at Viejas Arena on March 2 (6 p.m. for girls, 8 p.m. for boys).

Playoffs tip off with first-round action in all other divisions on Feb. 20 (boys) and Feb. 21 (girls), followed by quarterfinals on Feb. 23 (boys) and Feb. 24 (girls). Semifinals are scheduled for either Feb. 27 or Feb. 28.

Game times are set for 7 p.m.

The Division I finals are scheduled at Viejas Arena on March 2 (1 p.m. for girls, 3 p.m. for boys).

The Division II girls’ finals are scheduled March 2 at Viejas Arena (11 a.m.). The Division II boys’ finals are scheduled March 3 at San Marcos High School (8 p.m.).

The Division III finals are scheduled March 3 at San Marcos High School (3 p.m. for girls, 6 p.m. for boys).

The Division IV finals are scheduled March 3 at San Marcos High School (11 a.m. for boys, 1 p.m. for girls).

The Division V finals are scheduled March 1 at La Costa Canyon High School (5 p.m. for boys, 7 p.m. for girls).

Among East County boys basketball teams:

Coastal League champion Foothills Christian (24-5) received the No. 1 seed in the top flight Open Division and will tip off postseason play with a quarterfinal matchup against eighth-seeded St. Augustine (17-6).

Mount Miguel (26-4) received the top seed in the Division III field while Eastern League champion Christian (18-8) received the No. 2 seed in the Division II field.

Monte Vista (18-10) received the No. 3 seed in the Division IV bracket.

In other boys basketball divisions:

Grossmont Hills League champion Helix (19-9) received the No. 8 seed among Division I teams while Grossmont (15-12) received the No. 12 seed.

Three other East County teams were seeded in the Division II bracket: Steele Canyon (14-7) at No. 6, West Hills (15-10) at No. 10 and Granite Hills (14-11) at No. 15.

Santana (17-11) received the No. 10 seed in Division III. El Cajon Valley (12-12) received the No. 11 seed in Division IV while El Capitan (8-18) was seeded 12th.

Among East County girls basketball teams:

Grossmont Hills League champion Mount Miguel (27-1) received the No. 2 seed in the Open Division and will be favored to meet top-seeded La Jolla Country Day (18-7) in the finals at SDSU’s Viejas Arena.

Central League champion Christian (18-9) received the No. 2 seed in the Division III playoff bracket opposite top-seeded Escondido Adventist Academy (25-1).

Foothills Christian (12-12) received the No. 4 seed among Division V teams.

In other girls basketball divisions:

Helix (18-10) received the No. 5 seed in the Division II field while Grossmont (13-13) was seeded 15th.

Grossmont Valley League champion El Capitan (15-12) received the No. 6 seed in Division III while Steele Canyon (15-8) was seeded 12th.

Three teams received seeds in the Division IV field: Valhalla (4-16) at No. 11, El Cajon Valley (7-16) at No. 12 and Monte Vista (6-16) at No. 13.

Mountain Empire (13-6) received the No. 5 seed among Division V teams.

West Hills (12-13) received the No. 14 seed in the Division I bracket.

Soccer

The playoff format will include six divisions. Pairings were announced on Feb. 17.

Open Division quarterfinals are Feb. 20 (girls) and Feb. 21 (Feb. 21). Semifinals are Feb. 27 (girls) and Feb. 28 (boys).

Open Division semifinal losers will play a state seeding game on March 1 (girls) and March 2 (boys) at the home of the higher-seeded team.

The Open Division finals are scheduled March 2 at Mission Bay High School (5 p.m. for girls, 7:30 p.m. for boys).

Opening-round playoff games in all other divisions kick off Feb. 20 (girls) and Feb. 21 (boys). Game times are set for 5 p.m.

The Division I finals are scheduled March 3 at Mission Bay High School (4:30 p.m. for girls, 7 p.m. for boys).

The Division II finals are scheduled March 3 at La Jolla High School (4:30 for girls, 7 p.m. for boys).

The Division III finals are scheduled March 3 at Mission Bay High School (11 a.m. for girls, 1:30 p.m. for boys).

The Division IV finals are scheduled March 3 at La Jolla High School (11 a.m. for girls, 1:30 p.m. for boys).

The Division V finals are scheduled March 2 at La Jolla High School (5 p.m. for boys, 7:30 p.m. for girls).

Open division teams (boys and girls) that lose in the quarterfinal round of the section playoffs will play a state seeding game on March 1 at the home of the higher-seeded team.

Among girls soccer teams:

Steele Canyon (10-6-6) and West Hills (9-10-4) both received admission to the top tier Open Division playoffs and will face higher-seeded opponents when the quarterfinals kick off. Steele Canyon is seeded seventh while West Hills is seeded eighth in the division.

Granite Hills (11-5-5) earned the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs and will host the first-round winner between eighth-seeded Grossmont (10-7-5) and ninth-seeded Patrick Henry (3-10-3) in the quarterfinal round.

Christian (15-5-2) received the No. 2 seed in the Division III field and receives a bye to the division quarterfinals. Monte Vista (11-7-1) is seeded fourth in the division.

Grossmont Valley League champion Helix (13-1-4) is seeded fourth in the Division II field and receives a bye to the division quarterfinals.

Citrus League champion Mountain Empire (15-2-2) is seeded eighth in Division IV.

River Valley (11-6-1) was seeded fifth in the Division V field.

Valhalla (8-9-1) is seeded seventh in the Division I field.

Among boys soccer teams:

El Cajon Valley (7-8-9) received the No. 3 seed in the Division IV field while Monte Vista (11-3-7) was seeded fourth in the same field.

Three East County teams received seeds in the Division III bracket: Valhalla (11-3-6) at No. 6, Grossmont (9-5-7) at No. 7 and Santana (14-5-6) at No. 8.

Central League champion Christian (16-4-3) received the No. 9 seed in Division IV.

El Capitan (9-12-1) received the No. 8 seed in the Division V field while Mountain Empire (8-8-1) was seeded 10th.

Granite Hills (7-12-3) received the No. 12 seed in Division I.

Girls water polo

Playoff competition will take place in four divisions. Playoffs started Feb. 13 in Division I and Division III, Feb. 14 in Division II and Feb. 15 in the Open Division.

Quarterfinals took place at La Jolla High School on Feb. 15 in Division III, Feb. 16 in Division I and Feb. 17 in Division II and the Open Division.

Semifinals are scheduled at LJHS on Feb. 19 (Division III), Feb. 20 (Division I) and Feb. 21 (Division II and Open Division).

The championship quadruple header features the Division III final at 11 a.m., Division II final at 1 p.m., a state play-in game at 3 p.m., Division I final at 5 p.m. and Open Division final at 7 p.m.

West Hills (21-8) received the top seed in the Division I field and eliminated eighth-seeded Clairemont, 7-5, in quarterfinal-round play to advance to the division semifinals against fifth-seeded El Camino (19-8).

Grossmont (13-16) received the No. 1 seed in the Division II bracket and defeated eighth-seeded Ramona (19-11) by a 6-5 score in a quarterfinal match to advance to the semifinals against fifth-seeded University City (18-8).

Valhalla (21-7) received the No. 7 seed in the Open Division and bowed out of contention for this year’s championship title following a 10-8 overtime loss to second-seeded Bishop’s (18-11) in quarterfinal play.

For complete playoff brackets in all sports, visit the website at www.cifsds.org.

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