The 411 - 3.9.04
- The California CIF State Championships are set. Below are the games scheduled for Tonight!California State Championships
- Tony Dandridge 6-6 SR PF San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon, has commmitted to New Mexico, according to sources. Dandridge, a prolific scorer, was also being recruited by Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara, among others.
- San Diego Section:
When the Southern California Regional high school boys' basketball playoff pairings were released Sunday, it confirmed what many already knew: Division I is wide open.
• Los Angeles Fairfax (23-5), must travel to No. 6 Long Beach Poly (28-3).
• Woodland Hills Taft (27-2), host Mission Viejo (26-5), the Southern Section Division I-A champion.
Other top-seeded teams besides San Diego's El Camino are Compton Dominguez (27-5) in Division II, Santa Margarita (27-3) in Division III, Santa Maria St. Joseph (27-3) in Division IV and L.A. Price (21-7) in Division V.
The regional semifinals are Thursday, the finals are Saturday at the Sports Arena. The state finals are March 19-20 at Arco Arena in Sacramento.
- SoCal Girls:
Lynwood is the top-seeded team in Division I, and Fullerton Troy was chosen the top-seeded team in Division II for the Southern California Regional that begins Tuesday.
Lynwood (26-2), which has won the last two state titles behind Tennessee-bound guard Sade Wiley-Gatewood, faces Newhall Hart (28-2).
#2 Long Beach Poly (27-3) and #3 San Clemente (26-4), will play road games. Poly takes on Central Section champion Fresno Clovis West (21-7), and San Clemente hosts Los Angeles Crenshaw (28-1).
Other #1's are Fullerton Troy (30-1) in Division II, La Puente Bishop Amat (28-3) in Division III, La Jolla Country Day (24-4) in Division IV and San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (16-7) in Division V.
The regional semifinals are Thursday and the finals are Saturday at the Sports Arena and Cal State Fullerton. The state finals are March 19-20 at Arco Arena in Sacramento.
For the first time, a section Division I boys team – El Camino High – has earned the No. 1 seed in the Southern California Regional playoffs, which start today
Now the Wildcats will have to justify the honor.
Ray Johnson's team will host Huntington Beach Marina, a quality outside shooting team, in a 7:30 p.m. game. The Wildcats moved ahead of Los Angeles Fairfax when that team was upset in the Los Angeles City championships by Woodland Hills Taft, 64-60.
La Jolla Country Day's girls, like the El Camino boys ranked No. 1 in the section from the opening tip, were the only other San Diego No. 1 seed. The Torreys host Downey Calvary Chapel (25-4) tonight in the Division IV opener.
The San Diego High girls were seeded only fourth. A loss to San Clemente earlier this year proved decisive. The Charde Houston-led Cavers host Harbor City Narbonne (19-8) but must travel to Lynwood to meet the state's No. 1 team in the second round if both teams win.
Ignited by senior Lorenzo Keeler's 33 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists, the Escondido High claimed their second San Diego Section Division II championship in three years Saturday night, beating Hoover 76-54. Hoover will be back with their top sophs & freshman.
De La Salle takes on McClymonds tonight in the first round.