Total Waterpolo’s Championship Saturday Picks

Total Waterpolo’s predictions for all 13 high school championship matches that will take place tomorrow, November 21st.

CIF Central Coast Section:
Girls Division 2 – St. Ignatius of San Francisco has put together a fine season. But Sacred Heart remains the class of the division. Sacred Heart wins 12-5.
Girls Division 1 – St. Francis is the defending champion. But Menlo-Atherton is both improved and motivated for revenge. They get it; M-A wins 7-5.
Boys Division 2 – The records are similar, but the Sacred Heart showed itself superior to a good Menlo School squad at the North-South and Memorial Cup Tournaments. They prove it tomorrow by winning 11-8.
Boys Division 1 – St. Francis was hurt early in the season by the loss of their fine goalkeeper. Bellarmine has had mixed results in 2009, but defeated St. Francis by three goals earlier this year. Santa Clara U. may as well be home for the Bells. They win again, barely, 8-7.

CIF San Diego Section:
Boys Division 2 – Either Coronado or Bishop’s have won 15 of the last 16 D-2 championships. Coronado will try to maintain that streak. Cathedral Catholic began the year considered one of the best teams in California and showed its form at the North-South Challenge in particular. They truly are among the best in the country and prove it tomorrow ending the ‘Nado/Bishop’s streak, 13-9.
Boys Division 1 – Poway emerged from the surprising lower-half of this bracket to face Carlsbad, winner of six consecutive D-1 championships. Poway is a good team, but the Lancers are historically so. Carlsbad wins 15-5.

CIF Southern Section:
Boys Division 7 – Both Katella and Valencia have been winning big in their bracket. The form holds; Katella 15-13.
Boys Division 6 – In the semis Rio Mesa avenged their 2008 finals loss to Crescenta Valley. They face #1 seeded Webb in this years finals. Unfortunately for Rio Mesa they come up short again. Webb wins 14-11.
Boys Division 5 – Los Osos took down favored La Serna, while El Segundo beat a strong Troy squad to reach the finals. El Segundo wins a close one, 7-6.
Boys Division 4 – It’s a tossup. Both Mira Costa and Palos Verdes scored impressive wins in the semis after cruising earlier in the tournament. Mira Costa scores a mild upset, 10-8.
Boys Division 3 – Montebello won decisively over a very good Laguna Beach team in the semifinals. The Oilers continue their run and will defeat the impressive Murrieta Valley, 8-7.
Boys Division 2 – JSerra ended the year solidly, and some say they are primed for a breakout game. That may be so, but Mater Dei ranks among the five best teams in the country and will show it. They win convincingly 11-6.
Boys Division 1 – El Toro earned one of the great upsets in CIF-SS history overcoming both a change of venue and an undefeated, #1 ranked opponent in Loyola to win a spot in the finals. The R&R boys have become monstrous scorers as their defense has improved all season in front of a young and talented goalkeeper. All signs point to picking El Toro (again) in an upset to defeat Newport Harbor. But, no. The Sailors are too deep, too experienced, and too motivated. They win, 12-11.

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