Prep Championship Saturday

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Fall high school competition ends today with a a flourish: seven boys championships in Southern California, not counting San Diego County (where there are three); six matches in the Central California Section, and four more in the Central Coast Section. Plus collegiate conference championships from coast to coast: WWPA, SCIAC, and CWPA.

More than any time in memory the games can be viewed online. Check with TWp’s Live Streams for all the available action.

And it wouldn’t be championship season without picks. Check out Dan Albano’s championship selections for the Orange County representatives in CIF’s Southern Section. Some quick notes:

  • Harvard-Westlake has looked forward to avenging an earlier season loss to Mater Dei when they were winning by four goals before a furious Monarch comeback in CIF-SS’s premier match. No such luck today. Mater Dei’s single loss to San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic was also the last. The Monarchs keep their title streak alive.
  • Albano picks Foothill to take down defending D2 champs Agoura in the same tournament, and Foothill’s gutsy comeback over Murrieta Valley in the semis does much to support that prediction. Agoura hasn’t played up to its very high standards recently either. But they will win today earning yet another consecutive championship.
  • The Sacred Heart Prep boys are the best team in Northern California and already proved it Saturday with another CIF-CCS title. But Menlo gave the Gators a scare trailing by only one goal at the end of the third period.
  • Seven titles in a row for the Sacred Heart girls as they too won their championship match over Brenda Villa-led and nearby Castilleja, 14-7. Villa has vaulted her squad back to a championship level, but the team was no match today for SHP, which returns freshman Maddy Johnson and a deep bench next season.
  • Cathedral Catholic has supplanted traditional San Diego powers Bishop’s and Coronado as the best in the region. This year they count themselves among the top three in the country and will prove so again today in their D3 match against Bishop’s