Top-four seeds: 1. Hillcrest of Riverside (19-9); 2. Foothill Tech of Ventura (23-6); 3. San Dimas (17-11); 4. Webb of Claremont (19-6)
O.C. contenders: Santa Ana Valley, Garden Grove, Savanna, Bolsa Grande, Los Amigos
Last year’s final: Foothill Tech def. Hillcrest, 10-7
Playoff dates: First round (Feb. 16), second round (Feb. 18), quarterfinals (Feb. 20), semifinals (Feb. 24), championship game (Feb. 27 at Irvine)
Albano’s notes: Valley and Garden Grove each received first-round byes in the 32-team bracket. … Top-seeded Hillcrest and No. 2 Foothill haven’t played this winter. … Hillcrest returns reigning CIF Division 7 player of the year Samantha Malouff, a 5-foot-10 senior utility player. .... Hillcrest owns two victories vs. Division 5 No. 5 Los Altos.