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Winter notes: Servite ready for Trinity soccer showdown
Servite’s boys soccer team will take on St. John Bosco on Wednesday in a game that could greatly impact whether the Friars retain the Trinity League title.
The Friars are in first place in the standings, and they beat the Braves, 4-1, in the teams’ first league meeting on Jan. 15. Servite is 6-0-1 in league and ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 1; St. John Bosco is 5-1-1 in league and No. 4 in Division 1.
The Friars have been playing some of their best defense of the season recently, having shut out three of their last four opponents.
The game Wednesday is 3 p.m. at St. John Bosco.
- DAMIAN DOTTORE
Edison’s girls soccer team had a flare for the dramatic last week.
The Chargers picked up a pair of come-from-behind overtime victories, against Newport Harbor and Los Alamitos, as Amy Feinstein and Mikayla Edwards scored the winning goals.
Those games set the stage for a Sunset League showdown between No. 10 Huntington Beach and the fifth-ranked Chargers on Thursday. The Oilers (12-5-6, 4-0-2) are attempting to defend the first league title in the program’s history.
Huntington Beach has 10 seniors on its roster, but the Chargers (14-4-1, 4-1-1) are just a point behind the Oilers heading into the week.
“I feel like we’re the younger sisters nagging the older sisters in that respect,” Chargers coach Kerry Crooks said. “That’s huge the way we came back in those games (last week). They learned what character is and how to find ways to win.”
In the Sea View League this week, fifth-ranked El Toro hosts No. 3 Tesoro today at 4:30 p.m. The Titans (15-4-3, 4-1-0) hold an 8-7 edge in points with three games remaining. Sea View League teams earn two points for a win and one for a tie.
In the Trinity League, top-ranked Mater Dei and No. 7 JSerra will play twice this week. The Monarchs (13-2-3, 4-0-0) have a one-game lead on the Lions (11-2-2, 3-1-0) with four league games left. The teams play at Mater Dei at 3 p.m. today and at 9 a.m. on Saturday at JSerra.
- ANDREW TURNER, Contributing writer
The CIF-SS Dual Meet Championships are set for Saturday. Marina is the site for the Coastal Division.
Wrestling begins at 11 a.m. All of the times after are approximate: 3 p.m. (second round), semifinals (5 p.m.) and finals (7:15 p.m.).
Pairings for all six divisions will be released Thursday at 1 p.m.
Last year, Servite defeated Trinity League rival St. John Bosco, 38-21, to win the Coastal Division title.
- DAMIAN CALHOUN
Canyon’s Aleeah Gould (108), Esperanza’s Samantha Endo (128) and Santa Ana’s Josahandy Moreno (133) each finished first in their division Saturday in the El Monte High Rumble in the Jungle.
Santa Ana’s Deysi Chona (103), Aliso Niguel’s Ireina Alvarez (113), Kennedy’s Miyuki Pugrad (133) each finished second.
The girls have their CIF-SS qualifiers on Saturday. There are four qualifying divisions (Southern, Eastern, Northern and Central). Tustin will be the site for all of the county leagues. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m.
The top eight wrestlers in each weight class at each location will advance to the CIF-SS Individual Championships on Feb. 12-13 at Roosevelt of Eastvale.
- DAMIAN CALHOUN
Mission Viejo quarterback and Register offensive player of year Brock Johnson announced that he has committed to Georgetown.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Eight girls water polo teams ranked in the Orange County top 10 will play in this week's Irvine Southern California Championships.
The only county-ranked teams not in the field of 32 are No. 1 Orange Lutheran, champion of the recent Santa Barbara tournament, and Huntington Beach. The tournament will be played Thursday through Saturday at the Woollett Aquatics Center, Foothill and Corona del Mar.
Orange Lutheran plays host to No. 5 Mater Dei at Santiago Canyon College on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in a game with major implcations in the Trinity League and the Division 1 rankings.
Ryan Vande Wydeven has been named the boys swimming coach at two-time defendig CIF Division 1 champion University, replacing Kevin Potter.
Potter is now an assistant at Newport Harbor.
Tom DeLong has returned to Foothill as coach of the the girls team.
- DAN ALBANO