Round One Begins Friday, February 8th
The opening round of the 2019 CIF Playoffs start on Friday, February 8th and 14 local teams will representing their schools in the tournament. In the Open Division, Rancho Christian will be home on Friday night to play Bishop Montgomery.
The Eagles is coming off a victory over the Number One Ranked team in the Nation Saturday. Rancho Christian slipped past Sierra Canyon 61-58 in their Pre-CIF game. Coach Ray Barefield’s Eagles are the South Eastern league Champions and are 24-4 this season. Rancho Verde cruised to the Ivy league Title and are 24-4.
Two Southwestern league teams are in the Division 2A playoffs. Great Oak, who took second place in the league will be home against King. The Wolfpack is 16-11 and coach Robert Hinkley expects the team to go deep in this years playoffs. King is 15-13.
Murrieta Mesa will travel to Beaumont to take on the Cougars. The Rams lost the first 5 games of league play but came back to win 4 out of their last 5 to qualify for the Division 2 A playoffs. They are 16-12 overall. Beaumont were the undefeated Mountain Pass league Champions and are 20-8.
Temecula Valley is seeded first and is home against Notre Dame in the Division 2AA opener. The Golden Bears have won the Southwestern crown for 4 consecutive years and seem to be getting better every year. Temecula’s record is 23-5. Notre Dame is 17-11.
In Division 3A, Heritage will travel to Palm Springs to play the Desert Empire Champions. The Indians are 22-5. The Patriots played in the Sunbelt league and are 14-13 overall.
Murrieta Valley is back in the CIF playoffs after a four year absence. They will travel to Huntington Beach to face Ocean View in the Division 3AA opener.
The Nighthawks have come along way under new head coach Brian Wethers, finishing third in the Southwestern league and are 15-10 overall. The Seahawks are 20-8 and the Golden West league Champs.
Paloma Valley also qualified for the Division 3AA playoffs. The Wildcats finished 6-6 in the Ivy league and are 16-12 overall. They will travel to Riverside to take on Hillcrest. The Trojans won the River Valley Championship and are 21-7.
In Division 4A, California Military Institute will play Orange Vista. The Rough Riders took second place in the South Valley league and has a record of 9-8. The Coyotes will host the game in Perris. They are 19-7 this season.
Perris will face off against Pacifica Christian at home in the Division 4AA game. The Panthers are the Sunbelt league Champions and are 20-7. Perris is red hot, winning it’s last 6 games in a row. The Tritons are 19-7.
The Knights won the South Valley Championship by going 11-1. They are 22-6 overall. The Jaguars are 9-11.
Temecula Prep is the other Division 5AA team. The Patriots ended up taking second place in the South Eastern league behind Rancho Christian and were 8-16 this year. They will be home to face Loma Linda Academy who went 16-7.
There are two Wildcard games that will be played on Wednesday, February 6th. The first features Elsinore, which placed third in the Sunbelt league. The 14-13 Tigers will travel to Jurupa Valley to play the Jaguar who are 17-10.
Cornerstone Christian will be home to host Sequoyah in the Division 5A Wildcard game. The team from Wildomar is 10-9 this season. The Gryphons are 3-4.
Photos by Scott Padgett & Charles McKee