Round One of the CIF Southern Section Championship Playoffs are over and local teams are still in the race for a Divisional Championship. Others have tasted defeat and are looking forward to next year.
Temecula Valley was crushed by Damien in the Division 1 Opener. The Golden Bears, Co-Champions of the Southwestern league had a 19-8 record overall before the game.. Damien (23-6) seemed to score at wll as they defeated Temecula 100-67.
In Division 2A, Vista Murrieta locked horns and lost to Hesperia (23-5) . The Broncos came up a bit short and were stung by the Scorpions 57-44.
Three of the four local teams are still in the race to the Division 3A Crown. Sunbelt league Champion Temescal Canyon (20-9) beat San Gabriel into the ground and came away with a 65-37 victory. The Titans will play Citrus Valley next.
Murrieta Mesa traveled to Adelanto and beat the Saints 58-46. The Rams finished with the most league wins in school history and are now 22-8 overall. They face Marina next.
Elsinore was eliminated from the Division 3A by Blair. The Tigers lost 82-71.
Another Sunbelt league team was eliminated in the Division 4AA playoffs. Heritage fell to mighty Hillcrest (26-3). The Patriots finished the season at 15-12.
In Division 5AAA, California Military Institute defeated Orange 54-48. The Rough Riders have a record of 12-16 and will play Malibu next.
Rancho Christian has been selected to compete n the Elite Open Division. Only the top 8 teams in Southern California have been invited into this exclusive bracket. The Eagles play Friday.