The 2019 CIF Southern Section Playoff brackets have been released and play begins with a Wild Card game on Monday. Eight talented local teams have qualified to compete in this year’s tournament. They are Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta, Paloma Valley, Heritage, Lakeside, Perris, Calvary Murrieta and California Military Institute.
Lakeside from Lake Elsinore will get things started on Monday in the Division 6 Wildcard game. The Lancers finished third in the Inland Vale league and finished the regular season with a 9-10-2 record. They will play Colton, whose record is 12-6-3.
In the Division 1 Playoffs, Temecula Valley will face the Big VIII’s second place finisher, Santiago. The Golden Bears are the Southwestern league Champions and have a record of 15-2-7 this season.
Last season, Temecula won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship and were crowned State Regional Champions. The game is at home.
Vista Murrieta will meet Norco in round one of the CIF SS Playoffs. The Broncos were second in the Southwestern league with and have an overall record of 12-3-1. The Cougars are 11-8-7.
In Division 3, Paloma Valley will try to repeat as CIF Divisional Champion. The 2018 Division 4 Champs are 11-4-1 this year and finished second in the Ivy league. The Wildcats will try to work their magic this year after being bumped up a Division. They travel to face off against Alta Loma. The Braves are 13-8-1.
Heritage finished second in the Sunbelt league and were 10-8-5. The Patriots are on the road in round one in the Division 5 bracket to play Ontario. The Jaguars finished second in the Mt Baldy league and are 16-3-3.
In Division 6, Perris is off to San Bernardino to battle San Gorgonio. The Panthers are 10-10-2 and finished second in the Inland Valley league. The Spartans come into the opening round with a record of 11-5-8.
Two games will be going on in the Division 7 Playoffs. Calvary Murrieta will be home to host Vistamar. The Warriors are 6-9-3 and were the third place team in the South Valley league. The Vikings won the Coastal league title and are 11-2-1.
In the other Division 7 game, California Military Institute will brave the snow and travel to Big Bear. The Rough Riders were 4-10-1 this season, finishing fourth in the South Valley league. Big Bear paced second in the Cross Valley league and have a 17-7-4 record.
Photos by Scott Padgett & Kristi Jo Aguirre