Westchester, chasing a tied record for the City’s 16th Section men’s basketball championship under coach Ed Azzam, was ranked No.1 for the open division playoffs. The Comets finished the shortened regular season at 9-0, including two wins over Western League rivals Fairfax. They will open at home against Woodland Hills El Camino Real in the eight-team tournament.
“We’re playing better,” Azzam said. “We seem to light it up a bit in the second half. We’re still trying to figure out how to play against the defense of the other team and it takes us a while to get going. We still have things to sort out and we’ll try to figure it out on the fly like everyone else does. We take advantage of it. “
Rankings were tough as COVID-19 restrictions led some teams in the Los Angeles Unified School District to start playing just two weeks ago, and the committee had to assess by comparing scores rather than relying on one-on-one confrontations. There were 60 boys ‘teams and 43 girls’ teams that decided to make the playoffs.
Lake Balboa Birmingham is seeded No.2, with Fairfax No.3 and Harbor City Narbonne No.4. All eight teams automatically qualify for the regional playoffs.
For the girls in the Open Division, Palisades is ranked No.1 and Birmingham No.2.
The first round matches for the boys ‘and girls’ teams in Divisions I, II, III and IV will take place on Thursday and the second round will take place on Saturday. The open division begins on Friday. The semi-finals for all divisions will take place on June 9 and the finals from June 10 to 12.
JSerra is No. 1 in baseball
San Juan Capistrano JSerra received the No. 1 seed for the ever-competitive Division 1 South Section baseball playoffs, despite losing twice to No. 2 seeded Studio City Harvard-Westlake Beating No.3-seeded Orange Lutheran twice last week to win the Trinity League Championship was apparently enough for the classification committee to decide the Lions deserved to be No.1. Chino Hills Ayala is # 4.
The Lions started the season as Consensus No.1, struggled in the first month, and then won 18 straight games. They’re back at full strength led by a pitching team that includes four UCLA engagements. They have a first-round bye on Thursday and will face Mission Viejo winner Capistrano Valley-West Hills Chaminade on June 8.
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The Southern Section has announced that Blair Field in Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton will be the venues for the championship games on June 18-19.
Thousand Oaks is the No.1 seed in Division 2 and Newhall Hart is No.1 in Division 3.
City section champion Birmingham has been ranked No.1 for the Southern California Division I men’s regional football matches which kick off on Tuesday. The Division 1 girls’ champion Harvard-Westlake is the division 1 girls seeded.