Catholic schools play for CIF-SS basketball, soccer titles

Catholic high schools from Los Angeles and Orange are still alive in boys and girls divisions of the CIF-Southern Section basketball and soccer playoffs as the final rounds approach March 7 and 8.

In Boys Basketball: Mater Dei, Santa Margarita, St. Francis and J. Serra will play for titles in their respective divisions.

In Girls Basketball: Mater Dei, Santa Margarita, J. Serra and Bishop Montgomery are in their respective finals, with J. Serra and Bishop Montgomery facing one another in the 4AA final.

In Boys Soccer: Loyola and Cathedral will play for Division 1 and 4 titles, respectively.

In Girls Soccer: Santa Margarita, St. Joseph/Lakewood and St. Monica have reached the Division 1, 3 and 7 finals.

Following are this year’s playoff results involving Catholic schools, with seedings in parentheses. (Results are posted as soon as possible online.)



Open Division (First Round Feb. 21): Mater Dei (1) d. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (16), 66-59 (overtime); Mayfair (8) d. Chaminade (9), 72-64; Corona Centennial (4) d. Serra (13), 71-61; Loyola (3) d. St. John Bosco (14), 70-67; Chino Hills (7) d. Bishop Montgomery (10), 69-58; Etiwanda (2) d. Cathedral (15), 55-45.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 28): Mater Dei d. Mayfair 77-59; Redondo Union d. Loyola 65-54.

Semifinals (March 4): Mater Dei d. J.W. North 62-49.

Finals (March 8, 6:30 p.m. at Honda Center, Anaheim): Mater Dei vs. Chino Hills.


Division 1AA (First Round Feb. 21): Damien (4) d. Diamond Bar 71-33.

Second Round (Feb. 25): Great Oak d. Damien 71-65.


Division 1A (First Round games Feb. 21): Alemany (2) d. Alhambra 74-44.

Second Round (Feb. 25): Alemany d. Sunny Hills 83-69.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 28): Villa Park d. Alemany 65-62.


Division 3AA (First Round Feb. 19): Santa Margarita (1) d. San Juan Hills 79-42; Servite (10) d. Gabrielino 43-32.

Second Round games (Feb. 21): Santa Margarita d. Esperanza 63-42; Servite d. Western 44-42.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 25): Santa Margarita d. Northwood 61-54; Servite d. Atascadero 49-47.

Semifinals (Feb. 28): Santa Margarita d. La Mirada 66-51; Brea Olinda d. Servite 51-46.

Finals (March 8, 8:30 p.m. at Honda Center in Anaheim): Santa Margarita vs. Brea Olinda.


Division 3A (First Round Feb. 19): Bishop Amat (8) d. Hawthorne 59-44; St. Francis (2) d. Yucca Valley 63-59.

Second Round (Feb. 21): Bishop Amat d. Antelope Valley 45-43; St. Francis d. San Dimas 69-45.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 25): Santa Barbara d. Bishop Amat 62-42; St. Francis d. Gladstone 69-45.

Semifinals (Feb. 28): St. Francis d. La Canada 56-53.

Finals (March 7, 5:30 p.m. at Felix Event Center, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa): St. Francis vs. Oak Park.


Division 4AA (First Round Feb. 19): Buckley d. St. Genevieve 93-47; Paraclete d. Nordoff 52-38; J. Serra (5) d. Twentynine Palms 72-40; Crespi (4) d. Fairmont Prep 72-42; Pacific Hills d. La Salle 65-48; Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks d. Flintridge Prep 74-49; Laguna Beach d. Don Bosco 58-42.

Second Round (Feb. 21): Buckley d. Paraclete 47-31; J. Serra d. Centennial 51-39; Crespi d. Valley Christian 57-37; Pacific Hills d. Notre Dame 58-56.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 25): J. Serra d. Crespi 65-59.

Semifinals (Feb. 28): J. Serra d. Buckley 83-70.

Finals (March 7, 7:15 p.m. at Felix Event Center, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa): J. Serra vs. Oaks Christian.


Division 4A (First Round Feb. 19): St. Joseph/Santa Maria (16) d. Carpinteria 53-32; St. Anthony (5) d. Malibu 88-42; St. Bernard (13) d. Ontario Christian 53-38; Providence d. Salesian 50-47; St. Monica (10) d. Crean Lutheran 75-49; St. Bonaventure (15) d. Santa Ynez 59-49; Price d. Verbum Dei 79-50.

Second Round (Feb. 21): Village Christian d. St. Joseph/Santa Maria 70-33; St. Anthony d. Yeshiva 65-24; Campbell Hall d. St. Bernard 77-56; Crossroads d. Providence 60-53; Brentwood d. St. Monica 76-41; Price d. St. Bonaventure 67-47.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 25): Campbell Hall d. St. Anthony 69-65.


Division 5AA (First Round Feb. 19): Santa Clara (7) d. Temecula Prep 56-42; Bishop Diego (4) d. Santa Rosa Academy 83-26.

Second Round (Feb. 21): Oakwood d. Santa Clara 55-50; Bishop Diego d. Acad Excel 71-56.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 25): Bishop Diego d. New Community Jewish 54-46.

Semifinals (Feb. 28): Saddleback Valley Christian d. Bishop Diego 70-48.


Division 6 (First Round Feb. 19): St. Monica Academy d. Liberty Christian 55-47.

Second Round (Feb. 21): Desert Chapel d. St. Monica Academy 89-30.



Open Division (First Round Feb. 22): Mater Dei (1) bye; Sierra Canyon (9) d. Alemany (8), 56-45; Serra (5) d. Keppel (12), 71-37; Chaminade (6) d. Lynwood (11), 64-44.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 26): Mater Dei d. Sierra Canyon 75-28; Etiwanda d. Serra 67-54; Long Beach Poly d. Chaminade 75-57.

Semifinals (March 1): Mater Dei d. Etiwanda 56-54.

Finals (March 7, 9 p.m. at Felix Event Center, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa): Mater Dei vs. Windward.


Division 1AA (First Round Feb. 22): Bishop Amat (5) d. Pacifica/Oxnard 57-43.

Second Round (Feb. 26): Bishop Amat d. Arcadia 44-33.

Quarterfinals (March 1): Great Oak d. Bishop Amat 50-45.


Division 3A (First Round Feb. 20): St. Joseph/Lakewood (8) d. St. Lucy’s 40-31; Santa Margarita (2) d. Azusa 59-23.

Second Round (Feb. 22): Burroughs d. St. Joseph 62-41; Santa Margarita d. Lompoc 60-44.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 26): Santa Margarita d. Atascadero 73-44.

Semifinals (March 1): Santa Margarita d. La Canada 69-57.

Finals (March 7, 6 p.m. at Godinez HS, Santa Ana): Santa Margarita vs. Inglewood.


Division 4AA (First Round Feb. 20): J. Serra (1) d. Muir 82-40; Notre Dame Academy (16) d. CAMS 52-47; Twentynine Palms (9) d. Flintridge Sacred Heart 73-47; La Salle (8) d. Workman 55-41; Whitney (5) d. Louisville 52-35; Templeton (12) d. Marymount 67-53; St. Paul (13) d. Carpinteria 74-18; Rosary (4) d. Mesa Grande 59-20; Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks (14) d. Rolling Hills 50-36; St. Bernard (11) d. Morro Bay 39-30; St. Anthony (10) d. Immaculate Heart 68-20; El Segundo (15) d. Paraclete 60-34; Bishop Montgomery (2), bye.

Second Round (Feb. 22): J. Serra d. Notre Dame Academy 45-17; La Salle d. Twentynine Palms 51-36; Rosary d. St. Paul 72-38; Oaks Christian d. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 48-28; Marlborough d. St. Bernard 57-43; St. Anthony d. Harvard-Westlake 60-43; Bishop Montgomery d. El Segundo 60-34.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 26): J. Serra d. La Salle 42-22; Rosary d. Whitney 49-38; Bishop Montgomery d. St. Anthony 60-45.

Semifinals (March 1): J. Serra d. Rosary 50-39; Bishop Montgomery d. Oaks Christian 48-41 (OT).

Finals (March 8, 10 a.m. at Felix Event Center, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa): J. Serra vs. Bishop Montgomery.


Division 4A (First Round Feb. 20): Brentwood (1) d. La Reina 57-30; Cantwell Sacred Heart (4) d. Desert Christian 67-23; St. Joseph/Santa Maria (4) d. Rio Hondo Prep 68-49; St. Bonaventure d. Bishop Conaty-Loretto 59-35; St. Monica (6) d. St. Genevieve 40-35; Providence (7) d. Fillmore 51-33; Fairmont Prep (2) d. Mayfield 69-47.

Second Round (Feb. 22): Cantwell Sacred Heart d. Laguna Beach 49-45; St. Joseph/Santa Maria d. Whittier Christian 70-32; St. Monica d. St. Bonaventure 45-38; Providence d. Campbell Hall 39-33.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 26): Cantwell Sacred Heart d. Maranatha 57-48; St. Joseph d. St. Monica 63-51; Fairmont Prep d. Providence 69-39.

Semifinals (March 1): Brentwood d. Cantwell Sacred Heart 55-31; Fairmont Prep d. St. Joseph 64-58.


Division 5AA (First Round Feb. 20): Buckley (8) d. San Gabriel Mission 58-27; Chadwick (12) d. Holy Family 63-23; Santa Clara (3) d. Sage Hill 58-27; Bishop Diego (7) d. Calvary Chapel 64-44.

Second Round (Feb. 22): Santa Clara d. Thacher 55-38; Bishop Diego d. Silver Valley 56-30.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 26): Santa Clara d. Webb 29-26; Pasadena Poly d. Bishop Diego 60-46.

Semifinals (March 1): Pasadena Poly d. Santa Clara 70-39.


Division 5A (First Round Feb. 20): St. Pius-St. Matthias (5) d. Lone Pine 60-11.

Second Round (Feb. 22): St. Pius-St. Matthias d. Pilibos 41-20.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 26): St. Pius-St. Matthias d. Pacifica Christian 45-36.

Semifinals (March 1): Orangewood Academy d. St. Pius-St. Matthias 54-33.


Division 6 (First Round Feb. 20): St. Monica Academy (12) d. Cuyama Valley 45-26.

Second Round (Feb. 22): St. Monica Academy d. Renaissance Academy 39-38.

Quarterfinals (Feb. 27): Glendale Adventist d. St. Monica Academy 40-34.



(All First Round Feb. 20; Second Round Feb. 25; Quarterfinals Feb. 27; Semifinals March 4):

Division 1: Loyola d. Laguna Hills 6-1; Santa Margarita d. Damien 2-1; Crespi d. El Toro 2-1; Servite d. Lakewood 1-0; St. John Bosco d. San Juan Hills 3-1; Millikan d. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 4-2; Cabrillo/Long Beach d. Alemany 2-1.

Second Round: Loyola d. West Torrance 3-0; Santa Margarita d. Santa Barbara 2-1; Aliso Niguel d. Crespi 3-1 (penalty kicks); Servite d. Redondo Union 2-0; St. John Bosco d. Millikan 3-0.

Quarterfinals: Loyola d. Santa Margarita 4-1; Servite d. Aliso Niguel 1-0; San Clemente d. St. John Bosco 2-1.

Semifinals: Loyola d. Servite 10-9 (penalty kicks).

Final (March 8, 10 a.m. at Warren HS, Downey): Loyola vs. San Clemente.


Division 4: Cathedral d. Norwalk 1-0; Malibu d. St. Genevieve 6-0; Valencia d. Salesian 2-1; La Mirada d. Bishop Amat 2-0.

Second Round: Cathedral d. Malibu 2-1.

Quarterfinals: Cathedral d. Hart 1-0.

Semifinals: Cathedral d. Lakeside 4-1.

Final (March 8, 7:30 p.m. at Corona HS): Cathedral vs. Oak Hills.


Division 7: Cantwell Sacred Heart d. Pacific Lutheran 2-1; Milken Community d. Mary Star of the Sea 3-0; Lennox Academy d. Santa Clara 2-0; St. Monica d. New Roads 4-2 (penalty kicks).

Second Round: Avalon d. Cantwell Sacred Heart 3-0; Nordhoff d. St. Monica 5-1.



(All First Round Feb. 21; Second Round Feb. 26; Quarterfinals Feb. 28; Seminals March 4):

Division 1: Santa Margarita d. San Juan Hills 2-0; Alemany d. Alta Loma 4-3 (penalty kicks); Mater Dei d. Chaminade 2-0; Edison d. Rosary 4-1 (penalty kicks).

Second Round: Santa Margarita d. Huntington Beach 2-0; Villa Park d. Alemany 1-0; Foothill d. Mater Dei 2-0.

Quarterfinals: Santa Margarita d. Villa Park 5-4 (penalty kicks).

Semifinals: Santa Margarita d. Harvard-Westlake 4-3 (penalty kicks).

Final (March 8, 5 p.m. at Corona HS): Cathedral vs. Oak Hills.


Division 3: Oaks Christian d. La Salle 3-0; Diamond Bar d. Mayfield 2-1 (OT); Bishop Amat d. Santa Paula 6-0; St. Joseph/Lakewood d. Granite Hills 4-1; Arroyo Grande d. La Reina 3-1.

Second Round: Diamond Bar d. Bishop Amat 3-2; St. Joseph d. Oak Park 5-3.

Quarterfinals: St. Joseph d. Yorba Linda 4-3 (penalty kicks).

Semifinals: St. Joseph d. Los Altos, 1-0 (2 OT).

Final (March 8, 5 p.m. at Warren HS, Downey): St. Joseph vs. Oaks Christian.


Division 4: Notre Dame Academy d. Warren 4-0; Marymount d. Brentwood 3-1.

Second Round: Torrance d. Notre Dame Academy 3-1; Marymount d. Mayfair 2-1.

Quarterfinals: Marymount d. Chino 2-1.

Semifinals: South Torrance d. Marymount 2-1.


Division 6: Bishop Diego d. Firebaugh 2-0.

Second Round: Citrus Valley d. Bishop Diego 7-0.


Division 7: Alverno d. Excelsior Charter 3-1; St. Monica d. New Community Jewish 9-0; St. Anthony d. South El Monte 2-1; Vistamar d. St. Paul 6-2; St. Genevieve d. Bishop Conaty-Loretto 4-0; Pomona Catholic d. Alhambra 3-2 (penalty kicks).

Second Round: Marshall d. Alverno 4-0; St. Monica d. Arroyo 3-0; St. Anthony d. Thacher 1-0; Tarbut V Torah d. Pomona Catholic 1-0; University Prep d. St. Genevieve 1-0.

Quarterfinals: St. Monica d. Marshall 2-1; Archer d. St. Anthony 1-0.

Semifinals: St. Monica d. Archer 1-0.

Final (March 8, 9:30 a.m. at Warren HS, Downey): St. Monica vs. Gabrielino.




Iowa and us in a Year of Mercy

Kathryn Jean Lopez

It was in the general-purpose room of St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines that Donald Trump made his last pitch to Iowa voters, inside a caucus room. He wanted to make sure people remembered that not only will he build the wall on our border with Mexico, but that he’s the only candidate who will make Mexico pay for it.


February 2016
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February 7, 2016

  • Sunday, February 7

    Rosary and Mass for Life, 4:30 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Rosary begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. For information, contact Sylvia Aimerito at (562) 429-1965 or visit


    Solemn Mass for the Last Sunday before Lent, 12 p.m., St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd,, Encino. Dale Jergenson – Dixieland Mass. Soloists and Dixieland Band, with the combined choirs of St. Cyril of Jerusalem and St. Francis de Sales of Sherman Oaks.


    Year of Mercy Mass in the Shrine of St. John Paul II, 3p.m., Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church, 3424 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles. Mass in Polish with Father Rafal Dygula, S.Ch., pastor and shrine director. Mass followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confession, with Divine Mercy Chaplet. Closing prayer will be a blessing and veneration of the 1st class relic of St. John Paul II.  


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