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Cardinals storm back, take consolation

first_img“Yes, that was an issue for a while,” Schneider said Monday. “It was a challenge to refocus again, but I think our girls handled it well, and they ended up doing a good job.” Following the loss, Whittier defeated its next three opponents by a combined score of 39-9. The Cardinals rolled over Saddleback, 11-2, in Friday’s second round, then dumped El Segundo, 10-2, in Saturday morning’s third round. They faced Ayala for the fourth time this season in the consolation finals Saturday afternoon and breezed to an 18-5 victory. Whittier won all four games against the Bulldogs, including a 15-7 decision in last Monday’s CIF-SS championship game. The Masters Tournament involves the champions and runners-up, plus four at-large teams, from the recently completed six division playoffs. There is no divisional separation in the Masters. Foothill, the Division I champion, won the Masters title. Schneider, asked if participating in the Masters tournament is worth the effort, especially after winning a division championship, said, “I think a lot of the teams were pretty worn out, but there’s always a push for a state championship in water polo, and I think (the Masters) is a good step in that direction.” Whittier High School lost its opening-round game to Santa Barbara, then won three in a row to take the consolation championship at the CIF Masters girls water polo tournament on Friday and Saturday at the William J. Woollett Center in Irvine’s Heritage Park. Whittier coach Chris Schneider acknowledged it was difficult for his players to come back emotionally charged just four days after winning the CIF-Southern Section Division III championship. He said it “probably was a factor” in the 8-5 loss to powerful Santa Barbara. center_img La Mirada and California lead the area teams in this week’s CIF-SS preseason rankings for baseball and softball, respectively. The Matadores and Condors are No. 5 in Division III in their respective sport. Other area baseball teams ranked are La Habra, No. 10 in Division IV, and St. Paul, No. 10 in Division V. Cantwell Sacred Heart is among others receiving votes in Division V. In softball, St. Paul is No. 9 in Division IV, and Cantwell Sacred Heart, the two-time defending champion in Division VII, moves up to Division VI this season and is ranked No. 8. Directions to La Jolla Country Day School, which will host Whittier Christian in Thursday’s first round of the Southern California Regional of the CIF State girls basketball playoffs: Take the 5 Freeway south just past the 805 Freeway split to Genesee Ave., turn left and travel past Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, about one mile to La Jolla Country Day School (858-453-3440) on the right. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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