The Southern Section - with more than 570 high schools -- receives the most bids to the Southern California Regional championships, and after last weekend, it's easy to understand why.
The event, which is a step toward creating a true state tournament in California, brings together top finishers from the Central, Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern sections for a week-long, single-elimination competition across five divisions. This year, Southern Section teams accounted for 17 of the 20 finalists, including nine of 10 champions. Seven of the 10 tournaments were all-Southern Section final affairs. The San Diego Section, which is coming off a run of strong showings at the event, delivered the other three finalists, which included one champion.
JSerra (Calif.) girls and Paramount (Calif.) boys won their respective Division I crowns to cap stellar seasons. JSerra delivered a clean sweep of the powerful Trinity League, the Southern Section Division 1 and Southern Regional Division I titles, and has secured a SIMA FAB 50 Top 10 ranking for the winter season. Paramount made the msot of a second chance. After falling to El Toro (Calif.) in the Southern Section Division 1 semifinals, Paramount recived an at-large bid to the Southern Regional championships and ran the table -- including a 5-1 thrashing of El Toro in the championship rematch. Coupled with a runner-up showing at the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament in Florida, Paramount will vault back into the SIMA FAB 50 Top 20 for the stretch run as Texas continues to play out the winter season.
In spring soccer, seven of 19 girls spring-playing states and seven of the 13 boys-playing states have started regular season play, but there was very little movement at the top of the state and region rankings. The only new state No. 1s this week are Vestavia Hills (Ala.) girls and Bentonville (Ark) boys.
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