And the winners are ... Los Angeles and San Diego.
Each year, the California Southern Regional championships gathers the top teams from four section tournaments for one grand showcase event. As is becoming routine, the San Diego girls teams delivered the best showing, winning the Division II and III titles and finishing as the Division I runner-up. On the boys side, the Los Angeles section delivered a surprise championship and two runner-up finishes. Another Los Angeles school -- although it competes in the Southern Section instead of the Los Angles section -- came home with a title to secure the state's No. 1 ranking this season.
WINTER SOCCER SPOTLIGHT:
While most of Texas was on spring break, California -- the only other winter state still in action -- brought its season to a close Saturday with the SCR championships.
Santiago/Corona (Corona, Calif.) edged Carlsbad (Carlsbad, Calif.) in penalty kicks to win the SCR Division I crown and secure the No. 1 ranking among California-South programs. Carlsbad's setback was the only one for San Diego teams in the top flights on the final day as local rivals La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) won the Division II and III crowns, respectively. It all added up to the trio of San Diego programs jumping into the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 spots in the California-South rankings this week.
On the boys side, last week's California-South No. 1, 2 and 3 programs all reached their respective final, yet only top-ranked Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.) was able to claim a title, defeating Canoga Park (Canoga Park, Calif.). Chula Vista (Chula Vista, Calif.), a lower seed who received a second chance in the SCR after a section tournament loss, won the Division I title, beating favored and undefeated El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.) in the final. Sylmar (Sylmar, Calif.) gave the Los Angeles Section a surprise title with a victory over Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) in the Division II final. Sylmar was 0-3-1 and outscored 9-1 against El Camino Real and Canoga Park this year.
SPRING SOCCER SPOTLIGHT:
Rain got the best of Georgia's top-ranked girls team, Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.). After two matches during the week were washed out, a much-anticipated clash with a state-ranked South Carolina program was put on hold as well.
The big movers this week include the girls at Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) and [Davis ca-w] (Davis, Calif.), who both took over the top ranking in their respective spring state.
On the boys side, chalk up another big victory for Georgia as Dalton (Dalton, Ga.) handled Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) 4-1 in a battle of SIMA FAB 50 Top 10-ranked teams. Georgia schools are undefeated in key matches against state-ranked programs from Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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