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By JP Raineri
Sports Editor 

CIF Southern Section spring sports postseason updates


Last updated 5/30/2018 at 11:25am

Chuck Utash

Christian Shakir-Ricks of Murrieta Mesa edges out Asani Hampton of Yucaipa in the 200m final of the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet at El Camino College.

There are few remaining, but a handful of local high school student athletes, and their teams, continue to press forward in the CIF Southern Section postseason

On the local baseball fields, the second round of the playoffs last week, including the quarterfinals, steered many of our area's teams into rough waters as only two of the 11 teams that went into the storm made it out with success. Hemet and Perris' Orange Vista High School will play this week in their semifinal match-ups. Hemet takes on Monrovia this week on the road in Division 4 action and the Orange Vista Coyotes will also take to the road to face Fillmore in the Division 7 brackets.

On the softball fields, the only semi-local team that still has a shot at postseason glory is Banning, who will travel to face Highland in the Division 6 playoffs this week.

Payoff games this week for baseball and softball are as follows:

CIF-SS Baseball Playoffs - (Games at 3:15 p.m. Times and sites are subject to change)

Division 4

Semifinal game: Hemet @ Monrovia - 5/29

Division 7

Semifinal game: Orange Vista @ Fillmore - 5/92

CIF-SS Softball Playoffs - (Games at 3:15 p.m. Times and sites are subject to change)

Division 6

Semifinal game: Banning @ Highland - 5/29

Track and Field

At the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet, held at El Camino College over this past weekend, the rivalries from our local athletes were the talk of the town, especially between sprinters Asani Hampton of Yucaipa and Christian Shakir-Ricks of Murrieta Mesa. Hampton and Shakir-Ricks squared off a few times this year and Hampton always found a way to finish a few steps ahead of Shakir-Ricks. After competing at the Section Masters Meet, Hampton took the 100-meter title in a time of 10.52 seconds, but that was only .01 second ahead of Shakir-Ricks. Later in the day, Shakir-Ricks finally scored his first victory over Hampton, capturing the 200-meter title in 21.32. Hampton placed second in 21.55.

"I knew it was going to be a great weekend for us both. It feels great to have a win over him now, but he is also a great advocate in my corner as well. We have become good friends on and off the track and I am excited to see how we do at the State Meet," said Shakir-Ricks.

There also is a tremendous rivalry among the best boys' and girls' hurdlers in the Inland area including Upland's Jada Hicks, who won the girls 100-meter title, matching her season-best time of 13.54 seconds. Hicks continues to hold off the challenges of Temecula Valley's Danae Dyer, who finished second in a time of 13.79, and Roosevelt's Breanna Bernard-Joseph, who was fourth with a season-best 13.92. The remining results can be found here.


The top six placers plus individuals & relay teams meeting an at-large standard qualify for the CIF State finals June 1-2 at Buchanan HS in Clovis. At-large standards noted with event headers. Top marks and Inland results noted. Inland athletes who qualified for the state meet are noted with (q) next to their times and marks.


100 (10.75) – 1. Hampton (Yucaipa) 10.52(q). Other Inland placers – 2. Shakir-Ricks (Murrieta Mesa) 10.53(q); 7. Johnson (Rancho Verde) 10.79.

200 (21.80) – 1. Shakir-Ricks (Murrieta Mesa) 21.32(q). Other Inland placers – 5. Okonkwo (Murrieta Mesa) 22.06(q); 7. Johnson (Rancho Verde) 22.23.

400 (48.37) – 1. Okonkwo (Murrieta Mesa) 47.47(q). Other Inland placers – 3. Samaniego (Vista Murrieta) 47.85(q); 4. Turner (West Valley) 48.05(q).

800 (1:54.68) – No local qualifiers

1600 (4:14.73) – Inland placers – 9. Villa (Vista Murrieta) 4:14.56(q).

3200 (9:08.89) – Inland placers – 4. Carvajal (Great Oak) 9:06.33(q).

110 hurdles (14.35) – Inland placers – Escorcia (Vista Murrieta) 14.75(q).

300 hurdles (38.17) – No local qualifiers

400 relay (41.81) – 1. Great Oak (Collins, Barkley, Stevenson, Gaskins) 41.14(q). Other Inland placers – 3. Murrieta Mesa (Queen, Okonkwo, Williams, Shakir-Ricks) 41.25(q); 4. Rancho Verde (Simpson, Smith, Johnson, Richard-Lewis) 41.26(q).

1600 relay (3:19.12) – Inland placers – 3. Murrieta Mesa (Okonkwo, Tate, Williams, Shakir-Ricks) 3:16.25(q); 4. Rancho Verde (Smith, Richard-Lewis, Simpson, Johnson) 3:16.91(q).

High jump (6-6) – No local qualifiers

Pole vault (14-9) – Inland placers – 7. Collazo (Great Oak) 14-9(q), 11. Ho (Beaumont) 14-3; 12.

Long jump (22-4) –Inland placers – 3. Stevenson (Great Oak) 23-2¼(q); 8. Maria (San Jacinto) 22-0; 12. Maddox (Elsinore) 20-11.

Triple jump (45-11) – 1. Treveon Lee (CMI) 47-7. Other Inland placers – 5. Gbla (Temecula Valley) 46-2½(q); 6. Stevenson (Great Oak) 16-2¼(q).

Shot put (54-4) – Inland placers – 6. Navarro (Great Oak) 56-5¾(q); 7. Gould (Great Oak) 55-7¼(q).

Discus (168-11) – Inland placers – 4. Gould (Great Oak) 180-0(q); 10. Navarro (Great Oak) 169-1(q).


100 (11.94) – No local qualifiers

200 (24.17) – No local qualifiers

400 (55.50) – No local qualifiers

800 (2:10.86) – No local qualifiers

1600 (4:56.02) – 1. Cortes (Great Oak) 4:46.73(q). Other Inland placers – 3. Gaitan (Great Oak) 4:47.48(q); 6. Griffiths (Great Oak) 4:49.42(q); 10. Pflughoft (Great Oak) 4:51.85(q).

3200 (10:34.21) – Inland placers – 5. Pflughoft (Great Oak) 10:25.32(q), 6. Gaitan (Great Oak) 10:32.26(q); 9. Cortes (Great Oak) 10:37.42.

100 hurdles – Inland placers – 2. Dyer (Temecula Valley) 13.79(q).

300 hurdles – Inland placers – 8. Green (Great Oak) 43.49.

400 relay - No local qualifiers.

1600 relay - No local qualifiers

High jump - No local qualifiers

Pole vault - Inland placers – T4. Swenson (Great Oak) 11-11(q); T9. Bader (Vista Murrieta) 11-5; T12. McCann (Linfield Christian) 10-11.

Long jump - No local qualifiers

Triple jump - Inland placers – 9. Stevenson (Great Oak) 38-3¾; 10. Nance (Temescal Canyon) 36-11¼; 12. Bollinger (Great Oak) 36-6¾.

Shot put - Inland placers – 11. Lesa (San Jacinto Valley Academy) 38-2.

Discus (134-5) – Inland placer – 9. Flores (Tahquitz) 125-2.

Other sports

The Murrieta Valley Boys' Volleyball team (21-12), saw some great success this year and advanced through the CIF State Division 3 Championships this past weekend where they fell to Montgomery High School in three straight sets, 25-17, 28-26 and 25-23. Before falling in the finals, the Nighthawks defeated New West Charter 3-0, as well as Garden Grove in the same fashion.

Out on the boys' golf fairway the CIF State Golf Championships will begin this week at the San Gabriel Country Club, but unfortunately no area golfers made the cut.

*Schedules are based off online reports from MaxPreps and the offices of the CIF Southern Section. If we missed a school/student athlete, please report it to [email protected]


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