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By Steve Breazeale
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The high school sports regular season is coming to an end, which means the playoffs are on the horizon for most teams. Here is a quick look around town at some of the standout programs that will be playing in the postseason in the weeks to come, along with a look at the football schedule.
The San Juan Hills girls volleyball team captured its third straight South Coast League title following a three-set sweep over San Clemente on Oct. 17. The Stallions (21-12, 8-0 league) owned a 7-8 overall record through their first 15 games, but caught fire and went 14-4 down the stretch. The Stallions have a strong, experienced roster, which includes standout outside hitters Katie Lukes and Abbey Dayton. San Juan Hills, ranked 10th in the latest CIF-SS Division 1 polls, will compete in the playoffs next week. Dates and opponents were not available at press time.
The San Juan Hills boys water polo team powered its way to a second consecutive Sea View League title by defeating Mission Viejo 8-5 on Oct. 25. San Juan Hills, which reached the CIF-SS Division 5 Championship title game one year ago, will wait for the Division 4 playoff bracket to be released on Saturday, Oct. 28. San Juan Hills (20-9, 7-1) finished the year ranked seventh in Division 4.
Both the Saddleback Valley Christian and Capistrano Valley Christian girls volleyball teams finished the regular season as league champs. The Warriors (24-5, 8-0) went undefeated to capture the San Joaquin League title. The Eagles (23-3, 9-1) beat Orangewood Academy on Oct. 24 to win the Express Gold League hardware by one game. Both teams will be competing in next week’s playoffs.
Football: JSerra (7-1, 2-1) will host Santa Margarita (5-3, 1-2) in a pivotal Trinity League game on Friday, Oct. 27. With Mater Dei and St. John Bosco ruling the top of the league standings, this game could decide the league’s all-important third-place seed come playoff time.
San Juan Hills (5-4, 1-2) will likely be playing for its postseason fate on the road against Tesoro (3-5, 0-2) on Friday, Oct. 27. A win all but locks up a third-place finish in the South Coast League for the Stallions.
St. Margaret’s (6-2, 1-0) will travel to play its biggest Academy League rival, Crean Lutheran (5-3, 2-0), on Friday, Oct. 27. The winner of the game will likely be crowned league champion.