title since 1998 -- finished 10th in the poll.
Glendale (14-14) will be one of three area teams to host an
opening-round match when it takes on Bell Gardens (20-9) at 3:15 p.m.
La Canada (17-10) -- the Rio Hondo League's runner-up behind
South Pasadena, the top seed in Division III -- will face Cerritos
(11-6) on Thursday, most likely at Pasadena City College, although a
time has yet to be determined.
CV (11-15), the Pacific League's third-place entry, and Flintridge
Prep -- the Prep League co-champion, which shared the league title
with Rancho Palos Verdes Chadwick but lost the coin flip to determine
the league's No. 1 entry -- open the playoffs today.
The Falcons will travel to Cerritos Gahr (15-9), the San Gabriel
Valley's third-place entry, in a wild-card match at 3:15 p.m. The
winner will play Manhattan Beach Mira Costa (20-7), the division's
third seed, on Thursday.
The Rebels, ranked sixth in Division VI, will host the Ocean
League's second-place entry, Palos Verdes (8-17), at 3:15 p.m.
Despite being their league's runner-up, the Spartans deservingly
received respect, garnering the second seed.
Barring a complete meltdown against Cerritos, they will likely
meet Pico Rivera El Rancho (18-9) in the second round Saturday, with
a possible showdown against Mira Costa or Montebello (23-4) at stake
in the semifinals.
Flintridge Prep's hole/set senior Nick Seaver will be the
catalyst to the Rebels' success.
Palos Verdes lost to Glendale, 9-7, a team the Rebels -- led by
Seaver's area-leading 152 goals -- defeated, 11-10.
Fountain Valley Los Amigos (12-12), the Garden Grove League
champion, or Anaheim Savanna (18-9), the Orange League's third-place
entry, will likely await the Rebels in the second round.
Glendale's road through the playoffs isn't as smooth.
Bell Gardens, which defeated Flintridge Prep, 17-9, has won nine
of the past 10 Almont League titles and boasts a roster with seven
seniors and three juniors. If the Nitros get past the Lancers, they
would probably meet South Pasadena (22-6), a favorite to win the
division crown, in the second round.