Flintridge Prep Coach Sean Beattie said he doesn’t know much about St. Anthony other than that it is the third-place team from a league that boasts the No. 1 seed, Salesian, and No. 3 seed, Vistamar, in the tournament.
“[I told the team] you need to be ready to play and expect to play a very tough team,” said Beattie, whose team shared a league title with Pasadena Poly and Chadwick. “Sometimes going in blind is the best thing. We just need to play strong.”
Having lost to Chadwick in its final regular season match, momentum isn’t completely in Prep’s favor. Beattie believes his team’s season overall has shown it is ready for the next step, though.
“We’ve played some strong teams already this year, so we feel we’re ready,” he said.
Both CV and GAA are headed on the road.
Glendale Adventist (4-7, 4-4) will travel to face San Andreas League champion Summit (10-5, 9-0), with the winner facing either Don Bosco or New Harvest Christian.
The Cougars’ first-round match will begin at 5 p.m., as they try to fend off a team that Glendale Adventist Coach Hugo Gomez admits he knows nothing about.
Nonetheless, after some hiccups during the regular season, Gomez and Co. are looking to start anew in a postseason they’re excited just to be taking part in.
“We were able to finish the season strong,” said Gomez, whose team won four of its last five matches, its only loss coming in five games to Westside champion San Gabriel Academy. “We were really happy be able to [get in the playoffs].
“We’re really looking at this game as something of a redemption game. We see this as a second chance.”
Finally, Crescenta Valley (16-12, 5-5) heads south to face Anaheim Canyon (17-7, 8-2), which took second in the Century League. The winner will face top-seeded Westlake.
Falcons Coach John Nelson said his team’s draw was one that wasn’t surprising.
“You finish third, you know you’re gonna go [on the road] and play somebody who can play,” he said.
The Falcons enter the postseason having lost three straight matches, but more unsettling for Nelson is that, “half my team,” is injured he said, with at least one starter questionable to play today.
“I’m kind of more worried about injuries,” he said. “That’s more of a concern than losing matches.”