“That’s pretty much what I expected,” said Loporchio of how the pairings, which have Redlands East Valley as the top seed and Temescal Canyon as the No. 2. “We were hoping for the third seed. We’re pretty excited with what we got. I can’t complain.”
The Falcons (25-3) will play host to a Yucaipa squad that went 11-12 and finished third in the Citrus Belt League. The winner will face the winner of the Walnut at Arlington matchup.
Loporchio, whose squad is led by reigning All-Area Player of the Year Kim Fraisse and a steady core of seniors that includes Adrienne Ingalla and Christine Cho, said he doesn’t know too much about the Thunderbirds, but is familiar with them.
“I have an idea of what they’re about,” said Loporchio, whose team saw Yucaipa first-hand during a fall tournament in Jurupa Valley.
Loporchio also said he likes the chances of league counterparts Pasadena and Glendale, which, like Crescenta Valley, were mainstays in the division’s top 10 throughout the season.
Glendale, which tied for second in the Pacific, but enters the playoffs as the league’s No. 3 team due to Pasadena’s higher finish in the league tournament, will travel to face La Sierra (15-9), the Inland Valley League’s No. 2 team.
The winner is likely to face top-seeded Redlands East Valley (24-3), which opens against a wild-card entrant, which will be either Perris (17-12) or Burroughs (8-8), which took fifth in the Pacific League.
Fourth-place Pacific League finisher Burbank (17-8) has the tall task of taking on host Temescal Canyon, the No. 2 seed with a 22-5 record.
Pasadena (15-10), which notched the fifth seed, will host Elsinore (16-12).
Crescenta Valley, which has won two consecutive league titles, has also advanced to the quarterfinals the last two seasons in Division IV. Loporchio believes his team is headed in the right direction after a solid 9-6 win over Pasadena in the league finals on Thursday.
“I like where we are in terms of assertiveness and intensity level,” Loporchio said.