GLENDALE — During one of its most successful seasons in program history, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball team has accomplished feats such as winning four Mission League games and advancing all the way to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 5-AA playoffs — both unprecedented in previous seasons of struggle.
"We're very happy," said Tologs Coach Gino Pacella. "We've broken a lot of barriers this year."
But breaking into the semifinals will be an arduous task, as the Tologs are set to travel today to face No. 1 seed St. Bernard at 7 p.m.
"Everybody's gonna have to dig down deep," Pacella said.
Both teams enter tonight's contest as at-large playoff entries from very well-regarded leagues. Sacred Heart (17-11) took fourth in the Mission League, behind such luminaries as Harvard-Westlake, Chaminade and Alemany. St. Bernard (17-13), which won a CIF title last season, took fourth in the Del Rey League, which boasts CIF powers Bishop Amat, Bishop Montgomery and Gardena Serra.