Garden Grove Journal
To almost no one’s surprise, Garden Grove and Magnolia high schools’ basketball teams have swept to the varsity basketball titles in their leagues.
With just Wednesday’s games still unrecorded (results too late for our print deadline), the Argonaut boys had an 8-1 record in the Garden Grove League, two games ahead of Rancho Alamitos and Santiago (6-3).
In the GGL girls’ race, the Argonauts have clinched at least a tie for the title. After losing in an upset Friday to Los Amigos, Grove is 8-1, a game ahead of Rancho Alamitos.
Magnolia pulled off its double crown in the Orange League. The Sentinel girls have posted an 8-0 record, clinching at least a tie for that conference crown. Century is in second at 5-2.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team is 8-0 in the OL, leading second place Western at 5-3.
Elsewhere in the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area, other teams are qualifying for the CIF playoffs. The brackets will be announced on Sunday and the games begin next week.
Pacifica’s boys team is finishing third in the Empire League (5-3 so far) behind Valencia and Cypress. In the Golden West League, Westminster is 4-5 in league and Orange 2-6, and will probably miss the playoffs.
But Western should finish second in the Orange League and advance to CIF play.
In the San Joaquin League, the Orangewood boys team has an overall 19-5 mark, but is fourth in the league.
On the girls side, Pacifica is having an off-year. The Mariners are finishing fifth in the Empire League. In the Express League, Crystal Cathedral is at the bottom of the loop.
In the Golden West League, Orange is third and Westminster fourth; the Panthers will probably make the playoffs. In the Orange League, Western is tied for fourth and out of the race.
Orangewood Academy has won the San Joaquin League with a 9-0 mark, 21-2 overall.
Here’s a look at the week past in high school basketball.
On Tuesday in the Orange League, Western defeated Santa Ana Valley 66-46 and Magnolia raced past Anaheim 50-38 in boys play.
In girls play, in the Empire League, Pacifica lost to Cypress 59-44. In the Golden West League, Orange lost 50-28 to Ocean View and Westminster fell 56-33 to Segerstrom.
On Monday, in boys basketball action in the Golden West League, Orange defeated Santa Ana 58-39. In the Garden Grove League, Garden Grove blasted Los Amigos 73-44 and Bolsa Grande defeated Rancho Alamitos 79-69.
In girls action, Rancho beat Bolsa Grande 60-49.
Rancho Alamitos stayed in the race for a CIF playoff spot in Garden Grove girls basketball Friday night with a 60-46 win over Los Amigos.
In boys action on Friday in the Golden West League, Orange was beaten by Ocean View 68-38, while Westminster lost to Segerstrom 50-36.
Orange League play saw Western lose 46-37 to Century, while Magnolia defeated Savnna 52-48.
On Saturday, in boys play, Pacifica defeated Loara 66-61 in the Empire League. Orangewood Academy beat San Diego Academy 43-26 in a girls contest. Rachel Davis scored 26 for the Spartans.
Garden Grove remained atop the Garden Grove League in boys basketball with an 81-58 win over La Quinta Thursday night. Five players scored in double figures for the Argonauts.
Also in the GGL, Rancho Alamitos turned back Los Amigos 67-53. Daniel Olvera of the Lobos led all scorers with 32 points. Bolsa Grande upset Santiago 76-60 as Dreon Bartlett scored 36 for the Matadors.
On the girls’ side Thursday night, Pacifica defeated Loara 32-27 in the Empire League.
Golden West League action saw Orange nipped 40-39 by Segerstrom, while Westminster turned back Saddleback 45-32.
In a clash of two private Garden Grove schools, Orangewood Academy defeated Crystal Cathedral 59-14. Rachelle Davis had 22 to lead the winning Spartans.
Orange League play saw Century defeat Western 41-32, while Magnolia beat Savanna 50-14.