May 23, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Woodbridge, Newport, Capo Valley and Tustin earn top seeds; Northwood No. 2 for CIF water polo playoffs (brackets)

Sailors are seeded No. 1 in Division 1; Segerstrom, CdM and Beckman also in playoffs

Alec Isaacman (left) and Riley Pittman lead the Warriors into the CIF playoffs. (Tim Burt photo)

Woodbridge’s boys water polo team captured its first Pacific Coast League title.

Now the Warriors have a shot at their first CIF title.

Coach Matt Campbell’s Woodbridge team is seeded No. 1 in the CIF Division 2 playoff which were released on Saturday. It is a 16-team bracket.

Woodbridge (23-4) will open the playoffs Wednesday night (Halloween night) when it hosts Riverside Poly at 5 p.m. Riverside Poly is 21-7.

The winner moves on to face the winner of the Foothill vs. wild card winner on Saturday. Foothill plays the wild card winner between Palos Verdes and Aliso Niguel being played Tuesday on Wednesday at Foothill.

Beckman also earned a wild card berth in Division 2. The Patriots will host Corona del Mar on Tuesday. The Sea Kings are a third place team out of the Surf League.

Dana Hills (17-11) is seeded second, Mira Costa (18-7) is third and Corona del Mar (13-13) is fourth in Division 2. Corona del Mar used to be the dominant team in the Pacific Coast League.

Northwood also has a shot at a CIF title. The Timberwolves, coached by Kyle Kim-E, are seeded No. 2 in Division 3, which is a 32-team bracket.

Northwood (21-7) opens up on Tuesday at home against Vista Murrieta (7-14) at 5 p.m.

The second round is on Thursday.

Also in Division 3, Segerstrom (22-5), the Golden West League champion, is home against Westlake on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Los Osos (15-13) is No. 1 in Division 3, Servite (16-9) is third and Costa Mesa (16-9) is fourth.

In Division 1, Newport Harbor (27-1) is seeded first, followed by Harvard Westlake (22-5), Loyola (20-6) and Oaks Christian (17-9).

Newport Harbor opens play Thursday at 5 p.m. against Laguna Beach at Newport Harbor.

Capistrano Valley (17-11) is seeded first in Division 4 and Tustin (15-10) is the top seed in Division 6.

Capistrano Valley has a bye in the first round while Tustin plays at Warren Tuesday night at 5 p.m.

Kennedy (17-1) is seeded second in Division 5.