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Playoffs Are Name of the Game for 14 South Bay Grid Teams

November 21, 1985

City and CIF high school football playoffs begin Friday with 14 South Bay schools involved. Carson (8-1), the top-ranked 4-A team in the City, opens defense of its City title against El Camino Real (1-8) at Gardena High. Kickoff is 7 p.m. All other games are scheduled for 7:30.

Second-ranked Banning (6-3) plays host to Kennedy at Long Beach Veterans Stadium. The Pilots beat Kennedy earlier this year, 49-6. In the other 4-A match-up, Gardena (4-5) is at San Fernando (7-2), which won the Valley 4-A League.

In City 3-A games, Freeway League champion San Pedro (8-1) plays Hamilton (3-6) at Daniels Field and defending champion Locke (5-4) is at Canoga Park (7-2). High-scoring Westchester (8-1) is host to Verdugo Hills (3-6) in a 2-A game.

CIF Northwestern Conference playoffs are heavily populated with South Bay teams, the unluckiest of which is Serra. The Cavaliers (5-5), who qualified as an at-large team, drew top seed and defending champion Canyon (10-0), which has won 34 straight games. However, Canyon quarterback John Watkins is out of the playoffs with a broken wrist. The game is at Canyon. In the same bracket St. Bernard (7-3) is at home against Santa Maria (5-5) and Cabrillo (9-1) is at North Torrance (6-4). In the lower bracket, Ocean League champ Hawthorne (9-0-1) is at home against at-large qualifier Righetti (6-4). Hawthorne is third behind Canyon and Verbum Dei.

In Coastal Conference openers, South Torrance (7-2-1) is at Channel League champion Santa Barbara (8-2) and Oxnard (7-3) is at Bay League champ West Torrance (6-2-2). West, which went 5-0-1 in the league, is seeded second in the conference.

In the Desert-Mountain Conference, Bell-Jeff (5-4-1) visits Pioneer League champ Leuzinger (8-1-1) and Miraleste (5-5) plays at Sunkist League winner Elsinore (7-3). Leuzinger finished third in the final conference Top 10.

Girls Tennis--CIF girls team tennis playoffs move to semifinals today with defending 4-A champion Miraleste playing Rolling Hills or Corona del Mar, while Palos Verdes faces Marina or Westlake. Miraleste is 19-0. The championships will be played Tuesday at West End Tennis and Racquet Club in Torrance.

Water Polo--Pioneer League rivals El Segundo and Miraleste play each other Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the CIF 2-A water polo championship at Belmont Plaza. El Segundo is 21-2, Miraleste 23-4. They split two league matches. Miraleste advanced to the finals with an upset of top-seed Santa Ynez.

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