Jan 30

A.G. boys basketball moves up in rankings

The Southern Section released its weekly polls today, with a bevy of San Luis Obispo County schools making moves in various divisions. Perhaps the most significant jump belongs to the Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team, which sits at No. 9 in Division 3AAA after barely making the ranking two weeks ago at No. 15. Since then, the Eagles (14-8 overall) have beaten St. Joseph, Righetti and Pioneer Valley to claim the top spot in the PAC 7 with a 7-1 mark.

Boys Basketball
Division 3AAA

9. Arroyo Grande (14-8, 7-1 PAC 7)
Division 3A

6. Atascadero (14-7, 5-3 PAC 7)
12. San Luis Obispo (10-10, 3-4 PAC 7)
Division 5AA

T3. Mission Prep (19-4)

Girls Basketball
Division 3AAA

3. Arroyo Grande (16-5, 8-0 PAC 7)
Division 3A

4. Atascadero (14-6, 7-1 PAC 7)
T12. San Luis Obispo (9-11, 2-5 PAC 7)
Division 4AA

14. Morro Bay (15-3, 8-0 LPL)
Division 5AA
1. Mission Prep (21-1)
T3. Templeton (17-6, 8-1 LPL)
Division 6

8. North County Christian (10-1, 8-1 CVL)

Other Polls
Boys Soccer
Division 5

3. San Luis Obispo (15-1-2, 7-0-0 PAC 7)
7. Paso Robles (11-2-7, 5-1-2 PAC 7)
Girls Water Polo
Division 3

2. Arroyo Grande (18-2, 8-0 PAC 7)

Jan 27

Where will Seth Jacobs go?

Here’s the latest on Seth Jacobs.

The Arroyo Grande High senior linebacker, a four-star recruit, will not finalize his college decision until National Signing Day on Wednesday, when college prospects across the country ink their respective National Letter of Intent. He will announce his decision that night. He’s made it known for quite some time that he’s going to explore his options.

But we do know, according to an interview I had with Eagles coach Tom Goossen and this ESPN article, that Jacobs has narrowed his choices to three schools: Arkansas, Colorado and Oklahoma State — for now. He will also make a visit to UCLA this weekend to meet with new coach Jim Mora.

“I like Coach Mora, he has a great resume and some great assistants around him. I’ve been talking with some of the people at UCLA for a few weeks now,” Jacobs said in the ESPN article. “I look forward to checking out the campus and meeting everyone from there. The Bruins could pop into my top three.”

We will find out for sure on Wednesday.

– Chhun

Jan 17

Updating basketball stats on MaxPreps

Here’s a friendly reminder to all the boys and girls basketball coaches to update their team’s season stats on MaxPreps. We will run this week’s basketball leaders in Friday’s edition of The Tribune, so please have the team’s information updated by no later than Thursday at 3 p.m.

I’m writing this reminder because not all the teams in the PAC 7, Los Padres and Coast Valley leagues have their stats updated, and, of course, we want all the teams to be represented.

If you’re not a coach and didn’t see your team’s stats in last week’s basketball leaders, please let the coach of your boys or girls basketball team know that their season stats — scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks, with league and overall records — need to be updated. I have contacted the coaches in our area about this, but a friendly reminder doesn’t hurt.

– Chhun

Jan 17

Other latest rankings

Here’s another list of the CIF Southern Section rankings, this one pertaining to the top 10 boys soccer, girls soccer, girls water polo and wrestling teams in the San Luis Obispo County.

Boys Soccer
Division 5

3. San Luis Obispo
5. Paso Robles

Girls Soccer
Division 3

T10. San Luis Obispo

Girls Water Polo
Division 3

2. Arroyo Grande

Wrestling
Division 1

8. Paso Robles
Division 6

2. Nipomo
8. Morro Bay

Jan 17

Latest basketball polls

The CIF Southern Section released its weekly boys and girls basketball polls just an hour ago, and a number of San Luis Obispo County teams are in prominent positions. Mission Prep girls are No. 1 in Division 5AA, Arroyo Grande girls are No. 3 in Division 3AAA, Mission Prep boys are No. 4 in Division 5AA, Atascadero boys are No. 5 in Division 3A and Templeton girls are No. 4 in Division 5AA.

The complete list of the top 16 teams in the area of every division is below.

Boys Basketball
Division 3AAA

15. Arroyo Grande
Division 3A

5. Atascadero
11. San Luis Obispo
Division 5AA

4. Mission Prep

Girls Basketball
Division 3AAA

3. Arroyo Grande
Division 3A

5. Atascadero
14. San Luis Obispo
Division 4AA

14. Morro Bay
Division 5AA

1. Mission Prep
4. Templeton
Division 6

9. North County Christian

Jan 06

And we’re back

Excuse the monthlong absence.

As you know, high school football season ended after Arroyo Grande won the CIF-Southern Section Western Division title on Dec. 9, 2011. But there’s been a number of football news since then, including former Templeton football star Tyler Gray suddenly switching from Hawaii to Boise State and Morro Bay’s John Andree resigning as the Pirates head coach to focus more time on his family. I also hope to give you the best coverage as National Signing Day approaches, with a handful of local talent expected to sign with big-time colleges. Arroyo Grande linebacker Seth Jacobs, however, has yet to make an announcement about his future; he has already gotten 13 FBS scholarship offers, according to rivals.com.

Though high school football will always be on our minds, it’s basketball season. Here’s the boys basketball and girls basketball previews that the Tribune ran last month.

Today, I’m going to a nonconference girls basketball matchup between Templeton (12-4) at Mission Prep (12-1), with tip-off at 6:30 p.m. It’s a matchup of Mission Prep’s big three of Kaylee Williams, Jenna Dunbar and Bri Harvey and Templeton’s all-sophomore starting lineup, led by Lauren Stuedemann. I will be live tweeting from the game, and you can follow me on twitter.com/theprepsbox or @ThePrepsBox.

I also aim to update this blog more than just once a week, so if you, the reader, have anything newsworthy to share about all the prep sports, please reach me at csun@thetribunenews.com.

– Chhun Sun

Dec 09

Tonight’s the night

Some of you have been waiting for this night since last week. But I’d argue that others have been waiting for this night since last year, when the Arroyo Grande High football team stepped off the Serra football field with a 35-10 loss in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division championship game. It was a bittersweet moment for the Eagles, who said goodbye to their seniors while the underclassmen excitedly looked ahead.

They knew, even then, what was expected of them. They were returning a good chunk of their stars. They were experienced. They were loaded with talent. All they had to do was endure a productive summer, live up to their expectations and conquer. And that’s what this year’s Eagles have been doing.

Now, they have one thing left to do: win a division title, something the Eagles haven’t done since 1998, when they handled San Luis Obispo 31-14, and failed to achieve in the past two tries in 2000 (against Ventura) and 2010 (against mighty Serra). This highly anticipated moment is tonight, when second-seeded Arroyo Grande (12-1) go up against this year’s Cinderella team, Culver City (10-3), at Doug Hitchen Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m., which is just a few hours away.

The other game of interest takes place in the Northwest Division, where Lompoc (13-0) hosts Cabrillo (11-2) for the championship. Lompoc — the only team to beat Arroyo Grande this season — has a good shot, according to Cal Hi Sports, at earning a state bowl berth with a win tonight.

For those who can’t make it to the Arroyo Grande-Culver City game, follow us on Twitter at @ThePrepsBox and twitter.com/ThePrepsBox or check in at sanluisobispo.com for updates and highlights. If you haven’t already, pick up today’s Tribune for coverage of tonight’s game, which includes stories on Arroyo Grande and Culver City’s only meeting, Arroyo Grande’s community support toward the big game and a Gameday package with season scores and statistics for both teams, rosters for both teams and other facts and figures for both teams. Today’s Tribune also offers a special pullout section about the Eagle’s championship run — a collector’s item of sort.

Enjoy tonight’s game.

— Chhun Sun

Dec 02

2 teams left in football playoffs

There’s still a lot of football left, especially in San Luis Obispo County cities like Arroyo Grande and Templeton — though the latter will, technically, be on the road.

Both teams have shots at the pinnacle of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Both teams are just one win from reaching their respective division championship game.

Arroyo Grande needs to beat a hot Chaminade team, which is coming off an exciting 31-27 win over San Luis Obispo, in this week’s Western Division semifinal showdown at Arroyo Grande’s Hitchen Stadium in just a few hours. And Templeton — despite all the challenges it had to overcome this season, with a coaching change and adapting to life without standout Tyler Gray — has to wait another day before it can play in the Northwest Division semifinals for the second consecutive year.

If Templeton wins, it will host next week’s Northwest Division title game — either against Torrance or undefeated Lompoc, which are in the other division semifinal.

If Arroyo Grande wins, it will play the winner of the other Western Division semifinal game between Culver City and Santa Monica.

So there you go. Who will stay on for another week?

Also, I will be at tonight’s Arroyo Grande-Chaminade game. Follow me on Twitter at @ThePrepsBox or twitter.com/theprepsbox. My colleague, Joshua D. Scroggin, will be at tomorrow night’s Templeton-Cabrillo game, and he’ll also do some tweeting from The Preps Box.

Here’s the schedule for this week:

CIF Southern Section Northwest Division playoffs
Semifinals
Today

Torrance (8-4) at Lompoc (13-0), 7 p.m.
Saturday
Templeton (7-5) at Cabrillo (10-2) in Lompoc, 7 p.m.

CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs
Semifinals
Today

Chaminade (10-2) at Arroyo Grande (11-1), 7 p.m.
Santa Monica (11-1) at Culver City (9-3), 7:30 p.m.

Dec 01

A.G.’s state bowl odds

What are the chances of Arroyo Grande High football qualifying for an elusive CIF State Championship Bowl game?

In answering that question, it might be a good idea to reference one of the funniest movies of all-time: “Dumb and Dumber.” Remember when Jim Carrey’s character, Lloyd, makes his move on his crush, Mary?

Well, this is how it went down:

Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me… ending up together?

Mary: Well, Lloyd, that’s difficult to say. I mean, we don’t really…

Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?

Mary: Not good.

Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?

Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.

[Pause]

Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance. Yeah!

This might be crazy to think, but there are some parallels to this lovable scene and Arroyo Grande’s history-making season.

Arroyo Grande (11-1) hosts Chaminade (10-2) this Friday night for a shot in next week’s Southern Section Western Division title game. That would grant Arroyo Grande another chance to become San Luis Obispo County’s first section champion since 2001, when the San Luis Obispo Tigers won it.

If Arroyo Grande captures the section title, it’d be eligible for a state bowl game — though there are many, many obstacles and other various factors in the way. Just like Lloyd, Arroyo Grande has traveled a long, enduring path to get to this point. And sure, Arroyo Grande has to win the section title first, but why not speculate on Arroyo Grande’s chances, whether it is one out of a hundred or one out of a million?

Let’s break it down:

Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me… ending up together?

According to this week’s Cal Hi Sports state rankings, Arroyo Grande is seeded fourth in the Division II South, which would face the top Division II North team — which is, for now, Marin Catholic of Kentfield — in the division’s state bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Dec. 17. The top team in the south division is Helix (10-1) of La Mesa — also the No. 1 overall team in the San Diego area — followed by Rancho Verde (12-0) of Moreno Valley and Cathedral Catholic (10-1) of San Diego.

Mary: Well, Lloyd, that’s difficult to say. I mean, we don’t really…

Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?

Mary: Not good.

Of course, Arroyo Grande isn’t thinking about a potential state bowl this week. The players and coaches are completely focused on Chaminade and a chance to make history by winning the county’s first section title in 10 years. Arroyo Grande is considered the favorite in Friday’s game, based on its record and past playoff successes — which also includes a 52-19 thrashing of Chaminade in last year’s section semifinals.

Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?

Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.

Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance. Yeah!

Yes, there is a chance, though closer to one out of a hundred and not as extreme as one out of a million. But, again, many different things have to happen. Teams ahead of Arroyo Grande have to lose, and then the commissioners of every section in the CIF will meet Dec. 11 to decide the participants (the top north team meets the top south team) in each of the five divisions.

Their guidelines include win-loss record and strength of schedule in the preseason, league and section playoffs, head-to-head competition and common opponents.

Mark Tennis of Cal Hi Sports knows all about the process. He usually gives a presentation on his views of the teams to the commissioners, though it doesn’t mean they have to listen to him.

Even if Arroyo Grande doesn’t qualify for a state bowl game after winning its section title, the Eagles can potentially help another state bowl contender, Tennis said. Lompoc is 13-0 overall, including a 38-28 winner over Arroyo Grande, and is the top team in the Division III South.

“An A.G. title also would be really huge for Lompoc,” Tennis wrote in an e-mail, “and I think would help get them into the D3 bowl game.”

Lloyd would be proud.

— Chhun

Nov 25

Quarterfinals feature A.G., SLO, Templeton

The quarterfinals of the Southern Section Western Division and Northwest Division playoffs are just a few hours away. And just like last week, all three San Luis Obispo County teams — Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo and Templeton — are alive and well in the postseason, in addition to having three of the four other playoff teams from the PAC 7 and Los Padres leagues — Righetti, Lompoc and Cabrillo — still playing.

Arroyo Grande (10-1) is traveling about three hours to La Canada Flintridge to face 9-2 St. Francis, while San Luis Obispo (8-3) and Templeton (6-5) are hosting Chaminade (9-2) and South Torrance (6-5), respectively. The only playoff team from the PAC 7 and Los Padres leagues that didn’t make it to this week was Santa Ynez, which was bounced from the playoffs in a 50-14 loss to Torrance.

Besides Righetti’s close 31-24 victory over Downey, all the other remaining playoff teams won convincingly. In fact, Templeton, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Lompoc and Cabrillo outscored opponents 261-119 to move on to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

At this point last season, seven teams from the PAC 7 and Los Padres leagues were still playing. Only four of those teams survived for another week.

Let’s see how many of this year’s teams will continue to play after this week.

Make your predictions here.

Here’s the schedule for tonight:

South Torrance (6-5) at Templeton (6-5), 7 p.m.

Chaminade (9-2) at San Luis Obispo (8-3), 7 p.m.

Arroyo Grande (10-1) at St. Francis (9-2), 7 p.m.

Lompoc (11-0) at Centennial-Compton (8-3), 7 p.m.

Righetti (8-3) at Culver City (8-3), 7:30 p.m.

Cabrillo (9-2) at Cantwell-Sacred Heart (8-3), 7:30 p.m.

— Chhun Sun

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