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CIF releases 2009 girls tennis, 8-Man football postseason brackets

Posted: November 9, 2009 11:09 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's doubles team of Andrea Zammit, front, and Chelsea Dietz compete at the Foothill League prelims on Nov. 5 at Paseo Club.

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The CIF-Southern Section released brackets Monday for girls tennis and 8-Man Football.

In each case, teams from the Santa Clarita Valley are hoping to make title-game returns.

The Valencia girls tennis team, which has been to four straight division title games, received the second seed in the Division III playoffs and will host a first-round match on Thursday against a wild-card team.

The Santa Clarita Christian football team, the defending Division I 8-Man champions, will host Southlands Christian on Friday.

West Ranch and Hart girls tennis also made the postseason.

Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said she was surprised that her team received the No. 2 seed and she believes that her girls have the capability to make it back for a fifth straight championship match.

“I do. If we’re playing good,” she said. “I got to say we’re young. Every other team I had that went to the finals I had really good senior leadership, but I have no seniors starting right now.”

Valencia played the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, San Marino, on Oct. 16 and lost a close match 10-8.

“If that’s truly an indication, even though we’re a young team, we have a good shot at getting back to the finals,” Kellogg said.

Valencia will play the winner of Tuesday’s Claremont-Hesperia wild-card match.

The Foothill League’s third-place team, Hart, also has to go the wild-card route.

The Indians are hosting Pac-7 League fourth-place team Righetti today.

If Hart wins, it will travel to play Long Beach Wilson on Thursday.

The Foothill League’s co-champion West Ranch is hosting the winner of the Santiago-Corona and Alta Loma wild-card match on Thursday.

The Division III championship match will be played Nov. 23 at the Claremont Club.

As for football, Santa Clarita Christian finished the season 3-0 and won the Heritage League championship after a 2-4 start.

The Cardinals are hosting Southlands Christian of Walnut — a team that also finished 5-4 but beat only teams with losing records.

“We feel if we’re healthy, we have a chance against anybody,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “We can’t turn the ball over and make mistakes. We feel we have the talent to make a run against anybody.”

But there is one problem for the Cardinals.

Their home games are played at Canyon High, but Canyon is already hosting Saugus there Friday night.

Moss said he is looking at alternatives, which could even mean playing a day game on Saturday.

Right now, the game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

The tennis matches are scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Division I 8-Man championship game will be played Dec. 4 or Dec. 5.

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