Taft boys not in playoffs

first_imgThe City Section announced the pairings for the Championship Division playoffs Saturday, and, as expected, Taft of Woodland Hills was declared ineligible for the postseason despite its efforts to clear up questions regarding the guardianship and eligibility of Bernard Kamwa. Poly of Sun Valley appeared to benefit most from the exclusion of the Toreadors, who are ranked No. 2 by the Daily News. The Parrots (20-5), who clinched the Sunset Six League title Friday, received the thirdseed, the highest of any area team, and will open the firstround Thursday against visiting Washington of Los Angeles (18-11), which is seeded No. 14. “With Taft out, it shook things up a little bit and essentially bumped everyone up a spot,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “The road to the finals is a lot easier for all of us.” Coincidentally, Taft’s girls’ basketball team benefited from another recent City Section ruling and received the top seed. Last month, two-time defending City champion Narbonne of Harbor City was banned from the 2007 playoffs for using an ineligible player in 2005-06, catapulting Taft to the top position. The Toreadors (19-2, 10-0 West Valley League), ranked No.2 by the Daily News, have won an area-best 19 consecutive games. They will play host to No.16 Banning of Wilmington in a first-round game Friday. Despite boasting the only undefeated record in the City Section, Grant of Van Nuys (17-0, 10-0 Sunset Six) was awarded the fourth seed after playing a relatively soft league schedule. It did, however, post convincing nonleague wins over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (20-8) and La Canada (16-10). In addition to the apparent slight, Grant got a difficult first-round draw in No. 13 seed Crenshaw of Los Angeles. The Cougars (17-8, 8-2 Coliseum League) won a City title in 2003, and lost 47-43 to No. 2 seed Dorsey of Los Angeles on Friday. Provided Poly’s boys defeat Washington, they will play the winner of No. 6 Palisades (18-9) and No. 11 King Drew of LosAngeles (22-6). center_img After Taft’s boys were forced to forfeit six West Valley games, Chatsworth (19-7) ended up winning the league title. The Chancellors were awarded the fourth seed and will face No. 13 Gardena (12-8) in the first round. Sylmar (15-9), the Valley Mission League champion, ended up as the ninth seed and could have the toughest route to the title of any area team. The Spartans will play host to No. 8 Crenshaw (16-7) in their opener. The boys’ and girls’ finals will be March 3 at the L.A. Sports Arena. – Kevin Connelly contributed [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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