1. Tesoro's victory over Servite in the second round of the Pac-5 playoffs was as surprising an outcome as there has been in this postseason. It was Tesoro that turned in a very Servite-like performance in knocking off the state's No. 2-ranked team (and No. 21 nationally). In the end, it was all about the defense. Tesoro limited Servite's running attack to fewer than three yards per carry (31 carries for 89 yards) and intercepted three passes (Cody Pittman had thrown only two all season) -- not to mention the fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Jay Perez one minute after Blake Rodgers scored on the opening drive of the second half. Perez's TD made it 20-17, the defense prevented Servite from scoring in the second half, and Rodgers' second score -- a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter-- ended Servite's reign as two-time champion.
2. Trabuco Hills boys and San Clemente girls won State Division 1 cross country titles in Fresno. Trabuco had its five scoring runners finish in the top 35. The Mustangs were so strong that only 30 seconds separated ninth-place Jared Hazlett (15 minutes 25 seconds) from 34th Max Moncur (15:55). The combined time of the top five runners (78:12.30) on the 3.1-mile layout was seven seconds faster than the next-closest team from any of the five divisions, Arcadia. San Clemente won behind sophomore Melissa Eisele, who finished 13th; the Tritons' five scoring runners included two freshmen. Also winning a title, in Division V, was St. Margaret's boys and individual champion Billy Gaudreau, who won his second in a row. JSerra's girls won the Division IV title behind Brooke Kunzelman and Ashley Geisler, who finished 20th and 21st.
3. Conner Manning of El Toro has passed for 3,472 yards this season, and should break the Orange County record on Friday against La Habra; needing just 88 yards to reach the total set by Matt Barkley (Mater Dei), who graduated in 2009. If Manning (35 TDs, 5 int.) doesn't reach the record, then the Chargers will be in a mess of hurt. The junior passed for a season-best 444 yards and five touchdowns in a first-round victory over Esperanza, and on Friday passed for 332 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-30 victory over Yorba Linda. He passed for fewer than 217 yards only once, when he passed for 161 and two touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Schurr. Manning's favorite target, Cody White, has 70 receptions and 13 touchdowns.
4. Poof! That's what happened to Villa Park's undefeated season. The Spartans (11-1), who played a pretty light schedule, were ranked and seeded No. 1 in the Southwest Division ahead of four-time section champion La Habra, which had three losses -- all to Trinity League teams. Tyler Siudzinski rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns and Terence Martinez scored twice -- all in the second half -- for Tustin in a 35-7 victory. Like La Habra (9-3), Tustin (9-3) is a team that steps out of its comfort zone with its selection of nonleague opponents. The Tillers' record may not have been pretty with losses to Upland (12-0) and Orange Lutheran (6-4), but they had faced teams that were better than Villa Park and were ready for the battle. Villa Park had not faced an opponent as good as Tustin, which is in the semifinals for the fourth year in a row and looking to reach its third title game in that span.
5. Los Alamitos, which hadn't lost a game in the Southern Section or State girls volleyball playoffs, finally got pushed a little in the Division I state quarterfinal. The Griffiins won, 25-16, 25-20 21-25, 27-25, and play host to Marymount on Tuesday night for the right to play for the state title on Saturday at Concordia University. Jaylen Villanueva led Los Alamitos (37-3) with 19 kills and JoJo Schnabl had 17. Corona del Mar led in the fourth game, 19-17, before giving way in the clincher. Marymount defeated Newport Harbor -- like Los Al, a Sunset League team -- by coming back from a two games to one deficit; Marymount won, 25-22, 21-25, 13-25, 26-24, 15-8.