1. Paraclete won its eighth CIF football championship, 14-7, over Sierra Canyon in the Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs. Paraclete’s first CIF championship came in 1967. It was a share of the small school championship after tying Calipatria, 7-7. The 2010 Paraclete football team went 13-1 with wins over Knight, Campbell Hall and Montclair Prep. Norm Dahlia, the Paraclete coach, said after winning the East Valley Division championship that his team was deserving of a CIF state bowl berth. The CIF bowl selection committee saw it differently as Madison from San Diego earned a spot in the CIF Division III state bowl game against Escalon. Paraclete won 13 games in a row after losing its season opener to Serrano. Paraclete won its second CIF football championship in the past three seasons.
2. At least three football teams will have new coaches next season. Former UCLA and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder will be the next coach of the Village Christian football team, which made it to the Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinals. Schroeder was an offensive assistant with the Oaks Christian football team which won the Northern Division championship. Canyon football coach Chris Varner, who guided his team to the quarterfinals of the Northern Division playoffs, resigned over the weekend. He told The Signal the reason for his resignation was that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Antelope Valley coach Brett Pape resigned as well. He told the Daily News that he was burned out from coaching.
3. The Chatsworth football team had an early 7-0 in the first quarter against Fairfax in the City Section Division II championship game. Then Fairfax rattled off 51 unanswered points and won in a blowout, 51-7. Chatsworth was looking for its first championship since winning the City Invitational title in 1998. Instead, the team celebrated a 47-yard touchdown run by Eric Waters on the fourth play from scrimmage and little else the rest of the way. Fairfax running backs Terrance Hall and Matt Bowen combined to rush for 363 yards and four touchdowns.
4. The Chaminade girls soccer teams owns El Segundo. At least the girls have owned the El Segundo tournament for three years in a row. Chaminade won the El Segundo soccer tournament beating host El Segundo, 1-0, in the championship game over the weekend. Brittany Solis scored the lone goal of the game, off a corner kick in the 21st minute, and earned tournament MVP honors. Chaminade goalkeeper Chinaar Desai made five saves to record the shutout.
5. Maybe the Valencia boys basketball team will have a little competition this year. The Canyon boys basketball team beat Valencia, with high-scoring Lonnie Jackson, in the championship game of the Canyon Classic at Canyon High School. Canyon was playing without its top scorer, Clay Kasdorf, and still managed to pull out a 59-58 win. Canyon found its offense from Coley Apsay, who scored 22 points and earned tournament MVP. Jackson scored 19 points and missed a 3-pointer in the final minute that would have won the game for Valencia. West Ranch, another team from the Foothill League, showed it might be a factor by winning the third-place game, 53-50, over Highland.