The Hemet High School girls’ volleyball team is returning to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section tournament this week. This is Hemet’s third consecutive year in the Southern Section playoffs.
Hemet is seeded second in Division 4AA and has a first round bye. Their first game will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Hemet High School. They will play the winner of Tuesday’s match between Anaheim (12-8 and second in the Orange League) and Twentynine Palms (14-7 and third in the De Anza League) high schools. Saddleback Valley Christian is the top seed in the 4AA Division.
The championship game will be Saturday, Nov. 17.
Hemet and San Jacinto High School tied for first in the Mountain Pass League season at 9-1. Hemet’s overall record was 23-6 and San Jacinto’s was 18-10. San Jacinto is seeded sixth in the Division tournament.
Hemet was the 2011 Division 4A champions.
The Hemet High School boy’s cross-county team is running in the CIF — SS preliminary race on at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. The Southern Section finals will be the following Saturday, Nov. 17, at the same location.
Idyllwild runners on the team are sophomores Jayden Emerson and Chad Schelly and former long-time resident Tanner Torrez.
At Thursday’s, Nov 1, Mountain Pass league championship, the Hemet team finished second to Beaumont High School. Emerson was fourth overall, finishing the 3-mile run in under 16 minutes (15:58.5) — the best sophomore performance in the school’s history, according to assistant coach Art Plinski.
Torrez was seventh and Schelly was 23rd in the league race.
Finishing in the top seven earned Emerson and Torrez All-League honors this year.