Kai Labasan’s late free throw gives La Mirada first CIF State Boys Baketball Division II title

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La Mirada’s Dylan Banks (1), Vittorio Reynoso-Avila (4), Anthony Newman (11) and Dezmon Murphy (25) celebrate as the final buzzer sounds at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, March 28, 2015. 2nd half of CIF State Division 2 boys basketball final between La Mirada vs Archbishop Mitty. La Mirada won 71-70 in double overtime. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

La Mirada’s Dylan Banks (1), Vittorio Reynoso-Avila (4), Anthony Newman (11) and Dezmon Murphy (25) celebrate as the final buzzer sounds at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, March 28, 2015. 2nd half of CIF State Division 2 boys basketball final between La Mirada vs Archbishop Mitty. La Mirada won 71-70 in double overtime. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

By Evan Barnes

BERKELEY – La Mirada junior Kai Labasan stepped to the free-throw line with 9.1 seconds left and his Matadores tied at 70 in double overtime on Saturday.
No pressure, right? Just a chance to win the CIF State Division II boys basketball championship against Archbishop Mitty of San Jose.
Labasan missed the first and without hesitation, he gathered himself and fired the second shot.
Nothing but net.
The Matadores (31-5) then survived a last-second shot attempt by Mitty’s Cameron Korb before celebrating a 71-70 win at UC Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion to clinch the program’s first-ever state championship.

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Wednesday Recap: Jason Gras placed first to lead St. Paul boys golf to win the Del Rey League match 245-272

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Boys golf
St. Paul 245, Cathedral 272 — Jason Gras shot a 7-over 36 to lead the Swordsmen (6-6, 2-2) to the Del Rey League win at Westridge Golf Club. Brandon Baucom shot a 47 for St. Paul.

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Tuesday Recap: Hannah Gabriel was the winning pitcher and went 2 for 3 to lead Whittier Christian softball to victory

Softball
Whittier Christian 3, California 2 — Hannah Gabriel was the winning pitcher and went 2 for 3 to lead the Heralds (6-6) to the nonleague win. Erica Romo and Morgan Ryan each had a hit for Whittier Christian.
Baseball
Alhambra 9, Bell Gardens 3 — James Giambalvo was the winning pitcher, striking out four and Nick Giambalvo went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and a double to lead the Moors to the Almont League win. For Alhambra, Julian Zermeno went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
La Mirada 6, Cerritos 2 — Preston Brown pitched three scoreless innings, Omar Myzel had a two run double, Ethan Lopez went 2 for 3 and Anthony Quezada had two hits and an RBI to lead the Matadores (5-9, 2-1) to the Suburban League win.
Santa Fe 7, El Rancho 1 — Elias Ledesma pitched a complete game, striking out eight and Eddie Fournier had three RBIs to lead the Chiefs (5-8-1, 2-0) to the Del Rio League victory.
Boys volleyball
Whittier Christian 3, Village Christian 0 — Branden Osborn had 10 kills, eight digs, four blocks and an assist and Josh Sorely had six kills, eight blocks and a dig to lead the Heralds (10-10, 1-1) in a 28-26, 25-21, 25-23 Olympic League win. Whittier Christian’s Seth Shumate had two kills, 18 assists and two blocks and Spencer Swift had 14 digs and two aces.
Boys golf
Flintridge Prep 218, Cathedral 243 — Jonah Sacks shot a 5-over 36 to lead the Rebels (7-2) to the nonleague win at AltaDena Golf Course. William Pai and Justin Yu each shot a 45 for Flintridge Prep.
Maranatha 196, Whittier Christian 207 — Nick Chavez shot 1-over 35 to earn medalist honors, leading the Minutemen (3-0) to the Olympic League victory. Whittier Christian’s Matt Rafter and Karsten Briley and Maranatha’s Zach Wilkins each shot a 37.

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Baseball: Bonita scores 3-1 win over Sonora

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora's La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora’s La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)


By Stephen Ramirez

LA HABRA – Bonita High School usually doesn’t beat itself, and the Bearcats lived up to their reputation Tuesday.
A.J. Woodall tossed a four-hitter and Bonita took advantage of two Sonora miscues to score a 3-1 victory over the host Raiders in an Anaheim Lions Tournament game at Anderson Field.
Jarret Lindsay also had a RBI single for the Bearcats, who improved to 11-3. Gabe Armstrong had a home run for Sonora, which slipped to 8-6-1. The Raiders were denied a chance at possibly tying the game in the seventh when Bonita center fielder Danny Gelalich threw out the Raiders’ JonPaul Sarro at third to end the game.

Bonita coach John Knott: “That was awesome right there. It was kind of risky. When they get a hit and the guy goes first to third, if he’s safe that puts the tying run in scoring position. But we have a lot of confidence in (Gelalich) and he has a lot of confidence in himself and he made a heck of a throw. It was awesome.”

Bonita’s A.J. Woodall: “I have to give it my team. I just tried to throw strikes and my teammates made the plays behind me. I just try to give us the best chance to win, while they make plays behind me.”

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Softball: St. Paul falls to rival Bishop Amat, 11-3


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER –
Bishop Amat High School, after being swept by rival St. Paul last season, waited nearly a year for redemption against the Swordsmen.
The Lancers didn’t waste the opportunity Monday.
Alyssa Barrera and Julia Menrad had three RBIs each and Bishop Amat enacted some sweet revenge with an 11-3 victory over St. Paul in a Del Rey League softball game at York Field.
Menrad and Barrera also hit home runs for the Lancers, who took over first place at 9-4 overall and 3-0 in league play. Niko Walker had two hits and Taylor Fogle a two-run triple for the Swordsmen, who slipped to 11-6 and 3-1.

Bishop Amat’s Alyssa Barrera: “We really wanted this game, especially because of what happened last year. Our goal was to not let (St. Paul sweep three games) ever again. We came out on the field, every inning wanting to win this game. Every at-bat, we all were 100-percent in, and we came out with a great win.”

St. Paul’s Taylor Fogle: “I felt I needed to do something with my bat. When I got up there and she (Bishop Amat’s Samaria Diaz) threw me that pitch, I was like, ‘I got to hit that.’ When I hit (it), I felt, ‘Whoo, there’s a fire right there.’ We were right there.”

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Friday Recap: Trevor McGee supplies offense and pitching in Whittier Christian’s win over Maranatha

Baseball
Whittier Christian 7, Maranatha 0
— Trevor McGee controlled the game both at the plate and on the mound for the Heralds to defeat the Minutemen in an Olympic League contest. McGee gave up just one hit over five shutout innings and also went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI. Brett Greene came in for the final two innings of relief, holding Maranatha (5-4, 1-2) hitless with three strikeouts to complete a one-hit shutout. In the fifth inning, Matty Salas hit a bases-clearing double for Whittier Christian (8-4, 2-1).

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