Williams, Vodicska top all-area basketball

La Miada’s Derrick Williams and St. Paul’s Lesley Vodicska are the 2008 Daily News Players of the Year for boys and girls basketball.
St. Paul’s Robert Miller and Whittier Christian’s Bill Crammer are the boys and girls Coaches of the Year.

Daily News 2008 All-Area Boys Basketball Team
Player of the Year: Derrick Williams, La Mirada
Coach of the Year: Robert Miller, St. Paul

First team
Guard – Jordan Sachs, La Habra
Guard – Maurice Cole, Santa Fe
Center – Drew Harris, California
Forward – Alex Valdez, Schurr
Forward – Dominique Moreno, La Habra

Second team
Guard –
Steven Saenz, St. Paul
Guard – Justin Sasada, Schurr
Center – Fernando Alvarez, La Serna
Forward – Andrew Torres, Montebello
Forward – Kevin Pitzer, La Habra

Honorable mention
California –
Tim Palomino, Greg Perea
El Rancho – Jeremiah Salcedo
La Habra – Randall Nygren
La Mirada – Ryan Kelly, Cameron Gillett, Mark Nichiporuk
La Serna – Jeremy Madrigal
Pioneer – Michael Saldana, Michael Crosby
Santa Fe – Frank Corona
St. Paul – Dont’e Webb, William Duff, Adrian Flores
Whittier – Daniel Enriquez, Andy Leonette
Whittier Christian – Jake Cokely, Zach Torres.

Daily News 2008 Girls All-Area Basketball Team
Player of the Year: Lesley Vodicska, St. Paul
Coach of the Year: Bill Crammer, Whittier Christian

First team
Guard –
Lyanna Augborne, California
Guard – Luna Amico, Whittier
Center – Jessica Vingerelli, Santa Fe
Forward – Elissa Ronquillo, Whittier Christian
Forward – Skye Savini, St. Paul

Second team
Guard –
Kala Amico, Whittier
Guard – Callie Rohrbacker, Whittier Christian
Center – Sonia Martinez, California
Forward – Brittany Aranda, Santa Fe
Forward – Jacqueline Joseph, Whittier Christian

Honorable mention
California –
Ericka Arroyo-Villeza
Cantwell – Patricia Luna, Valerie Carrasco
El Rancho – Megan Barr, Adriana Favela
La Habra – Whittany Radcliffe
La Mirada – Nicole Martin, Keisha Washington
La Serna – Kristina Ortega, Briana Vasquez
Montebello – Roxanna Canales
Pioneer – Darlene Luevano
Santa Fe – Shelby Magallon
Schurr – Keimi Lew, Jeannette Ramirez
St. Paul – Daisy Bueno, Andrina Rendon
Whittier – Loren Gurrola
Whittier Christian – Kristen Schaefer, Amy Woodward

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Highlanders’ rings ceremony set

La Habra High School’s 2007 CIF Southern Section, Southeast Division football championship team members will be celebrated under the lights at a gathering Friday beginning at 7 p.m. in the school’s football stadium.
The players will receive their championship rings and their faithful and members of the community are invited to join the festivities.
Wearing the school’s colors is encouraged, and there will be opportunities to take pictures of and with the players, coaches, friends and families.

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And it went to PKs

Breaking News:

The Del Rio League wins 5-4 in penalty kicks in the 2nd Annual Almont League versus Del Rio League boys soccer classic.

The game went into PK’s after a 3-3 tie through 90 minutes of regulation (I think the refs forgot this was a high school game).

With the score at 5-4 in pk’s, Schurr’s Christian Mendoza shot wide right, just over the corner of the net, ending a wild game.

California’s Arturo Hernandez put his team up for good in the first of sudden death pk’s (both teams tied 4-4 after 5) when he nailed a shot into the upper right corner of the net past Montebello goalie Jorge Sainz. That’s when Mendoza went up and just missed a heart-breaking shot.

Del Rio League goals were scored by Santa Fe’s Byron Galdamez (Santa Fe’s Manuel Rodriguez assist), California’s Christian Soto (Santa Fe’s Gonzalo Rodriguez assist) and Whittier’s Pablo Duarte (Soto assist). La Serna’s Tony Aceavado turned into four saves while Santa Fe’s Joseph Anguiano registered two additional saves.

For the Almont Leaguers, goals were scored by Schurr’s Michael Mendez (unassisted), Mendoza (from Mendez) and Bell Gardens’ Gregory Vasquez (Bell Gardens’ Damien Franco). Sainz had a game-high 7 saves.

Soto was named the game’s Offensive MVP.

Check out tomorrow’s paper for more info.

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El Rancho was good, Santa Fe wasn’t, but it’s early

El Rancho defeated Santa Fe today, 9-1, combining impressive hitting
with some charitable Santa Fe pitching (nine walks, one hit batsman) in their Del Rio League opener.
El Rancho is good and deserves to be the DRL favorite.
But the Dons faithful should be cautious in their evaluations, and
Santa Fe’s followers should not despair.
Little was learned about the Chiefs’ current status today other than they have trouble
throwing strikes, at least for this one.
If that becomes the norm rather than the exception, then there will be
reason for concern.
Above all, keep this one in proper perspective.
It was one league game. There are 14 more to play.

On a brighter note, bunches of kudos to the Santa Fe program for
building a first-rate baseball facility — and doing it without district

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Who’s better — the Almont League or Del Rio?

That question will be taken to the soccer field this Friday evening at Bell Gardens High School, as the boys soccer all-stars from the Almont League will host the Del Rio League all-stars at 6:30 p.m.

The 2nd Annual All-Star challenge is only open to seniors and includes Montebello and Schurr from the Almont League and El Rancho, California, La Serna, Santa Fe, Whittier and possibly Pioneer from the DRL. Coaches for the Almont League are Montebello’s Jesus Garcia (head coach) and Brian Mejia (assistant) while La Serna’s Alex Clark will lead the DRL team.

While the Almont League team is yet to be finalized, the DRL squad will include among others Christian Soto (California), Emilio Dominguez (El Rancho), Frank Casillas (El Rancho), Keanan Smith (La Serna), Byron Galdamez (Santa Fe), Manuel Rodriguez (Santa Fe) and Jonathan Quezada (Whittier).

Best of all folks, admission is free. Hope to see you there.

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