La Mirada football announcement near

A decision reportedly has been made concerning the La Mirada High School head football coaching position, and an announcement is forthcoming early next week, perhaps Monday.

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La Serna’s Dolbin signs with CSF

Jordan Dolbin, a solid fixture in La Serna High school’s girls soccer program the past four seasons, has signed a letter of intent to attend Cal State Fullerton, according to a release from the school.
Dolbin, a three-year varsity captain, was a key figure in the Lancers winning the Del Rio League championship four times during her stay.
She earned all-league honors four times, all-CIF recognition three times and was named the team’s offensive MVP twice.
Titans coach Demian Brown called Dolbin “an exceptional soccer player with a termendous amount of skill. She is extremely dangerous at serving balls on set pieces from anywhere on the field.”
Dolbin is one of 12 signees that make up what is being called “one of the largest freshman classes in the program’s history.”

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Dons Release Non-League Schedule


2008 Non-League Opponents (22-32)

West Covina (6-6)*
Cerritos (1-9)*
Bell Gardens (5-5)
Montebello (2-8)
Franklin (8-4)

2007 Non-League Opponents (24-31)
Cerritos (3-7)*
Bell Gardens (6-5)
Montebello (3-7)
Arroyo (5-6)
St. Paul (7-6)*
*upper division foes

El Rancho coach Gene Parsons spoke today about a bevy of topics regarding ER football, one was obviously the upcoming 2008 schedule. The Dons open up with quite a challenge in Zero Week, taking on San Antonio League power West Covina.

There was some talk about some of the changes and rumors flying around “the Ranch.” For now, the only confirmed coaching change will be at offensive coordinator where Joe Ledesma has stepped down. Currently the Dons are in the process of interviewing candidates, although Parsons felt it wouldn’t be fair to say whom.

There will be more on the Parsons discussion in the paper soon.

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A Tough Loss

Breaking News from the CIF-State Playoffs.

Second Round
Division IV playoffs
Garces Memorial 48, Whittier Christian 46.

Up by 9 points with a little over two minutes left, Whittier Christian surrendered a 14-3 run to the host Rams, Central Section Division IV champs, in falling by a deuce.

It was a tough loss by the Heralds, champions of D-VAA, who committed eight turnovers in the fourth and three in the final 70 seconds.

Callie Rohrbacker and Kristen Schaefer scored a team-high 12 points for the Heralds.

I’ll have more of an update once I get over the grapevine.

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It’s Three and Out

The Whittier area had three divisional soccer champions and yet none were selected to the SoCal Boys and Girls Regional Soccer Championships that starts Tuesday.

La Serna (26-3), the Division IV champion coming off a 4-0 pasting of Granite Hills, was not selected in favor of Division I co-champions Long Beach Poly (27-1-4) and San Clemente (24-3-7), Division II champion Thousand Oaks (20-4-2) and Division III co-champion Mayfair (26-2-4).

Granite Hills (20-6-2) and Bishop Montgomery (12-6-2), two teams that La Serna beat en route to its title, qualified in Division II.

La Mirada (18-7-6), which is coming off a titanic upset of Mayfair in Saturday’s Division III title game, tying the Monsoons 1-1, was also left out.

The tournament had both La Serna and La Mirada in Division I, since both school’s student enrollment was over the 2300 student threshold.

I spoke to Matadores Coach Dennis Guerra, who didn’t seem too upset over the snubbing.

“Those are four pretty strong teams,” Guerra said. “Our girls are proud of their accomplishment this season and didn’t want it spoiled by having to play in another tournament.”

La Serna coach Amanda Broussard wasn’t pleased at all and described her initial reaction to the released brackets as “apalling.”

On the boys side, Division III champion La Habra (26-4-1) also won’t be competing in the tournament.

However, coach Steve Aanderud said shortly after Saturday’s championship game that it was unlikely the Highlanders would have accepted an invitation since several players on the team had other commitments. The fact that the tournament did not include every section in California was also a major factor.

Is this surprising and why? Who was most deserving?

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Heralds headed for Bakersfield

Whittier Christian High School won the CIF Southern Section, Division V-AA girls basketball championship Saturday morning, but Sunday morning the selection committee for the state playoffs didn’t give the Heralds much respect.
Moved up to Division IV (based upon student enrollment) for the state tournament, Whittier Christian is the No. 6 seeded team and will have to travel Tuesday to play Bakersfield Garces, the division’s No. 3 seeded team.
Game time is 6 p.m.
Whittier Christian’s record is 24-7. Garces is 23-3.
Garces was 10-2 and the second place team (behind Bakersfield HS) in the Southeast Yosemite League.
The Rams have an eight-game winning streak that includes three victories en route to winning the CIF Central Section, Division IV championship (57-47 over Exeter in the title game Saturday).

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Whew! Four entries, four champions!

Whittier Christian’s (from left) Whitley Brown, Andrea Garcia, Jamie Duchi, Carrie Crawford, Tara McGinnis and Chloe Davis react to the final horn that signifies game over and the Heralds have won their second consecutive CIF-SS, Division V-AA basketball championship. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)

Congrats all around in order for the four area teams that entered
Saturday’s games and then brought home the championship hardware from
CIF Southern Section divisional soccer and girls basketball competition.
As you probably already know (if not, here it is):

Whittier Christian High School’s girls made it back-to-back titles by
defeating Maranatha, 37-31, for the Division V-AA basketball crown.

La Habra’s boys rallied to defeat No. 1-seeded Saddleback, 2-1, to
successfully defend their Division III soccer title.

La Serna’s girls made it look easy in blanking Granite Hills, 4-0, in
capturing the Division IV soccer championship.

And La Mirada’s girls, in the biggest upset of the day, after having lost
to Mayfair by 5-1 scores twice during Suburban League play, stunned the
heavily favored Monsoons with a come-from-behind tie to gain a share of
the Division III soccer title.

Impressive performances by all.
A red-letter day for area high school sports.

Were you there to see any of it?
If so, good for you.

Or did you just read about it the next day?
If so, good for you, too, for being interested, for caring.

A simple yes or no to either question will suffice, although a brief reaction would be nice.
In either case, more congratulations all around.

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La Mirada Tames Beast, Claims First Title

Caption: La Mirada players celebrate their tie with Mayfair in the CIF Division III Girls Soccer Finals at Warren High School in Downey on Saturday March 1, 2008. La Mirada and Mayfair tied with a score of 1-1 making the teams co-champions. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/SPORTS)

Perhaps Mayfair Coach Sal Marroquin said it best when he stated, “La Mirada just outworked us.”

Congratulations to the La Mirada High School girls soccer team in pulling off an incredible upset in tying top-ranked Mayfair 1-1.

Not too many people gave them a chance, including this reporter, and yet they played an incredible game and never quit.

The title is the first in school history and validates what Mats Coach Dennis Guerra has been saying throughout the playoffs, “we’re a different team, we’re playing with heart.”

A special congratulations to Mats goalie Kiki Salazar, who unfairly was given a lot of blame in the first two La Mirada 5-1 losses to Mayfair. She may have played her finest game of the postseason Saturday.

Forgive the small write up in today’s paper, we were on a short deadline. There will be more in Tuesday’s paper.

Oh, in case anyone didn’t notice, Whittier area teams went 3-for-3 in capturing soccer titles. Not too bad for our small side of the woods.

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La Serna Claims First-Ever Title!

Breaking News from the CIF-Southern Section Division IV title game at Downey High School.

Final Score:
La Serna 4, Granite Hills 0

Congratulations to the No. 3-ranked Lancers (26-3) for a throughly dominating 4-0 win over the host Cougars (20-6-2), who looked completely overmatched.

La Serna took a 2-0 lead into the first half and doubled that in the second half. Goals were scored by Nicole Reed, Mariah Palmer and a deuce from Stacie Cervantes. The win is the first title in school history and La Serna’s sixth-straight shutout and 16th win in a row. Check out tomorrow’s paper for more details.

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