Eight Daily News All-Area first team basketball selections will participate in the Fourth Annual High School All-Star boys and girls basketball games scheduled Saturday at Whittier College.
La MIrada’s Mike Davis will coach the East and St. Paul’s Robert Miller will handle the West in the girls’ game scheduled at 5 p.m. La Habra’s Mark Stewart is the East coach and Kevin Akiyama the West coach in the boys’ game scheduled at 7 p.m.
The All-Area honorees include Lyanna Augborne of California and Elissa Ronquillo from Whittier Christian on the girls East team; Jessica Vingerelli of Sant Fe and St. Pauls Lesley Vodicska on the West team; Drew Harris of California and Dominique Moreno of La Habra on the boys East team, and Alex Valdez of Schurr and Santa Fes Maurice Cole on the West team.
St. Paul point guard Lesley Vodicska is a West team
standout participating in an All-Star basketball doubleheader
sponsored by Sargent’s Sporting Goods.
Here are the rosters:
Jessica Figueroa (Bell Gardens); Adriana Favella, Megan Barr (El Rancho); Raven Tripp (John Glenn); Darlene Luevano (Pioneer); Keimi Lewis (Schurr); Jessica Vingerelli, Brittany Aranda (Santa Fe); Leslie Vodicska, Daisy Bueno (St. Paul).
Lyanna Augborne, Sonia Martinez (California); Whittany Radcliffe, Jocelyn Neely (La Habra); Nicole Martin, Martina Araula (La Mirada); Krystina Ortega (La Serna); Cherish Sanchez, Jessica Ochoa (Norwalk); April Lara (Sonora); Claire Hara, Maggen Chavez (Whittier); Jacqueline Joseph, Elissa Ronquillo (Whittier Christian).
J.C. Lugo, Andrew Ruiz (Bell Gardens); Allen Galindo (El Rancho); Hector Gomez (John Glenn); Oscar Rosales, Julian Rivera (Montebello); Andrew Pineda (Pioneer); Alex Valdez, Justin Sasada (Schurr); Maurice Cole, Frank Corona (Santa Fe).
Drew Harris (California); Dominique Moreno, Joey Moreno, Kevin Pitzer (La Habra); Cameron Gillett, Richard Estrella (La Mirada); Fernando Alvarez (La Serna); Pat Acuna, Robert Penny (Norwalk); Kris Russell (Sonora); Andy Leonette (Whittier); Jake Cokely (Whittier Christian).
Game times are 5 p.m. for the girls and 7 p.m. for the boys.
Anybody missing (just curious)? Remember, seniors only.
They’ll begin the chase to unseat defending Del Rio League champion La Serna Tuesday, and while the rest of the league seems relatively balanced, the Lancers’ pitching clearly sets them a notch above the rest of the league.
Holly Consterdine is the area’s premier returning hurler, and newcomer Kelsey Marker has wasted no time in establishing herself as a capable replacement for departed Devin Lindsay (Dartmouth College).
Coupled with the offense led by power hitters Amanda Perez, Brandi Rummel and Ashley Holmes and a solid defense anchored by shortstop Ashley Ramirez, second baseman Katrina Castaneda and center-fielder Brooke Putich, La Serna’s program is the most complete of all the league entries.
This is not to say the Lancers are unbeatable.
There are teams capable of upsetting them, if the equation is right.
A quick look around the league:
1. La Serna – Simply too much of everything, and then some.
2. California – Still has the most impressive infield/outfield pregame drill. Condors need to carry over some of the energy and execution from pregame into the real game.
3. Santa Fe – Like the Chiefs’ baseball team, the softballers have talent; it’s time for it to step up.
4. El Rancho – Dons’ defense appears solid, but holes in lineup may preclude them from the consistency necessary to compete on a regular basis.
5. Pioneer – Winning nine out of 10 games, including eight-game streak, is impressive, but can the Titans keep it going when league starts?
6. Whittier – Hands down the area’s most improved program over the past two seasons. A fun team to watch
and clearly ripe to ruin somebody’s season.
Agree?Or disagree? Briefly, please, briefly.
One game into the Del Rio League season, it is easier to get a line on how the teams might fare.
Looking for comments and projections/predictions.
From here, it’s
1. El Rancho, until another team steps up.
2. La Serna, better pitching that expected and a handfull of hitters.
3. California, Condors will go as far as Tyler Leibert can take them.
Now, it gets a little sticky.
4. Santa Fe, gives the appearance of a good team; now, just has to play like one.
5. Whittier, Cards beat somebody to be 8-4, but can they beat their DRL opponents?
6. Pioneer, nobody works harder than Paul Magallanes; can this be the year it pays off?
Comments wlecome, but please be brief.