Playoffs – Boys Basketball

Here’s some info regarding the nine area teams that qualified for the CIF-SS playoffs.

All first round games are set for Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Division 1-AA

Corona Santiago (13-14) at Montebello (27-1)

Division 2-AA

Aliso Niguel (15-12) at Whittier (15-10)

Division 2-A

Mira Costa (16-10) at La Serna (16-11)

Division 3-A

La Habra (15-12)
at Western (11-15)
La Mirada (14-14) at Granite Hills (15-11)

Division 4-AA

Pioneer (9-18) at Morningside (15-12)

Division 4-A

St. Paul (11-16) at Fillmore (16-8)
Whitney (17-8) at Whittier Christian (17-10)

Division 5-AA

Cantwell Sacred Heart (10-17) at Sage Hill (16-7)

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  • http://Http://oilershoops.blogspot.com Steve

    Oilers on 17 game win streak. Good luck to them and all local teams!

  • hs sports fan

    It is really disappointing that Calhi fell apart at the end of the year-they should easily have finished in the top three of league- and it is really embarrasing that a 9W 18L Pioneer team made the playoffs-they dont deserve it and will get blown out by at least 30 points- My Predictions are that LS may win their first game but thats it- Whittier will lose in the firstround- Montebello will win their first game-so will La Habra and Sonora.

  • Anonymous

    To: Hs Sports Fan,

    What do mean Pioneer doesnt deserve it! Remember Pioneer has a new coach, and they took 3rd in league. Yes Cal should of been one of the top teams in league. I cant believe Whittier with one re-turner, they would of had two re-turner but one of them blow his knee out in the summer. Yeah Whittier might lose but REMEMBER anything can happen IT’S PLAY-OFFS

  • hs psorts fan

    to anonymous-yes you got me right -Pioneer with their embarrassing 9W 18L record doesnt deserve to make the playoffs-they may have the worst record of any team in the filed- the only reason they made it it CALHI fell apart at the end of the year – trust me PIONEER will get blown out by at least 30 points in their game-Im sure that Pioneer is glad they made it but face it they are very lucky to have had any chance and they can thank a very dissapointing CALHI team for that.

  • realist

    pioneer plays morningside which beat whittier this year by 6 points in the cantwell tournament… pioneer also beat whittier so anything can happen morningside is not that much better than pioneer on any given night anything can happen.. they probably have a better chance at beating morningside than pioneer did beating tustin last year…. give pioneer there credit they beat cal once and they qualified cal could have won the last game and got in since pioneer lost but they didnt… face it cal hi is not that good… they got 5 wins in league and than they ran into a wall against la serna and whittier did they really fall apart?? no, they just hadn;t played anyone yet

  • Anonymous

    hs sports fan: dude, you have no clue. Cal High did not fall apart. Pioneer beat both Cal High and Whittier AT THEIR GYMS. They deserved to finish 3rd in league, and proved they are a better team than Cal High by beating them LAST WEEK. Overall record no longer has anything to do with it, as Pioneer played a lot of competition in higher levels, like Bishop Amat. If you had gone to a Pioneer game, you would have seen the intensity and passion with which they play the game. The Cal High game was a defensive masterpiece. Morningside better watch out because if they look at Pioneer’s record and treat them lightly, as you do, they will get beat in their own gym, just as Whitter and Cal High did.

  • hs sports fan

    wow anonymous-you are the one thats clueless- I did see Pioneer and Cal play-dont gimme any excuses about supposedly tough teams they played-I follow the Del Rio League – trus me I know what im talking about-howvere you wanna say it 9W 18L is a total joke-nice job backing in the playoffs losing your last game to a weak SANTA FE team-lets see what happens in the Playoffs- I hope Pioneer enjoys their time in the playoffs cause it wont last long.

  • stop crying

    souns like an angry cal hi fan just cuz pioneer beats cal hi once a year for the last 7 or 8 years i guess i would be bitter too…oh and isn’t that weak santa fe team the same team that beat cal hi this year oh yes it is… pioneer is 2 divisions lower than everyone else in the league (4AA) and for them to even compete its an accomplishment yet alone make the playoffs over a division (2AA) cal hi team they earned it thy got the auto bid cal hi didnt maybe you should support the league so next year maybe cal hi will make it as an at large because we all know whittier and la serna are gonna be favored again next year

  • Nostradamus

    Hey hs sports fan:

    I want my fries crispy, not soggy. Hurry back to Jack in the Box so you can take my order. BTW, you shouldn’t vote or handle small children with your mental capacity either.

  • SP

    its called AA sports fan original!!!

  • hs sports fan

    to nostradamus- you are the mental midget-im just stating facts- any team with a 9w 18l season has to consider themselves very lucky to make the playoffs-im sure the Pioneer coach will agree with that- I have followed the Del Rio League for years and im very familiar with all of the scholls- its just that Calhi underachieved and should have contended for the league title-Im not a calhi fan i just follow the league closely- get a clue before you start criticzing people.

  • MHS

    good luck OILERS!!

  • Fan

    To: hs sports fan,

    What are you talking about? When Coach Mata was at PHS, his teams made the play-offs 5 out 8 years! 1 year 2nd place 1 time 3rd place and 3 times at-large. And PHS took 3rd this year. Look at the team whittier is playing Aliso Niguel 15-12 overall and did not place in with reacord of 3-7. Whittier will have there hands full tonight.

  • LANCERFAN

    To my beloved Lancers,

    If we learned anything tonight we learned the following:

    You can beat another team, you can even beat yourself….but you just can’t beat the refs.

    To the crappy, tall ref who was seen smiling and laughing with the Mira Costa coach before the game, I am pretty sure that somewhere in that rule book you were issued once upon a time ago, it describes a foul as anything that would impede a shot or movement….block, reach,hand check,
    ….GOAL TENDING…..pick a foul…any foul and apply it to the visiting Mustangs who flipped, reached, slapped, tugged and just about put a saddle on my beloved Lancers…because YOU allowed them to.

    Don’t blame the mustangs…they played the hand they were given….I would have if I got away with it too.

    SO VERY VERY VERY Proud of the crimson and Gold. You worked hard and really came together as a team this year when it counted.

    Hold your heads high and be proud of the effort you put out on that floor tonight.

  • del rio fan

    Playoff finals- MIRA COSTA 54 LS 50–ALISO NIGUEL 64 WHITTIER 56—MORNINGSIDE 80 PIONEER 30- the Del Rio goes down in flames again-the league is a joke in basketball- and the guy who said Pioneer didnt belong in the playoffs is right- what a joke- lousy record and they lose by 50!- well at least LA HABRA is still alive-they play at home on friday at 7:30

  • Sports Fan Original

    SP==AA?? AA??…. Oh yes, that is where St. Paul hires its teachers. Now I remember!

  • whittier sports fan

    lancer fan-dont spoil a good season with your whining- you lost -deal with it-its nothing new- LS ALWAYS LOSES IN THE PLAYOFFS- its the same story every year- you win because of good coaching – you win in league cause the league is crappy-you always lose in the first round of the playoffs because the other team is just flat out better than you-dont make excuses- you guys did what you always do- just thank god for Coach Lowe cause he is the reason you win during the season.

  • oiler rob

    oilers are for real 28-1 record thats a good record even if they were playing the little sisters of mercy or st paul the truth is they beat some good teams check the record the one loss to then the number 7 team in the state montebello shot bad in that game could be couple more wins in the playoffs they are the top divison its going to tough from now on go oilers

  • Sports Fan Original

    del rio fan: Pioneer did belong in the playoffs. They placed 3rd in league. That gets you into the playoffs…fair and square!

    I have repeatedly stated that this league never wins a CIF playoff game in basketball. Yes I agree…the Del Rio League is too weak for a League Champion to beat a 3rd or 4th place team from most other leagues. At least the leagues they have been facing the last 7 or 8 years. Only Whittier had a decent run back 7 or 8 years ago: Winning in the first round before losing a battle in the second round.

    La Serna, with one of Roger Murray’s favorite coaches, Coach Lowe, loses every year. And, they win league every year!!

    Even Whittier girls lose in the first round, and they have dominated the league for 3 years now. Better luck this year Whittier. I hope you win. Readers: do not believe those football parents, I want Whittier to win!

    The Del Rio is a much better league in baseball and football though. Cal has proved that; reaching the SEMI’S 2 of the last 3 seasons and the quarterfinals the year before. 3 and 4 years ago they lost to MONSTER LA HABRA and this year to MONSTER CHARTER OAK. And, Santa Fe reached the FINALS a few years ago also.

    Santa Fe, I believe, no longer gets the Glenn and Norwalk kids…there goes their “reign” as the best in the league. It has been how long???…5 or 6 seasons since they won a legitimate league title.

    Four years ago (I think) they won it, but it was because they protested (which still counts, I would protest too if a school broke a CIF rule). But 2 of the past 4 seasons another school had that “quality athlete” that could produce a league champ in this league. Fortunately for Cal, it has been them…with Grigsby and his half-brother Jones. Do not get me wrong, they would not have won it just with these two players. A good surrounding cast is needed and of course, QUALITY COACHING!

    “ALL LANCER FANS” == make “connections” from year to year. Do not look at each year separately. If you do this, you will not make excuses, because it happens every year. You are consistently the best of 6 in this league, but consistenly you are no better that 15 or 25 in your CIF DIVISION. CONNECT THE PAST TO THE PRESENT AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.

  • SPSwordsmen

    Of course you remember, thats where you met your better half, remember you remember!

    Sports Fan Original said:
    SP==AA?? AA??…. Oh yes, that is where St. Paul hires its teachers. Now I remember!

    Its all in the family RIGHT.

  • Avina R

    Wow oiler or whatever you dumb PB school people,……. oiler rob said:

    montebello can’t stand next to a Swordsmen, dont you have our Football coaches? A Swordsmen will always rule over any pulbic school and montebello is weak!!!!

  • Chief

    I love how sports fan original always talks like everything he says is fact. Guy is baffling. How is Santa Fe going 5-0 last year and winning league, not a legit championship. Only people with serious substance abuse issues can remember a season from six years ago like it was nothing and completely forget last year. Stop acting like you know everything about every program around. You only know what you read in the paper and apparently don’t even comprehend that well.

  • Pete Sanchez

    To: Sports Fan Original,

    Mr. KNOW IT ALL, why do you always put your foot in your mouth? All summer you talked smack about Coach Mata and now he the greatest coach of all time. It’s time to put your real name out there so everybody knows what a BIG ROUNDMOUTH you are. Stop come on here and putting coaches and players down.

  • sports fan original

    “Chief”===

    A few correct calls in a year: just a few

    La Mirada Football
    Cody Clements = best QB
    Whittier Football continues to be Whittier football and will never give someone else a chance to “turn around the program, like LM football or WHS basketball.
    La Serna Basketball again to lose in 1st round
    Santa Fe baseball do nothing with Hendry product
    St. Paul Braggers baseball goes nowhere as far in decent Division.
    All Del Rio League boys basketball will lose in first round
    Lynch not the Head Coach, but school needed “on campus” guy
    Santa Fe football not quite as good without “Norwalk Connection”

    A few wrong:

    forgot Santa Fe’s championship last year!
    Whittier High School’s very, very good basketball season under a new and apparently motivating staff.
    Believing Whittier HS was still poor academically

    Win some, lose some. The oddsmakers in Vegas do not always have it right. But they do not stop trying. As long as I am correct considerably more than I am wrong, I will keep trying. It’s fun.

    Boy, those drinks are good!! Maybe I’ll have a couple more. Maybe I’ll get fired from work.

  • DRL SUPPORTER

    Sports Fan Original-

    You work??????

    wow! I thought all you did in life was spew self-righteous, un-constructive comments from your computer about kids actually trying to make a positive difference in their lives and community by way of their program.

    Get a Real job! Get a life! and do the DRL a favor and Get Lost!!!!

    Too much energy already wasted on you….

    “POOF! be gone!

  • sports fan original

    Pete Sanchez: I have the right to say Coach Mata and staff did a very good job. Coach Mata is far from the greatest coach of all time. For anyone to become a great coach, he has to beat some great teams. Most people know that and that may never happen at WHS!! They did not beat one great team this year. I praise a few also. Learn to comprehend.

    DRL Supporter: I developed plenty of confidence playing baseball for the legendary John Scolions at Cal Poly Pomona. How I grew!! We beat some great teams!!! He won a few National Championships (baseball) and I believe he is still number 2 or 3 in NCAA total victories.

    He taught confidence, confidence, and more confidence. I call it confidence you call it self righteous. Whatever it is, I like it! I know what it takes to do well in sports. How do I know? I lived it under a LEGEND.

    And DO NOT GIVE YOURSELF SO MUCH CREDIT!! These blogs mean ZERO IN THE REAL WORLD. ZERO!!! The Head coaches probably do not even go on here. Neither do 95% of the players (at least). They are busy “doing it”! I do not think a good head coach is going to listen to some blogger. This is a time filler. And I like doing it. Obviously I appreciate my point of view.

    And kids? Very few kids blog, except for SP. I think it is about the parents and adults.

  • oiler rob

    AVINA calm down girl the oilers of montebello basketball team, boys of course would beat the pope out of st paul. that is all i was trying to say. try not to take things to heart. just having fun.

  • Del Rio Parent

    These comments about the Del Rio league being weak is correct. You can blame coaching, administration, parents, schools or if you dare the kids. What you all fail to realize that within the Whittier area there are 4-5 high schools not counting those in the close surrounding areas. The talent is diluted a bit you think? I think for the most part most of the coaches have done their best to not cheat and bring kids from other areas to take our kids spots. I said most coaches and this is not about those. Del Rio will get their chance to shine again. There is a lot of good young talent out there, why not go to the games and support our athletes.

  • Avina R

    Well I dont care about your “fun”, St.Paul is were montebello should want to achieve as a goal.

    oiler rob said:
    AVINA calm down girl the oilers of montebello basketball team, boys of course would beat the pope out of st paul. that is all i was trying to say. try not to take things to heart. just having fun.

    The pope statement is a loser, SP players are more talented, no talent on montebello’s team.

  • jesse carmona

    who is sports fan original?

  • DRL SUPPORTER

    Mr. Carmona, original fan is simply a sad, lonely person living in his/her past and too much time on his/her hands.

    Shall we move on now?

  • St Paul

    I couldn’t agree more;

    DRL SUPPORTER said:
    “Mr. Carmona, original fan is simply a sad, lonely person living in his/her past and too much time on his/her hands”.

    Who else?

  • La Serna

    I second it, sport fan origial is crazy sad!

  • La Mirada

    Count us in; sport fan original has to grow up and stop being so hateful.

  • Cal Hi

    I’ll sign it, sports fan original only know how to come on here and put kids down, and it seems to make him happy.

  • sports fan original

    Please list some examples of me putting kids down! Name them and I will think about not returning! Name them. Give me a good list.

    I do not mean to put kids down.

  • Hoop it Up

    All Area Team/MVP???

    Let the debate and discussion begin……

  • Whittier

    I agree sports fan original spits out hate and he himself can’t see it.

  • sports fan original

    Calhi… I’ll sign what??? Did anyone mention something to sign??

    Knuckleheads: list the blogs when I put down kids. I can see you guys do not have a college education.

    I think this will end up much like the Whittier football situation!! It has been two months now and STILL NOT ONE OF THOSE KNUCKLEHEADS WILL STATE “WHY CHANGE IS BAD?”…. They have not replied because they HAVE NO GOOD ANSWER. All of those bloggers against my suggesting whs football would benefit from positive change cannot come up with an answer. It is not a tough question.

    Now let us see you KNUCKLEHEADS remember when I put down kids, except their spelling, grammer, and stating they are better than other schools when they are not.

    Personally, I could care less if people from Ohio want me out.

    Who is sports fan original? Right now he is someone who wants answers

  • sports fan original

    The comments on DLR boys basketball teams will lose in the 1st round is not a real put down to the kids. It is a prediction based upon past years.

    A drop in division would be helpful, in a similar way the CIF dropped the suburban league football teams after going 3 seasons without a CIF victory.

    Look at the league Whittier had to play. Mission Viejo, San Clemente, etc’s league.

  • B-ball Parent

    Hoop it up—Well said. Let’s talk about all area team and MVP.

    For area MVP I would say Connor Gillet SR of La Mirada. This kid can play and pretty much carried his team. As a guard/forward he averaged over 19 pts per game and over 12 reb per game. This kid can play.

    Other players that are close: Andrew Torres SR out of Montebello, Guard that can score with the best of them. He has to shares his points with his talented teammates.

    Aaron Valdez, JR out of La Serna. Forward, avg. over 15pts per game and over 10 rebounds per game. HE to has to share his points with his team mates.

    These are the only kids I noticed, seen and read about. You can find some of the stats on Maxpreps.

  • Hoop it Up

    ok! here’s my first team picks;

    Gillette -La Mirada
    Valdes – La Serna
    Torres – Montebello
    Carabes – Montebello
    Burresch-La Habra
    Matthews – Whittier

    *Worthy from Montebello is another contender for 1st team

  • Sports Fan Original

    “Pete Sanchez, DRL Supporter,St. Paul, La Serna, La Mirada, and Cal-Hi” ===== equals ==== where are the examples of me putting down the student/athletes?

    COME ON NOW. I could care less what you think of me. My confidence pours over. But I do care about YOUR LIES SUGGESTING I PUT DOWN THE KIDS OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES!

    You preached it, now give examples. Or are you just like the WHS football clan that is all talk and no evidence? They still have not (for 2 months now) replied an answer to “Why positive change is bad?”.

    Come on now: state your evidence on why you blog that I pick on kids. It is just a lie until you list examples.

    “Jesse Carmona”: you can bet there will be few answers because I do not pick on kids, I love them!!

  • sports fan original

    Another two days pass and “no comment”….. two months for you whs fb people and no comment. it figures.

  • Whittier Fan

    Probably because football season is long over. And you lost credibility when you cried about the basketball move and baseball move and athletic director move. You’ve been wrong so far in all cases. I will say, because im in the know, Coach Mata does not want you support! You have talked about him and his job. You protested him being hired. Then you apologiezed under some made up name. Come on you call someone out about what they do for a living? Apologies dont work when you have a big mouth like yours. Now your his biggest fan? lol. You sir are a joke. Why would football respond. Your a moron that cant get over himself. This blog is to get kids recognition. Not to hear your personal vandettas because your significant other got fired.

  • RJ Saldana

    To: Sports Fan Original
    You keep talking about “POSITIVE CHANGE” for WHS fotball. Who do you think they should get to coach the team? Sir do you know Coach Scott?

    Do you Know Coach Mata? Yes you did say some bad things about, but you did say sorry. But remember he the same coach! He a very good young coach. If he was still at PHS he would of made play-offs but not win league. WHS has better player this year and next year. You come on here all the time and you act like you know everything, but you don’t. And you hide behind this name “Sports Fan Original” why dont you put your real name? In one of your blogs you said that he has not beat anybody, he beat some good teams and loss to some real good teams this year. He has the 18th best record in the Div.2AA.

    Sir i’m not starting a fight, but why say the thing you say? Coach Mata and Coach Scott are great men at WHS. And PHS hated losing Coach Mata.

  • Anonymous

    To: Sports Fan Original

    Here is are the team that WHS played this year with 13 player that have not played varsity basketball before.

    15-11 overall 8-2 league Co-Champions
    Orange 64-57 W
    Graden Grove 74-81 2ot L Won League
    Estanica 55-61 L
    Animo South Los Angeles 55-62 L Good City Small School
    St. Paul 71-64 W
    Cantwell 81-74 W
    Roosevelt 59-51 W
    Chatsworth 65-81 L Good City School
    Morningside 70-76 L 4AA Qtr Final Team
    Community Charter 73-69 W Good Small School
    Chino 61-65 OT L
    Village Christian 72-81 L Good 5AA School
    Woodcrest Christian 62-85 L Good 5A School
    Calvary Murrieta 85-56 W
    Schurr 65-63 W
    El Rancho 63-62 W
    La Serna 59-55 W
    Pioneer 54-55 L
    Santa Fe 50-49 W
    Cal-Hi 67-42 W
    El Rancho 64-49 W
    La Serna 42-59 L
    Pioneer 62-52 W
    Santa Fe 60-54 W
    Cal-Hi 56-51 W
    Aliso Niguel (CIF) 56-63 L

    #3 Willie Pittman Freshmen last year
    #4 Sam Gamboa Varsity last year
    #5 Kevin Mendina J.V. last year
    #00 Alex Gonzalez didn’t not play last year
    #10 Tim Gordan J.V. last year
    #11 Michael Vasquez J.V. last year
    #15 Juan Quintero Freshmen last year
    #20 Damien Salcedo Freshman last year
    #21 Isiah Juarez Varsity last year did not play (knee)
    #23 Gary Matthews did not play last year
    #30 Justin Romo Transfer (Bellflower J.V. last year)
    #31 Jonathan Romo Transfer (Bellflower J.V. last year)
    #32 Daniel Lopez J.V. last year
    #33 Fernando Soto J.V. last year
    #34 Devin Williams J.V. last year.

    Isiah Juarez will be a Sr. next year, he did not play this season had ACL re-placement.

    So sports fan original you tell me what kind of job Coach Mata did this year. You always put your foot in you MOUTH.

  • Sports Fan Original

    I am noone’s biggest fan. And I apologized for the mistake I made on Coach Mata’s hiring very soon after I made the mistake because I knew it was a screwed up thing to say. You guys will not believe me, but I was and am sorry I made such a comment. I know it was wrong and that is why I quickly made the apology.

    I do not care if Coach Mata does not want my support. I am only one person, who made a stupid mistake, regarding Mata. I did not praise the job he and his staff did (or he himself if he does not have assistants) because I want him to like or respect me. I made the comment because it is the truth the way I see it. That is all. If I was on here to make friends I would be all positive about everything.

    I am on here because I have strong beliefs, especially when it comes to who is coaching our community’s student athletes. I grew up an athlete in high school and had some good coaches and some that I felt did not teach me ONE THING, and played baseball at CP Pomona. I witnessed first hand what happened to that program after “the master” retired.

    I do not put down kids. You can write it but it just is not true.

    I will not argue, I really do believe I know alot. And I really do believe “change is good” in certain situations. Look what happened to whs basketball, boys and girls, when Pittman and Mata took over. Look to La Habra football when this coach took over about ten years ago. Look at Mayfair FB when Fitch took over and LM with Muschetti. All took perennial average or below average(Mayfair and La Habra) and turned them into big winners.

    I am totally serious…..I believe COACHING MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!

    I do not doubt that these coaches are great men. I blogged many times that I heard Coach Scott is a great guy. Many times. I just believe another may help the kids more.

  • 5 CENTS……THE DR. IS IN

    Is someone getting a little sensitive? a bit kranky perhaps?

    Is it me or does anyone find it odd, almost comical even, that a person who spends so much time pointing out the faults and negative traits of others, can’t bare to be thought of in a negative light, himself.

    I think your need to be heard and need to control (or be confident as you call it)are glaring. We hear you,we just don’t care to, That’s all.

    whine! whine! wimper! wimper! I want attention, I know this and I know him and I,I,I,I……
    listen to meeeeeeeeeeee!

    For someone who claims to know so much about DRL and good coaching, you know nothing.

    I’m sure there’s a team or league out there who could benefit from your all knowing ways…you just aren’t gonna find it in the Del Rio League

    but then again, I don’t think this blog would have 40+ entries without such a varying opinion to the normal fan.

  • ST.PAUL 72

    Because you too RJ Saldana should sign it, sport fan original is a cyber bullie, he wont face who he is and he can’t “ANSWER THE QUESTION” on his real name!!!!!!!!
    Cal Poly and John Scolions, are very low rent in college?

  • Anonymous

    To: Sports Fan Original

    You still haven’t ANSWER THE QUESTION, what your NAME?

  • Anonymous

    Do we add;
    5 CENTS……THE DR. IS IN, to the list on the nutty sports fan original’s behavior?

  • Montebello

    Erin franks, you can add me too the list. Sport fan original has been out of control for some time now.

  • sports fan original

    Anonymous: I agree, the staff did a heck of a job. I also replied to someone that said I blogged that Mata is a great coach. I did not. He must be a very good one, but to be a great one you have to have beaten great teams.

    You do not have to list the schedule, I already gave the whs basketball coaches plenty of credit.

    As I stated once before, all of the U.S. can want me out. That does not matter to me.

  • sports fan original

    I have been correct equally as many times as wrong, or more. I have now blogged for one year. Maybe it is time to keep my opinion to myself.

    Talk about someone not having anything better to do, there are many of you that have probably been blogging for years. I do not think I will.

  • Rev. Michael Torphy

    To: Sports Fan Original

    Sir do you know Coach Mata? You always comment on him or even Coach Scott. Please make me understand why you make these comments about these coaches.

    Sir coaching high school sports are pretty stressful for job. But remember these coaches coach in the Del Rio League.

    Coach Mata is the same coach he was when he was at Pioneer. And it’s great for Whittier to win a league title! Coach Lowe from La Serna is a good coach too, not great but a good coach as Coach Mata. All the coaches in the Del Rio are good coaches. Some school have talent, and some don’t have the talent. For exaple let’s take Coach Mata when he was at Pioneer he went to the play-offs 5 times in 8yrs. He won 95 game in 8yrs. with not that great talent. I believe one year he was 17-11 and won is 1st play-off game (1-6 play-off record).

    He did a good job at Whittier and should have another good season next year. But sir why do you make these comments about him. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION this time. Do you know Coach Mata?

  • Rev. Michael Torphy

    To: Sports Fan Original

    Sir do you know Coach Mata? You always comment on him or even Coach Scott. Please make me understand why you make these comments about these coaches.

    Sir coaching high school sports are pretty stressful for job. But remember these coaches coach in the Del Rio League.

    Coach Mata is the same coach he was when he was at Pioneer. And it’s great for Whittier to win a league title! Coach Lowe from La Serna is a good coach too, not great but a good coach as Coach Mata. All the coaches in the Del Rio are good coaches. Some school have talent, and some don’t have the talent. For exaple let’s take Coach Mata when he was at Pioneer he went to the play-offs 5 times in 8yrs. He won 95 game in 8yrs. with not that great talent. I believe one year he was 17-11 and won is 1st play-off game (1-6 play-off record).

    He did a good job at Whittier and should have another good season next year. But sir why do you make these comments about him. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION this time. Do you know Coach Mata?

  • Rev. Michael Torphy

    To: Sports Fan Original

    Sir do you know Coach Mata? You always comment on him or even Coach Scott. Please make me understand why you make these comments about these coaches.

    Sir coaching high school sports are pretty stressful for job. But remember these coaches coach in the Del Rio League.

    Coach Mata is the same coach he was when he was at Pioneer. And it’s great for Whittier to win a league title! Coach Lowe from La Serna is a good coach too, not great but a good coach as Coach Mata. All the coaches in the Del Rio are good coaches. Some school have talent, and some don’t have the talent. For exaple let’s take Coach Mata when he was at Pioneer he went to the play-offs 5 times in 8yrs. He won 95 game in 8yrs. with not that great talent. I believe one year he was 17-11 and won is 1st play-off game (1-6 play-off record).

    He did a good job at Whittier and should have another good season next year. But sir why do you make these comments about him. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION this time. Do you know Coach Mata?

  • Sports Fan Original

    Michael Torphy==No I do not know Coach Mata. I read the paper and have not even seen one of his games.

    Michael, can you read? Can you understand what you read? I make these positive comments because I appreciate a program improving under new direction!

    I stated he was a very good coach. What is wrong with that? I will not say he is a Great Coach. I believe you have to perform several years and beat some great teams to be a great coach. And….I do not think Whittier beat one great team.

    You can list the schedule, you can win league with only one varsity returning player, you can make the playoffs, etc., but I believe there is only one great coach in the area = Mazzotta.

    I complemented the Coach. If you want to believe Mata is great, that is your choice. Me, I think he is very good. Isn’t “very good” good enough?

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS ANOTHER ONE of THIS DUDES “DIARRHEA of the MOUTH” BLOGS, dated April 22, 2009 – 6:10PM

    sports fan original said:

    I have been in the area for a while. And Mike Varos stepping down may not be such a good thing…..Do you realize that Whittier’s basketball team was a 1 and 9 team just about every year before he took over. (after Cooper)
    His 4 and 6 teams look pretty good when compared to what the teams were like before he got to Whittier.

    And when he had talenthis first couple of years his teams reached the 2nd round of the playoffs. They did not lose in the first round like God Almighty Coach Lowe’s teams do. As a matter of fact, one of those years they were only a couple of points from getting to the Quarterfinals when they barely lost to Victor Valley.

    And, the biggest question of all. WHO WILL WHITTIER HIRE? Will they search and create a teaching position. In other words… “Do they care?”. Don’t be surprised if the basketball program worsens!! Whittier High School does not exactly have a habit of looking for quality coaches.

    I heard 1 parent was involved. If the program does worsen, blame it on him. These schools are so scared of parents. No wonder why there are fewer Teacher/coaches out there. They are tired of the “BULL”! The EGO inside some of these parents heads. Like I said, certain parents can take all the fun out of coaching.

    I am a parent so I see a lot of it. But for this parent of a football/basketball guy at Whittier to continue to “but in”, I think it is terrible.

    I hope he is happy

    DO YOU REMEMBER THIS, ROCKET SCIENTIST?

  • Sports Fan Original

    Anonymous…I am 60 years old, but I do remember. How could I forget? I “ate it” and admitted the wrong call several times. I am not afraid of being wrong. There were many times in my athletic career that I popped up or hit a grouder to the pitcher when Cal Poly need a base hit. I CAN TAKE FAILURE!! That is why a won a couple games with a base hit.

    GOT IT?? THOSE WHO HAVE PLAYED PLENTY LEARNED TO DEAL WITH FAILURE!! BUT THE POSITIVES GREATLY OUTWEIGH THE FAILURES IF YOU ARE ANY GOOD!.

    Also along with learning to deal positively from failure instead of “stressing” it, I try to learn from it, and express my feelings after being wrong. I do not quit or let you guys affect me too much… If I did that I never would have been a player.

    I am also very educated. With that good education, I have enough brains to admit it when I am wrong, as I did with Coach Mata. It does not take a genius to know what a great job Mata did this year.

    As I stated, I am glad I was wrong. If I was right, we would not have witnessed what a great job he did this year.

  • sports fan original

    Anonymous…by the way the info on Coach Varos was true. He won when he had talent. And his 4 and 6′s were pretty good considering what he took over. I do not hesitate now, to say that Mata did a better job: similar talent/better results.

    I do not regret supporting Varos. He played college basketball and I respected that. There are not many high school coaches in the city that have been college athletes. Mazzotta did, as did his Defensive Coordinator Coach Porter. I believe that has plenty to do with La Habra’s success. You learn alot from most college coaches. Nieto at California Baseball played college ball, and he has had quite a bit of success lately, even in the playoffs (CIF Quarterfinals 2 years in a row, and there are 32 teams in the baseball CIF divisions, which make it much harder to reach the Quarters). The Ancich Brothers played football in college, and they have been successful coaching high school: winning one or two in the playoffs at Cal then taking Villa Park to the playoffs in his first season. As a matter of fact his players did real well at Cal after he left. VP has not been a football school, and they are in a very tough league.
    Juarez at Pioneer was a college athlete and did very good coaching football at Pioneer when they had some athletes. Coach Brock played football at Whittier College when they were good, and Brock was a heck of a baseball coach winning CIF championships at Cerritos and La Serna. Coach Gonzalez Senior played at Whittier College (I think) and won a CIF championship before retiring. That was his year. His other teams did not perform well in the playoffs.

    And now at La Mirada: Muschetti was a Colorado Quarterback and had may college athletes on his staff. GREAT RESULTS!!

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