High School Notebook: St. Paul girls volleyball team rides momentum into playoffs

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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St. Paul High School’s girls volleyball team finished its regular season strong and its efforts paid off in the end.

The Swordsmen defeated St. Monica 15-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 on Monday to capture the Camino Real League title outright.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Swordsmen (13-10 overall, 6-2 league).

“The girls did such a tremendous job,” St. Paul coach John Van Deventer said. “At the midway point of the season, I told them to take each game like a playoff game and they did.”

Riley Kelly led the St. Paul effort against St. Monica, recording 32 kills. Jillian Saenz and Katie Engle also played major roles, contributing 58 assists and 25 digs, respectively.

Kelly has paced the Swordsmen with 342 kills this season while Ariel Bonderov has 308 to place second on the squad.

Saenz has recorded a team-high 767 assists.

“We suffered early season injuries but we stuck it out,” Van Deventer said. “We have a great group of kids and we’re peaking at the right time.”

The Swordsmen, who are ranked No. 10 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA poll, will now direct their focus on the postseason. The CIF-SS girls volleyball playoff pairings will be announced on Saturday.

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High School Boys Water Polo: La Serna locks up another Del Rio League title

La Serna High School’s Mitchel Embrey, left, is defended by Carlos Flores of Whittier during Tuesday afternoon’s Del Rio League water polo match, The Lancers won 13-5 to capture the league championship. (Walt Mancini / Staff Photographer)

By John Sherrard, Correspondent

WHITTIER – The Whittier and La Serna boys water polo teams squared off in the Del Rio League season finale Tuesday with a championship at stake.

La Serna, ranked second in CIF-Southern Section Division 5, easily defeated host Whittier, 13-5, to take home its seventh consecutive league title. Leading the way for the Lancers was senior 2-meter driver Mitchel Embrey with a game-high four goals.

“I knew that (Whittier coach Rilesh Desai) would have these guys ready for this game for awhile,” La Serna first-year coach Jim Armstrong said. “We knew they were going to come out breathing fire especially in front of their crowd. They did and we were ready for it.”

Whittier (12-14, 4-1) and La Serna (21-6, 5-0) traded shots early as both goalies, junior Ben Gorncharenko of the Lancers and junior Levi Meza of the Cardinals, stopped point-blank shots and the Whittier defense kept the game close.

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High School Football Notebook: La Mirada clinches title while taking a break

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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La Mirada High School resumes its football schedule on Friday after having two weeks off.

The Matadores had an unexpected week off when Suburban League foe Cerritos canceled its season and then had their scheduled bye last week.

La Mirada received good news while taking its break. Mayfair’s 34-27 overtime loss to Bellflower on Friday allowed the Matadores to clinch the Suburban League title outright.

Mayfair will be La Mirada’s final regular-season opponent Friday. The Matadores (7-1 overall, 4-0 league) will host the Monsoons (3-5, 2-2) at 7 p.m.

La Mirada, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division poll, is anxious to get back on the field after playing its last game on Oct. 12 when it defeated Glenn 51-9.

“We’re excited to get back under the lights this Friday,” La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. “Mayfair has had bad luck this year but they have great athletes. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete against them. We have to be ready to go and play four quarters of football.”

Matadores senior quarterback Gerry Myres is putting together an impressive season, completing 70.3 percent of his pass attempts for 1,499 yards and 19 touchdowns while throwing only one interception.

Myres has connected on 35 of 42 passes for 466 yards and 10 scores in his last two games.

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High School Girls Tennis: Four area teams in postseason play

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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Four area teams have secured their ticket to this year’s CIF-Southern Section girls tennis playoffs that start today.

Santa Fe High School, the Del Rio League’s top seed and ranked No. 9 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 4 poll, will begin its postseason run in Wednesday’s first-round game scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Chiefs will host the winner of today’s wild-card game between El Segundo and Hesperia.

La Serna, Whittier and El Rancho are the other Del Rio squads that also qualified for the Division 4 playoffs. All three will play wild-card games at 2 p.m. today.

The second-place Lancers will host Mayfair, the Suburban League’s third-place team. If La Serna, No. 10 ranked in Division 4, defeats the Monsoons, it will travel to Delphic League champion Windward for a Wednesday first-round match.

Whittier, the league’s third seed, will take on Knight, which finished third in the Golden League. That match will be held at Whittier’s Palm Park, 5703 Palm Ave. If the Cardinals prevail, they will visit Garden Grove League champion Garden Grove on Wednesday. Garden Grove is rated No. 4 in Division 4.

El Rancho, which earned an at-large berth, will travel to Norwalk, No. 2 ranked in the Suburban League. With a victory, the Dons will play Wednesday at Redlands, which won the Citrus Belt League crown and is ranked No. 3 in Division 4.

All Wednesday first-round contests are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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BREAKING NEWS: Blogs EXPECTED to be down Tuesday and for a couple days …

The SGVN is switching blog format from what we use now to WordPress. This is part of a broader company-wide initiative. The switchover is scheduled to start Tuesday morning and may take a couple of days. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we expect to be back up and running in plenty of time for Thursday and Friday’s action.

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Friday Night Final: Santa Fe hands California its first loss; La Serna dominates El Rancho; Montebello falls to Bell Gardens

California’s undefeated run came to an end Friday as it lost to Santa Fe 31-21. Santa Fe shares the Del Rio League’s top spot with La Serna, which soundly defeated El Rancho. Montebello, meanwhile, fell to Bell Gardens in the battle of sole possession of first place in the Almont League.

FRIDAY’S FINAL SCORES
Santa Fe 31, California 21
La Serna 67, El Rancho 33
Pioneer 14, Whittier 7
Cathedral 29, St. Paul 16
Whittier Christian 24, Maranatha 14
La Habra 34, Fullerton 9
Bell Gardens 7, Montebello 0
Alhambra 24, Schurr 21

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Friday Night Countdown: California hosts Santa Fe; La Serna visits El Rancho; Montebello meets Bell Gardens for first place in the Almont League

Welcome to week 8 of the high school football season. We have eight games scheduled for tonight with a ninth set for Saturday. Undefeated California and Santa Fe face each other in a key Del Rio League matchup with the winner grabbing at least a share of first place. La Serna, which is tied with California and Santa Fe for first place in the Del Rio, will look to maintain its momentum against El Rancho. Montebello, meanwhile, will host Bell Gardens for sole possession of first place in the Almont League.


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TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE
Bell Gardens at Montebello, 7 p.m.
Fullerton at La Habra, 7 p.m.
La Serna at El Rancho, 7 p.m.
Maranatha vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Cathedral, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at California, 7 p.m.
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m.
Whittier at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
Cantwell Sacred Heart vs. Verbum Dei at L.A. Southwest College, 7 p.m.

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Daily News Pigskin Pick’em: Your picks and ours

For the second consecutive week, I turned in an 8-2 record. My only two misses were on El Rancho-Santa Fe and Schurr-Bell Gardens. Here are my week 8 choices:

Last week’s record: 8-2
Season record: 57-20

Friday, Oct. 19
Bell Gardens at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Montebello
Fullerton at La Habra, 7 p.m. — La Habra
La Serna at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — La Serna
Maranatha vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Whittier Christian
St. Paul at Cathedral, 7 p.m. — Cathedral
Santa Fe at California, 7 p.m. — California
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Schurr
Whittier at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Pioneer
Saturday, Oct. 20
Cantwell Sacred Heart vs. Verbum Dei at L.A. Southwest College, 7 p.m. — Cantwell Sacred Heart

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High School Water Polo: La Habra starts fast, then puts away Sonora

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By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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LA HABRA – La Habra High School started quickly and finished fast in an 11-6 victory over visiting Sonora in a Freeway League boys water polo match Thursday.

The Highlanders (4-2 league), who held a 5-2 halftime lead, never trailed.

Bernie Hefner, Ben Russell and Sean Pederson each scored two goals for the Highlanders, who entered this week ranked No. 7 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 poll.

Nick Anderson scored twice to lead the visiting Raiders (0-6 league).

After taking a three-goal lead after two quarters, La Habra seized control by outscoring Sonora 3-1 in the third quarter.

It was the Highlanders’ second triumph over the Raiders this season. La Habra won the first meeting 19-4 on Oct. 2.

“We beat Sonora by a more significant margin before,” La Habra coach David Edwards said. “We were coming off a loss to Sunny Hills (9-8) on Tuesday and that took some of the wind out of our sails. We just wanted to come back, get a win and just play together as a team again.

“When we’re on, we play really well. When we’re off, we’re terrible. We need to find some consistency.”

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