UCLA head coach Jim Mora to visit La Mirada

According to tweets by La Mirada Football, UCLA head coach Jim Mora and assistant coaches Eric Yarber and Taylor Mazzone are coming to La Mirada High School tomorrow to see prospects.  Stanford assistant coach Mike Sanford and Ohio State assistant coach Tim Hinton are also coming to La Mirada tomorrow.

 

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High School Girls Basketball: It’s better late than never for Chiefs

Santa Fe’s Marissa De Leon (24) grabs the ball from El Rancho’s Griselda Yaber in Wednesday’s Del Rio League game. (Keith Durflinger / Staff Photographer)

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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SANTA FE SPRINGS – Santa Fe High School put together a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback for a 53-50 victory over El Rancho in a Del Rio League girls basketball thriller on Wednesday.

After visiting El Rancho took a 47-39 lead on Khadidja Diakite’s 3-pointer, the Chiefs scored 14 consecutive points. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Vivian Lara and Destiny Cardona started Santa Fe’s game-winning surge.

Marisa DeLeon tied the game at 47-47 with a jumper and followed with a key defensive rebound. That set the stage for Lara, who put the Chiefs ahead with consecutive layups.

Jasmine Ramos finished the Chiefs’ rally by making a pair of free throws.

El Rancho’s Sarah Gurrola closed the scoring by making a 3-pointert with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation. The Dons drew no closer, however.

Santa Fe kept its hopes for a league crown alive. In handing the Dons their first league loss the Chiefs (13-10 overall, 5-2 league) moved to within one game behind first-place El Rancho (20-4, 6-1).

Lara led the Chiefs with 19 points while DeLeon and Ramos added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

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High School Wrestling: California clinches Del Rio League title

California High School wrestlers celebrate Tuesday’s 59-9 win over La Serna that gave the Condors a Del Rio League title. (Christopher Burt / Correspondent)

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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WHITTIER – California High School captured the Del Rio League wrestling title in dominating fashion by defeating La Serna 59-9 at home on Tuesday.

The Condors capped off a 5-0 league record by winning 12 of the dual meet’s 14 bouts. Five of those victories came by fall, which were delivered by Chris Garcia, Elias Mercado, Adrian Chavez, Isaiah Escobedo and Mario Ponce.

California coach Doug Loo said the Condors’ achievement was a result of an overall team effort.

“I’m proud of the kids and the coaches,” Loo said. “They worked hard and put in a lot of time and effort.

“A lot of alumni came back to help us.”

Tuesday’s triumph marked the Condors’ first league crown since the program was restarted 12 years ago.

“It was a great night,” Loo said. “We had a lot of tough matches that could have gone either way. We can’t celebrate too long because we have league finals coming up Saturday.”

La Serna finished with a 3-2 league mark.

Nate Espinoza, Escobedo and Mercado serve as the Condors’ team captains.

“It feels great,” Espinoza said of winning the league crown. “We worked really hard for this.

“It feels great winning the league title against La Serna, our crosstown rival.”

Said Escobedo: “It just shows that a lot of our hard work paid off. We put in a lot of hard work.”

“It feels good to finally have that banner,” Mercado said.

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High School Boys Soccer: El Rancho looks the part in shutout

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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WHITTIER – With sole possession of the Del Rio League’s first-place spot at stake on Monday, El Rancho High School’s boys soccer team showed why it was ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 3 poll.

Senior forward Cristian Roldan scored two goals to help lift El Rancho to a 4-0 victory over host California.

Jaime Moreno and Miguel Vilchis also scored for the Dons (18-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 league), who strengthened their hold on first place in the league standings.

“Our kids played well,” El Rancho coach Dominic Picon said. “It’s nice to have a full squad back. It was the first time we played with our main people back since Christmas. Cristian Roldan did a great job stretching their defense.

“We’ve had an up and down season. I know it’s weird to say that with the record we have. We’ve had some inconsistent performances. We fought through the cold and wind (during Monday’s game). All things considered, our kids gave a pretty gritty performance.”

California, which played El Rancho to a 2-2 tie earlier this month, fell to 6-4-3 and 3-1-2.

With the regular season winding down, the Condors hope to finish strong.

“We know it’s getting back to the drawing board and focusing on finishing these last four league games,” California coach Shawn Watts said. “We need to keep our heads up and bounce back.”

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High School Basketball Notebook: St. Paul girls looking strong

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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The St. Paul High School girls basketball team is off to a strong start in the Camino Real League.

The Swordsmen (12-11 overall, 4-1 league), who are ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 4A poll, are coming off a 39-24 victory Thursday over Cantwell Sacred Heart.

St. Paul, however, will face a major test today when it visits St. Monica (18-5, 4-1) at 7 p.m. The winner takes over sole possession of first place in the league standings.

It’s the season’s second meeting between the schools. The Swordsmen won the first one against the Mariners, 53-43, on Jan. 10. St. Monica is ranked No. 3 in Division 4A.

Priscilla Hidalgo scored 17 points to lead the Swordsmen on Thursday. Cassidy Carillo, Clarissa Hernandez and Adriana Gonzalez each had six points for St. Paul.

CARDINALS STILL IN HUNT

Cantwell Sacred Heart (14-7, 3-2), ranked No. 5 in Division 4A, also remains in contention for the Camino Real League girls basketball title.

After falling to St. Paul on Thursday, Cantwell sits one game behind the Swordsmen and St. Monica with three league games remaining in the regular season.

The Cardinals will seek to regroup today at home at 7 p.m. against Mary Star of the Sea.

Cantwell then will visit St. Monica on Feb. 5 before closing its regular season Feb. 7 against St. Joseph.

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High School Boys Basketball: California takes over sole possession of first in Del Rio League

El Rancho’s Evan Zuniga, left, is pressured by California’s Sergio Cisneros, center, and Ryan Schroll during Thursday’s Del Rio League game. (Keith Durflinger/Staff Photographer)

By Eric Terrazas, Staff Writer
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WHITTIER – Four California High School players scored in double figures, lifting the host Condors to a 64-53 victory Thursday over El Rancho in a Del Rio League game.

Andrew Garber scored 14 points to pace the Condors (17-6 overall, 5-1 league), who took over sole possession of first place in league.

California also received key contributions from Anthony Rodriguez, Matt Lambrecht and Brady Gravitt. Rodriguez scored 12 points while Lambrecht and Gravitt each had 11.

“It was a big win,” California coach Jason Van Duyne said. “We got Lambrecht some looks early in the game to give us some energy. Our sophomores – Gravitt, Rodriguez and (Traie) Kastl-Givens – did a great job moving the ball offensively and getting us good looks and opportunities to get high-percentage shots, and Andrew Garber did a great job defensively for us, and really helped dictate the tempo in transition.”

Emilio Burgos poured in 16 points to lead El Rancho (14-9, 4-2).

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High School Boys Basketball: Strong fourth quarter lifts St. Paul

Cantwell-Sacred Heart’s Andrew Martinez goes to block a shot by St. Paul’s Martin Urbina during Wednesday’s game. (Leo Jarzomb / Staff Photographer)

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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SANTA FE SPRINGS – St. Paul High School finished strong and emerged with a 53-48 boys basketball victory Wednesday over Camino Real League rival Cantwell Sacred Heart.

Josiah Corona scored 18 points to lead the host Swordsmen, who won by going on a game-ending 18-9 run.

St. Paul (11-10 overall, 4-1 league) grabbed a share of first place with Cantwell (13-8, 4-1) in the league standings.

“The thing about league is that you don’t win it in the middle of January. You win it at the end,” St. Paul assistant coach Jerome Orbita said. “We still have five games left. We have a tough game against St. Monica next. We’re only worried about that right now.

“We were really happy with our defensive effort.”

After a jumper by Cantwell’s Antonio Cortez gave the visiting Cardinals a 39-35 lead in the early stages of the fourth quarter, the Swordsmen responded with their winning surge.

Andrew Garcia started the St. Paul rally with a successful jumper that started a 10-0 run.

Henry Llera played a key role for the Swordsmen, scoring seven points in the fourth quarter. He finished with 12 points.

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High School Girls Water Polo: Lizette Perez scores six goals as Montebello cruises

By John Sherrard, Correspondent

MONTEBELLO – The Montebello High School girls water polo team, sparked by a six-goal performance from sophomore attacker Lizette Perez, defeated Schurr, 20-5, in an Almont League game Wednesday at the Schurr aquatic center.

Perez, who led all scorers and helped the Oilers take an 8-0 first-quarter lead, scored four of her six goals in the quarter.

Her third goal of the quarter was a nice turnaround shot from the hole position to give Montebello a 6-0 lead with 1:28 left. She scored on a breakaway just 36 seconds later.

Eight Montebello players scored, with attackers Laura Jimenez and Ashley Ramirez adding three goals apiece.

Montebello improved to 2-0 in league while Schurr fell to 1-2 in league and 13-7 overall.

Schurr was led by sophomore utility player Jolene Viramontes, who scored all five of the Spartans’ goals. Viramontes has 55 goals in 19 games.

However, the Oilers’ defense held Schurr freshman utility player April Alvarez scoreless. She has 76 goals in 20 games.

Montebello is ranked fifth in CIF-Southern Section Division 2.

The Oilers kept up the pressure and scored six goals in the second quarter, including two each from Jimenez and Ramirez and a pair from junior Brianna Toledo.

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High School Boys Basketball: Whittier Christian comes up short in loss

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
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LA HABRA – Maranatha High fell behind early but regrouped with a strong defense that lifted the Minutemen to a 46-41 Olympic League boys basketball victory at Whittier Christian on Tuesday.

After the Heralds took a 24-20 lead at halftime, the visiting Minutemen regained control by holding Whittier Christian scoreless in the third quarter for a 29-24 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Jeremy Major scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Minutemen (17-5 overall, 3-1 league), who improved their position in the Olympic League standings.

“We started out really good,” Major said. “Our depth was a little low. Some of our young guys came in and they fought hard. We played as a team and we made the right decisions at the right time.”

Caylan Swinnie also played a key role for the Minutemen in scoring 13 points.

Ryan Esslinger had nine points to lead Whittier Christian (11-11, 0-4), which faces an uphill battle in league play.

Major started Maranatha’s third-quarter run with a three-point play. The Minutemen then took a 25-24 on Michael DeMeester’s jumper.

The Heralds, however, recovered from their scoreless third quarter when Esslinger’s jumper gave Whittier Christian a 34-32 lead.

Swinnie quickly put the Minutemen back out in front to stay when his 3-pointer gave Maranatha a 35-34 advantage.

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