Friday Final: La Serna, Santa Fe move a step toward final showdown; Buena Park ends La Habra’s 47-game league winning streak

Photo by Chris Burt

Photo by Chris Burt


We’re one step away from a Del Rio League showdown as La Serna and Santa Fe scored wins to stay undefeated in league play..Buena Park ended La Habra’s 47-game Freeway League win streak by rallying for 27-13 victory over the Highlanders…St. Paul’s playoff hopes dealt a big blow as La Salle rallies for 16-14 win over the Swordsmen.

LA SERNA 49, EL RANCHO 23
PICO RIVERA — The La Serna High football team started fast and never let up in a 49-23 Del Rio League victory over host El Rancho on Friday.
The Lancers (5-3, 3-0) scored on five of their first six possessions to remain in first place in the Del Rio League. They remained tied with Santa Fe (4-4, 3-0), who defeated California, 27-23. The Lancers and Chiefs close the regular season against each other.
La Serna, which is ranked No. 9 in CIF-SS Division 3, was led by senior running back Brandon Jimenez, who scored three times while rushing for 80 yards on seven carries. Lancers quarterback Justin Moreno threw one touchdown for 86 yards (6 of 14, 2 interceptions) and senior running back Matthew Marshall scored two touchdowns with a game-high 166 yards on 11 carries.
El Rancho senior quarterback Adam Chandler led the Dons with 161 yards passing (16 of 21, 2 TDs).
The Lancers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game. Moreno gave the Lancers a 7-0 lead on a 13-yard pass to junior receiver Jalen Chavez. Chavez caught two passes for 29 yards.
On their next possession, the Lancers drove the ball 65 yards on seven plays, culminating with a four-yard run by Jimenez for the 14-0 lead.
On the next La Serna drive, the Dons (2-6, 1-2) made perhaps their best play of the half with a pass deflected away in the end zone by senior defensive back Gabriel Huerta.
However, on the next La Serna possession, Jimenez rambled 26 yards for a score and a 21-0 lead with 7:33 left in the second quarter.
Just 16 seconds later, after a surprising onside kick was recovered by the Lancers, Marshall ran 29 yards for another score and the 28-0 lead.
— John Sherrard
BUENA PARK 27, LA HABRA 13
BUENA PARK — Since coach Anthony White arrived at Buena Park in 2010, the Coyotes have had their eyes on dethroning La Habra in the Freeway League.
The Coyotes scored 27 unanswered second-half points on their way to a 27-13 victory over La Habra, snapping the Highlanders’ 47-game league winning streak and putting themselves in prime position to win their first league championship since 1966.
Buena Park (7-1, 3-0) took its first lead at 14-13 with 1:41 left in the third quarter after James Rafkin connected with Victor Bates on an 11-yard touchdown.
The Coyotes extended their lead to 21-13 with a nine-yard touchdown from Rafkin to AJ Allen in the back corner of the end zone.
After a difficult first half, Rafkin completed his final 11 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
La Habra’s comeback attempt was nixed when Niguy Simms intercepted a Zach Fogel pass and returned it for a touchdown, which was called back because of a penalty.
A few plays later, Hennings took a short pass and ran through the La Habra defense, putting the game out of reach at 27-13 with just under 3 minutes to play.
La Habra (4-4, 2-1) opened the scoring on a 35-yard touchdown reception from Fogel to Prince Ross with the Highlanders facing a third-and-31 after a holding penalty on the previous play. Eli Anderson later plunged into the end zone, extending the La Habra lead to 13-0 with just under 2 minutes to play before halftime.
— Richard Hernandez
LA SALLE 16, ST. PAUL 14
PASADENA >> La Salle High School no longer is out of its league.
Amon Milliner rushed for 81 of his 113 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the first half and the Lancers defense smothered visiting St. Paul after the break to lead La Salle to a 16-14 win and its first Angelus League win on Friday night.
The Lancers (5-3, 1-2) had been 0 for 12 in league games since joining in 2014.
Milliner’s 46-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter gave La Salle a lead it would never relinquish. That was his lone offensive highlight, as he averaged less than 3.4 yards on his other 20 carries. Still, he had his 15th consecutive game with at least 100 rushing yards.
In the second half, Milliner booted punts of 42 and 35 yards to help keep the Swordsmen (3-5, 1-2) at bay.
In the second half, St. Paul had only 36 yards of offense, against 40 penalty yards, and two first downs.
With 47 seconds remaining in the first half, La Salle went up 16-7 on quarterback Jake Caan’s 1-yard sneak. The run finished off an 11-play, 97-yard drive.
But St. Paul needed only two plays and 38 seconds to respond. Alfredo Reyes hit Armando Velasco for 43 yards, then found Anthony Dias for a 31-yard score.
— Mike Branom
ROUNDUP
SANTA FE 27, CAL 23

Santa Fe High School sure likes to play its football games close.
For the second consecutive week, the Chiefs pulled out a victory in the game’s final minute. Chris Ramsey threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Javier Valdivia with 19 seconds to play to defeat host California 27-23 in a Del Rio League game on Friday night. Last week, the Chiefs defeated El Rancho with 3 seconds to play with a field goal.
Santa Fe remained on pace for a league title showdown against La Serna in two weeks. Both are undefeated in league play.
Santa Fe (4-4, 3-0) began its final series at its own 45 with 1:54 to play. The Condors (4-3, 1-1) appeared to have the Chiefs stopped on the 22. On third-and-8, Ramsey, in the shotgun formation, dropped the snap. He chased the ball down and found a wide-open Thomas Gomez for a 15-yard gain and first down.
California trailed 21-14 earlier in the quarter. Andrew Reyes scored on a two-yard run, but Andreas Avila blocked the extra-point attempt. The Condors got a stop and drove inside the Santa Fe 20. Ben Lopez kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2:03 left for a 23-20 Condors lead.
The Chiefs returned two fumbles for scores, Avila on a 55-yarder and Jaquari Levett on a 50-yarder to start the third quarter.
— Teren Guerra
LA MIRADA 70, GLENN 10
The Matadors won their 17th consecutive Suburban League game, just missing their fourth shutout of the season.
La Mirada (7-2, 5-0) built a 63-0 lead at the half, scoring on all nine of its possessions. Tristan Meyer completed 13 of 16 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns. Chad Wilson had TD catches of 32 and 12 yards and rushed for a 45-yard score. Nick Hernandez scored on the game’s first play from scrimmage, a 48-yarder.
The Eagles (1-7, 0-4) had both of their scores in the fourth quarter.
— Angel Gutierrez
OTHER SCORES
Almont League

Montebello 35, Keppel 0
Schurr 63, San Gabriel 7
Del Rey League
Whittier 34, Pioneer 13
Freeway League
Sunny Hills 42, Sonora 26
Olympic League
Cerritos Valley Chr. 63, Whittier Chr. 34
South Catholic
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary 31, Bosco Tech 8
HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Mirada (7-2) def. Glenn, 70-10
2. La Habra (4-4) lost to Buena Park, 27-13
3. La Serna (5-3) def. No. 10 El Rancho, 49-23
4. Montebello (7-1) def. Keppel, 35-0
5. St. Paul (3-5) lost to La Salle, 16-14
6. Santa Fe (4-4) def. Cal, 27-23
7. Whittier Chr. (5-4) lost to Cerritos Valley Chr., 63-34
8. Schurr (5-3) def. San Gabriel, 63-7
9. Whittier (4-4) def. Pioneer, 34-13
10. El Rancho (2-6) lost to No. 3 La Serna, 49-23

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SGVN volleyball Top 25

It’s league showdown time for many teams in quests for championships as the regular season wind down. Four Top 10 teams face that scenario.
Los Altos makes its first appearance in the Top 10.

1. Glendora (24-3)
Showdown at Claremont Thursday (1)
2. Arcadia (18-1)
One more victory clinches Pacific title outright (2)
3. La Salle (18-9)
Impressive three-game sweep of FSHA (3)
4. Flintridge Sacred Heart (18-8)
Will finish second in Mission League (4)
5. Monrovia (20-6)
Title showdown at South Pasadena Thursday (6)
6. Gabrielino (22-3)
Can take league title vs. El Monte Friday (7)
7. Westridge (21-5)
Crazy finish in the Prep League (8)
8. Gladstone (20-3)
Lost to D-7-ranked Garden Grove in five (5)
9. Pasadena Poly (13-6)
Needs help to win league title (9)
10 .Los Altos (18-8)
Another Hacienda League title in books (15)

Also:
11. Mayfield (14-11-1)
Poly and Westridge next week (11)
12. Schurr (22-3)
Has won the Almont League title (13)
13. Northview (17-7)
Clinched share of Valle Vista title (14)
14. El Monte (16-5)
One match behind leader Gabrielino (16)
15. Bonita (15-11)
Will finish third in Palomares (10)
16. South Pasadena (8-5)
Lone league loss to Monrovia (17)
17. St. Paul (24-9)
Will two league wins cut it to make playoffs? (12)
18. Maranatha (15-6)
Valley and Village matches will determine playoff bid (20)
19. St. Lucy’s (14-13)
Need win to guarantee third in Baseline (22)
20. La Habra (11-11)
Second-place showdown vs. Sunny Hills next week (unranked)
21. Santa Fe (11-9)
Showdown vs. Pioneer next week (19)
22. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (16-11)
One win clinches second in Santa Fe (unranked)
23. West Covina (13-10)
Will take second in league (unranked)
24. Pioneer (11-11)
Consecutive league defeats (21)
25. Duarte (16-10)
Second place in league at hand (unranked)

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Tuesday Recap: Whittier Christian volleyball unable to defeat Valley Christian

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls volleyball
Valley Christian 3, Whittier Christian 1 — Nicole Tiffany had 13 kills, three aces and 11 digs and Christa Evans and Conley Harris both had 11 kills for the Heralds (12-14, 3-4) in a 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 Olympic League loss Tuesday.

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Tuesday Recap: Whittier Christian girls tennis defeat Heritage Christian

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls tennis
Whittier Christian 16, Heritage Christian 2 — Katia Diaz, Claire Miller and Shiloh Moore swept in singles for the Heralds (7-1) in an Olympic League victory. Also contributing to Whittier Christian’s win was the doubles team of Samantha Martinez and Jessica Maher, which swept.

Girls golf
Camino Real League Prelims — The top 16 finishers of the day advanced to the league finals Thursday. Bishop Amat’s Sharon Chen led the way at 41, Diana Delgado shot 42, Veronica Trujillo shot 46 and Alyssa Ruiz shot 52. La Salle’s Makenna Hicks shot 54, Victoria Tong and Sarah Day both shot 56 and Annabell Lee shot 61. St. Paul’s ReAnna Gonzales shot 60, Jessica Kirk shot 62 and Angelina Perez shot 65.

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