Santa Fe, Cal remain unbeaten in DRL play

Santa Fe, Cal and La Serna all won in Del Rio League baseball Friday to remain at the top of the league after three games.
Santa Fe beat El Rancho 2-0 and Cal topped Whittier 5-0, improving each team to 3-0 in league play. La Serna beat Pioneer 10-3 and is now 2-1 in the DRL.
A first-place showdown between Santa Fe and host Cal is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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Important Olympic League match awaits Heralds’ VB team

Whittier Christian’s boys volleyball team will have to rediscover the form it had in tournament play last weekend, and not its performance Tuesday against Herritage Christian, when the Heralds host Valley Christian next week in Olympic League play.
A 3-3 effort against strong competition at the St. John Bosco-Valley Christian Tournament last weekend had coach Chris Duran feeling confident. The Heralds took second in their pool, losing only to eventual tournament finalist Aliso Niguel, before playing well against Long Beach Poly (No. 9 CIF-SS Division 2) in a 2-0 loss.
Whittier Christian added a victory vs. San Marino before losing to Cypress, and Duran was impressed with the fight his team showed.
“We didn’t back down, and that’s what a coach wants to see,” he said.
Senior outside hitter Danny Mueller and senior setter Austin Tafoya each played well.
In Tuesday’s league match at Heritage Christian, however, the Heralds lacked the same precision. Whittier Christian won the first game, playing only “all right,” according to Duran, but lost the next three.
“We could not execute,” he said.
The loss dropped the Heralds to 1-1 in the Olympic League, where they trail both Heritage Christian (2-0, No. 3 Division 3) and Village Christian (2-1). On Tuesday, they’ll host Valley Christian (1-2).
“That’s always a big game for us,” said Duran. “We’re excited to have them come in, and we’ll bounce back and get a victory, hopefully.”

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First-place Santa Fe, Cal return to field

Santa Fe and Cal will look to remain unbeaten in Del Rio League baseball Friday when they visit El Rancho and Whittier, respectively.
Each team is 2-0 after victories Wednesday, athough Santa Fe needed 12 innings to defeat La Serna. They will meet for the first time Wednesday at Cal.

Friday’s Whittier-area prep schedule
Baseball
Almont League

Bell Gardens at Montebello, 3:15 p.m.
Schurr at San Gabriel, 3:15 p.m.
Santa Fe and Cal will look to remain unbeaten in Del Rio League baseball Friday when they visit El Rancho and Whittier, respectively.
Each is 2-0 after DRL victories Tuesday, although Santa Fe needed 12 innings to top La Serna 2-0. The teams will meet for the first time Wednesday at Cal.

Camino Real League
Bosco Tech at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 3:15 p.m.
Del Rio League
Santa Fe at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.
Cal at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.
Pioneer at La Serna, 3:15 p.m.
Freeway League
Troy at La Habra, 3:15 p.m.
Olympic League
Whittier Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m.
Suburban League
Artesia at La Mirada, 3 p.m.

Softball
Suburban League

Artesia at La Mirada, 3:15 p.m.

Boys volleyball
Nonleague

Pioneer at Mayfair, 4:30 p.m.

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Wren saves her best for when it’s needed most

La Serna pitcher Jamie Wren got tough when she needed to Thursday against St. Paul, holding the Swordsmen without a hit in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position in the Lancers’ 2-0 victory.
The junior lefty struck out three and allowed eight hits, but worked out of jams in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings without allowing a run.
La Serna won for the 11th consecutive time and improved its record to 11-1. St. Paul fell to 12-5.

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LM’s Carrasco gets an offer from W. New Mexico

La Mirada senior running back Adam Carrasco has been offered a scholarship by Western New Mexico, according to a text Thursday night from Matadores coach Mike Moschetti.
Carrasco was the heart and soul of La Mirada’s offense in 2013, rushing for 24 TDs and over 1,400 yards. He was an All-Suburban League and All-CIF selection, and he was a Whittier Daily News All-Area first teamer.
Western New Mexico is an NCAA Division II school.

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Meeting No. 3 between La Serna, St. Paul set for York Field

Thursday’s nonleague softball showdown between La Serna and St. Paul will be their third of the year, and could also be a playoff preview.
The Lancers are 10-1 and ranked No. 1 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll as well as the Whittier Daily News Top 10. Their only loss came to St. Paul at the Brea Olinda Tournament. The Swordsmen are 12-4, third in Division 3 and No. 2 in the WDN poll. They were beaten 8-0 by La Serna the last time the teams played, in the Charter Oak Tournament final.
Game time is 3:15 p.m. at York Field. It was originally scheduled as a doubleheader but later changed to a single game.

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Cal, Santa Fe share first place in Del Rio League

The baseball teams from Cal High and Santa Fe share first place in the Del Rio League following very different victories Wednesday.
Cal scored a 10-0 victory over El Rancho, paced by six shutout innings from junior Daniel Alvarez. The right-hander struck out 10 batters, and Fermin Beza drove in three with a double and a home run. Santa Fe needed 12 innings to beat La Serna on the road, 2-0. Starter Martin Serna and closer Eddie Fournier shut down La Serna’s offense, and Fournier earned the victory with four brilliant innings. He also followed Tony Olivares’ RBI double in the top of the 12th with an RBI single to extend the Chiefs’ lead.
The Condors (8-4, 2-0) will visit Whittier on Friday. Santa Fe (5-6, 2-0) will visit El Rancho on Friday but will be the designated home team.

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Strong start has Heralds atop boys VB poll

Whittier Daily News Top 5
Boys volleyball

1. Whittier Chrisitian (11-4, 1-1)
The Heralds have swept Cal, St. Paul and La Serna
Next: Tuesday vs. Valley Christian, 5:15 p.m.

2. Santa Fe (1-6)
The Chiefs have played a tough early schedule
Next: Thursday vs. Elizabeth Learning Center, 3:15 p.m.

3. Montebello (4-8, 1-1)
The Oilers have victories over Schurr and La Serna
Next: Thursday at Mark Keppel, 3:15 p.m.

4. El Rancho (2-6)
The Dons let a 2-0 lead slip away last week
Next: Wednesday at Bellflower, 3 p.m.

5. Whittier (5-7)
The Cardinals haven’t played since March 21
Next: April 9 vs. Santa Fe, 4 p.m.

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Cardinals swing for the fences in Camino Real victory


Cantwell-Sacred Heart’s softball team took advantage of a strong wind to right field Tuesday with several deep drives vs. visiting St. Monica.
Anais Sustayta launched a solo home run for the Cardinals while Amanda Garcia and Anissa Loera each had a triple in their 6-2 Camino Real League victory. Each was hit into the wind that blew out to center and right-center field and skipped past the pursuing outfielders.
Loera finished with three RBIs, and her triple helped the Cardinals (6-3, 3-0) extend a lead that had been whittled to two runs in the fifth inning.
“We woke up today (offensively),” said Cardinals coach Ralph Del Campo. “We struck the ball really well.”
CSHM, ranked No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 6, will host Mary Star on Thursday.

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Swordsmen softballers climb to third in Division 3 poll

St. Paul’s 7-5 victory last week over Bishop Amat has propelled the Swordsmen’s softball team to the No. 3 ranking in this week’s CIF-SS Division 3 poll.
St. Paul (12-4) jumped all the way from eighth last week, and moved past Bishop Amat, which is still ranked No. 4 this week. La Serna (10-1) has won 10 games in a row and remained No. 1 in Division 3 this week, but La Habra (9-5) fell out of the top 10 this week.
Cantwell (5-3, 2-0 Camino Real League) moved to No. 3 in Division 6, while Montebello (5-5) and Schurr (5-3) received votes in the Division 5 poll but didn’t make the top 10.

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