Joe Sanchez of El Rancho signs to play baseball at Cal State Bakersfield

El Rancho High baseball coach Frank Llanes has informed this newspaper that infielder Joe Sanchez on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent with Cal State Bakersfield, a Division I program.

Sanchez this past season batted .388 for the Dons, and had a big hand in helping them get to the CIF-SS Division 4 championship game, where they were defeated by Oaks Christian.

Sanchez was subsequently selected first-team All-Area by the Whittier Daily News.

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Marino Angulo talks about leaving Montebello to coach La Serna hoops

When Marino Angulo coached the boys basketball team at Montebello High for 11 years, he lived in Whittier on the border of Montebello, no more than a 10-minute drive to the school. That changed about a year ago when Angulo purchased a home deeper into Whittier, closer to La Serna High.

Angulo said it suddenly took him about 30 minutes to get to work. For a family man, he wasn’t crazy about that, so when the job as La Serna’s head basketball coach became open and it was offered to him, he jumped at the chance.

“I thought it was the best thing for my family,” said Angulo, who this week accepted the position at La Serna, where he succeeds Josh Beaty.

Angulo, who taught at Montebello for 16 years and will teach at La Serna, is back to the shorter drive he likes. But he said Wednesday he leaves Montebello with some sadness.

“I’m actually a little down,” Angulo said. “You have people where you have been, you have friends you are used to seeing for the past 16 years, that’s going to take a little getting used to. Any time you make a change like that, it’s going to be tough.”

Angulo led the Oilers to four league championships and to two trips to the quarterfinals of the Division I-AA playoffs; that is the toughest division in the Southern Section. One of those quarterfinals appearances came in the 2010-11 season, when Montebello lost to eventual champoin Long Beach Poly 74-65.

Angulo’s best record at Montebello came in 2009-10, when the Oilers went 28-2.

Angulo takes over a La Serna team that last season went 11-15 and missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Del Rio League.

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La Serna hires Montebello’s Marino Angulo as boys head basketball coach

La Serna High athletics director Steven Hemenway on Monday told this newspaper the school has hired Marino Angulo as its boys head basketball coach. Angulo, who for the past 12 years was head coach at Montebello, succeeds Joshua Beaty. Beaty had taken over for longtime coach Mike Lowe, but after one year left to coach Crean Lutheran in Irvine.

Although Montebello was just 9-19 and 14-15 the past two years, respectively, Angulo led the Oilers to records of 19-10, 18-11, 28-2 and 27-4 the previous four. Hemenway is stoked to be getting a coach of his caliber.

“He has a fantastic track record, not only with basketball, but as a teacher,” said Hemenway, who said Angulo will teach social studies at La Serna. “Unbelievably happy. His experience, he’s known in the area. Every individual in the coaching as well as teaching ranks I talked to had nothing but tremendous things to say about him.”

La Serna was 11-15 last season under Beaty.


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Annual La Habra-La Mirada nonleague football game figures to be a good one

La Mirada and La Habra high schools have played each other the past four years in nonleague football. The teams will square off again in the 2013 campaign, on Sept. 6 at La Mirada.

This has the potential to be the game of the year in the area. The host Matadores have returning, among others, wide receiver Dallis Todd and linebacker/tight end Tyler Luatua. Todd is verbally committed to Oklahoma. Luatua told this newspaper Wednesday he has planned trips to Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama. He has been offered by just about everyone.

La Habra has back defensive tackle Greg Gaines, who has committed to Boise State, and has in offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn, a transfer from Lakewood High who is committed to USC.

La Mirada was 9-2 in 2012, La Habra went 8-4.

La Habra owns a 3-1 record over the Matadores since 2009. The Highlanders won the first three by respective scores of 54-13, 23-17 and 28-19. La Mirada finally won 45-27 in 2012.

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La Mirada looking to get at least three more football players to Division I

La Mirada High football players Dallis Todd (WR) and Michael Trani (OL) have verbally committed to Oklahoma and California, respectively. The Matadores have at least three others who figure to join them in the Division I college ranks.

They are senior linebacker/tight end Tyler Luatua, junior offensive lineman Anthony Cerrillo and junior quarterback Kevin Dillman. Among others, Luatua has been offered by Oklahoma, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Tennessee, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and 10 of the 12 Pac-12 schools – including UCLA and USC.

La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said Cerrillo has been offered by Colorado, and that Dillman has about 15 Division I offers.





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Several area baseball, softball players make respective All-CIF teams

Five area baseball players and nine softball players have been named first-team All-CIF in their respective divisions.

In baseball, Blake Wilson of La Mirada made the grade in Division 2. In Division 3, the honors went to Mark Abatte of La Serna, Frank Vargas of El Rancho, Julian Vizcarra of El Rancho and Sean Sparling of La Habra.

In softball, Mercedes Gasparovic of La Mirada was selected in Division 2. Danielle Garcielita of La Serna and Trisha Trujillo and Rayleen Pallan of Cal High made it in Division 3.  Melissa Martene of Whittier Christian was chosen in Division 4, and Alyssa Soneff and Evelyn Hernandez of Montebello and Emily Sanchez of Schurr were selected for the Division 5 team. Finally, Amanda Garcia of Cantwell Sacred Heart was selected in Division 6.

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Jim Maier returns to coach St. Paul softball team after 13 years at CSDH

Jim Maier, who coached the St. Paul High softball team in the 1980s and 1990s, has been hired to once again coach the Swordsmen, the school has announced.

Maier just finished a 13-year stint at Cal State Dominguez Hills, a solid Division II program. Maier coached the Toros to 460 victories with an overall winning percentage of .627. In 2012, his team was one win away from the College World Series.

Maier guided the Swordsmen to 14 consecutive playoff appearances during his first stint and had a record of 300-78.

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El Rancho’s reward for wild-card victory is date with second-seeded Burbank

El Rancho defeated host Pioneer Valley 1-0 in Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 3 wild-card softball playoff game. The Dons’ reward is a trip to second-seeded Burbank for a first-round game Thursday.

In other Division 3 games Thursday, Cal High will play host to Paramount, La Serna will be at home to Lancaster, St. Paul will be at Alemany and La Habra will host Arcadia.

In Division 4, Whittier Christian will play at Heritage on Thursday in the first round and Montebello will be at Paraclete in a Division 5 game. Also in Division 5, Schurr will play host to Laguna Beach. And Oxford Academy will be at Cantwell SacredHeart in a Division 6 game.

Teams not making it out of Tuesday’s wild-card round were La Mirada and Santa Fe. La Mirada was walloped by Ayala 13-0 in Division 2 and Downey defeated Santa Fe 11-6 in Division 3.

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Cal High’s baseball playoff game moved to Thursday at La Canada

After a 6-1 victory over visiting Barstow on Tuesday in the CIF-SS Division 4 wild-card round, Cal High was slated to play Friday at La Canada in the first round. But Condors coach Tony Nieto informed this newspaper Wednesday morning that the game has been moved up a day to Thursday. First pitch is 3:15 p.m.

In Friday’s Division 4 games, La Habra will be at La Serna and El Rancho will be at Don Lugo. La Habra defeated North Torrance 9-2 on Tuesday and El Rancho defeated Anaheim 6-2.

Over in Division 2, La Mirada found out it will play host to Damien on Friday in the first round. Damien defeated Oxnard Pacifica 9-2 in a wild-card game Tuesday.

St. Paul, a 14-0 winner over Rancho Alamitos on Tuesday, will play Thursday at Loara in a Division 3 first-round game.

And Whittier Christian will be at Hemet on Thursday in a Division 5 first-round game.

Local teams that didn’t make it out of Tuesday’s wild-card round were Montebello and Cantwell Sacred-Heart. Estancia defeated Montebello 7-1 in a Division 4 game and Lompoc upended Cantwell Sacred-Heart 13-3 in Division 5.

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