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Steve Ramirez has covered prep sports for San Gabriel Valley Newspapers since 1989.

CIF-SS Boys Basketball: La Mirada cruises into semifinals; Sonora advances to finals

La Mirada's Kendall Lauderdale reaches up to tap the ball in on Friday, February 27, 2015 at La Mirada High School. The La Mirada Matadores boys basketball team host the Savanna Rebels on Friday, February 27, 2015 at La Mirada High School. (Photo Correspondent by Shilah Montiel/ Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada’s Kendall Lauderdale reaches up to tap the ball in on Friday, February 27, 2015 at La Mirada High School. The La Mirada Matadores boys basketball team host the Savanna Rebels on Friday, February 27, 2015 at La Mirada High School. (Photo Correspondent by Shilah Montiel/ Whittier Daily News)

LA MIRADA 77, SAVANNA 47

LA MIRADA >> La Mirada High School’s chase for its first CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title never looked easier.
The Matadores, after beating its first two playoff opponents by an average of 35 points, was again on cruise control on Friday, scoring a 77-47 victory over Savanna in a Division 2A quarterfinal game.
Kendall Lauderdale scored 28 points and Vittorio Reynoso-Avila had 20 as La Mirada improved to 26-4 and will play at Compton, a 59-52 winner over Righetti, in Tuesday’s semifinals. It’s the Matadores second consecutive trip to the divisional final four. Savanna finished 12-20.

La Mirada coach Bryce Jones: “It’s all about the players. We have talented players. I’m blessed with a great staff. Talented players make plays and win games. This school hasn’t had a ton of success outside (the run with) Derek Williams, so for us to get the semifinals in back-to-back years and win league, it’s special. I want the guys to enjoy it, but we have to get back to work tomorrow, watch the film on Compton and get ready to play.”

La Mirada’s Kendall Lauderdale: “I’m just came out with the mind-set that I had to go beast mode against them.”
– Stephen Ramirez
DIVISION 3AA
SEMIFINALS
SONORA 76 DIAMOND RANCH 56

Josh Rodriguez scored a game-high 21 points and enior forward Ben Rico had 17 as the Raiders advanced to the finals for the second consecutive season. They will face Gahr, which beat Bonita, in the finals next week.

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CIF-SS Boys Soccer: Cal’s perfect season comes to an end in 2-1 loss to Sunny Hills


By Stephen Ramirez
FULLERTON – California High School enjoyed one of the better seasons in area boys soccer history this winter. But that meant little on Friday.
Miguel Tapia and Nick Vasquez had second-half goals and No. 4 seed Sunny Hills ended the Condors’ season with a 2-1 victory in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinal game.
The host Lancers, who got five saves from Nicholas Pedraza, improved to 20-3-2 and advanced to face La Quinta, a 3-2 winner over top seed Millikan, in Tuesday’s semifinals. California, which got its lone goal from Alex Preciado, finished 22-1.


California coach Ivan Todorovic: “We played well today. Maybe (Sunny Hills) wanted it more than us in the second half, but I still think we’re the better team. I think we deserved to advance to the next round. They got it at the end of the game, which was unfortunate for us. But I also want to congratulate my boys. This was the best season in the history of the school, and I’m proud of them.”

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CIF-SS Girls Basketball: AGBU uses big second half to oust Cantwell


By John Sherrard
MONTEBELLO — The anticipated Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary vs. St. Paul High School CIF-SS Division 4A semifinal girls basketball matchup won’t happen this year.
Cantwell, seeded third in the division, fell in an upset to a virtual unknown school from the San Fernando Valley, Armenian General Benevolent Union, of Canoga Park, 43-38, in a quarterfinal game Thursday night.

“I don’t want to take anything away from AGBU, they played a great game, but I felt personally that my team picked the wrong day to mentally break down in key moments of this game,” first-year Cantwell coach Matt Zamora said.
“Hats off to them because when we broke down, they capitalized and they did it just enough to keep them ahead.”
One major breakdown was at the free throw line for the Cardinals. They shot only 43 percent, connecting on 10 of 23 attempts.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was sophomore forward Lily Perkins with 14 points. Sammy Flores added six points on two 3-pointers.

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CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs: Michelle Reed’s late goal leads La Serna into semifinals


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER —
Whenever the La Serna High School girls soccer team needed a big effort over the past few seasons, Michelle Reed was always there to step up.
The senior did it again Thursday.
Reed scored on a free kick in the 66th minute and the Lancers advanced to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals for the third time in four seasons with a 1-0 victory over visiting Colony in a Division 5 quarterfinal game.
La Serna, the division’s No. 4 seed, improved to 18-4-5 and will host top seed La Quinta in the semifinals on Tuesday. Colony, which got seven saves from goalie Natalie Yep, finished 16-5-2.

La Serna’s Michelle Reed: “I was trying to find the back post. It was in an awkward spot, where the keeper didn’t know if she should come out or not. It wound up being awkward and it went in.”


DIVISION 6
SIERRA VISTA 2, SCHURR 0

Sierra Vista forward Alejandra Vargas said the curse is over.
After three straight quarterfinal losses, Sierra Vista girls soccer finally got over the hump with a 2-0 victory over Schurr in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinals.
Sierra Vista, which won the school’s only team title when it won a divisional soccer title in 2010, will host Temescal Canyon, a 1-0 winner over Summit, in Tuesday’s semifinals.

– Fred Robledo
DIVISION 4
LA MIRADA 1, ROYAL O

Maddy Bennett scored the game-winning goal to lead the Matadores (24-2) to advance to the semifinals against Santa Monica.
TUESDAY’S SEMIFINALS
DIVISION 4

St. Monica at La Mirada, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 5
La Quinta at La Serna, 3 p.m.

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Today’s CIF-SS Playoff Schedule: Cantwell girls basketball looks to punch ticket to semifinals; La Serna, La Mirada, Schurr girls soccer in quarterfinals

ls over cal

Here is today’s CIF-SS playoff schedule:
GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 4A
QUARTERFINALS

AGBU/Canoga Park at Cantwell, 7 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER
QUARTERFINALS
DIVISION 4

La Mirada at Royal, 5:45 p.m.
DIVISION 5
Colony at La Serna, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 6
Schurr at Sierra Vista, 5 p.m.

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CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs: St. Paul holds off Notre Dame Academy to advance to semifinals; El Rancho, Sonora ousted

St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez shoots over a Notre Dame Academy defender during Wednesday’s Division 4A quarterfinal. (Photo by Shilah Montiel)

St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez shoots over a Notre Dame Academy defender during Wednesday’s Division 4A quarterfinal. (Photo by Shilah Montiel)

By Stephen Ramirez

SANTA FE SPRINGS – The St. Paul and Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary high school girls basketball teams opened the CIF-Southern Section playoffs knowing that if they took care of business they could meet in a mammoth Division 4A semifinal.
The No. 2 seed Swordsmen did their part Wednesday.
Clarissa Perez scored a career-high 30 points and St. Paul advanced to the division final four with a 64-52 victory over Notre Dame Academy, of Los Angeles, in the quarterfinals.
Cantwell, the No. 3 seed, gets its chance Thursday night when it hosts Armenian General Benevolent Union, of Canoga Park, at 7 p.m.
Adrianna Gonzalez also had 17 points for the Swordsmen, who improved to 19-13. Stephanie Umeh had 14 points and Kendall Chan 12 for the Regals, who slipped to 16-13.
St. Paul, after leading by 16 points at halftime, look like it might let this one slip through its fingers after Notre Dame put on a 13-1 blitz to pull with 38-34 late in the third quarter. Umeh then followed a 3-pointer by Chan with a drive and layup to get it to 50-48 with 4:51 left.
Then the Swordsmen’s defense took over. Gonzalez drove the baseline for a 52-48 lead before St. Paul forced three consecutive turnovers, which led to three straight layups, including two by Perez to push it to 58-50 with 2:30 remaining.


St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez: “It’s nice to go to the semifinals. It’s good for our team, good for our tradition, it’s good for our school. Everyone is excited and ready to go. Everyone is on the same page, which is all we can ask.”
DIVISION 1A
VALLEY VIEW 72, EL RANCHO 35

Crystal Rodriguez scored 17 points and Sarah Gurrola had 13 for the Dons, who finished 20-11.
OTHER SCORE
DIVISION 3AA

Corona del Mar 57, Sonora 47
The Raiders

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CIF-SS Boys Soccer playoffs: La Serna ousted with 3-0 loss to No. 3 Santa Ana


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER – This might be the best season in the La Serna High School boys soccer team’s history. But it won’t include a CIF-Southern Section title.
Jorge Corona had a goal and assist and No. 3 seed Santa Ana ended the host Lancers’ season with a 3-0 victory in a Division 2 second-round game.
Ezequiel Morales and Alex Resendiz also had goals for the Saints, who improved to 17-4-1 and will travel to Long Beach Cabrillo for the quarterfinals on Friday. La Serna finished 18-5-4.
La Serna’s John Delgadillo: “I feel great. This game was the best game we played. Even though we lost, it was our best, and you couldn’t ask for a (better performance).”


CALIFORNIA 3, CENTURY 1
The Condors stayed undefeated with a solid win in the second round. They will travel to No. 4 seed Sunny Hills on Friday.

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CIF-SS Playoffs Schedule: St. Paul girls basketball looks to punch ticket to semifinals

sp beats amat
Here is today’s CIF-SS playoff schedule:
GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 1A
Second Round

El Rancho at Valley View, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3AA
Quarterfinals

Sonora at Corona del Mar, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4A
Quarterfinals
Notre Dame Academy at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
BOYS SOCCER
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 2

Century at California, 5 p.m.
Santa Ana at La Serna, 3 p.m.

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CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoffs; Sonora holds off Pasadena; La Mirada ousts Agoura

 Pasadena's Tyrek Adams (1) tries to stop Sonora's Christian Rhodes (0) as he passes behind the basket during Tuesday night's game on February 24, 2015 at Pasadena High School. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Pasadena’s Tyrek Adams (1) tries to stop Sonora’s Christian Rhodes (0) as he passes behind the basket during Tuesday night’s game on February 24, 2015 at Pasadena High School. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)


By Stephen Ramirez

PASADENA >> Sonora High School is back in the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball semifinals, but just barely.
Stephen Murphy scored 17 points and Ben Rico 15 and the top-seeded Raiders survived furious second-half rally by host Pasadena to score a 60-57 victory in a Division 3AA quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Josh Rodriguez also had 14 points for Sonora, which improved to 25-4 and will travel to Diamond Ranch, which beat San Marcos, 39-36, on Friday. Tyrek Adams had 20 points and Ben Burgoyne 19 for the Bulldogs, who finished 19-10.
Pasadena had a chance to tie it at the end, but 3-point shots by Marc Howard Jr. and Adams were short at the buzzer.

TUESDAY’S SCORES
DIVISION 2A
SECOND ROUND

No. 1 La Mirada 64, Agoura 42
DIVISION 3AA
QUARTERFINALS

No. 1 Sonora 60, Pasadena 57
WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE
OPEN DIVISION
CONSOLATION QUARTERFINALS

St. John Bosco vs. Cantwell at El Rancho HS, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
DIVISION 2A
QUARTERFINALS

Savanna at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3AA
SEMIFINALS

Sonora at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.

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