Thursday Recap: Emilio Sansores strikes out six to lead St. Paul Baseball to the Newport Elks Tournament win

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Baseball
St. Paul 4, Ayala 3 — Emilio Sansores struck out six as he threw a complete game for the Swordsmen (3-1) in a Newport Elks Tournament victory. Julian Sansores and Noah Tostado each had two-run singles for St. Paul.
Softball
Sierra Canyon 12, Flintridge Prep 3 — Maya Vasquez went 2 for 3 with a triple and scored two runs for the Rebels (0-2) but it was not enough in the nonleague loss.
Boys golf
Flintridge Prep 224, Temple City 243 — Jonah Sacks shot a 39 to lead the Rebels (2-0) to the nonleague victory at Eaton Canyon Golf Course. Justin Yu shot a 42, Brendon Barton shot a 44 and Matthew Chai shot a 49 for Flintridge Prep.
Boys volleyball
La Canada 3, St. Francis 1 — Connor Walbrecht had 17 kills, seven digs and three aces and Noah Goldstein had 15 kills in a 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 nonleage win. Mel Schroeder had 11 kills, three aces, three blocks and three digs for La Canada.

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Softball: Coaching change doesn’t deter St. Paul; Swordsmen ranked No. 1 in area to begin the season

St. Paul softball players Sydney Kreimann, Myranda Bueno, coach Dena Slye, Dominque Walker of St. Paul softball team. (Photo Correspondent by Shilah Montiel/ Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul softball players Sydney Kreimann, Myranda Bueno, coach Dena Slye, Dominque Walker of St. Paul softball team. (Photo Correspondent by Shilah Montiel/ Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
Dena Slye is the X-factor for the St. Paul High School softball team this season.
The former University of Washington All-American is the new head coach of the Swordsmen, who won the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title last season under former coach by Jim Maier.
Maier has left to coach NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino and Slye steps into an almost perfect situation.
She takes over team that won a division title, returns three elite players — seniors Dominque Walker and Myranda Bueno and junior Sydney Kreimann — and is the favorite to repeat. St. Paul begins the season ranked No. 1 by the Daily News.
“I pretty much don’t feel any pressure, because I pretty much let it be (the players’) team,” Slye said. “I don’t want to change anything. What they did obviously worked. I’m just here to show a little guidance from when I played.
“But as far as pressure, I feel it’s their team and I’m just going to go along for the ride.”

PRESEASON TOP 5
1. St. Paul
2. La Serna
3. California
4. Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary
5. Schurr

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Wednesday Recap: Gilly Rodriguez had a double and pitched five innings and Andres Hernandez had 3 RBIs for California for a 10-0 baseball win

Baseball
California 10, Flintridge Prep 0 — Gilly Rodriguez pitched five innings with a strikeout and had a double and Andres Hernandez went 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs, a double and had a stolen base for the Condors (4-0) in an Edison Preseason Tournament victory. Eric Sotelo went 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a double and Mike Elliott had a triple and an RBI for California.
Boys golf
St. Monica 239, Bishop Amat 244 — Donovan Delgado and Brandon Morales each shot a 46 at the Santa Anita Golf Course but it was not enough in the nonleague loss.

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Another semifinal and done for La Mirada, which season may have ended with loss at Compton

 La Mirada at Compton CIF-SS Division 2A semifinal basketball playoff game Tuesday March 3, 2015. Anthony Squalls blocks shot attempt by La Mirada's Kendall Lauderdale. Photo By Robert Casillas / Daily Breeze

La Mirada at Compton CIF-SS Division 2A semifinal basketball playoff game Tuesday March 3, 2015. Anthony Squalls blocks shot attempt by La Mirada’s Kendall Lauderdale. Photo By Robert Casillas / Daily Breeze

The La Mirada boys basketball team had previously since 1990 been to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals three times without advancing to the semifinals.
You’d better make that four.
Host Compton made the plays down the stretch en route to a 57-52 upset of the Division 2A top-seeded Matadores.
Kendall Lauderdale scored a game-high 27 points for La Mirada, which falls to 26-5. The Matadores may still be alive for a spot in the CIF State playoffs, but those chances were reduced to slim.
Compton will face Redlands East Valley in the title game, likely Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim. CIF-SS will announce the day, time and site on Wednesday.

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Tuesday Recap: Jake Maier brought in the winning run for the second game in a row to lead St. Paul to 1-0 baseball win

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Boys baseball
St. Paul 1, Mayfair 0 — Jake Maier brought in the winning run for the second game in a row to lead the Swordsmen (2-1) to St. Paul Easter Tournament win. Brandon Tejeda pitched 6 1/3 innings and had five hits and the winning pitcher was Jacob Guzman for St. Paul.
Girls softball
Whittier 19, Marshall 1 — Amy Bretado went 4-for-4 with two doubles, 5 RBIs and scored twice and Ashlynn Marracino had a grand slam for the Cardinals (2-0) in a Duarte Freeway Classic victory. Desiree Bretado went 2-for-4 with a triple, 2 RBIs and scored four times and Jade Sanchez went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs for Whittier.
Boys golf
Whittier Christian 214, Savanna 267 — Matt Rafter shot a 35 at the Candlewood Country Club to lead the Heralds (1-0) to the nonleague victory.
Boys volleyball
St. Paul 3, Artesia 0 — Jonah Zeko recorded 13 kills and six aces for the Swordsmen (1-0) in a 25-6, 25-11, 25-14 nonleague victory.

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CIF-SS Girls Soccer: Elizabeth Hernandez’ scores in overtime as La Serna advances to third final in four years; La Mirada beats Santa Monica to advance to D4 Final


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER — Senior Elizabeth Hernandez is the out-spoken leader for the La Serna High School girls soccer team.
She made a bold statement Tuesday. But this time with her foot.

Hernandez scored on a shot from just outside the penalty area in the 83th minute and the host Lancers secured their third trip to the CIF-Southern Section finals in the past four seasons with a 1-0 victory over top seed La Quinta in a Division 5 semifinal.
Jezabelle Rubalcava also had four saves for the Lancers, who improved to 19-5-4 and will face Sierra Canyon for a chance at its second Division 5 title in three seasons. The Blackhawks, who survived shootouts in the previous two rounds, finished 23-6-1.
CIF-SS will announce the site, day and time of the Division 5 final on Wednesday.
It was a wild-ending to one of the Lancers’ most physical games of the season. But La Serna, which lost senior mid-fielder Michelle Reed to a hamstring injury in the first half, made the most of its lone chance in overtime.
Natasha Ortiz ran down a deep send-in pass in the left corner. She then gathered in a deflection before getting a touch pass to Hernandez, who drilled a shot in the upper-right corner that La Quinta goalie Arianna Rodriguez was unable to reach.

La Serna’s Elizabeth Hernandez: “I wasn’t really thinking about it. I just got a pass from one of my teammates (Ortiz) and just shot it. I just looked up and shot it and it went in the perfect place.”

La Serna coach Tessa Troglia: “This was a very tough game. La Quinta tested us. I think they hit the post twice. Maybe we had luck on our side, I don’t know. But we did have a lot of dangerous opportunities, we’re just thankful we were able to finish (early) in overtime. Now we have one game left.”
LA MIRADA 2, SANTA MONICA 0
LA MIRADA >> An undefeated 2015 has helped propel the second-seeded La Mirada High School girls soccer team into the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 finals.
An amazing streak of 17 consecutive wins beginning in early January, the last 10 of which have been by shutouts, including Tuesday’s 2-0 semifinal victory over visiting Santa Monica, will give the Matadores a chance for their second CIF title since 2008.
La Mirada will play Moorpark, which beat Riverside Poly on penalty kicks, on Friday or Saturday.
This win is special to the current junior class of varsity players who suffered a 3-0 semifinal defeat in their freshman year.
“This (championship appearance) means a lot to us,” junior forward Maddy Bennett said. “We’ve been wanting this ever since two years ago when I was a freshman and we made it to the semifinals and got whipped. We’re going to win it this year, I know it.”

– John Sherrard

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Baseball: La Mirada leads area rankings

Varsity baseball players RJ Lan, Ethan Lopez and Daniel Jung at La Mirada High School's baseball field on Monday February 23 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Varsity baseball players RJ Lan, Ethan Lopez and Daniel Jung at La Mirada High School’s baseball field on Monday February 23 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
La Mirada High School’s baseball season was surrounded in controversay late last season.
But lost in the off-field debate was what the Matadores did on the field, which was win another Suburban League title and advance to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. The run was keyed by then junior Ethan Lopez, sophomore Daniel Jung and freshman RJ Lan.
All three are back and give La Mirada a chance to repeat in the Suburban League and be a player in Division 2. The Matadores, who were 23-11 last season, begin the season ranked No. 1 in the area.
“My expectations for our team are pretty big,” Jung said. “We’ve played with each other ever since we were young. We have really good chemistry. I think if we play as a team we can do really big things.
“Our expectations our to win CIF and a Suburban League title.”

DAILY NEWS BASEBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada
2. Sonora
3. St. Paul
4. California
5. La Serna

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Wrestling: San Marino wins 2015 CIF-SS Masters title

Zander Wick, from San Marino, celebrates after defeating Corona Santiago's Jeremy Thomas during their 145 pound match Saturda at the CIF-SS Master Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario February 28, 2015. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Zander Wick, from San Marino, celebrates after defeating Corona Santiago’s Jeremy Thomas during their 145 pound match Saturda at the CIF-SS Master Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario February 28, 2015. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Stephen Ramirez

ONTARIO –
San Marino High School had big expectations entering the 2015 wrestling season.
The Titans lived up to that billing Saturday.
San Marino, a few years removed from being the doormat in the Rio Hondo League, is the best in Southern California after taking the CIF-Southern Section Masters title in dominating fashion at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.

The Titans, led by two-time Masters champion Zander Wick (145 pounds) scored four individual championships and had six qualifiers to the CIF State championships en route to a first-place finish, St. John Bosco was second with Northview third. The Titans and Vikings each qualified six competitors to next weekend’s state championships, scheduled for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The other individual champions for San Marino were Zander Silva (113), Julian Flores (132) and Luke Troy (152).
“We did really well,” said Wick, who won at 126 last season. “It was awesome. It’s amazing, because three years ago we weren’t even league champions, we were like last in our league. We got good coaches to come in and we got a lot better.

“Nobody would have thought back then we could come in and take first at Masters. It’s great.”
The rest of the area had a pretty solid day as well, with six champions. The other two were Northview’s Richie Casillas (120) and Ricky Padilla (160). The area qualified 21 to next week’s state championships.

The other area qualifiers were Montebello’s Nico Gomez (103, fifth); Bishop Amat’s Eddie Flores (103, seventh) and Nigel Ruiz (145, fourth); San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (113, second); Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing (126, third) and Josh Kawaguchi (132, second); Northview’s Andres Hooper (126, sixth), Andres Estrada (132, fourth), Joe Dominguez (145, third) and Roger Arce (170, fifth); California’s Richard Pocock (132, fifth); San Marino’s Evan Wick (138, second) and Aaron Padilla (160, third); Charter Oak’s Antonio Zavala (152, seventh) and Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285).

Zander Wick was one of two from the area to repeat as Master champions. He was joined by Padilla, who won at 152 last season.
Wick, ranked No. 3 in the state, beat No. 2 Jeremy Thomas, of Corona Santiago, 7-2. He led 3-2 late getting a takedown and near-fall to win by 5.
“My match was very tough,” Wick said. “He had me on a single leg, and I can’t remember what I did but I was able to put him on his back to win 7-2.”
Padilla was steady in beating Hemet’s Caleb Wilson, 3-0.
“It’s a great feeling to be two-time Masters champion,” Padilla said. “Not too many people have done it. It’s a tough section, so its real good.”

GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
It was mission accomplished for Arroyo High School’s Jackie Quinones Saturday.
The senior had a season-long of goal of winning CIF-Southern Section and CIF state wrestling titles this season. She accomplished the former two weeks ago and finished off the aspiration by winning at 189 pounds at the CIF State championships at Visalia Convention Center.
Quinones’ title quest was the area highlight, which also included Northview finishing second for the second consecutive season.
The Vikings, who won a state title in 2013, had three competitors score a top-eight medal. They were Izzy Valles (137, second), Deidra Valles (150, fifth) and Azusenna Molina (170, second).
The area had 10 athletes win medals. The others were Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (101, second) and Mia Dow (121, fourth); California’s Nadia Escamilla (111, sixth); West Covina’s Jennifer Lopez (116, seventh); Arroyo’s Lesly Ramirez (150, sixth) and San Dimas’ Daishea Jaime (121, second).

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Next stop for St. Paul girls basketball? CIF-SS 4A championship game

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> The St. Paul High School girls basketball team will have a second chance in the last three years to bring home a CIF Southern Section title.
After losing in the finals two seasons ago, the Swordsmen, behind a season-high 34 points from guard Adrianna Gonzalez, defeated visiting Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) of Canoga Park, 64-45, Saturday night in a Division 4A semifinal and will play for the school’s first championship next week.
St. Paul (19-13) will play top-seeded Fairmont Prep of Anaheim, a 66-52 winner over Marlborough, for the title. The game time and location will be announced on Monday.
“For our players it’s just awesome,” said St. Paul coach Robert Miller, who is in his 11th year at the helm. “I love the fact that Clarissa Perez and Adrianna Gonzalez are playing in their second finals.”

– John Sherrard

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