DAILY NEWS TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (6-1) – The Mats, back from a respite, have yet to be challenged since early in the season, and it won’t happen this week against rival Mayfair.
2. La Habra (4-3) – The Highlanders, after struggling with a tough schedule, are back in their comfort zone. They’ve dominated their first two Freeway League games, and no reason it won’t continue.
3. El Rancho (6-1) – No trap game last week for the Dons, who followed up the win over La Serna, with an easy win over Whittier. It’s not if El Rancho wins the Del Rio League title, but when.
4. La Serna (5-2) – The Lancers showed the heart of champion last week, coming back late to beat California. After splitting with their stiffest competitors, they should win out and take no worse than second in the Del Rio.
5. California (4-3) – The Condors, after losing to La Serna, still has designs on a share of the league title, meaning it must take care of business this week.
6. St. Paul (4-3) – The Swordsmen’s playoff hopes were dealt a major blow with the loss to Salesian. It could get even worse, with St. Francis coming into town this week.
7. Cantwell Sacred Heart (6-1) – The Cardinals, after dominating the past few weeks, enters league play this week as the favorite. Nothing changes that view.
8. Montebello (2-5) – Maybe the tough schedule hardened the Oilers for an Almont League title run. This looks like a different team from the one we saw in nonleague play. Will it continue?
9. Santa Fe (2-5) – The real Chiefs finally showed up last week. But to make the postseason, they have to take down either La Serna this week, or El Rancho to close the season. I’m not sure they can do that.
10. Pioneer (3-4) – The Titans were dealt a dose of reality with a big loss to Santa Fe. You can expect more of the same this week vs. El Rancho.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Kevin Ramos of La Serna (11) is stopped by Thomas Vielma of Cal (33). Ramos scored a 2-yard touchdown run with 30 second left in the game to give the Lancers a 25-19 win on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (Photo by Chris Burt/Whittier Daily News)
LA SERNA 25, CALIFORNIA 19
La Serna High got a 2-yard touchdown run by Kevin Ramos with 30 seconds left to get past rival California 25-19 on Friday night.
The Lancers, who won the Southeast Division last season, were mere seconds away from being upset for the second straight week in the Del Rio League. Instead, quarterback Enrique Pacheco found receiver Curtis Ashton on a 48-yard pass with under a minute to play to set up the winning score.
“It wasn’t necessarily a deep shot, it was a pattern that had someone deep and Enrique made a good throw and Ashton a good catch and we’re fortunate to get that play,” La Serna head coach Margarito Beltran said. “That’s our kids. They’re resilient. We were fortunate to come out with a victory, but we’ll take it.”
La Serna, which lost to El Rancho last week, improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in league. California fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in league, but the Condors were oh so close to season-changing win.
– Aram Tolegian
EL RANCHO 42, WHITTIER 6
After an emotional win over La Serna High last week, there was no let down Friday night as El Rancho easily defeated visiting Whittier 42-6 in a Del Rio League game.
Dons quarterback Andrew Perea, who passed for a school-record last week, threw for two touchdowns and 158 yards on 7-of-11 passing. He also ran for 51 yards and a 6-yard score. Perea now has more than 2,000 yards of total offense to lead the Dons (5-2, 2-0).
– John Sherrard
LA HABRA 42, FULLERTON 7
La Habra High School extended its Freeway League winning streak by taking a 42-7 victory over visiting Fullerton on Friday night.
Carlos Martin rushed for 145 yards and touchdowns of 11 and 53 yards and caught an 18-yard TD pass for the Highlanders (4-3, 2-0). Quarterback Eric Barriere completed 12 of 20 passes for 189 yards and two scores and rushed for two other TDs.
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. La Mirada (6-1), idle
2. La Habra (4-3) def. Fullerton, 42-7
3. El Rancho (6-1) def. Whittier, 42-6
4. California (4-3) lost to La Serna, 25-19
5. La Serna (5-2) def. California, 25-19
6. St. Paul (4-3) lost to Salesian, 21-7
7. Cantwell Sacred Heart (6-1) def. Carpinteria, 28-0
8. Montebello (2-5) def. Keppel, 23-0
9. Pioneer (3-4) lost to Santa Fe, 38-13
10. Santa Fe (2-5) def. Pioneer, 38-13
Cerritos Valley Christian 67, Whittier Christian 44
Schurr 55, San Gabriel 0
By Stephen Ramirez
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SANTA FE SPRINGS >> St. Paul High School, after going 1-9 each of the previous two seasons, is enjoying a resurgence so far this season, winning four of its first six, including opening Angelus League play with an overtime victory over La Salle.
A big key for the Swordsmen has been senior quarterback Jacob Maier, who as a multiple threat is the focal point of St. Francis’ offense that opposing defenses must figure how to stop.
But his biggest value to the Swordsmen is not something that can be charted on a stat cheat.
“We regrouped after last year,” St. Paul coach Rick Zepeda said. “We went to work right away and Jake was one of the focal guys to get everyone ready to go. For the most part, it’s showing.
“He’s one of the big leaders on campus. Only a couple of times as a junior been elected captain of the team here at St. Paul, and he’s one of them. He’s been reelected as a captain this year as a senior, so yes, absolutely, he’s a great leader.”
El Rancho sophomore Donald Brown won’t be a surprise for favored California in Thursday’s Del Rio League cluster meet.
Brown won the first race and is ready to face the Condors at La Mirada Regional Park.
Read more: http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/20141015/south-pasadena-making-some-noise-in-girls-volleyball
The final stat sheet may reflect a three-set sweep, but the host El Rancho girls volleyball team gave everything it had in the loss.
La Serna (8-7, 3-0), which has won the last five Del Rio League titles, won 25-16, 25-20, 25-23 to register its 13th league victory in a row over the last two seasons.
Leading the way for the Lancers were senior middle blockers Simone Oram with 11 kills and three blocks and Isabelle Von Lockner with nine kills and five blocks. Junior outside hitter Laura Butler added seven kills and had two aces.
Read more: http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/20141014/el-rancho-hangs-tough-with-la-serna-in-del-rio-league-vb-loss
The San Gabriel High School volleyball team is relentless.
Right when visiting Montebello thought it had the Matadors in a touchy spot, San Gabriel came up with a big defensive stop.
“We’re not as tall as volleyball girls should be,” starter Vicki Wu said. “We just have to work on other things so we can balance everything out.”
The Matadors made two key defensive stops en route to a three-set sweep of the Oilers in a first-round Almont League showdown. San Gabriel (8-2, 4-0) scored a 25-17, 25-11, 25-23 victory.
Read more: http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/20141014/san-gabriel-volleyball-team-stops-montebello-in-three-games
3. Bishop Amat
4. Flintridge Prep
8. Los Altos
1. Bishop Amat
4. Flintridge Prep
8. El Rancho
9. La Canada
10. La Mirada
The San Gabriel Valley area-wide water polo Top 10:
1. Montebello (14-2)
2. Damien (9-2)
3. La Serna (8-7)
4. Los Altos (5-1)
5. La Canada (4-6)
6. Flintridge Prep (12-4)
7. San Dimas (9-8)
8. Temple City (11-3)
9. Pasadena (11-6)
10. Charter Oak (7-3)
Others: Walnut (4-5), Rowland (8-2), Schurr (10-6), Glendora (7-8), South Pasadena (2-7)
The San Gabriel Valley area-wide volleyball Top 10:
1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (12-4)
2. St. Paul (21-2)
3. Pasadena Poly (11-2)
4. St. Lucy’s (9-6)
5. Whittier Christian (14-9)
6. Westridge (18-4)
7. La Habra (16-6)
8. Gabrielino (15-2)
9. South Pasadena (7-5)
10. Mayfield (9-4)
Others: La Canada (6-4), Arcadia (12-5), Glendora (13-5), La Mirada (15-4), San Dimas (12-5), Maranatha (12-6), Pioneer (8-2), Walnut (10-8), Duarte (13-7), San Gabriel (7-2).