Friday Gameday Countdown: Schurr, Whittier to settle neighborhood battle; Whittier Christian challenges small-school power St. Margaret’s; La Mirada faces Norwalk

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Tonight is one of the lightest schedules of the prep football season, but there are still some interesting matchups. Our lead game tonight features a neighborhood battle between Schurr and Whittier at Cal High School. I’ll be at that one and you can follow my scoring updates at @SteveRRamirez on Twitter. The other matchups are Whittier Christian traveling to South Orange County to take on small-school power St. Margaret’s, while La Mirada faces arguably its toughest opponent in the Suburban League when Norwalk calls on the Mats at La Mirada. You can track all the scores on our high school scoreboard page.
HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
FEATURED GAMEs PREVIEW
SCHURR (3-1) VS. WHITTIER (2-2) AT CAL HIGH, 7 P.M.

The Spartans are off to one of their better starts in recent memory, with their only stumble coming to West Covina. Schurr is led by quarterback is led by Miguel Aguero, who has thrown for 726 yards and five touchdowns, and running back Noah Rangel, who has rushed for 356 yards and six touchdowns.
Whittier has lost its last two to Montebello (21-7) and Monrovia (26-14). The Cardinals are led by quarterback Dylan Salcido, who has accounted for 399 yards and two touchdowns.
Whittier won, 39-0, last season.
— Stephen Ramirez
NORWALK (4-1, 1-0) AT LA MIRADA (3-2, 1-0), 7 P.M.
The fact the Lancers enter this match up with a sexy record means that Matadores head coach Mike Moschetti can manufacture up some interest from his team, which by all means simply lays over the Suburban League like a wet, wool blanket. But, Norwalk should have La Mirada’s full attention, at least for a half, since last week’s opponent was Cerritos and most fans were asleep soon after the national anthem, whether they took a knee or not. When do the playoffs start? Seriously.
— Aram Tolegian
WHITTIER CHRISTIAN DOES ITS PART TO FIGHT CANCER
Whittier Christian High School will complete is nonleague schedule Friday night by traveling to south Orange County to face small school power St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano at 7 p.m.
There will be a lot more on the line for the Heralds (4-1) than the winner of a football game.
Whittier Christian is one of several football programs in Southern California taking part in the MaxPreps and PLEDGE IT “Touchdowns Against Cancer” fund-raiser, which will provide needed money for cancer research to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those wishing to contribute can do so on the internet at https://pledgeit.org/tac16-whittier-christian-heralds-la-habra-ca.
It’s a campaign that hits close to home for the Heralds. Their classmate, Abbey Schemmer, succumbed to cancer this summer, just a few months from beginning her senior year at Whittier Christian. Schemmer’s brothers, Ryan and Kenny, played for the Heralds in recent seasons.
The campaign has been a big winner at Whittier Christian, which has by far raised the most funds among Southern California schools. The Heralds, who have scored 18 touchdowns during the past two games, have raised $9,843 at last count, which leads Southern California. Highland is second at $869. Other area schools in the program are Pioneer, Bonita and Azusa.
Whittier Christian coach Sergio Gradilla: “We’re playing for more than a football game and the score. We’re playing for something that’s much more important. We’re raising awareness for cancer and really we’re playing for the Schemmer family and what they’ve meant to the football program.”
Whittier Christian AD Rolland Esslinger: “Abbey died last summer and her brothers were big parts of our football program,” Whittier Christian athletics director Rolland Esslinger said. “It kind of resonated very strong on our campus and our football community. It’s great to see how everybody has gotten behind it. And we’ve score so many touchdowns the last couple of games, it’s been crazy. It’s been exciting to see. When you want the kids to look outside and beyond football, it’s neat to see something like this that strengthens that.”
— Stephen Ramirez
TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE AND PROJECTIONS
All games at 7 p.m.

Norwalk at La Mirada (designated visitor) — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Sonora vs. Aliso Niguel — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (AN)
Whittier vs. Schurr at California — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s — Robledo (Whit Christian); Aram (WC)

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Thursday Final: San Dimas rallies for 41-14 win over Cal

San Dimas High RB Jarell Sykes (#22) heads for a first half touchdown vs California High at the Condors' Whittier, Calif. campus field Sept. 29, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

San Dimas High RB Jarell Sykes (#22) heads for a first half touchdown vs California High at the Condors’ Whittier, Calif. campus field Sept. 29, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)


SAN DIMAS 41, CAL 14
WHITTIER — San Dimas High School was pushed for the first time this football season Thursday. But the Saints showed that when challenged, they can push back.

Jarell Sykes rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and San Dimas closed the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 41-14 victory over host California.
Joey Tamayo also threw for 81 yards and two scores for the Saints, who improved to 5-0. Christopher Lowden rushed for 114 yards and Andrew Reyes had 87 and two touchdowns for the Condors, who slipped to 3-2.
San Dimas outgained Cal, 278-62 during the second half to finish with an advantage of 404-273.
San Dimas, which was held without a first down on its first two possessions, took control of the game during the middle of the second quarter and scored on five consecutive possessions to lead, 35-14, by the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Saints started the third quarter with scoring drives of 65, 55 and 40 yards to go up, 35-14, on a 20-yard run by Sykes with 11:52 to play.
San Dimas also got an 8-yard run from Sykes at 7:44 and a 30-yard pass from Tamayo to Daniel Jackson at 5:08 for a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.
San Dimas coach Mark Holman: “Cal High was really physical (in the first half). I knew they would be physical and I put a challenge on my kids and said, ‘Hey, we came down for a road trip, we expected it to be physical and our mission to (open the second half) with a drive.’ And we did.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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Thursday Recap: California volleyball kept fighting but lost in the fifth set to Santa Fe

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls volleyball
Santa Fe 3, California 2 — Paris Rivera had 17 kills and two aces and Arianna Gomez had 12 kills and six blocks for the Condors (5-3, 0-2) in a Del Rio League loss. Alliana Loera had 43 assists, eight digs and four aces, Leanne Ruiz had 11 kills and eight digs and Summer Gonzales had seven kills for California.

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Touchdowns Against Cancer is personal for Whittier Christian

(Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)

(Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)


By Stephen Ramirez
Whittier Christian High School will complete is nonleague schedule Friday night by traveling to South Orange County to face small school power St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano at 7 p.m.
There will be a lot more on the line for the Heralds (4-1) than the winner of a football game.
Whittier Christian is one of several football programs in Southern California who are taking part in the MaxPreps and PLEDGE IT “Touchdowns Against Cancer” fundraiser, which will provide needed money for cancer research to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those wishing to contribute can do so on the internet at https://pledgeit.org/tac16-whittier-christian-heralds-la-habra-ca.
It’s a campaign that hits close to home for the Heralds. Their classmate Abbey Schemmer succumbed to cancer this past summer, just a few months from beginning her senior year at Whittier Christian. Schemmer’s brothers, Ryan and Kenny, played for the Heralds in recent seasons.
“We’re playing for more than a football game and the score,” Whittier Christian coach Sergio Gradilla said. “We’re playing for something that’s much more important. We’re raising awareness for cancer, and really we’re playing for the Schemmer family, and what they’ve meant to the football program.”
The fundraiser campaign has been a big winner at Whittier Christian, which has by far raised the most funds among Southern California schools. The Heralds, who have scored 18 touchdowns during the past two games, have raised $9,843 at last count, which leads Southern California. Highland is second at $869. Other local schools in the program are Pioneer, Bonita and Azusa.
“It’s really personal for us,” Gradilla said. “With the two brothers and getting to know the family really well and getting to know Abbey and she how she fought the cancer and how tough she was, so when she passed, it was really personal for us.
“It’s a great cause, and we’re definitely proud to being do it.”
That pride is felt throughout the school and community.
“Abbey died last summer and her brothers were big parts of our football program,” Whittier Christian athletics director Rolland Esslinger said. “It kind of resonated very strong on our campus and our football community. It’s great to see how everybody has gotten behind it.
“And we’ve score so many touchdowns the last couple of games, it’s been crazy. It’s been exciting to see. When you want the kids to look outside and beyond football, it’s neat to see something like this that strengthens that.”

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Tuesday Recap: California girls volleyball not able to defeat Pioneer

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls volleyball
Pioneer 3, California 1 — Leanne Ruiz had 10 kills and eight digs and Allianna Loera had 24 assists and nine digs for the Condors (5-2, 0-2) in a 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-7 Del Rio League loss. Arianna Gomez had six kills and six blocks for California.

Girls tennis

Whittier 9, Santa Fe 9 (77-75) — The team of Murisa Brumfield and Raquel Castillo swept in doubles for the Cardinals (10-2, 2-0) in a Del Rio League match.

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