Girls Basketball: St. Paul gets first sweep of Bishop Amat in 24 seasons.

 St. Paul players celebrate their win over Bishop Amat after their Del Rey girls basketball game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday January 29, 2015. St. Paul defeated Bishop Amat 53-38. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul players celebrate their win over Bishop Amat after their Del Rey girls basketball game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday January 29, 2015. St. Paul defeated Bishop Amat 53-38. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
SANTA FE SPRINGS – There was no league title at stake when the St. Paul High School girls basketball team hosted Bishop Amat on Thursday. It just seemed that way.
That’s what sweeping your rival for the first time in nearly three decades will do for you, especially one that has had the upper hand in the series.
Clarissa Perez scored 19 points and Adrianna Gonzalez had 14 as the Swordsmen beat the Lancers for the second time, scoring a 53-38 victory in a Del Rey League game at St. Paul.
St. Paul, which won at Amat (69-45) on Jan. 13, improved to 14-10 overall and 2-3 in league play. Bishop Amat, getting 14 points from Jurhandi Molina, slipped to 7-15 and 0-5.


St. Paul, after falling behind, 16-7, after the first quarter, put together a 14-minute stretch in the second, third and four quarters where it outscored the Lancers, 27-4, for a 45-28 advantage late in the fourth. The stretch included keeping Bishop Amat scoreless for more than eight minutes over the final seven of the third and the first of the fourth.

St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez: “It’s a great feeling to sweep Amat. Coach (Robert Miller) said its the first time in 24 years we’ve swept Amat. It’s a great win for us, and I’m very proud of all my teammates.”

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Schurr atop Almont League girls soccer standings; La Serna settles in

A look at the first round of Almont League play would lead to the conclusion that the Schurr High School girls soccer team is having a cakewalk. The Spartans (12-2-3) are off to a 4-0-1 start and lead the league by three points.

Far from it, coach Elizabeth Oyarzabal said.

“It has been really really tough,” she said. “Every game we left the field you think, ‘Whew, we just got by.’ Every team in league is good.”

The La Serna girls began the season 5-4-5 but the Lancers have won all five Del Rio League games by shutout and overall have shut out the opposition in seven of their past eight games.

“We played several different systems of play in the preseason,” coach Amanda Broussard said. “We had a lot of holes where the girls were not healthy or the girls were injured. We tried everything until it figured out for the personnel we have. We literally tried to have players in different spots that they don’t usually play to figure out what works best for the team.”

See story: www. whittierdailynews.com/highschool-sports

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Thursday Recap: Rubie Macias scored twice to lead La Serna to 4-0 girls soccer win

Girls soccer
La Serna 4, El Rancho 0 — Rubie Macias scored twice and Ashlyn Aranda and Elizabeth Hernandez each scored a goal for the visiting Lancers (11-4-5, 6-0) in a Del Rio League win.
Bishop Amat 10, St. Pias X-St. Matthias 0 — Hanna Armendariz scored four goals and Jamie Peters scored twice to lead the Lancers (15-6, 4-0) to the Del Rey League victory and to their eighth straight shutout. Danielle Herrera, Karissa Serna, Caitlyn Gladysz, and Sarah George each scored a goal for Bishop Amat.
Montebello 2, Bell Gardens 2 — Sabrina Padilla and Aylin Garcia each scored a goal for the Oilers (9-4-5, 3-2-1) to tie up the Almont League match.

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Pioneer’s Teran Massengill scores 33 points, grabs 22 rebounds in win over El Rancho

Pioneer, which entered the week a game behind Del Rio League frontrunners California and Whittier, got a monster game from senior Teran Massengill, who had 33 points and 22 rebounds in a 76-61 win over El Rancho.
The Titans, who are 13-7 overall and 3-2 in league play, hosts Santa Fe on Friday. They are at Whittier next Friday before hosting Cal on Feb. 11.
Cal and Whittier meet at Whittier on Friday with first place on the line.

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Sonora basketball teams sweep La Habra

 Sonora's Meghann Henderson (12) drives past La Habra's Lani Maehara (13) in their Freeway League girls basketball game at La Habra High School in La Habra on Wednesday January 28, 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Sonora’s Meghann Henderson (12) drives past La Habra’s Lani Maehara (13) in their Freeway League girls basketball game at La Habra High School in La Habra on Wednesday January 28, 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
LA HABRA – There’s nothing better than beating your rival, and when you throw in league implications, it can be even sweeter.
The Sonora High School boys and girls basketball teams know the feeling after sweeping rival La Habra on Wednesday.
The boys, getting 18 points from Ben Rico and 15 from Josh Rodriguez, stayed in first in the Freeway League with a 72-37 victory over the Highlanders. The girls, getting 15 points from Meghann Henderson and 12 from Marissa Dunn, took over second place in the league with a 47-40 victory over La Habra.

The key moment in the girls game came in the second quarter when the Raiders (16-5, 4-1) outscored La Habra, 19-10, for a 29-19 lead at halftime. Sonora opened the quarter with a 9-3 run to go up 19-13 following a putback by Lainie James and a fast-break layup by Rodriguez.
Andrea Agramon pushed it to 22-15 with a 3-pointer at 3:55 before Sonora closed the quarter with a 7-4 surge for the 10-point lead at half.
La Habra cut it two four twice in the fourth quarter before losing, 47-40
The boys game was over much quicker.
Sonora (18-3, 5-0) led 22-13 after the first quarter and outscored La Habra, 27-3, in the second to lead 49-18 at halfitme. The Highlanders (5-13, 0-5) were held to six field goals in the half.
A running clock was used in the fourth quarter.

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Girls Soccer: La Serna gets the best of rival Cal, 2-0

 California High girls' soccer vs. La Serna High at Cal's Whittier campus field Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

California High girls’ soccer vs. La Serna High at Cal’s Whittier campus field Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER – California and La Serna high schools had been throwing style points at each other most of the girls soccer season in hopes of impressing one another.
The visiting Lancers did more of the same on Tuesday.
Seniors Elizabeth Hernandez and Miranda Yzabal scored goals and La Serna took control of the Del Rio League race with a 2-0 victory over the host Condors.
The Lancers, ranked No. 7 in CIF-Southern Section Division 5, outshot the Condors, 15-8 and improved to 10-4-5 overall and 5-0 in the Del Rio League. California, getting nine saves from Brianna Banda, slipped to 10-6-3 and 4-1.


Hernandez had the key goal, scoring on a cornerkick in the seventh minute. She took a cross pass from senior Natasha Ortiz and headed it past Banda for a 1-0 lead.
Yzabal, after La Serna missed two inside shots in the 27th and 28th minutes, made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute following a turnover. She gathered in a loose ball near the top of the penalty area and drilled a shot past Banda for the two-goal lead.

La Serna’s Elizabeth Hernandez: “It’s always 50-50 when we play. They always give us a really good game. We just, I think, wanted it a little bit more, a little more heart. They are a very good team, you have to give that to them. It always comes down to who wants it more, who has a little bit more heart. I think we just wanted it more.”

California’s Mayra Herrera: “We woke up in the second half. Our coach told us this is what we want, we had to go get it. But sadly, we didn’t get what we wanted, but there’s always next time.”

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Basketball Rankings: It’s all about Cantwell

Cantwell, with Luka Radovic (44), continues to grab the top spot in the Daily News boys basketball rankings. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Cantwell, with Luka Radovic (44), continues to grab the top spot in the Daily News boys basketball rankings. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

DAILY NEWS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
BOYS
1. Cantwell (12-8)

Spotty record, but has wins over Price, Maranatha
2. Sonora (17-3)
In first in Freeway and pulling away
3. La Mirada (16-4)
Its a new ball game in Suburban after beating Mayfair
4. Whittier (17-3)
Still team to beat in Del Rio
5. California (12-7)
Travels to Whittier on Friday
6. Pioneer (11-6)
Pounded Whittier, but lost to Cal last week
7. Santa Fe (8-8)
Still afloat in Del Rio race
8. Whittier Chr. (14-6)
Falling out of contention in Olympic
9. Schurr (10-11)
Didn’t have enough vs. Keppel
10. La Serna (9-11)
Swept in two games last week
SCORING LEADERS
Jonathan Mayorga, Pioneer, 25.0
Kendall Lauderdale, La Mirada, 16.6
Aaron Mejia, Montebello, 14.6
Miguel Salazar, Whittier, 13.8
Nathan Reynaga, Montebello, 13.2
Christian Alvis-Labadie, Whit Chr. 13.2
Justin Osborn, Whit Chr., 13.1
Anthony Rios, Whittier, 12.9
Vittorio Reynoso-Avila, La Mirada, 12.6
Alan Elguea, Pioneer, 11.9
Pablo Lopez, Schurr, 11.0
Dominic Saldana, Whittier, 10.9
Anthony Olivarez, Whittier, 10.7
Kyle Mangubat, Schurr., 10.8
Anthony Newman, La Mirada, 10.4
Noah Evans, Whit Chr., 9.7
GIRLS
1. Cantwell (16-3)

Plays St. Monica for first on Tuesday
2. St. Paul (11-6)
Tough league taking its toll
3. La Habra (11-7)
Lost first-place battle to Troy
4. Sonora (13-5)
Faces La Habra for second on Wednesday
5. Whittier (13-8)
Coasted to easy wins last week
6. El Rancho (12-9)
Whittier’s top challenger in Del Rio
7. Santa Fe (11-6)
Playing for third?
8. Montebello (13-6)
Gets its crack at Keppel this week
9. Schurr (10-9)
Had its moments vs. Keppel
10. La Serna (8-10)
Needs a big week
SCORING LEADERS
Lily Perkins, Cantwell., 16.1 ppg
Crystal Rodriguez, El Rancho, 13.5
Dennisa Gallegos, Santa Fe, 13.3
Lainie James, Sonora, 12.5
Sarah Gurrola, El Rancho, 11.8
Emma Zener, La Habra, 11.7
Meghann Henderson, Sonora, 11.0
Amanda Cuervo, La Habra, 10.7
Vanessa Espinosa, Cantwell, 10.1
Christa Evans, Whittier Chr., 9.9
Cassandra Hair, Whittier, 9.8
Monique Mesa, Cantwell, 9.5
Stephanie Guerra, Cantwell, 9.2
Janelle Rocha, Pioneer, 9.0

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Signing Day 2015: Gathering this year’s list, let us know of any that are missing

It’s that time of year again — National Signing Day is fast approaching. Here’s who we have who will sign that day. Please e-mail me at steve.ramirez@langnews.com for any who you know who might be signing that day so we can add them:

FOOTBALL
Tony Brown (La Mirada), WR — Texas Tech
Carlos Martin (La Habra), RB — Portland State
Noah Evans (Whittier Chr.), WR — Undecided
Landon Jones (La Mirada), WR — Undecided
Robert Caggiano (La Mirada), DB – Undecided
Anthony Cerillo (La Mirada), OL — Undecided
Vic Penales (La Mirada, OL — Undecided
J.T. Bale (La Mirada), LS — Undecided
Mike Wheeler (La Habra), LB – Valparaiso
GIRLS WATER POLO
Madison Flareau (La Serna) — Notre Dame

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Friday Recap: Freshmen guide Flintridge Prep to 5-1 win over Westridge in girls soccer

Girls soccer
Flintridge Prep 5, Westridge 1
— The Rebels earned their first Prep League victory defeating Westridge (4-6, 1-6) with five goals all scored by freshmen. Julia Gonzalez-Quijano had three goals, while Mona Cesario and Katrina Torrealba each had one for Flintridge Prep (8-8-1, 1-2).
La Mirada 2, Mayfair 1 — Tia Sanford hit a game-winning goal for La Mirada (15-2, 6-0) to give the Matadores the best record in the Suburban League, breaking a tie with Mayfair (14-5, 5-1). Maddie Bennett also scored for the Matadores, and Cindy Ramirez scored for Mayfair.

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