Soccer: La Mirada clinches Suburban League title with 3-0 win over Bellflower

La Mirada High's Maddie Bennett (#4) breaks away to score vs Bellflower High at the La Mirada, Calif. campus field Feb. 9, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada High’s Maddie Bennett (#4) breaks away to score vs Bellflower High at the La Mirada, Calif. campus field Feb. 9, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)


GIRLS SOCCER
SUBURBAN LEAGUE
LA MIRADA 3, BELLFLOWER 0


LA MIRADA — La Mirada High School’s slow start to the Suburban League girls soccer season, which included two draws in its first three games, is now a distant memory.
Nina Powers, Natalie Day and Maddie Bennett each scored a goal as the host Matadores clinched its fourth consecutive league title Tuesday with a 3-0 win over second-place Bellflower.
La Mirada, which hasn’t lost a league game since 2012, improved to 14-4-4 overall and 9-0-2 in league play. The Matadores are ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division 4. Maria Becerra had six saves for the Buccaneers, who slipped to 7-2-2.
La Mirada, which has won eight consecutive games since back-to-back draws to Mayfair and Bellflower in January, took control early. Powers gathered in a loose ball just inside the penalty area and put it to the right of Becerra for a 1-0 lead in the first minute.
The Matadores pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 38th minute. Day, following a checking foul, made a perfect free kick that eluded Becerra in the top left corner of the goal.
La Mirada’s Natalie Day: “It’s a really big deal. Coming back from last (season’s CIF-SS championship), we definitely had high expectations. I think we came back (from earlier in the season) and have done real well. We’ve been working real hard, so we deserve it.”
Bellflower coach Justin Schroeder: “We gave up a goal in the first five (of the game), the last five (of the first half) and the last five (of the second half). I think if we didn’t give up those early and late goals, it could have been a different game, I don’t know. But that (first goal) was huge. Playing behind against La Mirada is a tough task to come back.”
— Stephen Ramirez

BOYS SOCCER
BELLFLOWER 5, LA MIRADA 0

BELLFLOWER >> Bellflower might be the hottest boys soccer team in the CIF Southern Section right now after the Buccaneers won their eighth straight game on Tuesday in dominant fashion, 5-0, over visiting La Mirada.
The victory means Bellflower (16-4-1, 9-2-0), currently ranked No. 4 in Division 4, can clinch the Suburban League title with a win over Mayfair at home on Thursday. La Mirada (11-8-3, 7-4-0) fell behind second-place Artesia.
“I feel like this team really just started playing three or four games ago,” Bellflower head coach Brad Norman said. His team won the CIF-SS Division 4 championship last season after finishing third in the Suburban League.
— JJ Fiddler

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Boys Basketball: St. Genevieve shocks St. Paul, 59-57

Alan Santiago of St. Paul drives by St. Genevieve defender Marcel Burton during their Santa Fe League game.  PHOTO BY CHRIS BURT

Alan Santiago of St. Paul drives by St. Genevieve defender Marcel Burton during their Santa Fe League game.
PHOTO BY CHRIS BURT


BOYS BASKETBALL
SANTA FE LEAGUE
ST. GENEVIEVE 59, ST. PAUL 57


SANTA FE SPRINGS — St. Paul High School will likely win its first boys basketball league title since 2009. But not the way the Swordsmen were hoping.Brandon Bolosky scored 17 points and made three free throws with 1.6 seconds left to play as St. Genevieve put itself in a position to share the Santa Fe League crown with St. Paul after scoring a 59-57 victory over the host Swordsmen on Monday.
DJ Walker had 23 points for the Valiants, who improved to 15-12 overall and 8-1 in league play. Louis Bangai scored 22 points and Jaylen Ballou had 21 for St. Paul, which slipped to 18-5 and 8-1.
The Swordsmen missed two free throws in the 21 seconds that could have clinched the game. Christian DeSilva missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
St. Paul, after trailing 29-27 at halftime and most of the first two quarters, looked like it might secure the title after outscoring St. Genevieve 18-14 in the third quarter and 6-2 to begin the fourth for a 51-46 advantage.
But the Valiants wouldn’t go away.
Luis Escobar scored on a layup at 4:58 to cut it to 51-48 before Bolosky nailed a 3-pointer to tie it at 51 with 4:31 left. Bangai made one of two free throws for a 55-54 lead with 2:55 left, and after Walker gave St. Genevieve the lead back, he dropped in a layup for a 57-56 advantage with 1:32 left.
Both sides then missed layups with less than 40 seconds to play before Bangai and Ballou missed free throws with 21 and five seconds left.
Bolosky, after Ballou’s miss, got the ball running before half-court and threw up a desperation 3-pointer from about 40 feet that was long. But he was fouled, and made all three free throws for the 59-57 lead with 1.6 seconds left to win it.
St. Paul coach Damaine Powell: “They’re a good team, very well-coached. We missed two free throws that would have sealed the game; we missed a wide-open layup that would have sealed the game, and then we had a really dumb foul (at the end of the game). That’s four mistakes in 15 seconds. You’re not going to beat good team playing like that. It’s unfortunate. We just have to pick up the pieces and move on.”

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Girls Wrestling: West Covina, Northview dominate regionals; area sends 93 to CIF-SS championships

The CIF Southern Section Central Divison girls wrestling regional was a battle between West Covina and Northview, with the Bulldogs edging the Vikings.
West Covina scored four individual titles, with Northing getting three. The Valley scored 10 of the 14 titles, with Walnut, Gabrielino and Baldwin Park all getting one champion each.
The winners for West Covina were Grecia Monasterio (111), Jennifer Lopez (116), Yvette Garcia (160) and Janessa Munoz (235). Northview’s champs were Alyssa Martinez (101), Haven Driscoll (106) and Julia Padilla (131).
The area’s other winners were Walnut’s Mia Dow (121), Baldwin Park’s McKayla Loza (189) and Gabrielino’s Jasmine Monroe (143).
The top eight qualifiers advance to next week’s CIF-SS championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale.

CIF-SS REGIONALS
CENTRAL REGION
101

1. Alyssa Martinez (Northview); 2. Justine Barredo (Walnut); 3. Trina Nguyen (Diamond Ranch); 5. Grace Padilla (Rowland); 6. Alicia Barrera (Sierra Vista); 8. Amairani Villa (Nogales).
106
1. Haven Driscoll (Northview); 2. Victoria Orozco (Sierra Vista); 3. Brianne Penunuri (El Monte); 3. Cassidy Do (Gabrielino); 5. Claire Garcia (San Marino); 7. Samantha Ma (Baldwin Park).
111
1. Grecia Monasterio (West Covina); 2. Victoria Gutierrez (San Dimas); 3. Lauren Cuellar (Walnut), 5. Krystal Velazquez (Sierra Vista); 5. Cristal Reyes (El Monte), 7. Steph Mondragon (Rosemead), 7. Alejandra Maldonado (Schurr).
116
1. Jennifer Lopez (West Covina), 2. Tiffany Juarez (Diamond Ranch), 3. Jeselle Corpus (Walnut), 3. Hannah Macias (South El Monte), 5. Julia Hooper (Northview), 8. Bianca Arenas (San Dimas).
121
1. Mia Dow (Walnut), 2. Sarah Zaragoza (Schurr), 4. Ana Maria Hidalgo (Northview), 5. Yessenia Deangel (El Monte), 7. Mary Tuite (Monrovia), 8. Briana Santos (Nogales).
126
3. Clarissa Gaeta (West Covina), 4. Brianna Vilchis (Sierra Vista), 5. Casey Youn (Arroyo), 6. Jennifer Garcia (El Monte), 7. Melissa Sanchez (Walnut), 8. Alondra May (Rosemead).
131
1. Julia Padilla (Northview), 2. Kelly Jimenez (Rowland), 3. Sarah Arellano (Walnut), 5. Amanda Calvanico (San Dimas), 6. Marissa Arechiga (Santa Fe), 8. Bobbie Devery (Baldwin Park).
137
3. Alyssa Gomez (Walnut), 4. Nelly Mendoza (El Monte), 5. Denae Rojas (Whittier), 6. Rosie Bolanos (Bassett), 7. Jackie Alzate (West Covina), 8. Angelica Garcia (Northview).
143
1. Jasmine Monroe (Gabrielino), 2. Mia Leon (Northview), 3. Natalie Romero (Bonita), 4. Roxanna Barragon (California), 5. Valerie Alacron (Bassett), 6. Alex Garcia (El Monte), 7. Maricela Ramos (Walnut), 8. Mercedes Gamboa (Arroyo).
150
2. Mariah Ramirez (Walnut), 3. Deidra Valles (Northview), 5. Valerie Clark (Bassett), 6. Marleen Hernandez (Diamond Ranch), 7. Aylin Garcia (Arroyo), 8. Chasity Cortez (Rowland).
160
1. Yvette Garcia (West Covina), 2. Alyssa Palmer (Bonita), 3. Brianna Harrison (Walnut), 4. Jaylene Tiki Jaime (San Dimas), 5. Skye-Lynn Bojorquez (San Gabriel), 6. Carissa Clark (Bassett), 7. Anisa Garcia (Northview).
170
2. Serena Carillo (Northview), 3. Makayla Hernandez (Baldwin Park), 4. Sophie Garcia ( La Canada), 5. Breanna Estrada (El Monte), 6. Natalia Puig-Falcon (Walnut), 8. Andrea Montes (Azusa).
189
1. McKayla Loza (Baldwin Park), 2. Kayli Carruthers (San Dimas), 3. Talia Schroeder (Northview), 4. Angelica Avila (Azusa), 5. Jezabel Diaz (Gabrielino), 6. Adzareli Ramirez (El Monte), 7. Cheyenne Garcia (La Canada).
235
1. Janessa Munoz (West Covina), 2. Briena Lopez (El Monte), 4. Miranda Marquez (Northview), 5. Alyssa Sanchez (Baldwin Park), 6. Kayla Villaescusa (South Hills), 7. Allison Zamorano (California), 8. Veronica Hernandez (South El Monte).
NORTHERN REGIONAL
126

7. Savannah Meave (Bishop Amat)
170
4. Gillian Almanza (Bishop Amat)
189
4. Vivianna Garcia-Reveles (Bishop Amat)

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Basketball: El Rancho girls clinch share of Del Rio League title with 57-45 win over Whittier

Whittier's Amy Navarro (22) cheers after a basket as they play El Rancho in their Del Rio League girls basketball game at Whittier High School on Friday February 5, 2016. El Rancho defeated Whittier 57-45. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Whittier’s Amy Navarro (22) cheers after a basket as they play El Rancho in their Del Rio League girls basketball game at Whittier High School on Friday February 5, 2016. El Rancho defeated Whittier 57-45. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

GIRLS BASKETBALL
DEL RIO LEAGUE
EL RANCHO 57, WHITTIER 45


WHITTIER — The Del Rio League girls basketball crown will stay at El Rancho High School.Brittany Corona scored 17 points and Amy Navarro had 15 for the Dons, who clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive league title with a 57-45 victory over host Whittier in a league game on Friday.Susy Regalado had 13 for El Rancho, which improved to 20-6 overall and 8-0 in league play. Alyssa Lomeli had 19 points for the Cardinals, who slipped to 14-10 and 6-2.
Whittier, which lost to El Rancho, 52-34, on Jan. 20, looked like it might pull even in the standings with the Dons after rallying from a 10-point deficit in the first half to pull within one at 43-42 following a 14-foot jumper by Mariah Rivera with 4:52 left in the fourth quarter.
But El Rancho made enough good plays down the stretch to pull away.
Navarro scored on two inside shots for a 47-43 lead before the Dons pushed it to 51-44 with 2:08 left following a putback by Regalado and a fast-break layup by Corona.
The Dons then made four of five free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
El Rancho’s Brittany Corona: “It feels really good (to win league again). I’m really proud of my team. We worked really hard for this. I’m happy. I feel really good.”
— Stephen Ramirez
OTHER SCORES
BOYS BASKETBALL
DEL REY LEAGUE

St. Bernard 54, Cantwell 51
DEL RIO LEAGUE
Whittier 69, El Rancho 61
La Serna 64, Pioneer 46
Santa Fe 70, California 41
FREEWAY LEAGUE
Sonora 68, Troy 64
Fullerton 39, La Habra 36
SANTA FE LEAGUE
St. Paul 69, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 25
SUBURBAN LEAGUE
La Mirada 76, Glenn 35
GIRLS BASKETBALL
ALMONT LEAGUE

Schurr 56, San Gabriel 45
Montebello 48, Bell Gardens 33
DEL RIO LEAGUE
La Serna 60, Pioneer 32
Santa Fe 42, California 36
FREEWAY LEAGUE
Troy 49, Sonora 36
La Habra 50, Fullerton 14
SUBURBAN LEAGUE
La Mirada 46, Glenn 36

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Girls Basketball: St. Paul denied sweep of Bishop Montgomery, 64-62

St. Paul High girls basketball vs Bishop Montgomery at St. Paul's Santa Fe Springs, Calif. campus gym Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)..

St. Paul High girls basketball vs Bishop Montgomery at St. Paul’s Santa Fe Springs, Calif. campus gym Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)..

GIRLS BASKETBALL
DEL REY LEAGUE
BISHOP MONTGOMERY 64, ST. PAUL 62


SANTA FE SPRINGS — St. Paul High School has never swept the season series from Bishop Montgomery in girls basketball.The Swordsmen were oh so close Thursday night.Kayla Padilla scored on a layup with three seconds left and the Knights scored a 64-62 win over host St. Paul in a Del Rey League game.
Jessica Malazarte scored 14 points and Padilla had 13 for Bishop Montgomery, which improved to 11-12 overall and 2-4 in league play. Valerie Godinez had 20 points and Adriana Gonzalez 15 for the Swordsmen, who slipped to 15-11 and 3-4.
St. Paul, which beat Bishop Montgomery (58-54) on Jan. 19, had a chance to tie or win it at the end. But Padilla was able to intercept a pass near the top of the key as time expired.
St. Paul coach Robert Miller: “It would have been the first time we’ve ever (swept Bishop Montgomery). We certainly had an opportunity. I feel bad for these kids, because I screwed up (with the defensive alignment on the winning basket). It was a great run to get us in position. I just made a mistake putting us in that situation.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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