Soccer: El Rancho boys, La Mirada girls atop of area rankings

El Rancho High's Fernando Vargas (#7), left, vies for control vs. Santa Fe High's Kevin Jimenez (#21) during their game at Smith Park in Pico Rivera, Calif. Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

El Rancho High’s Fernando Vargas (#7), left, vies for control vs. Santa Fe High’s Kevin Jimenez (#21) during their game at Smith Park in Pico Rivera, Calif. Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

WHITTIER DAILY NEWS RANKINGS
BOYS SOCCER

1. El Rancho (9-1-2)
Del Rio League favorite
2. Santa Fe (7-2-1)
Opens league at El Rancho
3. Sonora (7-4-2)
Off to strong start
4. California (4-4-2)
Starting to develop old ways
5. La Mirada (5-6-1)
Has looked good at times
6. Montebello (4-8-2)
Can Oilers win Almont again?
7. La Serna (2-4-4)
Should be competitive in Del Rio
8. Schurr (2-6-3)
Should fair better during Almont schedule
9. Pioneer (4-5-1)
Don’t overlook the Titans
10. La Habra (3-5-1)
Will be competitive in Freeway

GIRLS SOCCER
1. La Mirada (4-4-2)

Youth is being served
2. California (4-5-4)
Can Condors unseat La Serna in Del Rio?
3. La Serna (5-7-1)
Still the one to beat in Del Rio
4. Schurr (7-2-1)
Continuing recent successes
5. Pioneer (7-3-2)
Can it challenge for top spot in league play?
6. El Rancho (7-5-1)
Another team to look out for
7. Sonora (6-6-1)
Finding some successes
8. La Habra (5-6-1)
Showing improvement
9. Whittier (5-4-2)
Showing promise
10. Montebello (4-5-4)
Might be second-best in Almont League

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Boys Soccer: El Rancho looks like No. 1 with 4-1 win over Santa Fe

El Rancho High soccer players congratulate Steve Acuna (#18), left, on the first goal of their matchup vs. Santa Fe High at Smith Park in Pico Rivera, Calif. Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

El Rancho High soccer players congratulate Steve Acuna (#18), left, on the first goal of their matchup vs. Santa Fe High at Smith Park in Pico Rivera, Calif. Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)


PICO RIVERA — It’s only fitting to start the Del Rio League schedule with the top two teams in the preseason facing each other in the first league game.
After a defensive battle early in Tuesday’s opener, El Rancho’s boys scored two quick goals and went on to win 4-1 over visiting Santa Fe at Smith Park.
The Dons (10-2-1, 1-0), who have won six out of the last seven DRL titles, received balanced scoring after four different players found the back of the goal.
Scoring for El Rancho were Steve Acuna, Adrian Lopez, Ishmael Guizar and Rodrigo Saldana.
After a back-and-forth first half with very few opportunities at either end, the Dons finally broke through with two goals just five minutes apart.
The first came after Acuna took a cross and scored in the lower right corner in the 20th minute. Five minutes later, Lopez scored his team-leading 11th goal after a long pass from senior Fernando Vargas.
However, Santa Fe junior midfielder Saul Garcia cut the Dons’ lead in half in the 67th minute when he took the ball all alone and beat El Rancho goalie Carlos Mendez in the right corner of the goal.
After the Chiefs (7-3-1, 0-1) missed an opportunity to tie the game, Saldana sprinted down the right side, beating his defender, and made a perfect cross to Guizar, who one-timed the shot to take a 3-1 lead in the 71st minute.
El Rancho coach Gerry Goyeaga: “For a while there the expectations actually were a little bit down and we had to work back up with the program. All of the games in this league will be good and there are very good teams which are very competitive.”
Santa Fe coach Erik Mallory said: “We felt that we were back in the game at that time and felt the vibe and energy.”
— John Sherrard

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Saturday Recap: Raylene Cosio had 18 points for Pioneer girls basketball win

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Girls basketball
Pioneer 60, Mountain View 23 — Sophomore Raylene Cosio had 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, Marissa Mora had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Angela Sabanero had 11 points and eight steals for the Titans in a nonleague victory.
Whittier Christian 58, La Serna 44 — Christa Evans had 15 points and nine rebounds and Joleen Corona had 11 points, six assists and four steals for the Heralds (12-5) in a nonleague victory. Also for Whittier Christian, Amaya Norris had 11 rebounds and four points.

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Friday Recap: St. Paul boys basketball defeat Montebello and improve to 11-4

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Boys basketball
St. Paul 53, Montebello 45 — Kylan Mann scored 14 points and Elie Ghomsi added 13 points for the Swordsmen (11-4) in a nonleague victory.

Boys soccer
La Habra 4, Canyon 0 — Cesar Ortega scored twice and Rene Martinez and Cesar Hurtado each scored a goal for the Highlanders in a nonleague game.
California 3, Montebello 1 — Dominik Gutierrez scored twice, Ulices Hernandez scored a goal and Alex Garcia had an assist for the Condors (4-4-2) in a nonleague win.

Girls soccer
La Habra 2, Valencia 1 — Trinity Reyes and Victoria Arrieta each scored a goal for the Highlanders in a nonleague match.

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Boys Basketball: La Habra gets the best of California

California's Joseph Gomez (23) battles La Habra's Nicholas Vega (15) and Charles Uribe (5) for the ball in their non-league game at California High School in Whittier on Friday January 6, 2017. La Habra defeated California 77-60. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)

California’s Joseph Gomez (23) battles La Habra’s Nicholas Vega (15) and Charles Uribe (5) for the ball in their non-league game at California High School in Whittier on Friday January 6, 2017. La Habra defeated California 77-60. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News/SCNG)


WHITTIER — Region rivals California and La Habra high schools were both hoping to gain some confidence on Friday going into next week’s boys basketball league openers.The visiting Highlanders gained that opportunity after using a dominant second quarter to score a 77-60 victory over the Condors at Cal High.
Devin Howlin scored 27 points and six rebounds and Ben Peppard had 10 points to lead La Habra, which improved to 6-10. Chris Breen also had eight points and nine rebounds for the Highlanders, who outscored Cal 24-8 in the second quarter to seize control.
Anthony Torres had 11 points and Mark Maldonado nine for the Condors, who slipped to 8-6.

Howlin scored 19 points in the first half and keyed a 32-12 blitz over the final 11 minutes of the half. Cal, which led 9-8 late in the first quarter, was never really able to cut into the deficit for the rest of the game.
Howlin had consecutive baskets for a 12-9 lead before Nicholas Vega converted a fastbreak with a layup for a 16-12 lead to end the first quarter.
Breen and Peppard then had consecutive layups during an 11-1 run to begin the second quarter for a 27-13 advantage.
The Highlanders pushed it to 31-16 on back-to-back layups by Howlin and Peppard.
Howlin made it 40-19 with a three-point play with a minute left in the half.
La Habra opened the third quarter with a 10-6 surge to all but seal it at 50-27.
La Habra’s Devin Howlin: “We went into the game figuring that if we could run on them and pressure them, it would give us a good chance to win the game. We did that and played defense. The outcome showed.”
Cal coach Romone Neal: “Defensively, I thought we did a good job of forcing them to take tough shots. We didn’t do a good job (in the second quarter) of boxing out and they got a lot of second-chance shots, which is how they got their lead. We didn’t shoot the ball very well. La Habra played a pretty good game, so hat’s off to them.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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