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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Keppel basketball teams sweep Schurr to take over first in Almont League


By Stephen Ramirez
MONTEBELLO — The road to the Almont League boys and girls basketball titles will go through Mark Keppel High School.
The Aztecs showed their supremacy in the league races with a doubleheader sweep at Schurr on Friday.
Bertram Mak scored 22 points and had eight rebounds to give the boys a 59-47 victory over the Spartans in a battle of the league’s top teams. Keppel improved to 17-4 and 4-0. Schurr, getting 21 points from Cesar Trujillo, slipped to 10-10 and 3-1.
In the girls game, Sophia Song had 25 points and Kylie Fujioka 23 to lead Keppel to a 86-68 victory over the Spartans. The Aztecs improved to 14-5 and 4-0. Schurr, getting 13 points from Marisa Orozco, slipped to 10-11 and 3-1.

Keppel coach Hung Duong: “This was a big game. Who ever won this game became the team to beat. Schurr’s a solid team. It was hard-earned win, and a big win for us.”

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Girls Soccer: La Serna too much for Whittier, 3-0

 La Serna High's Michelle Reed (#8), right, dribble upfield with Whittier High's Samantha Quezada (#27) defending Jan. 22, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

La Serna High’s Michelle Reed (#8), right, dribble upfield with Whittier High’s Samantha Quezada (#27) defending Jan. 22, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER –
It takes a lot to defeat the La Serna High School girls soccer team, and not even a defensive scheme by Whittier could pull it off on Thursday.
Senior Michelle Reed scored two goals and Hailee Morales had one as the visiting Lancers dominated the Cardinals en route to a 3-0 victory in a Del Rio League game.
La Serna outshot the Whittier, 35-1, including 22-1 in the first half, to improve to 8-4-5 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Lancers are ranked No. 10 in CIF-Southern Section Division 5 this week. They face rival California for first place in league next Tuesday.
Amanda Gonzalez had 11 saves for Whittier, which slipped to 3-12 and 0-4.


La Serna’s Michelle Reed: “We got very unlucky in the first half, and early in the second. We had plenty of shots on goal that should have gone in. But if they are playing eight in the back, we just need to be smarter and find our space, and be more patient in front of the goal, if we want to score.”

Whittier’s Amanda Gonzalez: “It’s really nerve-wracking. All the pressure is on the goalie. You don’t want to get scored on too many times. It was really hard, but I wanted to come through for the team. I tried my best. I got scored on three times, but I stopped a few.”

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Sophomore Lily Perkins leads Cantwell Sacred Heart girls basketball

Cantwell girls basketball player Lily Perkins at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, Calif., on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Cantwell girls basketball player Lily Perkins at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, Calif., on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
MONTEBELLO — The Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School girls basketball features a roster with four seniors, but the key to the Cardinals’ success this season lies with one of its younger players — sophomore Lily Perkins.
Perkins, despite her youth, is one of the top players in the area.
“She’s quite an asset to our team,” said Cantwell coach Matt Zamora, who is in his first season at the Montebello school after spending the past few years at nearby Santa Fe. “I got lucky having her here, in the first place. She does a lot of things necessary for us to win.
“She can score, she can rebound. She plays good defense, blocks shots. But beside from that, there are little subtle things she does well. But because of her size and athleticism, she’s just a tough matchup for a lot of teams.”

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Wednesday Recap: Maddie Bennett scores three goals to lead La Mirada to 5-0 girls soccer win

Girls soccer
La Mirada 5, Bellflower 0 — Maddie Bennett scored twice and Sara Barajas, Bella Gomez and Simone Handy each added a goal for the Matadores (14-2, 5-0) in a Suburban League win.
Girls basketball
Whittier 65, Pioneer 22 — Amber Valdez had 13 points and six steals and Destiny Morales added 10 points to lead the visiting Cardinals (12-8, 3-0) to the Del Rio League victory. Alyssa Lomeli had nine points and Cassandra Hair had six points and seven rebounds for Whittier.
Girls water polo
Schurr 12, Bell gardens 2 – Jolene Viramontes scored three goals and Kate De LaMora and April Alvarez each scored twice to lead the visiting Spartans (11-1, 2-0) to the Almont League victory. Goalie Lauren Leong had six saves for Schurr.

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Boys basketball: Cantwell no match for Cathedral in 57-50 loss

 Cathedral's Leo Barberena (30) blocks the shot by Cantwell's Jacob Davidson (10) in the first half of a prep basketball game at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, Calif., on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Cathedral’s Leo Barberena (30) blocks the shot by Cantwell’s Jacob Davidson (10) in the first half of a prep basketball game at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, Calif., on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER –
Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School might be the best boys basketball team in the area, but the Cardinals showed Wednesday they still have a few ways to go to catch the top teams in the Del Rey League.
Milan Acquaah scored 20 points and Leandro Amador and Lucas Siewert had 11 each to lead the Cathedral to a 57-50 victory over Cantwell in a league game at Rio Hondo College.

Jameel McGill also had eight points for Cathedral, which improved to 15-3 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Phantoms are ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division 3A and in the state top 10. Jacob Davison had 20 points for the Cardinals, who slipped to 11-8 and 1-1. Cantwell is No. 2 in 3A.
Cantwell coach George Zedan: “They’re a very good team. I thought we had a really good game plan. We made a couple of mistakes on defense, and when ever you have a team like that, they made us pay. I thought some of our guys, with it being a tough game, a rivalry game, they let the moment get the best of them. We settled in the last two minutes of the third quarter, but then it’s too little, too late.”

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