La Serna High girls volleyball vs. Whittier Christian High at Frontier HS gym in Whittier, Calif. September 23, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Whittier Christian defeats La Serna, 25-20, 25-21, 25-12 WHITTIER — The lights to the Sierra Education Center gymnasium shut off just a few minutes before Whittier Christian High School was about to make it a sweep of host La Serna.
Even though the gym lights came right back on, the Lancers’ lights went out much earlier in the match on Wednesday evening. After the Lancers played the Heralds to the brink in the first two games, Whittier Christian jumped on La Serna in the third game en route to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-12 victory.
The Heralds (15-2) jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the final game behind four Amanda Ashworth kills and two Molly Patapoff aces in a 10-2 run.
The Heralds were coming off a third-place finish in a north San Diego tournament. Whittier Chrisitan coach Todd Morrison: “La Serna battled hard those first two sets and I thought we were able to fight and play defense. Eventually we found holes. They had it in the first set and we had to just stay with them to bring it back under control.” La Serna coach Monique Gayton: “I thought the first two games were great. That third game showed our inconsistencies and our lack of confidence. We played really well in the first two games. I wish we had kept it up.”
La Serna’s Isabelle Von Lockner: “They had two big games and it got us stuck in our head and then it went away.” — Keith Lair
BOYS WATER POLO MONTEBELLO 18, LA CANADA 9 LA CANADA — Montebello High School put on its version of the water polo blitz on Tuesday afternoon.
The Oilers capitalized on every slight La Canada offensive miscue and built a huge nine-goal margin en route to an 18-9 nonleague victory. The game was a matchup of two highly ranked CIF Southern Section’s Division 3 teams and two brothers; Montebello is coached by Luis Flores and La Canada by his brother, Christian.
La Habra High School, led by quarterback Eric Barriere, is ranked No. 1 in the area this week. (Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)
AREA FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Habra (3-1)
Took down OC power Los Al 2. La Serna (3-1)
Defense was stout vs. South Hills 3. La Mirada (1-3)
Favorite in Suburban, which begins Friday 4. Sonora (4-0)
Another 4-0 start 5. Montebello (4-0)
Big test comes Friday 6. St. Paul (3-1)
Good win vs. previous unbeaten Fullerton 7. Pioneer (4-0)
Taking care of business 8. El Rancho (0-3)
Still might be second-best in Del Rio 9. California (1-3)
Been a hit and miss so far in ‘15 10. Whittier (2-2)
Kept it close vs. LB Wilson OTHERS: 11. whittier Christian (2-2), 12. Schurr (1-3), 13. Santa Fe (1-3), 14. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (0-3).
There is a big switch up in this week’s all-encompassing San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s Top 25 volleyball poll. Three teams made big leaps:
1. Mayfield (6-0) Will play St. Lucy’s on Thursday (3) 2. La Serna (5-0) Faces Whittier Christian on Wednesday (4) 3. Whittier Christian (14-2) Third-place finish in north San Diego County tournament (5) 4. San Gabriel (7-0) Swept Arcadia; two road games this week (6) 5. Flintridge Sacred Heat (5-3) Big nonleague match vs. Mira Costa Thursday (1) 6. Bonita (11-4) At Los Altos on Tuesday (9) 7. St. Lucy’s (5-5) Went 2-5 in Durango tournament (2) 8. St. Paul (7-2) Lost to Whittier Christian; swept Santa Fe (8) 9. La Salle (7-8) Finished second in Durango’s bracket No. 5 (10) 10. Glendora (4-2) Should roll through San Dimas Thursday (unranked) Others: Duarte (10-3)(7), South Pasadena (5-1), Monrovia (6-4), Gabrielino (9-4), Gladstone (8-2), Arcadia (1-2), Diamond Ranch (8-3), Westridge (4-2), California (4-2), Maranatha (10-4), San Marino (7-1-2,), La Mirada (4-3), Diamond Bar (6-8), West Covina (7-6), Charter Oak (7-5).
LA SERNA 31, SOUTH HILLS 8
COVINA >>Any thought of the La Serna High School football team starting a downward spiral after last week’s loss to Mira Costa was put to rest Friday.
Joe Leal rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns and the Lancers’ defense was stout again for the fourth consecutive game in a 31-8 victory over South Hills in a nonleague game at Covina District Field.
Jon Ceballos accounted for 150 yards and Anthony Garcia rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown for the Lancers, who improved to 3-1. La Serna also held the host Huskies to 57 yards rushing and had five sacks.
Dylan O’Leary threw for 238 yards and a touchdown for South Hills, which slipped to 1-3.
Leal all but wrapped it up with his 45-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 advantage with 4:29 left in the third quarter.
The Lancers then got a 35-yard field goal from Alex Vazquez with 10 minutes left in the game for a 24-0 edge before South Hills broke the shutout with a 5-yard pass from O’Leary to Quinn Cotter with 2:26 left. Cotter ran in the conversion to make it 24-8.
The onside kick was short and La Serna took over at the South Hills’ 40. La Serna’s Joe Leal: “We just practiced hard all week and played like a team. It’s like coach (Andy George) said. As we practice hard, we’ll play as a team and win games.” — Stephen Ramirez ST. PAUL 26, FULLERTON 21 SANTA FE SPRINGS >> St. Paul held off a fourth quarter surge from Fullerton, handing the Indians their first loss of the season with a 26-21 victory on Friday.
After both teams opened the second half by forcing punts, St. Paul (3-1) broke through on a 1-yard touchdown run by Amando Velasco, making it 20-14 following a missed PAT.
The Swordsmen got great field possession on the ensuing kickoff when Ean East stripped Fullerton’s Jonaven Smith and then recovered the fumble at the Indians’ 35-yard line.
Greg Nevarez would capitalize, scoring on a 6-yard run to extend the Swordsmen’s lead to 26-14. But Nevarez was stopped short of the goal line on the two-point conversion attempt.
Nevarez finished the game with 72 total yards and a touchdown. — Richard Hernandez ROUNDUP: Pioneer improves to 4-0; routs Cerritos
Pioneer High School has had a rough road in recent years.
But that is all in the past now. The Titans scored a 49-6 nonleague victory over visiting Cerritos on Friday night to start the season 4-0.
Pioneer was last 4-0 in 2007, and the last time the Titans won at least four games in a season was in 2010 when they went 5-5. Pioneer won four games in the last two seasons combined.
Phillip Hernandez passed for four touchdowns, three in the first half, and the Titans built a 28-0 lead over the Dons (0-3). Hernandez completed 11 of 15 passes for 216 yards. He threw a pair of touchdown passes to Angel Bodnar, who had four catches for 121 yards.
Mike Chavez had a 67-yard TD run and rushed for 124 yards on eight carries for Pioneer.
TOP TEN HOW THEY FARED
1. La Habra (3-1) def. Los Alamitos, 37-32
2. La Mirada (1-3) lost to San Clemente, 42-26
3. La Serna (3-1) def. South Hills, 31-8
4. Sonora (4-0) def. Yorba Linda, 25-22
5. Montebello (4-0) def. Azusa, 41-7
6. St. Paul (3-1) der. Fullerton, 26-21
7. California (1-3) lost to San Marino, 63-19 (Thursday)
8. El Rancho (0-3), idle
9. Pioneer (4-0) def. Cerritos, 49-6
10. Whittier (2-1) vs. LB Wilson at Pioneer (Saturday) OTHER SCORES
Burroughs/Burbank 42, Santa Fe 3
Diamond Ranch 35, Schurr 3
Whittier Chr. 76, Western Chr. 28
Mary Star 43, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 6