Baseball: La Mirada routs Cerritos in battle for Suburban supremacy

La Mirada's RJ Lan (8) is congratulated after hitting a grand slam and his second home run of the game as they play Cerritos in their league baseball game at La Mirada High School on Wednesday April 13, 2016. La Mirada defeated Cerritos 12-0. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada’s RJ Lan (8) is congratulated after hitting a grand slam and his second home run of the game as they play Cerritos in their league baseball game at La Mirada High School on Wednesday April 13, 2016. La Mirada defeated Cerritos 12-0. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
LA MIRADA >> That showdown for first place in the Suburban League baseball chase never materialized Wednesday.Host La Mirada dominated from the start.Junior RJ Lan hit two home runs and drove in seven runs and the Matadores rolled to a 12-0 victory over Cerritos.Shawn Dumser, who earlier in the day signed a scholarship letter to attend Hope International University, gave up just one hit in five innings to improve to 5-1 for La Mirada, which is now 13-6 overall and 5-0 in league play. Cerritos, which was held to three hits, slipped to 11-8 and 4-1.The win keeps La Mirada tied for first with Bellflower (12-4, 5-0), which beat Artesia.

“Anytime you can come out and hit the ball like we did and give your pitcher, who’s been really, really good, in a big game, you get a chance to relax and just play,” La Mirada coach Jim Zurn said. “We were able to breathe and just play. We’ve been playing good baseball, but obviously the hot start gets everybody a chance to breathe a bit, relax and play our game.”
The Matadores all but put it away with a six-run first inning.
Anthony Quezada led off with a walk and Chad Wilson was hit by a pitch. Lan followed with a three-run home run to center field.
La Mirada then loaded the bases on a walk, a hit-batter and a single by Jakob Gonzalez. Omar Myzel and Justin Scroggin followed with a fielder’s-choice ground balls to score two more runs before a RBI double by Tony Valentin made it 6-0.
The Matadores pushed it to 12-0 in the third. Lan hit a grand slam to center field for the 12-0 lead. Kevin Kendall also had a triple and Gonzalez a RBI single in the inning.
“It just kept rolling (in the first inning),” Lan said. “I knew I was going to get an off-speed pitch. I decided to sit back and drive them. I had to take the first opportunity I would get, because I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot. But again, it’s a great team win.”
Dumser was just as dominate as La Mirada’s lineup. He allowed just one hit while facing 15 batters in five innings, using just 36 pitches.
“I think I told you earlier that we’ve had a lot of success when our pitchers on signing day,” Zurn said. “He’s one of the heartbeats of this team. If I need him, he’ll be ready to go on Friday (in the rematch at Cerritos).”

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2016 WDN All-Area Girls Basketball: St. Paul’s Na’lon Smith is Player of the Year

Na'lon Smith from St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs was selected as the Whittier Daily News All Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Monday April 4, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Na’lon Smith from St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs was selected as the Whittier Daily News All Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Monday April 4, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


ALL-AREA PHOTO GALLERY
By Stephen Ramirez
It was getting to look like the St. Paul High School girls basketball would never win a CIF Southern Section girls basketball title.But junior Na’lon Smith made the Swordsmen’s sixth trip to the division finals the charm. She had her best games when it counted most to lead St. Paul to the Division 4AA title. For her efforts, Smith is the 2016 Whittier Daily News Girls Basketball Player of the Year.“It was a great feeling to know that after all our accomplishments to finally come and win (the championship),” Smith said. “We were able to go all through the playoffs with so much hard work. Our coaches were pushing us to go our hardest and it paid off.”

ALL-AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Na’lon Smith, St. Paul, Jr.
Coach of the Year: Robert Miller, St. Paul
FIRST TEAM
Valeria Lizarraga, Cantwell, Guard Jr.
Lilly Perkins, Cantwell, Forward, Jr.
Adriana Gonzalez, St. Paul, Guard, Sr.
Amy Navarro, El Rancho, Forward, Jr.
Emma Zener, La Habra,Guard, Jr.
Marissa Dunn, Sonora, Guard, Sr.
Lainie James, Sonora, Guard, So.
Meghann Henderson, Sonora, Guard, Jr.
Amanda Cuervo, La Habra, Forward, Sr.
Brittany Corona, El Rancho, Guard, Jr.
SECOND TEAM
Valerie Godinez, St. Paul, Forward, So.
Tia Banks, St. Paul, Guard, Jr.
Emily Guerena, Cantwell, Center, Jr.
Kathy Pinnock, Cantwell, Guard, Sr.
Ashleigh Bessler, La Habra, Center, Sr.
Elizabeth Yoshitake, Sonora, Guard, Fr.
Christa Evans, Whittier, Chr., Center, Jr.
Susana Regaldo, El Rancho, Forward, So.
Alyssa Lomeli, Whittier, Forward, Jr.
Alicia Aguirre, Schurr, Guard, Sr.
FINAL TOP TEN
1. St. Paul (22-14)
2. Sonora (28-5)
3. Cantwell (26-8)
4. El Rancho (24-6)
5. La Habra (18-10)
6, Whittier (17-11)
7. Whittier Christian (15-12)
8. Schurr (13-14)
9. La Serna (11-16)
10. Montebello (15-12)

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La Mirada players take advantage of signing day

Baseball players, Shawn Dumser, left, Hope International, and Omar Myzel, Cal State San Bernardino, sign their letters of intent to attend Universities during a ceremony at La Mirada High School on Wednesday April 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Baseball players, Shawn Dumser, left, Hope International, and Omar Myzel, Cal State San Bernardino, sign their letters of intent to attend Universities during a ceremony at La Mirada High School on Wednesday April 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
Wednesday marked the spring signing day for college eligible student athletes, but for five from La Mirada it felt like Christmas in April.The Matadores fabulous five made their college choices official in a signing ceremony at the school.The five are baseball players Shawn Dumser (Hope International) and Omar Myzel (Cal State San Bernardino); football player A.J. Rivas (University of La Verne); swimmer Sarah Albright (UC Santa Cruz) and softball player Nikki Barrow (Marymount California).Dumser is one of the top pitchers in the area and has helped the Matadores to 12-6 record and, going into Wednesday, in first place in the Suburban League. He is 4-1 with a 0.56 ERA. He threw a no-hitter vs. Lakewood on March 16.

“Hope was the first school that offered me,” said Dumser, of the Fullerton school that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference. “I checked out their baseball program and I want to take them whereever they need to do go and do whatever they need me to do. I feel truly honored to be able to play baseball for the next four years.”
Myzel, and outfielder/catcher/pitcher, has been solid this season. He’s hitting .260 with seven RBIs and three doubles.
“I think it’s a great fit,” Myzel said of CS San Bernardino, a NCAA Division II school that competes in the CCAA. “I can really see me playing there and I think I’m going to have a bright future.”
Rivas helped the Matadores to CIF Southern Section and CIF State titles. He had 23 tackles, including 5 1/2 sacks for La Mirada, which was 13-3 and also won the Suburban League.
“I talked to the coaches there and I feel this is a good way to progress my future in sports,” said Rivas of La Verne, which won the SCIAC title this past season. “Also, the academics, so I decided to go to La Verne.”
Barrow, and outfielder, has helped La Mirada to a 9-6 record and first place in the Suburban League.
“I’m just so excited to be part of a legacy,” said Barrow of Marymount, which is a new NAIA program. “We’ll be starting a new program. I’m second-year (recruiting class). We’ll be building the foundation for a good, great program.”
Albright was first team all-area last season. Her top even is the 50-yard freestyle.
“I’m so stoked to go to UC Santa Cruz,” Albright said. “It’s my dream school. The academics, the environment and getting to swim. I’ve been wanting to go there forever. It’s an incredible opportunity.”

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2016 Whittier Daily News All-Area Boys Basketball: Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary’s Jacob Davison is Player of the Year

Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High basketball player Jacob Davison has been selected as the Whittier Daily News' Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He is pictured at the CSHMHS campus gym in Montebello, Calif. March 28, 2016. (Photo by Leo  Jarzomb)

Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High basketball player Jacob Davison has been selected as the Whittier Daily News’ Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He is pictured at the CSHMHS campus gym in Montebello, Calif. March 28, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb)

ALL-AREA PHOTO GALLERY
By Stephen Ramirez
Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School has had a solid recent tradition in boys basketball, producing three of the previous four area players of the year.Davison makes it four out of five for the Cardinals.“We’re so proud of him,” CSHM coach George Zedan said, “He was a four-year player for us. It’s very rare to have a two-year JV player earn a Division I scholarship (Eastern Washington). That’s just a testament to his work ethic and his willingness to sacrifice to work hard and grow and really develop as a person and a player.“Obviously, he’s very talented, but he’s an even better kid than he is talented.”Davison joins alums Jose Estrada, who was area player of the year in the 2012 and ‘13 seasons, and Joey Covarrubias, who earned the honor in 2014.“It’s a great honor,” Davison said. “That was my goal going into my senior year to be player of the year. I’m just super excited that I accomplished that goal.”

ALL-AREA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM
Player of the Year: Jacob Davison, Cantwell, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Chris Dalley, Whittier
FIRST TEAM
Luka Radovic, Cantwell, Center Sr.
Forward: Cedric Sobers, La Serna, Forward, So.
Anthony Newman, La Mirada, Guard, Sr.
Ian Carter, La Mirada, Forward, Sr.
Dylan Banks, La Mirada, Guard, Sr
Jaylen Ballou, St. Paul, Guard, Sr.
Louis Bangai, St. Paul, Center, Jr.
Miguel Salazar, Whittier, Guard, Sr.
Anthony Rios, Whittier, Guard, Sr.
Kevin Marlow, Sonora, Guard, Jr.
SECOND TEAM
Eli Zedan, Cantwell, Guard, Sr.
Jaedyn Bonilla, Cantwell, Forward, Jr.
Omar Velez, St. Paul, Guard, Sr.
Vittorio Reynoso-Avila, La Mirada, Guard, Sr.
Rendwick Helaire, La Mirada, Forward, So.
Austin Carter, Sonora, Center, Jr.
Christian Alvis-Labadie, Whittier Christian, Guard, Sr.
Aaron Mejia, Montebello, Guard, Sr.
Malik Pittman, Whittier, Guard, Sr.
Jessie Garcia, La Serna, Guard, Sr.
FINAL TOP 10
1. Cantwell (16-13)
2. La Mirada (24-8)
3. St. Paul (20-6)
4. Whittier (22-8)
5. Sonora (20-10)
6. La Serna (18-10)
7. Whittier Christian (14-14)
8. Santa Fe (13-12)
9. Pioneer (12-15)
10. El Rancho (13-13)

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Wednesday Recap: La Mirada softball shuts out Glenn

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Softball
La Mirada 1, Glenn 0 — Alexis Bonilla was the winning pitcher and Nicole Barrow went 2 for 3 for the Matadores (8-6, 3-0) in a Suburban league win.
Paramount 4, Santa Fe 3 — Stephanie Jimenez went 2 for 3 and Jeanelle Medina went 2 for 4 for the Chiefs (6-7) in a nonleague loss.

Baseball
Santa Fe 5, La Serna 0 — Robert Lucia pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine to lead the Chiefs (9-7, 4-0) to the Del Rio League win. Zach Penticoff had a home run and Erik Epsinoza went 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
California 7, Pioneer 0 — Jakob Farmer pitched a one-hitter, striking out 14 to lead the Condors (10-6, 3-1) to the Del Rio League victory.
La Mirada 11, Glenn 0 — Shawn Dumser was the winning pitcher and Kevin Kendall had three hits for the Matadores (11-6, 3-0) in a Suburban League game.

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