Boys Water Polo: La Serna knocks off No. 2 Los Altos, 17-13

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It may only be an early-season game, but the Los Altos and La Serna high school boys’ water polo teams, both of which are ranked in the Top 10 of CIF-SS Division 5, put on quite a show on Tuesday afternoon at La Serna.
The game included four All-CIF players from last season, with Los Altos (4-2) and La Serna averaging 15 and 13 goals per game, respectively.
La Serna, ranked No. 4, came from behind for the second year in a row in the annual nonleague game and defeated second-ranked Los Altos, 17-13.
Despite a high-scoring game, La Serna third-year coach Jim Armstrong was quick to praise his freshman goalie Zack Jenkins on his strong play late in the game, holding Los Altos to only one goal in the final period.
“They (Los Altos) can really make a goalie look silly,” Armstrong said. “They shoot from such angles and with authority, but he stepped up big and stopped them in the end.

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Daily News Football Rankings: La Mirada stays on top

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

DAILY NEWS FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (2-1) –
The Matadores were given a dose of reality after being blown out by a Servite team that is considered one of the best in the state. But they stay at No. 1, because their 2014 resume is just better than anyone else. This week, La Mirada gets La Habra, which also gives us a better look of good they really are.
2. La Serna (2-1) – The Lancers, after an opening week setback, are rolling. They beat a good Los Osos team, then overwhelmed Schurr last week. They again look like the Del Rio League favorites, and still might be the best in the area.
3. La Habra (1-2) – The Highlanders are in the same boat as La Mirada, who they host on Friday. But the Mats have better wins, although La Habra’s white-washing of South Hills was impressive.
4. St. Paul (3-0) – Look who is the area’s only undefeated team. But as horse trainer Tom Smith told owner Charles Howard in Seabiscuit, ‘Against who?’ The Swordsman get a good measuring stick at Damien this week. Win that, and you have to believe they can do some damage in the Angelus League.
5. El Rancho (1-1) – The Dons appear to be La Serna’s chief challenger in the Del Rio League. Right now, they appear to be a step behind, but I like the look of this club.
6. Whittier (2-1) – The Cardinals make the biggest leap in the area, moving here form outside last week’s top 10. But its earned after they whacked last week’s No. 6 — Whittier Christian — and every else in the bottom of the top 10 lost, and in some cases, big.
7. Whittier Christian (2-1) – With the 6-10 ranked teams all losing, the Heralds just drop one spot. Other than last week’s loss to Whittier, the Heralds have looked solid.
8. Santa Fe (1-2) – It’s hard to get a read on the Christian Lara-less Chieftains, who have again scheduled up big. They’ve got another tough one this week, traveling to West Covina.
9. California (1-2) – The Condors have suffered back-to-back blowouts. It won’t get any easier this week as they are at San Marino, which won 65-0 last week.
10. Schurr (1-2) – The Spartans were no match for La Serna last week …but who is?
Others: 11. Cantwell (1-1), 12. Montebelo (0-3), 13. Pioneer (1-2).

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Football Pick’em: It’s big game week in SGVN, with La Mirada-La Habra; St. Francis-Monrovia and Chino Hills-Bishop Amat

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.
Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 31-10; Season Total: 91-29)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 29-12; Season Total: 83-37)

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Last Week:
Aram picked up a couple more games, his big difference makers were taking San Gorgonio over Glendora, Glendale over La Canada, and Bassett over El Monte.
This week: Great games in the Pasadena area and is good as Monrovia’s looked, I like St. Francis over the ‘Cats and La Salle over Maranatha. Glendora at Los Altos is intriguing, but this is where Glendora flexes its muscle. Also like Bishop Amat easy over Chino Hills and San Dimas easy over Rosemead. In Whittier, gotta take La Habra over La Mirada, also like Damien over St. Paul.

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Thursday’s games
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram ()
Pioneer vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7 p.m. — Robledo — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram ()
Sherman Indian vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Blair); Aram ()
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram ()
La Mirada at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram ()
Arcadia vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram ()
La Salle at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram ()
Monrovia at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram ()
San Dimas at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram ()
South El Monte at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram ()
South Hills vs. La Serna at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram ()
St. Paul at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram ()
Northview at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram ()
Bell Gardens at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram ()
Beverly Hills at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BHills); Aram ()
Bosco Tech at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram ()
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram ()
Burroughs vs. Santa Fe at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram ()
California at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram ()
Covina at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram ()
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram ()
Duarte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram ()
El Rancho at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram ()
Flintridge Prep at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram ()
Ganesha at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram ()
Glendale at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPasadena); Aram ()
Glendora at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram ()
Hart at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram ()
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram ()
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram ()
La Puente at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram ()
Pomona at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram ()
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Calvary Murrieta at Temescal Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram ()
Rowland at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram ()
Webb vs. Marshall at U. of La Verne, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Webb); Aram ()
West Covina at Tesoro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram ()
Whittier at Long Beach Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whittier); Aram ()
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Marg); Aram ()
Alhambra vs. L.A. Wilson at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA Wilson); Aram ()
Gabrielino at Mar Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mar Vista); Aram ()
Temple City at Eagle Rock, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Eagle Rock); Aram ()

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: St. Paul wins again; La Mirada comes down to earth; La Serna wins again

St. Paul continued its 2014 turnaround in week 2 of the prep football season, winning its third consecutive game to open the season with a solid 29-6 victory over South East, of South Gate. Also, Friday, La Mirada, which started 2-0 with impressive wins over Tesoro and Charter Oak was dropped back to reality with a blow-out loss to highly-touted Servite. La Serna, after an opening week loss to Ralston Valley, of Colorado, scored its second consecutive big win, shutting out Schurr, 35-0.
DAILY NEWS HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul quarterback Jacob Maier (#15) breaks away from a South East defender in their non-league football game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Friday September 12, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


GAMES OF THE WEEK
ST. PAUL 29, SOUTH EAST 6


SANTA FE SPRINGS — It’s been a trying couple of years for the St. Paul High School football team. But the Swordsmen are finally seeing the light at the end of what has been a dark tunnel.
Jacob Maier threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns and host St. Paul won its third consecutive game with a 29-6 victory over South East in a nonleague game.
Gabriel Bermudez had 121 yard receiving and a touchdown and Alfred Delgado rushed for 108 yards for the Swordsmen, who have already won more games this season than they won the past two seasons combined. St. Paul was 1-9 in each of the past two seasons.
Johnny Romero threw for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars, who slipped to 0-3.
St. Paul led 21-6 at halftime.

– Stephen Ramirez

SERVITE 56, LA MIRADA 14
NORWALK — La Mirada’s quest to upset a Pac-5 Division opponent for the second time in three weeks came up short on Friday night, as the Matadores fell to Servite 56-14 at Cerritos College.
“We got outcoached and we got overwhelmed from the get-go,” said La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti. “They were the better team and we didn’t have a chance. When it went bad, it went bad, and before you knew it we were down 28-0.”
The Friars (2-1), who entered the game ranked No. 4 in the state by Cal-Hi sports, were in top form from the start, scoring touchdowns on each of their first five possessions.
However, the highlight of the night was provided by the Servite defense. On fourth-and-2 with 1:32 left before halftime, Maurice Davison intercepted a Christian Lara pass and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown.
Davison’s touchdown capped a nearly perfect half for Servite and gave the Friars a 35-0 lead at the break.

– Richard Hernandez
ROUNDUP: Whittier beats Whittier Christian, 51-28
Whittier High School outscored Whittier Christian 25-0 over the game’s final 12:19 to take a 51-28 nonleague victory Friday night at Whittier College.
Luis Valero scored on a 4-yard run with 19 seconds to play in the third quarter to give the Cardinals (2-1) the lead for good, 32-28.
Valero then scored from the 8-yard line less than two minutes into the fourth quarter and Anthony Pena scored two of his game-high five TDs to cap the scoring.
The Cardinals’ three-back set wore down the Heralds (0-3). Richard Bailey also scored on a 61-yarder.
Pena rushed for 198 yards on 14 carries. He scored on runs of 41, 20, 3, 35 and 15 yards.
Heralds quarterback Cooper Hughes threw three TD passes.

HOW THE TOP 10 FARED
1. La Mirada (2-1) lost to Servite, 56-14
2. La Habra (1-2) lost to Mission Viejo, 49-20
3. La Serna (2-1) def. Schurr, 35-0
4. St. Paul (3-0) def. South East, 29-6
5. El Rancho (1-1), idle
6. Whittier Christian (2-1) lost to to Whitter, 51-28
7. Santa Fe (1-2) lost to Bonita, 41-7
8. California (1-2) lost to Troy, 41-18
9. Schurr (1-2) lost to La Serna, 35-0
10. Montebello (0-3) lost to Arroyo, 35-17

OTHER SCORE
Pioneer 45, Rancho Alamitos 40
El Segundo 38, Cantwell 7

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Girls Volleyball: La Habra beats La Serna in five games

La Habra High's Lexi Kolschefski (#44), right, jubilates after her match-winning shot past the La Serna High defense at the Highlanders' campus gym Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

La Habra High’s Lexi Kolschefski (#44), right, jubilates after her match-winning shot past the La Serna High defense at the Highlanders’ campus gym Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA HABRA >> La Habra High School is not listed in this week’s San Gabriel Valley Newspapers top 10 girls volleyball rankings. But that might change next week.
The Highlanders made a statement Tuesday for inclusion.
Ashly Hernandez had six kills and seven aces and Lexi Kolschefski had 15 kills to lead La Habra to a 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-11, 15-12 victory over No. 5 La Serna in a nonleague match.
Marina Pilkington also had eight kills for the Highlanders, who improved to 2-1. Laura Butler and Isabelle Van Lockner had 12 kills each for the Lancers, who slipped to 1-1.
La Habra coach Adrianne Spear: “They (her team) have this little fight in them that they just don’t give up. We struggled in the first game, we struggled in the third game, and we started to struggle in the that fifth game. But because of that fight, they were able to overcome that. They really played like a team. I enjoyed watching them play today. It’s fun to watch. We just need to do that a lot sooner.”

La Habra’s Ashly Hernandez: “I don’t know what it is. Sometimes we just need to push through. We did it, and I’m really glad. It felt great to win. It felt just like the last time we beat them. It’s really awesome.”

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Football Top 10: Everyone still looking up to La Mirada

La Mirada running back Nicko Carrasco (#25) is congratulated by Vic Penales (#67) after running for a touchdown as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. La Mirada beat Charter Oak 48-28. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada running back Nicko Carrasco (#25) is congratulated by Vic Penales (#67) after running for a touchdown as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. La Mirada beat Charter Oak 48-28. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

DAILY NEWS TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (2-0) — Two weeks, two impressive wins
2. La Serna (1-1) — It’s Enrique Pacheco’s team now
3. La Habra (1-1) — Routed South Hills
4. St. Paul (2-0) — Doubled last year’s win total
5. El Rancho (1-1) — One-point loss to Troy
6. Whittier Christian (2-0) — Offense is rolling
7. Santa Fe (1-1) — Rebounded from opening win
8. California (1-1) — No match for Buena Park
9. Schurr (1-1) — Routed El Monte
10. Montebello (0-2) — Outscored, 86-20, in first 2 weeks

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Saturday Rewind: Is La Mirada for real? Mats beat Charter Oak….La Habra routs South Hills

The second week of the prep football season saw two of the top teams in the area score signature wins. La Mirada, fresh off a win over Orange County power Tesoro, did the same to Charter Oak with a 48-28 victory to improve to 2-0. La Habra, which lost to El Toro last week, rebounded with one of its most-lopsided wins ever, destroying South Hills, 61-0. Other notable wins Friday by area teams were St. Paul improving to 2-0 with a 24-15 win over Warren; Schurr over El Monte, 35-6, and Cantwell Sacred Heart over Western Christian, 28-0. California and El Rancho took steps back with losses.

La Mirada running back Nicko Carrasco (#25) is congratulated by Vic Penales (#67) after running for a touchdown as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. La Mirada beat Charter Oak 48-28. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada running back Nicko Carrasco (#25) is congratulated by Vic Penales (#67) after running for a touchdown as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. La Mirada beat Charter Oak 48-28. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


GAME OF THE WEEK
La Mirada 48, Charter Oak 28

LA MIRADA – What a difference a year makes.
A week after edging highly rated Tesoro, the La Mirada High School football team proved that result was no fluke by routing Charter Oak 48-28 on Friday.
The Matadores, who went 4-7 last season despite high expectations, are now 2-0 with two quality opponents as victims. Charter Oak fell to 0-2
Quarterback Christian Lara, a transfer from Santa Fe, threw for 176 yards in the first half and sealed it with two quick throwing TDs in the second half.

— Aram Tolegian @aramtolegian on Twitter

RECAPS
La Habra 61, South Hills 0 – Eric Barriere threw for 218 yards and four touchdowns as the Highlanders routed the Huskies.
St. Paul 24, Warren 15 – Jacob Maier threw for 213 yards and two scores as the Swordsman, 1-9 last season, won back-to-back games for the first time since 2011.
ROUNDUP
Schurr bounces back with 35-6 win over El Monte
Adam Polanco threw for 153 yards and three TDs to lead the Spartans

LA MIRADA-CHARTER OAK PHOTO GALLERY

La Mirada wide receiver Robert Caggiano (#3) bobbles the ball but makes the catch as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Mirada wide receiver Robert Caggiano (#3) bobbles the ball but makes the catch as they play Charter Oak in their non-league game at La Mirada High School in La Mirada on Friday September 5, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

WEEK 1
TOP 10 HOW THEY FARED

1. La Mirada (2-0) def. Charter Oak, 48-28
2. La Serna (1-1) def. Los Osos, 42-26 (Thursday)
3. La Habra (1-1) def. South Hills, 61-0
4. El Rancho (1-1) lost to Troy, 28-21
5. California (1-1) lost to Buena Park, 53-6
6. St. Paul (2-0) def. Warren, 24-15
7. Whittier Christian (2-0) def. Brethren Chr. 36-33 (Thursday)
8. Santa Fe (1-1) def. South El Monte, 21-7 (Thursday)
9. Montebello (0-2) lost to Northview, 38-6 (Thursday)
10. Schurr (1-1) def. El Monte, 35-6

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Friday LIVE CHAT Countdown: La Mirada seeks another big win: La Habra hits the road vs. South Hills

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We hit the second week of the prep football season, and we have some championship-caliber games as La Mirada, fresh off a win over highly-regarded Tesoro, hosts traditional SGV power Charter Oak…La Habra, which opened with a loss to El Toro, visits the 626 to renew an old rivalry with South Hills. St. Paul also looks for its second consecutive win with a home date vs. Warren.
Follow all the games tonight on our scoreboard link and tweet updates to @sgvnscores and @sgvnsports. If you update a game, use the #sgvfootball hashtag to go straight to our Scribble Live Friday Night chat with Mike the Cousin, who will update results throughout the night. Mike also will be at Charter Oak’s big game against La Mirada to provide instant updates, where Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce will be to bring you video highlights. Aram Tolegian will also be at the game, with our own John Sherrard covering La Habra-South Hills.

PREPXTRA POSTGAME LIVE: Check back on the SGVN Blogs here, in Whittier, Pasadena and Aram’s Huddle Blog for live feeds of our postgame show that starts at 11 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: See the quarter scoring updates for Friday’s football games in the East and West San Gabriel Valley and Whittier.

BIG GAME PRVIEW: La Mirada entertains Charter Oak

FRIDAY’S FEATURED GAMES: Here’s a preview of Friday’s top games

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE AND PREDICTIONS
Charter Oak at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LM); Aram (LM)
South Hills vs. La Habra at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Bishop Amat at Aledo, TX, 8 p.m. — Robledo (Aledo); Aram (Texas)
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Los Altos at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Monrovia at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Schurr)
South El Monte at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
Baldwin Park vs. Fountain Valley at Westminster, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FV); Aram (FV)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SACP); Aram (CC)
Covina at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Damien at Roosevelt, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Diamond Ranch at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Don Lugo at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (Pomona)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Gladstone)
Mountain View at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
LB Wilson at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LB Wilson); Aram (WC)
Yucca Valley at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Yucca); Aram (YV)

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