Monday, June 1, 2009

HIGH SCHOOLS: Bishop Amat reaches Division IV semifinals
By Henry Montemayor, Correspondent
Posted: 05/29/2009 10:19:51 PM PDT

WHITTIER - The Bishop Amat High School baseball team advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division IV semifinals as it routed visiting La Quinta, 14-5, in a Friday afternoon at Rio Hondo College.

In Tuesday's semifinals, the Lancers (26-5) will visit San Dimas (22-5)

Friday's game included a little bit of everything such as hit batsmen, fielders dropping pop-ups and five La Quinta miscues which led to four Lancer runs.

Bishop Amat took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but La Quinta answered with three runs in the second for a 3-1 lead as Lancers starting pitcher Paul Paez gave up three walks.

La Quinta then unraveled, giving up 12 runs in the next three innings, including a Jordan Anderson two-run home run that highlighted a six-run Lancers fourth inning.

Bishop Amat had regained the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second.

"We tried to leave him (Paez) in to let him get his confidence," Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said.

Paez repaid Nieto's trust by retiring six of the next nine batters he faced. He did give up two more runs, but the outcome had since been decided.

Brandon McNitt entered in the fifth and pitched a scoreless final three innings.

"We expected a dogfight from La Quinta," Nieto said. "We used the bunting game effectively."
The Lancers scored two runs via bunt singles.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Women's volleyball captures Big West title in Fullerton
Outside hitters Caitlin Ledoux and Quincy Verdin pace Long Beach State attack with 13 kills apiece

Henry Montemayor
Staff writer

FULLERTON — The 23rd-ranked Long Beach State women’s volleyball team clinched the Big West Conference title, and with it, a berth into the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.The 49ers won in three sets, 25-16, 25-22, 26-24, over the CS Fullerton Titans on their Senior Night.
Caitlin Ledoux and Quincy Verdin finished with 13 kills apiece to lead LBSU. Naomi Washington added six, while Nicole Vargas and Brittney Herzog tallied five kills each. Vargas also finished with 35 assists.

Both teams traded side-outs in a see-saw first set as neither team was able to mount any sort of run early on.The ‘Niners (24-5, 13-3 Big West) were able to make separate 4-0 and 5-0 runs near the later parts of the first set to widen the gap, 24-14.

CSF’ Brittany Moore, who had six kills in the first set, had back-to-back kills to save set point before a Fullerton service error gave the ‘Niners the first set victory, 25-16.

In a much more competitive second set, the Titans (16-15, 9-7 Big West) were able to mount a 4-0 run to tie the set at 5 and subsequently take its first lead of the match, 6-5.

The ‘Niners, however, were able to regain control of the second set and hold on to win, 25-22, on a Ledoux kill. There were a total of 28 ties and 12 lead changes in the match.

LBSU had to come from behind to win the third set, 26-24.The 49ers used a 3-0 run to take a 22-21 lead late in the set. However, a net violation gave the Titans a 23-22 lead. Ledoux’s kill then tied the match at 23 and she was responsible for three of Long Beach’s final four points.After an Iris Murray ace gave Long Beach match point, Ledoux ended the match with her 13th kill.

Moore took the crowd’s energy and enthusiasm and finished the match as the kills leader with 19. Erin Saddler added 11 and Alex Wolnisty added eight for the Titans.

The ‘Niners play their season finale next Saturday against No. 15 Colorado State in non-conference match at the Walter Pyramid at 7 p.m. Verdin, Vargas and Murray will be honored prior to the match on their Senior Night.
Corona del Mar 26, La Mirada 15
By Henry Montemayor, Correspondent

NEWPORT BEACH - Quarterback Mitch Sands threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a 57-yard run to lift the Corona del Mar High School over La Mirada in Friday's CIF-Southern Section Southern Division first round playoffs.

The Sea Kings, who improved to 9-2, scored twice in the second and third quarters, including a 97-yard kickoff return by Dillon Norton to open the second half.

The Matadores, who finished the season with a 4-7 record, avoided a shutout by scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The first one was an 85-yard pass from Daniel Ponce de Leon to Charles Whitfield with 7:25 left in the game.

The other score was another pass from Ponce de Leon to Julian Matta. It covered 22 yards, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Ponce de Leon to Whitfield with 3:53 remaining.

Ponce de Leon completed 31 of 42 passes for 357 yards.

Monday, November 17, 2008

November 14, 2008

Sierra Vista 35, Gladstone 0
By Henry Montemayor, Correspondent

GLENDORA - Sierra Vista High School earned a CIF-Southern Section playoff berth with an easy victory over Gladstone at Citrus College.

"We had to win," first-year Sierra Vista coach Keith Locklear said. "We didn't know what's going to happen with the tiebreaker, (so) we had to win to get into the playoffs."

Justin Flores went 10 of 13 for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

The Dons (4-6, 4-2) got to work immediately as Flores found Daniel Limon for the first of two scoring passes, with the first covering 61 yards.

Wesely Renner scored on a 35-yard run four minutes later. Renner finished with 101 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.

The Gladiators (2-8, 2-4) were able to move the ball, but were unable to finish drives. Dyllan Duenas led the attack, going 10 of 27 for 112 yards. But he also threw three interceptions.

"This is about them; this is for the Sierra Vista varsity football players," Locklear said.

November 13, 2008

Diamond Ranch 45, Nogales 7
By Henry Montemayor, Correspondent

POMONA - Diamond Ranch High School (4-6) defeated Nogales (1-9) in a non-league regular-season finale Thursday night at Ganesha High School.

Diamond Ranch's Brian Spirlin ran for 124 yards on seven carries and one touchdown and Chase Price had 74 yards on three carries and a touchdown.

Despite a false start penalty on their first series, the Panthers were still able to score the first of their three touchdowns in the first quarter. Spirlin's 28-yard run set up a 33-yard scoring pass from Demetre Smith to Jo Jo Curiel.

Brandon Sermen scored on his only carry of the game and later returned a punt 60 yards for a score.

The Nobles avoided the shutout when Ian Papparo scored from 7 yards out late in the fourth quarter.

November 7th, 2008

El Monte 21, Mountain View 6
By Henry Montemayor, Correspondent

EL MONTE - El Monte High School outlasted Mission Valley League rival Mountain View on Friday night.

After stopping the Vikings on downs on their first possession, the Lions promptly drove down field and scored on Luke Ayala's 42-yard touchdown run.

El Monte quarterback Quong Phong finished 7 of 14 for 104 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 52 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Phong connected with Luis Avila on an 18-yard scoring pass two minutes into the second quarter. He then scored on a 5-yard run three minutes into the third quarter.

The Vikings avoided the shutout when Jorge Munoz connected with Jaime DeLeon on a 75-yard pass for a touchdown.

Things got heated on the ensuing onside-kick attempt when a scuffle broke out. The Vikings recovered but failed to score.

El Monte (4-5, 2-2) visits Gabrielino next Friday.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Previewing the UCLA Regional

A look ahead to first round action between Long Beach State and San Diego, UCLA and Fresno State

Henry Montemayor

Staff writer

Now that the women’s soccer team has earned a bid into its first-ever NCAA Tournament, Long Beach State’s road will prove to be a tough one.

The 49ers, placed in the UCLA regional with the potential of facing top-seeded and No. 2 UCLA in the second round, will have to survive their first round match-up against the 17th-ranked University of San Diego.

The other side of the bracket features a match-up between UCLA and the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Both matches will be played Friday at UCLA’s Drake Stadium, with the 49ers-Toreros match scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., immediately following the Bruins-Bulldogs match.

Long Beach State (14-4-4) vs. No. 17 San Diego (14-4-2), 8 p.m.

Long Beach State enters as an at-large selection after being outlasted by UC Santa Barbara, 6-5, in a penalty-kick shootout in the Big West Conference Championship match. The Toreros, also an at-large choice, lost 4-1 to the University of Portland in the West Coast Conference championship match.

USD defeated the ‘Niners, 1-0, Oct. 8 at George Allen Field. The Toreros, who hold an all-time 8-0-0 edge over LBSU, are led by Jen Mello’s 11 goals and 24 points. Defensively, USD features goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, who has a goals-against average of 0.78 and posted eight shutouts this year.

The ‘Niners, who dropped out of the Top-25, will counter with a pair of 10-goal scorers in Hayley Bolt and Lindsay Bullock. Bolt enters with 22 points, and Bullock with 21. Defensively, the 49ers counter with Liz Ramos, who has a goals-against average of 0.66 and is credited with 8 1/2 of the team’s 10 shutouts.’s Graham Hays wrote it “should be a fantastic first-round game,” and that either team “could test the Pac-10 champion [Bruins] in the second round.”

Fresno State (11-8-2) vs. No. 2 UCLA (18-0-2), 5:30 p.m.

Fresno State earned an automatic bid with a 2-1 victory over Utah State in the Western Athletic Conference championship match.

The Bulldogs feature Nicole Gutierrez, who scored seven goals and 14 total points, and Ali Sill’s five goals and 15 total points. Defensively in goal, the Bulldogs have Katilyn Revel, who owns a 0.89 goals-against average with 113 saves.

The Bruins enter the tournament as one of four No. 1 seeds and have allowed just four goals all season. Kristina Larsen leads the way for the Bruins with 10 goals and 23 total points, with Lauren Cheney a close second with nine goals and 24 total points. Defensively, goalkeeper Ashley Thompson has a miniscule goals-against average of 0.21 (67 saves) and is credited with 11 of the team’s 16 shutouts.

*The winner of the UCLA Regional will face the winner of the Brigham Young University Regional in the third round on Nov. 21, 22 or 23; either BYU, No. 4-seeded Southern California, Virginia Tech or Boston University