The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy varsity girls’ soccer team fell short of capturing its second CIF Southern Section title in the program’s history, falling to visiting Oak Hills of Hesperia, 1-0, in the Division 3 championship at St. Francis High School last Saturday. The lone goal of the match came in the 21st minute when freshman Kolo Suliafu held off a defender and chipped the ball into the back of the net after receiving a long pass from her sister, Tupou. The Bulldogs (22-2-2 overall record) backed off their attack in the second half and switched to a 4-4-2 formation after opening with a 4-3-3. Continue reading “Flintridge Sacred Heart Edged in Final”
The La Salle varsity girls’ soccer team had to defeat visiting St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano twice to claim the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship at Kohorst Field last Saturday. The Lancers edged the Tartans, 4-2, in a penalty kick shootout following a 2-2 tie in regulation and overtime to claim the program’s third CIF plaque in school history. “It feels so amazing,” said sophomore Celine Akroush. “We’ve worked so hard throughout the season. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we got it. We made it, and we won twice, not once, because of the ref.” Continue reading “Lancers Edge Tartans in PKs”
The Westridge varsity girls’ soccer team did everything it could to win a CIF Southern Section title. The Tigers controlled the ball, generated more scoring opportunities than and completely shut down Los Amigos of Fountain Valley at Garden Grove High School last Friday. However, they couldn’t get that final touch to get the ball into the back of the net in regulation or overtime, allowing the Lobos to defeat Westridge, 4-1, in the Division 5 championship. “I just feel like we couldn’t put it in the back of the net,” said Westridge head coach Tulio Marroquin. “It was going to be a game of long balls, and we knew that coming into it. It was going to be a physical match. Credit to them, they knew what to do and did it well. We had every chance from every angle and just couldn’t find the back of the net.” Continue reading “Westridge Denied in Shootout, 4-1”
The La Salle High School varsity girls’ soccer team advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 finals following a 1-0 victory over visiting Palm Desert at last Saturday.
The Lancers will host St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano in the CIF-SS Division 4 championship match this Saturday at 5 p.m. The program last competed in a title game in 2007 when La Salle defeated Torrance Bishop Montgomery, 1-0.
It was a year of many firsts for the Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ water polo team. The Rebels won their first-ever quarterfinal and semifinal matches to clinch a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship match, a feat that had never been accomplished in the program’s history. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they were denied their first title by No. 1 seed Anaheim Katella, whose stout defense kept Flintridge Prep’s offense at bay for a 5-4 victory at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine last Saturday. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Denied First CIF Crown by Katella”
The Maranatha High School varsity girls’ basketball team was in a back-and-forth affair against visiting Menifee Paloma Valley in a CIF Southern Section Division 4AA second-round playoff game last Friday. With a slim lead, Minutemen head coach Gamal Smalley knew what to say to his players during a timeout in the fourth quarter. “I told the girls in the timeout that I had to go back to my bag of tricks,” said Smalley, who took out a quarter and held it high to show every player. “We’re just a few minutes away from getting to the quarterfinals.” Continue reading “Minutemen, Rebels Win Playoff Games”
It was a feeling déjà vu for Maranatha High School girls’ tennis coach Arthur Hsieh, who could not help but have the Minutemen’s 2014 championship run in the back of his mind.
“There were so many parallels,” Hsieh said. “That year was the last time we beat Mayfield Senior, and we beat them this year. The playoff scheduling was similar and the scoring was very close to those in 2014.” Continue reading “Maranatha Defeats Top Seed to Win CIF Championship”
A young Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team made a surprising run in the postseason, knocking down the No. 2 and 3 seeds on its way to the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship match in seven years.
The Panthers fought toe-to-toe with No. 1-seeded Quartz Hill of Lancaster, showing the host squad how it reached the title match, but a hardened Rebels squad came through with big plays to defeat Poly in three sets, 30-28, 25-23, 25-16, last Saturday. Continue reading “Polytechnic Falls to No. 1 Seed in Championship”
The St. Francis varsity football team came away with a 17-13 victory in a back-and-forth affair against visiting Saugus last Friday.
The Golden Knights (2-2 overall record) found themselves trailing 7-0 in the first quarter following two turnovers, including a controversial fumble recovery that was ruled a lateral by the officiating crew.
Senior quarterback Darius Perrantes, who completed 10 of 26 for 152 yards, was held scoreless until the 10:27 mark in the second quarter when kicker Jake Smith put the home squad on the board with a 38-yard field goal.
St. Francis got into a rhythm offensively and took a 10-7 lead following a 2-yard touchdown run from Max Garrison with 4:04 remaining in the second quarter. Continue reading “St. Francis Edges Saugus, 17-13”
The Maranatha High School varsity football team turned in a flawless performance in its homecoming game and cruised to a 62-0 victory over Maywood CES of Los Angeles last Friday.
The Minutemen (3-2 overall record) had plenty of highlights, the biggest one coming from wide receiver Isaac Fields. The junior caught a screen pass and scored from 23 yards out by hurdling over a defender and stiff-arming another two en route to the end zone. Fields finished with four scores in the contest, including a 97-yard touchdown reception with only 2 seconds remaining in the first half.
Junior quarterback Enrique Garza had an efficient game, completing eight of nine passes for 300 yards and seven touchdowns. Zack McClendon was one of his favorite targets with three receiving touchdowns.
On defense, Zachary Hall forced a fumble and senior Ethan Zhou recovered the football. Junior Jacob Moreno was solid on special teams with 104 return yards and a touchdown on a punt return in the first half. Continue reading “Minutemen Win Big in Homecoming Game, 62-0”