Monday, January 24, 2011
LA North: Five things from the weekend
By Tim Haddock
1. The Flintridge Prep boys basketball team set a school record for points in its 103-54 win over Covina at Azusa Pacific University on Saturday. Harvard-bound Kenyatta Smith scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds for Flintridge Prep, which outscored Covina, 22-6, in the fourth quarter. The final quarter was played with a running clock, so the points total for Flintridge Prep could have been much higher. Flintridge Prep made 43 of 71 shots (60.5 percent) in the game, including six 3-pointers. Five players scored in double figures. Robert Cartwright scored 18 points and had seven assists.
2. The Sierra Canyon girls basketball team posted a couple of impressive victories last week. First was a 62-51 Alpha League win over Montclair Prep. The second was a 47-44 overtime win over Canyon. Tori Wells scored a team-high 13 points for Sierra Canyon. The game ended with a 16-2 fourth-quarter run by Canyon to send the game into overtime. Sierra Canyon had a five-point lead at halftime and built a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. Zoe Goss was the only other player from Sierra Canyon to score in double figures. She had 10. Sierra Canyon is only two games over .500 at 11-9. Canyon (18-3) had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
3. A couple of high school football players committed to colleges over the weekend. Valencia High running back Steven Manfro verbally committed to UCLA. He set school records in rushing and touchdowns in his senior season and led his team to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. “I think it’s a great fit. I’m very excited for him,” Valencia football coach Larry Muir said. “He’s a terrific runner, great kick returner. It’s always been his dream school." Manfro gained 2,553 yards and scored 41 touchdowns in his senior season. Westlake quarterback Nick Isham verbally committed to Louisiana Tech. Isham earned Marmonte League MVP honors guiding Westlake to the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship game. He threw for 2,990 yards and 34 touchdowns in his senior season. He compiled a 26-2 record, including a school record 22 wins in a row.
4. The Canyon High football team has a new coach with a familiar face. Rich Gutierrez will take over the team in 2011. Gutierrez is the school’s athletic director and was an assistant football coach at Canyon under former head coach Chris Varner. Varner guided Canyon to its first playoff victory since 2006, the year the Cowboys won a CIF state bowl game under coach Harry Welch. Varner resigned at the end of the 2010 season to spend more time with his family. Gutierrez is no stranger to Foothill League football. After playing at Saugus High, he was an assistant football coach for his alma mater and West Ranch. He also played at LA Valley College before becoming a high school football coach.
5. Cole Seeley, a graduate of Newbury Park High School, has the distinction of being the first AMA Monster Energy Supercross rider to win a race at Dodger Stadium. The supercross series held its first races at Chavez Ravine on Saturday night. The 20-year-old Seeley who lives in Corona won the Western Regional Supercross Lites event. It was the first supercross win of his career. “This week I worked hard on starts and it paid off,” said Seeley. “That makes a big difference in the way the race unfolds when you are out front. This is the first win of my career and it feels great.” Seeley moved into third place in the Western Regional Lites standings after three rounds. He is seven points behind Josh Hansen, the leader in the Western Regional Lites standings.