Monday, May 16, 2011
LA South: Five things from the weekend
By Blair Angulo
1. Not exactly the ending the Mira Costa boys' volleyball team had in mind, as the top-seeded Mustangs were shocked by Mater Dei in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs Saturday, 29-27, 20-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-9. The Monarchs used a 7-1 run in the final game to pull off the upset at their home court. Mira Costa, which lost in the CIF title match last year, finished with a 33-2 record.
2. Marqise Lee (Gardena Serra) and Beejay Lee (West Covina) set new track and field marks on Saturday. Marqise Lee's long jump of 24 feet 8 inches at the Division 4 prelims was the best in the country this year. At the Division 1 Prelims, Beejay Lee registered a time of 21:00 in the 200 meters, the best in California this year. Marqise Lee's teammate, sprinter George Farmerdid not participate because of an ankle injury.
3. Keppel High doesn't have a pool on its campus but that didn't stop the Aztecs from claiming the boys and girls CIF titles at the Division 3 swimming and diving championships Saturday. Keppel is making a habit of winning without the proper resources -- it was the girls' fourth title in the last five years and boys' third in five years. According to the Pasadena Star-News, Keppel, which is located in Alhambra, must travel more than a mile to train and host meets at Barnes Park in Monterey Park.
4. There are exclamation points and then there's what the Bonita baseball team did Friday. The Bearcats, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3, capped their regular season with a 19-2 win at Diamond Ranch. Justin Row led off with a monster home run to left and the demolition was on. K.C. Huth and Robert Mieradded back-to-back home runs in the second, and the Hacienda League champion Bearcats scored 11 in the fourth to finish with a 24-4 record. Head coach John Knott couldn't have asked for better momentum heading into the playoffs.
5. West Covina standout Chris Solomontook his talents to the Bay Area and participated in the Nike SPARQ Combine in Oakland after missing the showcase in Long Beach last month. The tailback/safety showed why he's garnering more attention in the recruiting world, being named the top rising senior by ESPN Rise. He ran a 4,58 40-yard dash, logged a 3.97 shuttle time and ranked third with a SPARQ rating of 106.17. Solomon has offers from Arizona State and Colorado.