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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

April, 23, 2012
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  1. Canyon High receiver Drew Wolitarsky has picked up two college offers. One is from West Point and the other is from Arizona. The junior wide receiver caught 75 passes for 1,628 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also returned 14 punts for 203 yards and had two returns for touchdowns. The Canyon football team finished in third place in the Foothill League and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs in 2011.
  2. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Khalfani Muhammad won the 100, and was on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut. He already holds the fastest time in the state in the 100, 10.54 seconds set at the Maurice Greene Invitational on April 14. He won the 100 at Mt. SAC in 10.55 seconds. He anchored the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
  3. Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter anchored the winning 4x200 meter relay team at the Mt. SAC Relays. The girls broke the school record winning the invitational race in 11 minutes, 59.68 seconds, the third fastest time in the nation this year. Harvard-Westlake has the top time in the nation at 11:45.18 and Redondo Union is second at 11:53.53 seconds. The team of Baxter, Erika Barr, Amanda Hamilton and Desirae Jones rallied past Beverly Hills to win the race at Mt. SAC.
  4. The Harvard-Westlake girls 4x1,600 meter relay team set a school record at the Mt. SAC relays, but finished in third in the race. The team of Cami Chapus, Amy Weissenbach, Lizzy Thomas and Yasmin Moreno finished the race in 20 minutes, 40.17 seconds. It was 17 seconds faster than the school record time set in 2003. Redondo Union won the race in 20:01.38, breaking the state record held by Saugus set in 2011. The Harvard-Westlake girls won the 4x800 relay at the Mt. SAC Relays in 9:08.69, the second fastest time in the nation.
  5. Moorpark’s Sean Barry tossed a no-hitter against Westlake in a Marmonte League baseball game on Friday. Barry struck out 11 and walked five. Michael Ketring provided the offense for Moorpark, going 3-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. The Musketeers scored four runs in the sixth inning to break open an otherwise tight game. Tim Burtzloff started the game for Westlake and went 3 1/3 innings. He gave up only one run on four hits.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

April, 9, 2012
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  1. Two Harvard-Westlake girls relay teams won their races at the Arcadia Invitational and one set the meet record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley. The team of Shea Copeland, Imani Cook-Gist, Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus won the sprint medley relay in 3:56.56, the fastest outdoor time in the nation. They broke the meet record by more than three seconds and were nearly three seconds faster than sprint medley relay team from The Woodlands in Texas. The Woodlands girls held the nation’s fastest time in 3:59.24, set on March 31. Copeland and Cook-Gist, both freshmen, ran the first two legs of the relay. Chapus and Weissenbach, seniors headed to Stanford, ran the last two legs of the relay. The Harvard-Westlake girls came back Saturday to win the distance medley relay. Copeland, Chapus, Weissenbach and Elle Wilson won the event for the second year in a row for Harvard-Westlake, despite dropping the baton on the last exchange.
  2. The Chaminade softball team won the Spring Jubilee tournament in Las Vegas, beating Torrance, 4-1, in the championship game. Christy Smith had three doubles and drove in a run for Chaminade. The Eagles won three games Saturday to win the championship. Chaminade beat Schurr, 6-4, in the semifinals and shut out Moorpark, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Taylor Stewart was 2-for-4 with an RBI against Schurr. Catherine Grimes drove in two runs and was 1-for-3 against Moorpark.
  3. The Royal softball team won the Arroyo Grande tournament, 8-3, over La Mirada. Ali Mosier had two hits and drove in two runs against La Mirada. Katelyn Tollefson was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Royal. Royal shut out Arroyo Grande, 1-0, in the semifinals. Nancy Bowling pitched a one-hitter against Arroyo Grande, striking out six. Rachael Duncan drove in the only run of the game on a single in the fifth inning. Bowling was selected as the tournament MVP. Royal’s Samantha Ohmie and Brynn Levosky earned spots on the all-tournament team.
  4. The Agoura baseball team (10-1-1) is a surprising 6-0 in Marmonte League play after a 7-4 win over Moorpark on Thursday. The Chargers have won eight games in a row, including an impressive 2-1 win over San Fernando, the reigning City Section champions. Brody Fehmel was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in a run against Moorpark. Tyler Cohen drove in two runs and Mark Seyler was 2-for-4, stole two bases and scored a run. Agoura is on spring break this week and plays Crespi in the San Luis Obispo tournament Wednesday. The Chargers resume Marmonte League play against Calabasas on April 18.
  5. The Simi Valley and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball teams won their first games in the Babe Herman tournament at Stengel Field in Glendale. Notre Dame upset Redondo Union, 5-4, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. Payton Milone delivered the big blow with a two-run triple in the seventh-inning rally for Notre Dame. Simi Valley shut out Valencia of Placentia, 8-0. Reece Schmidt hit a three-run home run and Dylan Alexander had three RBIs for Simi. In other games, Crescenta Valley beat Eastern from New Jersey, 9-8, and Torrance beat El Camino Real, 7-1. Dash Tranner scored the only run for El Camino Real on a double-play ground out in the seventh inning.

1. Two Harvard-Westlake girls relay teams won their races at the Arcadia Invitational and one set the meet record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley. The team of Shea Copeland, Imani Cook-Gist, Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus won the sprint medley relay in 3:56.56, the fastest outdoor time in the nation. They broke the meet record by more than three seconds and were nearly three seconds faster than sprint medley relay team from The Woodlands in Texas. The Woodlands girls held the nation’s fastest time in 3:59.24 set on March 31. Copeland and Cook-Gist, both freshmen, ran the first two legs of the relay. Weissenbach told the Daily News the freshmen runners have so much potential and she was excited for the program and the rest of the season. Chapus and Weissenbach, seniors headed to Stanford, ran the last two legs of the relay. The Harvard-Westlake girls came back on Saturday to win the distance medley relay. Copeland, Chapus, Weissenbach and Elle Wilson won the distance medley relay for the second year in a row for Harvard-Westlake, despite dropping the baton on the last exchange.

2. The Chaminade softball team won the Spring Jubilee tournament in Las Vegas beating Torrance, 4-1, in the championship game. Christy Smith had three doubles and drove in a run for Chaminade. The Eagles won three games on Saturday to capture the Spring Jubilee championship. Chaminade beat Schurr, 6-4, in the semifinals and shut out Moorpark, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Taylor Stewart was 2-for-4 with an RBI against Schurr. Catherine Grimes drove in two runs and was 1-for-3 against Moorpark.

3. The Royal softball team won the Arroyo Grande tournament, 8-3, over La Mirada. Ali Mosier had two hits and drove in two runs against La Mirada. Katelyn Tollefson was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Royal against La Mirada. Royal shut out Arroyo Grande, 1-0, in the semifinals. Nancy Bowling pitched a one-hitter against Arroyo Grande, striking out six. Rachael Duncan drove in the only run of the game on a single in the fifth inning. Bowling was selected as the tournament MVP. Royal’s Samantha Ohmie and Brynn Levosky earned spots on the all-tournament team.

4. The Agoura baseball team (10-1-1) is a surprising 6-0 in Marmonte League play after a 7-4 win over Moorpark on Thursday. The Chargers have won eight games in a row including an impressive 2-1 win over San Fernando, the reigning City Section champions. Brody Fehmel was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a run against Moorpark. Tyler Cohen drove in two runs and Mark Seyler was 2-for-4, stole two bases and scored a run. Agoura is on spring break this week and plays Crespi in the San Luis Obispo tournament on Wednesday. The Chargers resume Marmonte League play against Calabasas on April 18.

5. The Simi Valley and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball teams won their first games in the Babe Herman tournament at Stengel Field in Glendale. Notre Dame upset Redondo Union, 5-4, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. Payton Milone delivered the big blow with a two-run triple in the seventh-inning rally for Notre Dame. Simi Valley shut out Valencia of Placentia, 8-0. Reece Schmidt hit a three-run home run and Dylan Alexander had three RBIs for Simi. In other games, Crescenta Valley beat Eastern from New Jersey, 9-8, and Torrance beat El Camino Real, 7-1. Dash Tranner scored the only run for El Camino Real on a double-play ground out in the seventh inning.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 31, 2011
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Dejon ColemanTim Haddock For ESPNLA.comArleta's Dejon Coleman set a school record with 330 yards rushing vs. Jefferson last week.

  1. Upon further review, Arleta running back Dejon Coleman rushed for 330 yards and set a school record against Jefferson in his team’s 45-7 win on Friday afternoon. Coleman scored three touchdowns in the game and has 36 touchdowns on the season. El Camino Real running back Kawan Rally had a record-setting weekend too. He rushed for four touchdowns against Chatsworth and set a school record with 62 touchdowns for his high school career. El Camino won, 49-20, over its West Valley League rival.
  2. A week after committing to San Jose State, Highland quarterback Christian Tago had one of his best games of his high school career. He passed for 294 yards and two touchdowns in Highland’s 35-0 win over Eastside in a Golden League game. Highland is tied for first place in the Golden League with Quartz Hill and Eastside. Highland receiver Leonard Merriweather caught five of Tago’s passes for 130 yards. He also rushed for 126 yards and scored two touchdowns.
  3. Camarillo receiver Jake Maulhardt caught 10 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns against Pacifica. He has 100 catches on the season, putting him in an elite group of receivers in CIF-Southern Section history. Thousand Oaks receiver Richard Mullaney set the Southern Section record with 122 receptions in his senior season in 2010. Pepe Villasenor from St. Bonaventure and Hayo Carpenter from Ridgecrest Burroughs are second on the Southern Section reception list at 111. Maulhardt has at least two more games and playoffs to move up on the receptions list.
  4. Amy Weissenbach, one of the most decorated and accomplished runners in Harvard-Westlake history, has committed to Stanford. She is the National Federation High School record holder in the 800 and the reigning Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Althlete of the Year. She is a two-time CIF state champion in the 800 and was on the Harvard-Westlake distance medley relay team that set a national high school record. Weissman was on the Harvard-Westlake cross country team that won the CIF Division IV state championship in 2009. Calabasas senior Walker Huddy will commit to Cal and play on the school’s golf team. Huddy won the Marmonte League championship and most valuable player as a sophomore and was an All Marmonte League first team selection in his junior year.
  5. The South Hills girls' volleyball team won the Crescenta Valley tournament, downing Pasadena Poly, 25-17, 25-22, in the gold division championship match. Sydney West earned tournament MVP playing for South Hills. Sydney La Follette and Zoe Herrera from South Hills were selected to the all-tournament team. The Van Nuys girls' volleyball team won the silver division championship, defeating L.A. Baptist, 25-15, 18-25, 15-11. Van Nuys did not win a match in pool play, but beat Righetti in the quarterfinals and Maranatha in the semifinals to reach the championship match.

Harvard-Westlake's Weissenbach sets national record in 800 meters

June, 5, 2011
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Potential national records and repeat performances were the talk heading into the CIF state track and field finals, just not the national record and repeat performance that everybody ended up talking about.

The athlete who stole the show and rewrote the record books Saturday night at Clovis Buchanan High School turned out to be North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake junior Amy Weissenbach, whose performance in the girls’ 800 meters ranks as the all-time best in U.S. high school competition.

Weissenbach defended her title in 2 minutes 2.04 seconds, breaking the previous best National Federation High School time of 2:02.90, set three years ago by Chanelle Price of Easton Area, Pa. Weissenbach also obliterated the state meet record of 2:04.91, which had stood since 1984.

Despite the soggy conditions caused by steady rain earlier in the day, Weissenbach set herself up for the record by turning a 57.5-second opening lap. With a five-second lead over her nearest competitor, Weissenbach was forced to race against the clock over the final 200 meters.

"When I saw 57.5, it was definitely a surprise. I didn't expect that," Weissenbach told reporters. "The last 200, I started to tighten up a little, but I was able to do it. It's just unbelievable."

Weissenbach’s teammate, junior Cami Chapus, also posted one of the more surprising results of the meet, out-lasting last year’s runner-up in the girls’ 1600, senior Alli Billmeyer of San Diego Torrey Pines, to win in 4:40.88. The top qualifier, Katherine Delaney of San Juan Capistrano JSerra, finished fourth in 4:47.20.

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Southern Section looks to dominate girls' state track finals

June, 2, 2011
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The CIF-State girls’ track and field track championships are set for Friday and Saturday at Clovis Buchanan High School, and the Southern Section appears in good position to sweep a majority of the events. Long Beach Poly is the clear-cut favorite in the team race, possibly taking aim at its state-meet record of 80 points compiled in 2004. Here’s a breakdown of the 16 girls’ events.

400 RELAY

Barring any dropped batons or lane violations, Long Beach Poly should run away with this meet-opening event and take an early points lead in the team race. Carisma Lyday, Melia Cox, Traci Hicks and Akawkaw Ndipagbor circled the track in a national-leading 45.04 seconds at the Masters Meet on Friday night. The Jackrabbits also have a good shot at breaking the 14-year-old meet record of 44.70. Moreno Valley Rancho Verde is the defending champion in the event and No. 3 qualifier behind Poly and Eastvale Roosevelt.

1,600 METERS

Katherine Delaney of San Juan Capistrano JSerra comes in as the state’s top qualifier after winning in 4:42.95 at the Masters. Delaney, a Cal-bound senior who was sidelined during the postseason a year ago due to illness, figures to be pushed by last season’s state runner-up, Alli Billmeyer of San Diego Torrey Pines, and North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake senior Cami Chapus.

100 HURDLES

Long Beach Poly figures to add to its team lead with Cox bringing a nation-leading 13.34 qualifying time into the event. She won’t have the race all to herself, however. Trinity Wilson of Berkeley St. Mary’s took first in 13.38 at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions last weekend. Wilson finished runner-up last season in a wind-aided 13.35, while Cox was fifth in 13.91.

400 METERS

Not to be outdone by her teammate, Ndipagbor also produced a nation-leading mark at the Masters, crossing the line in this event in 53.51. Her closest competition figures to come from the Southern Section, as Vanessa Jones of Etiwanda (53.83), Gabrielle Scott of Irvine Woodbridge (53.98) and Azia Walker of Long Beach Poly (54.48) are the next fastest qualifiers and all were on the starting line a year ago.

100 METERS

One of only two running events that does not feature a Southern Section athlete as the top qualifier, this race will likely come down to how well Jenna Prandini of Clovis gets out of the block. Prandini was the top competitor at last season’s state meet, winning the long jump and triple jump and finishing second in the 100. Kylie Price of La Puente Bishop Amat is the third-fastest qualifier.

800 METERS

Amy Weissenbach of Harvard-Westlake shows no signs of giving up her reign as state champion in the 800. She returns as the top qualifier after winning her Masters race in 2:06.18, the second-fastest outdoor time in the nation this season. As a sophomore, she won her state title in the two-lap race in 2:07.52. Last season’s runner up, Savannah Camacho of Templeton, is the No. 2 qualifier at 2:07.65, followed by Long Beach Poly teammates Dynasty Gammage (2:09.38) and Arielle Stevenson (2:10.08).

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Jonathan Cabral is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition

May, 27, 2011
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Jonathan CabralKirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireJonathan Cabral not only won both hurdles events, he set nation-leading times in each.

CERRITOS — Jonathan Cabral is inching closer to his life-long goal, one hurdle at a time.

Cabral, a senior at Agoura High, delivered the two most eye-opening performances at the Southern Section Masters track and field meet Friday evening at Cerritos College, winning both boys’ hurdles events in nation-leading times.

He opened with a one-sided victory in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in a wind-aided 13.27 seconds, the all-time fifth-fastest high school time in the nation under any conditions. His closest pursuer, Sam Barkley of Mater Dei, the brother of USC quarterback Matt Barkley, finished second in 14.11.

“As soon as I heard 13.2, I just felt like God shined a light on me,” Cabral said. “I was so happy.”

Cabral wasn’t finished. He came back about two hours later and won the 300 hurdles in 36.19, overtaking Greg Coleman of Warren High in San Antonio for the nation’s fastest time this season.

“It’s getting me closer to my real-life goal, which is to go to the Olympics,” said Cabral, the defending state champion in both events.

On the girls’ side, Long Beach Poly cruised to victories in several events, putting the team in prime position to win the title next week at the state championships in Clovis.

The Jackrabbits opened the meet by lowering their nation-leading time in the 400 relay from 45.23 to 45.04. Carisma Lyday, Melia Cox, Traci Hicks and Akawkaw Ndipagbor circled the track without a hitch for Poly.

Cox then won the 100 hurdles in a personal best 13.34, which also lowered her nation-leading time in the event. She followed up with victories in the 300 hurdles (41.32) and triple jump (39-10 ).

Ndipagbor posted a nation-leading time in winning the 400 in 53.51, then came back to win the 200 in 23.76. The Jackrabbits wrapped up the meet with a victory in the 1,600 relay (3:41.75).

“Everybody that scored last year in the state meet got through,” said Poly coach Don Norford. “That’s always a plus.”

Among the other highlights from the meet:

In the girls’ 1,600, all 12 runners ran under the state qualifying time of 5:00.19, led by Katherine Delaney of JSerrra, who was first in 4:42.95, the fastest time in the state this season and third best in the country.

Amy Weissenbach, a junior at Harvard-Westlake and the defending state champion in the 800, won that event in 2:06.18, the second-best time in the nation this season. All 11 runners in that event also produced state qualifying times.

Remontay McClain of Covina, the defending state champion in the boys’ 100 and 200, won both events. Kylie Price of Bishop Amat was also a double winner, taking the girls’ 100 and long jump.
  1. The Harvard-Westlake girls track and field team won the CIF Southern Section Division III championship behind a school-record performance in the 4 x 400 relay. The team of Lauren Hansson, Cami Chapus, KC Cord and Amy Weissenbach won the 4 x 400 relay in 3 minutes 48.14 seconds. Chapus won the Division III 1,600 and 3,200 races. Weissenbach, the reigning state champion in the 800, won the Division III 800 race in 2:08.61. She was also third in the 1,600. Hansson was second in the Division III 400 race. The Harvard-Westlake girls scored 66 points. San Luis Obispo was second with 52.
  2. Agoura’s Jonathan Cabral broke the CIF Southern Section Division III record in the 110 hurdles and won two events at the Division III track and field meet at Cerritos College. He won the 110 hurdles in 13.54 seconds, breaking the mark set by Steve Kerho of Mission Viejo in 1982. Cabral also won the 300 hurdles in 37.17 seconds. The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame boys track and field team showed off its depth and won the Southern Section Division III championship. The Notre Dame boys didn’t win a single event, but Khalfani Muhammad was second in the 100 and 200 behind Covina’s Remontay McClain. Notre Dame had three runners place in the top five in the 100. Eric McDaniel was fourth and Jon Simon was fifth.
  3. The Saugus girls track and field field finished second in the CIF Southern Section Division II meet at Cerritos College. Senior Kaylin Mahoney won her second Southern Section championship, taking the Division II 3,200 race in 10 minutes 38.03 seconds. It was her second CIF Southern Section championship. She won the 3,200 as a sophomore two years ago. Mahoney was one of three runners from Saugus to finish in the top five in the 3,200. Stephanie Bulder was third and Karis Frankian was fourth. Bulder won the Division II 1,600 race in 4:53.51. It was her first CIF Southern Section championship. Jenna Vincej, the reigning Division II 400 champion from Saugus, finished second in this year’s race in 56.60 seconds. She was also on the 4 x 400 relay team with Nicole Penick, Jessica Gill and Emily Orr that finished fourth in the Division II race in 3:55.59. Vincej also finished sixth in the Division II 200 race.
  4. The Granada Hills High School boys volleyball team won the CIF City Section Division I championship, sweeping Palisades at Venice High. Granada Hills won its fourth CIF championship in the past six years. It was the eighth CIF City Section championship in school history and the fifth in Division I. Granada Hills won the match, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19. The Highlanders lost only one game in the playoffs. All-City setter Jose Juarez guided a balanced offense with 25 assists. Robert Nguyen had 15 digs.
  5. The Verdugo Hills boys volleyball team lost the Southern Section Division II championship match in four games to LA Jordan. Verdugo Hills was playing for its first CIF championship in boys volleyball. CJ Suarez had 13 kills and Michael Sanders recorded 35 assists for Verdugo Hills. The Burroughs of Burbank boys volleyball team lost the Southern Section Division III championship match in four games to Valley Christian of Cerritos. Burroughs came in to the final match as the top-seeded team in the Division III bracket. Valley Christian was No. 2. Sophomore Daniel Jacobs led Burroughs with 11 kills.

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