Los Angeles Preps: Arleta

El Camino Real earns top seed in City Section baseball playoffs

May, 16, 2012
El Camino Real is the top seed in the City Section Division I baseball playoffs. San Fernando, the reigning City Section champion, is the No. 3 seed.

El Camino Real and Chatsworth shared the West Valley League championship. The Conquistadores won a coin flip last week to determine the top seed in the baseball playoffs. Chatsworth is the No. 2 seed.

Eight teams earned wild-card bids, including Arleta, Granada Hills and Sylmar. The wild-cards games will be played Friday. The first round of the Division I playoffs begin on Tuesday. The championship game will be at Dodger Stadium on June 2.

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Harvard-Westlake upsets Alemany, 81-62

February, 9, 2012
There were some surprises and streak snappers in the high school basketball world on Wednesday night.

Perhaps the biggest stunner of the night was Harvard-Westlake’s 81-62 win over Alemany in the Mission League finale.

Harvard-Westlake snapped Alemany’s nine-game winning streak. Alemany still won the Mission League championship with a 10-2 record.

Harvard-Westlake finishes in a tie with Crespi for third place in the Mission League with 7-5 records.

Loyola is the second-place team in the Mission League at 9-3.

And all of a sudden, Chaminade is the hottest team in the Mission League with a three-game winning streak including 64-54 over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Oak Park beat Oaks Christian for the second time this season and won the Tri-Valley League championship.

Junior Ron Lee Jr. had a big night for Oak Park, scoring 20 points in his team’s 63-52 win over Oaks Christian.

The Panorama boys basketball team won the first Valley Mission League championship for the school in any sport. Panorama is undefeated in the Valley Mission League at 11-0. The Pythons can win the Valley Mission League championship outright against Kennedy on Friday.

Manuel Meza recorded a triple double for Panorama with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals in a 61-51 win over Sylmar.

The Grant boys basketball team beat Arleta, 69-31, to win the East Valley League championship and extend its league winning streak to 26 games.

But it wasn’t all good news for Grant.

Gor Plavchyan, Grant’s 6-feet-7 forward who is averaging 19 points per game, sprained his ankle in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

January, 16, 2012
  1. The El Camino Real boys soccer team played on Friday night two days after goalie Francisco Rodriguez Jr. was shot and killed outside his home in Winnetka. El Camino Real shut out Reseda Cleveland, 2-0, in an emotional game that not only was played in tribute to Rodriguez, but in celebration of his love of soccer.

    “We talked about the emotional roller coaster we were going to be on,” El Camino Real coach David Hussey said after the game. “We talked about that we are all going to be crying at times. We are all going to be laughing at times. I think they were prepared for it.”

    El Camino took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lucas Ladek in the first half. The Conquistadores were going to be tough to beat on Friday night. The players maintained an energy level throughout the game that any team would be challenged to match.

    “Lukas is the Energizer Bunny for our team,” Hussey said. “I think today everybody had just a little more energy. There wasn’t really a dropoff for some of the guys. If our team can match Lukas’ intensity and energy, then I don’t think we would lose many games. He just flies all over the field. He has no regard for his body. At times we’re just cringing back there. He’s feisty.”

    The El Camino Real soccer team will be back on the field on Wednesday at Birmingham in Lake Balboa.
  2. The East All Stars won the 16th annual Daily News All-Star Game at College of the Canyons, 31-7, over the West. Highland quarterback Christian Tago was the MVP of the game. The San Jose State commit passed for 94 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for 31 yards. Arleta’s De’Jon Coleman was the East team MVP. He rushed for 64 yards on eight carries and scored a touchdown. Crespi receiver Chris Harper was the West team MVP. He caught nine passes for 115 yards.
  3. Alemany freshman Nia Britt won the shot put at a track and field meet at Oaks Christian and qualified for the California state indoor invitational next week in Fresno. Her throw of 42 feet, 10 inches with an 8.8-pound shot put earned her a spot in the state meet at the Save Mart Center. All three of her throws at the meet at Oaks Christian were beyond 41 feet. She set the AAU national record with a 6-pound shot put at 51 feet, 6 inches in August. After the meet at Oaks Christian, Britt scored two points for the Alemany girls baksetball team in a 57-49 win over Etiwanda at St. Bernard High.
  4. The Oaks Christian boys basketball team beat Village Christian, 73-61, and snapped the Crusaders’ 16-game winning streak on Saturday. Chass Bryant scored 29 points and dished out six assists for Oaks Christian. The last time Village Christian before Saturday night was on Nov. 30, 60-44, to Renaissance Academy in the Burbank Tournament. One of Village Christian’s super sophomore transfers, Bryan Alberts, did not play against Oaks Christian because he had food poisoning. Marsalis Johnson, the other sophomore transfer, had a big game for Village Christian with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
  5. The Saugus girls soccer team has an impressive streak of its own. The Saugus girls have lost a Foothill League match in nearly two seasons. The Centurions beat Hart, 2-1, on Friday and have won 16 league games in a row. The last time Saugus lost a Foothill League game was a Feb. 2,2010, against Hart. Angie Weiner, who was the kicker on the Saugus football team, scored the game-winner in the 43rd minute. Monica Allen had two assists, including a header to Weiner that produced the second goal for Saugus.

L.A. North: 5 things from the weekend

November, 21, 2011
  1. Not only is the Ventura football team undefeated through 11 games and the first round of the playoffs, they haven’t trailed in a game since Week 1. The Cougars were down 16-15 in the third quarter against Pacifica in the season opener. Ventura scored the final 19 points of the game to win, 34-16. Coach Brad Steward was looking through Ventura’s first 10 games in preparation for the opening of the Southern Section Western Division playoffs against Dominguez and discovered his team’s streak in leading games. The Cougars have been on quite a roll since the start of the season. Teams are scoring only 8.7 points against Ventura. The Cougars are coming off a 41-14 win over Dominguez in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. They play Santa Monica (10-1) in the quarterfinals on Friday night. The Vikings are on a bit of a roll of their own, with seven wins in a row and their loss only coming against Valencia on Sept. 30.
  2. The Marmonte League went a perfect 5-0 in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs. The biggest blowout, Westlake over Eastside, 59-12. The closest game, surprisingly, St. Bonaventure, 19-10, over Redondo. Quarterbacks were the difference for Oaks Christian and Moorpark. Sophomore Brandron Dawkins threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns in Oaks Christian’s impressive 43-10 win over Mira Costa. He could have had more, but only played in the first half. Moorpark’s Grant Rohach passed for 176 yards and a touchdown, but every one of his passes were crucial in a 17-10 win over fourth-seeded Valencia. He threw a touchdown pass to Kenny Feyh in the fourth quarter to give Moorpark a 15-10 lead. Rohach also connected with Alex Tolliver for an important two-point conversion pass for a seven-point lead in the final minutes of the game. Not to be forgotten was a tough road win for Thousand Oaks, 20-7, over Quartz Hill. The Lancers erased a 7-0 deficit and scored 20 unanswered points to win going away. Moorpark and Thousand Oaks will play each other in the quarterfinals in a rematch of their Marmonte League opener. Thousand Oaks won that game, 27-24, on a last-second field goal.
  3. The San Fernando Valley went 1-4 in the first round of the City Section Division I playoffs. Birmingham was the only team to advance to the quarterfinals. El Camino Real, Arleta, Woodland Hills Taft and Reseda all lost in the first round and were eliminated. Arleta running back Dejon Coleman rushed for 156 yards and scored a touchdown in his team’s 21-18 loss to Birmingham. He broke the City Section record with 47 touchdowns this season. Birmingham scored the winning touchdown with a little over a minute to play in the game. The lone remaining team from the San Fernando Valley plays No. 3 Dorsey in the second round.
  4. The magic ran out for Camarillo and quarterback Travis Valdez. The junior threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns, but Camarillo lost to San Luis Obispo, 54-28, in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. Valdez threw for 2,594 yards and 35 touchdowns in eight games. He took over the starting quarterback job on Oct. 6 and won his first six starts. Receiver Jake Maulhardt caught 10 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown for Camarillo. He ends his high school career with 119 catches, second most in Southern Section history. Richard Mullaney from Thousand Oaks set the Southern Section record last year with 122 catches over his high school career.
  5. A week after losing a share of the Foothill League championship for using an ineligible player and having to forfeit a game, Canyon won impressively in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs, 21-0, over Palmdale. Quarterback Jonathan Jerozal threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Drew Wolitarsky caught four passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The Canyon defense came up with some huge plays. Juan Rodriguez blocked a 30-yard field-goal attempt. Mikey Hager had an interception just before halftime and set up Wolitarsky’s second touchdown catch, a 77-yarder as time expired. Canyon moves on to face St. Bonaventure in a rematch of last year’s Northern Division quarterfinal game. St. Bonaventure won that game, 45-21.

L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

November, 17, 2011
Eastside(4-6) vs. No. 2 Westlake (10-0), Friday (7 p.m.)
The top-seeded team in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs eases into postseason with a first-round game against Eastside, the fourth-place team from the Golden League. The Lions have lost three games in a row. They don’t run the ball well -- the Lions' leading rusher is Kevin Teate with 691 yards and two touchdowns. They don’t pass the ball well, averaging a notch over 31 yards per game. They don’t score many points, averaging 16.6 points and were shut out in three of their last five games. Westlake is undefeated, averaging 45.5 points and coming off a 35-14 win over St. Bonaventure, the No. 11 team in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings.

Mira Costa (4-6) vs. No. 9 Oaks Christian (8-2), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
Oaks Christian, the reigning Northern Division champion and the second-seeded team in the Northern Division playoffs, opens against the third-place team from the Bay League. Mira Costa is another team that hasn’t scored much, only 17.7 points per game, and lost its league finale, 21-7, against Redondo Union. Oaks Christian stumbled a bit into the playoffs, playing two close games in the final three weeks of the Marmonte League season. Both of Oaks Christian’s running backs, Carlos Mendoza and Ishmael Adams, were nicked up in the final weeks of the season. Still the Lions are averaging 35.3 points and should be in good position to make another run at a CIF championship.

No. 11 St. Bonaventure (8-2) vs. Redondo Union (5-5), Friday ( 7:30 p.m.)
The Sea Hawks finished in second place in the Bay League and won four of the last five games of the season. Two of their toughest games were a 21-0 loss to Gardena Serra in Week 2 and a 33-13 loss to Orange Lutheran in Week 5. St. Bonaventure, the No. 3 seed in the Northern Division playoffs, has been ranked higher than Serra and OLu all season in the ESPNLA rankings. The Seraphs might be playing with some chips on their shoulders, too. Coach Todd Therrien was definitely not happy with the way his team lost to Westlake in the Marmonte League finale. Don’t get him started on how his team lost to Oaks Christian.

Inglewood (5-5) vs. No. 24 Chaminade (8-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
Chaminade Coach Ed Croson said his players were “disheartened” after losing to Gardena Serra in the Mission League finale and, as a result, dropping from the No. 1 to No. 3 seed in the Western Division playoffs. The Eagles run the ball well and can score against any team. Running back Terrell Newby has 1,533 yards and 24 touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Scott is efficient, passing for 1,490 yards and 11 touchdowns at a 65 percent completion rate. The wild card in the Chaminade offense is speedster wideout Elijah Dunston. He caught 34 passes for 412 yards and a team-high five touchdowns among the receivers. Inglewood, the second-place team from the Ocean League, has won four games in a row. The Sentinels also lost five of their first six games. Two of those losses were to Palos Verdes and Mira Costa, the top two teams from the Bay League. It could be a long night for Inglewood.

Birmingham (8-2) vs. Arleta (9-1), Friday (7 p.m.)
Birmingham is the No. 6 seed in the City Section Division I playoffs and takes on Arleta in the first round. It is East Valley vs. West Valley. Birmingham was the surprise champion of the West Valley League after upsetting El Camino Real in the second to last game of the season. Arleta won the East Valley League championship with an undefeated record. The only loss for the Mustangs was against Chatsworth, 28-12, in the second week of the season. It was also be a matchup of two of the best running backs in the San Fernando Valley. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman is one touchdown away from setting the City Section for touchdowns in a season. Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings has outplayed the top tailbacks in the West Valley League all season.

Cresnshaw (5-4) vs. El Camino Real (8-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
El Camino Real opens the City Section Division I playoffs against the reigning champs. This is a winnable game for El Camino. Crenshaw is the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. El Camino is No. 9 and home for the playoff opener. The Conquistadores won four of their last five games but stumbled a bit into the playoffs. They lost to Birmingham and, as a result, lost the West Valley League championship. In the West Valley League finale, they narrowly beat Granada Hills, 35-34, and had to erase a 20-point halftime deficit. Crenshaw finished in third place in the Coliseum League and lost its last two games of the season.

L.A. North: Coaches react to brackets

November, 14, 2011
Coaches react and respond to the CIF-Southern Section and City Section football playoff brackets released over the weekend.
  1. Alemany coach Dean Herrington agreed there are no easy roads through the Pac-5 Division playoffs. Alemany is the No. 4 seed and plays St. John Bosco in the first round. “We’re at home. It’s going to be a big, big test. It’s going to be a tough one for us,” Herrington said. St. John Bosco finished in third place in the Trinity League, behind Servite, the No. 1 seed in the Pac-5 Division playoffs, and Santa Margarita. The Braves won their Trinity League finale, 48-28, over Orange Lutheran. Senior running Royce Moore rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns. Junior DaVonte Young has 829 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the season. “They run the ball great,” Herrington said. “We gotta slow down their run game.” Alemany is coming off a 21-14 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the Serra League final. Herrington had to play his starters a little longer than he wanted, but he said his players are healthy and ready for playoffs. The Warriors are in the same half of the bracket as San Clemente, Lakewood and top-seeded Servite. “They all worry you,” Herrington said. “San Clemente’s only lost one game. Lakewood, they’re a solid team. Survive and advance is all you can do. We’re definitely not looking ahead, that’s for sure.”
  2. At first glance, Oaks Christian’s first-round opponent, Mira Costa, doesn’t look all that tough. The Mustangs have a losing record at 4-6 and finished in third place in a weak Bay League. But Oaks Christian Bill Redell is not taking Mira Costa lightly. “I would say, they’re a 4-6 team, but they’ve had a lot of injuries. They’re getting players back,” Redell said. “They’re a really good team, big. If they all come back, I categorize them physically with Bellevue. It’s not a cakewalk.” Oaks Christian lost to Bellevue, the defending Washington state Division 3A champion, to open the season. Oaks Christian won the Northern Division championship last year and the Lions are looking to make a CIF playoff final for the ninth time in school history. Redell said his half of the bracket is fair. “I’m glad we’re not having to play any Marmonte League teams until the semis,” he said. St. Bonaventure, the No. 3 seed in the Northern Division playoffs, is the only other Marmonte League team in the bottom half of the bracket. Oaks Christian beat St. Bonaventure, 36-24, during Marmonte League play. Another bit of good news for Oaks Christian: Running back and linebacker Carlos Mendoza, an Arizona State commit, is expected to play after missing the last two games because of a shoulder injury.

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Football: City Section Div. I seedings

November, 12, 2011
To no surprise, Marine League champion San Pedro (10-0) on Saturday received the top seeding for the CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I football playoffs. Marine League runner-up Narbonne (7-3) is seeded No. 2, Coliseum League champion Dorsey (9-1) is No. 3 and Western League winner Venice (6-4) is No. 4.

First-round play begins Friday -- either at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. -- at the higher seeded team's field. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Nov. 25, the semifinals for Dec. 2 and the championship for Dec. 10 at East Los Angeles College.

San Pedro's toughest regular-season test came on Nov. 4 against Narbonne, a game the Pirates won 49-42. Carson (5-5), a team San Pedro beat 21-0, is seeded No. 5. The Pirates could face two-time defending City Section champion Crenshaw in the second round. The Cougars finished third in the Coliseum League and are seeded No. 8.

Here's the entire Division I bracket:

No. 16 Gardena (3-7) at No. 1 San Pedro (10-0)

No. 9 El Camino Real (8-2) at No. 8 Crenshaw (5-4)

No. 12 Garfield (5-5) at No. 5 Carson (5-5)

No. 13 Taft (4-6) at No. 4 Venice (6-4)

No. 14 Fairfax (6-4) at No. 3 Dorsey (9-1)

No. 11 Arleta (9-1) at No. 6 Birmingham (8-2)

No. 10 Westchester (7-3) at No. 7 West Adams (5-5)

No. 15 Reseda (8-2) at No. 2 Narbonne (7-3)

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 31, 2011
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.

Arleta 45, Jefferson 7

October, 28, 2011

ARLETA – It didn’t take long for Arleta running back Dejon Coleman to heat up against Jefferson in a non-league afternoon game at Arleta High School.

Coleman scored three touchdowns, two in the first half, on long runs in Arleta’s 45-7 win over visiting Jefferson.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached and I’ve been doing this for 17 years,” Arleta coach Dan Kelley said. “Am I surprised by his performance? No. He’s a game-breaker.”

Coleman gained 318 yards in 11 carries, averaging 28.9 yards per carry. He scored on runs of 73, 66 and 47 yards. He did most of his damage in the first three quarters. With Arleta up by 38 points at the end of the third quarter, the fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

Coleman played one series in the fourth quarter and sat out the rest of the game.

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Arleta RB a touchdown machine

October, 25, 2011
The legend of Arleta running back Dejon Coleman is growing by the week. If his body was growing at the same rate, he might garner some national attention.

Arleta coach Dan Kelley says Coleman is a little undersized for a prototypical running back. He is listed a 5-feet-10 and 175 pounds. But he’s been scoring touchdowns at a gargantuan rate.

He has 33 touchdowns in seven games. He has scored 25 rushing touchdowns. He has two interception returns for touchdowns. He has caught four touchdown passes and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Coleman will be at the center of the Arleta offensive attack when the Mustangs (6-1) take on undefeated Jefferson (7-0) on Friday afternoon at Arleta High School.

Kelley said Coleman plays all over the field. He started his high school career as a wide receiver and defensive back as a sophomore. He moved to slot receiver and wildcat quarterback as a junior.

He started his senior season as the team’s running back more out of necessity than anything else. Kelley likes to run the ball and Coleman is the fastest player on the team.

“He keeps on getting better and better every day,” Kelley said. “Every day is football for him.”

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  1. The Valencia football team handed Canyon its first loss of the season and emerged as the leader in the Foothill League standings. The Vikings have won the past two Foothill League championships, but Canyon came into the game with an undefeated record and a six-game winning streak. The future looks bright for Valencia, who had two underclassmen star in the win. Valencia junior quarterback Sean Murphy had one of his best games of the season. He passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another. He was 12-for-19 passing for 146 yards. Both of his touchdown throws went to sophomore Malik Townsend. He caught touchdown passes of 29 and 19 yards and finished with five catches for 74 yards. Valencia is 2-0 after the first two games of Foothill League play. Canyon, Saugus, Hart and West Ranch are 1-1 and tied for second place. Only two of those teams are guaranteed playoff spots. It should be an interesting next three weeks in the Foothill League.
  2. Another underclassman has been playing well in Ventura County. Camarillo junior Travis Valdez, making only the third start of his high school career, passed for 389 yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s 58-14 win over Hueneme. Valdez is 3-0 as the Camarillo starting quarterback and the Scorpions are 2-0 in Pacific View League play. Senior Conrad Kotake caught four touchdown passes and had 133 receiving yards. He was one of three receivers who had more than 100 yards in the game. Senior Jake Maulhardt caught nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Corbin Covey had 106 yards receiving and scored a touchdown.
  3. Burroughs of Burbank running back Zander Anding recorded his fourth 300-yard rushing game in a row. He gained 358 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-22 win over Crescenta Valley. Anding scored on runs of 93, 23 and 65 yards. Behind Anding, Burroughs improved to 4-0 in Pacific League play. The Indians are on the road and play Muir in Pasadena on Friday night.
  4. A pair of City Section running backs combined to score nine touchdowns in crucial league wins. El Camino Real’s Kawan Rally scored five rushing touchdowns and gained 218 yards in his team’s 62-0 shutout on the road over Cleveland of Reseda. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman rushed for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in his team’s 49-6 win over North Hollywood. He had touchdown runs of 4, 20 and 10 yards and had a 35-yard touchdown reception. He finished with 143 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards.
  5. The Thousand Oaks boys water polo team won the Anaheim Canyon tournament for the second year in a row. Thousand Oaks beat Long Beach Poly, 14-2, in the championship game of the two-day tournament. Ben Rogers scored 13 goals on the final day of the tournament.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 17, 2011
  1. Even though Sherman Oaks Notre Dame lost its Serra League opener, 28-26, to Crespi, the Knights can look to some positives from the game. First off, Notre Dame outgained Crespi in total offense, 212 yards to 164 yards. Neither team was able to move the ball much on offense, but Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad made his presence felt. He rushed for 92 yards in 26 carries but didn’t find the end zone. Secondly, Notre Dame picked off two passes and turned them into touchdowns. Kevin Carrasco’s interception return in the second quarter gave Notre Dame a 10-point lead, 17-7. Nick Holland’s pick six in the fourth quarter put Notre Dame up 24-21. Finally, Notre Dame’s Sam Robinson matched Crespi’s Chris Harper for most acrobatic touchdown catch of the game. Robinson made a diving catch for a touchdown that tied the score, 7-7, in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Notre Dame doesn’t win games with style points. Now, the Knights find themselves in a must-win situation against Loyola on Friday night at L.A. Valley College. Notre Dame needs a win to get back in the Serra League championship hunt. Loyola is playing its Serra League opener after having a bye last week. It will be another tough one for Notre Dame. Crespi, meanwhile, plays Bishop Amat, which lost its Serra League opener to Alemany.
  2. Two school passing records were broken over the weekend. Canyon quarterback Jonathan Jerozal set the school mark for career touchdown passes in the Foothill League opener against Saugus. Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins broke the school record for passing yards in a game in a 50-0 shutout against Royal. Jerozal threw three touchdown passes in his team’s 51-28 win over Saugus. He has 62 career touchdown passes and broke the record set by Nate Longshore, who went on to play at Cal. Dawkins passed for 387 yards against Royal and broke the record set by Jimmy Clausen, who passed for 367 yards against Santa Paula in 2006, and went on to play in college at Tennessee. It might be the first of many school records for Dawkins, who is only a sophomore.
  3. Some of the biggest rushing games on Friday night came out of the City Section. Kawan Rally from El Camino Real rushed for 319 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Woodland Hills Taft. It wasn’t only a huge night for Rally, but for the El Camino Real program. The Conquistadores beat Taft for the first time since 1991. Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 35-16 win over Chatsworth. Both his touchdowns came in the second half, one on an 86-yard run in the third quarter. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman didn’t have eye-popping numbers on the ground, but he scored four touchdowns in his team’s 49-6 win over Poly. He scored two rushing touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass for a touchdown. Coleman gained 91 yards on nine carries and caught five passes for 75 yards. Brian Sanchez from Granada Hills rushed for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns in his team’s 38-13 win over Cleveland of Reseda.
  4. Another game, another rushing record for Zander Anding from Burroughs of Burbank. He rushed for 394 yards and scored six touchdowns in his team’s 70-34 win over Glendale. It was Anding’s third 300-yard rushing game in a row and the third time he has broken his own school record for rushing yards in a game. He scored on runs of 39, 75, 5, 47 and 41 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Way out in the high desert, Quartz Hill’s Osirus Burke rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Rebels’ 27-21 win over Palmdale. Burke scored on runs of 6, 1, 13 and 11 yards.
  5. Pasadena Poly won the Oxnard water polo tournament, beating Rio Mesa, 15-7, in the championship match. Rio Mesa reached the final of the Oxnard tournament for the third year in a row. The Spartans won the tournament in 2009 by beating Pasadena Poly. Rio Mesa lost to Crescenta Valley in last year’s championship match. Rio Mesa beat Malibu, 13-9, in the semifinals. Rio Mesa’s Joe Yamamoto scored five goals against Malibu and had four goals in the championship match against Pasadena Poly.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 3, 2011
  1. The Ventura football team ran its record to 5-0 with a convincing 27-0 win over Camarillo in one of the longest rivalries in Ventura County. The two teams met for the 30th time on Friday night. The game didn’t quite live up to expectations, though. Camarillo receiver Jake Maulhardt was coming off a state-record performance against Canyon. He caught 28 passes to set the new state mark with 347 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns. Against Ventura, he caught only eight passes for 72 yards. Still a good night, but it pales in comparison to the previous game. Ventura receiver Hunter Winans outplayed Maulhardt with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. He has 30 catches for 438 yards and two touchdowns in five games. Nobody expected Ventura to shut out Camarillo, which came into the game averaging 23 points. Ventura moved up to No. 7 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Western Division polls The Cougars were ranked 10th last week. St. Paul from the Mission League is ranked No. 1 in the Western Division, followed by Mission League rival Chaminade at No. 2.
  2. The Paraclete football team set a school record with 86 points against Pasadena Marshall. The Spirits won the game, 86-0, playing second and third stringers in the second half. There is a CIF rule to use a running clock when a team is up by more than 30 points, but the Paraclete coaches said Marshall refused to use a running clock. “We asked for it after the first half,” the Paraclete coaches said on Twitter. “We have nothing but respect for Coach [James] Zall and his squad. He’s building something special.” Paraclete was up 37-0 after the first quarter and 65-0 at halftime. The Spirits gained 547 yards of total offense and Anton Hutcherson scored three touchdowns. The Spirits forced five turnovers and held Marshall to minus-9 yards of offense.
  3. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman recorded his first seven-touchdown game and third six-touchdown game of the season in a 68-0 win over Monroe in the East Valley League opener. What is more impressive is that he scored his six rushing touchdowns in only nine carries in the game. He scored on runs of 73, 60, 35, 72, 47 and 19 yards and gained 320 yards in nine carries. For those keeping score at home, that’s 35.5 yards per carry. He also scored on a 72-yard kickoff return in the second half. That gives him 20 touchdowns in four games.
  4. Canyon receiver Drew Wolitarsky caught two touchdown passes in his team’s 56-6 win over Beverly Hills. He set the school record with 26 career receiving touchdowns on Friday night. For good measure, he scored a touchdown on a 66-yard punt return in the second quarter. Wolitarsky caught five passes for 101 yards and had scoring catches of 33 and 29 yards from quarterback Jonathan Jerozal. Wolitarsky has caught 24 passes for 491 yards and six touchdowns in four games. He is averaging 20.4 yards per catch and 122.8 receiving yards per game.
  5. The Downey girls' volleyball team was the surprise winner in the 28-team Royal Classic over the weekend in Simi Valley. Downey beat Ayala, 25-22, in the championship match and knocked off reigning Royal Classic champion Notre Dame Academy, 25-23, 29-27, in the semifinals. Host Royal lost in the quarterfinals of the gold division playoffs to Downey, 25-23, 25-22. El Camino Real won the silver division championship, 25-23, 25-18, over Granada Hills.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

September, 26, 2011
  1. The games between Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure are quickly becoming classics. The latest contest included a power outage that only knocked out the stadium lights but not the scoreboards, and interrupted the game for nearly 30 minutes. It took 15 minutes for the lights to be restored and another 15 minutes for players to stretch and return to the game. When the lights went out, Oaks Christian was ahead, 27-24, with 6:52 to play in the fourth quarter. St. Bonaventure was down 20-3 at halftime and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to trim the lead to three points. St. Bonaventure receiver Montre Lee scored the second touchdown of the quarter on a 55-yard pass from quarterback Marc Evans. The Seraphs were about the get the ball back after forcing Oaks Christian to punt. But with the football in the air, the lights went out. The ball was downed on the St. Bonaventure 1-yard line. The delay seemed to sap all the momentum from St. Bonaventure. Oaks Christian scored a safety when the game resumed after St. Bonaventure was called for holding in the end zone. Oaks Christian’s Marcus Jones forced his second fumble of the game and St. Bonaventure turned the ball over for the third time, ending a drive inside the Oaks Christian 20-yard line in the final minutes. St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien told the LA Times that Oaks Christian must have a hundred of rabbits' feet with the way the last couple of games have ended between the two teams. Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell insists the lights didn’t go out on purpose, but he didn’t know why they went out at all. Suspicions linger, but the end result is another dramatic win for Oaks Christian.
  2. The final tally on Camarillo’s Jake Maulhardt’s record-setting receiving game against Canyon Country Canyon is 28 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns. His 28 receptions are a state record, breaking the mark of 26 catches set by David Sepulveda for Fullerton in a game against Buena Park in 1984. Maulhardt’s 28 receptions are fourth in the national record books. He broke the Ventura County record of 19 catches by Richard Mullaney of Thousand Oaks last year. His 347 receiving yards are No. 3 on the state list, behind Ramon Nevarez of Bolsa Grande (377 yards in 1996) and Keith Poole of Clovis (373 yards in 1991). Maulhardt scored on catches of 21, 25 and 37 yards. Camarillo coach Dennis Reidmiller told the Ventura County Star that if he knew Maulhardt had 28 catches during the game, he would have thrown to him a couple more times to try to get him an even 30. For good measure, Camarillo sophomore quarterback Michael Marin was 41-of-54 passing for 416 yards and four touchdowns.

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

September, 12, 2011
  1. Chaminade running back Terrell Newby shouldered the load in his team’s 41-21 win over Venice on Friday night. He scored five touchdowns and rushed for 269 yards. But Newby wasn’t the only star of the night for Chaminade. Senior running back Devon Lee rushed for 80 yards in 11 carries. His little brother, sophomore defensive back Donovan Lee, intercepted two passes. Junior wide receiver Elijah Dunston hauled in a 30-yard touchdown catch. Junior receiver Kevin Lewallyn caught five passes for 41 yards. Senior quarterback Logan Scott didn’t have a great night passing, going 12-for-16 for 132 yards, but he completed passes to six different receivers. He was able to mix it up well and keep a number of receivers involved in the game. He also rushed for 74 yards on 12 carries.
  2. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman had a game for the ages against Marshall. He scored six touchdowns, and the Mustangs needed every one of them in a 56-42 win. He also amassed 456 all-purpose yards. Coleman scored three rushing touchdowns, caught a 60-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown. With his team down 42-41 with a little under two minutes to play, he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give his team a 49-42 lead. He scored Arleta’s final touchdown to give his team the two-touchdown margin of victory.
  3. After an impressive 35-13 opening night win over Gardena Serra, the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame football team needed overtime and a fumble recovery to win its second game of the season, 17-14, over Valencia. Valencia shut out Notre Dame for three quarters and nearly five minutes into the fourth quarter. Kevin Carrasco caught a 42-yard touchdown pass to bring Notre Dame to within two points, 14-12, with 3:50 to play. The Knights successfully completed a two-point conversion to tie the score and send it into overtime. Sophomore Lucas Alfonso made a 40-yard field goal to give Notre Dame a three-point lead in the first overtime period. Valencia’s first overtime possession ended after one play. Jay Jay Wilson caught an 18-yard pass but was stripped at the 10-yard line. Dominick Mugavero recovered the fumble for Notre Dame and ended the game.
  4. The Saugus girls' cross country team hasn’t raced in the Kiwanis Seaside Invitational in Ventura for two years. The girls returned for the 22nd annual race and won the junior and senior events. The Frankian sisters, Karis and Abigail, won their races. Karis Frankian won the senior race in 17 minutes, 6.82 seconds over the 3-mile course. It was the fourth-fastest time in meet history. She also won the freshman race at the Seaside Invitational three years ago. Abigail Frankian won the sophomore race. Valencia’s Maddie Dignadice won the junior race in 17:43.90. La Reina’s Ariana Brajkovich won the freshman race in 19:23.
  5. The Oaks Christian girls' volleyball team won the gold division of the San Luis Obispo tournament, downing Saugus, 25-22, in the championship match. Oaks Christian’s Nicole Leonard earned the most valuable player award in the 32-team tournament. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame won the University girls volleyball tournament in Irvine. The Knights beat Beckman, 25-22, 26-24, in the championship match. Emily Moss and Callan Kinnan were all-tournament selections for Notre Dame. Viewpoint won the Laguna Blanca girls volleyball tournament for the second year in a row. The Patriots beat Grace Brethren, 25-23, in the championship match. Elizabeth Sheffield was the tournament MVP for Viewpoint.