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Westlake QB Moore earns All-CIF award

January, 18, 2012
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The Westlake football team nearly pulled off a clean sweep of All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division selections.

Quarterback Justin Moore was the offensive player of the year and Jim Benkert was the coach of the year.

Defensive end Justin Solis shared the defensive player of the year award with Valencia linebacker Ryan Gorman.

Moore passed for 2,483 yards and 27 touchdowns in his junior season at Westlake. He also rushed for 1,099 and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground.

Solis led Westlake with 102 tackles and had seven sacks in his senior season. The Colorado-bound defensive lineman also had an interception.

Benkert led his team to the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship and played in the CIF Open Division state bowl game against Concord De La Salle at the Home Depot Center.

Gorman led Valencia in tackles with 96 and had three pass deflections and an interception in his senior season.

The Sierra Canyon football team had the East Valley Division offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year.

Quarterback Tyler Stewart was the offensive player of the year. Brian Tucker was the defensive player of the year. Jon Ellinghouse was the coach of the year.

Sierra Canyon won the East Valley Division championship and the CIF Division IV state bowl game over Le Grand.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 19, 2011
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  1. The Sierra Canyon football team won its first CIF state bowl game and is the only team in Southern California with a 15-0 record. But the school might be better known for having two Kardashian sisters on the cheerleading squad. Here’s a look at some of the top players on the Sierra Canyon football team: Senior quarterback Tyler Stewart threw for 2,245 yards and 32 touchdowns. A more impressive stat is that he threw only two interceptions in 222 pass attempts. The Trailblazers had a pair of running backs with 1,000 yards. Senior Danny Jordan had 1,021 yards and eight touchdowns. Junior Xavier Menifield had 1,382 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. Three of those TDs came against Le Grand in the bowl game. He also caught 14 passes for 369 yards and six touchdowns. Junior Preston White led Sierra Canyon in receiving with 35 catches for 490 yards and seven touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, senior Patrick McGown led the team with a whopping 17 sacks. Reggie Prince and Brian Tucker shared the team lead for interceptions with three. Each had one pick in the bowl game against Le Grand. Finally, sophomore kicker Noah Zgrabalich made eight field goals, 81 extra points and was second on the team in scoring with 105 points. Only Menifield had more points with 31 touchdowns, a pair of two-point conversions and 188 points.
  2. The Westlake football team might have lost the CIF Open Division bowl game to Concord De La Salle, but one player came out a winner. Westlake kicker Alex Ball won the Chris Sailer award recognizing the best high school kicker in the nation. Ball converted 19 field goals this season and tied for the state lead with Vista Murrieta’s Tyler Rausa. Ball’s 138 points are the most in the nation by schools that reported totals. Ball did not play in the CIF Open Division bowl game because he tore his ACL in his left leg in the Northern Division championship game against Oaks Christian. Even though Westlake lost the Open Division bowl game, the Warriors are not dodging tough teams next season. Westlake will open the season against Granite Bay in the Battle for Veterans Showcase in Sacramento. Oaks Christian and Thousand Oaks are also playing in the Battle for Veterans Showcase. Oaks Christian will play Del Oro, which lost to Helix in the Division II state bowl game. Thousand Oaks squares off against Franklin of Elk Grove. The week after the Battle for Veterans Showcase, Westlake will host Del Oro. Westlake opened the 2011 season against Del Oro and won, 30-27, in overtime.
  3. Providence of Burbank freshman Marcus LoVett Jr. had one of the best basketball games in San Fernando Valley history. He scored a school record 57 points in an 85-74 win over St. Joseph of Santa Maria in the National Prep Classic in Santa Maria. The previous school record was 52 points by Patrick Gonzalez in 2010. LoVett’s 57 points are the most by a player from the San Fernando Valley since 2005 when Grant’s Michael Danielian scored 58 points against Verdugo Hills, according to the Daily News. Providence plays Fremont on Tuesday in the National Prep Classic.
  4. The Harvard-Westlake boys basketball team won the Palos Verdes Tournament, beating Lawndale, 65-63, in the championship game. Derrick Newton scored the winning basket with 13 second left in the game. He was selected tournament MVP and scored 21 points, had 11 rebounds and four blocks against Lawndale. Zena Edosomwan scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds for Harvard-Westlake in the championship game. He was selected to the all-tournament team.
  5. The Chaminade boys soccer team won the Garces Tournament in Bakersfield beating McLane from Bakersfield, 6-1, in the championship game. Karam Gill and Nick Barbarino scored two goals apiece for Chaminade. Zack Khoury and Alessandro Giambrone each notched a goal. In the Arcadia Classic, the Palmdale boys soccer team shut out Monrovia, 2-0, in the championship game. Oscar Torres was selected the tournament MVP and scored both goals for Palmdale. He also scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Arcadia in the semifinals.

DIV Bowl: Sierra Cyn 34, Le Grand 13

December, 16, 2011
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CARSON – Sierra Canyon’s Reggie Prince touched the football only three times. But he made the most of his opportunities.

Prince scored the first touchdown for Sierra Canyon and picked off a pass in the second half in his team’s 34-13 win over Le Grand in the CIF State Division IV bowl game at the Home Depot Center on Friday.

Sierra Canyon scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and erased an six-point, first-half deficit to win its first CIF bowl game in school history.

“I am extremely excited about this,” said Sierra Canyon coach Jon Ellinghouse. “Now the challenge is to make this a year in and year out expectation. We have everything in place and this program is in a great place. It doesn’t get any better than this. This is the pinnacle. I’m extremely excited.”

Sierra Canyon (15-0), which started its 11-man football program only three years ago, handed Le Grand (12-1), the Sac-Joaquin Valley Division V champion, its first loss of the season.

Prince gave Sierra Canyon a 7-0 lead with a 13-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

“It felt real good getting that touchdown,” Prince said. “It feels really good to come out here and play like a team.”

But Le Grand scored the next two touchdowns to take a 13-7 lead in the first quarter. Dustin Slate scored on a seven-yard run midway through the first quarter to cut the Sierra Canyon lead to 7-6.

Le Grand took the lead on a five-yard run by Julian Nava with 49 seconds left to play in the first quarter.

“We were overwhelmed by the atmosphere in the first half,” Ellinghouse said. “Our kids were tight and our kids play great when they’re loose. Our kids were a little in awe of the atmosphere. We definitely came out in the second half and played the type of football we’re used to playing.”

Menifield scored his first touchdown of the game on a 41-yard run with 4:11 to play in the first half. Sierra Canyon took a 14-13 lead and held it until halftime.

Prince made his second big play of game, picking off a pass from Le Grand quarterback Alex Bucio on the second play of the second half. He returned the interception to the Le Grand 31-yard line and set up Danny Jordan’s first touchdown of the game.

“At halftime we were down,” said Prince, who caught two passes for 22 yards. “Everybody kept saying have fun out there, have fun. When we came back, coach told me we have to step it up and put some points on the board. When I got that interception, it just turned the game around and I felt it. It just lifted the team up.”

With Sierra Canyon up 21-13, Menifield scored the next two touchdowns. He gave Sierra Canyon a 14-point lead with a two-yard touchdown run with 5:03 in the third quarter.

He pushed the Sierra Canyon lead to 21 points with a seven-yard touchdown run with 1:35 left in the third quarter.

Menifield rushed for 137 yards in 18 carries and caught two passes for 36 yards. Preston White led Sierra Canyon in receiving with five catches for 63 yards.

Sierra Canyon quarterback Tyler Stewart threw for 163 yards and a touchdown. He was 13-for-25 passing with one interception.

Bucio threw two interceptions, one to Prince in the third quarter and the other to Brian Tucker midway through the second quarter. Le Grand committed four turnovers in the game. Tucker recovered a fumble in the second half.

The Sierra Canyon football team has come a long way in a short time and Ellinghouse said he was proud of the way his players performed in their first bowl game.

“There’s nothing better than setting a goal and achieving it,” Ellinghouse said.

Sierra Canyon 36, Paraclete 26

November, 6, 2011
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GRANADA HILLS -- Sierra Canyon’s Reggie Prince scored three touchdowns, two on long interception returns, and led the Trailblazers to their first win over Alpha League rival Paraclete, 36-26, at Granada Hills High School on Saturday night.

Prince scored on interceptions returns of 70 and 72 yards. He also caught a 27-yard pass for a touchdown. But after the game, he said it was teammate Brian Tucker who was the player of the game.

Tucker caught the eventual game-winning touchdown for Sierra Canyon, a six-yard toss from quarterback Tyler Stewart, with a little more than three minutes to play in the game.

Tucker’s touchdown gave Sierra Canyon a one-point lead, 27-26. Stewart ran in the two-point conversion to put the Trailblazers up 29-26.

It was the first time in three meetings that Sierra Canyon (9-0) beat Paraclete (7-2). The two teams met twice last season, including in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division championship game. Paraclete won that game, 14-7.

“Our confidence is very high,” Sierra Canyon coach Jon Elinghouse said. “Our backs were against the wall and our defense had our backs.”

Prince gave Sierra Canyon an early 7-0 lead with an interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Paraclete was facing fourth-and-4 from the Sierra Canyon 34-yard line when quarterback Tyler Carvalho was picked off by Prince.

Sierra Canyon took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Stewart.

Paraclete cut the lead to 11 points, 14-3, on a 38-yard field goal by Andrew Jimenez early in the second quarter. The Spirits scored a safety when Sierra Canyon, pinned deep in its own territory, snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt.

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