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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.

Simi Valley's Sarah Baxter tops in nation in 3,200

April, 8, 2012
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Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter set the fastest time in the nation in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet Saturday.

Oaks Christian Vinnie Saucer was a double winner at the meet. The Harvard-Westlake girls distance medley relay team repeated as winners of the invitational race.

Baxter, a sophomore at Simi Valley, won the 3,200 in a personal-best 10 minutes, 8.11 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in meet history. She beat Marina’s Laura Hollander, who crossed the finish line in 10:10.51, the second-fastest time in the nation and the second-fastest time in Orange County history.

Saucer won the 100-meter and 200-meter seeded races. He won the 100 in 10.60 seconds and the 200 in 21.75 seconds.

The Harvard-Westlake girls won the distance medley relay invitational race despite dropping the baton on the final exchange. Cami Chapus ran the anchor leg and recovered after dropping the baton in the exchange with Elle Wilson.

The girls won the race in 11:45.18. They won the distance medley relay invitational race in a meet record 11:40.89 in last year’s Arcadia Invitational.

The Notre Dame boys, with Khalfani Muhammad running the anchor leg, won the 4x100 seeded relay in 41.54 seconds.

Sydney Ashley Lewis from Oak Park won the girls 100-meter seeded race in 11.90 seconds.

The Oaks Christian 4x100 relay team, which won the CIF state championship in 2011, was second to Brophy Prep in Arizona. Brophy Prep won the race in 41.15 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the nation. Oaks Christian followed in 41.48 seconds. Rio Mesa was third in 41.62 seconds and Woodland Hills Taft was sixth in 42.82 seconds.

Golden Valley’s Chelsey Totten was fourth in the girls 1-mile seeded race in 5:04.23. Ashley Dadkah from Torrey Pines won the race in 4:54.44

Hart’s Austin O’Neil was fifth in the boys 1-mile invitational race in 4:14.56. Brad Nye from Davis in Utah won the race in 4:08.80.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 5, 2011
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  1. The Foothill League is starting the basketball season strong. The Valencia and Canyon boys' teams won tournaments over the weekend. Valencia won the Simi Valley tournament and beat highly touted El Camino Real, 88-77, in the championship game. Canyon won the Burbank Tournament ousting a talented Renaissance Academy of La Canada team, 53-50, in the title game. Valencia’s Troy Hammel earned Simi Valley tournament MVP by scoring 18 points against El Camino. Canyon’s Clay Kasdorf was the MVP of the Burbank Tournament and scored 15 points in the game against Renaissance Academy.
  2. The Canyon girls' basketball team is off to an impressive start as well. Canyon won the Nike Central Valley tournament against some of the top teams from the CIF Central Section. Canyon beat Lynwood, 33-30, in the championship game and knocked off Clovis West, 59-57, in the semifinals. Jaya Schultz earned tournament MVP. She scored 17 points against Clovis West and had eight points against Lynwood in the defensive tussle of a championship game.
  3. The Calabasas boys' basketball team won the Campbell Hall tournament in a matchup of two of the top young guards in the San Fernando Valley. Calabasas won the championship game, 72-57, behind 22 points and eight assists from sophomore Jeremy Lieberman. Campbell Hall’s freshman phenom Aaron Holiday scored 26 points, 15 in the first half, and was 10-of-22 from the field.
  4. The Thousand Oaks boys' basketball team won the Nordhoff Tournament, beating Buena, 69-25, in the championship game. Eric Greene scored 13 points in the championship game and earned tournament MVP. Dakota Pierce scored a game-high 20 points for Thousand Oaks against Buena. Tanner Fanjoy added 18 points and was selected with Pierce to the all-tournament team.
  5. Harvard-Westlake’s Cami Chapus gutted out a ninth-place finish in the girls seeded race at the Footlocker Cross Country West Region meet and earned a spot in the national finals meet next week. Battling the after-effects of bronchitis, Chapus completed the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 34 seconds at Mt. San Antonio College. By finishing in the top 10 at the West Region meet, she earned a spot in the nationals meet at Balboa Park in San Diego on Dec. 10.
  1. Jonathan Sanders from New Jewish Community in West Hills finished in a tie for eighth place at the CIF boys golf state championship at Poppy Hill Golf Club in Pebble Beach. He was 1-over par 73. Johnny Ruiz from Camarillo shot 9-over par 81 and finished tied for 36th place out of 48 golfers who qualified for the state final. Sanders was 2-under par after 11 holes, but ran into trouble on the 12th hole, a 509-yard, par-5. He recorded a double bogey after hitting his tee shot out of bounds. He followed with bogeys on the 13th and 17th holes before recording a birdie on the 18th. Ruiz, who lost in a playoff in the CIF Southern California Golf Association regional at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena a week earlier, had a rought start on the back nine at Poppy Hills. He had a triple bogey on the 12th and was 7-over par from the ninth to the 13th holes. Alexander Schauffele from Scripps Ranch won the CIF state golf championship over Nicolo Galleti of Foothill in a playoff. Both were tied with 3-under par 69s after 18 holes. Schauffele won the tournament on the third playoff hole.
  2. David Hubinger from St. Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge earned the most valuable player award in the fifth annual City vs. Southern Section All-Star Baseball Game. The Southern Section won the game, 15-3, at Birmingham High School. Hubinger, a catcher who’s headed to Pepperdine, was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. The Southern Section all stars won for the first time since 2008. The City Section leads the series, 3-2.
  3. The San Fernando Valley boys and girls basketball all star teams won the War on the Floor Future Stars games against Ventura County all star teams at Moorpark High School. The San Fernando Valley boys won, 102-96, as 10 players scored in double figures. Terrell Funchess from Chatsworth led the San Fernando all stars with 18 points. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame’s Jonathan Bell had 14 and Cleveland of Reseda’s JR Williams had 12. Oxnard’s Matt Ramon, playing for the Ventura County all stars, led all scorers with 21 points and had 10 rebounds. The San Fernando girls won, 86-53, over the Ventura County all stars. Jasmine Smith and Rishonda Napier from Bellarmine-Jefferson in Burbank led the San Fernando Valley all stars. They combined for 29 points. Napier had 16 points and Smith poured in 13 and had eight rebounds. Brianna Barrett of Oaks Christian led the Ventura County all stars with 17 points.
  4. Cami Chapus from Harvard-Westlake won the adidas Grand Prix High School Girls’ Dream Mile at Randall’s Island, N.Y. She set the fastest time in the nation in the mile this year and set a personal-best in 4 minutes, 42.71 seconds. Chapus finished ahead of Elanor Fulton of Highlands Ranch in Colorado and Alli Billmeyer of Torrey Pines in San Diego. Loyola’s Elias Gedyon was third in the adidas Grand Prix boys race in New York.
  5. Agoura’s Jonathan Cabral missed setting the state record in the 110 hurdles by 0.02 seconds, but won the race in the Golden West Invitational at Folsom High School. He won the race in a wind-legal time of 13.41 seconds, the second-fastest time in state history. Kevin Craddock of James Logan High School in Union City set the state mark in 13.39 seconds in 2004. Cabral matched the time set by Steve Kerho of Mission Viejo in 1982. Cabral also won the 300 hurdles in 35.76 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in state history.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

June, 6, 2011
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  1. Simi Valley freshman Sarah Baxter won the 3,200 in the CIF State Track and Field championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Her time of 10:13 was the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year. She finished ahead of Rancho Bernardo’s Molly Grabill, in second, and Torrey Pines’ Alli Billmeyer in third. Harvard-Westlake’s Cami Chapus, who won the 1,600 in a personal-best time of 4:40.88, was ninth in the 3,200.
  2. The Oaks Christian boys 4-x-100 relay team set a school record and won the CIF State championship in 41.19 seconds. The team of Ronny Camacho, Ishmael Adams, Terry Johnson and Vincent Saucer won the first state relay championship in school history for Oaks Christian. Roosevelt was second in 42.18 seconds.
  3. The Canyon boys 4-x-100 relay team broke the Foothill League record at the CIF State Track and Field championships over the weekend. The team of Max Archuleta, Kenny Stone, Dominic Pennucci and Darius Rudolph ran the relay in 41.78 seconds in the preliminaries on Friday to set the Foothill League mark and qualify for the final race. The Canyon boys finished sixth in 42.18 seconds.
  4. Saugus runner Stephanie Bulder competed in two events at the CIF State Track and Field championships. She was sixth in the 1,600 and was 13th in the 3,200. Her time of 4:47.81 in the 1,600 was a personal best by six seconds. She was one of three runners from Saugus in the 3,200 race. Teammates Kaylin Mahoney finished 12th and Karis Frankian was 20th.
  5. Valencia’s Faith Anumba was the first athlete in school history to qualify in two events in the CIF State meet. She posted top-10 performances in the long jump and triple jump. She was seventh in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump.

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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  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.

Long Beach Poly runs away with girls' Division 1 title

May, 21, 2011
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Melia CoxKirby Lee/US PresswireMelia Cox of Long Beach Poly won three events at Saturday's CIF-SS track and field finals.

CERRITOS — Arguably the best girls’ track and field team in state history might finally have some competition.

Long Beach Poly dominated the Southern Section Division 1 finals Saturday at Cerritos College, taking the top two spots in the 200, 400 and 800 meters and winning a handful of other events to run away with the team title.

The Jackrabbits finished with 148 points, far ahead of Eastvale Roosevelt and Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, who tied for second with 33.

“It’s like our 2004 team,” said Poly coach Don Norford. “A lot of depth, a lot of great athletes, a lot of dedication and hard work. They have all the qualities of a champion.”

The 2004 team finished off its high school season by setting a national record in the 1,600-meter relay to finish with a state meet record 80 points. Shana Woods was the star on that team, winning a state title in the long jump and finishing runner up in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100.

This season’s front runner is senior Melia Cox.

She opened the meet by running the second leg on the 400 relay team that won in 45.50 seconds. She then won the 100 hurdles in a nation-leading 13.42, which was also just a hundredth of a second off the Division 1 meet record set by Nichole Denby of Riverside North in 2000.

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LA North: Five things from the weekend

May, 9, 2011
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  1. The Camarillo baseball team clinched the Pacific View League championship, 3-2 in extra innings, over Oxnard. Michael Martinez knocked in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. Hunter Virant had quite a game for Camarillo. He started and went six innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He had three hits at the plate, two doubles and a single, and stole a base. The junior who’s committed to UCLA finished the game in center field and made a running catch. Jayson Balades started for Oxnard and gave up two runs in six innings.
  2. The Valencia baseball team has a one-game lead over Hart with two games left to play in the Foothill League season. Valencia is coming off a 16-13 win over Saugus. It was only the second time this season Valencia has given up 10 runs or more. Both times were against Saugus and both times Valencia won. Brian Mundell hit for the cycle and drove in five runs for Valencia. Hart shut out West Ranch, 12-0, behind six scoreless innings from Garrett Gooding. Steve Rosso had another good game at the plate, going 4-for-4. Valencia finishes the Foothill League season with a pair of games against Canyon (5-8 in league). Hart gets two games against Golden Valley (4-9 in league).

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