Los Angeles Preps: girls' volleyball

1. Tesoro's victory over Servite in the second round of the Pac-5 playoffs was as surprising an outcome as there has been in this postseason. It was Tesoro that turned in a very Servite-like performance in knocking off the state's No. 2-ranked team (and No. 21 nationally). In the end, it was all about the defense. Tesoro limited Servite's running attack to fewer than three yards per carry (31 carries for 89 yards) and intercepted three passes (Cody Pittman had thrown only two all season) -- not to mention the fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Jay Perez one minute after Blake Rodgers scored on the opening drive of the second half. Perez's TD made it 20-17, the defense prevented Servite from scoring in the second half, and Rodgers' second score -- a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter-- ended Servite's reign as two-time champion.

2. Trabuco Hills boys and San Clemente girls won State Division 1 cross country titles in Fresno. Trabuco had its five scoring runners finish in the top 35. The Mustangs were so strong that only 30 seconds separated ninth-place Jared Hazlett (15 minutes 25 seconds) from 34th Max Moncur (15:55). The combined time of the top five runners (78:12.30) on the 3.1-mile layout was seven seconds faster than the next-closest team from any of the five divisions, Arcadia. San Clemente won behind sophomore Melissa Eisele, who finished 13th; the Tritons' five scoring runners included two freshmen. Also winning a title, in Division V, was St. Margaret's boys and individual champion Billy Gaudreau, who won his second in a row. JSerra's girls won the Division IV title behind Brooke Kunzelman and Ashley Geisler, who finished 20th and 21st.

3. Conner Manning of El Toro has passed for 3,472 yards this season, and should break the Orange County record on Friday against La Habra; needing just 88 yards to reach the total set by Matt Barkley (Mater Dei), who graduated in 2009. If Manning (35 TDs, 5 int.) doesn't reach the record, then the Chargers will be in a mess of hurt. The junior passed for a season-best 444 yards and five touchdowns in a first-round victory over Esperanza, and on Friday passed for 332 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-30 victory over Yorba Linda. He passed for fewer than 217 yards only once, when he passed for 161 and two touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Schurr. Manning's favorite target, Cody White, has 70 receptions and 13 touchdowns.

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Sometimes, all that's needed is a wakeup call. Los Alamitos got that in the Sunset League finale when it was swept by Edison in a girls' volleyball match. The loss prevented the Griffins from being the No. 1 seeded team in the Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs, but it didn't matter.

They didn't lose again.

The section title came Saturday night at Cypress College with a 25-17, 26-24, 25-23 victory over league rival Newport Harbor.

Los Alamitos (35-3) didn't lose a game during its five-match playoff run; it was only the second time that it needed more than 25 points to win a game.

This was the third victory this season for the Griffins over Newport Harbor (25-9).

The winning effort was paved by JoJo Schnabl, who had 14 kills and Alijah Gunsaulus with 12. Also contributing handily were Chrissy Jones (10) and Jaylen Villanueva (8).

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Links to all of this week's CIF-SS polls

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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We published this week's CIF-SS football polls earlier today, but if you're interested in other sports, here are links to those polls.

8-Man football

Girls' volleyball

Boys' water polo

Girls' tennis

Boys' and girls' cross country

Links to all of this week's CIF-SS polls

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
6:16
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We published this week's CIF-SS football polls earlier today, but if you're interested in other sports, here are links to those polls.

8-Man football

Girls' volleyball

Boys' water polo

Girls' tennis

Boys' and girls' cross country
Farrell SouthCourtesy of Doug StevensFarrell South helped lead Newport Harbor's boys' water polo team to a tournament title over the weekend.

1. Behind Farrell South and Koby Yokota, Newport Harbor won its first tournament championship under first-year coach Robert Lynn with a 9-7 victory Saturday over rival Corona del Mar in the S&R Sport Southern California Water Polo Tournament. South scored three goals, and Yokota had 11 saves as the Sailors (13-1), No. 2 in the Southern Section Division 1 rankings, turned in a strong defensive effort in the first half to beat Corona del Mar (11-3), the top-ranked team in Division 2. The final four were the usual suspects; Los Alamitos won the third-place game over Coronado, 13-5, behind Andrew Reynolds' four goals.

2. Trabuco Hills no longer has Grant Oshier on its cross country team, but his graduation didn't leave the cupboard bare. The Mustangs won the Championship Division team title the Clovis Invitational in Fresno, and it wasn't even close. Led by Jared Hazlett (15:23), who took eighth-place on the 3-mile Woodward Park course, Trabuco scored 59 points, followed by Long Beach Poly (122), Dana Hills (124) and El Toro (141). Trabuco runners Naoki Omatsu, Nicholas Plumb, Kevin Marshall and Lucas Dorman finished 11, 12, 14 and 22, respectively. The top local finisher was fourth-place Kevin Durham (15:18) of El Toro, 17 seconds behind C.J. Albertson of Clovis Buchanan. Paige Tennison of Newport Harbor was the only Orange County girl to crack the top 10; her 18:06 was 44 seconds behind the winner. Canyon took second place in the Championship race, and Trabuco fifth. San Clemente won the Division 1 title for extra-large schools.

3. Newport Harbor has one of the best girls' volleyball teams around, but after a brutal week it has nothing to show for it in Sunset League play. The Sailors -- ranked No. 4 in the Southern Section Division 1AA rankings -- were beaten last week by top-ranked Los Alamitos in four games, and then fell Saturday on their home floor to third-ranked Edison, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23, behind the play of Alexa Hasen and Cassie Strickland. The Sunset League in girls' volleyball -- the equivalent of Trinity League football -- will have a major showdown Thursday when Edison plays host to Los Alamitos at 4:30 -- about 2 1/2 hours before the football teams play.

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Links to all of this week's CIF-SS polls

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
7:00
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We published this week's CIF-SS football polls earlier today, but if you're interested in other sports, here are links to those polls.

8-Man football

Girls' volleyball

Boys' water polo

Girls' tennis

Boys' and girls' cross country

Links to all of this week's CIF-SS polls

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
10:42
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We published this week's CIF-SS football polls earlier today, but if you're interested in other sports, here are links to those polls.

8-Man football

Girls' volleyball

Boys' water polo

Girls' tennis

Boys' and girls' cross country

CIF-SS girls' volleyball polls

August, 22, 2011
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CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION-FORD TOP 10 POLL
2011 PRESEASON COACHES' GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS
(As of AUGUST 22, 2011)


DIVISION 1-AA
1. Los Alamitos
2. Dos Pueblos
3. Redondo Union
4. Edison
5. Mater Dei
6. Newport Harbor
7. Long Beach Poly
8. Mira Costa
9T. Thousand Oaks
9T. Santa Barbara
10. Lakewood
Others: Notre Dame/SO, LB Wilson, Huntington Beach, Santa Margarita, Orange Lutheran, Palos Verdes

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Orange County: Athletes of the week

December, 8, 2010
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Maddy Barrett, Troy, Sr.
The middle blocker had a team-high 13 kills in the State Division II final against Mountain View St. Francis, a 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 winner. Barrett earlier had a personal best 34 kills in the stunning five-game victory over top-seeded St. Lucy's in the Regional final that sent Troy (35-3) to its first state championship match. Seeded seventh, Troy beat the top three seeded teams in the regional before losing to St. Francis, which won a record ninth state title.

Paul Yoo, Cypress, Jr.
The 189-pound wrestler won the championship at the El Dorado Invitational, and did so in impressive fashion. After winning his first three matches by fall, he outscored Devin Rhodes of Ramona, 15-3, for the title. He was one of only two OC wrestlers to finish first in his weight class; the other was heavyweight Carl Hulick of Esperanza.

Girls' volleyball playoff preview

November, 9, 2010
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Orange County figures to be a major player in the major division as the Southern Section playoffs get under way Tuesday, but the teams that are favored to win the section’s marquee girls’ volleyball title are from elsewhere, Harvard-Westlake and Long Beach Poly. Can those two schools hold serve, or will there be bumps along the way?

This division is filled with all kinds of bumps.

Division I-AA: The great thing about having the best teams in the same division is the big games start early in the bracket. The four seeded teams – Harvard-Westlake (24-2), Long Beach Poly (31-2), Los Alamitos (26-5) and Newport Harbor (20-11) – have a journey littered with threats beginning in the second round. The Trinity League finished in a three-way tie for first place: Los Al was taken to five games earlier this season by Mater Dei and they could face each other in the second round. H-W could face Santa Margarita in the quarterfinals, while Orange Lutheran could face Newport. The one clear advantage belongs to Poly, which has a first-round bye and misses the Trinity League until the semifinals. Anyone looking for a solid first-round match might check out wild-card Huntington Beach at Santa Margarita.

Division I-A: The big attraction here is that third-seeded Corona del Mar (19-6) is aligned for another postseason match against Redlands East Valley (25-4). REV has won the last four playoff matches, twice in state and the last two section finals in a lower division. They’ve moved up, but they still appear to be connected at the hip. The winner will likely face No. 1 Marymount (17-7) or No. 4 Laguna Beach (18-8).

Division II-AA: The bracketing seems to favor the two top-seeded teams, La Canada (27-3) and La Reina (24-3), neither of whom have lost to a division opponent this season. The other seded teams are No. 3 South Torrance (20-7) and No. 4 Chino Hills (23-4). Among the three Orange County teams, which include Laguna Hills and Tesoro, Mission Viejo seems best suited to make a run but is matched against top-seeded La Canada in the quarterfinals.

Division II-A: Troy (22-1) is top-seeded and has a bye in the first round. The Warriors avenged their only loss of the season, to Saugus, and defeated second-seeded Bonita (21-4) in the finals of the Dave Mohs tournament. In truth, the other seeded teams, Downey (22-3) and Camarillo (22-4) seem to be window dressing.

Division III-AA: Nobody outside of the Prep League figures to be a major player as the three top-seeded teams are from that league: Chadwick (23-0), Pasadena Poly (16-6) and Mayfield (16-8). The fourth-seeded team is Quartz Hill (15-1).

Seeded teams in other divisions include:

Division III-A: 1. Brentwood (17-9), 2. San Dimas (20-4), 3. Campbell Hall (15-11), 4. Rim of the World (21-7).

Division IV-AA: 1. St. Margaret’s, 2. Laguna Blanca, 3. Gardena Serra, 4. Ocean View.

Division IV-A: Hemet, 2. Upland Christian Academy, 3. Connelly, 4. Pacifica Christian.

Division V-AA: 1. Riverside Christian, 2. Sierra Canyon, 3. Desert Christian Academy, 4. Victor Valley Christian.

Division V-A: 1. Coast Union, 2. Pacific Christian, 3. San Gabriel Academy, 4. Trona.

Orange County: Athletes of the week

October, 26, 2010
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Karlee Riggs, Tustin, Sr.


The Tillers’ outside hitter registered a huge week to keep her team in the playoff hunt. In a four-game Empire League victory over Western, she had 31 kills, 29 digs and two blocks, and the next day in a nonleague win over Irvine she had 21 kills, 22 digs and six blocks.

Malik Felton, Servite, Sr.


Although normally a slot, Felton was pushed into duty at running back in place of injured Sean DeRosa and delivered Servite’s season-high 199 yards rushing – which included two 11-yard touchdown runs in the second half – in a 32-24 victory over St. John Bosco that helped the Friars win their 18th in a row.

CIF-SS girls' volleyball polls

October, 13, 2010
10/13/10
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The CIF-Southern Section released its weekly girls' volleyball polls as voted by coaches.

Harvard-Westlake, Marymount, La Canada and Troy are still the top teams in the Southern Section's highest four divisions.

To see all the rankings, read the full post.

DIVISION 1-AA
1. Harvard-Westlake
2. Long Beach Poly
3. Redondo Union
4. Mira Costa
5. Newport Harbor
6. Los Alamitos
7. Lakewood
8. Edison
9. Dos Pueblos
10. Santa Margarita
Others: LB Wilson, San Clemente, Orange Lutheran

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Orange County: Athletes of the week

October, 12, 2010
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Madison Brown, Newport Harbor, Sr.


After losing twice in nonleague matches to its Sunset League rival, Newport Harbor – ranked seventh in Division I-AA – defeated third-ranked Los Alamitos when it counted, 25-22, 15-25, 13-24, 25-23, 15-9, behind the play of Brown. The outside hitter's 14 kills helped overcome the loss of Alex Holbrook, who was injured late in Game 2, as the Sailors overcame a 19-13 deficit to win Game 4.

Austin Ringheim, Los Alamitos, Sr.
Scored five goals, including the game-winner with nine seconds remaining in the first overtime period -- to give the Griffins (12-4) a 10-9 victory over Newport Harbor (12-2) in the finals of the S&R Sport Water Polo Cup at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. The performance, which included a game-tying goal with three seconds left in regulation, capped a comeback from a 7-4 deficit in the fourth quarter. They meet in a Sunset League game on Oct. 20.
The CIF-Southern Section released its weekly girls' volleyball polls as voted by coaches.

Harvard-Westlake, Marymount, La Canada and Troy are the top teams in the Southern Section's highest four divisions.

To see all the rankings, read the full post.

DIVISION 1-AA
1. Harvard-Westlake
2. Long Beach Poly
3. Los Alamitos
4. Mira Costa
5. Redondo Union
6. Lakewood
7. Newport Harbor
8. Edison
9. Dos Pueblos
10. Santa Margarita
Others: LB Wilson, San Clemente, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran

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Orange County: Athletes of the week

October, 5, 2010
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Katy Crouse, Santa Margarita, Jr.


The outside hitter had 16 kills in a Trinity League upset of Orange Lutheran during the week, and she delivered a tournament MVP performance in the Aloha Cougar Classic at Capistrano Valley over the weekend that culminated with a victory over longtime San Diego power Poway. The Eagles (10-6) began the week 3-6 before Crouse sparked the turnaround.

Garrett Danner, El Toro, Jr.


The Chargers goalkeeper was named the tournament most valuable player as the 2009 Southern Section Division I champion dominated the Villa Park Classic. Danner made 19 saves in the final, including a penalty shot, with two assists and five steals in a 17-6 victory over Royal, which went 0 for 5 on power play opportunities. El Toro outscored its five opponents, 77-23.

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