Los Angeles Preps: Golf

Orange County: Athletes of the week

November, 16, 2010
Kaitlin Park, Beckman, Jr.
Chose the opportune time to card the best score of her career, a six-under-par 66 at The Golf Club at Rancho California, to win the WSCGA Southern California Championships by two strokes. Her previous low round had been a 68 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Park made some long putts – 25 and 30 feet – to advance to the state championship for the second consecutive year.

Paul Reynolds, Foothill, Sr.
One of the county's best water polo programs moved easily through the first two rounds of the Division 2 playoffs. Reynolds scored 17 of third-seeded Foothill's 29 playoff goals last week. He had 10 in a 13-6 win over University, seven in a 16-9 decision against Montebello. They play second-seeded Corona del Mar in the semifinals Wednesday at Irvine's Woollett Aquatic Center.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

November, 15, 2010

1. The short video clip above tells it all: Crenshaw jumped and danced all over the field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday night. The Cougars trounced Dorsey, leading 34-0 after the first quarter. Soon it was 47-0. Crenshaw's big win was not enough for a No. 1 seeding in the City Section Division I playoffs, though. It comes as a surprise to some, namely coach Robert Garrett, who was sure his team had done enough. The Cougars will get a chance to prove it on the field.

2. Bishop Amat's bid for a perfect season ended Friday in Mission Hills. The Lancers fell behind 28-17 by halftime and could not catch up, falling 38-30 to Alemany. Despite the loss, Amat got the No. 4 seeding in the Pac-5 playoffs, edging out Moore League champion Long Beach Poly. That shows how good the Serra League was this season.

3. Lakewood swept top-seeded Harvard Westlake, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22, to pull off the improbable upset and move on in the Division I girls' volleyball playoffs on Thursday. The Lancers defeated Huntington Beach on Saturday and meet Redondo Union on Tuesday for the right to advance to the title game. Long Beach Poly and Los Alamitos match up in the other semifinal.

4. The Torrance girls' golf team will compete in the CIF State championships Tuesday at the Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. Torrance won the Southern California Regional title Wednesday -- its fifth in six years.

5. As expected, Azusa and West Covina received No. 1 seedings in the Mid-Valley and Southeast division playoffs, respectively. Both appear primed for championship run -- Azusa behind its defense, West Covina behind its wealth of running options.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

November, 8, 2010
1. Halloween is long gone, but Serra got a big scare last Friday. Serra, ranked No. 5 by ESPNLA.com, scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat previously unbeaten No. 24 Chaminade (8-1, 3-1), 35-21, in West Hills. Quarterback Conner Preston finished 11 of 18 for 298 yards, with Marqise Lee and George Farmer combining for 265 yards and three touchdowns on eight receptions. It was touted as Serra's (9-0, 4-0) biggest obstacle of the season -- and the Cavaliers responded when they had to. Click here for ESPNLA.com's game story.

2. Speaking of scares, Carson survived one against San Pedro on Friday, nearly blowing a 24-0 first-half lead before hanging on to claim the Marine League title. The Colts scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, then went cold. A Nestor Lorente field goal gave Carson a 24-0 lead in the first half, but San Pedro eventually pulled to within five with almost six minutes left in the game. Carson (7-2, 5-0) got another Lorente field goal and got the necessary defensive stand to escape.

3. Facing the No. 3-ranked team in the Southeast Division didn't matter for West Covina on Friday. It was more of the same -- powerful run game, takeaways and stout defensive play -- en route to a 41-10 win for the No. 1 Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0) against Diamond Ranch (5-4, 4-1). West Covina's victory secured the Hacienda League title and most likely, a No. 1 seeding for the playoffs. Elsewhere in the same division, No. 4 La Mirada rallied against No. 7 Norwalk to win 40-29 and take control of the Suburban League. A win over Bellflower (5-4, 2-3) next week would crown La Mirada (6-3, 5-0) as league champs.

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LA South: Athletes of the week

October, 26, 2010
Ammar Moussa, Arcadia, Sr.

Moussa tied the course record at the Mt. SAC Invitational Team Sweepstakes on Saturday, running the 2.91 miles in 14:24 to guide the Arcadia boys' cross country team to a first-place finish. It was just the latest in a long list of accomplishments for the senior. Moussa won the state title last year and was named Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Teammate Sergio Gonzalez (14:44) came in second while Arcadia's other three runners also finished in the top 20, showing exactly why the Apaches are ranked No. 2 nationally. The group is slated to return to the scene for the preliminaries on Nov. 13.

Anne Cheng, Torrance, So.

Cheng claimed the Ocean League individual girls' golf championship by edging teammate Luciane Lee in a three-hole playoff Wednesday at Lakewood Country Club. The teammates each shot a 1-under-par 73 in the final round, but Cheng birdied the final hole to take the title. Torrance earned five of the league's seven individual berths for the upcoming CIF-SS Northern Regional.