Los Angeles Preps: Granada Hills

San Fernando eliminates Granada Hills in City Section baseball playoffs

May, 22, 2012

SAN FERNANDO – Armando Gomez decided to gamble a bit in the first round of the City Section Division I baseball playoffs against Granada Hills.

The coach of the San Fernando baseball team, the reigning City Section champion, went with his No. 2 starter, Kevin Martinez, opting to save his ace, Alonzo Garcia, for the second round.

The gamble paid off as Martinez pitched a six-hit shutout and San Fernando eliminated Granada Hills, 3-0, at San Fernando High School on Tuesday.

“He’s quieted the critics now,” Gomez said. “I don’t want to get to Thursday and not have our No. 1. Kevin’s been great in big games. It didn’t bug him at all.”

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Palisades wins City Section boys volleyball title

May, 21, 2012
The Palisades boys volleyball team swept Granada Hills in three close games, 25-19, 26-24, 25-23, to win the City Section Division I championship at Venice High School on Saturday night.

Palisades won its first boys volleyball title since 2008 after reaching the championship match the past two years. The Dolphins lost to Woodland Hills Taft and Granada Hills in consecutive years. It was the 12th City Section championship for Palisades.

Connor Nasch had 10 kills to lead Palisades. Nick Wittbrodt recorded 37 assists and Matt Comisar had 15 digs.

Billy De La Espriella and Jino Labao each had 10 kills for Granada Hills.

Los Angeles Jordan swept Verdugo Hills in the City Section Division II championship match at Venice High School. Verdugo Hills had a 19-match winning streak snapped.

C.J. Suarez set the Verdugo Hills record for kills. He had 25 kills against Jordan and set the school mark with 748 kills over his career.

Jordan won the Division II championship for the second year in a row.

Northridge Academy won the small schools championship in four games over Elizabeth Learning Center. Justin Bates had 22 kills for Northridge Academy, which won its third title in the past six seasons.

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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Volleyball playoffs update

May, 16, 2012
The Granada Hills boys volleyball team swept Woodland Hills Taft in three games and will play for the City Section Division I championship on Saturday.

Palisades had a bit tougher time with West Adams, but still swept its way to the championship match.

Granada Hills and Palisades will play at Venice High School on Saturday at 5.

Los Angeles Jordan plays Verdugo Hills in the Division II championship match at Venice High School. Northridge plays Elizabeth in the small schools championship at noon.

In the CIF Southern Section boys volleyball playoffs, top-seeded Loyola plays third-seeded Mira Costa in the Division I championship match at Cypress College on Saturday.

Top-seeded Oak Park plays second-seeded Corona del Mar in the Division II championship match at Cypress College.

No. 1 seed Warren plays No. 2 South Torrance in the Division III championship match.

No. 1 Cathedral plays No. 3 Santa Monica in the Division IV championship match. No. 4 Viewpoint plays No. 1 Chadwick in the Division V championship match.
The Chatsworth boys volleyball team opened the City Section Division I playoffs with a three-game sweep over Lincoln to advance to the second round.

Chatsworth will play third-seeded Woodland Hills Taft in the second round on Tuesday.

Second-seeded Granada Hills had a bye in the first round and will play Bell, which eliminated Fairfax in three games.

No. 7 El Camino Real plays 10th-seeded Narbonne in the second round. No. 6 Van Nuys plays Sun Valley Poly in the second round. Poly knocked out Kennedy of Granada Hills in three games in the first round.

Here is a look at the second round matches in the City Section Division I playoffs:

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City boys' volleyball playoffs to begin

May, 3, 2012
The first round of the City Section boys' volleyball playoffs begin tonight. Kennedy from Granada Hills, the No. 22 seed in the Division I playoffs, plays 11th seeded Poly from Sun Valley.

Chatsworth, the 14th-seeded team in the Division I playoffs, opens against No. 19 Lincoln.

Palisades is the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs and has a first-round bye. Granada Hills is the No. 2 seed and also has a bye in the first round. The second round of the City Section Division I boys volleyball playoffs starts on Tuesday.

Here is a look at the first-round matches in Division I:

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G.H. soccer forfeits playoff spot

February, 28, 2012
The Granada Hills girls soccer team has forfeited it semifinal spot in the City Section playoffs.

The Chatsworth girls will play instead of Granada Hills against El Camino Real today in the City Section semifinals, according to a report by the El Camino Real athletic department on Twittter.

The game between Chatsworth and El Camino Real, the top-seeded team in the playoffs, will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

ECR earns No. 1 seed in City Div. II

February, 11, 2012
El Camino Real (18-7), the second-place team from the West Valley League, is the No. 1 seed in the CIF City Section Division II playoffs and will play Van Nuys (7-16) in the first round on Friday night.

Granada Hills (10-16), the fifth-place team in the West Valley League, is the No. 3 seed and plays Gardena (11-17) in the first round.

Kennedy(19-8), the second-place team from the Valley Mission League, is seeded fourth and opens against South Gate (9-17).

Here is a look at the first-round games in the City Section Division II playoffs:

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Birmingham wins on half-court shot

February, 2, 2012

With the score tied 61-61, Birmingham's Andrew Estes launched a half-court shot for Birmingham that banked in to beat Chatsworth in a West Valley League game Wednesday night.

In other West Valley League games, Woodland Hills Taft beat Granada Hills, 69-52. Steve Jones scored 14 points for Taft.
El Camino Real beat Cleveland of Reseda, 62-52. Julian Richardson scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds for El Camino Real.

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

December, 1, 2011
No. 7 Oaks Christian (10-2) vs. No. 8 St. Bonaventure (10-2) at Ventura High School, Friday (7 p.m.) – Oaks Christian is on the road for its Northern Division semifinal game against St. Bonaventure and coach Bill Redell probably prefers it that way. The two teams met in the second week of Marmonte League play at Oaks Christian and the game was delayed nearly 30 minutes when the lights went out at the football stadium in the middle of a punt in the second half. Redell said if his team faced St. Bonaventure again in the playoffs, he would like to play the game during the day and anywhere but at Oaks Christian. Even though Oaks Christian won by 12 points, the game was much closer than that. St. Bonaventure cut Oaks Christian’s lead to three points, 27-24, in the fourth quarter before the lights went out. Oaks Christian scored the last nine points of the game on a safety and a 59-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Dawkins to Chris Davis. Oaks Christian had 400 yards of total offense to St. Bonaventure’s 401. Dawkins passed for 177 yards. St. Bonaventure quarterback Marc Evans had 156 yards passing. Oaks Christian gained 223 yards on the ground to St. Bonaventure’s 245. Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams had a big game with two rushing touchdowns and 77 yards on 11 carries.

No. 18 Chaminade (10-2) vs. No. 19 Arroyo Grande (11-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – Arroyo Grande eliminated Chaminade, 52-19, in the semifinals of the Western Division playoffs last year. Chaminade coach Ed Croson is not looking forward to a second long road trip in a row in the playoffs. His Eagles had to rally in the fourth quarter to beat San Luis Obispo in the quarterfinals. Arroyo Grande, on the other hand, is home for the third week in a row in the playoffs. Arroyo Grande is coming off a 49-28 win over St. Francis in the quarterfinals, but the game was much closer than the final score indicated. Arroyo Grande scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to turn a four-point deficit into a 21-point blowout. Two of the touchdowns Arroyo Grande scored were of the defensive variety. Garrett Owens intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. Seth Jacobs returned a fumble 55 yards for another touchdown. Chaminade running back Terrell Newby is closing in on 2,000 yards rushing for the season. He has 1,885 yards and 30 touchdowns and is coming off a 282-yard, three-touchdown performance against San Luis Obispo.

Canoga Park (8-4) vs. South East (11-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – Canoga Park, the fifth-seeded team in the City Section Division II playoffs, needed double overtime to eliminate Bell in the quarterfinals. Running back Khyree Morgan leads Canoga Park with 1,179 yards and 14 touchdowns, but was held to 39 yards in 16 carries against Bell. South East, the top-seeded team in the Division II playoffs, blew out Fremont, 42-19, in the quarterfinals. Running back Robert Lewis gained 157 yards and scored two touchdowns for South East against Fremont.

Granada Hills (7-5) vs. Marshall of Los Angeles (10-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Granada Hills turned it on in the second half against Van Nuys in the quarterfinals of the City Section Division II playoffs. The Highlanders outscored Van Nuys 20-0 en route to a 44-22 win. Granada Hills had 290 rushing yards against Van Nuys. Brian Sanchez was the leading rusher with 181 yards and three touchdowns. Marshall was actually down 10-6 in the first quarter against Lincoln in its quarterfinal game before rattling off 43 unanswered points and winning 49-10. Marshall quarterback Anthony Benitez threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns, two to Jonathan Mina. He caught five passes for 113 yards.

Bishop Diego (11-1) vs. Sierra Canyon (12-0) at Granada Hills High School, Friday (7 p.m.) – Sierra Canyon eliminated Bishop Diego, 48-17, in the first round of the East Valley Division playoffs last year. They meet again in the East Valley Division semifinals. No. 1 seeded Sierra Canyon is coming off a 38-0 shutout over Ontario Christian. Bishop Diego has won 11 games in a row, including 21-14 over Twentynine Palms in the East Valley Division quarterfinals.

Paraclete (10-2) vs. Rim of the World (7-5), Friday (7 p.m.) – Fortune is smiling on Rim of the World in the East Valley Division playoffs. The Fighting Scots knocked third-seeded St. Margaret’s out of the playoffs, 23-13, in the quarterfinals. They are home for their semifinal game against Paraclete, the reigning East Valley Division champion. Rim of the World running back Jacob Taylor is coming off a monster game. He rushed for 264 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns. The Spirits eliminated Aquinas, 42-7, in the quarterfinals last week. Paraclete running back Ryan Davis scored two touchdowns and rushed for 73 yards. James Holland returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Joshua Adams returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

November, 28, 2011

1. After a shaky first-round playoff game against Redondo, St. Bonaventure left no doubt in the quarterfinals against Canyon. The Seraphs, the third-seeded team in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs, eliminated Canyon from the playoffs for the second year in a row and will face Oaks Christian, the reigning Northern Division champion, in the semifinals. The last time St. Bonaventure and Oaks Christian met was in the second week of Marmonte League play. Oaks Christian won 36-24, but the game was not without controversy. The lights went out at the Oaks Christian football stadium during a punt in the second half. St. Bonaventure was rallying and was about to take over possession. The lights went out at the stadium while the punt was in the air and the ball was downed on the St. Bonaventure one-yard line. Not only did St. Bonaventure have terrible field position to start its next drive, the game was delayed for nearly 30 minutes to restore the lights. St. Bonaventure’s Montre Lee and Patrick Kenney, who each scored key touchdowns against Canyon, said a rematch with Oaks Christian has been a motivating factor for the team. But St. Bonaventure might not be at 100 percent. Running back Shaun Wick has been limited because of a calf injury in the two playoff games. He was the team’s leading rusher after the first 10 games but has only carried the ball four times in the last two games. He did not have a carry against Redondo and gained 57 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, in four carries against Canyon. While Wick has been sidelined, freshman Marcus Chambers has emerged as an effective back in the playoffs. He rushed for 47 yards and scored a touchdown against Redondo. He had 41 yards in eight carries against Canyon. He’s also a player that Oaks Christian hasn’t seen, so St. Bonaventure might have a bit of a surprise factor in the rematch.

2. On the other side of the Northern Division playoff bracket is Westlake, the newly dubbed No. 1 team in the ESPN Los Angeles Top 25 rankings, against a depleted Thousand Oaks team. It’s an all-Marmonte League final four. Westlake is undefeated and has outscored its two playoff opponents, Eastside and Hart, 101-26. Thousand Oaks coach Mike Leibin said only 38 players dressed for last week’s playoff game against Moorpark. The Lancers have won three games in a row, but the two playoff games have been challenging. Thousand Oaks traveled to Quartz Hill in the first round and beat the Rebels, 20-7. Against Moorpark, the Lancers needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the Musketeers, 21-14. If Thousand Oaks is to have any chance of pulling an upset over Westlake, the team will need big games out of Blake Howell and Nathan DeBeikes. Howell caught four passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns against Moorpark. DeBeikes rushed for 106 yards, taking all 26 carries for Thousand Oaks, and scored a touuchdown. Westlake, on the other hand, has a multitude of offensive weapons. The Warriors scored 28 points in the second quarter against Hart en route to a 42-14 win. Running back Dashon Hunt scored three touchdowns against Hart. Receiver Connor Cook caught two touchdown passes. Jarius Bishop scored a touchdown and rushed for 30 yards.

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Los Alamitos advances in CIF state girls volleyball tournament

November, 23, 2011
The Granada Hills girls volleyball team won the first game against Marymount in the CIF Division I state tournament, but eventually lost in four games to the Southern Section Division I-A champion on Tuesday night.

Granada Hills, the City Section champion, took the first game, 25-23, but lost the next three and were eliminated from the CIF state girls volleyball Division I playoffs in the first round.

Paige McFerren had nine kills and six blocks to lead Granada Hills.

Marymount’s Manon Greskovics-Fuller had 11 kills to lead Marymount.

Marymount plays Newport Harbor in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Newport Harbor beat Clovis West in five games to advance.

In other first-round matches, top-seeded Los Alamitos beat Centennial of Bakersfield in three games. Corona del Mar eliminated Torrey Pines in five games, winning the fifth game, 19-17.

In the CIF Division II girls volleyball playoffs, top-seeded La Costa Canyon beat Whittier Christian in four games.

La Salle of Pasadena went the distance against Palisades Charter and won the fifth game, 15-6, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Downey eliminated Madera in four games. St. Lucy’s of Glendora beat Bonita Vista of Chula Vista in four games.

In the CIF Division III bracket, top-seeded Cathedral Catholic from San Diego swept Hemet out of of the playoffs.

Pasadena Poly pulled off a bit of an upset, eliminating Independence from Bakersfield in three games.

Brentwood moved into the quarterfinals by sweeping La Jolla. Chadwick beat Golden Valley from Bakersfield in three games.

In the CIF Division IV bracket, top-seeded La Jolla Country Day swept Connelly of Anaheim in three games.

Viewpoint from Calabasas lost in the first round in four games to Sage Hill. Francis Parker from San Diego swept Elizabeth Learning Center from Cudahy in three games. Central Valley Christian beat St. Margaret’s in three games.

In the CIF Division V bracket, top-seeded Tri-City Christian from Vista swept Sierra Canyon from Chatsworth in the first round. Coast Union from Cambria swept Sierra Pacific from Hanford. Kings Christian from Lemoore eliminated Coastal Christian from Arroyo Grande in three games. Desert Christian Academy from Bermuda Dunes knocked Pacific Ridge out of the playoffs in four games.

Granada Hills wins City volleyball title

November, 20, 2011
Behind 11 kills and 15 digs from Sam Cramer, the Granada Hills girls volleyball team won the CIF City Section Division I championship for the third year in a row.

Granada Hills beat El Camino Real in four games in the championship match at the Roybal Learning Center. Emma Levanen had 30 assists for Granada Hills. Teammate Julia Erickson had 17 digs.

Laurel Weaver had a match-high 19 kills for El Camino Real.

The Palisades girls volleyball team won the Division II championship, downing Woodland Hills Taft in three games.

Palisades won the City Section Division I girls volleyball championships in 2007 and 2008. Molly Kornfeind had 12 kills to lead Palisades.

Football: City Section Div. II seedings

November, 12, 2011
South East, the champion of the Eastern League, earned the No. 1 seeding in the CIF City Section Division II football playoffs. South East (9-1) didn’t exactly end league play on a high note though, losing to Jordan, 49-47, for its only loss.

South East will play Grant of Van Nuys in the first round of playoffs. Grant (4-6) finished in third place in the East Valley League and won its league finale, 22-13, over Poly of Sun Valley. All four of Grant’s win were against East Valley League opponents.

Marshall (8-2) is the No. 2 seed will play Santee in the first round. Marshall won the Northern League championship with a 5-0 record and has won seven games in a row. The last game Marshall lost was to Bonita, 50-22, on Sept. 23.

Santee (5-5) finished in a tie with Belmont for second place in the Southern League. The Falcons won their league finale, 27-13, over Bernstein to finish 4-2 in the Southern League.

Granada Hills (5-5) earned the No. 3 seed in playoffs and will play University in the first round. The Highlanders are the fourth-place team from the West Valley League with only two wins in league play. They have a three-game losing streak heading into playoffs, but only lost by one point, 35-34, to El Camino Real in the West Valley League finale.

Granada Hills opened the season with a 14-7 win over Reseda, the Valley Mission League champs.

University (3-7) didn’t win a game against Western League opponents and finished in last place in league. The Wildcats lost six games in a row to finish the regular season.

Jefferson (9-1) is the No. 4 seed and the Southern League champs. The Democrats went undefeated in the Southern League at 5-0 and finished with two shutouts. They beat Santee, 55-0, and then beat Hollywood, 63-0, in the Southern League finale.

Jefferson’s only loss came against Arleta, 45-7, on Oct. 28. The Democrats will play Bell (4-6), the fourth place team from the Eastern League. Bell finished with two wins in a row, including 14-0 over Roosevelt in the league finale.

All first-round playoff games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Fairfax won the City Section Division II championship last year. The Lions are the No. 14 seed in the City Section Division I playoffs and will play No. 3 seed Dorsey in the first round.

Here’s a look at the CIF City Section Division II first-round playoff games:

No. 16 Grant at No. 1 South East

No. 9 Fremont at No. 8 Verdugo Hills

No. 12 Eagle Rock at No. 5 Canoga Park

No. 13 Bell at No. 4 Jefferson

No. 14 University at No. 3 Granada Hills

No. 11 Washington at No. 6 Van Nuys

No. 10 Manual Arts at No. 7 Lincoln

No. 15 Santee at No. 2 Marshall

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Granada Hills girls tennis win CIF title

November, 8, 2011
The Granada Hills girls tennis team won its fourth CIF City Section title in a row and 10th in school history, 5-2, over Palisades at the Balboa Sports Complex on Monday.

The Granada Hills singles players swept their sets and the Highlanders completed an undefeated season at 14-0.

Freshman Sarah Nuno won her sets, 6-1, 6-0. Teammate Cassandra Fisbeck won her sets, 6-1, 6-0, and Analyssa Tallas won, 6-0, 6-1.

Palisades holds the City Section record with 20 girls tennis championships. Granada Hills, the top-seeded team in the playoffs, beat Palisades in the 2003 and 2004 finals.