Los Angeles Preps: Huntington Beach Edison

1. There aren't many sports where this quote is acceptable, but wrestling is one of them: "I wanted to go out and beat up on some kids," Miguel Ramirez told the Orange County Register after pinning all four of his opponents Saturday in the Laguna Hills Invitational. Ramirez, a 140-pounder for Laguna Hills, was returning to action after having been out with a back injury. The Hawks won their meet by producing five champions. Ramirez and Yorba Linda's Garret Myers (120) shared lower weight MVP, and Laguna Hills' Jason Newcomer (160) and Edison's Greg Meline (170) shared the award for the upper weights.

2. Mater Dei's girls' basketball team got pushed into the second half on Saturday in its victory over JSerra. With sole possession of first place in the Trinity League on the line, the Monarchs (18-2) held a 33-30 halftime lead and a 51-41 margin before pulling away for a 70-46 victory. Nirra Fields and Jordan Adams scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, for Mater Dei, which was ranked No. 11 in the nation in the ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50. Mater Dei's girls are ranked higher nationally than the boys, who registered at No. 15 last week.

3. Santa Margarita has spent the season in the shadows of girls' basketball, but with freshman transfer student Zaier Williams gaining her eligibility on Friday, the whole complexion of the program changes. The athletic guard can change the landscape, and scored 24 points in her debut, a 57-52 victory over San Diego Cathedral Catholic on Saturday. The Eagles (9-13) have been in rebuilding mode and are winless in four league games; that will probably change.

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Looking to see some good basketball and help a good cause at the same time? Consider heading over to Villa Park for the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase.

The only team that appears in the ESPNLA top 20 is Mission Viejo, which appears in the big mismatch of the day; the Diablos, winners of 17 in a row, face Victorville Victor Valley, which has lost 16 in a row.

Remember, it's for a good cause. The event raises money for the Leukemia Society, St. Joseph Cancer Center, and Hoag Hospital Cancer Center.

Here's the schedule for games on Saturday.
  • Huntington Beach Edison (15-3) vs. Redondo (7-8), 2 p.m.
  • Anaheim Canyon (14-4) vs. Huntington Beach (10-8), 3:30 p.m.
  • Palm Springs (9-5) vs. Cerritos Gahr (11-6), 5 p.m.
  • Villa Park (10-8) vs. Los Alamitos (9-9), 6:30 p.m.
  • Victor Valley (1-16) vs. Mission Viejo (17-1), 8 p.m.

Edison 10, Los Alamitos 7

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Sedric HillBlair Angulo/ESPNLosAngeles.comEdison senior Sedric Hill had a 100-yard interception return for a TD that gave Edison a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

HUNTINGTON BEACH -- It wasn't complete self-destruction because, well, time ran out.

The Edison Chargers survived a hectic final minute Friday night, escaping Sheue Field with a 10-7 win over Los Alamitos in the Sunset League opener. Edison nearly lost a fumble, had a punt blocked and was flagged for roughing the kicker on the potential game-tying field goal -- all with under a minute remaining.

Los Alamitos got new life after the missed 37-yard field goal and, with 13 seconds left, had the ball at the Chargers 10. The Griffins, without timeouts, handed the ball off to shifty back Cody Paul on a draw up the middle. He was tackled at the five and the seconds ticked off, one by one. Appearing dazed, Los Alamitos didn't even line up for another play.

Afterward, Edison coach Dave White could joke about it.

"We tried to give it away," White said, grinning.

The win improved the Chargers' chances of taking back the Sunset League crown from defending champ Los Alamitos. Edison (4-2) avoided its third straight loss and second straight heartbreak.

"The finish was nerve-racking," said Edison quarterback Chase Favreau, who had 80 yards rushing on 16 carries.

With the rush attack working, Favreau was credited with only three pass attempts, which he was perfect on for 58 yards. Tailback Elijah Herrera added 80 yards on the ground but eight penalties slowed the offense at inopportune times.

Edison's touchdown came in the second quarter, courtesy of the defense. Los Alamitos quarterback Dylan Lagarde’s lob to top target Kyle Roberts was picked off at the goal line by Sedric Hill.

"Once I caught the ball I had to run for my life," Hill said. "It was a big play."

Hill, with a convoy in front of him, returned the interception 100 yards for the score.

The Griffins (4-2) had their chances. They took the opening drive 64 yards to the Edison 16 but stalled, failing to convert on a fake field goal pass. They took the ball 75 yards on their second drive but turned the ball over on downs. Really, it could have been far worse for Los Al had Edison taken care of the football. The Chargers ran it 15 consecutive times on their first possession, and it appeared as if the strategy might work. They were a yard away from scoring when Herrera coughed up his first-down carry and the Griffins recovered. Favreau lost a fumble on the very next drive.

Paul, who finished with 145 yards rushing in 28 carries, capped a 68-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown to tie it at 7-7 late in the third quarter. But the Chargers regained the lead, 10-7, on a 32-yard field goal by Aleksander Torgersen, setting up the craziness that was the fourth quarter.

"We had lost a lot of confidence," White said. "We needed this one badly."


LAKEWOOD -- Shane Watson was a mess earlier in the year. He smiles about it now because he can. Lakewood baseball coach Spud O'Neil jokes about it because it's true.

There was nothing messy about Watson's complete game performance Friday afternoon, as the ace guided Lakewood to an upset of top-seeded Huntington Beach Edison, 3-1, in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Watson gave up just four hits, out-dueling top major league pitching prospect Henry Owens.

Not bad for a guy who is a few months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a broken shin.

"I wasn't raising my lower half," recalled Watson, who had a metal rod and three screws placed in his leg. "I wasn't getting a lot of strikes. I just kept practicing hard and working hard."

Watson shut down one of the state's top lineups, facing the minimum through three and giving up one hit through five. He improved to 10-2 on the season.

"He's not going to strike out as many guys as Owens," O'Neil said, "but he's got a very good defense behind him. He's been getting better every game. He's really become a leader on this team and you can see by today that he's a winner also."

Lakewood (29-4-1) scored twice in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles from J.P. Yakel and Jonathan Pasillas and, after Edison (25-4) cut the deficit in half, added an insurance run in the sixth on a Jimmy Gosano bunt single.

It was a methodical kind of play -- "small ball," per say -- that eventually doomed Edison, the team everyone expected to hoist the trophy at Dodger Stadium. This group of Chargers, led by Owens and projected draft picks Christian Lopes and Eric Snyder, were three-time league champions and tied the school record for most wins in a season.

"We lost to a team that won 28 ballgames," Edison coach Steve Lambright said. "I'm not bitter. Lakewood did a great job. They outplayed us. I wish them all the luck in the semifinals. ... I'm proud of my team. They have nothing to hang their heads about."

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Inland Empire: Key first-round baseball games

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SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Division 1

Corona Santiago at No. 1 Huntington Beach Edison, Friday, 3:15 p.m.

Santiago has scored one-sided victories this season against second-seeded Mater Dei and third-seeded Vista Murrieta, but the Sharks weren’t facing the type of fastball they’ll see against Edison lefty Henry Owens, a consensus first-round pick in the upcoming major league draft. The game will also feature two of the Southland’s premier senior shortstops in Christian Lopes of Edison and Brandon Martin of Santiago. Lopes has committed to USC and Martin to Oregon State, but both are expected to go high in the draft as well.

Simi Valley Royal at No. 3 Vista Murrieta, Friday, 3:15 p.m.

Royal won its 12th consecutive game Tuesday, a 4-2 victory at Villa Park, earning an even longer bus ride to Southwestern Riverside County. The Highlanders finished fifth in the exceptionally deep Marmonte League and have four starters back from last season’s Division 1 semifinalists. The Broncos will ask sophomore right-hander Tyler Russell (8-1, 1.03) to defend their home turf.

Temecula Great Oak at No. 4 San Juan Capistrano JSerra, Friday, 3:15 p.m.

Another I.E. team that hopes to represent well against an O.C. powerhouse is Great Oak, which played Vista Murrieta tough in their three Southwestern League games. Great Oak shortstop Austin Bailey, who signed with San Diego, hit three home runs last week in the regular-season finale against Murrieta Mesa, giving him six on thes season. The most watched player will be JSerra catcher Austin Hedges, considered the best defensive prospect in the nation, high school or college.

Division 2

Yucaipa at West Torrance, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

When it comes to pitching, the Thunderbirds have the type of 1-2 punch that can carry them back to the finals for the second straight year. Justin Lewis (8-1) threw a two-hitter Tuesday in a 3-0 wild-card victory against visiting Rancho Cucamonga. Now it’s Kevin Davidson's turn. The senior right-hander is 7-1 with a 2.10 ERA and helps himself out at the plate with a .511 batting average. West Torrance won the Bay League.

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