Los Angeles Preps: Jordie Munford

I.E.: 5 things from the weekend

March, 26, 2012
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1. The J.W. North baseball team stretched their record to 11-0 with two close wins last week in Big VIII League play. Gabriel Franca led the way Friday in a 4-3 victory at Roosevelt, slashing two doubles and earning his sixth save of the season. Two days earlier, the defending Southern Section Division 1 champions hosted Riverside Poly and came away with an 8-6 victory. The Huskies are off until Saturday, when they open play in the Anaheim Lions tournament against Aliso Niguel (8-4).

2. After winning its first nine, the Indio baseball team was swept last week by Palm Desert in the first two games of Desert Valley League play. In the first game Tuesday, the Aztecs, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, scored four runs in the top of the seventh at No. 2 Indio and held on to win, 4-2. Jonathan Serven had the big hit for Palm Desert, a two-run single to left field that gave the Aztecs a 3-2 lead. In Friday’s second game, Jono Tellier went the distance, allowing six hits and striking out four in a 2-0 victory.

3. The Alta Loma baseball team is off to a strong start after tying for last in the Baseline League a year ago. The Braves won their first two league games and Saturday beat Palm Desert, 5-1, at College of the Desert. Senior right-hander Nolan Sheridan threw a three-hitter and struck out seven with no walks to improve to 3-0 on the season. Two weeks earlier, Sheridan threw the first no-hitter in school history in a 2-0 victory against Paloma Valley.

4. Inland Empire track and field athletes turned in some noteworthy performances over the weekend. Michael Hewitt of Great Oak ran the state’s fastest time of the outdoor season in the 800 meters at the Azusa Distance Meet of Champions. He twice circled the track in a personal-best 1:53.22, nearly a second faster than the state’s next best time. At the same meet, Erika Reddish of Vista Murrieta established a new state-leading time in the girls’ 800 (2:12.67). At the Roosevelt Invitational, Elijah Mitchell of Roosevelt produced the state’s top time in the boys’ 200 (21.46). At the California Relays at Cerritos College, Jordie Munford of Rancho Cucamonga set a new state-leading time in the girls’ 300 hurdles (43.26).

5. The Norco softball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, continued its winning ways, sweeping three games last weekend at the Torrance National tournament. The Cougars (13-0) did not allow a run in the three games, beating Freedom High from Oakley, Calif. on Friday, then knocking off Foothill High from Henderson, Nev. in a semifinal and North Torrance in the championship game, 8-0. Emily Lockman, who has signed with Nebraska, was the winning pitcher in both games Saturday. She also homered against Foothill and was named the tournament MVP.

I.E.: Track and field athletes to watch

March, 20, 2012
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Rachel McCoy probably won’t be surprising anyone this season. The 6-foot-3 junior at A.B. Miller came out of the blue last June to win a state title in the girls’ high jump at Buchanan High School in Clovis

She was the only athlete to clear the bar at 5-8, and just missed on her three attempts at 5-10. After playing basketball for the Rebels over the winter, she tuned up for this track and field season by winning the high jump at the Fontana City track meet earlier this month.

Here’s a list of the Inland Empire’s other top underclassmen at last season’s state finals:

Kelly Rhines, Sr. at Los Osos – third in the girls’ 200 (24.31)

Jordie Munford, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga – second in the girls’ 300 hurdles (41.90) and fifth in 100 hurdles (14.21)

Jade Miller, Sr., Great Oak – eighth in the girls’ 300 hurdles (43.37).

Erika Reddish, Sr., Vista Murrieta – ninth in the girls’ 1,600 (4:50.52).

Tanya Sapa, Jr., La Sierra – third in the girls’ shot put (41-6 )

Ashlie Curenton, Sr., Victorville – third in the girls’ long jump (18-7 ).

Kiethyon Moten, Sr., Indio – second in the boys’ 110 hurdles (14.46)

Zach Lewis, Sr., Ramona – fourth in the boys’ 300 hurdles (38.1)

Bernard Quinn, Sr., Vista Murrieta – fifth in the boys’ 400 (48.18).

Brett Moulton, Jr., Corona Santiago – ninth in the boys’ 800 (1:56.04).

Luis Gutierrez, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga – third in the boys’ 1,600 (4:06.51).

Ryan Hunter-Simms, Sr., San Gorgonio – third in the boys’ discus (176-6)

Jaelen Spencer, Jr., Sultana – third in the boys’ triple jump (48-3 )

Miles Poullard, Sr., Colony – tied for fifth in the boys’ high jump (6-5)

Peter Chapman, Sr., Murrieta Valley – fifth in the boys’ pole vault (15-0)

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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