Los Angeles Preps: Kaylin Mahoney

LA North: Five things from the weekend

June, 6, 2011
  1. Simi Valley freshman Sarah Baxter won the 3,200 in the CIF State Track and Field championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Her time of 10:13 was the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year. She finished ahead of Rancho Bernardo’s Molly Grabill, in second, and Torrey Pines’ Alli Billmeyer in third. Harvard-Westlake’s Cami Chapus, who won the 1,600 in a personal-best time of 4:40.88, was ninth in the 3,200.
  2. The Oaks Christian boys 4-x-100 relay team set a school record and won the CIF State championship in 41.19 seconds. The team of Ronny Camacho, Ishmael Adams, Terry Johnson and Vincent Saucer won the first state relay championship in school history for Oaks Christian. Roosevelt was second in 42.18 seconds.
  3. The Canyon boys 4-x-100 relay team broke the Foothill League record at the CIF State Track and Field championships over the weekend. The team of Max Archuleta, Kenny Stone, Dominic Pennucci and Darius Rudolph ran the relay in 41.78 seconds in the preliminaries on Friday to set the Foothill League mark and qualify for the final race. The Canyon boys finished sixth in 42.18 seconds.
  4. Saugus runner Stephanie Bulder competed in two events at the CIF State Track and Field championships. She was sixth in the 1,600 and was 13th in the 3,200. Her time of 4:47.81 in the 1,600 was a personal best by six seconds. She was one of three runners from Saugus in the 3,200 race. Teammates Kaylin Mahoney finished 12th and Karis Frankian was 20th.
  5. Valencia’s Faith Anumba was the first athlete in school history to qualify in two events in the CIF State meet. She posted top-10 performances in the long jump and triple jump. She was seventh in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

May, 16, 2011
  1. The Valencia baseball team won the Foothill League championship with a 6-2 win over Canyon. Hart finished a game behind Valencia in second place with West Ranch coming in third. Hart and West Ranch won their regular-season finales on Friday. Valencia was ranked No. 5 in last week’s CIF Southern Section Division I poll. Two of the Vikings' top pitchers are nursing arm injuries and might not be available when playoffs start. In the West Valley League, Chatsworth beat Birmingham, 11-1 in five innings, in the regular-season finale and won the league title. El Camino Real finished in second. Woodland Hills Taft, Cleveland of Reseda and Birmingham are tied for third place in the league standings. El Camino beat Taft, 8-6, in the regular-season finale. In the Valley Mission League, San Fernando beat Kennedy of Granada Hills, 4-2, to finish with a share of the league title. San Fernando and Kennedy are co-champions of the Valley Mission League. Kennedy handed San Fernando its first league loss of the season on Wednesday. San Fernando bounced back to beat Kennedy on Friday. The City Section playoff pairings will be announced Wednesday.
  2. Westlake and Thouands Oaks are representing the Marmonte League well in the CIF Southern Section Divison I boys volleyball playoffs. Both teams advanced to the semifinals and are in the final four. Westlake defeated fourth-seeded Newport Harbor in five games in the quarterfinals. Thousand Oaks knocked out St. John Bosco in five games. Westlake faces Mater Dei in Santa Ana on Tuesday. Mater Dei eliminated top-seeded Mira Costa in the quarterfinals. Thousand Oaks is home against second-seeded Santa Margarita, the last seeded team left in the playoffs. In the Division III bracket, top-seeded Burroughs of Burbank beat Cypress in three games and advanced to the semifinals. The Bulldogs play fourth-seeded South Torrance. Third-seeded Camarillo swept Arcadia in the quarterfinals. The Scorpions will play second-seeded Cerritos Valley Christian in the semis.
  3. The Foothill League will be well represented in the CIF Southern Section track and field finals at Cerritos College this weekend. Canyon’s Kenny Stone qualified for four events in Division II. He will compete in the 200 and 400 as well as on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. The 4x100 relay team of Max Archuleta, Dominic Pennucci, Darius Rudolph and Stone broke the league record at the CIF prelims in 42.00 seconds. James Weiner from Saugus qualified for three events in the Division II finals. He will compete in the 100, 200 and on the 4x100 relay team. Jenna Vincej of Saugus qualified in the 200 and 400 and is on the 4x400 relay team. Four girls from Saugus, Kaylin Mahoney, Stephanie Bulder, Karis Frankian and Jessica McCall, qualified in the 3,200. Valencia’s Faith Anumba qualified for two events in the Division I meet. She will compete in the triple jump and the long jump.
  4. Birmingham pitcher Marti Sementelli will continue her baseball career in college at Montreat College, an NAIA school in North Carolina. She is a pitcher for Birmingham High School and started against Ghazaleh Sailors from San Marcos in what is believed to be the first time two girls opposed each other on the mound in a high school baseball game. Sementelli earned the win in that game, 6-1 in favor of Birmingham. According to MaxPreps.com, Sementelli has appeared in 12 games and is 2-1. In 22 innings, she has struck out 14 and walked six.
  5. Doug MacKenzie, who coached the Canoga Park baseball team to a City Section championship in 1987 at Dodger Stadium in his final season, died Thursday at his home in Glendale, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 85. He coached at Canoga Park for 37 years and went to Eagle Rock High School and Occidental College. In addition to coaching at Canoga Park, he was a baseball coach at Ribet Academy and Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 6, 2010

1. Oaks Christian and Westlake will meet in the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. Westlake enters as the reigning Northern Division champs. Oaks Christian is the No. 1-seeded team in the Northern Division playoffs, albeit because of a coin flip, and is playing in the Northern Division for the first time. Oaks Christian is already trying to bill itself as the underdog in this one. The first time these two teams met, Westlake won, 31-12. Oaks Christian was 2-2 after the game and had six more games to go in its first tour through the Marmonte League. Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell remembers talk of his team going 5-5 at that point and losing in the first round of the playoffs, if his team made the playoffs at all. Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams said he heard predictions of his team’s demise when the playoffs started. Westlake avenged its only loss of the season with a 37-27 win over St. Bonaventure in the semifinals. Let’s see if Westlake coach Jim Benkert can make his team look like more of an underdog than Oaks Christian.

2. The Bonita football team is making its first appearance in a CIF championship game since 1999. When asked when was the last time before that, Bonita coach Eric Podley said “probably 1949.” Bonita doesn’t reach this level of the playoffs very often. The Bonita players savored their win over La Serna in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Bonita’s Giomani Johnson, who scored two touchdowns in the 21-16 win, said reaching the championship game is a culmination of four years of hard work. He is one of 25 seniors on the team. On the other side, La Serna receiver Andrew Rosales and quarterback Andrew Buenrostro hooked up for a touchdown in the second quarter that tied the score, 7-7, just before halftime. Rosales said he and Buenrostro have been friends since kindergarten and have been running the play that resulted in the touchdown since they were kids playing football in the street. Rosales made a diving catch at the front of the end zone, keeping his feet in bounds and his body fell out of bounds. Bonita blocked two field goals in the game, one that would have given La Serna a 10-7 lead at halftime. It’s hard not to wonder how the game might have ended if those two field goals weren’t blocked.

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LA North: Athletes of the week

December, 1, 2010
Ishmael Adams, Oaks Christian, Jr.
He rushed for 236 yards and scored four touchdowns in his team's 57-34 win over Thousand Oaks in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division quarterfinals. All four of his touchdowns came in the first half as Oaks Christian built a 43-14 lead. He averaged 14.8 yards per carry. He scored the first two touchdowns of the game, one on a 60-yard run in the first quarter. He scored on a 68-yard run in the second quarter to give his team a 33-7 lead.

Kaylin Mahoney, Saugus, Sr.
She led her team to a fifth straight CIF state cross country championship. The Saugus girls won the CIF State Division II championship by setting the course record at Woodward Park in Fresno in 89 minutes, 25 seconds. Mahoney finished second in the Division II race in 17 minutes, 44 seconds. All four of her teammates finished in the top 10.

Great Oak, Saugus win girls' cross-country titles

November, 20, 2010

WALNUT--The conditions weren't ripe for blazing times, but they were just right for the Temecula Great Oak and Saugus girls' cross-country teams.

Great Oak captured the Division I title with its top five runners bunched just 36 seconds apart. The Wolfpack totaled 73 points and a team time of 1 hour 34 minutes 33 seconds on the 5,000-meter course at Mt. San Antonio College.

Due to the rains, the course moved from the dusty hillsides and laid out on flat, hard ground that took runners through portions of the parking lot and onto the athletic track inside the football stadium.

"It was definitely different," said Great Oak senior Jessica Hilton, who was her team's top finisher, placing fifth overall in 18:35.

"Our league finals were in the 90-degree weather, so it was a big change," said senior Shannon Emery, who was 15th overall in 18:50.

Even more impressive, the Wolfpack won the title without one of its top runners Anna Johnson, who is out for the rest of the season with a quadriceps injury.

Saugus, the four-time defending state champion, captured the Division II title with 29 points and a team time of 1:32.25. All five of its runners finished in the top 10 and were separated by just 34 seconds.

Stephanie Bulder was second overall in 18:09, followed by teammate Kaylin Mahoney in third (18:11).

Simi Valley freshman Sarah Baxter had the fastest girls' time of the meet, winning the Division I race in 17:40. Earlier this season, Baxter broke the freshman course record on the regular course.

Great Oak, Saugus and Baxter will compete next Saturday at the state championships in Fresno.

For a complete list of today's results, check here.