Los Angeles Preps: Keppel

Keppel baseball team forfeits playoff win

May, 18, 2012
The Alhambra Keppel baseball team has forfeited its wild-card round win over Hawthorne in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs due to an ineligible player, the section office announced Friday. The player in question, according to the office, transferred from another school without filing proper paperwork. Hawthorne, which had dropped a 4-2 decision Tuesday, will play at Elsinore in Wildomar on Saturday afternoon.

Keppel, which according to the Pasadena Star-News reached the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades, could potentially forfeit all of its wins, depending on the number of games the ineligible player appeared in.

"It’s always unfortunate and extremely difficult when a school has to forfeit any contest," commissioner of athletics Rob Wigod said. "It is made that much more so when it is a playoff game. However, CIF Southern Section rules are in place for a reason and part of being a member in this organization is adhering to those rules."

LA South: Five things from the weekend

May, 16, 2011
1. Not exactly the ending the Mira Costa boys' volleyball team had in mind, as the top-seeded Mustangs were shocked by Mater Dei in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs Saturday, 29-27, 20-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-9. The Monarchs used a 7-1 run in the final game to pull off the upset at their home court. Mira Costa, which lost in the CIF title match last year, finished with a 33-2 record.

2. Marqise Lee (Gardena Serra) and Beejay Lee (West Covina) set new track and field marks on Saturday. Marqise Lee's long jump of 24 feet 8 inches at the Division 4 prelims was the best in the country this year. At the Division 1 Prelims, Beejay Lee registered a time of 21:00 in the 200 meters, the best in California this year. Marqise Lee's teammate, sprinter George Farmer did not participate because of an ankle injury.

3. Keppel High doesn't have a pool on its campus but that didn't stop the Aztecs from claiming the boys and girls CIF titles at the Division 3 swimming and diving championships Saturday. Keppel is making a habit of winning without the proper resources -- it was the girls' fourth title in the last five years and boys' third in five years. According to the Pasadena Star-News, Keppel, which is located in Alhambra, must travel more than a mile to train and host meets at Barnes Park in Monterey Park.

4. There are exclamation points and then there's what the Bonita baseball team did Friday. The Bearcats, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3, capped their regular season with a 19-2 win at Diamond Ranch. Justin Row led off with a monster home run to left and the demolition was on. K.C. Huth and Robert Mieradded back-to-back home runs in the second, and the Hacienda League champion Bearcats scored 11 in the fourth to finish with a 24-4 record. Head coach John Knott couldn't have asked for better momentum heading into the playoffs.

5. West Covina standout Chris Solomontook his talents to the Bay Area and participated in the Nike SPARQ Combine in Oakland after missing the showcase in Long Beach last month. The tailback/safety showed why he's garnering more attention in the recruiting world, being named the top rising senior by ESPN Rise. He ran a 4,58 40-yard dash, logged a 3.97 shuttle time and ranked third with a SPARQ rating of 106.17. Solomon has offers from Arizona State and Colorado.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

May, 9, 2011
1. On Saturday, Bishop Amat's Kylie Price won the girls' 100 meters at the Del Rey League finals, registering the fastest time in California this year at 11.75. Serra's George Farmer, a receiver bound for USC in the fall, won the boys' 100 with a time of 10.59. Current Serra teammate -- and future USC teammate -- Marqise Lee came in second at 10.87.

2. The Keppel badminton team won its second consecutive CIF Southern Section championship Saturday, ousting Diamond Bar 12-9. Keppel won all eight of the boys matches; Diamond Bar won all eight of the girls matches. The Aztecs took it by winning four of the five mixed doubles.

3. Pitcher Franny Vaaulu paced the Warren softball team to the La Mirada Showcase Tournament title Saturday. Vaaulu didn't start because she had to take the SAT exam, but was nearly untouchable when she arrived, giving up only one hit and striking out 10 in the 5-2 win over California. It was Warren's 15th straight win. The Bears (21-3) went into the week ranked No. 5 in Division 3.

4. The Mira Costa boys' volleyball team will have a target on its back on the road to redemption. The Mustangs (31-1) received the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs Sunday. The Bay League winners lost to Loyola in the CIF title match last year. "We're finally healthy and the kids are motivated," Mira Costa co-coach Mike Ninnis told the Daily Breeze. "They're ready for the playoffs."

5. Another baseball game between Lakewood and Compton, another 29-run margin of victory for the Lancers. Lakewood followed up its 30-1 win over Compton from April 6 with a 29-0 drubbing on Friday. Nick Torres, Jimmy Gosano and Zach Alofaituli each scored four runs. The Lancers (25-4-1, 10-1) weren't expected to win the Moore League, but they clinched at least a share of the title with the victory. They can win it outright by beating Long Beach Jordan on Wednesday.