Los Angeles Preps: Raymond Medina

LA South: Five things from the weekend

May, 2, 2011
1. Long Beach Poly had a field day at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, returning to California with championships in both the boys' and girls' 4x800 relays. The Poly girls also easily won the 4x100 and 4x400 events, while the boys came in second in the 4x400, behind champion Gardena Serra. Poly's 4x800 group registered the fastest time in the country and third-fastest all-time at 7:31.69. Myles Andrews anchored in 1:49.54.

2. Maybe reaching the top of the state rankings wasn't so good for the Bishop Amat baseball team. The Lancers lost twice last week -- 2-1 to Bonita on Monday and 13-9 to Torrance on Saturday in the Redondo Tournament final -- to fall out of the No. 1 spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 poll. Amat (21-4) had won 22 straight before stumbling against Bonita (19-4), the top-ranked team in Division 3, at Mt. SAC.

3. Things aren't much different on the softball diamond, as Bonita and Bishop Amat are arguably the best teams in Los Angeles County. Bonita (18-4), hitting .399 as a team, fell twice last week and slipped to No. 2 in the Division 2 poll; Amat (20-2), hitting .372 and averaging over six runs per game, is top-ranked in Division 3 and riding a nine-game winning streak.

4. The Mira Costa boys' volleyball team's position amongst the elite varies depending on whom you ask. The Mustangs helped their case Saturday, capturing their second consecutive Redondo Classic title behind wins against 10th-ranked San Clemente in the final and fifth-ranked Westlake in the semifinals. Weston Carico, who has been filling in for injured Jake Miller (leg), was named tournament MVP. Mira Costa wraps up the regular season with games at eighth-ranked Redondo Union and Palos Verdes this week.

5. St. John Bosco offensive lineman Beau Boyster gave a nonbinding verbal commitment to Arizona on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Boyster is part of a stellar group of returnees that includes receiver Bryce Treggs and quarterback Raymond Medina. Boyster also has offers from Nevada and San Jose State.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

October, 25, 2010
1. The Arcadia boys' cross country team, ranked No. 2 nationally, ran away with the Team Sweepstakes title at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Ammar Moussa tied the course record with a time of 14:24 in the 2.91-mile trek. Arcadia's team time of 75:16 broke the previous course record by more than a minute.

2. St. John Bosco has a good thing growing with quarterback Raymond Medina. The junior may not have the out-of-this-world stats yet (11 touchdowns in seven games), but he possesses the tools (strong arm, quick feet, pocket presence, size) to break out next season. He and go-to receiver Bryce Treggs, a fellow 2012 class member, are already a major force. Treggs was a recipient in 10 of Medina's 19 completions -- two for scores -- in Friday night's 32-24 loss to Servite.

3. Things should get more difficult for Bonita (7-0) in the next few weeks with games against West Covina (6-1), Rowland (4-4) and Diamond Ranch (4-3). The winner of Friday's game at West Covina gains control of the Hacienda League, but it also gives the Bearcats a chance that they're for real. Aside from an eye-opening 22-point win in Week 1 against Sierra League leader Claremont (6-1), Bonita has beaten up on teams with a combined record of 18-26. Not exactly your cream of the crop. Meanwhile, Diamond Ranch's three losses were to teams that have gone 16-5; West Covina's lone loss was to Covina, which is 7-1.

4. Any more Long Beach Poly (5-2) doubters out there? In retrospect, the Jackrabbits must be feeling pretty good about their 32-7 Week 1 loss to St. Bonaventure, which is coming off a 52-0 dismantling of Thousand Oaks on Friday. The No. 8 Seraphs are 6-1 (only defeat was by a point to Oaks Christian). Poly's other loss was to No. 3 Mission Viejo (7-0). The positive spin? The 37 points the Diablos put up against Poly are a season-low (Mission Viejo has averaged 47 points in its six other wins).

5. The scoreboard was on hyperactive mode at Maranatha High on Friday. Cerritos Valley Christian eventually emerged from the points-fest that included five overtime periods and lasted nearly five hours, leaving Pasadena with a 70-64 victory. The teams combined to score 54 points after regulation.

NORWALK -- Malik Felton showed why he might be Servite's secret weapon -- as if the Friars needed more artillery.

With feature back Sean DeRosa making an in-game switch to safety, Felton rushed the ball 25 times for 211 yards and two second-half scores to carry the Friars -- ranked No. 1 by ESPNLA.com -- to a 32-24 Trinity League win against St. John Bosco at Cerritos College on Friday night. Servite actually trailed in the first half, but Felton's 163 yards in the second proved to be too much for the Braves' chances at an upset.

Sometimes, a little self-motivation goes a long way.

"It seemed like the fire just burned into me," Felton said. "I talked to myself and said, 'Alright, you've got to pick this up. Let's get this going. No problem, you've got this.' "

He was right: He did have it.

Felton, a hybrid receiver who had recently been getting more and more practice reps at running back, scored from 10 yards after a Karlton Dennis blocked punt that set up the Friars (7-0) in premium field position to start the second half. He added an 11-yarder early in the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game.

"He was ready for this," Servite coach Troy Thomas said. "It isn't like he was playing receiver and not getting reps at running back. He's a running back that plays receiver sometimes."

Servite needed every bit of Felton, the running back.

Down by just eight, the Braves got the ball at their own 11 with just over a minute left. But Servite's defensive front was too powerful, sacking Ray Medina near the goal line to end Bosco's potential game-tying drive before it even began.

Of course, it wasn't all Felton. Quarterback Cody Pittman dinked and dunked his way to 132 yards and a touchdown.

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LA South: Lakewood 27, St. John Bosco 7

September, 10, 2010

BELLFLOWER -- Lakewood coach Thadd MacNeal already knew it, but he was reminded of it over and over again on Friday night.

The No. 4 Lakewood Lancers have some defense -- the type that wins championships. A 27-7 win at St. John Bosco on Friday night makes MacNeal a believer.

"We can compete in the Pac-5," he said.

Through two games, the Lancers (2-0) have outscored their opponents 76-7. For those keeping tabs at home, that's one touchdown in 96 minutes. The defensive showcase got going early Friday, with safety Shane Watson picking off St. John Bosco's Raymond Medina on the game's opening drive.

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