Los Angeles Preps: Redondo Union

Report: Reggie Morris to coach Redondo

May, 11, 2012
After two years at St. Bernard, basketball coach Reggie Morris is making the move to Redondo Union, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Morris was a combined 50-17 in his two seasons in Playa del Rey, highlighted by a trip to Sacramento in 2011 for the CIF State Division V championship game. He's no stranger to the Bay League -- Morris previously spent eight years at Leuzinger, guiding the Olympians to their first sectional title in 2010 and helping with the development of eventual NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook.

Redondo went 10-17 last season and finished in fifth place in the Bay League.
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.

Damien wins Covina tournament

December, 29, 2011
La Verne Damien beat Riverside J.W. North 53-36 to win the 58th annual Covina Christmas tournament Thursday night. The top-seeded Spartans (13-1) got 19 points and 12 rebounds from St. Mary's-bound forward Chris Reyes, who subsequently was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Other tournament results involving south Los Angeles County schools:

Windward 71, Woodland Hills Taft 59
Loyola Marymount-bound Nick Stover had 30 points in the Holiday Classic tournament's National Division semifinal in San Diego. Windward (8-4) will meet DeMatha (Md.), the nation's 10th-ranked team, in the championship game Friday at 8:15 p.m.

Loyola 64, Tampa Jesuit 43
The nationally-ranked Loyola Cubs (10-0) advanced to the title game of the fourth annual Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic boys' basketball tournament in North Bethesda, Md., about 15 miles north of downtown Washington D.C. Loyola will face tournament host Georgetown Prep in the championship game Friday at 5 p.m. PT.

L.A. Washington 68, Crespi 58
The Washington Generals (7-8) pulled off the surprise win in the Redondo Union Sea Hawk Beach Classic tournament semifinals, handing previously unbeaten Crespi its first loss of the season. They will play Torrance Bishop Montgomery in Friday's final.

Bishop Montgomery 70, L.A. Price 63
The other semifinal in Redondo was a scoring fest. Bishop Montgomery (11-2) added to its impressive résumé, which already includes wins over Westchester, Taft, Washington and Gardena Serra.

Simi Valley's Baxter wins national race

December, 3, 2011
Simi Valley sophomore Sarah Baxter won the Nike Cross National girls championship race in Portland, Ore., on Saturday. She completed the 5K course in 17 minutes, 38 seconds, the third-fastest time in meet history.

Baxter, a two-time cross country state champion, paced the Simi Valley girls, running as the Simi Valley XC Club, to an 11th-place finish in the national cross country meet. Erika Barr was 54th, Karla Vernola was 70th, Desirae Jones was 80th and Rachel Vinas was 82nd.

Haley Pierce of Tatnall High in Wilmington, Del., was second in 17:42. Katie Knight from North Central High in Washington was third in 17:45.

Hagen Reedy from Buchanan High School in Clovis was seventh in 17:57. Rebecca Mehra from Palos Verdes was 16th in 18:18. Madeleine Ankhelyi from Vista del Lago was 20th in 18:23.

Marina’s Laura Hollander was 27th, Karis Frankian from Saugus was 38th and Rachel Bush from Redondo Union was 39th.

L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

November, 17, 2011
Eastside(4-6) vs. No. 2 Westlake (10-0), Friday (7 p.m.)
The top-seeded team in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs eases into postseason with a first-round game against Eastside, the fourth-place team from the Golden League. The Lions have lost three games in a row. They don’t run the ball well -- the Lions' leading rusher is Kevin Teate with 691 yards and two touchdowns. They don’t pass the ball well, averaging a notch over 31 yards per game. They don’t score many points, averaging 16.6 points and were shut out in three of their last five games. Westlake is undefeated, averaging 45.5 points and coming off a 35-14 win over St. Bonaventure, the No. 11 team in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings.

Mira Costa (4-6) vs. No. 9 Oaks Christian (8-2), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
Oaks Christian, the reigning Northern Division champion and the second-seeded team in the Northern Division playoffs, opens against the third-place team from the Bay League. Mira Costa is another team that hasn’t scored much, only 17.7 points per game, and lost its league finale, 21-7, against Redondo Union. Oaks Christian stumbled a bit into the playoffs, playing two close games in the final three weeks of the Marmonte League season. Both of Oaks Christian’s running backs, Carlos Mendoza and Ishmael Adams, were nicked up in the final weeks of the season. Still the Lions are averaging 35.3 points and should be in good position to make another run at a CIF championship.

No. 11 St. Bonaventure (8-2) vs. Redondo Union (5-5), Friday ( 7:30 p.m.)
The Sea Hawks finished in second place in the Bay League and won four of the last five games of the season. Two of their toughest games were a 21-0 loss to Gardena Serra in Week 2 and a 33-13 loss to Orange Lutheran in Week 5. St. Bonaventure, the No. 3 seed in the Northern Division playoffs, has been ranked higher than Serra and OLu all season in the ESPNLA rankings. The Seraphs might be playing with some chips on their shoulders, too. Coach Todd Therrien was definitely not happy with the way his team lost to Westlake in the Marmonte League finale. Don’t get him started on how his team lost to Oaks Christian.

Inglewood (5-5) vs. No. 24 Chaminade (8-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
Chaminade Coach Ed Croson said his players were “disheartened” after losing to Gardena Serra in the Mission League finale and, as a result, dropping from the No. 1 to No. 3 seed in the Western Division playoffs. The Eagles run the ball well and can score against any team. Running back Terrell Newby has 1,533 yards and 24 touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Scott is efficient, passing for 1,490 yards and 11 touchdowns at a 65 percent completion rate. The wild card in the Chaminade offense is speedster wideout Elijah Dunston. He caught 34 passes for 412 yards and a team-high five touchdowns among the receivers. Inglewood, the second-place team from the Ocean League, has won four games in a row. The Sentinels also lost five of their first six games. Two of those losses were to Palos Verdes and Mira Costa, the top two teams from the Bay League. It could be a long night for Inglewood.

Birmingham (8-2) vs. Arleta (9-1), Friday (7 p.m.)
Birmingham is the No. 6 seed in the City Section Division I playoffs and takes on Arleta in the first round. It is East Valley vs. West Valley. Birmingham was the surprise champion of the West Valley League after upsetting El Camino Real in the second to last game of the season. Arleta won the East Valley League championship with an undefeated record. The only loss for the Mustangs was against Chatsworth, 28-12, in the second week of the season. It was also be a matchup of two of the best running backs in the San Fernando Valley. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman is one touchdown away from setting the City Section for touchdowns in a season. Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings has outplayed the top tailbacks in the West Valley League all season.

Cresnshaw (5-4) vs. El Camino Real (8-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
El Camino Real opens the City Section Division I playoffs against the reigning champs. This is a winnable game for El Camino. Crenshaw is the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. El Camino is No. 9 and home for the playoff opener. The Conquistadores won four of their last five games but stumbled a bit into the playoffs. They lost to Birmingham and, as a result, lost the West Valley League championship. In the West Valley League finale, they narrowly beat Granada Hills, 35-34, and had to erase a 20-point halftime deficit. Crenshaw finished in third place in the Coliseum League and lost its last two games of the season.

Basketball: Five SoCal basketball teams headed to Hawaii

August, 29, 2011
Five boys' basketball teams from Southern California will be headed to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational tournament, a pre-Christmas event at Lahainaluna High School.

Oaks Christian, Mission Viejo, Inglewood, Redondo Union and San Pedro were invited to the event. Each team will play four games in the tournament that runs from Dec. 19-23.

Teams from Washington, Utah and Alabama have also been invited to the tournament.

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Redondo Union and Long Beach Poly are in the Southern California finals of the CIF State Division I girls volleyball playoffs.

Redondo beat Redlands East Valley in three games in the Southern California semifinals. Long Beach Poly beat Marymount in three games in their semifinal match.

Long Beach Poly is home for the Southern California Division I final on Tuesday night.

The Campbell Hall of North Hollywood girls volleyball team lost in three games to top-seeded Cathedral Catholic from San Diego in the Division III girls volleyball playoffs.

Cathedral Catholic plays Canyon Crest from San Diego in the Southern California Division III final.

Sierra Canyon from Chatsworth lost to Tri-City Christian from Oceanside in three games in the semifinals of the Southern California Division V playoffs. Tri-City Christian will face Kings Christian from Lemoore in the Southern California Division V final.

In the Southern California Division II final, St. Lucy's Priory from Glendora, the top seed in the Southern California bracket, plays Troy from Fullerton, the seventh-seeded team. Troy knocked off second-seeded Scripps Ranch from San Diego in four games in the first round and then beat third-seeded Chino Hills in five games in the quarterfinals.

GRANADA HILLS – The Granada Hills girls volleyball team made the CIF state tournament for the second year in a row.

And for the second straight year, Granada Hills made a first-round exit.

Redondo Union swept Granada Hills, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17, at Granada Hills High School on Tuesday night in the first round of the CIF State Division I playoffs.

Redondo Union was forced to start sophomore setter Olivia Bustamante when the team’s regular setter Blake O’Brien was too sick to make the bus trip from Redondo Beach to the San Fernando Valley for the state girls volleyball tournament match.

Bustamante made the first start of her high school on one of the biggest stages. She guided her team by recording 41 assists and ran the offense smoothly against the two-time CIF City Section champions.

Bustamante said after the game she was nervous to start, but found her comfort zone by feeding the ball to Skylar and Lara Dykstra.

The Dykstras combined for 23 kills in the match and overpowered Granada Hills at crucial points.

Lara Dysktra had the hot hand in the first game, recording four kills. The first game was close, tied 16-16, when Redondo scored six points in a row to build a little cushion. Skylar Dykstra ended the first game with one of her three kills in the game.

Skylar Dykstra continued to roll in the second game. She recorded five kills as Redondo built a 23-13 lead at one point.

In the third and deciding game, Skylar Dykstra recorded four kills in a row as Redondo jumped out to a 15-3 advantage. She ended the match with her sixth kill of the game.

Skylar Dykstra had 14 kills and Lara Dykstra added nine. Teammate Nicole White had eight kills.

Hanna Levanen ended the match with a team-high seven kills for Granada Hills.

LA South: Teams claim CIF titles, others fall short

November, 22, 2010
A number of CIF divisional championships were up for grabs over the weekend. Here are the results involving schools in the south Los Angeles region:

Southern Section girls volleyball
  • Long Beach Poly won its first CIF title in a decade, beating Redondo Union, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, on Saturday. Poly defeated Santa Barbara, Edison and No. 3-seeded Los Alamitos on the way to the Division I-AA championship. The Jackrabbits turn their sights to state after receiving the No. 2 overall seeding in that bracket.
  • Glendora St. Lucy's overcame a familiar foe to claim its first-ever girls volleyball title Saturday, beating rival Chino Hills, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20. St. Lucy's, which shared the Sierra League title with Chino Hills, got the No. 1 seeding in Division II regional pairings. First-round play begins Tuesday.
  • Another first-time winner in Division II-A, as Downey swept Troy in a tight one, 28-26, 25-22, 25-23. The San Gabriel Valley League champions lost only once all season -- on Sept. 11 to Division I-AA No. 3-seeded Los Alamitos -- then went on to win 25 straight. Troy also had just one other loss heading into the match.
  • Chadwick capped off its undefeated season (28-0) with a four-set victory against Pasadena Poly to clinch the Division III-AA championship. The Dolphins captured the first two sets rather comfortably, 25-14, 25-15, before Poly responded with a 13-25 win in the third. Chadwick buckled down in the fourth, coming back from a 12-11 deficit to win 25-19.
  • Lynwood Firebaugh swept San Gabriel Academy, 25-13, 25-17, 25-22, to secure the Division V-A championship.
City Section girls volleyball
  • No. 2-seeded Carson came all the way back from an 0-2 deficit just to come up short in the Division I championship, losing to No. 1 Granada Hills, 25-19, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12. In Division II play, No. 3-seeded Palisades swept No. 4-seeded Sun Valley Poly, 25-15, 26-24, 25-15.
Southern Section boys water polo
  • No. 2-seeded La Verne Damien fell to No. 1-seeded Laguna Beach, 11-9, in the Division III championship on Saturday. La Serna defeated Pasadena Poly, 17-9, to win the Division V crown.
  • No. 2-seeded Nogales got six goals from Daniel Morales in a slight upset of top-seeded Santa Ynes, 15-8, to claim its first-ever boys water polo Division VII championship. Nogales (31-2), the Valle Vista League champs, won 21 straight.

L.A. South: Five things from the weekend

September, 27, 2010
Some notes and observations from the weekend in the south Los Angeles region.

1. The "blowout" was a constant theme across the top 25 scoreboard on Friday. No. 4 Lakewood (44-0 at Leuzinger), No. 5 Serra (48-7 at Palos Verdes Peninsula), No. 8 Bishop Amat (42-7 vs. Damien), No. 17 Crenshaw (50-3 vs. Riverside J.W. North) and No. 21 Dorsey (40-7 at Compton) all won by wiiiiide margins. The start of league play figures to tighten things up a bit.

2. Playing "Positive Pete" here, but Long Beach Poly's two defeats have come against opponents ranked in ESPNLA.com's poll. That's the good news. The bad? Well, the two losses -- to St. Bonaventure on Sept. 10 and Mission Viejo on Friday -- were by a combined 55 points. The ugly? Both losses came at home. The Jackrabbits couldn't be happier to begin Moore League play.

3. West Covina is doing all it can to make people forget about the season-opening loss to Covina. A 33-28 win against Glendora on Friday night was the latest statement for the Bulldogs, who have won three straight since dropping the opener. An important game against Rowland awaits coach Mike Maggiore's bunch in two weeks -- a game they should be ready for if the last few weeks are any indication.

4. After rushing for 202 yards against Poly, Narbonne's Noel Rankins had a net of minus-5 on 14 carries against Mira Costa on Friday. It's no surprise, though. The Mustangs' D looked disciplined against Loyola's Jared Baker (committed to Arizona) in the first week. But the offense has some catching up to do if Mira Costa hopes to defend last year's CIF title.

5. The Redondo Union girls' cross country team continued its impressive run over the weekend, taking first place at the Nike PreNationals in Portland, Ore. Six of the team's seven runners finished in the top 17. The event had a field of 154 competitors.

LA South: Athletes of the Week

September, 14, 2010
Joseph Gray, Dorsey, Sr.

The senior quarterback has Dorsey (2-0) back in business. Gray passed for a school-record 360 yards in a 37-24 home victory over Woodland Hills Taft on Thursday. He has shown great poise in the Dons' no-huddle offense and has the ability spread the ball around.

Rachel Bush, Redondo Union, Jr.

Perennial powerhouse Redondo Union dominated The Great Cow Run at Cerritos Regional Park on Saturday. Bush, along with teammate Lyndsey Mull, led the way with an average mile of 5:48.4. The duo was part of the team that combined to run the fastest 4 x 1600-meter time (20.03.48) in U.S. history earlier this year.