Los Angeles Preps: Reseda

L.A. North: 5 things from the weekend

November, 21, 2011
  1. Not only is the Ventura football team undefeated through 11 games and the first round of the playoffs, they haven’t trailed in a game since Week 1. The Cougars were down 16-15 in the third quarter against Pacifica in the season opener. Ventura scored the final 19 points of the game to win, 34-16. Coach Brad Steward was looking through Ventura’s first 10 games in preparation for the opening of the Southern Section Western Division playoffs against Dominguez and discovered his team’s streak in leading games. The Cougars have been on quite a roll since the start of the season. Teams are scoring only 8.7 points against Ventura. The Cougars are coming off a 41-14 win over Dominguez in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. They play Santa Monica (10-1) in the quarterfinals on Friday night. The Vikings are on a bit of a roll of their own, with seven wins in a row and their loss only coming against Valencia on Sept. 30.
  2. The Marmonte League went a perfect 5-0 in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs. The biggest blowout, Westlake over Eastside, 59-12. The closest game, surprisingly, St. Bonaventure, 19-10, over Redondo. Quarterbacks were the difference for Oaks Christian and Moorpark. Sophomore Brandron Dawkins threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns in Oaks Christian’s impressive 43-10 win over Mira Costa. He could have had more, but only played in the first half. Moorpark’s Grant Rohach passed for 176 yards and a touchdown, but every one of his passes were crucial in a 17-10 win over fourth-seeded Valencia. He threw a touchdown pass to Kenny Feyh in the fourth quarter to give Moorpark a 15-10 lead. Rohach also connected with Alex Tolliver for an important two-point conversion pass for a seven-point lead in the final minutes of the game. Not to be forgotten was a tough road win for Thousand Oaks, 20-7, over Quartz Hill. The Lancers erased a 7-0 deficit and scored 20 unanswered points to win going away. Moorpark and Thousand Oaks will play each other in the quarterfinals in a rematch of their Marmonte League opener. Thousand Oaks won that game, 27-24, on a last-second field goal.
  3. The San Fernando Valley went 1-4 in the first round of the City Section Division I playoffs. Birmingham was the only team to advance to the quarterfinals. El Camino Real, Arleta, Woodland Hills Taft and Reseda all lost in the first round and were eliminated. Arleta running back Dejon Coleman rushed for 156 yards and scored a touchdown in his team’s 21-18 loss to Birmingham. He broke the City Section record with 47 touchdowns this season. Birmingham scored the winning touchdown with a little over a minute to play in the game. The lone remaining team from the San Fernando Valley plays No. 3 Dorsey in the second round.
  4. The magic ran out for Camarillo and quarterback Travis Valdez. The junior threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns, but Camarillo lost to San Luis Obispo, 54-28, in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. Valdez threw for 2,594 yards and 35 touchdowns in eight games. He took over the starting quarterback job on Oct. 6 and won his first six starts. Receiver Jake Maulhardt caught 10 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown for Camarillo. He ends his high school career with 119 catches, second most in Southern Section history. Richard Mullaney from Thousand Oaks set the Southern Section record last year with 122 catches over his high school career.
  5. A week after losing a share of the Foothill League championship for using an ineligible player and having to forfeit a game, Canyon won impressively in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs, 21-0, over Palmdale. Quarterback Jonathan Jerozal threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Drew Wolitarsky caught four passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The Canyon defense came up with some huge plays. Juan Rodriguez blocked a 30-yard field-goal attempt. Mikey Hager had an interception just before halftime and set up Wolitarsky’s second touchdown catch, a 77-yarder as time expired. Canyon moves on to face St. Bonaventure in a rematch of last year’s Northern Division quarterfinal game. St. Bonaventure won that game, 45-21.

Football: City Section Div. I seedings

November, 12, 2011
To no surprise, Marine League champion San Pedro (10-0) on Saturday received the top seeding for the CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I football playoffs. Marine League runner-up Narbonne (7-3) is seeded No. 2, Coliseum League champion Dorsey (9-1) is No. 3 and Western League winner Venice (6-4) is No. 4.

First-round play begins Friday -- either at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. -- at the higher seeded team's field. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Nov. 25, the semifinals for Dec. 2 and the championship for Dec. 10 at East Los Angeles College.

San Pedro's toughest regular-season test came on Nov. 4 against Narbonne, a game the Pirates won 49-42. Carson (5-5), a team San Pedro beat 21-0, is seeded No. 5. The Pirates could face two-time defending City Section champion Crenshaw in the second round. The Cougars finished third in the Coliseum League and are seeded No. 8.

Here's the entire Division I bracket:

No. 16 Gardena (3-7) at No. 1 San Pedro (10-0)

No. 9 El Camino Real (8-2) at No. 8 Crenshaw (5-4)

No. 12 Garfield (5-5) at No. 5 Carson (5-5)

No. 13 Taft (4-6) at No. 4 Venice (6-4)

No. 14 Fairfax (6-4) at No. 3 Dorsey (9-1)

No. 11 Arleta (9-1) at No. 6 Birmingham (8-2)

No. 10 Westchester (7-3) at No. 7 West Adams (5-5)

No. 15 Reseda (8-2) at No. 2 Narbonne (7-3)

LA North: Agoura baseball team wins two in a row at Don Lugo Tournament

April, 27, 2011
The Agoura baseball team pulled off a dramatic, come-from-behind, 8-7, win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the Don Lugo Tournament on Monday. Agoura scored all eight of its runs in the sixth inning.

Tyler Cohen scored the game-winning run on two-run single by Mark Seyler with two outs in the sixth. Cohen was 2-for-3 in the game.

Notre Dame’s Nick Picciolo was 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in five runs. Max Fecske was 3-for-4 with a double for Notre Dame.

Agoura came back on Tuesday and beat Ventura, 9-7, in the Don Lugo Tournament.

St. Paul Tournament: Simi Valley beat Crespi of Encino, 13-2, on Monday. Reece Schmidt drove in four runs.

Crespi beat Merced, 3-1, earlier in the tournament behind a four-hitter from Andy Frakes.

St. Bonaventure shut out St. Francis, 6-0. Millikan beat Calabasas in a slug fest, 11-10.

On Tuesday, St. Bonaventure made it two in a row with a 14-3 win over Los Altos.

Simi Valley won its 10th game in a row with an 11-4 win over Wilmington Banning and a 4-2 win over St. Bonaventure.

Crespi beat St. Paul, 10-3, and La Mirada, 8-2. St. Francis lost to La Mirada, 7-4, but bounced back to beat St. Paul, 4-2. Calabasas lost to Long Beach Wilson, 9-7.

Valley Mission League: San Fernando starter Jose Reyes struck out nine in his team’s 8-1 win over Sylmar. Reyes drove in two runs and had a triple at the plate.

Van Nuys beat Reseda, 14-6. Israel Zuniga hit a home run and drove in four runs for Van Nuys. Ricardo MacFarlene was 3-for-3.

LA North and LA South: City Section girls' basketball playoffs

February, 14, 2011
The Chatsworth girls basketball team earned the No. 5 seed in the CIF City Section Division 1 playoffs and will play Gardena in the first round on Friday night.

Narbonne earned the top seed in the Division 1 playoffs and will play Los Angeles in the first round. Carson is the second seed and will play Westchester in the opening round.

Chatsworth (16-10) won the City Section championship in 2009 and will be looking to make its second final appearance in the past three seasons.

El Camino Real is the third seed in the Division 2 playoffs and will play Belmont in the first round. El Camino Real (14-11) won the Division 2 championship last year.

Palisades is the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 playoffs. L.A. Jordan is No. 2.

Monroe earned the No. 1 seed in the Division 3 playoffs. Monroe (19-8) advanced to the championship game of the Division 3 playoffs and lost to Birmingham in last year’s playoffs. The East Valley League champs will play Santee in the first round.

Reseda (16-7) is the second seed in the Division 3 playoffs and will play Arleta in the first round.

View Park Prep is the top seed in the small schools playoffs and will play Foshay in the first round.

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Here’s a look at the CIF City Section girls basketball playoff brackets:

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LA North: Five things from the weekend

December, 27, 2010
1. The Valencia girls' basketball team won the Burroughs Tournament behind a double-double performance by Lauren Spargo in the championship game. Spargo scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds in her team’s 62-54 win over St. Bernard’s in the championship game. For good measure, she had five steals in the game. Spargo averaged 15 points per game and earned most valuable player of the tournament.

2. The Montclair Prep girls' basketball team won the Marymount Holiday Classic with its best player in foul trouble and playing limited minutes in the first half of the championship game. Lindsay Anderson scored 10 points and had eight rebounds in Montclair Prep’s 46-30 win over Marymount in the championship game of the tournament. Montclair Prep’s Alex Taylor, the team’s leading scorer, picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and had to sit on the bench. She finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.

3. The Kennedy of Granada Hills girls' basketball team won the Reseda Winter Shootout on a last-second shot by Tkia Clay. Kennedy won the championship game, 62-60, over host Reseda. Clay put back her own missed shot with 3.2 seconds left to give her team a two-point lead. Clay scored 25 points in the game, 17 in the second half.

4. The Royal boys' soccer team won the Valley Kickoff Classic in a shootout against Marmonte League rival Calabasas. Royal sophomore goalkeeper Branden Fuller made seven saves as the two teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation. Royal won the game and the tournament championship, 3-2, on penalty kicks. Alex Wardle, Jordan Strassner and Hector Vitela scored for Royal in the penalty kicks portion of the game.

5. Calabasas football coach Larry Edwards resigned after two seasons with the team. Edwards was making his second stint as the Calabasas football coach. He was 4-16 as the Calabasas football coach over the past two seasons. His team beat Simi Valley, 33-7, on Oct. 1, snapping a Calabasas 53-game Marmonte League losing streak.
Reseda earned the No. 1 seeding in the CIF City Section Division II playoffs and will play Hamilton in the first round on Friday night.

Reseda won the Valley Mission League championship for the first time since 1993. The Regents went undefeated at 10-0 in the regular season and beat Panorama decisively, 48-22, at Panorama High School in the league finale on Friday night.

Hamilton won only two games and ended the season with a four-game losing streak. Hamilton finished in fifth place in the Western League and lost its season finale, 35-0, to Fairfax.

Poly of Sun Valley is the No. 2 seed in the Division II playoffs and plays El Camino Real in the first round. Poly won the East Valley League championship with a perfect 6-0 record. The Parrots are 8-2 overall and beat Grant, 63-33, in the East Valley League season finale.

El Camino Real is 4-6 overall and finished in third place in the West Valley League standings. The Conquistadors ended their regular season on a high note with a 41-28 win over Birmingham.

South East is the No. 3 seed and will play Panorama in the first round of the Division II playoffs. South East is the third place team from the Eastern League and finished with a 7-3 record. South East won four games in a row against Eastern League teams, but lost the season finale, 22-20, to Garfield.

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LA North: Five things from the weekend

November, 8, 2010

1. It’s never a good idea to play Monday morning quarterback with high school football teams. But there were three plays in particular that cost Westlake a win against St. Bonaventure. The first two were plays that didn’t even happen. Westlake had a three-point lead, 24-21, in the fourth quarter. Twice Westlake drove inside the St. Bonaventure 5-yard line. Both times Westlake came away with no points. Give St. Bonaventure credit for stuffing Westlake twice on the goal line. But if Westlake kicks a field goal on one of those possessions inside the 5-yard line, there is no overtime, no two-point conversion, no upset win. Westlake goes up by six and forces St. Bonaventure to score a touchdown to win the game in regulation. Instead, St. Bonaventure kicks a last-second field goal to tie the score. Westlake might have escaped with its 23rd win in a row and sole possession of the Marmonte League championship if it kicks a field goal on either of those drives. Both coaches, Westlake’s Jim Benkert and St. Bonaventure’s Todd Therrien, said kicking a field goal to go up by six didn’t make much sense at that point of the game. Seems as if it would have been enough to win the game for Westlake. Now Westlake is in a three-way tie for first with St. Bonaventure and Oaks Christian. The other play that could have given Westlake the win came in the first overtime period. Kicker Alex Ball missed what was a chip shot field goal for him. The field goal would have given Westlake a 27-24 win because St. Bonaventure didn’t score on its first overtime possession. The football fates were definitely smiling on St. Bonaventure. The top seed in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs might come down to a coin flip. Now that’s a bad idea.

2. The Serra League is full of intrigue this week. The top two teams in league, Alemany and Bishop Amat, are undefeated and meet on Friday night. Crespi and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame are in a fight for the last playoff spot. Both teams are 1-2 in league play. The winner earns a trip to the Pac-5 Division playoffs. The loser starts preparing for the 2011 season. For Alemany, it’s becoming a venture into unexplored territory. No Alemany team has gone undefeated since no Alemany team has ever won a CIF championship. Whether or not an Alemany team has gone undefeated in the regular season is a bit in question. Many of the Alemany football records were destroyed in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The coaches at Alemany have little documentation of the Alemany teams of yore. Bishop Amat, on the other hand, is full of yore. At the other end of the Serra League spectrum are Crespi and Notre Dame. Crespi is coming off a 41-7 win over Loyola, but it was Crespi’s first league win. Notre Dame has lost two games in a row, to Bishop Amat and Alemany. But at least Notre Dame has home-field advantage on Friday night.

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