Los Angeles Preps: Simi Valley

The two teams from the Marmonte League won their wild-card games in the CIF Southern Section Division I baseball playoffs.

The two teams from the Foothill League lost.

Moorpark shut out Milikan, 3-0, in their wild-card game and advanced to the next round against top-seeded Orange Lutheran.

Simi Valley eliminated Hart, 7-4. Spencer Dubaich had four strikeouts and no walks for Simi Valley, which plays Esperanza next.

Valencia lost to Corona, 3-0. Corona starter Daniel Pena tossed a two-hitter and struck out six. The Panthers play Camarillo on Friday.

Here is a look at the wild-card results in the Southern Section baseball playoffs:

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The La Canada softball team is the No. 1 team in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs, but coach K.C. Mathews said he isn’t too concerned about rankings in the middle of May.

“We talk about setting goals and we want to be playing late in May,” Mathews said. “Our goal is to be playing softball in June. We want to come out and play the best softball we can each and every day.”

La Canada will play the winner of the wild-card game between Lompoc and Gladstone.

With senior Lauren Cox in the circle, the Spartans (21-4-1) have been nearly unbeatable. Cox (19-3) has 15 shutouts, a 0.63 ERA and 254 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings. Teams are hitting .099 against her.

“The pitching that we have, we have a chance against everybody,” Mathews said. “Our lineup, somebody different is getting it done every game.”

La Canada is hitting .312 as a team. Catcher Catherine Horner and infielder Alyssa Stolmack lead the team with four home runs apiece. Horner is hitting .450 with 28 RBIs. Stolmack, who has a 2-1 record as a pitcher, is hitting .305 with 17 RBIs.

Annie Monroe is batting .349 with nine stolen bases and has scored 17 runs.

In the Division 1 softball playoffs, Norco earned the top seed.

West Ranch, the Foothill League champion, is the No. 7 team in the Division 1 poll and opens the playoffs against El Modena on Thursday.

Simi Valley opens playoffs against the winner of the wild-card game between Riverside Poly and Foothill.

Saugus plays La Palma Kennedy in the first round.

In the Division 2 playoffs, Mission Viejo is the No. 1 seed. Camarillo is the No. 2 seed and will play the winner of the wild-card game between Diamond Bar and Rialto.

Click here for the rest of the CIF Southern Section softball playoff brackets.

North: Agoura ranked No. 5 for Division 1 baseball playoffs

May, 14, 2012
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The Agoura baseball team will open the CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs against the winner of the wild-card game between JSerra and Brea Olinda.

Agoura, the surprise winner of the Marmonte League, is the No. 5 team in the latest Division 1 poll. Orange Lutheran is the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs. Mater Dei from Santa Ana is No. 2, followed by JW North at No. 3 and Long Beach Wilson at No. 4.

West Ranch, the champion of the Foothill League, will play the winner of the wild-card game between Canyon of Anaheim and Riverside Poly.

Twenty teams are in the wild-card round for the Division 1 playoffs. Some of the more interesting games include Milikan vs. Moorpark, Pacifica of Oxnard vs. Capistrano Valley, Corona vs. Valencia and Hart vs. Simi Valley.

The wild-card games are scheduled for Tuesday. The first round of the playoffs begin on Friday.

In the Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, Harvard-Westlake earned the top seed and will play the winner of the wild-card game between Ventura and Burroughs of Burbank.

Alemany is the No. 3 seed giving the Mission League two of the top three teams in the Division 2 playoff bracket.

Paraclete from Lancaster earned the top seed in the Division 5. Hillcrest Christian from Granada Hills is the top seed in the Division 7 playoffs.

Loyola top seed in CIF Southern Section volleyball playoffs

May, 6, 2012
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The CIF Southern Section boys volleyball playoffs begin on Tuesday and it looks like there might be a new champion in Division I.

Mater Dei won the Division I championship in a five-game match over Santa Margarita last year.

Servite won the Trinity League championship this year and enter the Division I playoffs as the No. 4 seed. Mater Dei was second in the Trinity League, followed by Santa Margarita in third.

Loyola has the top seed in the Division I playoffs and awaits the winner of the Simi Valley vs. San Marcos wild-card match.

Esperanza is the No. 2 seed and opens against St. Francis. Mira Costa is the No. 3 seed and plays Newbury Park in the first round.

Servite plays Long Beach Wilson in the first round.

Teams from the L.A. North Region dominate Division II. Oak Park is the top seed and has a bye in the first round. Valencia is the No. 4 seed and plays Knight from Lancaster in the first round.

Corona del Mar is the No. 2 seed and has a bye in the first round. Laguna Beach is the third seed and plays Malibu to open the playoffs.

Corona del Mar won the Division II championship in four games against Laguna Beach last year.

Here is a look at the first-round matches in the CIF Southern Section playoffs:

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

April, 23, 2012
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  1. Canyon High receiver Drew Wolitarsky has picked up two college offers. One is from West Point and the other is from Arizona. The junior wide receiver caught 75 passes for 1,628 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also returned 14 punts for 203 yards and had two returns for touchdowns. The Canyon football team finished in third place in the Foothill League and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs in 2011.
  2. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Khalfani Muhammad won the 100, and was on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut. He already holds the fastest time in the state in the 100, 10.54 seconds set at the Maurice Greene Invitational on April 14. He won the 100 at Mt. SAC in 10.55 seconds. He anchored the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
  3. Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter anchored the winning 4x200 meter relay team at the Mt. SAC Relays. The girls broke the school record winning the invitational race in 11 minutes, 59.68 seconds, the third fastest time in the nation this year. Harvard-Westlake has the top time in the nation at 11:45.18 and Redondo Union is second at 11:53.53 seconds. The team of Baxter, Erika Barr, Amanda Hamilton and Desirae Jones rallied past Beverly Hills to win the race at Mt. SAC.
  4. The Harvard-Westlake girls 4x1,600 meter relay team set a school record at the Mt. SAC relays, but finished in third in the race. The team of Cami Chapus, Amy Weissenbach, Lizzy Thomas and Yasmin Moreno finished the race in 20 minutes, 40.17 seconds. It was 17 seconds faster than the school record time set in 2003. Redondo Union won the race in 20:01.38, breaking the state record held by Saugus set in 2011. The Harvard-Westlake girls won the 4x800 relay at the Mt. SAC Relays in 9:08.69, the second fastest time in the nation.
  5. Moorpark’s Sean Barry tossed a no-hitter against Westlake in a Marmonte League baseball game on Friday. Barry struck out 11 and walked five. Michael Ketring provided the offense for Moorpark, going 3-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. The Musketeers scored four runs in the sixth inning to break open an otherwise tight game. Tim Burtzloff started the game for Westlake and went 3 1/3 innings. He gave up only one run on four hits.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

April, 9, 2012
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  1. Two Harvard-Westlake girls relay teams won their races at the Arcadia Invitational and one set the meet record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley. The team of Shea Copeland, Imani Cook-Gist, Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus won the sprint medley relay in 3:56.56, the fastest outdoor time in the nation. They broke the meet record by more than three seconds and were nearly three seconds faster than sprint medley relay team from The Woodlands in Texas. The Woodlands girls held the nation’s fastest time in 3:59.24, set on March 31. Copeland and Cook-Gist, both freshmen, ran the first two legs of the relay. Chapus and Weissenbach, seniors headed to Stanford, ran the last two legs of the relay. The Harvard-Westlake girls came back Saturday to win the distance medley relay. Copeland, Chapus, Weissenbach and Elle Wilson won the event for the second year in a row for Harvard-Westlake, despite dropping the baton on the last exchange.
  2. The Chaminade softball team won the Spring Jubilee tournament in Las Vegas, beating Torrance, 4-1, in the championship game. Christy Smith had three doubles and drove in a run for Chaminade. The Eagles won three games Saturday to win the championship. Chaminade beat Schurr, 6-4, in the semifinals and shut out Moorpark, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Taylor Stewart was 2-for-4 with an RBI against Schurr. Catherine Grimes drove in two runs and was 1-for-3 against Moorpark.
  3. The Royal softball team won the Arroyo Grande tournament, 8-3, over La Mirada. Ali Mosier had two hits and drove in two runs against La Mirada. Katelyn Tollefson was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Royal. Royal shut out Arroyo Grande, 1-0, in the semifinals. Nancy Bowling pitched a one-hitter against Arroyo Grande, striking out six. Rachael Duncan drove in the only run of the game on a single in the fifth inning. Bowling was selected as the tournament MVP. Royal’s Samantha Ohmie and Brynn Levosky earned spots on the all-tournament team.
  4. The Agoura baseball team (10-1-1) is a surprising 6-0 in Marmonte League play after a 7-4 win over Moorpark on Thursday. The Chargers have won eight games in a row, including an impressive 2-1 win over San Fernando, the reigning City Section champions. Brody Fehmel was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in a run against Moorpark. Tyler Cohen drove in two runs and Mark Seyler was 2-for-4, stole two bases and scored a run. Agoura is on spring break this week and plays Crespi in the San Luis Obispo tournament Wednesday. The Chargers resume Marmonte League play against Calabasas on April 18.
  5. The Simi Valley and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball teams won their first games in the Babe Herman tournament at Stengel Field in Glendale. Notre Dame upset Redondo Union, 5-4, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. Payton Milone delivered the big blow with a two-run triple in the seventh-inning rally for Notre Dame. Simi Valley shut out Valencia of Placentia, 8-0. Reece Schmidt hit a three-run home run and Dylan Alexander had three RBIs for Simi. In other games, Crescenta Valley beat Eastern from New Jersey, 9-8, and Torrance beat El Camino Real, 7-1. Dash Tranner scored the only run for El Camino Real on a double-play ground out in the seventh inning.

1. Two Harvard-Westlake girls relay teams won their races at the Arcadia Invitational and one set the meet record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley. The team of Shea Copeland, Imani Cook-Gist, Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus won the sprint medley relay in 3:56.56, the fastest outdoor time in the nation. They broke the meet record by more than three seconds and were nearly three seconds faster than sprint medley relay team from The Woodlands in Texas. The Woodlands girls held the nation’s fastest time in 3:59.24 set on March 31. Copeland and Cook-Gist, both freshmen, ran the first two legs of the relay. Weissenbach told the Daily News the freshmen runners have so much potential and she was excited for the program and the rest of the season. Chapus and Weissenbach, seniors headed to Stanford, ran the last two legs of the relay. The Harvard-Westlake girls came back on Saturday to win the distance medley relay. Copeland, Chapus, Weissenbach and Elle Wilson won the distance medley relay for the second year in a row for Harvard-Westlake, despite dropping the baton on the last exchange.

2. The Chaminade softball team won the Spring Jubilee tournament in Las Vegas beating Torrance, 4-1, in the championship game. Christy Smith had three doubles and drove in a run for Chaminade. The Eagles won three games on Saturday to capture the Spring Jubilee championship. Chaminade beat Schurr, 6-4, in the semifinals and shut out Moorpark, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Taylor Stewart was 2-for-4 with an RBI against Schurr. Catherine Grimes drove in two runs and was 1-for-3 against Moorpark.

3. The Royal softball team won the Arroyo Grande tournament, 8-3, over La Mirada. Ali Mosier had two hits and drove in two runs against La Mirada. Katelyn Tollefson was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Royal against La Mirada. Royal shut out Arroyo Grande, 1-0, in the semifinals. Nancy Bowling pitched a one-hitter against Arroyo Grande, striking out six. Rachael Duncan drove in the only run of the game on a single in the fifth inning. Bowling was selected as the tournament MVP. Royal’s Samantha Ohmie and Brynn Levosky earned spots on the all-tournament team.

4. The Agoura baseball team (10-1-1) is a surprising 6-0 in Marmonte League play after a 7-4 win over Moorpark on Thursday. The Chargers have won eight games in a row including an impressive 2-1 win over San Fernando, the reigning City Section champions. Brody Fehmel was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a run against Moorpark. Tyler Cohen drove in two runs and Mark Seyler was 2-for-4, stole two bases and scored a run. Agoura is on spring break this week and plays Crespi in the San Luis Obispo tournament on Wednesday. The Chargers resume Marmonte League play against Calabasas on April 18.

5. The Simi Valley and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball teams won their first games in the Babe Herman tournament at Stengel Field in Glendale. Notre Dame upset Redondo Union, 5-4, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. Payton Milone delivered the big blow with a two-run triple in the seventh-inning rally for Notre Dame. Simi Valley shut out Valencia of Placentia, 8-0. Reece Schmidt hit a three-run home run and Dylan Alexander had three RBIs for Simi. In other games, Crescenta Valley beat Eastern from New Jersey, 9-8, and Torrance beat El Camino Real, 7-1. Dash Tranner scored the only run for El Camino Real on a double-play ground out in the seventh inning.

Simi Valley's Sarah Baxter tops in nation in 3,200

April, 8, 2012
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Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter set the fastest time in the nation in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet Saturday.

Oaks Christian Vinnie Saucer was a double winner at the meet. The Harvard-Westlake girls distance medley relay team repeated as winners of the invitational race.

Baxter, a sophomore at Simi Valley, won the 3,200 in a personal-best 10 minutes, 8.11 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in meet history. She beat Marina’s Laura Hollander, who crossed the finish line in 10:10.51, the second-fastest time in the nation and the second-fastest time in Orange County history.

Saucer won the 100-meter and 200-meter seeded races. He won the 100 in 10.60 seconds and the 200 in 21.75 seconds.

The Harvard-Westlake girls won the distance medley relay invitational race despite dropping the baton on the final exchange. Cami Chapus ran the anchor leg and recovered after dropping the baton in the exchange with Elle Wilson.

The girls won the race in 11:45.18. They won the distance medley relay invitational race in a meet record 11:40.89 in last year’s Arcadia Invitational.

The Notre Dame boys, with Khalfani Muhammad running the anchor leg, won the 4x100 seeded relay in 41.54 seconds.

Sydney Ashley Lewis from Oak Park won the girls 100-meter seeded race in 11.90 seconds.

The Oaks Christian 4x100 relay team, which won the CIF state championship in 2011, was second to Brophy Prep in Arizona. Brophy Prep won the race in 41.15 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the nation. Oaks Christian followed in 41.48 seconds. Rio Mesa was third in 41.62 seconds and Woodland Hills Taft was sixth in 42.82 seconds.

Golden Valley’s Chelsey Totten was fourth in the girls 1-mile seeded race in 5:04.23. Ashley Dadkah from Torrey Pines won the race in 4:54.44

Hart’s Austin O’Neil was fifth in the boys 1-mile invitational race in 4:14.56. Brad Nye from Davis in Utah won the race in 4:08.80.

Quartz Hill, Notre Dame shine at Arcadia

April, 6, 2012
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Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Quartz Hill had some impressive performances on the first day of the Arcadia Invitational. Notre Dame won the men’s 4x110-meter seeded shuttle hurdles and Aiden Elias was second in the high jump.

Quartz Hill won the men’s 4x1,600-meter seeded relay and Lohnnie Tape-Jackson was third in the high jump.

Here are some highlights from the first day of the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet:

Nicki Ghazarian from Westlake won the girls' 3,200 rated race in 10:55.83.

Alemany’s Alex Mikrakis won the boys' high jump in 1.96 meters. Aiden Elias from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame was second at 1.91 meters and Lohnnie Tape-Jackson from Quartz Hill was third at 1.91 meters.

The Simi Valley girls were second in the 4x200 rated relay in 1:42.74. Cajon won the race in 1:42.60. Simi Valley was also the runner-up in the girls' 4x1,600 invitational relay in 20:28.71. La Costa Canyon won the race in 20:23.88.

Rio Mesa won the 4x200 boys' invitational relay in 1:26.79.

Newbury Park won the 4x800 boys' seeded relay in 7:50.23.

Quartz Hill won the 4x1,600 boys' seeded relay in 18:00.52.

Harvard-Westlake won the girls' 1,600 sprint medley invitational race in 3:56.34.

Ventura won the boys' 1,600 sprint medley invitational relay in 3:329.59.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame won the boys' 4x110 seeded shuttle hurdle race in 1:03.74.

Arcadia Invitational to showcase talent

April, 5, 2012
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Many of the top high school track and field athletes from across the country will converge in Arcadia this weekend for one of the most anticipated meets of the season.

The two-day Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School begins on Friday. Here is a look at some of the races and events featuring some of the top high school athletes from the L.A. North area and Southern California.

The men's 4x100 seeded relay will pit Chaminade against Rio Mesa and Oaks Christian. The women's 4x100 seeded relay will feature Simi Valley, Woodland Hills Taft, Westlake and Monrovia.

The men's 110-meter seeded hurdles has Elijah Jolt from Arroyo Grande against James Knowles from St. Francis and Marquis Norris from Concord De La Salle.

The women's 1-mile seeded race has Chelsey Totten from Golden Valley running against Rebecca Mehra from Palos Verdes and Emily Taylor from Marina.

The men's 100-meter seeded race is packed with Michael Davis from Glendale, Vinnie Saucer from Oaks Christian and Philip Johnson from Bishop Amat.

The women's 4x400 seeded relay will include teams from Oaks Christian, El Camino Real, Mater Dei and Summit.

The meet begins on Friday afternoon with the women's seeded 4x800 relay featuring 26 teams including Valencia, Harvard-Westlake, Arroyo Grande, Palos Verdes, Palisades and San Marcos.

The L.A. North baseball nine

March, 18, 2012
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The high school baseball season started a couple weeks ago with a few area teams beginning league play last week. The L.A. North region has some talented teams, including the reigning City Section champions at San Fernando High School. Harvard-Westlake has one of the most dangerous pitching staffs in Southern California. Valencia has one of the most potent offenses. Here is a look at the L.A. North nine, in alphabetical order, the teams to watch in the 2012 season:
  1. Alemany (7-1-1), ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 poll, has an ace in Cody Thompson and will challenge Harvard-Westlake for the Mission League championship. Thompson threw five shut-out innings against Dos Pueblos in a 3-0 win on Tuesday. He has given up one run in his first 22 innings.
  2. Buena (8-1), ranked No. 10 in the Southern Section Division 2 poll, is coming off a 6-5 win over Santa Barbara. Senior shortstop Corey Dodge is hitting .680 with five doubles and seven RBIs in the first nine games of the season.
  3. Harvard-Westlake (7-2-1), the fourth-ranked team in the Southern Section Division 2 poll, swept Crespi in Mission League play last week. Starter Max Fried, who had 10 strikeouts in his team’s 3-1 win over Crespi on Friday, will be expected to carry the load for Harvard-Westlake after fellow starter and equally touted Lucas Giolito will have to sit out the season with an injured elbow.
  4. Malibu (7-1), the No. 7 team in the Southern Section Division 4 poll, won its first seven games of the season, including a doubleheader sweep of Channel Islands on March 10. The team is batting .388 and five players are hitting .444 or better. Senior infielder Jordan Simons leads the team with a .567 batting average.
  5. Newbury Park (6-1), the No. 9 team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, has won four games in a row including its first two in Marmonte League play against Moorpark. Starter Luke Eubank is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings.
  6. San Fernando (6-2), the reigning City Section champion, has found an ace in sophomore Alonzo Garcia. He threw a one-hitter against Banning and improved to 3-0 last week. Garcia has a 0.73 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 24 innings.
  7. Simi Valley (6-1), the No. 8 team in the Southern Section Division 1 poll, has possibly the best player in the Marmonte League in senior shortstop Cody Ramer. He hit .470 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 30 games as a junior.
  8. Valencia (5-1), ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, has won four Foothill League championships in a row. The Vikings started league with a dominating, 13-5, win over Golden Valley, but lost to West Ranch, 2-1, on Friday. Valencia has three of the top hitters in Southern California in Trey Williams, AJ Balta and Brian Mundell. Balta, a junior, hit .425 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs in his sophomore season.
  9. West Ranch (5-1-1) already has a few signature wins early in the season. The Wildcats drew first blood against Foothill League rival Valencia, 2-1, on Friday. Starter JC Cloney shut down the potent Valencia offense, giving up only three hits and striking out 11. West Ranch also beat Alemany, 4-3, in the Easton Tournament, and Chatsworth, 7-6.

Tight race atop Marmonte League

January, 5, 2012
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The Marmonte League is shaping up to be a three-team race after the first three games of league play.

Calabasas and Westlake are tied for first with 3-0 records. Royal is surprisingly in third place with a 2-1 record.

Fourth place is up for grabs with four teams -- Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Agoura -- with 1-2 records.

Calabasas is coming off a tight, 66-64, win over Moorpark on Wednesday night. Spencer Levy led Calabasas with 20 points.

Royal downed perennial powerhouse Thousand Oaks, 52-40, behind the sharp shooting of senior J.R. Powell. He scored 15 points, hit three 3-pointers and set the school record for most 3-pointers in his career. He has 155, breaking Matt Padavick’s record of 152.

Simi Valley beat Newbury Park, 74-62. Kameel Zriek scored 24 points for Simi in the win.

Calabasas is at Agoura on Friday night. Westlake travels to Moorpark and Royal is home against its crosstown rival Simi Valley.

The Mission League got off to a spirited start as well.

Crespi beat Loyola, 75-73, in the Mission League opener and handed the Cubs their first loss of the season.

Alemany beat Chaminade, 72-53. Max Guercy scored 30 points and had five assists for Alemany, winners of five in a row.

Harvard-Westlake beat St. Francis, 64-37.

Friday night is shaping up to be a big night in the Mission League too. Alemany plays at Loyola and Crespi is home against St. Francis.

Simi Valley's Baxter wins national race

December, 3, 2011
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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: Thursday night specials

November, 9, 2011
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No. 11 Oaks Christian (7-2) vs. Newbury Park (3-6), Thursday (7 p.m.)

Oaks Christian still has a shot at the Marmonte League championship and perhaps the No. 1 seed in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. The Lions need to beat Newbury Park and hope that St. Bonaventure knocks off Westlake. Oaks Christian has not been winning convincingly in recent weeks though. The Lions are coming off a 17-14 win over Moorpark. Newbury Park has lost two in a row, including 42-14 to Royal last week.

Simi Valley (6-3) vs. Moorpark (5-4), Thursday (7 p.m.)


With a win, Simi Valley makes the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. With a loss, it might get a little dicey for Simi Valley. Moorpark needs a win, and an unlikely loss by Thousand Oaks to Calabasas, to keep its playoffs hopes alive. Even with a loss, Moorpark might get in with a wild-card berth. Playoff implications abound in this one.

Lancaster (1-8) vs. Highland (7-1), Thursday ( 7 p.m.)


Highland can wrap up at least a share of the Golden League championship with a win over Lancaster, which hasn’t won a league game all season. The Bulldogs can win the Golden League title outright if Quartz Hill loses to Antelope Valley. That’s unlikely though. Antelope Valley has won only one league game, against Lancaster in the Golden League opener.

Birmingham (7-2) vs. Cleveland of Reseda (1-8), Thursday (7:15 p.m.)


Birmingham has emerged as the surprise leader in the West Valley League standings with an upset win over El Camino Real last week. The Patriots can wrap up the West Valley League title with another win over Cleveland, winless in four league games this season. Birmingham quarterback Tre Smith is coming off one of his best games of the season, passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns in a convincing 48-7 win over El Camino.

L.A. North: Five things from weekend

November, 7, 2011
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  1. Let’s try to make sense of some of the league standings and playoff possibilities on this all-important week of regular season finales. First, the Serra League. Alemany, with a 28-14 win over Loyola, already has at least a share of the league title. The Warriors have yet to lose a Serra League game since joining last year. They are in the Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs regardless of what happens Friday night. The other two teams from the Serra League that will make the playoffs is anyone’s guess. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Loyola actually control their destiny. If Loyola beats Crespi, the Cubs are in the playoffs and the Celts are out. If Notre Dame beats Alemany, the Knights are in and Crespi and Bishop Amat are out. “Notre Dame is a solid team,” Alemany coach Dean Herrington said after the Loyola game. “They might be playing for a playoff spot. We gotta come ready to play.” Amat is on a bye and needs a lot of help to make the playoffs. The Lancers are 1-3 in league but can still get in if Notre Dame and Crespi lose. Amat, Crespi and Notre Dame would each have 1-3 records in league and coin flips would decide which team makes the playoffs. The Pac-5 Division has no wild-card berths, which means some very good teams are going to see their seasons end prematurely.
  2. The playoff picture in the Marmonte League is a little more clear but not by much. Westlake heads into its season finale with St. Bonaventure with an 8-0 league record and all alone in first place. St. Bonaventure is tied for second place with Oaks Christian at 7-1. Believe it or not, Oaks Christian still has a chance to win a share of the Marmonte League title if the Seraphs, at home at Ventura High School on Thursday night, can beat Westlake. Whichever team wins the Marmonte League title will most likely earn the top seeding in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. The last guaranteed playoff spot from the Marmonte League will go to either Moorpark or Thousand Oaks. Both teams are tied for fifth place with 4-4 records. Moorpark is home against Simi Valley, the surprise of the Marmonte League and sitting comfortably in fourth place. Thousand Oaks ends the Marmonte League schedule at home against Calabasas, a team that hasn’t won a league game all season.

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L.A. North: The Top 10

November, 6, 2011
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Westlake, Ventura and Sierra Canyon, the three undefeated teams in the L.A. North top 10, had impressive wins over the weekend.

Westlake won big, as expected, over an Agoura team that has won only one game all season.

Ventura completed its first undefeated regular season since 1984 and won its first Channel League championship since 1996.

Sierra Canyon added a touch of legitimacy to its undefeated record with a 10-point win over Alpha League rival Paraclete, the reigning Southern Section East Valley Division champion.

Here's a look at how the L.A. North top 10 fared:
  1. (1) Westlake (9-0) – The Warriors dismantled Agoura, 45-9, behind a nearly perfect game from quarterback Justin Moore. He completed 12-of-13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in a touchdown in Westlake's prep game for the Marmonte League finale with St. Bonaventure.
  2. (2) Alemany (7-2) – Maybe those two one-point losses are producing some dividends. Tied 14-14 in the fourth quarter, Alemany scored two touchdowns in the final minute to beat Loyola, 28-14, and improve to 3-0 in the Serra League. The Warriors are guaranteed at least a share of the league title. A win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday night, by no means a gimme in the eyes of Warriors quarterback Devon Dunn, and Alemany will win its second Serra League title in a row.
  3. (4) St. Bonaventure (8-1) – The Seraphs didn’t mess around against Calabasas. St. Bonaventure was up 29-0 after the first quarter and 53-7 at halftime en route to a 60-7 win. Shaun Wick carried the ball four times, scored two touchdowns and gained 125 yards. That’s 31.2 yards per carry if you're keeping score at home. It's safe to say the Seraphs are ready for their game against Westlake on Thursday night.
  4. (3) Chaminade (8-1) – No disrespect to Chaminade, 33-0 winners over Cathedral, but the Mission League has been anything but challenging for the Eagles. Chaminade was up 30-0 at halftime, cruised to its sixth win in a row and has outscored its Mission League opponents 150-19. Chaminade travels to play Gardena Serra, also 4-0 in the Mission League, on Friday night.
  5. (5) Oaks Christian (7-2) – Two close calls in a row, but Oaks Christian keeps on winning. This time the Lions needed a last-minute field goal to beat Moorpark, 17-14, and keep pace with St. Bonaventure in the Marmonte League standings. Oaks Christian wraps up Marmonte League action against Newbury Park on Thursday night.

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