Los Angeles Preps: Stephanie Bulder

LA North: Five things from the weekend

June, 6, 2011
  1. Simi Valley freshman Sarah Baxter won the 3,200 in the CIF State Track and Field championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Her time of 10:13 was the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year. She finished ahead of Rancho Bernardo’s Molly Grabill, in second, and Torrey Pines’ Alli Billmeyer in third. Harvard-Westlake’s Cami Chapus, who won the 1,600 in a personal-best time of 4:40.88, was ninth in the 3,200.
  2. The Oaks Christian boys 4-x-100 relay team set a school record and won the CIF State championship in 41.19 seconds. The team of Ronny Camacho, Ishmael Adams, Terry Johnson and Vincent Saucer won the first state relay championship in school history for Oaks Christian. Roosevelt was second in 42.18 seconds.
  3. The Canyon boys 4-x-100 relay team broke the Foothill League record at the CIF State Track and Field championships over the weekend. The team of Max Archuleta, Kenny Stone, Dominic Pennucci and Darius Rudolph ran the relay in 41.78 seconds in the preliminaries on Friday to set the Foothill League mark and qualify for the final race. The Canyon boys finished sixth in 42.18 seconds.
  4. Saugus runner Stephanie Bulder competed in two events at the CIF State Track and Field championships. She was sixth in the 1,600 and was 13th in the 3,200. Her time of 4:47.81 in the 1,600 was a personal best by six seconds. She was one of three runners from Saugus in the 3,200 race. Teammates Kaylin Mahoney finished 12th and Karis Frankian was 20th.
  5. Valencia’s Faith Anumba was the first athlete in school history to qualify in two events in the CIF State meet. She posted top-10 performances in the long jump and triple jump. She was seventh in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump.
  1. The Harvard-Westlake girls track and field team won the CIF Southern Section Division III championship behind a school-record performance in the 4 x 400 relay. The team of Lauren Hansson, Cami Chapus, KC Cord and Amy Weissenbach won the 4 x 400 relay in 3 minutes 48.14 seconds. Chapus won the Division III 1,600 and 3,200 races. Weissenbach, the reigning state champion in the 800, won the Division III 800 race in 2:08.61. She was also third in the 1,600. Hansson was second in the Division III 400 race. The Harvard-Westlake girls scored 66 points. San Luis Obispo was second with 52.
  2. Agoura’s Jonathan Cabral broke the CIF Southern Section Division III record in the 110 hurdles and won two events at the Division III track and field meet at Cerritos College. He won the 110 hurdles in 13.54 seconds, breaking the mark set by Steve Kerho of Mission Viejo in 1982. Cabral also won the 300 hurdles in 37.17 seconds. The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame boys track and field team showed off its depth and won the Southern Section Division III championship. The Notre Dame boys didn’t win a single event, but Khalfani Muhammad was second in the 100 and 200 behind Covina’s Remontay McClain. Notre Dame had three runners place in the top five in the 100. Eric McDaniel was fourth and Jon Simon was fifth.
  3. The Saugus girls track and field field finished second in the CIF Southern Section Division II meet at Cerritos College. Senior Kaylin Mahoney won her second Southern Section championship, taking the Division II 3,200 race in 10 minutes 38.03 seconds. It was her second CIF Southern Section championship. She won the 3,200 as a sophomore two years ago. Mahoney was one of three runners from Saugus to finish in the top five in the 3,200. Stephanie Bulder was third and Karis Frankian was fourth. Bulder won the Division II 1,600 race in 4:53.51. It was her first CIF Southern Section championship. Jenna Vincej, the reigning Division II 400 champion from Saugus, finished second in this year’s race in 56.60 seconds. She was also on the 4 x 400 relay team with Nicole Penick, Jessica Gill and Emily Orr that finished fourth in the Division II race in 3:55.59. Vincej also finished sixth in the Division II 200 race.
  4. The Granada Hills High School boys volleyball team won the CIF City Section Division I championship, sweeping Palisades at Venice High. Granada Hills won its fourth CIF championship in the past six years. It was the eighth CIF City Section championship in school history and the fifth in Division I. Granada Hills won the match, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19. The Highlanders lost only one game in the playoffs. All-City setter Jose Juarez guided a balanced offense with 25 assists. Robert Nguyen had 15 digs.
  5. The Verdugo Hills boys volleyball team lost the Southern Section Division II championship match in four games to LA Jordan. Verdugo Hills was playing for its first CIF championship in boys volleyball. CJ Suarez had 13 kills and Michael Sanders recorded 35 assists for Verdugo Hills. The Burroughs of Burbank boys volleyball team lost the Southern Section Division III championship match in four games to Valley Christian of Cerritos. Burroughs came in to the final match as the top-seeded team in the Division III bracket. Valley Christian was No. 2. Sophomore Daniel Jacobs led Burroughs with 11 kills.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

May, 16, 2011
  1. The Valencia baseball team won the Foothill League championship with a 6-2 win over Canyon. Hart finished a game behind Valencia in second place with West Ranch coming in third. Hart and West Ranch won their regular-season finales on Friday. Valencia was ranked No. 5 in last week’s CIF Southern Section Division I poll. Two of the Vikings' top pitchers are nursing arm injuries and might not be available when playoffs start. In the West Valley League, Chatsworth beat Birmingham, 11-1 in five innings, in the regular-season finale and won the league title. El Camino Real finished in second. Woodland Hills Taft, Cleveland of Reseda and Birmingham are tied for third place in the league standings. El Camino beat Taft, 8-6, in the regular-season finale. In the Valley Mission League, San Fernando beat Kennedy of Granada Hills, 4-2, to finish with a share of the league title. San Fernando and Kennedy are co-champions of the Valley Mission League. Kennedy handed San Fernando its first league loss of the season on Wednesday. San Fernando bounced back to beat Kennedy on Friday. The City Section playoff pairings will be announced Wednesday.
  2. Westlake and Thouands Oaks are representing the Marmonte League well in the CIF Southern Section Divison I boys volleyball playoffs. Both teams advanced to the semifinals and are in the final four. Westlake defeated fourth-seeded Newport Harbor in five games in the quarterfinals. Thousand Oaks knocked out St. John Bosco in five games. Westlake faces Mater Dei in Santa Ana on Tuesday. Mater Dei eliminated top-seeded Mira Costa in the quarterfinals. Thousand Oaks is home against second-seeded Santa Margarita, the last seeded team left in the playoffs. In the Division III bracket, top-seeded Burroughs of Burbank beat Cypress in three games and advanced to the semifinals. The Bulldogs play fourth-seeded South Torrance. Third-seeded Camarillo swept Arcadia in the quarterfinals. The Scorpions will play second-seeded Cerritos Valley Christian in the semis.
  3. The Foothill League will be well represented in the CIF Southern Section track and field finals at Cerritos College this weekend. Canyon’s Kenny Stone qualified for four events in Division II. He will compete in the 200 and 400 as well as on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. The 4x100 relay team of Max Archuleta, Dominic Pennucci, Darius Rudolph and Stone broke the league record at the CIF prelims in 42.00 seconds. James Weiner from Saugus qualified for three events in the Division II finals. He will compete in the 100, 200 and on the 4x100 relay team. Jenna Vincej of Saugus qualified in the 200 and 400 and is on the 4x400 relay team. Four girls from Saugus, Kaylin Mahoney, Stephanie Bulder, Karis Frankian and Jessica McCall, qualified in the 3,200. Valencia’s Faith Anumba qualified for two events in the Division I meet. She will compete in the triple jump and the long jump.
  4. Birmingham pitcher Marti Sementelli will continue her baseball career in college at Montreat College, an NAIA school in North Carolina. She is a pitcher for Birmingham High School and started against Ghazaleh Sailors from San Marcos in what is believed to be the first time two girls opposed each other on the mound in a high school baseball game. Sementelli earned the win in that game, 6-1 in favor of Birmingham. According to MaxPreps.com, Sementelli has appeared in 12 games and is 2-1. In 22 innings, she has struck out 14 and walked six.
  5. Doug MacKenzie, who coached the Canoga Park baseball team to a City Section championship in 1987 at Dodger Stadium in his final season, died Thursday at his home in Glendale, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 85. He coached at Canoga Park for 37 years and went to Eagle Rock High School and Occidental College. In addition to coaching at Canoga Park, he was a baseball coach at Ribet Academy and Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank.

Great Oak, Saugus win girls' cross-country titles

November, 20, 2010

WALNUT--The conditions weren't ripe for blazing times, but they were just right for the Temecula Great Oak and Saugus girls' cross-country teams.

Great Oak captured the Division I title with its top five runners bunched just 36 seconds apart. The Wolfpack totaled 73 points and a team time of 1 hour 34 minutes 33 seconds on the 5,000-meter course at Mt. San Antonio College.

Due to the rains, the course moved from the dusty hillsides and laid out on flat, hard ground that took runners through portions of the parking lot and onto the athletic track inside the football stadium.

"It was definitely different," said Great Oak senior Jessica Hilton, who was her team's top finisher, placing fifth overall in 18:35.

"Our league finals were in the 90-degree weather, so it was a big change," said senior Shannon Emery, who was 15th overall in 18:50.

Even more impressive, the Wolfpack won the title without one of its top runners Anna Johnson, who is out for the rest of the season with a quadriceps injury.

Saugus, the four-time defending state champion, captured the Division II title with 29 points and a team time of 1:32.25. All five of its runners finished in the top 10 and were separated by just 34 seconds.

Stephanie Bulder was second overall in 18:09, followed by teammate Kaylin Mahoney in third (18:11).

Simi Valley freshman Sarah Baxter had the fastest girls' time of the meet, winning the Division I race in 17:40. Earlier this season, Baxter broke the freshman course record on the regular course.

Great Oak, Saugus and Baxter will compete next Saturday at the state championships in Fresno.

For a complete list of today's results, check here.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

November, 15, 2010
1. The Crespi football team won in dramatic fashion over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame to earn a spot in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs. The Celts won the game, 34-28, scoring an unlikely touchdown with no time left on the clock. Quarterback Kenny Stenhouse threw a pass to Mike Davison, a 5-foot tall wide receiver. He motioned as if to pass downfield, then brought the ball back down and took off running from midfield. He raced across the field and looked as if he were going to be tackled around the 45-yard line. Instead of going down, he pitched the ball to Terry Williams who took the ball the remaining 45 yards, diving into the end zone for the winning touchdown. “Never give up. That will stay with these boys forever,” Crespi coach Jon Mack said. “But we have to let that go. We can’t fool around. We don’t have time to talk about the past. We have to prepare for the future.” The win put Crespi in the playoffs. Notre Dame missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. For all its efforts, Crespi will play Los Alamitos, the winner of the Sunset League, in the first round on Thursday at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.

2. Valencia coach Larry Muir said he has no problem being the No. 4 seed in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. The top three seeds went to the tri-champions from the Marmonte League. Oaks Christian is No. 1, St. Bonaventure is No. 2 and Westlake, the reigning Northern Division champ, is No. 3. That puts St. Bonaventure and Westlake in one half of the bracket and sets up a potential semifinal game between Oaks Christian and Valencia. “All three of those teams are top-tier teams,” Muir said. “But everybody’s got to get to that point first. Never know. A couple of upsets, things can change dramatically.” Valencia already looks as if it’s catching a break in the first round against Highland. Highland’s highly touted quarterback Christian Tago broke his leg in the Golden League finale against Palmdale. Highland lost the game, 22-7, and ended up in fourth place in the league standings.

3. The Harvard-Westlake and Thousand Oaks girls' volleyball teams didn’t get very far in the Southern Section Division 1-AA playoffs. Both lost in the second round. Lakewood knocked out Harvard-Westlake and is in the semifinals. Lakewood plays Redondo Union on Tuesday night. Thousand Oaks lost to Edison in the second round. Los Alamitos and Long Beach Poly are in the other semifinal match. The winners will play for the championship at Cypress College this weekend. Meanwhile, the Oaks Christian girls' volleyball team is rolling in the Division 2-AA playoffs. Oaks Christian eliminated top-seeded La Canada in the quarterfinals and will play Chino Hills in the semifinals on Tuesday.

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