Los Angeles Preps: Torrance

Locals off board early in Day 2 of draft

June, 5, 2012
Right-handed pitcher Chase DeJong of Long Beach Wilson was selected 81st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the second round of the MLB Draft.

DeJong, a USC signee, has some family history with the Blue Jays. His older cousin, Jordan DeJong, played briefly with Toronto in 2007. DeJong was 4-3 with a 0.82 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings in his senior season at Wilson.

Joe Muņoz, a shortstop from Los Altos who has signed with San Diego State, went 90th overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tyrone Taylor of Torrance was picked 92nd overall by the Milwaukee Brewers. Taylor, an outfielder who also starred on the gridiron, is a Cal State Fullerton signee.

Bishop Amat infielder Rio Ruiz, a two-sport star who was projected as a possible first-round selection before a blood clot sidelined him for most of his senior season, was taken by the Houston Astros with the first pick of the fourth round, 129th overall. Ruiz, a USC signee, was an AFLAC All-American selection and played on the U.S. youth national team last summer.

Kieran Lovegrove, a right-handed pitcher from Mission Viejo, was picked in the third round by the Cleveland Indians. He was the 110th overall selection.

In the sixth round, the Seattle Mariners selected Huntington Beach Edison shortstop Timmy Lopes, the 191st overall pick.

Ron Miller, a third baseman who left Gardena Serra after his junior season, was selected in the 10th round by the Miami Marlins.

Hunter Virant, a left-handed pitcher from Camarillo, was selected in the 11th round by the Houston Astros. He is committed to UCLA.

Trey Williams from Valencia High, a power-hitting shortstop, was picked in the 11th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .378 with five home runs and 24 RBIs in his senior season. Williams is committed to Pepperdine.

Jordan Guerrero, a left-handed pitcher from Moorpark High School, was selected in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox.

Torrey Pines' Cho wins state golf title

November, 16, 2011
Sarah Cho of Torrey Pines won the CIF state girls golf championship in a two-hole playoff over Cha Cha Wilhoite of Palm Desert at the Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.

Cho and Wilhoite were the only two golfers to shoot under par in the tournament. Both were 1-under, 71, after 18 holes.

Anne Cheng of Torrance finished in a tie for third with Shawnee Martinez of Enochs with ever-par 72s.

Sophia Chen from Thousand Oaks shot 7-over 79 and was tied for 27th place. Oxnard's Drew Thomas was 12-over and tied for 42nd in the 54-player field.

Torrey Pines won the team portion of the state final by two strokes over Torrance. Three players from Torrance finished in the top 10. Samantha Martin tied for sixth with a 3-over 75. Diana Kim tied for eighth with a 4-over 76.

CIF-SS playoffs: Northwest Division

November, 13, 2011
Undefeated Lompoc received the top seeding, in large part because of its impressive season-opening victory against Arroyo Grande. The Braves breezed through the Los Padres League, surrendering an average of just 7.3 points per game. Lavon Coleman and Taylor Cornejo form an effective running combination that has Lompoc thinking championship. Here’s a breakdown of the division:

The seeds: No. 1 Lompoc, No. 2 St. Bernard, No. 3 Lompoc Cabrillo, No. 4 Nordhoff.

Best first-round matchup: Bosco Tech (7-3) at No. 4 Nordhoff (6-4) -- The Bosco Tech Tigers score a lot of points (30.8 per game) and so do the Nordhoff Rangers (35.7). Buckle your seat belts.

Toughest road: No. 3 Lompoc Cabrillo (8-2) -- Forget the fact Cabrillo was blown out by rival and top-seeded Lompoc, 42-7, in the Los Padres League championship game. Not only would they likely have to go through them again in this bracket, but would probably have to beat undefeated St. Bernard in the semifinal.

Potential shocker: Santa Inez (5-5) at Torrance (6-4), first round -- Yes, the Santa Inez Pirates have five losses this season, but they played Lompoc tough, losing by only eight. Plus, Torrance was 2-3 in nonleague play.

Darkhorse: Bishop Montgomery (6-4) -- Del Rey League runner-up Bishop Montgomery hanged with champion and No. 2-seeded St. Bernard in the finale and has a tough running back in workhorse Michael Turner. Don't count out the Knights.

Final analysis: Don't expect many upsets here, given that teams will be busing from the L.A. area to the Lompoc area and vice versa. The top seeds, Lompoc and St. Bernard, shouldn't encounter many problems. All signs point to those two meeting in the title game.

Championship prediction: St. Bernard vs. Lompoc -- Will Lompoc be able to stop -- or even contain -- St. Bernard quarterback Christian Smith, the senior who has passed for 36 touchdowns 3,140 yards this season? Our guess is no. St. Bernard takes the crown in a thriller, 38-35.

Link to the Northwest Division playoff bracket on CalPreps.com

L.A. South: Helmet stickers, Week 9

November, 7, 2011
The top five performances in south Los Angeles County for Week 9:

QB Kenny Potter (San Pedro): The Pirates clinched at least a share of the Marine League title behind Potter's 318 total yards, including 227 on the ground, in a 49-42 win over Narbonne.

QB Christian Smith (St. Bernard): Smith completed 31 of 41 attempts for a career-high 475 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-6 win against Mary Star. His Vikings are undefeated.

RB Lance Fernandez (Garfield): Fernandez had quite a memorable East L.A. Classic, carrying the ball 24 times for 162 yards and four scores in a 29-15 win against rival Roosevelt.

RB Tyrone Taylor (Torrance): The Cal State Fullerton baseball commit went deep a few times Friday: 399 all-purpose yards (305 rushing) and six total touchdowns against Lawndale.

QB Jalen Greene (Serra): The sophomore had 240 total yards and four touchdowns in a 70-21 win at Harvard-Westlake, making up for the loss of running back Anterio Bateman (ankle).

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

Notre Dame girls golf team falls short at Southern Section final

November, 4, 2011
The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame girls golf team shot 406 at The River Course at the Alisal in Solvang and finished in fifth place, its best showing in school history, but did not qualify for the CIF/WSCGA regional next week.

Notre Dame fell four shots short of making the cut with the top-four teams in Thursday's Southern Section final. Palm Desert won the Southern Section championship by one stroke over Torrance, 391-392. Torrance won the past three Southern Section championships.

Palos Verdes was third at 394 and Diamond Bar was fourth at 402.

Palm Desert, Torrance, Palos Verdes and Diamond Bar will play in the CIF/WSCGA regional on Nov. 10 in Murrieta.

Elizabeth Doty from Palos Verdes shot the low round of the day and was the only one in the 96-player field to shoot under par. She carded a 1-under 71 on a windy day at the Alisal Golf Course.

Katelyn Reynolds from Notre Dame was one of only 21 golfers to break 80. She shot a 6-over 78 to lead Notre Dame.

Thousand Oaks, making its first appearance in the Southern Section final, finished in 11th place. Sophia Chen was the top golfer for Thousand Oaks. She finished in a tie for third place with a 2-over 74.

LA South: Day 3 MLB Draft picks

June, 8, 2011
A list of the players from south Los Angeles County high schools who were selected in the draft’s third day (rounds 31-50):

1123. Florida, RHP Jacob Ehret (San Dimas, Calif./San Dimas)

1213. Florida, RHP Trent Gilbert (Torrance, Calif./Torrance)

1253. San Diego, 2B Dante Flores (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)

1479. Chicago Cubs, LHP Antonio Gonzalez (La Verne, Calif./Damien)
1482. New York Mets, LHP Sean Buckle (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson)

Riverside J.W. North vs. Lakewood at Blair Field (Long Beach), Tuesday, 4 p.m.

As if the Division 1 bracket needed any more intrigue, this matchup features a team that knocked out the other team's starting catcher in a game earlier this season. Lakewood catcher Tyler Schultz suffered a broken shoulder blade when a North base runner plowed into him at the plate. The runner was ejected for violating non-contact rules and Schultz, who took his share of hits as the Lancers' quarterback last fall, was sidelined. Lakewood is riding high following its upset of top-seeded Huntington Beach Edison and highly touted prospect Henry Owens. The probable starter for the Lancers is Nick Torres, who gave up one hit over six innings in a second-round win at Tesoro.

Anaheim Esperanza vs. Long Beach Wilson at Blair Field, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

The Bruins, winners over Simi Valley at Blair Field last week in the quarterfinals, return to the site hoping to duplicate the result. They should be aware of every nook and cranny there -- something that may come in handy in such a tense atmosphere. Wilson head coach Andy Hall has gotten two shutouts in three playoff games and has seen his team outscore the opposition 14-4. Esperanza, the Century League winner, shocked second-seeded Mater Dei in the quarters.

Bonita at Beckman, Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.

The top-seeded Bearcats appear to be too well-balanced for any other team in Division 3. The pitching is there, with ace Justin Garza and Brandon Murfett at the forefront of that success. They're hitting .358 as a team this season. Bonita has outscored eight opponents, 93-9, in the month of May, including 22-1 in the postseason.

Woodbridge at Culver City, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

Who could have guessed that Culver City would still be in the Division 3 race? The Centaurs limped into the postseason, losing seven of their last 11 regular season games, yet they're a win away from getting to the final Dodger Stadium. Tyler Adkison, George Aceves, Ryan Mulvihill and Rodney Bradley are an offensive force.

Torrance vs. Bishop Amat at Dedeaux Field (USC), Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Bishop Amat was, at one point earlier this season, the top-ranked team in the entire state. There's immense -- and sometimes untapped -- potential in La Puente. Head coach Andy Nieto saw it on full display last Friday, as the Lancers pummeled Fontana Kaiser, 13-2. They look to carry over that momentum to the Division 4 semifinal against Torrance, a team they lost to, 13-9, in the Redondo Tournament championship game earlier in the year.

LA South: Baseball playoffs preview

May, 17, 2011

The seeded teams in south Los Angeles County:

Div. 1: None
Div. 2: No. 2 Arcadia
Div. 3: No. 1 Bonita, No. 3 Alhambra
Div. 4: No. 2 Bishop Amat, No. 3 Torrance
Div. 5: No. 2 L.A. Cathedral
Div. 6: No. 2 Pasadena Poly
Div. 7: No. 1 Santa Monica New Roads, No. 2 Rolling Hills Prep, No. 3 Lynwood Firebaugh

The best wild-card games in south Los Angeles County on Tuesday:

Division 1: Capistrano Valley (19-11) at Long Beach Poly (23-7). This has the potential to get wild, depending on which way the wind is blowing Tuesday. Capistrano Valley has eight regulars hitting over .330, led by junior Cristian Salina's .453. The Jackrabbits reached double figures in runs six times this season. Poly finished the regular season by winning 13 of 15. Winner of this one plays at Esperanza on Friday.

Division 2: Rancho Verde (13-13-1) at South Hills (20-4). The big objective for the Huskies: Forget about not receiving a bye into the first round. South Hills finished tied atop the Sierra League standings, won 20 of its 24 games and, somehow, has a wild-card game to play. Luis Inzunza (6-5, 2.14) figures to get the nod for Rancho Verde. Winner of this one plays at Arroyo Grande on Thursday.

Division 3: Ocean View (16-10) at Diamond Bar (15-11). Ocean View's triple threat of Timmy Robinson (.462), Blake Walker (.410) and Robert Fogarty (.392) will likely have the difficult task of facing Diamond Bar lefty Kenny Mathews (5-4, 1.24), who is committed to Cal State Fullerton. Winner of this one plays at Colton on Friday.

Division 4: Grace Brethren (11-15-1) at Northview (12-13). The Vikings won their last two games to secure third place in the Valle Vista League. Grace Brethren has lost seven of its last 11. Winner of this one plays at Sorona on Thursday.

Division 5: El Monte (9-10) at Gladstone (16-6). The Gladiators' late, furious charge wasn't enough to bag them the Montview League crown, but a six-game winning streak heading into the postseason is a bright side. Casey Lopez (.380) and Daniel Farfan (4-3, 2.35) are El Monte's top hitter and pitcher, respectively. Winner of this one plays at Nipomo on Friday.

On Wednesday, we'll preview of the top first-round games.

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

November, 8, 2010
1. Halloween is long gone, but Serra got a big scare last Friday. Serra, ranked No. 5 by ESPNLA.com, scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat previously unbeaten No. 24 Chaminade (8-1, 3-1), 35-21, in West Hills. Quarterback Conner Preston finished 11 of 18 for 298 yards, with Marqise Lee and George Farmer combining for 265 yards and three touchdowns on eight receptions. It was touted as Serra's (9-0, 4-0) biggest obstacle of the season -- and the Cavaliers responded when they had to. Click here for ESPNLA.com's game story.

2. Speaking of scares, Carson survived one against San Pedro on Friday, nearly blowing a 24-0 first-half lead before hanging on to claim the Marine League title. The Colts scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, then went cold. A Nestor Lorente field goal gave Carson a 24-0 lead in the first half, but San Pedro eventually pulled to within five with almost six minutes left in the game. Carson (7-2, 5-0) got another Lorente field goal and got the necessary defensive stand to escape.

3. Facing the No. 3-ranked team in the Southeast Division didn't matter for West Covina on Friday. It was more of the same -- powerful run game, takeaways and stout defensive play -- en route to a 41-10 win for the No. 1 Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0) against Diamond Ranch (5-4, 4-1). West Covina's victory secured the Hacienda League title and most likely, a No. 1 seeding for the playoffs. Elsewhere in the same division, No. 4 La Mirada rallied against No. 7 Norwalk to win 40-29 and take control of the Suburban League. A win over Bellflower (5-4, 2-3) next week would crown La Mirada (6-3, 5-0) as league champs.

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LA South: Athletes of the week

October, 26, 2010
Ammar Moussa, Arcadia, Sr.

Moussa tied the course record at the Mt. SAC Invitational Team Sweepstakes on Saturday, running the 2.91 miles in 14:24 to guide the Arcadia boys' cross country team to a first-place finish. It was just the latest in a long list of accomplishments for the senior. Moussa won the state title last year and was named Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Teammate Sergio Gonzalez (14:44) came in second while Arcadia's other three runners also finished in the top 20, showing exactly why the Apaches are ranked No. 2 nationally. The group is slated to return to the scene for the preliminaries on Nov. 13.

Anne Cheng, Torrance, So.

Cheng claimed the Ocean League individual girls' golf championship by edging teammate Luciane Lee in a three-hole playoff Wednesday at Lakewood Country Club. The teammates each shot a 1-under-par 73 in the final round, but Cheng birdied the final hole to take the title. Torrance earned five of the league's seven individual berths for the upcoming CIF-SS Northern Regional.

Inland Empire: The Top 10

September, 6, 2010
1. Temecula Chaparral (Southwestern League), 0-0
The Pumas open their season Friday night against visiting Oceanside, the two-time defending Division I state bowl champion which is coming off a 31-7 drubbing at the hands of Servite last Thursday, ending its 39-game winning streak.

2. Vista Murrieta (Southwestern League), 0-0
The Broncos also had the luxury of scouting their first opponent in person last week. Etiwanda, which is scheduled to travel to Vista Murrieta on Friday, allowed 42 points in a seven-point loss Thurday against Summit High of Fontana. Summit doesn't have a bonafide quarterback, but Vista Murrieta surely does in three-year starter Derrick Brown.

3. Corona Centennial (Big VIII League), 0-0
Centennial has been chomping at the bit to get started this season and first up is an intersectional game at Birmingham High of Lake Balboa, which is coming off a 16-7 victory Friday against West Adams of Los Angeles, its first victory in a season opener since 2001.

4. Norco (Big VIII League), 0-0
One of the more intriguing intersectional matchups of the season will happen Friday when Norco hosts Crenshaw of Los Angeles. Crenshaw is led by running back De'Anthony Thomas, who has verbally committed to USC. Norco will lean on running back Kelsey Young, who has pledged to Stanford.

5. Riverside Arlington (Inland Valley League), 0-0
Arlington will open its season Friday against host El Camino of Oceanside, which scored on a blocked punt, a fumble return and a kickoff return in a 36-7 victory Saturday against Gardena. The Wildcats best defender is ophomore linebacker Justin Williams, who had three sacks against Gardena and scored on the fumble return.

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