Bears’ playoff run ends in CIF quarterfinals

DOWNEY – The Warren High School softball team saw their season come to an end last Tuesday afternoon against West Ranch of Valencia, 14-1.

The Bears were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs after defeating Chino 14-3 on May 2 in their first-round game and by defeating Sierra Canyon on May 7in their second-round game.

Warren finished their season with an overall record of 15-15 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-4. The Bears finished in third place in league play behind eventual league champion Gahr (10-0) and cross-town rival Downey (8-2), respectively.

In the Warren/West Ranch game the score was tied 0-0 after two innings of play. The Bears led 1-0 after scoring a run in the bottom of the third inning. Neither team scored in the fourth inning and the score remained 1-0 Warren heading into the top of the fifth inning.

This is where things began to unravel for the Bears. West Ranch scored eight runs in the top of the fifth inning and Warren was held scoreless. The score was 8-1 after five innings of play.

West Ranch continued their offensive outburst by scoring four more runs in the top of the sixth inning while Warren could not push a run across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. The score was now 12-1 West Ranch.

The Wildcats added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning and held the Bears scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning to come away with the 14-1 win.

West Ranch (18-7, 8-2) went on to defeat Woodrow Wilson 9-4 in the semifinal round on May 14th and will now play Crescenta Valley (26-5-1, 14-0) in the C.I.F. Division 3 championship game tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Coach Starksen, her staff and underclassmen will now turn their attention to next season.


MIDDLE SCHOOL DUAL MEETS: The 2019 middle school track and field season is drawing to a close after three weeks of dual meet competitions has yielded the best athletes from each of Downey’s four middle schools.

The first dual meet took place on April 18th and featured Sussman vs. Griffiths at Downey High School and Doty vs. Stauffer at Warren High School.

At Downey, Sussman defeated Griffiths in 4/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Sussman sixth grade boys defeated Griffiths 57-29, the Sussman seventh grade boys defeated Griffiths 51-31 and the Griffiths eighth grade boys defeated Sussman 49-39.

The Griffiths sixth grade girls defeated Sussman 49-37, the Sussman seventh grade girls defeated Griffiths 61-25 and the Sussman eighth grade girls defeated Griffiths 55-31.

At Warren, Doty defeated Stauffer in 6/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Doty sixth grade boys defeated Stauffer 74-12, the Doty seventh grade boys defeated Stauffer 46-40 and the Doty eighth grade boys defeated Stauffer 69-17.

The Doty sixth grade girls defeated Stauffer 63-23, the Doty seventh grade girls defeated Stauffer 78-8 and the Doty eighth grade girls defeated Stauffer 72-14.

The city of Downey middle school track and field championships will be held at Downey High School later today and six city championships will be claimed.


DUAL MEET NO. 2: The second city of Downey middle school dual meet was held on May 9th and featured Stauffer vs. Sussman at Downey High School and Griffiths vs. Downey at Warren High School.

At Downey High School, Stauffer defeated Sussman in 5/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Stauffer sixth grade boys defeated Sussman 65-21, the Stauffer seventh grade boys defeated Sussman 54-34 and the Stauffer eighth grade boys defeated Sussman 56-30.

The Stauffer sixth grade girls defeated Sussman 62-24, the Stauffer seventh grade girls defeated Sussman 67.5-18.5 and the Sussman eighth grade girls defeated Stauffer 55-31.

At Warren High School, Doty defeated Griffiths in 6/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Doty sixth grade boys defeated Griffiths 82-4, the Doty seventh grade boys defeated Griffiths 65-21 and the Doty eighth grade boys defeated Griffiths 76-10.

The Doty sixth grade girls defeated Griffiths 77-9, the Doty seventh grade girls defeated Griffiths 85.5-.5 and the Doty eighth grade girls defeated Griffiths 63-23.


DUAL MEET NO. 3: The third city of Downey middle school dual meet was held on May 16th and featured Griffiths vs. Stauffer at Warren High School and Doty vs. Sussman at Downey High School. This third dual meet marked the end of dual meet competition and sets the stage for the city of Downey middle school track and field championships.

At Warren High School, Stauffer defeated Griffiths in 5/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Stauffer sixth grade boys defeated Griffiths 60-25, the Stauffer seventh grade boys defeated Griffiths 53-33 and the Stauffer eighth grade boys defeated Griffiths 60-25. The Stauffer sixth grade girls defeated Griffiths 65-21, the Stauffer seventh grade girls defeated Griffiths 61-25 and the Griffiths eighth grade girls defeated Stauffer 53-33.

At Downey High School, Doty defeated Sussman in 6/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Doty sixth grade boys defeated Sussman 80-6, the Doty seventh grade boys defeated Sussman 70-16 and the Doty eighth grade boys defeated Sussman 77-9. The Doty sixth grade girls defeated Sussman 69-17, the Doty seventh grade girls defeated Sussman 82-4 and the Doty eighth grade girls defeated Sussman 53-33.

As the city championships approach, the sixth grade boys’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Sussman at 1-2 and Griffiths at 0-3. Sixth grade girls’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Griffiths at 1-2 and Sussman at 0-3.

The seventh grade boys’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Sussman at 1-2 and Griffiths at 0-3. The seventh grade girls’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Sussman at 1-2 and Griffiths at 0-3.

The eighth grade boys’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Griffiths at 1-2 and Sussman at 0-3. The eighth grade girls’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Sussman at 2-1, Griffiths at 1-2 and Stauffer at 0-3. The 2019 middle school track and field championships will certainly be exciting. Events should begin at 4 p.m.