It's August, but fall sports season starts next week

DOWNEY -- The fall sports season is quickly approaching at Warren High School and the Bears have several games, matches and meets scheduled in August right as fall classes begin. 

The girls’ volleyball team is scheduled to play their first game against Santa Fe at Warren on Thursday, August 16, and the football team also has a scrimmage scheduled against San Dimas at Warren at 5 p.m. on the same day.

The Bears are scheduled to host Whitney at Warren in girls’ tennis in their first scheduled match on Wednesday, August 22, and the girls’ golf team will be competing in their first competition against Whitney at the Los Amigos Golf Course on Thursday, August 23. 

The Bear football team will host St. Anthony’s on Friday, August 24, in their first official football game and the boys’ water polo team will travel to Santa Fe to play the Chiefs in their first scheduled water polo game on Thursday, August 30. 

Boys’ cross country will compete in the Mark Cover Classic at Carbon Canyon Reginal Park on Sept. 1 in their first scheduled cross country meet and the girls’ cross country team is scheduled to compete at the Laguna Hills Invitational on Sept. 8 in their first scheduled cross country meet. 

Warren High School also has a new Athletic Director. Former Athletic Director Russ Heicke is now an assistant principal at Warren and Samantha Miyahara is the new athletic director. 

All of Warren’s coaches and athletes are looking forward to the start of their respective seasons. 
 

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team will begin their 2018 football season when they host St. Anthony’s of Long Beach on August 24. 

The Bears finished last season with an overall record of 6-4 and were 2-3 in San Gabriel Valley League play. The Bears did not qualify for postseason play last season due to their losing record in league play.

St. Anthony’s finished last season with an overall record of 8-4 and a Santa Fe League record of 3-0. The Lancers defeated Norwalk, 31-19, at St. Anthony’s in the first round and were then defeated by Ridgecrest Burroughs, 32-7, in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 9 playoffs. 
Due to their success over the past few seasons, St. Anthony’s will now compete in Division 7.

The Lancers will also change from the Santa Fe League to the Del Rey League and will now compete against the likes of the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines, the La Salle Lancers, the St Genevieve Valiants and the St. Paul Swordsmen.

Warren finished preseason play last season with a record of 4-1. The Bears played well and were a 37-36 loss against Don Lugo at Warren in week 1 away from a perfect preseason. 

The Bears struggled in league play when they suffered three straight losses. The Bears were defeated by Paramount, 50-7, in week 7, were defeated by Gahr, 46-42, in week 8 and fell to cross-town rival Downey, 41-27, in week 9.

Warren hopes to execute better in league play and qualify for a spot in the Division 7 playoffs. Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 football season. 

 

DOWNEY FOOTBALL: The Downey High School football season will officially begin when the Vikings travel to Trabuco Hills to play Santa Margarita next Thursday night at 7 p.m. 

The Viking’s unofficial season will begin at 5 p.m. Friday when they host Orange Lutheran in a scrimmage. The Orange Lutheran Lancers finished last season with an overall record of 6-6 and were 0-5 in Trinity League play.

The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 11-3 and were 4-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play. Downey finished second in league play behind league champion Paramount, who narrowly defeated the Vikings, 21-20, in overtime.

The Vikings made a nice run in C.I.F. postseason play but were defeated by Cajon of San Bernardino, 54-28, in the C.I.F. Division 4 championship game.

The Santa Margarita Eagles finished last season with an overall record of 7-4 and were 3-2 in Trinity League play. Santa Margarita defeated Downey last season at Downey 56-0 in week 1. Rancho Santa Margarita was defeated by Murrieta Valley, 59-56, in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 1 playoffs.

Downey will be led this season by senior captains Danny Ruiz (DB/RB), Malcom Perry (LB/RB) and Anthony Lopez (DL). Senior quarterback Kijjon Foots and senior Noah Skobis (ATH) will also lead an explosive Viking offensive attack. 

Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 football season.

 

ST. JOHN BOSCO: The fall sports season is quickly approaching at St John Bosco High School and the Braves have several games, matches and meets scheduled in August as fall classes begin.  

The St. John Bosco football team is scheduled to scrimmage the Mayfair Monsoons at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the soccer field at St. John Bosco. 

The Braves host their first official game of the season at the newly completed and dedicated Panish Family Stadium next Friday night at 7 p.m. against Timpview High School of Provo, Utah. The Braves are currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the Xcellent Top 25 Poll and Trinity League foe Mater Dei is ranked second. 

According to the St. John Bosco website, “reserved seats season ticket packages are now available on a first-come first-served basis at a cost of $330 per seat.” The site continues by saying “in addition to admission to all six regular season home games, season ticket holders receive first option to buy reserved section seats in the event the Braves have home playoff games.” 

The Braves’ water polo team will be competing in their first scheduled game at the Long Beach Poly Tournament on Friday, August 24, at 4 p.m. and the cross-country team travels to Griffith Park on Saturday, Sept. 1, to compete in their first scheduled meet at the Jeff Nelson Invite.