Vikings’ season finishes early in 1-0 nailbiter

DOWNEY – The Downey High School girls’ soccer team saw their season come to an end last Saturday night against Flintridge Sacred Heart at Downey 1-0 (2 OT).

The Lady Tologs scored the game’s lone goal in the second overtime period and the Lady Vikings couldn’t find the equalizer.

Flintridge Sacred Heart (11-4-3) advanced to the C.I.F. Division 3 championship game where they will play Oak Hills (21-2-2). Oak Hills defeated Culver City 1-0 on February 16th to advance to the final. The C.I.F. Division 3 championship game is scheduled for tomorrow night at 5 p.m. at St. Francis High School in Flintridge.

Downey defeated West Ranch at Downey 2-1 on February 6th in their first-round game, defeated Bishop Montgomery at Bishop Montgomery 1-0 on February 8th in their second-round game and defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 1-0 on February 12th in their quarterfinal round game. The Lady Vikings were then defeated in the semifinal round against Flintridge Sacred Heart at Downey 1-0 on February 16th.

Downey finished their season with an overall record of 17-6-5 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-1-1. The Lady Vikings finished league play in second place behind S.G.V.L. champion Warren (9-0-1). Coach Aguiniga, his staff and underclassmen will now turn their attention towards reloading for next season.


WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL
: The Warren High School girls’ basketball team has seen their season come to an end.

The Lady Bears were defeated by Rolling Hills Prep 57-26 on February 13th in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 2AA playoffs. Warren defeated St. Paul 52-41 on February 7th in the first round to advance and defeated Los Altos 46-45 on February 9th in the second round to advance to the quarterfinal round.

Rolling Hills Prep defeated Roosevelt 47-45 in the semifinal round on February 15th to advance to the title game against Orange Lutheran tomorrow. Orange Lutheran defeated Village Christian 44-31, also on February 15th, to advance to the title game. The C.I.F. Division 2AA championship game will be played tomorrow.

The Lady Bears finished their season with an overall record of 12-15 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 5-5. Coach Palmer, her staff and 11 underclassmen will now turn their attention towards next season.


WARREN BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School boys’ basketball team concluded its season when the Bears were defeated by Santa Clarita Christian 96-63 on February 14th in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs.

Warren defeated Valley Christian 61-46 on February 8th in the first round to advance and defeated La Habra 50-45 on February 12th in the second round to advance to the quarterfinal round.

Santa Clarita Christian defeated Highland 52-50 in the semifinal round on February 16th to advance to the title game against Rolling Hills Prep tomorrow. Rolling Hills Prep defeated Oxnard 64-46, also on February 16th, to advance to the title game. The C.I.F. Division 3AA championship game will also be played tomorrow.

The Bears finished their season with an overall record of 20-7 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-2. Coach Leflore, his staff and 10 underclassmen will now turn their attention towards next season.


BOSCO WRESTLING:
The St. John Bosco wrestling team finished in second place at the C.I.F. Southern Section Master’s Meet held at Cerritos College last weekend. The Braves will be sending eight wrestlers to compete at the state meet in Bakersfield this weekend.

At the Master’s Meet, Servite finished in first place with 185 points, St. John Bosco finished in second place with 175.5 points, Temecula Valley finished in third place with 109 points, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel finished in fourth place with 97 points and Bishop Amat finished in fifth place with 93.5 points to round out the top five finishers, respectively.

Northview finished in sixth place with 93 points, Esperanza and San Marino finished in a tie for seventh place with 77.5 points, Palm Desert finished in ninth place with 73.5 points and Fountain Valley finished in tenth place with 71.5 points to round out the top ten.

St. John Bosco had several placers place at the Master’s Meet. Antonio Lorenzo (120) finished first by defeating Richard Castro-Sandoval of Santa Ynez 11-1. Timothy Levine (132) finished fifth after he defeated Sunny Luna of Victor Valley via forfeit and Oscar Arrand (138) finished seventh after he defeated Isaac Samano of Don Lugo 5-2.

Cael Valencia (145) finished first after he defeated Luka Wick of San Marino 5-3 and Sonny Santiago (152) finished second after he was defeated by Troy Mantanona of Palm Desert via pin at the 3:57 mark of the second period. Louis Rojas (160) finished second after he was defeated by Max Wilner of Fountain Valley 11-3, Miguel Beltran (170) finished ninth after he defeated Ndifor Tabulkum of Roosevelt 7-1 and Nathan Haas (182) finished first after he defeated Nico Hanessian of Simi Valley 13-2.

Downey’s Matthew Morales (132) placed 11th after he defeated Jacob Fuerte of Hillcrest. Morales did not qualify for the state meet because only the top nine wrestlers in each weight class move on. Warren’s Salvador Alvarez (120) and Carlos Durazo (160) both qualified for the Master’s Meet but did not place.


MIDDLE SCHOOLS:
The fourth rotation of middle school sports is scheduled to start on Monday, February 25th.

Boys’ baseball and girls’ softball will be featured and four more city championships will be up for grabs. There will be a varsity and junior varsity baseball team as well as a varsity and junior varsity softball team from each of the four schools competing.

During the first week of competition Doty and Sussman will play a home and away series and Griffiths and Stauffer will play a home and away series. During the second week of competition Doty and Griffiths will play a home and away series and Stauffer and Sussman will play a home and away series.

In the third and final week of competition Doty and Stauffer will play a home and away series and Griffiths and Sussman will play a home and away series. A total of six games will be played by each team to determine a city champion. Last season, Griffiths won both varsity and junior varsity baseball as well as girls’ varsity softball while Doty won girls’ junior varsity softball.

Doty currently has 7 city championships, Griffiths has 5.5 city championships, Stauffer has 4 city championships and Sussman has 2.5 city championships. The fifth and final rotation of middle school sports will feature track and field where six more city championships will be up for grabs. Doty has currently won five straight Champions Cup trophies and looks to add a sixth.