Vikings stay undefeated despite step up in competition

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ swim team currently has an overall record of 4-0.

The Vikings defeated Cal, 130-40, on February 19th, defeated Ocean View, 116-37, on February 21st, defeated Lakewood, 133-35, on February 26th and defeated Santa Fe, 123-46, on February 28th. The Vikings have picked up right where they left off last season.

The Vikings have been led by returning seniors Nathan Lopez, Christian Gonzalez, Jesus Murguia, and Jose Salazar. New senior additions of Adrian Buenrostro and Jason Camacho are contributing as are juniors David Tonne, Adrian Caballero and Nathan Amador. Sophomores Tomas Marquez and Armando Flores are stepping up as is freshmen Jose Jaime.

Coach Delhousay, his staff and swimmers are all looking forward to a competitive season with non-league meets against the La Serna Lancers on March 7th (results unavailable at press time) and the Cerritos Dons next Wednesday.

San Gabriel Valley League play will begin next Tuesday against Gahr. Downey is looking to win the S.G.V.L. title for the 8th straight time and according to Coach Delhousay, “this senior group looks to go out on top.”

The Vikings have been moved up to Division III this season at CIF after two successful years in Division IV, where the Vikings finished in fourth place and second place the last two seasons, respectively. Coach Delhousay concluded by saying, “the level of competition will improve greatly, hopefully helping our guys to swim even faster this season.”


DOWNEY BOYS VOLLEYBALL:
The Downey High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 6-3 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Pirates on Thursday, March 21st.

The Vikings were defeated by La Serna at La Serna 3-0 on February 20th in their season opener and competed in the Redondo Union Tournament February 22nd and 23rd where they finished with a record of 4-2. Downey defeated Lakewood 2-0 on February 22nd, defeated Torrance 2-0 on February 22nd and were defeated by San Marcos 2-0, also on February 22nd.

The Vikings were defeated by Newbury Park 2-0 on February 23rd, defeated Calabasas 2-0 on February 23rd and defeated Thousand Oaks 2-0, also on February 23rd. Downey defeated Claremont at Downey 3-0 on February 28th.

The Vikings traveled to La Palma Kennedy on Wednesday for their match against the Fighting Irish (score unavailable at press time). The Vikings are also scheduled to play Norwalk at Downey on March 13th and will travel to El Dorado on March 19th for their final preseason game.

Downey finished last season with an overall record of 26-5-1 and were 10-0 in S.G.V.L. play. The Vikings are the defending C.I.F. Division 3 champion after they defeated Tustin in the championship final 25-23, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-23. Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 volleyball season.


WARREN BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Warren High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 2-5 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host the Lynwood Knights at Warren on Thursday, March 21st.

The Bears defeated Bellflower at Warren 3-0 in their league opener on February 19th and competed in the Redondo Union Tournament where they finished with a record of 1-4. The Bears defeated Carson 2-1 on February 22nd, were defeated by Thousand Oaks 2-1 on February 22nd and were defeated by Los Alamitos 2-0, also on February 22nd.

Warren was defeated by South Torrance 2-1 on February 23rd and was defeated by Lakewood 2-0, also on February 23rd. The Bears were defeated by St. John Bosco at St. John Bosco 3-1 on Tuesday night. Warren traveled to Santa Fe to play the Chiefs yesterday and will host the Norwalk Lancers next Tuesday in their final preseason game.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 17-6 and were 8-2 in league play. The Bears finished in second place in league play behind cross-town rival Downey, respectively. Warren was defeated by Arroyo Grande 3-1 in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs. Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 volleyball season.


WARREN BASEBALL:
The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 9-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Paramount at Warren next Monday. The Bears are currently competing in the Poly Classic where they have a record of 3-0.

Warren defeated Bell 4-0 on February 27th, defeated South Gate 11-0 on March 1st, defeated Roosevelt 6-0 on March 5th and played Poly of Sun Valley on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time). The Bears will play a doubleheader at Hoover tomorrow. The first game is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the second game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season and competing for a S.G.V.L. championship and playoff birth. Gahr and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


WARREN SOFTBALL:
The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 4-3 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood on March 26th. The Bears were defeated by Mayfair at Warren 7-5 on February 28th and were defeated by La Serna at La Serna 7-1 on March 5th.

Warren is scheduled to play La Palma Kennedy at La Palma Kenney on March 19th and will also compete in the La Mirada Tournament on March 23rd and 30th. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 softball season and qualifying for postseason play. Gahr and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.