Warren, Downey share 9-5 preseason records heading into league play

DOWNEY – The Downey High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 9-5 and will begin S.G.V.L. play when they host Dominguez at Downey next Wednesday. 

The Lady Vikings competed in the Gator Classic Tournament at Green Valley High School over the Christmas Break. Downey finished the tournament with a record of 4-1 and looked impressive in defeating teams from three states. The Lady Vikings lone defeat came against Liberty of Henderson, Nevada, 60-47 in their last game.

Downey defeated Santa Margarita 62-54 in their first game on 12/27, defeated Orosi 44-13 in their second game on 12/28, defeated Foothill of Henderson, Nevada, 57-49 in their third game on 12/29, defeated Dimond of Anchorage, Alaska, 47-37 in their fourth game on 12/30 and were defeated by Liberty of Henderson, Nevada, 60-47 in their fifth and final game on the same day.

Downey played Schurr at Staples Center on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to Woodbridge of Irvine in their final preseason game later today. The Lady Vikings will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Dominguez next Wednesday, when they travel to Lynwood next Friday and when they host cross-town rival Warren on 1/18. 

The Lady Vikings have been led this season by standout sophomore point guard Surie Camacho’s 4.9 assists per game and seniors Naelene Garcia’s 12.7 points per game and Danise Herrington’s 10.1 points per game. Coach Harris, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play. The Lynwood Lady Knights will once again be the team to beat.

■ The Warren High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 9-5 and will begin S.G.V.L. play when they travel to Paramount next Wednesday. 

The Lady Bears competed in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona before the Christmas Break and in the Larry Doyle/Dan Wiley Tournament of Champions during Christmas Break. 

Warren finished the Arizona tournament with a record of 2-2. The Lady Bears defeated Westview of Avondale, Arizona, 36-31 in their first game on 12/19, were defeated by Omaha Northwest of Omaha, Nebraska, 46-35 in their second game on 12/20, were defeated by Marlborough of Los Angeles 36-29 in their third game on 12/21 and defeated Corona del Sol of Tempe, Arizona, 39-30 in their fourth game on 12/22. 

Warren finished the Larry Doyle/Dan Wiley Tournament with a record of 3-1. Warren defeated Cerritos 53-36 in their first game on 12/26, were defeated by Aliso Niguel 64-39 in their second game on 12/27, defeated Cypress 58-38 in their third game on 12/28 and defeated Roseville 68-63 in overtime in their fourth game on 12/29.

Warren played at Orange Lutheran on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will host El Rancho in their final preseason game later today. The Lady Bears will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount next Wednesday, when they host Gahr next Friday and when they travel to cross-town rival Downey on 1/18. 

Coach Palmer, her staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play. The Lynwood Lady Knights will once again be the team to beat.

■ The Warren High School wrestling team competed at the Cerritos College Tournament of Champions last weekend and placed seventh overall in the individual tournament behind tournament champion Poway. 

There were over 50 teams competing last weekend from all over California. Poway finished first with 385.5 points, Yucaipa finished second with 161 points, Paso Robles finished third with 123 points and Oak Hills and Esperanza finished tied for fourth with 119 points, respectively.

To round out the top ten, Mira Costa finished sixth with 115 points, Warren finished seventh with 110.5 points, Paramount finished eighth with 109.5 points, Poway “B” finished ninth with 106.5 points and Millikan finished tenth with 104 points.

Warren had six wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Carlos Vasquez placed eighth at 106 pounds, Joshua Mendoza placed eighth at 120 pounds and Matthew Lopez placed eighth at 126 pounds.

Gabriel Cabrera placed eighth at 145 pounds, Kenneth Gonzalez placed seventh at 195 pounds and Alexis Galvan placed seventh at 220 pounds.

Warren has looked sharp in the preseason in preparation for the start of S.G.V.L. competition. Paramount and cross-town rival Downey have looked solid in their preseason tournament competitions as well. Coach Brogden, his staff and wrestlers are all looking forward to competing for the S.G.V.L. title and making another run at a C.I.F. title.

■ The Downey High School wrestling team competed at the Golden Eagle Sports Arena last week and placed second overall in the individual tournament behind tournament champion Selma. 

There were many top teams competing last week from all over California. Selma finished first with 324.5 points, Downey finished second with 176 points, Righetti finished third with 171.5 points, Bloomington finished fourth with 149.5 points and Visalia finished fifth with 140.5 points.

To round out the top ten, Santa Maria finished sixth with 135.5 points, Rocklin finished seventh with 133 points, Bishop Amat finished eighth with 131.5 points, Firebaugh finished ninth with 127 points and Mater Dei finished tenth with 119 points, respectively.

Downey had eight wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes, including three tournament finalists and two tournament champions. Last season’s state qualifier Jonathan Prata placed first at 106 pounds. Abraham Cervantes placed eighth at 120 pounds, Roland Dominguez placed fourth at 120 pounds and Armando Padilla finished first at 138 pounds.

Adrian Segovia placed fifth at 145 pounds, Nic Arellano placed second at 170 pounds, Miguel Bravo placed sixth at 182 pounds and Adrian Guerra placed seventh at 220 pounds.
Downey has looked sharp in the preseason in preparation for the start of S.G.V.L. competition.

Paramount and cross-town rival Warren have looked solid in their preseason tournament competitions as well. Coach Soto, his staff and wrestlers are looking forward to defending their league title and making another run at a C.I.F. title.