DOWNEY - The Warren High School softball team has gotten off to a 2-3 start.The Bears recently played in the Cypress Tournament and finished with two wins and two losses. The Bears return several key players to their San Gabriel Valley League championship and C.I.F. Finalist team from last year. Former West Spartans catcher Tina Iosefa and pitcher Kendall Zarate will be a strong battery just as they were in middle school years ago. First baseman Hailey Pohl and third baseman Haley Whitney also return with more skill and experience. Former East Knights Arika Araujo will play second base and Stephanie Olivas will also see time at third base. Outfielders Amanda Vallejo, Jenna Hernandez, Leilani Miyadi and Justene Reyes will all play key roles for the Bears as well. The biggest loss for the Bears was Franny Vauulu. Franny was lost to graduation and Utah State. Coach Starksen believes that the San Gabriel Valley League will be very competitive this year and many teams will be tough. Coach Starksen also said that crosstown rival Downey returns standout pitcher Ale Guillen. The Bears hosted Kennedy High School at home Thursday, March 15 (score unavailable at press time). Coach Starksen is looking forward to a competitive season and perhaps another shot at a league title and potential playoff run.
********** Published: March 15, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 48