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.

Bears off to hot start in preseason softball

DOWNEY – The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 4-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to play the Lady Knights on March 26th.

The Bears will travel to Downey on April 4th for the first of their two cross-town rivalry games and will then host Downey on April 22nd to complete this year’s away and home series.

The Bears were defeated by La Mirada in the Savanna Showcase at La Mirada 3-2 in 8 innings on February 9th and then defeated Villa Park 6-0 on February 12th. Warren defeated Santa Fe at Santa Fe 3-2 in 8 innings on February 19th and defeated La Serna 4-0 and Culver City 6-4 in a doubleheader on February 22nd.

The Bears finished the Savanna Showcase Tournament with a record of 4-1. Warren played Mayfair at Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

The Bears are scheduled to play at La Serna next Tuesday and will travel to La Palma Kennedy on March 19th for a doubleheader against the Fighting Irish before they start league play.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 17-13 and were 6-4 in league play. The Bears were defeated by South Hills at South Hills 4-3 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to softball season.

Gahr and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


DOWNEY SOFTBALL: The Downey High School softball team currently has an overall record of 0-2 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Lady Pirates on March 26th.

Downey was defeated by Lakewood at Lakewood in a doubleheader on February 19th 12-0 in the first game and 4-0 in the second game. The Lady Vikings also hosted South Torrance at Downey yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

Downey will be competing in the Best of the West Tournament tomorrow where they will play Murrieta Valley at 9:30 a.m. in their first game and will then play San Marcos at 1:30 p.m. in their second game. The Lady Vikings will then travel to Esperanza next Tuesday to play the Lady Aztecs.

Downey is also scheduled to compete in Bullhead City next week with games scheduled on March 7th, 8th and 9th. Coach Garcia, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2019 softball season.

Downey finished last season with an overall record of 24-7 and was the S.G.V.L. co-champion with Gahr, respectively. The Lady Vikings were defeated by San Dimas 2-1 in the second round of the Division 4 playoffs. Gahr and cross-town rival Warren will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


DOWNEY BASEBALL: The Downey High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 1-6 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Dominguez at Downey on March 11th.

The Vikings were defeated by Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Cantwell-Sacred Heart 7-2 on February 11th in their season opener. Downey also competed in the Loara Tournament February 12th-23rd. The Vikings were defeated by Cypress 8-5 in 8 innings on February 12th, were defeated by Villa Park 4-0 on February 18th and were defeated by El Modena at El Modena 2-1 in 10 innings on February 19th.

Downey was defeated by Pacifica at Pacifica 1-0 on February 21st and was defeated by San Clemente at San Clemente 4-3 on February 23rd. The Vikings finished the Loara Tournament with a record of 0-5.

Downey defeated Narbonne 5-0 on February 25th in their first game of the Downey Tournament and hosted Long Beach Poly yesterday in the same tournament (score unavailable at press time). The Vikings will host Glenn later today.

Coach Gonzalez, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season. Downey finished last season with an overall record of 17-14 and were 8-2 in league play. The Vikings were defeated by Santa Fe at Santa Fe 8-4 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


WARREN BASEBALL:
The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 6-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Paramount at Warren on March 11th.

Warren split a doubleheader against Troy at Warren on February 12th. The Bears won the first game 5-3 but were defeated in the second game 8-7. Warren competed in the Newport Elks Tournament February 14th-21st where they finished with a record of 3-0. The Bears defeated Santa Ana Valley 24-0 on February 14th, defeated Estancia 13-2 on February 18th and defeated Santa Ana 7-0 on February 21st.

Warren defeated Nogales at Warren 10-0 on February 22nd and defeated El Rancho 8-0 on February 25th in non-tournament play. Warren is currently competing in the Long Beach Poly Classic where they played Bell on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will play South Gate later today. The Bears are also scheduled to play a doubleheader against Hoover of Glendale tomorrow at Hoover. The first game is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the second game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 20-9 and were 7-3 in league play. The Bears were eliminated in the wildcard round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs by Bellflower at Warren 1-0. Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season.

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.

Downey soccer readies for start of postseason

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 16-4-4 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-0-2. The Vikings tied Lynwood at Downey 1-1 (2OT) on January 24th, defeated Dominguez at Downey 6-0 on January 26th and defeated Warren at Downey 2-0 on January 28th.

The Vikings played Gahr at Gahr on Wednesday and concluded their regular season schedule when they traveled to Paramount yesterday (scores unavailable at press time). The game against Paramount yesterday was for the league championship.

At the time of this writing, Paramount is 7-0-1 and in first place in league play, Downey is 6-0-2 and in second place, Lynwood is 6-2-1 and in third place, Warren is 3-6 and in fourth place, Dominguez is 2-7 and in fifth place and Gahr is 0-9 and in sixth place.

The Vikings have qualified for C.I.F. postseason play and will wait for the C.I.F. Division 1 playoff bracket to be released this weekend. Coach Mires, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and making another deep run in the playoffs.


DOWNEY GIRLS SOCCER:
The Downey High School girls’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 13-5-5 and a San Gabriel Valley League of 7-1-1.

The Lady Vikings defeated Lynwood at Lynwood 4-0 on January 24th, defeated Paramount at Paramount 7-1 on January 26th and tied Warren at Downey 1-1 (2OT) on Tuesday night. Downey hosted Gahr at Downey on Wednesday night in their league finale (score unavailable at press time).

The Lady Vikings have qualified for C.I.F. Division 3 postseason play and will find out who and where they play this weekend. Coach Aguiniga, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and making a nice run in postseason play.


DOWNEY BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Downey High School boys’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 20-8 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 5-4. The Vikings defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 45-44 on January 23rd, were defeated by Lynwood at Downey 63-62 on January 25th and were defeated by Warren at Warren 57-55 on Tuesday night.

Downey closed out their regular season schedule yesterday against Gahr at Gahr (score unavailable at press time). At the time of this writing, Warren is in first place in league play with a record of 7-2, Downey is in second place with a record of 5-4, Dominguez is tied for third place with Lynwood and Gahr with records of 4-5 and Paramount is in sixth place with a record of 3-6.

Coach Shelton, his staff and players are all looking to finish league play on a strong note. The Vikings have already qualified for postseason play and will see who they play in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs this weekend when brackets are posted.


DOWNEY GIRLS BASKETBALL:
The Downey High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 21-6 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-1. The Lady Vikings defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 49-43 on January 23rd, defeated Lynwood at Downey 65-39 on January 25th and were defeated by Troy at Troy 47-28 on January 26th in non-league play.

The Lady Vikings defeated Warren at Warren 63-48 on Tuesday and closed out their regular season schedule yesterday against Gahr at Gahr (score unavailable at press time). The Lady Vikings have already qualified for postseason play and will now wait for the C.I.F. Division 1 playoff brackets to be released this weekend.


WARREN BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School boys’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 17-6 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 7-2.

The Bears defeated Paramount at Warren 94-60 on January 23rd, defeated Gahr at Gahr 75-63 on January 25th and defeated cross-town rival Downey at Warren 57-55 on Tuesday night. The Bears concluded their regular season schedule yesterday when they traveled to Dominguez (score unavailable at press time).

Warren has already qualified for postseason play and will find out who they play this weekend. Coach Leflore, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and making a deep run in the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs.


WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 10-13 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 5-4. The Lady Bears defeated Paramount at Warren 71-34 on January 23rd, defeated Gahr at Warren 60-43 on January 25th and were defeated by Downey at Warren 63-48 on Tuesday. Warren concluded their regular season yesterday when they traveled to Dominguez (score unavailable at press time).

At the time of this writing, Downey and Lynwood are tied for first place in league play with records of 8-1, Warren is in third place with a record of 5-4, Dominguez is in fourth place with a record of 4-5, Gahr is in fifth place with a record of 2-7 and Paramount is in sixth place with a record of 0-9.

Warren will find out who and where they play this weekend in the C.I.F. Division 2AA playoffs. A win against Dominguez yesterday would certainly help the Bears in regards to who they play in the first round.

Can the Rams' offense overcome Brady's greatness?

The Los Angeles Rams are heading to Atlanta to face off with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53 as -2.5 point underdogs, according to Vegas.

Although it seems like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in every year, it is the first time in over three decades that Los Angeles has a team in the big game. Flashback to just three years ago-- Los Angelenos didn’t even have a football team to root for, let alone two playoff teams.

But we are back baby!

It is easy to dismiss the emerging Rams by saying this will be a lop-sided advantage for the seasoned Patriots, who have utterly dominated the playoffs for nearly two decades, but according to the ‘Madden 19’ simulation, the Rams are going to edge New England, 30-27.

The simulation has a proven track record and has been impressively accurate over the years. It has predicted 10 of the last 15 Super Bowl Champs and has even accurately predicted the final scores twice since they began doing the simulation in 2004.

But in order for the Rams to reign victorious and host a championship parade in LA, they will need to put together four good quarters of football and maybe even overtime.

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

They need to look like they did in the second half against the Saints in the NFC Championship for the entirety of the game if they want to beat Belichick and company, though according to the EA Sports simulation, they will have to rally to come back from a 17-3 halftime deficit.

In reality, the Rams will obviously need a great game out of Goff and Gurley, both, to stand a fighting chance on offense, while Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh will need to push the pocket into Brady’s comfort zone quickly and often.

The game will be won in the trenches and very much depends on the Rams offensive and defensive lines.

If LA’s big men are beat at the point of attack and can not get a push, it will certainly be a long day for Sean McVay and his coaching staff.

For Brady, this will be his unprecedented 40th playoff start and his chance at winning his sixth ring. He threw his first playoff touchdown pass 17 years ago against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl 36 when he won his first ship.

It seems as though Brady just keeps getting better with age. He has won 11 playoff games in the last five seasons alone and has more playoff wins under his belt than some NFL franchises.

I believe the Rams will need to put up more than 30 points to beat these guys. I predict a Patriot win, unless the Rams can put up 35 or more points.

Downey’s Alejandra Villa named water polo MVP

DOWNEY – Former Downey High School standout water polo player Alejandra Villa was selected as the South Coast Conference M.V.P. for the 2018 season.

The 2018 D.H.S. graduate and Long Beach City College freshman center is being recognized “for her ability to perform on both offense and defense.

Villa totaled 70 goals throughout the season and ranked fourth overall in conference goals. Villa also had a total of 24 steals.”

Long Beach City College has won the South Coast Conference championship four years in a row. Head coach Chris Oeding has been selected as the SCC Coach of the Year three times in a row and eight times overall.

Teammates Sydney Brightenburg (attacker), Cam Rosas (goalkeeper), Samantha Martinez (driver) and Madison Hinojosa (attacker) were all selected to the first team. Harlie Wheelan (attacker) and Karissa Qualley (driver) were selected to the second team.


WARREN BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School boys’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 11-5 and are 1-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play.

The Bears recently competed in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic Tournament over Christmas Break where they finished with a record of 2-2.

The Bears were defeated by Sonora 52-42 in their first game on December 26th, defeated Gig Harbor of Washington 52-47 in their second game on December 27th, defeated Crean Lutheran 65-53 in their third game on December 28th and were defeated by Gahr 61-51 in their fourth and final tournament game on December 29th.

Warren defeated Lynwood at Lynwood last Friday night 72-65 and were narrowly defeated by Paramount at Paramount 50-49 on Monday night. The Bears hosted Gahr at Warren on Wednesday night (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to cross-town rival Downey later today for the first of their two anticipated league games.

Warren will host Dominguez at Warren next Wednesday night to complete the first round of league play. Coach Leflore, his staff and players are all looking forward to competing for a S.G.V.L. title and qualifying for postseason play.


WARREN GIRLS SOCCER:
The Warren High School girls’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 10-5-3 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 2-0. The Lady Bears recently competed in the North Orange County Tournament over the Christmas Break and finished with a record of 3-1.

Warren defeated La Serna 1-0 in their first game, defeated Valencia 4-1 in their second game, were defeated by Upland 6-0 in their third game and defeated cross-town rival Downey 2-1 in their fourth and final game.

The Lady Bears defeated Lynwood at Warren 2-1 on January 2nd and defeated Paramount at Warren 7-0 on January 4th. Warren traveled to Gahr on Tuesday night and defeated the Lady Gladiators 2-1 and also hosted cross-town rival Downey at Warren last night (score unavailable at press time). The Lady Bears will travel to Dominguez to play the Lady Dons next Tuesday to complete their first round of league play.

Coach Lily Dussan, her staff and players are all looking forward to league play and competing for another league title. The Lady Bears are also looking forward to qualifying for postseason play and making a deeper run in the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs.


DOWNEY BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Downey High School boys’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 14-5 and are 1-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play. The Vikings competed in the Rancho Mirage Holiday Classic over the Christmas Break and finished the tournament with a record of 2-2.

The Vikings were defeated by Thousand Oaks 55-52 on December 26th in their first game, defeated Whitney of Rocklin 66-58 on December 27th in their second game, defeated Del Sol of Las Vegas 51-49 on December 28th in their third game and were defeated by Dana Hills 37-36 on December 29th in their fourth and final game.

Downey was defeated by Paramount at Paramount 59-57 on January 4th and defeated Dominguez at Downey on Monday night. The Vikings traveled to Lynwood on Wednesday night to face the Knights (score unavailable at press time) and will host cross-town rival Warren tonight at Downey in the first of two highly anticipated league games.

Coach Shelton, his staff and players are all looking forward to league play and competing for a league title and a line on a C.I.F. postseason bracket.


DOWNEY BOYS WRESTLING:
The Downey High School wrestling team defeated cross-town rival Warren at Downey on Tuesday night 33-33, via criteria decision.

It appeared as though Warren had won the match 34-33, however, a team point was deducted from the Bears due to a sportsmanship issue.

The first criteria to settle a tie in C.I.F. competition is sportsmanship. As a result, Downey won via a criteria decision based on sportsmanship. The full results of the match were not available at press time but will be available next week.


DOWNEY GIRLS WRESTLING:
The Downey High School girls’ wrestling team defeated cross-town rival Warren at Downey on Tuesday night 41-33. Match results were not available at press time but will be available next week.

Coach Rios and his staff are very pleased with the effort of his team. The Lady Vikings hosted Gahr at Downey on Thursday night (score unavailable at press time).

With league match-ups starting next week, Bear wrestlers stay active

DOWNEY – The Warren High School wrestling team has been busy this preseason participating in several tournaments.

The Bears competed in the Spartan Classic Kick-off at South Torrance on Nov. 24 where they finished fourth overall with a total of 130 points.

Villa Park finished first with a total of 241 points, Paramount finished second with a total of 150 points, South Torrance finished third with a total of 130.5 points and West Torrance finished fifth with a total of 116 points, respectively.

The Bears had six wrestlers place in the top six of their respective weight classes. Warren’s Josh Mariscal finished third at 106 pounds, Carlos Durazo finished second at 113 pounds and Salvador Alvarez finished sixth at 120 pounds. Joel Gutierrez finished sixth at 152 pounds, Naethan Guerrero finished sixth at 182 pounds and Kaleb McIntyre finished fifth at 220 pounds. Warren also competed in the Millikan Duals on December 1.

The Bears competed in the Edison Beach Bash December 7-8 at Edison High School in Huntington Beach. Warren finished in 13th place overall with a total of 81 points.

Rowland finished first with a total of 213 points, Mayfair finished second with a total of 205 points, La Quinta finished third with a total of 182.5 points, Edison finished fourth with a total of 137 points and Beaumont finished fifth with a total of 135 points, respectively.

Warren had five wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Andrew Lopez placed second at 106 pounds and Joshua Mariscal placed third at 106 pounds. Salvador Alvarez placed third at 120 pounds, Andrew Martinez placed eighth at 160 pounds and Naethan Guerrero placed fourth at 182 pounds.

The Warren High School wrestling team competed in the Mann Classic at Marina High School on Dec. 14-15. The Bears finished in 29th place overall with a total of 42.5 points.

Servite finished first with a total of 259.5 points, Bakersfield finished second with a total of 220.5 points, Villa Park finished third with a total of 179.5 points, Fountain Valley finished fourth with a total of 159.5 points and Calvary Chapel finished fifth with a total of 138.5 points, respectively.

The Bears had two wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Carlos Vasquez placed fifth at 106 pounds and Salvador Alvarez placed fifth at 120 pounds.

The Warren wrestling team also participated in the Ed Springs Classic Wrestling Tournament December 21st and 22nd at Brea-Olinda High School. The Bears finished in eighth place overall with a total of 102 points.

Photo courtesy Warren High wrestling.

Photo courtesy Warren High wrestling.

Valencia finished first with a total of 176 points, Sonora finished second with a total of 148 points, Dos Pueblos finished third with a total of 131.5 points, Brea-Olinda finished fourth with a total of 128 points and Aliso Niguel finished fifth with a total of 117.5 points, respectively.

The Bears had six wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Joshua Mariscal placed seventh at 106 pounds, Carlos Vasquez placed third at 113 pounds and Salvador Alvarez placed fifth at 120 pounds. Carlos Durazo placed third at 160 pounds, Troy Garza placed sixth at 170 pounds and Kaleb McIntyre placed eighth at 195 pounds.

Warren will begin their league match schedule when they host Gahr at Warren on January 3. The Bears will then travel to cross-town rival Downey on January 8, will host Dominguez at Warren on January 10th and will travel to Paramount to face the Pirates on January 22nd. Downey and Paramount will once again be the teams to beat in league competition.

Warren is scheduled to wrestle in the Tournament of Champions at Cerritos College on January 5 and the La Puente Duals on January 12.

Coach Brogden, his staff and wrestlers are all looking forward to competing for a S.G.V.L. and C.I.F. championship.


DOWNEY WRESTLING: The Downey High School wrestling team has been busy this preseason getting ready for the start of their league dual match schedule, competing in the Edison Beach Bash at Edison High School in Huntington Beach on Dec. 7-8.

Downey finished in eighth place overall with a total of 115 points. The Vikings had five wrestlers finish in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Matthew Mendoza placed eighth at 113 pounds, Isaac Medina placed seventh at 126 pounds, Josh Burtle finished eighth at 138 pounds, Matthew Rauno finished fifth at 160 pounds and Nelson Cruz finished second at 220 pounds.

Rowland was the Edison Beach Bash Tournament champion with 213 points, respectively. Downey finished eighth and cross-town rival Warren finished 13th.

The Vikings also hosted the Downey 32 Way Varsity Tournament December 14th and 15th. Downey finished in ninth place overall with a total of 64 points.

Paramount finished first with a total of 116.5 points, Monache finished second with a total of 97 points, Arroyo finished third with a total of 92.5 points, Beaumont finished fourth with a total of 89 points and Millikan finished fifth with a total of 85.5 points, respectively.

Downey had one wrestler qualify for the semifinals and that was Isaac Medina at 126 pounds. Other Viking wrestlers were in the mix but did not finish in the top two (bout sheet was incomplete at press time).

New Viking head coach Kyle Acevedo, his staff and wrestlers are all looking forward to league competition. Cross-town rival Warren and Paramount will be the teams to beat in San Gabriel Valley League dual meet action.


DOWNEY BOYS SOCCER: The Downey High School boys’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 5-1-2 and will begin league play next week.

In recent competition, the Vikings defeated Los Alamitos 4-1 at Downey on December 13, defeated Alisal of Salinas (California) 1-0 at Downey on December 14, defeated El Toro 2-0 at Downey on December 15 and defeated Schurr of Montebello 2-1 at Downey on December 18.

The Vikings are scheduled to compete in the Arizona Showcase beginning tomorrow and will play Hamilton of Arizona in their tournament opener. Downey will also compete in the Flower Mound Marcus Tournament against Naaman Forest of Garland, Texas, on January 3.

The Vikings will then begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Dominguez at Downey on January 4th. Downey will then travel to Lynwood to play the Knights on January 8th and also travel to cross-town rival Warren to play the Bears on January 10th.

The Vikings will then host Gahr at Downey on January 15th and also host Paramount at Downey on January 17th. Paramount and Warren will once again be the teams to beat in league play.

Head coach Marvin Mires, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of San Gabriel Valley League play and competing for another league championship. The Vikings are the 2018 S.G.V.L. champions.

Downey is also looking forward to qualifying for and making a deeper run in the C.I.F. Division One playoffs.

Downey boys basketball off to best start since 1979

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ basketball team is currently 12-1 and off to their best start since the 1979 season.

The Vikings suffered their only loss of the season against Bellflower in the Buc Pride Tournament last week. Downey finished the tournament with a record of 3-1.

After falling to Bellflower 51-49 in their first game on December 10th, the Vikings defeated Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary 101-28 in their second game on December 11th, defeated Renaissance Academy 62-43 in their third game on December 13th and defeated Norwalk 67-46 in their fourth and final game on December 15th.

Downey traveled to Staples Center to play Cerritos (4-8) last night (score unavailable at press time) and will compete in the Rancho Mirage Holiday Classic Tournament over the Christmas Break. The Vikings are scheduled to play Thousand Oaks on December 26th and Whitney of Rocklin on December 27th. Later games in this tournament will be determined based on early tournament results.

Downey will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Pirates on January 4th. Coach Shelton, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play, competing for a league title and making a deep run in the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs. The Vikings are currently ranked second in Division 3AA.


WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 2-6 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play in early January.

In recent preseason play, the Lady Bears defeated Orange Lutheran at Orange Lutheran 43-42 on December 12.

Warren is currently competing in the Tournament of Champions being held December 19-22. The Lady Bears were defeated by Desert Ridge 44-33 on Wednesday and have other games scheduled for December 20th, 21st and 22nd against opponents to be determined based on earlier tournament results.

The Lady Bears are also scheduled to compete in the Larry Doyle Tournament December 26-29. Warren is scheduled to play Hawthorne in their first game on December 26th and other opponents will be scheduled based on other early tournament results.

Warren will begin league play when they travel to Lynwood to play the Lady Knights on January 4th, when they travel to Paramount on January 7th, when they host Gahr at Warren on January 9th and when they travel to cross-town rival Downey on January 11th.

Coach Palmer, her staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play, competing for a league title and making another run to a championship in C.I.F. Division 2AA postseason play.


WARREN BOYS SOCCER:
The Warren High School boys’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 3-5-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play in early January.

The Bears competed in the Santa Barbara Showcase Tournament December 7th and 8th where they finished with a record of 0-1-1. Warren tied San Marcos of Santa Barbara 2-2 in their first game on December 7th and were defeated by Concord De La Salle 2-0 in their second game on December 8th.

In non-tournament play, the Bears were defeated by Edison at Warren 1-0 on December 13th.

Warren also competed in the Adidas West Coast Showcase in Santa Barbara where they finished with a record of 1-2. The Bears defeated El Rancho 1-0 on December 14th at 5 p.m. and were defeated by Katella 4-0 the same day at 6 p.m. Warren was also defeated by Hamilton of Chandler, Arizona, 4-1 on December 15th.

The Bears played Katella for the second time in five days at Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time) and will begin league play when they travel to Lynwood on January 2nd. Warren is also scheduled to play Paramount at Paramount on January 4th, Gahr at Warren on January 8th, and cross-town rival Downey at Warren on January 10th.

Coach Pena, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play, competing for a league title and making a deep run in the C.I.F. Division 1 playoffs.


DOWNEY GIRLS SOCCER:
The Downey High School girls’ soccer team currently has a record of 6-3-1.

The Lady Vikings were defeated by JSerra at JSerra 5-0 on December 11th and defeated North Torrance at North Torrance 5-2 on December 13th. Downey defeated Millikan 1-1 (5-4 PK’s) on December 15th and defeated Millikan 1-0 on the same day in the Best in the West Tournament at Rio Hondo College.

The Lady Vikings defeated Arcadia at Downey 2-1 on Tuesday and will compete in the North Orange County Classic Tournament over the Christmas Break. Downey is scheduled to play La Mirada on December 27th at 11:00 a.m. and Oxnard on the same day at 4:00 p.m. The Lady Vikings will play their third game of the tournament on December 28th when they play Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at 11:00 a.m.

Downey will travel to Dominguez for their league opener against the Lady Dons on January 4th, will host Paramount at Downey on January 5th and will host Lynwood at Downey on January 8th. The Lady Vikings will then travel to cross town rival Warren for their highly-anticipated bragging rights game on January 10th.

Coach Aguiniga, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of San Gabriel Valley League play, competing for a league title and making a deep run in the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs. Warren remains the team to beat in league play.

Downey boys basketball off to hot start

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ basketball team is currently undefeated with a record of 6-0 and played Long Beach Jordan on Wednesday night in the Artesia Tournament (score unavailable at press time).


Downey defeated Huntington Beach 66-53 on Tuesday night in their first game of the same Artesia Tournament.


The Vikings finished 4-0 in the El Monte Tournament which was held November 20-23. Downey defeated Brea-Olinda 63-26 in their first game on 11/20, defeated Gardena 54-50 in their second game on 11/21, defeated Mira Costa 59-56 in their third game on 11/23 and defeated Gahr 59-47 in their fourth and final game on 11/24.


The Vikings have certainly been playing well and their record is evidence of that.


Downey will play at Staples Center against Cerritos on Dec. 20 and will compete in the Ranch Mirage Holiday Classic on Dec. 26-27. The Vikings are scheduled to play Thousand Oaks at 12:30 p.m. on 12/26 and are scheduled to play Rancho Mirage at 11:30 a.m. on 12/27.


Downey will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Pirates on Jan. 4.


The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 10-16 and were 4-6 in S.G.V.L. play. Downey did not qualify for postseason competition.

WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Warren High School girls’ basketball team currently has a record of 0-2 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to face the Lady Knights on Jan. 4.


The Lady Bears are currently competing in the Hawk Classic Tournament. Warren was defeated by the Los Alamitos Lady Griffins, 57-38, on Tuesday night and were defeated by the Sunny Hills Lady Lancers, 54-50, on Wednesday night in the same tournament.


Warren hosted Ontario last night (score unavailable at press time), will host Whittier on Dec. 10 and will travel to Orange Lutheran on Dec. 12. The Lady Bears will also be competing in a winter break tournament after Christmas.


Warren celebrated a historic season last year. The Lady Bears were crowned the C.I.F. Division 3AA champions after defeating Cabrillo of Lompoc at Warren 47-42 in the championship game. The Lady Bears were then defeated by Legacy High School, 74-73, in overtime in the first round of the 2018 C.I.F. state girls’ basketball championships.


The Lady Bears finished last season with an overall record of 20-11 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-4. Coach Palmer, her staff and players are all looking forward to preseason play and competing for a league title.


Lynwood and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.

DOWNEY GIRLS SOCCER: The Downey High School girls’ soccer team is currently 0-1 after being defeated by San Gabriel Mission, 1-0, at Downey on Dec. 1.


The Lady Vikings traveled to West Covina on Wednesday night for their game against the Lady Bulldogs (score unavailable at press time) and will host Long Beach Poly later today.


The Lady Vikings will compete in the Best in the West Tournament tomorrow where they are scheduled to play Flintridge Prep of La Canada at 9:30 a.m. and La Quinta at 12:40 p.m. Downey is also scheduled to play J Serra Catholic of San Juan Capistrano on Dec. 11 and North Torrance on Dec. 13.


The Lady Vikings will also compete in the Best in the West Tournament at Rio Hondo College on Dec. 15 against “opponents to be determined later.”


Downey will host Paramount on Jan. 2 in the San Gabriel Valley League opener for both schools. The Lady Vikings finished last season with an overall record 12-7-4 and 7-2-1 in league play. Downey was eliminated by Mayfair at Mayfair 3-0 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


Cross-town rival Warren is the 2018 league champion and will once again be the team to beat in league play.

Bosco loses defensive battle against Mater Dei

BELLFLOWER – The St. John Bosco football team saw their season come to an end at Cerritos College last Friday night as they fell to Mater Dei, 17-13, in the C.I.F. Division 1 championship game.


The Braves had defeated the Monarchs, 41-18, earlier this season in Trinity League play but could not do it again.


St. John Bosco finished their season with an overall record of 13-1 and a Trinity League record of 5-0. The Braves are the 2018 Trinity League champions but Mater Dei is the 2018 C.I.F. Division 1 champion.


The St. John Bosco/Mater Dei game was a defensive battle. The Braves jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and led by that same score as the first quarter ended. The Monarchs evened the score in the second quarter and the two teams were tied 7-7 entering their respective locker rooms at halftime.


Mater Dei took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter and the quarter ended with the Monarchs leading by that same score. As the fourth quarter was being played both defenses tightened up. Neither team allowed a fourth quarter touchdown.


The Braves kicked two field goals and the Monarchs kicked one of their own. The game ended in a 17-13 victory for Mater Dei.


Mater Dei will play again on Dec. 8 in the Open Division against a “to be determined” opponent.


There were no stats available for St. John Bosco at press time. However, the Braves averaged 276 yards passing per game, 196 yards rushing per game and scored 96 touchdowns.


St. John Bosco finished the season ranked number 3 in the Xcellent Top 25 poll, number 2 in the national poll and number 2 in the state poll, behind Mater Dei.

DOWNEY GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Downey High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 3-1 and will begin S.G.V.L. play when they travel to Paramount to play the Lady Pirates on Jan. 4.


The Lady Vikings hosted the 41st Annual Downey Varsity Classic at Downey last weekend and finished 3-1. Downey defeated Lakewood 60-51 in their first game on Nov. 19, defeated Glendale 53-24 in their second game on Nov. 21, were defeated by St. Anthony’s 64-56 in their third game on Nov. 23 and defeated Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary 56-44 on Nov. 24.


Downey is scheduled to host North Torrance at Downey later today and will compete in the Ocean View Tournament Dec. 4-8. The Lady Vikings will play St. Anthony’s again in the Dec. 4 game, will play Orangewood Academy in the Dec. 6 game and a “to be determined” opponent in the Dec. 8 game based on the results of previous games.


Downey is also scheduled to compete in the Orangewood Academy 10th Annual Spartan Classic Dec. 10-15 and the So Cal Prep Holiday Classic Dec. 26-29.


Downey finished last season with an overall record of 26-7 and a league record of 8-2. The Lady Vikings were defeated by Glendora 47-35 in the C.I.F. Division 2A championship game and qualified for the C.I.F. State Girls’ Basketball Championships where they lost to Cathedral Catholic 50-48 in the second round.


Coach Harris, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018-19 basketball season and making a run at a league and C.I.F. title.

WARREN GIRLS SOCCER: The Warren High School girls’ soccer team traveled to Lakewood on Monday night and came away with a 4-0 win. Monday’s game marked the first game of the 2018-19 season for the Lady Bears.


Warren traveled to La Palma Kennedy on Tuesday of this week for their second game in as many days and defeated the Fighting Irish, 3-1. The Lady Bears will also be hosting Saint Joseph’s of Lakewood at Warren next Tuesday, Dec. 4.


Warren will be competing in the Best in the West Tournament at Newport Harbor High School on Dec. 8 where they are scheduled to play Marina of Huntington Beach at 8 a.m. and Carter of Rialto at 2 p.m. Other preseason contests include traveling to La Serna on Dec. 11, traveling to La Mirada on Dec. 13 and traveling to Cypress on Dec. 19.


Warren will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Lynwood at Warren on Jan. 2 and when they host Paramount on Jan. 4.


The Lady Bears finished last season with an overall record of 21-3 and a league record of 10-0. The Lady Bears were the 2017-18 undefeated S.G.V.L. champions. Warren was defeated by San Luis Obispo, 2-1, at Warren in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs.


Coach Lily Dussan, her staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018-19 soccer season, defending their league title and making a deep run in C.I.F. postseason play.

WARREN BOYS SOCCER: The Warren High School boys’ soccer team is currently 1-0 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to face the Knights on Jan. 2 and to Paramount to play the Pirates on Jan. 4.


The Bears defeated Pioneer, 3-0, on Nov. 14 in their season opener.


Warren has several preseason games and tournaments scheduled. The Bears hosted Garey on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to Lakewood to face the Lancers later today. The Bears are also scheduled to host La Mirada on Dec. 6.


Warren is scheduled to compete in the Santa Barbara Showcase on Dec. 8 against De La Salle of Concord and will also be competing in the Adidas West Coast Showcase on Dec. 14-15 against El Rancho of Pico Rivera and Hamilton of Chandler, Arizona, respectively.


The Bears finished last season with an overall record of 15-10-5 and a league record of 6-2-2. Warren finished behind eventual league champion, Downey (7-1-2).


In postseason play, the Bears defeated Harvard-Westlake 1-0 in their first-round game to advance and then defeated Servite 2-1 in overtime in their second-round game to advance to the quarterfinals. Warren was then defeated by San Clemente 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 1 playoffs.


Coach Miguel Pena, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018-19 soccer season, competing for a league title and making another deep run in postseason play.

Gene Cajigas named Player of the Game for his 17 points, six assists

DOWNEY — The Downey High School boys’ basketball team kicked off their 2018-19 season last Friday night with a 58-48 win against Marina.


Downey took an early lead and led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Downey Vikings extended their lead in the second quarter by outscoring Marina’s Vikings 20-13. Downey led 34-20 going into the locker room at halftime.


Marina’s Vikings outscored Downey 12-10 in the third quarter and again 16-14 in the fourth quarter. The Downey’s Vikings lead proved too big to overcome and defeated Marina’s Vikings 58-48.


Downey was led by senior point guard Gene Cajigas. Cajigas was selected player of the game for his 17-point, six assist and three rebound performance.


Senior Omar Makhlouf also had an impressive game with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists and junior Armando Ramirez contributed with nine points and five rebounds.


Senior Brandon Garcia added eight points and four rebounds, junior Alec Lucatero had four points, three rebounds and one assist, and senior Tramaine Willis had two points, one rebound and one assist.


Downey is scheduled to play Huntington Beach on December 4th and Long Beach Jordan on December 5th in the Artesia Winter Classic. Downey is also scheduled to play Cerritos at the Staples Center on December 20th. The Vikings will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Pirates on January 4th.

Downey finished last season with an overall record of 10-16 and a league record of 4-6.

WARREN BOYS BASKETBALL: The Warren High School basketball team kicked off their 2018-19 season on November 13th with a loss to Beckma, 59-46, in the Rumble for Rosecrans Tournament.


The Bears quickly rebounded and won their next four tournament games and finished the tournament winning four of the five games they played.


Warren defeated El Segundo on November 14, 48-34, then defeated Paramount, 57-45, on November 15th, then defeated King of Riverside, 47-43, on November 16th and finally defeated California High, 60-47, on November 17th.


The Bears are also scheduled to compete in the Orangewood Academy Tournament after the Thanksgiving Break, December 4-8. Warren will play Arroyo of El Monte on December 4th, Orangewood Academy on December 5th, Gardena on December 6th and Costa Mesa on December 8th. The Bears will also host the California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS) on December 19th at Warren.


Warren is also scheduled to play in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic Tournament over the Christmas Break, December 26-29. The Bears’ opponents will be determined based on the results of each game played.


Warren will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to face the Knights on January 4th. The Bears finished last season with an overall record of 15-11 and a league record of 6-4.


DOWNEY SOCCER: The Downey High School boys’ and girls’ soccer seasons are getting underway. The fall sports seasons have concluded and the transition to the winter sports seasons are upon us.


The Downey boys’ soccer team will begin preseason play next Wednesday when they host Mission Viejo at Downey at 6:00 p.m.


The Vikings are scheduled to travel to Capistrano Valley on November 30th, scheduled to travel to Loyola on December 4th and scheduled to travel to Edison on December 7th. The Vikings will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the always tough Pirates on December 21st.


The Vikings finished last season as S.G.V.L. champions with an overall record of 15-8-4 and a league record of 7-1-2. Downey was defeated by Loyola of Los Angeles 2-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Division 1 playoffs.


The Downey High School girls’ soccer season will get underway when the Lady Vikings host San Gabriel Mission at Downey next Saturday, Dec. 1.


The Lady Vikings are scheduled to play West Covina at West Covina on December 5th, scheduled to host Long Beach Poly at Downey on December 7th and are scheduled to play two games on December 8th at Downey against Flintridge Prep of La Canada at 9:30 a.m. and against La Quinta at 12:40 p.m., respectively. Downey will begin league play when they host the Paramount Lady Pirates at Downey on January 2nd.


The Lady Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 12-7-4 and were 7-2-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play. Downey was eliminated by Mayfair in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


WARREN GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: Warren High School’s girls cross country out performed end-of-season CIF (Top 16) ranked San Clemente, Dana Hills and Beckman at CIF Division 1 Finals.

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The Bears were one of the most improved teams, gaining on five schools from last week’s Prelims, finishing 14th overall, and running (1:03) faster than the week before.


Improving most and making a substantial difference for Warren was Skye Gutierrez (19:24). She ran an all-time personal best and filled a void, keeping the Bears’ 5th scoring position close. She alone made the largest swing of points in Warren’s favor.


Top times went to Nadine Gomez (18:07) and Alicia Liera (18:28). Alicia improved by (:21) and ran a course-best personal record. Doing the same was Valeria Guerra (19:01). Arianna Cervantes (19:13) rounded out Warren’s top 5.


Warren’s team time (total 1:34:14, per runner average 18:50) is their second fastest on this course since its inception in 2015. They ran almost a full minute faster than last year.


WARREN BOYS CROSS COUNTRY:
The Warren High School boys’ cross country team saw their season conclude last Saturday morning at the C.I.F. Division 1 Final in Riverside.


The boys’ Division 1 Final was run at 7:45 a.m. and the Bears finished in 20th place overall with a team score of 446. In cross country, the lowest score wins based on the order of finish of the top five runners from each school.


Great Oak took first place with 53 points, Dana Hills took second place with 96 points, West Ranch took third place with 135 points, Long Beach Poly took fourth place with 165 points and Crescenta Valley took fifth place with 183 points to round out the top five finishers, respectively.


Warren senior Antonio Munoz was the first Bear to finish in a time of 15:21.8. Munoz finished 48th overall. Junior Owen Franco was the second Bear to finish in a time of 15:43.4. Franco finished 86th overall. Junior Fabian Gomez was the third Bear to finish in a time of 15:59.5. Gomez finished 116th overall. Senior Alex Guardado was the fourth Bear to finish in a time of 15:59.6. Guardado finished 117th overall. Junior Gerardo Rubio was the fifth Bear to finish in a time of 16:04.6. Rubio finished 125th overall.

Seniors Andres Serna and Alfredo Santa were the sixth and seventh Bears to finish. Serna finished 152nd overall in a time of 16:16.8 and Santana finished 170th overall in a time of 16:36.7.

Sign up for Little League baseball this Saturday

DOWNEY — Northwest Downey Little League will be holding sign-ups this Saturday for its spring baseball season.

Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Furman Park meeting room.

All children and all levels of ability are welcome. There are six divisions for kids ages 4-13, and a Challenger Division for special needs players ages 6-17.

Registration is $100 for the first child (ages 4-7), $140 (ages 8-12), and $140 (ages 13-18), with discounts for multiple children. Each family will pay a $50 snack shack deposit.

Participation in the Challenger Division is free.

All players are required to participate in one league fundraiser or pay a fee to opt out. A late registration fee of $25 per player will be added for registration after Dec. 1.

Tryouts will be held Dec. 8 and Opening Day is Feb. 23 at Furman Park.

For more information, including a NWDLL boundary map, visit nwdllbaseball.com, email nwdowney@gmail.com or call Roger Alfaro at (562) 417-2042.