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.

Warren High places first at cross-country finals

DOWNEY – The San Gabriel Valley League girls’ cross-country finals were Oct. 31 at La Mirada Regional Park. All six league schools fielded teams and competed for the league’s fastest times.

League favorite Warren placed first with a score of 26, Downey placed second with a score of 54, Paramount placed third with a score of 61, Gahr placed fourth with a score of 93, Dominguez placed fifth with a score of 160 and Lynwood placed sixth with a score of 165.

The lowest score in cross country running wins based on the five fastest runners from each school.

The Bears’ Nadine Gomez (11) finished 1st overall with a time of 18:27.4, Alicia Liera (11) finished 4th overall with a time of 19:23.3, Arianna Cervantes (12) finished 5th overall with a time of 19:47.8, Valeria Guerra (12) finished 7th overall with a time of 20:05.2 and Bryanna Garcia (12) finished 9th overall with a time of 20:38.8.

The Vikings’ Laura Velasco (12) finished 3rd overall with a time of 18:55.3, Alyssa Tapanes (9) finished 6th overall with a time of 20:04.3, Mia Neuman finished 11th overall with a time of 21:03.1, Emma Vitela (9) finished 15th overall with a time of 22:14.1 and Julianna Cuevas (10) finished 19th overall with a time of 22:35.1.

The boys enjoyed equal success at the same competition.

League favorite Warren placed first with a score of 27, Paramount placed second with a score of 51, Downey placed third with a score of 78, Gahr placed fourth with a score of 81, Dominguez placed fifth with a score of 152 and Lynwood placed sixth with a score of 178. The lowest score in cross country running wins based on the five fastest runners from each school.

Warren finished in an average team time of 16:30. The Bears’ Fabian Gomez (11) finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:08.1, Owen Franco (11) finished 4th overall with a time of 16:26.1, Antonio Munoz (12) finished 5th overall with a time of 16:28.2, Gerardo Rubio (12) finished 7th overall with a time of 16:39.2 and Andres Serna (12) finished 9th overall with a time of 16:52.8.

Downey finished in an average team time of 17:24. The Vikings’ Matthew Enriquez (12) finished 12th overall with a time of 17:06.4, Jesse Sanson (12) finished 15th overall with a time of 17:28.1, Cyrus Gutierrez finished 16th overall with a time of 17:28.5, Jacob Guerrero (12) finished 17th overall with a time of 17:28.7 and Gustavo Garibay (12) finished 18th overall with a time of 17:29.4.


DOWNEY FOOTBALL:
The Downey High School football team improved to 6-5 on the season with a 44-14 first round playoff win at La Mirada last Friday night. The Vikings scored early and often in their route of the Matadores.

Downey jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and added 21 more points in the second quarter to take a 38-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Vikings were outscored 7-6 in the third quarter and 7-0 in the fourth quarter. The damage had been done however and Downey cruised to the 44-14 win.

Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 12/18 pass attempts for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The Viking ground game was led by Malcom Perry’s 14 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Alex Cortez’s ten carries for 73 yards and one touchdown and Antonio Ruiz’s four carries for 34 yards.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Noah Skobis’ three receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns, Kevin Caldwell’s three receptions for 56 yards, Dillon Laurer’s three catches for 23 yards and Brenden Hodge’s one reception for 78 yards and one touchdown.

The Viking defense was led by Vincent Willis’ eight solo and three assisted tackles, Isaiah Burton’s five solo and six assisted tackles, Anthony Lopez’s two solo and seven assisted tackles, Justin Cardenas’ four solo and four assisted tackles and Lawrence Joseph’s five solo and two assisted tackles.

Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to their C.I.F Division 3 quarterfinal game against Citrus Hill of Perris at Downey tonight. Citrus Hill is currently 11-0 and were the Mountain Pass League champions.

The Hawks defeated Damien of La Verne in their first-round game last Friday night at Citrus Hill 52-21.


WARREN FOOTBALL:
The Warren High School football team defeated Crescenta Valley at Warren last Friday night, 52-47, in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 7 playoffs.

With the win, the Bears improved to 8-3 on the season and will now play Northview in the second round. Northview defeated Santa Ynez 43-7 in their first-round game at Covina District Field last Friday night.

In the Warren/Crescenta Valley game the Falcons took an early 21-7 lead. The Bears stormed back in the second quarter and outscored Crescenta Valley 24-14. The Bears still trailed 35-31 heading into the locker room at halftime.

Warren outscored the Falcons 21-6 in the third quarter and led 52 41 after three quarters of play. Crescenta Valley outscored the Bears 6-0 in the fourth quarter but Warren had sealed the win and came away with the hard fought, 52-47 win.

Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 15/21 pass attempts for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Venegas also carried the ball four times for 67 yards with one touchdown and finished the game with a quarterback rating of 153.3.

Warren’s rushing attack was led by Eimajah Hunter’s nine carries for 60 yards and one touchdown, Arvionte Sheffield’s 12 carries for 46 yards and Damarryea Armstrong’s two carries for 53 yards. The Bear receiving corps were led by Desmond Carnes’ four receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns, Keison Evans’ five receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown and Jabari Hughes’ three receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown.

The Bear defense was led by Damarryea Armstrong’s 12 solo and two assisted tackles, Jason Perez’s nine solo and four assisted tackles, Darin Marquez’s four solo and four assisted tackles and Kevin Arias’ two solo and six assisted tackles.

Downey, Warren, Calvary Chapel all qualify for postseason play

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team defeated Gahr at Downey last Thursday night in their league and regular season finale, 42-27.


With the win the Vikings improved to 5-5 on the season and 3-2 in league play. The win knocked Gahr out of postseason contention.


Downey will travel to La Mirada later today to face the Matadores in their first-round playoff matchup. La Mirada finished their season with an overall record of 2-8 but were 2-1 in Suburban League play and qualified as the number two entry from the Suburban League, behind Mayfair (8-2, 4-0).


In the Downey/Gahr game the score was tied after the first quarter of play 7-7. Downey scored 14 points in the second quarter and took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.


The teams scored a touchdown and converted the extra point each in the third quarter and Downey held on to that 14-point lead at 28-14. The Vikings outscored Gahr 14-13 in the fourth quarter and took the 42-27 decision.


Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 8/11 pass attempts for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Foots finished the game with an impressive quarterback rating of 154.4.


The Viking ground game was led by Malcom Perry’s 18 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns, Alex Cortez’s 10 carries for 82 yards, Danny Ruiz’s four carries for 17 yards and one touchdown and Antonio Ruiz’s five carries for 36 yards. Downey accumulated 266 yards rushing the football.


The Viking receiving corps were led by Brenden Hodge’s two catches for 61 yards and one touchdown, Xander Orozco’s two receptions for 41 yards, Kevin Caldwell’s one catch for 72 yards and one touchdown and Alex Cortez’s one catch for 28 yards and a touchdown.


The Viking defense was led by Anthony Lopez’s five solo and five assisted tackles, Vincent Willis’ five solo and three assisted tackles, Daniel Mena’s four solo and four assisted tackles and Danny Ruiz’s five solo and two assisted tackles.


Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to making a run in the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team finished their league and regular season schedule last Thursday night against Dominguez with a convincing, 49-18 win.


With the win, the Bears improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in league play. With the loss the Dons fell to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.


The Bears finished second in San Gabriel Valley League play behind league champion Paramount.


Warren will host Crescenta Valley later today in their first-round matchup. Crescenta Valley finished their regular season with an overall record of 8-2 and a Pacific League record of 5-2. Crescenta Valley is the number three league entry from the Pacific League.


In the Warren/Dominguez game the Bears trailed early and were down 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Warren came to life in the second quarter and outscored the Dons 14-0. The Bears took that 21-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.


The Bears picked up in the third quarter where they left off in the second quarter by scoring another 21 points. Warren led 42-18 after three quarters of play. The Bears tacked on a fourth quarter touchdown and came away with the 49-18 win.


Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 9/13 pass attempts for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Venegas also carried the ball seven times for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Venegas finished the game with an impressive quarterback rating of 127.6.


The Bears ground game was led by Arvionte Sheffield’s 12 carries for 155 yards and three touchdowns, Carlos Pena’s 10 carries for 31 yards and Eimajah Hunter’s five carries for 31 yards.


The Bear receiving corps were led by Keison Evans’ two catches for 38 yards and one touchdown, Robbie Colenzo’s two catches for 15 yards and Eimajah Hunter’s two catches for 15 yards. There were no defensive statistics available at press time.


Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to making a run in the C.I.F. Division 7 postseason playoffs.

CALVARY CHAPEL FOOTBALL: The Downey Calvary Chapel football team finished their season with an overall record of 6-2 and a third-place finish in the Express League (2-1).


The Grizzlies were defeated by Sage Hill of Newport Beach, 28-12, last Saturday night in their league and regular season finale. For their efforts, the Grizzlies qualified for postseason play.


The Grizzlies will travel to Windward High School of Los Angeles later today for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff. The Windward Wildcats finished their season with an overall record of 6-4 and a league record of 2-1. The winner of the DCC/Windward game will play the winner of the Cate/Desert Christian game in the second round of the Division 1 eight-man playoffs.


In the DCC/Sage Hill game the Lightning scored two first quarter touchdowns and led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. DCC answered back with a touchdown in the second quarter but still trailed 14-6 going into the locker room at halftime.


The Grizzlies added another touchdown in the quarter and cut the Sage Hill lead to 14-12 as the third quarter concluded. Sage Hill came back with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and came away with the hard fought, 28-12 win.


Coach Mike Nuno, his staff and players are all looking forward to C.I.F. postseason play and making a run in their bracket.

UNIFIED CHEER: Downey Unified’s Warren High School debuted their Unified Cheer team during the WHS vs. DHS rivalry football game Friday night Oct. 19. Warren High School has partnered with Special Olympics Southern California to implement inclusive programs that blends individuals with disabilities and individuals without disabilities on teams, clubs and school activities. This program promotes the Inclusion Revolution which provides equal opportunity and access for all students.


Last school year, Warren received state recognition by being selected as a Unified Champion School. This school year, Warren has been recognized on a larger scale by being awarded national recognition by being named on ESPN’S Honor Roll as one of the top five schools in the country for their inclusive programs.


The Unified Cheer team is the first sports team at Warren High to make their debut. Warren has also established a Unified Basketball team and will have a Unified Track team this coming spring. All three teams are under the supervision of Warren’s Athletics Department.


As a Unified Champion School, Warren has made a commitment to the Special Olympics Global Inclusion Movement to use sports, health, education, and leadership programs each and every day to end discrimination against intellectual disabilities and empower those with intellectual disabilities.


Warren will continue to educate their community by hosting on-campus events to create a campus-wide culture of respect, sensitivity, empathy, equality and inclusion.


2018-2019 Inclusion Revolution events:

November 8, 2018: Debut of Unified Basketball team during an exhibition game.

February 12, 2019: ESPN Top 5 Honor Roll Rally and Ceremony

February/March 2019: 2nd annual Abilities Awareness week: A weeklong event with daily lunch activities that highlight and educate students on various disabilities, as well as provide students and staff with an opportunity to “walk a day in the shoes” of students with disabilities ( i.e. autism, learning disabilities, hearing impairments, speech impairments, visual impairments, intellectual disabilities).

Goal: to increase mindfulness and create a culture of acceptance, tolerance, compassion, equality and inclusion.

March 6, 2019: R-word Campaign: A one day campaign to encourage students, teachers, and staff to take the pledge to never use the R-word (retard) again, as well as raise awareness and educate those on the hurtfulness of the R-word.

March/April 2019: Annual Kickball Game: Warren will establish a Unified Kickball team to play against crosstown rivals Downey High School.

April/May: Special Olympics event on May 11-12.

*Track and Field (dates to be determined)

Downey beats Gahr to share volleyball league title

DOWNEY – The Downey High School girls’ volleyball team is the 2018 San Gabriel Valley League co-champion with Gahr after defeating Gahr, 3-2, in their league finale.


Both teams finished league play with records of 9-1 but Downey earned the number one league entry due to their second round of league play win against Gahr.


Downey defeated Crescenta Villa 3-0 at Downey on October 18th in the first round and defeated Villa Park at Villa Park 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 26-24 and 26-24) in their second round game on Monday. The Lady Vikings hosted Xavier Prep of Palm Desert at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday for their quarterfinal round game (score unavailable at press time).


Xavier Prep (28-7, 10-0) defeated Valley Christian 3-1 on October 18th at Xavier Prep, defeated Elsinore 3-0 (25-13, 25-23 and 25-14) on October 20th and played the Lady Vikings on Wednesday night. Xavier Prep is the Desert Empire League champion.


The winner of the Downey/Xavier Prep game will play the winner of the Quartz Hill/San Marino game in the semifinal round.


Things are certainly heating up in postseason play. Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to advancing to the next round.


The Downey boys’ volleyball team won C.I.F. last season and the girls are looking to do the same this season.


WARREN GIRLS TENNIS: The Warren High School girls’ tennis team is the 2018 San Gabriel Valley League champion.


The Bears finished their regular season schedule with an overall record of 14-2 were an undefeated 12-0 in league play. Warren is currently hosting league finals.


The singles tournament was played on Tuesday, the doubles tournament was played on Wednesday and the S.G.V.L. Finals individual tournament was played on Thursday (results unavailable at press time).


Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league finals on a strong note and making a deep run in C.I.F. postseason play. Brackets will be revealed this weekend as to when and where matches will be played.


Warren has earned a first round home match and will find out Sunday who they will host.


WARREN UNIFIED CHEER: Warren High School’s Unified Cheer Team performed at the Downey/Warren football game last Friday night at Downey.

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Warren High School Athletic Director Samantha Miyahara said, “15 special needs students cheered alongside our general education students.”


Miyahara continued by saying, “so many families have expressed that they never thought their son or daughter would have the opportunity to participate in anything and it was truly inspiring.” Miyahara concluded by saying, “on Friday night we were able to bring what seemed like an impossibility to actuality.”


Samantha Miyahara thanked Warren staff members Letty Anaya, Liz Dolmos, Rachel Palmer, Amanda Peck and Aaron Tidwell for making this special event possible.


DOWNEY FOOTBALL: The Downey High School football team hosted cross-town rival Warren last Friday night at Downey and were defeated, 48-28.


With the loss the Vikings fell to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in S.G.V.L. play. With the win the Bears improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.


Downey hosted Gahr yesterday and Warren hosted Dominguez as well. Downey needs to beat Gahr to earn a playoff spot and Warren has already clinched a postseason playoff spot with their win at Downey.


WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team traveled to cross-town rival Downey last Friday night and came away with a 48-28 win, clinching a postseason berth.


The win at Downey also marked the first time Warren has defeated Downey at Downey since 1998, some 20 years and nine games. The Bears have also earned city bragging rights in football until next season.


In the Warren/Downey game the Vikings jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead but Warren answered right back and took a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bears added 12 more points in the second quarter and took that 26-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.


The Bears outscored Downey 8-7 in the third quarter and led 34-14 entering the fourth quarter. Each team scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and Warren came away with the 48-28 win.


Bear quarterback Chris Venegas passed for 249 yards and five touchdowns. For his efforts Venegas was recognized on the popular sports show “Roggin’s Heroes.” The Bear receiving corps were led by Desmond Carnes’ 29-yard touchdown catch and Keison Evans’ two touchdown catches of 7 and 24 yards, respectively. Other Warren passing, rushing, receiving and defensive stats were unavailable at press time.


Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play strong by beating Dominguez and making a deep run in the C.I.F. Division 7 playoffs.

Paramount earns postseason berth over Warren

DOWNEY – The Warren High School girls’ volleyball team finished their season with an overall record of 7-8 and a S.G.V.L. record of 5-5.


The Lady Bears finished league play tied for third with Paramount but Paramount received the third San Gabriel Valley League entry to the C.I.F Division 5 playoffs due to their second round, five-set win against Warren on Sept. 27.


Cross-town rival Downey and Gahr shared this year’s San Gabriel Valley League title at 9-1 but Downey earned the number one league entry with their second round, five-set win against Gahr – 19-25, 26-24, 25-13, 22-25, 15-13 – on Oct. 9.


Lynwood finished fifth in league play with a record of 2-8 and Dominguez finished sixth in league play with a record of 0-10.


Coach Lane, his staff and underclassmen will now start to get ready for next season.

WARREN HIGH BOYS WATER POLO: The Warren High School boys’ water polo team currently has an overall record of 6-11 and are 2-1 in S.G.V.L. play.


The Bears were defeated by cross-town rival Downey on Tuesday, 10-7. This game was for the league championship as the two best teams in league play went toe to toe for city bragging rights.


Downey will conclude its regular season next Tuesday against Gahr and Warren will conclude its regular season next Tuesday when it hosts La Mirada.


Downey has qualified for postseason play and Warren may earn a wildcard game.

DOWNEY BOYS WATER POLO: The Vikings improved to 7-9 overall and 3-0 in S.G.V.L. play with their victory over Warren.


Downey has seemingly clinched the inside track to the league title with the win against Warren on Tuesday night. The Vikings are scheduled to play at Gahr next Tuesday in their league finale and need to win that game to formalize their league championship.


Viking seniors Jakob Martinez and Nathan Lopez and junior David Tonne have led the way for Downey this season.


The Vikings competed in the Nogales Tournament last Saturday and were defeated by Etiwanda 10-6. Downey played Pioneer yesterday at Pioneer (score unavailable at press time) and will compete in the Riverside Poly Tournament later today and tomorrow.


The Vikings are scheduled to play J.W. North later today at 3 p.m., Arlington tomorrow at 12 p.m. and Valley View tomorrow at 2 p.m.


The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 10-20 and were defeated by Foothill Tech 10-6 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 6 playoffs.

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team defeated Gahr at Warren last Friday night and Saturday afternoon, 46-14.


The game was postponed Friday night due to weather with Warren leading 12-0. The game resumed Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. and Warren pulled away with their impressive win.


With the win, the Bears improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in S.G.V.L. play.


The Bears scored early and often, leading 12-0 at the end of the first quarter and taking an 18-0 lead into halftime.


The Bears picked up in the second half where they left off in the first, outscoring Gahr, 21-14, in the third quarter to take a 39-14 lead after three quarters of play. The Bears tacked on a fourth quarter touchdown and won 46-14.


Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 13/21 pass attempts for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Venegas also carried the ball eight times for 54 yards and finished the game with a quarterback rating of 135.1.


The Bears accumulated 519 of total yards on offense, including 308 on the ground.


The Bear rushing attack was led by Damarryea Armstrong’s five carries for 60 yards and one touchdown, Arvionte Sheffield’s seven carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns and Eimajah Hunter’s five carries for 42 yards and one touchdown.


The Bear receiving corps were led by Jabari Hughes Jr.’s six catches for 100 yards, Desmond Carnes’ four catches for 64 yards and one touchdown and Stephen N. Austin’s two catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns.


The Bear defense was led by Damond Callahan’s four solo and eight assisted tackles and Jonathan McDaniel’s one solo and five assisted tackles.


Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to the cross-town city rivalry game against Downey tonight. The Vikings are currently 4-4 overall and are also 2-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play.

DOWNEY FOOTBALL: The Downey High School football team traveled to Lynwood last Friday night and defeated Lynwood, 28-0, in a rain-shortened game.


With the win the Vikings improved to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in S.G.V.L. play.


The Downey/Lynwood game was called in the second quarter last Friday night due to inclement weather. Downey led 28-0 and officials determined there was no point in continuing the game.


Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed his only pass of the game for 13 yards. Foots finished 1/1 passing with a quarterback rating of 137.5.


The Viking ground attack was led by Malcom Perry’s two carries for 21 yards, Noah Skobis’ two carries for 55 yards and one touchdown and Jaden Allen’s one carry for 48 yards and one touchdown. The Viking receiving corps were led by Aidan Duenas’s one catch for 13 yards.


Downey’s Danny Ruiz and Malachi Rice also contributed with one touchdown each. Ruiz returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and Rice returned a punt 30 yards for a touchdown. Viking kicker Austin Calvillo also contributed with four PAT’s.


The Viking defense was led by Justin Cardenas’ one solo and four assisted tackles and Anthony Lopez’s one solo and four assisted tackles.


Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to hosting the Bears (5-3, 2-1) later today in their annual city showdown. According to Maxpreps.com, Downey is ranked 210th in California and Warren is ranked 207th.

Warren Football pulls off upset against La Serna

DOWNEY - The Warren High School football team stunned a previously unbeaten La Serna team in Whittier last Friday night 47-46. With the win the Bears improved to 3-2 on the season and with the loss the Lancers fell to 5-1. Warren will travel to Lynwood later tonight for their San Gabriel Valley League opener against the Knights.

In the Warren/La Serna game the Bears jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter. The Lancers answered right back in the second quarter and outscored the Bears 18-6. The score was 26-25 going into the locker rooms at halftime. Warren bounced back in the third quarter and outscored La Serna 21-15 to take a 47-40 lead into the fourth quarter. La Serna outscored the Bears 6-0 in the fourth quarter but the Bears held on for the 47-46, nail-biting victory.

Warren quarterback Chris Venegas completed 13/24 pass attempts for 315 yards. Venegas had four touchdown passes with one interception and a quarterback rating of 121.5. Venegas also had 6 carries for 127 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Arvionte Sheffield also helped the Bear ground game with four carries for 38 yards. The Warren receiving corps were led by Desmond Carnes’ six catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns, Xavier Osbey’s one catch for 54 yards and one touchdown and Robbie Colenzo’s five catches for 39 yards and one touchdown.

Warren’s defense was led by Damarryea Armstrong’s 11 solo and six assisted tackles, Kevin Arias’ two solo and eight assisted tackles, Carlos Parra’s seven solo and one assisted tackle, Stephen N. Austin’s 4 solo and four assisted tackles and Alex Valenzuela’s two solo and six assisted tackles. Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of S.G.V.L. play tonight on the road against Lynwood.

DOWNEY FOOTBALL - The Downey High School football team observed their bye-week this past week. The Vikings were able to rest some key players and get hurt or injured players healthy for the start of league play. Downey finished their preseason schedule with a record of 2-3 and will travel to Paramount (1-4) later today to play the Pirates. Paramount is the defending 2017 San Gabriel Valley League champion.

Downey was defeated by Santa Margarita at Trabuco Hills 59-21 on August 16th, defeated Hart at Downey 33-21 on August 24th and was defeated by Kapolei of Hawai’i 23-14 on August 31st. The Vikings defeated San Pedro at San Pedro 52-21 on September 7th and were defeated by Alemany at Alemany 20-14 on September 14th.

The last two preseason games Viking starting quarterback Kijjon Foots did not play due to injury. It appears as though Foots is rested and now healthy for the game against Paramount tonight. This will give the Vikings a huge lift.

Downey will travel to Paramount later today, will host Dominguez (2-3) at Downey next Friday, and will travel to face Lynwood (0-3-1) on October 12th. Downey will host cross-town rival Warren (3-2) on October 9th and will conclude their regular season schedule when they host Gahr (1-4) at Downey on October 25th.

Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play, competing for a S.G.V.L. title and making a deep run in the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY - The Downey High School girls’ cross country team placed second at the first S.G.V.L. cluster meet held at La Mirada Regional Park on September 18th. Warren finished first, Downey took second and Paramount claimed third. Gahr, Lynwood and Dominguez placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Downey’s Laura Velasco finished first overall with a time of 18:33.9, Alyssa Tapanes finished 5th overall with a time of 19:59.6, Camila Aguilar finished 9th overall with a time of 20:39.0, Emma Vitela finished 10th overall with a time of 20:52.5, Mia Neuman finished 11th overall with a time of 20:54.7, Juliana Cuevas finished 17th overall with a time of 22:25.5 and Magdalena Quinones finished 20th overall in a time of 22:48.6.

Warren defeated cross-town rival Downey 22-33 (lowest score wins) in the first of three scheduled S.G.V.L. cluster meets. Only the times of the five fastest finishers count towards the team time. Warren’s team time was 1:39.30 and Downey’s team time was 1:40.59. Warren had six of the 14 fastest league times ran that day at La Mirada Regional Park. Downey’s Coach Gleason, his staff and runners are all looking forward to the second cluster meet.

Warren’s Nadine Gomez finished 2nd overall with a time of 19:23.8, Natalie Esparza finished 3rd overall with a time of 19:44.2, Valeria Guerra finished 4th overall with a time of 19:46.7, Karen Chavez finished 6th overall in a time of 20:02.1, Brianna Cruz finished 8th overall with a time of 20:33.3 and Skye Gutierrez finished 14th overall with a time of 21:28.9. Warren’s Coach Waldron, his staff and runners are all looking forward to the second cluster meet.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY - The Warren High School boys’ cross country team won the first S.G.V.L. cluster meet held at La Mirada Regional Park on September 18th. Warren finished first, Paramount took second and Downey claimed third. Gahr, Lynwood and Dominguez placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Warren’s Fabian Gomez finished second overall in a time of 15:55.2, Antonio Munoz finished 3rd overall in a time of 16:13.6, Owen Franco finished 5th overall in a time of 16:35.2, Fausto Ramos finished 7th overall in a time of 16:40.2, Alfredo Santana finished 8th overall in a time of 16:41.9 and Andres Serna finished 9th overall in a time of 16:49.0.

Warren defeated cross-town rival Downey 15-45 (lowest score wins) in the first of three scheduled S.G.V.L. cluster meets. Only the times of the five fastest times count towards the team time. Warren’s team time was 1:22:06.10 and Downey’s team time was 1:26:41.61. Warren had six of the nine fastest league times ran that day at La Mirada Regional Park. Coach Miranda, his staff and runners are all looking forward to the second cluster meet.

Downey’s Cyrus Gutierrez finished 10th overall in a time of 15:51.0, Matthew Enriquez finished 12th overall in a time of 16:52.2, Gustavo Garibay finished 14th overall in a time 17:20.9, Jesse Sanson finished 16th overall in a time of 17:31.8, Emiliano Jacobo finished 21st overall in a time 18:05.7, Brandon Murillo finished 22nd overall in a time of 18:12.6 and Aiden Christianson finished 23rd overall in a time of 18:27.9. Coach Gleason, his staff and runners are all looking forward to closing the gap when the two rivals meet again for the second cluster meet.

Bears prepare for showdown against undefeated La Serna

DOWNEY – The Warren High School football team was defeated by Mayfair, 35-34, last Friday night, dropping the Bears to 2-2 on the season.


The Bears will travel to La Serna later today to face an undefeated Lancer team (5-0).


In the Warren/Mayfair game, the Monsoons led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Bears outscored Mayfair, 14-7, in the second quarter and took a 14-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.


Both teams scored a touchdown and extra point in the third quarter and the Bears held a 21-20 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Monsoons outscored the Bears 15-13 in the fourth quarter and took the hard fought, 35-34 win.


Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 17/22 pass attempts for 275 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Venegas had a quarterback rating of 139.2.


The Bears’ ground game was led by Arvionte Sheffield’s eight carries for 39 yards and Demarryea Armstrong’s five carries for 25 yards.


Warren’s receiving corps were led by Desmond Carnes’ five catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns, Robbie Colenzo’s five catches for 92 yards and Jabari Hughes’ two catches for 48 yards and one touchdown.


The Bear defense was led by Brandon Gallegos’ eight solo and four assisted tackles, Stephen N. Austin’s four solo and five assisted tackles, Demarryea Armstrong’s three solo and four assisted tackles, Alex Valenzuela’s three solo and three assisted tackles and Jonathan McDaniel Jr.’s three solo and three assisted tackles.

WARREN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: The Warren High School girls’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 4-5 and are 2-2 in San Gabriel Valley League play.


The Lady Bears defeated Lynwood at Warren 3-0 on Sept. 6, defeated Paramount at Paramount 3-2 on Sept. 11, were defeated by Gahr at Warren 3-1 on Sept. 13 and were defeated by Downey at Warren 3-0 on Sept. 18.


The Lady Bears hosted Dominguez yesterday at Warren in the last game of the first round of league play (score unavailable at press time). Warren is scheduled to play Lynwood at Lynwood on Sept. 25, Paramount at Warren on Sept. 27, Gahr at Gahr on Oct. 2, Downey at Warren on Oct. 4 and will conclude league play when they travel to Dominguez to face the Lady Dons on Oct. 9.


Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to the second round of league play and qualifying for postseason play. Warren finished last season with an overall record of 9-7 and a S.G.V.L. record of 6-4. Warren finished league play in third place behind eventual league champion Downey (10-0) and league runner-up Gahr (7-3), respectively.


Warren was then defeated by Mayfair at Mayfair 3-0 (25-16, 25-13 and 25-16) in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs.

DOWNEY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: The Downey High School girls’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 9-7 and are 4-0 in San Gabriel Valley League play.


Downey defeated Paramount at Paramount 3-1 on Sept. 6, defeated Dominguez at Downey 3-0 on September 11th, defeated Lynwood at Downey 3-0 on Sept. 13 and defeated Warren at Downey 3-0 on Sept. 18. Downey hosted Gahr at Downey yesterday (score unavailable) in the last game of the first round of league play.


The Lady Vikings competed in the Whittier Tournament on Sept. 7-8 where they finished with a record of 3-2. Downey defeated Cal 2-0 on Sept. 7, were defeated by St. Paul 2-0 on Sept. 7, were defeated by San Marino 2-0 on Sept. 8, defeated Bishop Amat 2-0 on Sept. 8 and defeated La Habra 2-1 on Sept. 8.


Downey will compete in the second round of league play when they host Paramount at Downey on Sept. 25, when they travel to Dominguez on Sept. 27, when they host Lynwood at Downey on Oct. 2, when they travel to cross-town rival Warren on Oct. 4 and will conclude league play when they travel to Gahr to play the Lady Gladiators on Oct. 9.


Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to the second round of league play and qualifying for postseason play. Downey finished last season with an overall record of 18-10 and were 10-0 in league play. Downey is the 2017 defending S.G.V.L. champion.


The Lady Vikings were defeated by El Segundo at Downey 3-1 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs.

DOWNEY FOOTBALL: The Downey High School football team was defeated by Alemany last Friday night, 20-14.


With the loss the Vikings fell to 2-3 on the season. The loss marked the end of Downey’s preseason schedule.


This week Downey will observe their bye-week and get ready to travel to Paramount next week in their S.G.V.L. opener. The Pirates are currently 1-3 and will travel to Venice High School later today.


In the Downey/Alemany game, the Vikings relied on back-up quarterback Pedro De anda. Starting quarterback Kijjon Foots is still nursing an injury but will be ready for the Paramount game.


De anda completed 10/25 pass attempts for 221 yards. He also threw for one touchdown and two interceptions.


The Viking ground game was led by Malcom Perry’s 18 carries for 113 yards and Noah Skobis’ six carries for 78 yards. The Viking receiving corps were led by Brenden Hodge’s five receptions for 123 yards and Danny Ruiz’s two catches for 85 yards and one touchdown.


The Viking defense was led by Isaiah Burton’s six solo and three assisted tackles, Brenden Hodge’s seven solo and one assisted tackle, Justin Cardenas’ seven solo and one assisted tackle, Anthony Lopez’s seven solo and one assisted tackle and Vincent Willis’ three solo and three assisted tackles.

Downey beats San Pedro despite being without starting quarterback

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team traveled to San Pedro last Friday night and defeated the Pirates, 52-21.


The Vikings played without starting quarterback Kijjon Foots and still came away from the contest with a decisive 31-point win. Downey will travel to Alemany of Mission Hills later today to face a 3-1 Warrior team.


The Vikings jumped out to a commanding 19-0 lead as the first quarter came to an end. Downey outscored the Pirates 8-7 in the second quarter and led 27-7 going into the locker room at halftime.


It was more of the same in the third quarter as Downey outscored San Pedro 19-7 and took a commanding 46-14 lead into the fourth quarter. The Pirates outscored the Vikings 7-6 in the final quarter but Downey had already sealed the win.


Viking quarterback Pedro De and a completed 10/15 pass attempts for 82 yards. The Viking rushing attack accumulated 444 yards on 38 carries. Malcom Perry led that Viking ground game with 17 carries for 247 yards and three touchdowns.


Alex Cortez had 10 carries for 93 yards and three touchdowns, Isaiah Burton had one carry for 12 yards and a touchdown and freshman Antonio Ruiz had seven carries for 49 yards.


The Viking receiving corps were led by Lawrence Joseph’s five catches for 43 yards, Danny Ruiz’s four catches for 32 yards and Brenden Hodge’s two catches for 35 yards.


The Viking defense was led by Anthony Lopez’s 10 solo and three assisted tackles, Danny Ruiz’s five solo and three assisted tackles, Isaiah Burton’s five solo and three assisted tackles, Justin Cardenas’ three solo and five assisted tackles and Vincent Willis’ three solo and three assisted tackles.

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team suffered their first defeat of the season last Friday night at Culver City, 34-28.


With the win, the Centaurs improved to 3-0 and with the loss the Bears fell to 2-1. Warren will travel to Mayfair later today to play the 3-1 Monsoons. Mayfair is coming off a 55-7 loss against Santa Margarita at Trabuco Hills last Friday night.


In the Warren/Culver City game the Centaurs led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Bears answered right back in the second quarter and outscored Culver City, 14-7. Warren took that 20-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.


The Centaurs scored the only touchdown and extra point of the third quarter and took the lead back at 21-20. Culver City outscored Warren 13-8 in the fourth quarter and held on for the hard fought, 34-28 win.


Warren quarterback Chris Venegas completed 20/34 pass attempts for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Venegas had an impressive quarterback rating of 108.7.


The Bear ground game accumulated 140 yards on 37 carries, an average of less than four yards per carry, with one touchdown while the Bear receiving corps had 20 receptions for 230 yards.


The Bear defense allowed 555 yards of total offense to the Centaurs. Culver City accumulated 332 yards on the ground and 223 yards through the air.


The Bears need to tighten up their run defense in order to defeat Mayfair tonight.

WARREN CROSS COUNTRY: The Warren High School boys’ cross country team competed in the Laguna Hills Invitational last Saturday morning, finishing in seventh place overall with a team time of 1:22:34.5.


Santa Ana finished first in a team time of 1:20:43.1, J Serra finished second in a team time of 1:21:01.9, Murrieta Mesa finished third in a team time of 1:21:36.4, Aliso Niguel finished fourth in a team time of 1:21:56.9 and Mira Costa finished fifth in a team time of 1:22:11.6.


To round out the top ten team finishers, Capo Valley finished sixth in a team time of 1:22:29.3, Warren finished seventh in a team time of 1:22:34.5, San Clemente finished eighth in a team time of 1:23:04.0, Vista Murrieta finished ninth in a team time of 1:23:24.8 and Corona Del Mar finished tenth in a team time of 1:23:25.2. There were over 50 schools competing in Laguna Hills last Saturday.


Warren’s Fabian Gomez finished 16th overall and was the first Bear to finish in a time of 16:10.8. Owen Franco finished second for the Bears and was 24th overall in a time of 16:21.0. Antonio Munoz finished third for the Bears and was 35th overall in a time of 16:32.7.


Warren’s Alex Guardado finished fourth for the Bears and was 36th overall in a time of 16:33.2. Gerardo Rubio finished fifth for the Bears and was 88th overall in a time of 16:56.8 and Andres Serna finished sixth for the Bears and was 95th overall in a time of 17:00.5.


Warren has been working hard this summer in preparation for their fall cross country schedule. Head coach Ramon Miranda, assistant coach Eduardo Rodriguez and their Bear runners are looking forward to the cross-country running season and the San Gabriel Valley League cluster meet schedule.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS: The first rotation of middle school sports has begun. Football and girls’ volleyball is currently in season and the first games of the 2018-19 school year were played on Monday.


There are six teams currently competing. Three grade level girls’ volleyball teams and three grade level football teams. Griffiths traveled to Stauffer and Doty traveled to Sussman.


At Stauffer, the Spartans 8th grade football team defeated the Indians 7-6, the Spartans 7th grade football team defeated the Indians 14-7 and the Spartans 6th grade football team defeated the Indians 8-0. In girls’ volleyball, the Lady Indians 8th grade team defeated the Lady Spartans 25-11 and 25-9, the Lady Spartans 7th grade team defeated the Lady Indians 25-19 and 25-21 and the 6th grade Lady Indians defeated the Lady Spartans 25-19 and 25-15.


At Sussman, the Knights 8th grade football defeated the Pioneers 14-0, the Knights 7th grade football team defeated the Pioneers 6-0 and the Knights 6th grade football team defeated the Pioneers 7-0. In girls’ volleyball, the Lady Knights 8th grade team defeated the Lady Pioneers 19-21, 21-16 and 15-7, the Lady Knights 7th grade team defeated the Lady Pioneers 21-10 and 21-11 and the Lady Pioneers 6th grade team defeated the Lady Knights 21-18, 14-21 and 15-11.


Wednesday games and matches saw Stauffer travel to Sussman and Griffiths travel to Doty (results unavailable at press time). Coaches and players are all looking forward to competitive games, matches and meets.


All schools are looking to claim the Champions Cup Trophy. Doty has held the Champions Cup Trophy for the last five years and look to defend it again this year.

Warren traveling to Paramount next week, with cross-town match against Downey looming

DOWNEY – The Warren High School girls’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 2-3 and began S.G.V.L. play when they hosted Lynwood yesterday (score unavailable at press time). The Lady Bears defeated Norwalk at Warren 3-0 (25-23, 25-18 and 28-26) on August 23 in preseason play.


Warren was defeated by Valley Christian at Warren on August 28 3-2 (25-21, 25-16, 17-25 and 25-16) and defeated El Rancho at Warren on August 30 3-0 in other preseason play. 


The Lady Bears will travel to Paramount on September 11 to face the Lady Pirates and will host the Lady Gladiators at Warren on September 13 before their scheduled league match against Downey.


Warren will travel to cross-town rival Downey on September 18 for the first of their two highly anticipated matches against the Lady Vikings. 


The Lady Bears will then host the Dominguez Lady Dons on September 20 in the last game of the first round of league play. Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play and qualifying for C.I.F. postseason play.


The Lady Bears finished last season with an overall record of 9-7 and a S.G.V.L. record of 6-4. Warren finished league play last season in second place behind league champion Downey (18-8, 10-0), respectfully. Warren was defeated by Mayfair 3-0 (25-16, 25-13 and 25-16) in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs. 


DOWNEY VOLLEYBALL: The Downey High School girls’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 2-5. 


The Lady Vikings recently competed in the Molten Tournament where they finished with a record of 2-2. Downey was defeated by Edison in their first game 3-0 on August 18 25-10, 25-16 and 25-14 and defeated Long Beach Jordan in their second game 3-0 on August 22 25-5, 25-12 and 25-8.


The Lady Vikings defeated Valley Christian in their third game 3-2 on August 25 25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 25-21 and 15-11 and were defeated by Torrance in their fourth game 3-0, also on August 25, 25-10, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25 and 15-8.


Downey was defeated by Schurr of Montebello at Downey 3-2 on August 30 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25 and 15-8 and was also defeated by Mayfair at Mayfair on Tuesday 3-1 16-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-21. 


The Lady Vikings opened S.G.V.L. play yesterday when they traveled to Paramount to play the Lady Pirates (score unavailable at press time). Downey will host cross-town rival Warren on September 18th in the first of their two much anticipated matches. 


Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of San Gabriel Valley League play. Downey finished last season with an overall record of 18-10 and a S.G.V.L. record of 10-0. The Lady Vikings were defeated by El Segundo 3-1 (25-12, 25-20, 24-26 and 25-17) in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs.

 

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team defeated Huntington Park at Warren last Friday night, 59-0. With the win the Bears improved to 2-0 on the season and with the loss the Spartans fell to 0-3. 


Warren will travel to Culver City later today to face the 2-0 Centaurs. Culver City defeated West Torrance 62-20 in their first game and defeated Peninsula 61-27 in their second game.


In the Warren/Huntington Park game the Bears scored early and often. Warren led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and led 42-0 going into the locker room at halftime. The Bears picked up right where they left off in the second half and did not allow the Spartans to score. Warren kicked a field goal and led 45-0 at the end of the third quarter and added two fourth quarter touchdowns to win 59-0.


Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 7/9 pass attempts for 200 yards and four touchdowns. The Warren ground game was led by Nikko Fierro-Tuala’s six carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns, Eimajah Hunter’s two carries for 22 yards and one touchdown, Carlos Parra’s two carries for 35 yards and Arvionte Sheffield’s two carries for 10 yards and one touchdown.


The Bear receiving corps were led by Eimajah Hunter’s one catch for 52 yards and one touchdown, Robbie Colenzo’s one catch for 37 yards and one touchdown, Stephen N. Austin II’s one catch for 29 yards and one touchdown and Jabari Hughes’ one catch for 18 yards and one touchdown.


The Bear defense was led by Gerald Hickman III’s five solo tackles, Arvionte Sheffield’s three solo and two assisted tackles and Kevin Arias’ two solo and two assisted tackles. Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to handing Culver City their first loss of the season later today. 

 

DOWNEY FOOTBALL: The Downey High School football team was defeated by Kapolei of Hawai’i last Friday night, 23-14. With the win the Kapolei Hurricanes improved to 2-2 while the Vikings fell to 1-2. 


Downey will travel to San Pedro later today to play a 2-1 Pirate team. Downey defeated San Pedro at Downey last season in an offensive shootout 56-42.


In the Downey/Kapolei game the Hurricanes scored an early touchdown but missed the extra point and took an early 6-0 lead. Kapolei added a field goal before the second quarter ended and led 9-0 going into the locker room at halftime. The game got interesting in the fourth quarter as Downey closed the score to 16-14 with under a minute to play. Kapolei added a late touchdown and extra point and came away with the hard fought, 23-14 win.  


Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 13/36 pass attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Downey’s run game was led by Foots’ seven carries for 55 yards, Malcom Perry’s twelve carries for 49 yards and Jaden Allen’s eight carries for 32 yards. The Viking receiving corps were led by Brenden Hodge’s seven catches for 113 yards, Danny Ruiz’s two catches for 43 yards and Lawrence Joseph’s two catches for 23 yards. 


The Downey defense was led by Isaiah Burton’s six solo and one assisted tackle, Vincent Willis’ four solo and two assisted tackles, Anthony Lopez’s one solo and four assisted tackles and Noah Skobis’ four solo tackles. Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to evening their record at 2-2 against San Pedro later today.
 

Vikings win home opener, now prepare for Hawaii

DOWNEY -- The Downey High School football team defeated Hart at Downey on Friday night, 33-21, evening their record at 1-1.

The Vikings will host Kapolei of Hawai’i on Friday in the first game of a home and away series. The Hurricanes are currently 1-2.

In the Downey/Hart game, the Vikings took an early 7-0 lead and led by that same score as the first quarter ended. The Vikings outscored Hart 13-7 in the second quarter and took a 20-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

Both teams scored a touchdown and extra point in the third quarter and the score was 27-14 at the end of the third quarter. 

Hart outscored Downey, 7-6, in the fourth quarter but the game was already decided and Downey came away with the 33-21 win.

Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 14/22 pass attempts for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Foots also led the Downey ground game with 11 carries for 114 yards. 
 

Malcom Perry had 13 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns, Jaden Allen had 10 carries for 43 yards and one touchdown and Malachi Rice gained 29 yards on two carries.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Lawrence Joseph’s four catches for 42 yards, Danny Ruiz’s three catches for 54 yards and one touchdown, Noah Skobis’ three catches for 46 yards and one touchdown and Brenden Hodge’s two catches for 27 yards.

Downey’s defense was led by Anthony Lopez’s four solo and five assisted tackles, Malcom Perry’s five solo and one assisted tackle, Daniel Mena’s four solo and two assisted tackles, Vincent Willis’ three solo and three assisted tackles, Danny Ruiz’s five solo tackles, Isaiah Burton’s five solo tackles and Jaden Allen’s three solo and two assisted tackles. 



WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team defeated St. Anthony’s of Long Beach at Warren last Friday night, 49-14. 

The Bears scored early and often in their season opener. They will host Huntington Park on Friday. 

Huntington Park is currently 0-2 after being shut out by Rosemead, 28-0, in their first game, followed by a loss at Jefferson, 28-18, in their second game.

Warren quarterback Chris Venegas completed 16/22 pass attempts for 348 yards and four touchdowns. Venegas’ quarterback rating was an impressive 154.4. 

The Bear ground game was led by Nikko Fierro-Tuala’s nine carries for 67 yards and two touchdowns, Eimajah Hunter’s six carries for 73 yards and one touchdown and Carlos Parra’s six carries for 48 yards.

The Bear receiving corps were led by Desmond Carnes’ four catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Jabari Hughes Jr.’s four catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns, Keison Evans’ four catches for 75 yards and Robbie Colenzo’s three catches for 40 yards.

Warren’s defense was led by Jonathan McDaniel Jr.’s seven solo and one assisted tackle, Stephen Austin’s five solo and one assisted tackle, Xamarion Gordon’s five solo and one assisted tackle and Alex Valenzuela’s four solo and two assisted tackles.



BOSCO FOOTBALL: The St. John Bosco football team traveled to Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield last Friday night and defeated the Rams, 56-0. 

With the win, the Braves improved to 2-0 on the season while the Rams fell to 0-2. St. John Bosco will host Mililani High School on Friday at Panish Family Stadium. 

The Mililani Trojans come to southern California with a record of 3-0. Mililani defeated Kailua, 44-6, in their first game, defeated Farrington, 57-15, in their second game and defeated Kamehameha Kapalama, 31-24, in their third game. 

In the St. John Bosco/Garces game, the Braves scored early and often in their convincing victory. St. John Bosco scored two touchdowns and converted the extra points in the first quarter and took an early 14-0 lead. 

The Braves added four more touchdowns in the second quarter and led 42-0 going into the locker room at halftime.

The Braves scored another touchdown in the third quarter for a 49-0 lead entering the fourth quarter. A final touchdown in the final quarter sealed the 56-0 win. There were no game stats posted at press time. 

The second half of this game provided an excellent opportunity for the Brave reserves to get some valuable playing time.

Coach Negro, his staff and players are all looking forward to handing Mililani of Hawai’i their first loss of the season later. St. John Bosco remains number one in the Xcellent Top 25 poll, falls to number two in the national poll (IMG Academy of Bradenton, Florida) and remains number one in the state poll.


CALVARY FOOTBALL: The Downey Calvary Chapel football team hosted their first game of the season last Saturday night at Downey High School and defeated Lighthouse Christian, 46-0. 

DCC scored early and often and coasted to the victory. There were only limited game stats available at press time.

The Grizzlies will travel to Julian on Sept. 15 to play the Eagles. The Eagles are currently 0-2 with losses against Warner High School in week one and Noli Indian High School of San Jacinto in week two. 

DCC plays an eight-game schedule and this explains the byes for the next three weeks.


PIUS-MATTHIAS: The St. Piux X-St. Matthias Academy team hosted The Webb Schools last Saturday afternoon and were defeated, 35-7. There were no stats available at press time.

Pius-Matthias will travel to Bishop Montgomery on Friday to play the Knights, who are 1-0 after defeating South Torrance last week, 20-14.

Vikings give up 59 points in season-opening loss

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team traveled to Trabuco Hills last Thursday night to play Santa Margarita and were defeated by the Eagles, 59-21. 


With the win, Santa Margarita improved to 1-0 on the season and with the loss Downey fell to 0-1. 


The Vikings will host Hart later today in search of their first win. This will be Hart’s 2018 season opener.


In the Downey/Santa Margarita game, the Eagles scored first and led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Santa Margarita added 10 more points in the second quarter and led 24-0 going into the locker room at halftime. 


The Vikings woke up in the third quarter and scored 21 points. Unfortunately, the Eagles also scored 21 points in the quarter and led 45-21 at the end of the third quarter. 


Santa Margarita added 14 more points in the fourth quarter to come away with the 59-21 win.
Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 14/25 pass attempts for 235 yards and one touchdown. The Viking ground game was led by Foots as well as he ran the ball 14 times for 96 yards. 
 


Malcom Perry also carried the ball 22 times for 114 yards and one touchdown, Jaden Allen carried the ball nine times for 31 yards and Malachi Rice carried the ball five times for 23 yards. The Downey run game accumulated 278 yards.


The Viking receiving corps were led by Danny Ruiz’s five catches for 102 yards and one touchdown and Brenden Hodge’s six catches for 101 yards. The Viking receiving corps had 238 yards through the air. Downey had 516 total yards on offense. 


The Viking defense was led by Vincent Willis’ four solo and four assisted tackles, Alex Cortez’s five solo and one assisted tackles, Justin Cardenas five solo tackles, Brennan Fields’ four solo tackles and Noah Skobis’ four solo tackles.

 

CALVARY FOOTBALL: The Downey Calvary Chapel football team will host its first game of the season tomorrow night at Downey High School when they play Lighthouse Christian of Santa Monica at 6 p.m. 


Tomorrow night’s game will be the season opener for both schools. DCC will play an eight-game schedule.


This season the Grizzlies will compete in the Express League against such teams as Avalon, Brethren Christian, Lutheran, Rolling Hills Prep, Sage Hill and St. Michael’s Prep. 

 

PIUS FOOTBALL: The St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy football team will travel to The Webb Schools of Claremont tomorrow afternoon to play the Gauls. 


The Gauls are 1-0 after they defeated Excelsior Charter of Victorville 34-20 last Friday night at Damien High School.


This season the Warriors will compete in the San Joaquin League against such teams as St. Margaret’s, The Webb Schools, Saddleback Valley Christian and Southlands Christian. 

 

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team will host St. Anthony’s of Long Beach tonight at Warren. 


St. Anthony’s was defeated by Valencia at Valencia last Friday night, 24-0, in their season opener. 


The Bears scrimmaged San Dimas last Thursday night in a final tune-up for their season opener against St. Anthony’s. 

 

WARREN VOLLEYBALL: The Warren High School girls’ volleyball team is currently 0-2.


The Lady Bears were defeated by Santa Fe, 3-1, on 8/16 and were defeated at Bellflower, 3-0, on 8/21. The Lady Bears hosted Norwalk at Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time).
Warren will host Valley Christian next Tuesday and will host El Rancho next Thursday. Warren begins San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood on Sept. 6. 


The Lady Bears travel to cross-town rival Downey on Sept. 18 in the first of their two scheduled league matches. 


Warren finished last season with an overall record of 9-7 and a S.G.V.L. record of 6-4. The Lady Bears were defeated by Mayfair 3-0 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs. 


Coach Lane his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2018 volleyball season. 

 

DOWNEY VOLLEYBALL: The Downey High School girls’ volleyball team is currently 0-2. 


The Lady Vikings were defeated by Valley Christian, 3-0, on 8/14 and were defeated by Edison, 3-0, on 8/18. 


The Lady Vikings host Schurr next Thursday and travel to Mayfair on Sept. 5 to play the Lady Monsoons.


Downey begins San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Lady Pirates on Sept. 6. Downey will host cross-town rival Warren on Sept. 18 in the first of their two scheduled league matches.


Downey finished last season with an overall record of 18-10 and were 10-0 in S.G.V.L. play. The Lady Vikings were defeated by El Segundo 3-1 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs. 


Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2018 volleyball season.

 

BOSCO FOOTBALL: The St. John Bosco football team hosted the Timpview Thunderbirds from Utah last Friday night at Panish Family Stadium and came away with a 49-0 win. 


Friday night’s game was the first game played at the brand new Panish Family Stadium and the Braves didn’t disappoint. The Braves scored early and often and coasted to their season opening win. 


With the win the Braves improved to 1-0 on the season and with the loss the Thunderbirds fell to 0-1. With their convincing win Friday night the Braves will keep their Xcellent Top 25 rank at number one, their national rank at number one and their California rank at number one.


The Braves scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 21-0 as the first quarter came to a close. St. John Bosco scored 21 more points in the second quarter and took a 42-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.


The Braves outscored Timpview 7-0 in the third quarter and led 49-0 at the end of the third quarter. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter and the Braves took their season opening win 49-0. There were no game stats available at press time. 


St. John Bosco will travel to Bakersfield later today and play the Garces Memorial Rams. The Rams were defeated by Bakersfield Christian at Garces Memorial in their season opener 27-24 last Friday night and are currently 0-1.


Coach Negro, his staff and players are all looking forward to their game against Garces Memorial later today and keeping their Xcellent, national and state rankings where they are.  
 

It's August, but fall sports season starts next week

DOWNEY -- The fall sports season is quickly approaching at Warren High School and the Bears have several games, matches and meets scheduled in August right as fall classes begin. 

The girls’ volleyball team is scheduled to play their first game against Santa Fe at Warren on Thursday, August 16, and the football team also has a scrimmage scheduled against San Dimas at Warren at 5 p.m. on the same day.

The Bears are scheduled to host Whitney at Warren in girls’ tennis in their first scheduled match on Wednesday, August 22, and the girls’ golf team will be competing in their first competition against Whitney at the Los Amigos Golf Course on Thursday, August 23. 

The Bear football team will host St. Anthony’s on Friday, August 24, in their first official football game and the boys’ water polo team will travel to Santa Fe to play the Chiefs in their first scheduled water polo game on Thursday, August 30. 

Boys’ cross country will compete in the Mark Cover Classic at Carbon Canyon Reginal Park on Sept. 1 in their first scheduled cross country meet and the girls’ cross country team is scheduled to compete at the Laguna Hills Invitational on Sept. 8 in their first scheduled cross country meet. 

Warren High School also has a new Athletic Director. Former Athletic Director Russ Heicke is now an assistant principal at Warren and Samantha Miyahara is the new athletic director. 

All of Warren’s coaches and athletes are looking forward to the start of their respective seasons. 
 

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team will begin their 2018 football season when they host St. Anthony’s of Long Beach on August 24. 

The Bears finished last season with an overall record of 6-4 and were 2-3 in San Gabriel Valley League play. The Bears did not qualify for postseason play last season due to their losing record in league play.

St. Anthony’s finished last season with an overall record of 8-4 and a Santa Fe League record of 3-0. The Lancers defeated Norwalk, 31-19, at St. Anthony’s in the first round and were then defeated by Ridgecrest Burroughs, 32-7, in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 9 playoffs. 
Due to their success over the past few seasons, St. Anthony’s will now compete in Division 7.

The Lancers will also change from the Santa Fe League to the Del Rey League and will now compete against the likes of the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines, the La Salle Lancers, the St Genevieve Valiants and the St. Paul Swordsmen.

Warren finished preseason play last season with a record of 4-1. The Bears played well and were a 37-36 loss against Don Lugo at Warren in week 1 away from a perfect preseason. 

The Bears struggled in league play when they suffered three straight losses. The Bears were defeated by Paramount, 50-7, in week 7, were defeated by Gahr, 46-42, in week 8 and fell to cross-town rival Downey, 41-27, in week 9.

Warren hopes to execute better in league play and qualify for a spot in the Division 7 playoffs. Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 football season. 

 

DOWNEY FOOTBALL: The Downey High School football season will officially begin when the Vikings travel to Trabuco Hills to play Santa Margarita next Thursday night at 7 p.m. 

The Viking’s unofficial season will begin at 5 p.m. Friday when they host Orange Lutheran in a scrimmage. The Orange Lutheran Lancers finished last season with an overall record of 6-6 and were 0-5 in Trinity League play.

The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 11-3 and were 4-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play. Downey finished second in league play behind league champion Paramount, who narrowly defeated the Vikings, 21-20, in overtime.

The Vikings made a nice run in C.I.F. postseason play but were defeated by Cajon of San Bernardino, 54-28, in the C.I.F. Division 4 championship game.

The Santa Margarita Eagles finished last season with an overall record of 7-4 and were 3-2 in Trinity League play. Santa Margarita defeated Downey last season at Downey 56-0 in week 1. Rancho Santa Margarita was defeated by Murrieta Valley, 59-56, in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 1 playoffs.

Downey will be led this season by senior captains Danny Ruiz (DB/RB), Malcom Perry (LB/RB) and Anthony Lopez (DL). Senior quarterback Kijjon Foots and senior Noah Skobis (ATH) will also lead an explosive Viking offensive attack. 

Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 football season.

 

ST. JOHN BOSCO: The fall sports season is quickly approaching at St John Bosco High School and the Braves have several games, matches and meets scheduled in August as fall classes begin.  

The St. John Bosco football team is scheduled to scrimmage the Mayfair Monsoons at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the soccer field at St. John Bosco. 

The Braves host their first official game of the season at the newly completed and dedicated Panish Family Stadium next Friday night at 7 p.m. against Timpview High School of Provo, Utah. The Braves are currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the Xcellent Top 25 Poll and Trinity League foe Mater Dei is ranked second. 

According to the St. John Bosco website, “reserved seats season ticket packages are now available on a first-come first-served basis at a cost of $330 per seat.” The site continues by saying “in addition to admission to all six regular season home games, season ticket holders receive first option to buy reserved section seats in the event the Braves have home playoff games.” 

The Braves’ water polo team will be competing in their first scheduled game at the Long Beach Poly Tournament on Friday, August 24, at 4 p.m. and the cross-country team travels to Griffith Park on Saturday, Sept. 1, to compete in their first scheduled meet at the Jeff Nelson Invite. 
 

Downey finishes third for Commissioner's Cup

DOWNEY – The California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) has announced this year’s Commissioner’s Cup winners for the best athletic programs, as well as the top ten finishers, in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions. 


The Downey boys finished in third place.


In the boys’ division, Mater Dei was crowned the Commissioner’s Cup winner after narrowly defeating Oaks Christian, on criteria, with 18 points. Oaks Christian finished second with 18 points and Downey, as previously mentioned, finished third with 14 points, respectively.
To round out the top ten, Corona Del Mar finished in fourth place with 13 points, Great Oak finished in fifth place, also with 13 points, Foothill of Santa Ana finished in sixth place with 13 points and Loyola finished in seventh place with 11 points.


Harvard Westlake finished in eighth place with 11 points, St. John Bosco finished in ninth place with nine points and Murrieta Mesa finished in tenth place with nine points, respectively.


According to the California Interscholastic Federation, “the winners are determined by a point system that provides five points for a divisional championship, three points for a divisional runner-up finish, two points for advancing to the semifinal round or third place finish in a team place finish sport, like cross country or golf, and one point for a fourth-place finish in a team-place finish sport.”


C.I.F. continued by stating, “in cases where a tie occurs the top ten schools were determined by several tiebreaker methods.” As a result, this would help explain why several schools tied with the same point totals but were still given a specific place of finish.


Downey Athletic Director Mark Rand reached out to C.I.F. for further clarification on points due to the boys’ wrestling program recording two different C.I.F. sanctioned second place finishes at the C.I.F. Dual Meet championships and at the C.I.F. Northern Division Championships. Once an explanation is given, it will reported.  


Meanwhile, the Downey girls finished in eighth place.


In the girls’ division, Mater Dei was crowned the Commissioner’s Cup winner with 16 points. Santa Margarita finished second with 15 points and Culver City finished third with 14 points, respectively.


To round out the top ten, Flintridge Prep finished in fourth place with 13 points, West Torrance finished in fifth place with 10 points, Great Oak finished in sixth place with 10 points and Serra finished in seventh place with 10 points.


As previously mentioned, Downey finished in eighth place with nine points, Chaminade finished in ninth place with eight points and University finished in tenth place with eight points, respectively. The Downey girls had three second-place finishes in swimming, basketball and water polo.


The 2017-18 school year marked the first time in the 27-year history of the Commissioner’s Cup that the same high school has won both the boy’s and girl’s competitions.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS: The Downey Unified School District middle school program has the Champions Cup Trophy competition where all four Downey middle schools compete against each other in football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and track and field.


Doty, Griffiths, Stauffer and Sussman all send their best gender and grade level athletes to compete against each other for the most city championships. The seasons are six games long and each team plays each other twice, once at home and once away. 


In track, there is one dual meet competition where each school competes against each other and a city-wide district championship meet where all four schools compete against each other at one time. The district track and field meet is where all the city championships are won. The Doty Knights have won the Middle School Champions Cup Trophy each of the past five years since it’s inception.  


FALL SPORTS: The fall 2018 academic and athletic school year is quickly approaching. Local high schools Downey, Downey Calvary Chapel, St. John Bosco, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy and Warren have all been busy preparing their teams for their upcoming athletic competitions.


The California Interscholastic Federation fall sports schedule features seven sports. Football, boys’ water polo, boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ golf, girls’ tennis and girls’ volleyball will all begin as fall classes start.


Downey High School will field teams in all seven sports. DCC will field teams in four sports. Those sports will include: football, boys’ cross country, girls’ tennis and girls’ volleyball. St. John Bosco, an all boys’ school, will field teams in three sports. Those sports will include: football, cross country and water polo. 


SPX-SMA will field teams in five sports. Those sports will include: football, boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ tennis and girls’ volleyball. Warren, like Downey, will field teams in all seven sports.


Coaches and players from each of these schools have been busy practicing this summer for their respective seasons to begin. Some teams will win a lot of games and some teams will not. The spirit of competition will drive each coach and athlete to do their best. 


Best of luck to all coaches and athletes competing in a C.I.F. fall sport.

SPORTS BRIEFS: St. John Bosco opening football season at new stadium

BELLFLOWER -- The St. John Bosco football team will begin their 2018 season when they host Timpview of Provo, Utah on Friday, August 17, at the brand new Panish Family Stadium on the campus of St. John Bosco. 


The Braves will then travel to Garces Memorial Stadium in Bakersfield to play the Garces High Rams on August 24.


St. John Bosco will then host Mililani High School of Hawaii on August 31 before hosting Paramount on September 7. The Braves then travel to Chaminade of West Hills to compete in their fifth and final preseason game. 


St. John Bosco will observe their bye week at midseason, during week six, and begin their Trinity League schedule when they host JSerra Catholic on Sept. 28.


The Braves host Orange Lutheran on October 5, travel to Santa Ana on October 12 to play Mater Dei, travel to Trabuco Hills on October 19 to play Santa Margarita, and host Servite on October 26 in their final league and regular season game.


St. John Bosco finished last season with an overall record of 12-3 and were 4-1 in Trinity League play. The Braves were defeated by Trinity League and C.I.F. champion Mater Dei, 49-24, in the C.I.F. Division One championship game. 


Coach Negro, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 football season and making another deep run in C.I.F. postseason play.


DOWNEY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: The Downey High School girls’ volleyball program has been busy holding camps and practicing for their upcoming season. 


The Lady Vikings observed the C.I.F. mandated “dead period” right as the academic school year ended and summer school began the first week in June. 


Downey is scheduled to kick off their 2018 volleyball season on Tuesday, August 14, when they host Valley Christian at 4 p.m. The Lady Vikings start S.G.V.L. play when they travel to Paramount to play the Lady Pirates on September 6. 


Downey hosts cross-town rival Warren on September 18 in the first of their two scheduled matches.


In other preseason action, Downey is scheduled to play Esperanza at Esperanza on August 24, host Schurr on August 30 and travel to Mayfair to play the Lady Monsoons on September 4. 


The Lady Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 18-10 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 10-0. Downey is the reigning 2017 S.G.V.L. champion. The Lady Vikings were eliminated by El Segundo at Downey in four sets (25-12, 25-20, 24-26 and 25-19) in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs.


Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 volleyball season and making a deeper run in C.I.F. postseason play. 


WARREN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: The Warren High School girls’ volleyball program has been busy practicing this summer and will be hosting a two-day summer camp inside the Warren High School gym on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1, in preparation for the start of their 2018 season. 


Registration for this camp will take place at the door and any questions can be directed to Warren head volleyball coach Scotty Lane at scottylane@yahoo.com. The camp will be held from 6-9 p.m. on both days and the cost of the camp is $110. 


Warren will begin their 2018 season when they host the Santa Fe Lady Chiefs at Warren on Thursday, August 16. The Lady Bears will begin S.G.V.L. play when they travel to Lynwood on September 6 and will travel to cross-town rival Downey on September 18 for the first of their two scheduled and highly anticipated league matches.


In other preseason games, Warren will travel to Bellflower to play the Lady Bucs on August 21, host the Norwalk Lady Lancers on August 23, host the Valley Christian Lady Crusaders on August 28 and host the El Rancho Lady Dons on August 30.


Warren finished last season with an overall record of 9-7 and were 6-4 in S.G.V.L. play. The Lady Bears were eliminated by Mayfair at Mayfair in three games (25-16, 25-13 and 25-16) in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs. 


Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 volleyball season and making a deeper run in postseason play.


PIUS-MATTHIAS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:The St. Piux X – St. Matthias Academy girls’ volleyball team has been busy preparing for the start of their 2018 volleyball season. 


The Lady Warriors will begin their season when they host St. Paul at SPX-SMA on August 16. The Lady Warriors will continue their preseason schedule when they travel to St. Anthony’s of Long Beach to face the Lady Saints on August 23 and when they host Sacred Heart of Jesus of Los Angeles at SPX-SMA on August 28.


SPX-SMA begin league play when they host St. Genevieve of Panorama City at SPX-SMA on September 11. The Lady Warriors finished last season with an overall record of 7-17-1 and were 5-5 in Santa Fe League play. 


Coach Dube, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 volleyball season and competing for a C.I.F. Division Nine postseason playoff spot. 


CALVARY CHAPEL GIRLS BASKETBALL:The Downey Calvary Chapel girls’ volleyball team is getting ready for the start of their 2018 volleyball season. 


The Lady Grizzlies will begin their season when they host Tarbut V’ Torah of Irvine on August 23 and will begin their league season when they travel to Oxford Academy of Cypress on September 4.


DCC finished last season with an overall record of 0-18 and were 0-11 in Academy League play. 
Coach Deatrick, her staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 volleyball season and competing for a C.I.F. Division Seven postseason playoff spot.