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.

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.