Thursday morning report, Nov. 5

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) Warren High girls volleyball clinched its first San Gabriel Valley League title in 13 years when it beat Lynwood on Tuesday. 

From the Press-Telegram: 

"With essentially the same roster as it had a year ago, the most impressive aspect of the team’s championship run might be how rapid it turned things around after a fourth-place finish and 6-16 overall, 5-5 league marks last season.

“I think it’s a testament to the kids,” coach Scott Lane said of the swift improvement. “They put in the work and some of them played at various clubs. That’s what needed to happen, they needed to touch the ball more. I think we were understanding the concepts, but we weren’t able to execute it because we didn’t really have the experience."

2.) Meanwhile, Warren High's cross country team also won the SGVL championship, setting a new track record at La Mirada Park in the process. 

Gwendolyn Hurtado recorded a new SGVL course record in 17:48.  She was followed by (2) Samantha Tabares 18:05, (3) Trinity Gomez 18:27, (4) Janeane Hernandez 18:36, (5) Carlota Conant 18:49 and (6) Blanca Robles 19:21.

3.) West Downey Little League will begin holding early bird sign-ups for its 2016 season this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stauffer Middle School. Try-outs are in January. 

Here are more details. 

4.) SEAACA was called to Pico Rivera recently to rescue two dogs locked in a vehicle. Animal control officers requested help from law enforcement to get inside the car. 

From the L.A. County Sheriff's Department: 

"Deputy Roberto Catalan responded and saw the dogs panting inside the vehicle with the windows rolled all the way up. He quickly arranged for the vehicle doors to be opened with a lock out tool and the dogs were rescued! One of the dogs, a young husky, was so happy to get out of the car, he jumped up and gave Deputy Catalan a hug!"

Here's a cute photo from the Sheriff's Department. 

5.) Mayor Pro Tem Alex Saab captured heartwarming images of Downey police officers changing the tire of an elderly motorist. 

"With all the negativity we hear in the news, lets always remember that the grand majority of police officers do an incredibly good job under extraordinary circumstances day in and day out, oftentimes without even being noticed or asking for any recognition," Saab posted on Facebook. "This morning, 2 Downey police officers assisted an elderly stranded motorist on Florence to change her tire. They didn't have to [do] this, yet they went above and beyond to serve."