DOWNEY - The Warren High School boys' volleyball team currently has a 17-1 overall record and are 5-0 in league play. The lone loss of the season came at the hands of Palos Verdes at the Mayfair/ St. John Bosco Tournament two weeks ago.The Bears are currently ranked third in C.I.F. Division III. Warren will play at crosstown rival Downey on Tuesday and will host Dominguez on April 19. The Bears will participate in the Redondo Union Tournament the last weekend in April where Division I juggernaut Mira Costa will also be participating. The Warren Bears are a senior heavy team this year and are certainly looking forward to advancing past the second round of the Division III playoffs where they were stopped last year. The Bears are led by Joshua Nehls, Dean Kendall, Alfonso Mata, libero and returning S.G.V.L. MVP Brian Oh and former East Knight Nick Alvarez. Coach Simons is also pleased with the improved play of Cristian Cuevas, particularly his mental approach to the game. Senior Grant Carter has not played this season due to a health concern and his presence has been missed. This senior heavy team is playing well and hopes to be the third C.I.F. champion this year at Warren (Girls Water Polo and Wrestling-Boys Soccer needs to be mentioned here also, with a record of 21-3-1, for being ranked No. 1 for four weeks in a row in Division III but came up short). Coach Simons has a Junior Varsity squad that is 3-1 in league play and hopes to keep winning league championships in order at Warren. Coach Simons reminds his players to seize this opportunity on the court and continue to work hard in practice. Simons, now in his fifth season at Warren, is poised, along with his players, to win a C.I.F. Title. Coach Simons also wanted to mention that May 1 will be Senior Night at Warren High School and a pizza fundraiser will follow after the game against Gahr (fundraiser site still to be determined).
********** Published: April 12, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 52