SPORTS BRIEFS: Downey, Warren about to start summer practices

DOWNEY - The Warren High School girls' water polo summer program will be starting on Monday, June 24, and will run through Thursday, July 26.The program will be Monday through Thursday and will include weekend and weekday games. The objective of the girls' summer program is to develop water polo skills and knowledge through training and tournament experience. The cost of the camp is $220 and a USAWP membership is required. The membership is good until Dec. 31, 2013. Please visit to sign up. The information you will need is: Club- Grizzly Polo (Girls), Club ID-15794, City: Downey and Administrator: Josie Cordero. Student athletes are required to fill out three forms. The first is a Release of Claims, the second is an Off campus trips in private vehicles form and the third is the Authorization to treat a minor (emergency card) form. All items are due to Coach Cordero on the first day of camp. Camp will include instruction, entries to tournaments and a t-shirt. Student-athletes will be required to bring a water polo style bathing suit, two latex caps-one white and one blue/black. The bathing suit should be very snug as the material stretches over time and prevents "grabbing." Suits can be purchased online at:,, La Mirada Splash center in La Mirada, Competitive Aquatic Supply (CAS- Huntington Beach), or at a vendors stand at a swim meet or water polo tournament. Contact head girls' water polo coach Josie Cordero at with any questions with the subject: AQUATICS. Coach Cordero and her coaching staff look forward to seeing you in the pool this summer. * The Warren High School wrestling summer program will begin on Monday, June 24, and run through Thursday, Aug. 1. Week one (June 24-28) will be Monday through Friday from 8-11 a.m. Week two (July 1-3) will be Monday through Wednesday from 8-11 a.m. and week three (July 8-11) will be Monday through Thursday from 8-11 a.m. Wrestling will continue with week four (July 15-18), which will be Monday through Thursday, from 8- 11 a.m. Week five (July 22-25) will also be Monday through Thursday from 8-11 a.m. and the last week, (July 29-August 1), will also be Monday through Thursday and last from 8-11 a.m. Practices will include running, wrestling and weightlifting. Student-athletes must bring wrestling shoes, running shoes, a t-shirt, shorts and head gear (optional). Student- athletes must have an athletic physical on file (one year current) to participate. Warren High School was the 2012 San Gabriel Valley League and C.I.F. wrestling champion. Contact head wrestling coach Tim Brogden at 562 869-7306 Ext. 5767 or at for more information. Coach Brogden and his staff hope to see you on the mat this summer. * Downey High School will begin their summer athletic programs once the academic school year comes to a close and several programs will be practicing at various times. Four teams that will be starting on Monday, June 24, are the boys' and girls' basketball and boys' and girls' soccer teams. Boys basketball will start June 24, and end on Thursday, July 10. Practices will be from 8-10 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays ONLY. A summer camp for 4th-9th graders will also be offered. Those interested in Downey High School boys basketball should contact head coach Larry Shelton at for more information. Girls basketball will also start Monday, June 24, and end on Sunday, July 28. Practices will be held at 2 p.m. Tryouts for incoming freshmen will be Friday, June 21, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, from 8-10 a.m. Contact head coach Nate Harris at for more information. Boys soccer will start their summer camp June 24. The first week of camp will run through June 28 and will be held from 8-10 a.m. The second week of the camp will be held Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, from 8-10 a.m. Team members will practice July 15-19 from 8-9 a.m., July 22-26 from 8-10 a.m. and July 29 through Aug. 2 from 8-10 a.m. Contact head coach Marvin Mires at for more information. Girls soccer will start June 24 and run through June 28 before resuming on Monday, July 8, and run through July 12 from 7-9 a.m. Practices then pick up Aug. 6-8 and Aug. 13-15. The early August practices will only be three days, Tuesdays through Thursdays. As the start of the school year approaches, practices will then go from Aug. 19-22. The last week of summer practices will be Aug. 26-29. All practices will be held from 7-9 a.m. Contact head soccer coach Rachel Godfrey at for more information. * The Downey High School football team was well represented at the annual 605 All-Star Football Classic last Friday night at Cerritos College. Standout linebackers Robert Salazar and Hector Walker, receiver Jeremy Villa, left tackle Mark Kozhaya (Whittier College) and lineman Marlon Duenas all played in their respective last games for the C.I.F. Southeast Division champion Vikings. Paramount head coach Matt Howard was the West All-Stars coach. The West All-Stars lost to the East All-Stars, 28-21, in double overtime. The West took an early 14-0 lead on two touchdowns from Long Beach Wilson's Tonny Lindsey but could not maintain that lead. All three West quarterbacks were knocked out of the game and with no passing game, the East shut down the West's run game. Chris Bell of Lakewood, Matt Saenz of Montebello and Dillard Okray of Compton Centennial were all injured. Offensive linemen Marcelino Martinez of Bellflower and Alfonso Cid of Garfield were also injured and could not finish the game. The West did not complete a single pass on seven attempts in the second half. Two second half interceptions also cost the West a chance to move the ball effectively and score. The San Gabriel Valley League had several players representing their respective schools. Dominguez was represented by Malik Smith and Marlon Dobbins. Lynwood was represented by Thaddeus Stevens, Mister Merriwether and Brandon Avalos. Paramount was represented by Devonte and Deonte Dixon, Brian Fineanganofo and Brian Velez. The 605 All-Star Football game is always a highly competitive game and gives many high school seniors one last chance to put their helmets and shoulder pads on.

********** Published: June 13, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 09