Sports briefs: Lara hosting football camps

DOWNEY – Warren High School head football coach Raul Lara and his staff will be conducting  “I Sacrifice” football camps at Warren High School on Saturday mornings this spring. Camps started last Saturday, March 22, on the football field at Warren. Camps will be held every Saturday from 9 to noon and the cost is $10 per player for each Saturday camp attended.

Quarterbacks need to bring their own footballs, water, cleats, a good attitude and be willing to learn to get better. The camps are open to middle school age and older student-athletes.

Any questions should be directed to head coach Raul Lara at or by cell at (562) 714-2606. Coach Lara and his staff hope to see many young football players attend his camps.


The winter sports All-CIF teams for boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer and girls water polo were released by C.I.F. earlier this week. Standout girl basketball player Maryliz Serrano of St. Pius/St. Matthias’ was selected All-CIF from Division 5A.

Soccer standouts David Rodriguez of St. John Bosco was selected All-CIF from Division 1 as were Division 2 selections Christopher Dominguez, Alex Lopez and Danny Lopez of Warren. Downey girls’ soccer standout Lucy Martinez was selected All-CIF from Division 4.

Warren girls’ water polo had three All-CIF selections. Kayla Casas, Destiny Hernandez and Jocelyn Castro were all selected as they helped lead the Bears to another S.G.V.L. title and the Division 5 championship game.


The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 6-0 and have not started S.G.V.L. play.

The Bears defeated Franklin of Los Angeles 12-0 on 3/20, beat Carson 2-1 on 3/21 and defeated Bell 7-1 earlier this week. The Bears will play a double header against Santa Fe at Warren Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Warren wraps up their preseason schedule against Long Beach Poly at the Chatsworth Tournament on 4/5.

The Bears will open S.G.V.L. play at Gahr on 4/8 before hosting Gahr on 4/10. Warren will then play three non-league games against Chula Vista on 4/15, Brighton of Salt Lake City on 4/16 and South Torrance on 4/19.

The Bears will then host cross-town rival Downey at Warren on 4/22 and then travel across-town for the rematch on 4/25. The Bears are tuning up for the start of league play.

The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 6-2 and are 1-0 in S.G.V.L. play.

The Bears defeated an overmatched Lynwood team 11-0 at Warren on Tuesday. Jissell Caballero pitched a one-hit shutout for the Bears while Alyssa Hanks and Taylor Gallo had two RBIs each to help seal the win.

Warren played Diamond Bar yesterday (score unavailable at press time) and will play Santa Fe today at the same Springfest Tournament being hosted by Mt. SAC. The Springfest Tournament will continue thru Saturday.

The Bears will travel to Mayfair on Tuesday and then travel to Gahr the following Tuesday. Warren will then host cross-town rival Downey on 4/10.


The Downey High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 3-7 and have not started S.G.V.L. play. The Vikings split a double header against Long Beach Wilson on 3/18 by winning the first game 1-0 and by losing the second game 6-1. Downey was defeated by Bellflower at Bellflower  4-0 on 3/19. The Vikings hosted Los Altos of Hacienda Heights on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will host St. Anthony’s of Long Beach later today.

Downey will travel to Millikan next Tuesday to play the Rams and will host Mary Star of the Sea of San Pedro next Thursday. Downey will begin league play when they host Lynwood on 4/8. The Vikings will play Firebaugh of Lynwood on 4/10, travel to Lynwood for their rematch with the Knights on 4/11, travel to cross-town rival Warren on 4/22 and then host Warren on 4/25.

The Downey High School softball team currently has an overall record of 3-8 and started S.G.V.L. play yesterday against Paramount at Downey (score unavailable at press time). Senior captains Rachel Rodriguez, Alexis Zavala, Daphne Gaspar, Cassie Grana, Karen Guillen and Brittany Juarez are looking to lead the Lady Vikings to a strong league showing and a spot in the Division 3 playoffs.

The Lady Vikings went 2-3 in the Torrance National Tournament played last week from 3/19-22. Downey opened up the tournament by losing to Torrance 8-4 on 3/19 and Bingham of Salt Lake City 6-4 on 3/20. Downey then defeated Central of El Centro 7-6 and were then defeated by Frontier of Bakersfield 5-4 on 3/21. The Lady Vikings closed out the Torrance Tournament by defeating Palos Verdes Peninsula 9-3 on 3/22.

The Lady Vikings will travel to Gahr next Tuesday and Dominguez next Thursday in San Gabriel Valley League play. Downey will then host Santa Fe next Saturday in a double header. The first game will start at 10:00 a.m. and the second game will start at 12:00 p.m. The Lady Vikings will then host Lynwood on 4/8 and travel to cross-town rival Warren on 4/10.


The Downey High School boys’ lacrosse team currently has an overall record of 3-3 and are 0-1 in South Bay League play.

The Vikings defeated Manual Arts 18-0 on 3/14, were defeated by Viewpoint 7-5 on 3/19 and were defeated by Mira Costa 15-3 at Mira Costa last Friday. Downey hosted Mira Costa in their rematch Wednesday evening (score unavailable at press time).

The Vikings will travel to Santa Monica next Wednesday and will host Beverly Hills next Friday. Downey will then travel to Palos Verdes Peninsula on 4/9 and Palos Verdes on 4/11.

The Vikings host Culver City on 4/21, Redondo Union on 4/23 and Santa Monica on 4/25. Downey has a busy schedule and is certainly traveling significant distances to play.

The Downey High School girls’ lacrosse team has an overall record of 3-4 and are 1-1 in Bay League play.

The Lady Vikings defeated Sage Hill of Newport Beach 9-7 and San Juan Hills 7-4 before being defeated by San Clemente 13-6 on 3/15 in the Orange County/Los Angeles County Shootout at Laguna Hills High School.

To play three games in one day is certainly an endurance contest for any athlete, in any sport. To travel to Laguna Hills High School to play these three games was a tremendous challenge. The Lady Vikings played Sage Hill at 8 a.m, San Juan Hills at 10:40 a.m. and San Clemente at 4 p.m.

Downey traveled to Beverly Hills on Wednesday and will host Redondo Union next Tuesday and Tustin on Wednesday before traveling to Santa Monica on Friday.



Published: March 27, 2014 - Volume 12 - Issue 50