Sports Briefs: Bears fall to Buena Park

DOWNEY – The Warren High School footbal team lost to Buena Park at home last Friday night, 25-0. With the loss, the Bears fell to 0-2. With the win, the Coyotes improved to 3-0. The Coyotes have outscored their three opponents 143-6.

Warren has given Buena Park their toughest game of the season thus far. Buena Park defeated Orange 65-0 on 8/28 and California 53-6 on 9/5. The Bears held the Coyotes to 25 points after Buena Park averaged 59 points in their first two games.

Warren will face Firebaugh of Lynwood later tonight at Warren at 7:00 p.m. The Falcons come into tonight’s game with a record of 1-2. Firebaugh lost to St. Paul 62-0 on 8/29, lost to Marantha of Pasadena 49-9 on 9/5 and defeated Century of Santa Ana 7-6 last Thursday.

In the Buena Park game, Bear quarterback Jordan Yancy completed 4/18 passes for 28 yards. Yancy did not throw a touchdown pass and threw two interceptions. The Bear rushing attack accumulated 173 yards on 19 carries. Warren averaged over nine yards per carry against Buena Park. Through two games, the Bears running attack has been paced by Jordan Mayes’ 16 carries for 62 yards, Yancy’s 10 carries for 142 yards, Eduardo Figueroa’s eight carries for 25 yards and Fredrick Reed’s six carries for 13 yards.

Through two games, the Bear receiving corps are led by Ulises Cota’s four catches for 58 yards, David Escobedo’s four catches for 58 yards and four other Bears with one reception each. Angel Luevanos, Christian Mendez, Jordan Mayes and Joseph Vargas have all caught one pass during a game. Coach Lara, his staff and players continue to work hard in search of their first win of the season.


The Warren High School girls’ cross country team finished first among Division 1 schools and third overall at the Laguna Hills Invitational last Saturday. Capo Valley (Division 2# 3) and Bishop Amat (Division 3 # 1) defeated the Lady Bears while Warren outran local Division 1 powerhouses Dana Hills (# 3), Vista Murrieta (# 4) and San Clemente (# 6).

Lisa Vasquez and Janeane Hernandez paced the Lady Bears to the strong showing. Marissa Pluma (sit-out mandate) and Gwendolyn Hurtado (surgery) were forced to sit out the competition. Once healthy and at full strength, the Lady Bears will be tough to beat. At the time of this writing, the Lady Bears are ranked fourth in the latest Division 1 Girls’ XC poll.


Warren High School will be hosting its annual carnival later this month. This carnival was created in order to help support clubs and sports programs at Warren.

There will be rides, games, food, fun and entertainment for everyone.

The carnival will be held Sept. 26-28. Hours will be 5-11 p.m. on Friday, 1-11 p.m. on Saturday and 1-10 p.m. on Sunday.

The carnival will be held on the corner of DePalma and Paramount Blvd. Pre-sale tickets are on sale at a discounted rate and students are strongly encouraged to buy early and save. Come out and help support Warren clubs and sports programs.

Warren High School Athletic Director Russ Heicke maintains that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may be at this year’s carnival. You never know...


The Downey High School girls’ volleyball team improved to 4-3 on the season with a three set win against Artesia at Downey on Tuesday.

The Lady Vikings won in straight sets 25-11, 25-12 and 25-17. Kimberly Schnars had 19 kills, setter Amy Crowell had 21 assists and libero Victoria Trejo had 15 digs.

Downey went 1-2 at the Molten Tournament in Lakewood in early September. The Lady Vikings lost to Mayfield of Pasadena 3-0 on 9/1 at 8:30 a.m. and defeated Pacifica 3-0 on 9/1 at 1:30 p.m. Downey lost to North Torrance at the same Molten Tournament 3-1 on 9/3. The Lady Vikings lost to Yorba Linda 3-2 on 9/6 and Torrance 3-0 later in the same day. Downey defeated Mayfair 3-1 last Thursday and Artesia 3-0 on Tuesday. The Lady Vikings are currently on a modest, two-game winning streak.

The Lady Vikings played La Serna at La Serna yesterday (score unavailable at press time). Downey will host Troy next Tuesday and will also host Valley Christian next Thursday. The Lady Vikings will start San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood on 10/2. Downey will host cross-town rival Warren on October 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Coach Sims, her staff and players are looking forward to the start of S.G.V.L. play. Gahr and Warren look to challenge Downey for the league title. Downey is the reigning 2013 S.G.V.L. champion and have dominated league play in recent years.


The Downey High School football team fell to Mira Costa at Mira Costa last Friday night 48-31. With the loss, Downey fell to 1-2 while Mira Costa improved to 1-1.

Downey will play at Millikan tonight at 7 p.m. Millikan comes into tonight’s game with a record of 3-0.

Millikan has outscored their three oponents 117-16. The Rams defeated Artesia 50-7 on 8/29, Aliso Niguel 20-6 on 9/5 and Western of Anaheim 47-3 last Friday. The Rams are led by standout senior running back Donald Gordon.

In the Mira Costa game, the Downey offense was led by junior quarterback Rafeeq Rahim’s 16/32 passing for 274 yards. Of Rahim’s 16 completions, seven went to different Viking receivers. Rahim threw one touchdown pass and had three interceptions in his first start. The Viking rushing attack was led by Daevon Vigilant’s 19 carries for 201 yards and Justin Huff’s 18 carries for 152 yards. The two Downey running backs combined for 353 rushing yards on only 37 carries.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Stacy Chukwumezie’s four catches for 55 yards, Jalen Thompson’s three catches for 83 yards, Darrian Franklin’s three catches for 41 yards, Jacob Cook’s two catches for 24 yards, Vigilant’s two catches for 14 yards, Albert Padilla’s one catch for 48 yards and Justin Huff’s one catch for nine yards. Downey kicker Omar Juarez converted 2/3 PAT’s and was 1/1 on field goal attempts. The field goal was from 34 yards out.

The Viking defense saw 14 different players make tackles. Defensive back Miguel Esquitin had eight solo and one assisted tackle. Linebacker Kiefer Enslin had six solo and two assisted tackles, linebacker Cameron Carr had seven solo tackles and Hinckley Ropati, Jacob Cook, Chris Blanton, Manny Ramirez and Eli Garcia all had six tackles each. Enslin and Blanton had four and three tackles for loss, respectively.



Published: Sept. 18, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 23