Downey players shine despite early playoff exit

Photo courtesy Frances Baca

Photo courtesy Frances Baca

DOWNEY – The Downey High School girls’ soccer team finished their season in the first round of the 2019 C.I.F. Division 3 Southern California Regional Girls Soccer Championships with a 2-1 loss at Grossmont High School in El Cajon on February 26th.

The bracket featured 1.) Oak Hills/ 8.) San Diego, 4.) Mission Oak/ 5.) Culver City, 3.) Grossmont/ 6.) Downey and 2.) Flintridge Sacred Heart/ 7.) New West Charter. Flintridge Sacred Heart defeated Culver City 3-0 in the final on March 2nd.

Downey finished the season with an overall record of 17-7-5 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-1-1. The Vikings finished in second place behind eventual league champion, Warren (18-6-4, 9-0-1).

Three senior players of the Downey High School girls’ soccer team have been competing in an all-star tournament. Roxanne Victoria, Amaya Gonzalez and Alice Hernandez have been competing in all-star competitions, most recently at Newport Harbor High School in Irvine.

The three senior midfielders are also entertaining scholarships to various universities. Indiana, Long Beach State, Stanford, Occidental College and Colorado are just five of the many schools currently showing interest in the trio. Coach Aguiniga and his staff are extremely proud of his players’ accomplishments.


DOWNEY LACROSSE: The Downey High School boys’ lacrosse team currently has an overall record of 3-1 and will begin South Bay League play on March 20th when they play Culver City at Culver City.

The Vikings defeated Roosevelt at Roosevelt 10-6 on February 27th, defeated Damien at Downey 6-5 on March 1st, were defeated by Redondo Union at Redondo Union 14-1 on March 4th and defeated Beverly Hills at Beverly Hills 6-5 on March 7th.

Downey hosted Beverly Hills at Downey on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time).

Downey competes in the South Bay League against Santa Monica and Culver City. At the time of this writing Santa Monica is 3-1 overall, Downey is 3-1 overall and Culver City is 1-4 overall.

The Vikings are scheduled to play Culver City at Culver City on March 20th, Santa Monica at Santa Monica on March 27th, Damien at Damien on April 5th, Roosevelt at Downey on April 12th and El Segundo at Downey on April 17th.

The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 4-12 and a South Bay League record of 0-4. Head Coach Bryant Hernandez, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 lacrosse season.


WARREN SOFTBALL: The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 4-3 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to play Lynwood at Lynwood on March 26th.

In preseason action, the Bears competed in the Savannah Showcase where they finished 4-1. Warren defeated Villa Park, Santa Fe, La Serna and Culver City with their only loss coming to La Mirada 3-2 in eight innings.

The Bears were defeated by La Serna at La Serna 7-1 on March 15th and will travel to La Palma Kennedy to face the Fighting Irish on March 19th. Warren is also scheduled to compete in the La Mirada Tournament on March 23rd and March 30th.

As mentioned, the Bears will travel to Lynwood to face the Lady Knights on March 26th, will travel to Paramount to face the Lady Pirates on March 28th, will host Gahr at Warren on April 2nd and will travel to cross-town rival Downey on April 4th to play in the first of their two scheduled meetings. Warren will finish their first round of league play when they host Dominguez at Warren on April 9th.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 17-13 and was 6-4 in league play. The Bears were defeated by South Hills 4-3 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2019 S.G.V.L. season and competing for a league title. Gahr and Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


WARREN BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Warren High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 4-5 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Lynwood at Warren on March 21st.

Warren finished the Redondo Union Tournament on February 22nd and 23rd with a record of 1-4. The Bears were defeated by St. John Bosco at St. John Bosco 3-1 on March 5th, defeated Santa Fe at Santa Fe 3-0 on March 7th and defeated Norwalk at Norwalk 3-1 on March 21st.

Warren will host Lynwood at Warren on March 21st, will travel to face Paramount at Paramount on March 26th, will host Gahr at Warren on March 28th and will travel to cross-town rival Downey on April 2nd for the first of their two scheduled meetings. Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of S.G.V.L. play.


WARREN BASEBALL: The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 12-2 and are 0-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play. Warren swept a doubleheader from Hoover at Hoover 15-0 and 10-0 last Saturday in non-league play.

The Bears were defeated by Paramount at Warren 1-0 on Monday and traveled to Paramount on Wednesday for their rematch (score unavailable at press time).

The Bears will travel to Dominguez on Monday and will then host the Dons next Thursday at Warren. Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to 2019 league play.

SportsMark Fetter