Vikings advance to CIF semifinals

Amanda Perez scores the winning goal against Notre Dame. Photo courtesy David Perez

Amanda Perez scores the winning goal against Notre Dame. Photo courtesy David Perez

DOWNEY – The Downey High School girls’ soccer team has advanced to the semifinal round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.

The Lady Vikings defeated West Ranch at Downey 2-1 on February 6th in their first-round game, defeated Bishop Montgomery at Bishop Montgomery 1-0 on February 8th in their second-round game and defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 1-0 on Tuesday in their quarterfinal round game.

Lady Viking Amanda Perez scored the game winner in the first half against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Downey will play against Flintridge Sacred Heart (10-4-3) at Downey at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the semifinal round. Flintridge Sacred Heart defeated South Torrance in their quarterfinal round game 3-2 to advance.

The Lady Vikings are currently 17-5-5 overall and are one win away from advancing to the C.I.F. Division 3 championship game on February 22nd or 23rd.

DOWNEY GIRLS WATER POLO: The Downey High School girls’ water polo team saw their season come to an end last Thursday against El Segundo 9-5 at the Downey Aquatics Center.

The Lady Vikings were eliminated in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs. El Segundo (20-5) was then eliminated by Sunny Hills at El Segundo 8-7 in their quarterfinal round game on February 9th.

Downey defeated Millikan at Downey 8-6 in the first round on February 5th to advance to second round play. The Lady Vikings finished their season with an overall record of 20-7 and a league record of 6-0. Downey is the 2019 San Gabriel Valley League champion.


WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Warren High School girls’ basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 2AA playoffs.

The Lady Bears defeated St. Paul at St. Paul 52-41 in their first-round game on February 7th and defeated Los Altos at Warren 46-45 in their second-round game on February 9th.

Warren traveled to Rolling Hills Prep (21-3) on Wednesday for their quarterfinal round game against the Lady Huskies. The winner of this game will play the winner of the Huntington Beach/Roosevelt game on Friday.

The Lady Bears are currently 12-14 overall and one win away from the semifinals. Coach Palmer, her staff and players are all looking forward to getting back to the C.I.F. championship game. The Lady Bears are the 2018 defending C.I.F. Division 3AA champions.


WARREN GIRLS SOCCER: The Warren High School girls’ soccer team was eliminated by Vista Murrieta (14-3-3) at Vista Murrieta 3-0 on February 8th in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs.

The Lady Bears defeated Lakewood at Warren 4-0 on February 6th to advance to the second round.

Warren finished their season with an overall record of 18-5-4 and were 9-0-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play. Warren is the 2019 S.G.V.L. champion. Coach Dussan, her staff and players may be a little disappointed with a second-round exit from postseason play but they still played hard and had an excellent season.


WARREN BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School boys’ basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs with a win against La Habra at Labra 50-45 on Tuesday night.

The Bears defeated Valley Christian at Warren 61-46 on February 8th to advance to the second round.

The Bears played Santa Clarita Christian at Warren last night (score unavailable at press time) and will play the winner of the Highland/San Gabriel Academy game if they won Thursday night’s game. The Bears currently have an overall record of 20-6 and are the 2019 San Gabriel Valley League champions.


WARREN BOYS WRESTLING: The Warren High School boys’ wrestling team had two wrestlers qualify for the Master’s Meet at the C.I.F. Individual Competition held at Brea-Olinda High School last weekend.

Warren’s 120 pound wrestler Salvador Alvarez placed second and 160 pound wrestler Carlos Durazo placed fourth. Downey’s Matthew Morales was the only other wrestler, from Downey or Warren, to advance to the Master’s Meet after he placed second at 132 pounds.

Warren’s Salvador Alvarez (120) is scheduled to wrestle Kobe Kim of Los Alamitos in his first round match, Carlos Durazo (160) is scheduled to wrestle Adan Torres of Indian Springs in his first round match and Matthew Morales (132) is scheduled to wrestle Michael Valdez of Santa Ana Calvary Chapel in his first round match.

Master’s Meet competition will be held at Cerritos College this weekend and the state meet will be held at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield next weekend.


MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS: The third rotation of middle sports has concluded and eight more city championships have been claimed.

Middle school student-athletes competed in boy’s and girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer. There were grade level teams for boys’ and girls’ basketball as well as a junior varsity and varsity boys’ soccer teams.

The Sussman 8th grade boy basketball team is the city champion. The Pioneers finished with a record of 4-2. Doty and Stauffer finished tied for second with records of 3-3 and Griffiths finished fourth with a record of 2-4. The Doty and Stauffer 7th grade boy basketball teams were co-champions with records of 5-1 and Griffiths and Sussman tied for third with records of 1-5. The Doty 6th grade boy basketball team is the city champion. The Knights finished with a record of 6-0. Griffiths and Sussman tied for second with records of 3-3 and Stauffer finished in fourth with a record of 0-6.

The Doty and Sussman 8th grade girls’ basketball teams are co-champions with records of 5-1. Griffiths finished in third place with a record of 2-4 and Stauffer finished fourth with a record of 0-6. The Doty 7th grade girl basketball team is the city champion. The Lady Knights finished with a record of 6-0. Stauffer finished second with a record of 3-3, Sussman finished third with a record of 2-4 and Griffiths finished fourth with a record of 1-5. The Stauffer 6th grade girl basketball team is the city champion. The Lady Spartans finished with a record of 5-1. Sussman finished second with a record of 4-1-1, Doty finished third with a record of 2-3-1 and Griffiths finished fourth with a record of 0-6.

The Stauffer varsity soccer team is the city champion. The Spartans finished with a record of 5-1. Griffiths finished second with a record of 3-3 and Doty and Sussman tied for third place with records of 2-4. The Sussman junior varsity soccer team is the city champion. The Pioneers finished with a record of 6-0. Doty finished second with a record of 3-3, Stauffer finished third with a record of 2-4 and Griffiths finished fourth with a record of 1-5.

With the third rotation now complete, Doty leads the race for the Champions Cup Trophy with 7 points, Griffiths is in second place with 5.5 points , Stauffer is in third place with 4 points and Sussman is in fourth place with 2.5 points. Up next is boys’ baseball and girls’ softball. Four more city championships are up for grabs.

Track and field will follow baseball and softball and that will be the fifth and final rotation this year.

SportsMark Fetter