Eric Jansen had 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks and Jeong-Moon
Lee had 11 points and eight steals as Hillcrest Christian of Newbury
Park picked up its first Omega League win, 49-23, over Cornerstone
Christian of Camarillo
Hillcrest (2-2, 1-2) ended the game on an incredible 22-0 run,
including a fourth-quarter shutout, which broke open a 4-point game.
Hillcrest outscored Cornerstone 19-0 in the fourth quarter.
Cornerstone Christian was led by 12 points and 11 rebounds by Nick Alpers had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Alexis Lee scored two twice, Alisa Argend added another and goalie
Jessie Smit made 11 blocks, but the Ventura High girls' water polo team
(7-2) opened Channel League play with 4-3 loss against Santa Barbara.
In the first round of Marmonte League play, Agoura swampted Thousand
Oaks 14-4 and Royal edged Westlake 6-3 on Casey Creek's three goals.
Ivan Sanchez set up Jose Nuno's goal as the host Channel Islands High
boys' soccer team improved to 4-0-2 with a 1-0 win over Malibu Tuesday
Down 2-0 inside 15 minutes, the Pacifica High boys' soccer team (4-0)
needed a hat trick from senior Raul Yepez to stay unbeaten.
Omar Espinosa, Adolfo Varga and Edel Rivera picked up assists and
goalkeeper Jose Villalobos also saved a penalty kick in Pacifica's 3-2
win over Carpenteria.
Also,Monique Orocio scored twice and high-flying Yadira Toraya scored
her sixth goal in five matches as the Pacifica High girls' soccer team
improved to 4-1 with
a 4-2 win over Santa Paula (4-1).
Santa Paula senior Maricruz Magana set up younger sister and freshman
Lupita Magana to give the Cardinals the lead after 10 minutes.
Jessica Fortner had a game-high 16 points, including the game-winning
drive and layup with 10 seconds to play, as the Oxnard girls'
basketball team climbed out of an eight-point hole after three quarters
to beat St. Bonaventure, 48-46, Tuesday night.
Hailey Lezano had 11 points, Kelsey Botwinick had 10 points and Erica
Whitley had eight points, six rebounds and six assists for 4-3 St.
Samantha Strang and Keani Albanez each had 12 points and Holly Holcomb
and Kacie Sowell had 10 rebounds apiece as the host Buena girls'
basketball team handed Rio Mesa its second loss, 45-36, Tuesday night.
Leah Crier had a team-high 10 points for Rio Mesa (8-2).. Julissa DeVao had seven points.
When Newbury Park boys' basketball player Charles Benton scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 68-65 loss to Grant Saturday night in the Canyon Tournament, he extended his streak of games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds to six straight.
With its 2-1 victory over Palmdale in the championship game of the Lancaster Tournament, the Ventura boys' soccer team completed a stretch of 13 games in 13 days. The weary Cougars had five starters resting on the sideline for Ventura's second game of the day. Ventura improves to 10-2-1.
Moorpark's offense will not be a shutout.
Tyler Peterson scampered 36 yards with 4:40 remaining in the game to narrow the huge gap to 42-7 in favor of St. Bonaventure.
Isaiah Burton scored his second touchdown of the third quarter - and third touchdown of the game - on an 11-yard reception from Logan Meyer to give St. Bonaventure a 42-0 lead over Moorpark with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Isaiah Burton caught his second touchdown pass of the game - an 8-yard strike from Logan Meyer - to give St. Bonaventure a 35-0 lead over Moorpark with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter.
The drive was 65 yards and nine plays for the Seraphs.
Moorpark quarterback Brody Rohach was down on the field for a few minutes after absorbing a vicious hit to the chest on a Bonaventure blitz. Rohach stayed in the pocket to release the pass and it was complete, but he felt the pain after.
Brian Blechen has replaced Rohach, and was picked off on his third play of the game by Dylan Davis - his second interception of the game.
It's looking like a Bonaventure blowout as Troy Hill ran back an interception 58 yards for a touchdown to give the Seraphs a 28-0 lead over Moorpark with 1:19 remaining in the first half.
Hill picked off a pass that glanced off a diving Moorpark receiver's fingers and sprinted down the home sideline unimpeded.
Another touchdown by St. Bonaventure as Isaiah Burton caught a 10-yard pass from Logan Meyer with 3:03 remaining in the first half to give St. Bonaventure a 21-0 lead.
Burton had to wrestle for the ball with a Moorpark defender, but came up with the ball when the referees tore them apart.
An interception by St. Bonaventure linebacker Dylan Davis at the Moorpark 45-yard line set up the Seraphs drive.
Drew Gibson contributed with a 19-yard reception in which he displayed his athletic ability by skying high into the air to snare the pass.
St. Bonaventure has increased its lead to 14-0 on a 52-yard touchdown run by Devon Blackledge with 8:18 remaining in the first half.
Blackledge took the handoff and went straight up the gut and sprinted the rest of the way into the end zone.
St. Bonaventure has taken a 7-0 lead on a wacky pass play.
Quarterback Logan Meyer's pass bounced off the helmet of a Moorpark defender, went about 10 feet into the air and right into the hands of Tieler Souza, who ran the ball to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown with 5:53 remaining in the first quarter.
Moorpark's big-play linebacker Corey Sandoval left the game after the first play, hobbling on what appears to be an injured left ankle. The Moorpark medical staff has been working on Sandoval since he left the game at the 11:44 mark of the first quarter.
St. Bonaventure went three and out on its first offensive series. Moorpark had two first downs, but punted away.
The game hasn't even started yet and things already have gotten a little chippy.
As the Moorpark players were running through their inflatable tunnel for introductions, St. Bonaventure was standing in the nearby end zone
The players from both teams started barking at each other, and the refs and coaches had to move in between to make sure no fights broke out.
The kickoff between Moorpark and St. Bonaventure in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship game is just minutes away here at Moorpark High.
The place is packed. Not sure what capacity is - but the announcer just said, "I think we are about to find out."
Some of the home fans have made their way over to the visiting stands to find a seat. It could be standing room only pretty soon.
A few other notes -
- The field got a little wet during the week. No word if it was tactic employed to slow St. Bonaventure's team speed.
- The hottest ticket item around is a field pass. Everybody has entered the press box looking for Tara Thomas - the holder of the precious field passes. She is wearing a yellow sweatshirt if you are still trying to locate her.
- Moorpark has installed a big-screen television behind the East end zone.
- Parking was already going to be tough with so much interest in the game, but Moorpark is also hosting a basketball tournament tonight. Be prepared to walk a few miles if you come late.
- St. Bonaventure's pre-game ritual includes performing a miniature version of the haka - a traditional Mń?ori war dance. The dance is also performed by colleges like BYU and Hawaii.
Newbury Park High girls' basketball coach Nori Parvin recorded career win No. 500 tonight in dramatic fashion.
The Panthers nearly let a 12-point fourth-quarter lead slip away against Buena, but held on thanks to some clutch free throw shooting by senior point guard Sidney Dobner to beat the Bulldogs 52-48 in pool play of the Buena Kiwanis Tournament at Buena High.
Dobner hit five free throws in the final nine seconds to put Newbury Park (5-0) ahead for good and seal Parvin's milestone win.
Parvin improves to 500-336 in her 35 seasons, and becomes just the second girls' basketball coach - and first female - in county history to reach No. 500.
It was only the second time Newbury Park has beaten Buena in the program's history. The Panthers last win came in the 2001 Kiwanis Tournament.
"To beat Buena at Buena for 500 is special," Parvin said after receiving congratulatory hugs from colleagues and friends. "I am just so happy for the girls and so happy for the school."
Alex Mallen was the point guard on the 2001 team that last beat Buena, and is now an assistant on Parvin's staff.
"Parv has meant so much to so many players," Mallen said. "To be able to celebrate this with her is awesome."
Newbury Park scorekeeper Ron Gellenbeck was already calling Dobner "Money" by the third quarter and the nickname should stick after her late-game heroics.
Buena rallied from down 12 to take a one-point lead with 21 seconds remaining before Dobner was fouled on a 3-point attempt with nine seconds left and sank all three free throws.
Buena turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Dobner was fouled again to put the game out of reach. She finished with a game-high 22 points, including 11 for 11 from the free-throw line.
"I have never seen Parv this excited," Dobner said. "You can see it in her eyes how much she wanted this."
It's been a while since the Buena High girls' soccer team has started a season with a 1-3 record.
But that's where the Bulldogs stand after tonight's 2-0 loss to Long Beach Wilson at Buena High.
Buena has played a challenging early schedule with losses to three defending divisional champions - Oaks Christian (Division V), Thousand Oaks (Division II) and Long Beach Wilson (Division I).
"It's sounds weird, but I am happy with how we are playing," Buena head coach Trish Butterbaugh said. "I am not happy with the results of course, but I am happy we are playing well. I told the girls we could go 0-10 because I knew we had some injuries to key players and we were playing some tough teams."
But Butterbaugh realizes playing well needs to translate into victories pretty soon.
"We need to start getting results and putting our opportunities away," she said. "We haven't been doing that and we really have to work on it."
Observations from Week One in Ventura County Girls' Basketball -
- Fillmore has returned its entire starting five this season, but has a
new coach. Ernie Quiroz stepped down and is now coaching the Laguna Blanca
High girls' basketball team, which is closer to his home in the Santa Barbara
area. Quiroz is still teaching at Fillmore High though. In his place, Harry Burns has
returned to the sideline for the Flashes to coach the girls. He
presided over Fillmore winning its own tournament title again this past
weekend. "He is really old-school, but it is good because he knows a
lot of stuff and has a lot of basketball knowledge," Fillmore senior
Aimee Orozco said. "I think it's a good thing because I think we needed
a fresh start and we are doing really well. We all love him."
- The starter exodus at Oxnard in the wake of the coaching change last season has benefited other programs, and it was evident at Ventura Optimist Cougar Invitational. Pacifica sophomore center Keiana Vines scored 13 points in a victory over her former team. The 6-foot-4 lefty transferred to Pacifica from Oxnard this season. Buena sophomore guard Keani Albanez also fled Oxnard and has been a huge boost to the Bulldogs lineup (Fast fact: Albanez is playing with her half-sister - Buena guard Elise Munoz. Rio Mesa's Imani Dixon, another Oxnard transfer, helped the Spartans reach the championship game of the tournament.
There were no hard feelings from Vines. She was chatting with the Oxnard players in the stands after beating them in the fifth-place game.
"I think I was a little bit nervous playing against them because I missed a few easy layups," Vines said. "But I knew I couldn't go soft and I still had to play hard even though I am friends with everyone on the team."
- Rio Mesa showed it will be a contender this season. The Spartans are a scrappy and hard-working bunch and nearly pulled out the Optimist title. They led Mira Costa in the first half of the championship game, and rallied to get within a point when Stephanie Ramirez hit a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. But Mira Costa made one of two free throws as the clock expired after the final miss. Ramirez and Julisa DeVad are Rio's longe-range shooters and freshman center Riley Abraham was an all-tournament selection inside. Leah Crier is working her way back from a torn ACL injury.
- It's the little sister revival at Royal this season. Ali Mosier is the sister of former guard Jen Mosier, Aubree Mittel is the little sister of former prolific guard Kinsley Mittel and Gabbi King is the sister of former forward Kris King.
Moorpark is going through its pregame warm up for tonight's CIF Northern Division semifinal against Valencia. It figures to be a tight contest, one where a field goal kicker's ability to hit a kick late in the game might determine the outcome.
If that is the case, Moorpark might be in pretty good shape. Kickers Steven Picchini and Brenden Daley have been trading turns making kicks, a lot from as far as 45 yards out. If one of these two kickers can make a few of those during the contest, it could spell victory for the Muskateers.
Valencia has been scoring a ton of points during the playoffs, so it will be interesting to see how they move the ball against a vert talented Moorpark defense.
Host Morro Bay did an excellent job of keeping the football out of the
hands of Oaks Christian playmakers like Nick Montana, Malcolm Jones and
Chris Owusu Friday night in the CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinals.
Morro Bay ran the ball on 62 of 64 plays from scrimmage.
Oaks Christian had possession for just 11 minutes, in which it ran 35 plays... and scored 29 points.
"It's crazy," Oaks Christian head coach Bill Redell told the Star's
David Lassen. "You feel like, 'Geez, we just didn't seem to get going.
Then you see we only had 35 plays, and we scored 29 points."
Jones returned from a shoulder injury to rush for 82 yards and three touchdowns.
The 100th win in the short history of Oaks Christian School's football
program, 29-7 Friday night at Morro Bay, put it in position to win its
sixth section title.
El Segundo and Serra play Saturday for the right to face the Lions in the CIF-SS Northwest Division title game Friday.
The St. Bonaventure defense held Saugus to 116 yard rushing tonight in
its CIF-SS Northern Division semifinal win, 213 yards under its season
The Seraphs' first defense was not scored upon.
With its 35-8 win in the CIF-SS Northern Division semifinal against
Saugus, St. Bonaventure is 41-5 in the program's postseason history.
The Seraphs are also 10-0 in semifinals and 9-1 in championship games.
The St. Bonaventure High football team won their 10th straight semifinal Friday night.
Click the jump for the unofficial box score.
Oaks Christian School won its 24th straight postseason game Friday
night in Morro Bay. Click the jump for the unofficial box score.
Ryan Zirbel's 9-yard run with just over a minute left finally gets Saugus on the board.
Devon Blackledge scores on touchdown runs of 17 and 35 yards in the fourth quarter as the Seraphs build a 35-0 lead.
The final day of the Ventura Optimist Cougar Invitational will feature Rio Mesa playing Mira Costa in the title game and two preceding crosstown rivalry games between Buena-Ventura and Oxnard-Pacifica.
Rio Mesa 48, Oxnard 31 (High scorer: Rio Mesa - Julisa Devad 14 points).
Ventura 54, Westlake 15 (High scorers: Ventura - Maddie Fahan and Amy Pupa, 14 points)
Buena 53, Hart 43 (High scorer: Buena - Holly Holcomb 16 points).
Morro Bay 52, Pacifica 41
Saturday's Final Day -
Championship Game: Rio Mesa vs. Morro Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Third-place Game: Buena vs. Ventura, 6 p.m.
Fifth-place Game: Oxnard vs. Pacifica, 4:30 p.m.
Seventh-place Game: Westlake vs. Hart, 3 p.m.
After Dylan Davis stops Desi Rodriguez a yard short on fourth down,
Logan Meyer hits brother Zach Meyer with a 23-yard touchdown pass to
give the Seraphs a 21-0 lead with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
On its first 10 plays of the second half, Saugus had just nine yards.
Wyatt Gerbracht 2-yard touchdown run gets Morro Bay on the scoreboard with 34 seconds to play. Oaks Christian still leads 29-7 in the final minute.
Three quarters have finished on the Central Coast and Oaks Christian has settled into a comfy 29-0 lead over host Morro Bay in the CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinal.
Oaks Christian wasted no time adding to its lead.
Brian Owusu ran the opening kickoff of the second half back 87 yards for a touchdown and Scott Arellano made the two-point conversion off a bad snap for a 29-0 lead over Morro Bay in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division semifinal at Morro Bay High.
Malcolm Jones has powered Oaks Christian to a 21-0 halftime lead over Morro Bay in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division semifinal at Morro Bay High.
Oaks Christian has 239 yards of total offense. Quarterback Nick Montana has completed 6 of 9 passes for 75 yards and one interception while Jones, who has returned from a shoulder injury, has 10 carries for 82 yards and all three of Oaks Christian's touchdowns.
Morro Bay has 161 total yards of offense with every yard coming on the ground. Morro Bay is 0 for 1 passing. Sam Crizer is the leading rusher with 68 yards on 11 carries.
Malcolm Jones' return to the Oaks Christian School backfield paid immediate dividends for the Lions, who took a 7-0 lead in its CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division semifinal at Morro Bay High on a 9-yard Jones touchdown run with 8:23 left in the first quarter.¬†
As luck would have it for Oaks Christian High, its boys' basketball team is playing in a tournament only 12 miles away from where the football team is playing Morro Bay tonight.
The basketball team just beat Villa Park 64-55 to improve to 2-0 in pool play at the San Luis Obispo Kiwanis Tournament.
The players are taking showers at the Embassy Suites, grabbing a bite to eat and packing into the vans to attend the football team.
Both Lions teams are hoping the game is in hand by halftime because the basketball team plays Monte Vista tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
"We will gauge when we need to leave the game," Oaks Christian basketball coach Tom Roanhaus said. "These kids need to get in bed early to get up at 6:45 and get breakfast at 7 and be on the floor running up and down at 9."
Roanhaus joked last week he would have the team walk to the football game if it lost. But the players didn't have to test his sense of humor.
"They are excited to support their classmates," he said. "The athletes at this school really support each other."
Simi Valley 96, Buena 67
Valencia 62, Ventura 55
Camarillo 66, Santa Barbara 50
Newbury Park 65, Dos Pueblos 62
Golden Valley 70, Dos Pueblos 62 (OT)
Bakersfield Stockdale 64, Newbury Park 63
Chaminade 67, Camarillo 53
Saugus 65, Santa Barbara 43
Valencia 68, Knight 63
Ventura 65, El Camino Real 62
Simi Valley 80, Littlerock 47
Buena 65, Burroughs 60 (OT)
Golden Valley vs. Stockdale, 6:30 p.m. at Camarillo High
Chaminade vs. Saugus, 8 p.m. at Camarillo High
Valencia vs. Ventura, 6:30 p.m. at Simi Valley High
Buena at Simi Valley, 8 p.m.
Dos Pueblos vs. Newbury Park, 3:30 p.m. at Camarillo High
Camarillo vs. Santa Barbara, 5 p.m. at Camarillo High
Knight vs. El Camino, 3:30 p.m. at Simi Valley High
Littlerock vs. Burroughs, 5 p.m. at Simi Valley High
Click the jump for highlights from individual games.
Ivan Sanchez and Luis Hernandez each scored twice as the Channel Islands boys' soccer team, CIF-SS Divison IV semifinalists last year, kept rolling into a new season with a 5-0 win over Royal Tuesday afternoon.
Salvador Orosco added a goal and two assists and Salvador and Jose Gutierrez also set up goals.
In a season-opening meeting of two of the area's most successful girls' soccer programs in recent years, Oaks Christian overcame an early deficit to defeat Buena, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon in Westlake Village.
The Lions scored three times after Megan Erskine set up Marissa Campos' 18th-minute opener for Buena.
Kelly Johnson set up both Kaycee Buckley's equalizer in the 32nd minute and Ali Courtnall's leader 26 minutes later. Lauren Lindstrom also scored from 40 yards on a free kick.
Yadira Toraya, who scored 22 goals as a junior, picked up where she left off for the Pacifica High girls' soccer team Tuesday.
Toraya scored twice in the Triton's season-opening 2-0 win over San Marcos.
Julisa Devad couldn't bear to watch.
Although the shot felt good leaving her hand, the Rio Mesa High junior guard realized the implications of its landing point.
Devad's 3-pointer at the buzzer swished through the net as Rio Mesa stunned Ventura 38-37 tonight in the opening round of the Ventura Optimist Cougar Invitational at Ventura High.
"It was so overwhelming I couldn't look after I let it go," Devad said as she was swarmed by congratulating fans afterward. "I don't even know why, but it was."
Ventura (0-1) led the entire game, but the scrappy Spartans (1-0) refused to go away quietly. Down 36-35, they fouled Ventura's Maddie Fahan with nine seconds remaining and the junior guard hit 1 of 2 free throws.
Rio Mesa rushed the ball up court and located Devad on the left wing for the game winner.
"I was missing everything before that," Devad said. "But I am glad I hit that one."
Devad finished with 16 points. Maddie Fahan and Amy Pupa had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Ventura (0-1).