Red-hot Matadores resume playoff run

first_imgLa Mirada (21-7) is led by Siemens, who averages 15.6 points per game. Williams, who came up big down the stretch against St. John Bosco on Tuesday, is scoring at an 11.8 clip with Robbins is putting in 10.8 points per contest. Compton (25-3), the Moore League champion, is coming off a 68-53 victory over Harvard-Westlake in the second round. The Tarbabes are led by junior Demar Derozan (21.9 ppg) and senior Edgar Garibay (14.1 ppg), who scored 28 points with 12 rebounds against Harvard-Westlake. Compton also has a win over traditional power Dominguez. La Habra is the lone area boys soccer team still alive in the CIF-SS divisional playoffs, which continue today with quarterfinal games. The Highlanders, who improved to 25-3 after a 4-3 victory over Diamond Ranch in the second round on Wednesday, play host to South Hills today at 3 p.m. La Habra, which finished second in the Freeway League is led by Edgar Bran, Jacob Baron and Bryan Aanderud. Bran scored two goals and had an assist in the win over Diamond Ranch. South Hills (13-3-9) upset top-seeded Santa Ana in the second round, scoring a 3-1 overtime victory. Three area schools – Montebello, Whittier and La Habra – continue their quest for CIF-SS girls water polo championships today with semifinal games. Montebello (23-5), the Almont League champion, will face Corona del Mar (21-6) in a Division I game at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Irvine. Heritage Park is located at 4601 Walnut Ave. The Oilers advanced to the semifinals with a 12-5 victory over Edison before holding off Long Beach Wilson, 13-1, in the quarterfinals. Corona del Mar, meanwhile, has cruised through the first two rounds, scoring routs over Long Beach Poly (13-1) and El Toro (11-2). Whittier (22-6) looks to hold its top seeding when it faces Chino Hills (25-6) in a Division III game, scheduled for 3 p.m. at Commerce Aquatorium. The Cardinals have faced little resistance in the first two rounds, scoring a 15-3 win over South Pasadena and a 9-4 decision over Upland. Chino Hills has survived two close encounters. The Huskies opened the playoffs with a 6-5 win over Downey before slipping past Arlington, 11-9. In Division VI, La Habra (18-14) faces El Segundo (22-3) at Mira Costa High. The Highlanders scored a 12-1 win over Santa Ana in the first round before beating Elsinore 8-6 in the quarterfinals. La Habra advanced to the semifinals with a forfeit win over Loara on Tuesday. The finals in each division are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona, one of the favorites to win a state title, leads a list of 16 area wrestlers who will compete at the CIF-SS Masters Meet, scheduled for today and Saturday at Carter High School in Rialto. Wrestling begins at noon today and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Carter is located at 2630 N. Linden Ave. in Rialto. Orona, who competes at 119 pounds, is one of three area wrestlers who come into this weekend’s meet after scoring individual CIF titles last week. He is joined by California’s Matt Melendrez (140) and Schurr’s Julian Zuniga. Orona, who was top seed in his weight class at the Inland Division championships last week, won his title after scoring three falls and a major decision before winning a tough 3-2 decision over Westlake’s Arian Ghaffari in the final. Melendrez’s win was just as impressive. He scored three falls before upsetting top-seed Daniel Couts of Santa Fe in the semifinals and beating Masson Blow of Lompoc in the final. Like Melendrez, Schurr’s Zuniga was a surprise winner at 215 pounds. He scored two falls before three solid wins over Brent Pyles of Temescal Canyon, Daniel Turner of Jurupa Valley and Eduardo Marquez of Temecula Valley. Santa Fe will have an area-best five wrestlers at this weekend’s competition. Also competing for the Chiefs, besides Orona, are Dimitri Crouch (103), Couts (140), Miguel Garcia (189) and Lenny Romero (275). Three other area schools – California, El Rancho and La Mirada – will have three wrestlers each competing. California’s list, besides Melendrez, includes Ruben Warr (130) and Nik Noriega (152). El Rancho will have Joseph Salas (119), Tony Fernandez (189) and Billie Rivera (215) with La Mirada bringing Justin Gonzalez (125), Jeff Blanco (160) and Bud Coit (275). La Habra has one qualifier for this weekend’s event – Aaron La Farge (103). The top eight placers at the Masters advance to next weekend’s CIF State championships in Bakersfield. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img La Mirada High School continues its quest for a CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title when it plays host to Compton in a Division I-AA quarterfinal game tonight at 7:30. The Matadores, who beat highly ranked Artesia earlier this season, have won 10 of their past 12 games. They are coming off a 63-54 victory over St. John Bosco. La Mirada had 16 points from sophomore Derrick Williams and 13 each from seniors Josh Robbins and Taylor Siemens to close the game with a 12-0 blitz. last_img read more