[HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS] December 2017
As expected, the Fall playoffs brought a strong harvest for the Harvard-Westlake teams and their fans.
The Wolverines boys’ water polo team made the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs and qualified for the state playoffs. Scott Ruggles’ football team finished its season with an 8-3 record and a bright future with sophomore quarterback Jameson Wang coming back.
The H-W girls’ water polo team made the quarterfinals of the Division 1 playoffs before being eliminated by Corona del Mar. The Wolverines qualified for the state playoffs but were knocked out of the first round by Bakersfield Liberty.
Loyola High School
The Loyola football team finished the season finished the year at 5-5 in head coach Rick Pedroarias’ first season. The Cubs lost four of their last five games, with three of those losses coming by one score. Loyola will return most of its starters next year.
The Cubs boys’ water polo team lost the consolation championship of the Division 1 playoffs, falling 13-7 to Orange Lutheran. Loyola qualified for the state playoffs and were set to begin at press time.
Coach Dennis Keyes’ Vikings football team finished the season 7-3 but were a win shy of making the playoffs. The Vikings girls’ volleyball team made the playoffs with a 10-14 record but were swept out of the first round.
The Campbell Hall girls’ tennis team was the top team on campus this fall but they lost in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 CIF-SS playoffs, losing to University on the games’ tiebreak in a heartbreaker, 9-9 (76-73).
Flintridge Prep (La Canada)
The Rebels were ranked No. 2 in the Division 5 CIF-SS poll all season and looked like a lock for a championship appearance, but they were upset in the second round of the playoffs by Alta Loma, who beat Flintridge Prep 7-5.
Flintridge Prep’s boys cross country team is No. 2 in Division 5, while the girls team is No. 1 and a strong contender for a CIF title.
Notre Dame High School
The Regal Gryphons made it into the Division 3 playoffs and swept a first round match against Newbury Park before losing to Saddleback Valley Christian in the second round.
Otto Lacayo’s volleyball squad started the year 25-5 and won an undefeated Prep league championship with Alison Martinez (4.3 kills per set) and Makana Meyer (3.4 kills per set) leading the way.
Martinez signed a scholarship with Long Beach State shortly after the team’s Division 3 semifinal loss to Sierra Canyon—the Tigers qualified for the state playoffs as well.
The Mustangs finished the season 14-10 overall with a second-place finish in the Sunshine League, led by four hitters all averaging 2.5 kills per set: Hailey Horn-Bostel, Laney Sullivan, Helena Econn, and Sophie Launsbach. Sophomore Bella Dennis is leading the offense as the team’s setter. The Mustangs made the playoffs but lost in the first round.
Immaculate Heart High School
The Pandas girls volleyball team finished the season with a 5-15 overall record under head coach Jade Szcezepanski-Beavers.
Mike Guardabascio is the Prep-Sports Editor for the Long Beach Press Telegram.