[HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUNDUP]
The Wolverines are set up for what could be the best Fall of all, as every single Harvard-Westlake sports team has garnered a spot in the CIF Southern Section’s top 10 rankings.
Football is No. 9 and is off to a 4-0 start led by quarterback Jameson Wang, a talented sophomore. Girls’ volleyball is No. 8 and started 11-5 and will be a contender for the Mission League. Water polo is ranked No. 5 and has already beaten two teams ranked ahead of them. Tennis is No. 6, and even both cross country teams are ranked, with the girls No. 10 and the boys No. 6.
Harvard-Westlake is the only school of the more than 500 CIF-SS member schools to have every single sport ranked.
Loyola High School
The Cubs football team isn’t ranked in CIF, but Loyola is off to a 3-1 start under first-year head coach Rick Pedroarias, having beaten Fairfax, St. Augustine, and Cathedral.
Loyola’s only loss came to Santa Margarita, an understandable defeat given that the powerhouse Trinity League’s programs were 23-1 to start the year.
The Cubs’ water polo team is ranked No. 9 and the boys’ cross country team started the year ranked No. 2, with a strong chance at a CIF title.
The Vikings football team started 3-1 and earned the No. 7 spot in the CIF’s Division 13 rankings, as head coach Dennis Keyes continued his team’s turnaround since taking over a team that went 1-6 in 2013.
Campbell Hall’s girls’ tennis team is the top-ranked program in CIF, while the boys cross country team is No. 4.
Flintridge Prep (La Cañada)
The Rebels look like strong CIF championship contenders in the pool, where their boys’ water polo team is the top-ranked team in Division 5. The Flintridge Prep cross country teams are both ranked No. 1 in Division 5 as well.
Russell White’s Rebels 8-man football team got off to a 2-2 start.
John Marshall High School
Fourth-year head coach Clay Johnston is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround with a Barristers team coming off back-to-back 3-8 seasons. Marshall is already 3-1 this year, on pace to have its first winning season in six years.
Daniel Soto has thrown for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns already, while Brian Cuevas and Johnny Hernandez have rushed for a pair of scores each.
Mike Guardabascio is the Prep Sports Editor for the Long Beach Press-Telegram.