[HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUNDUP] November 2017
It’s been a great fall for the Wolverines and Harvard-Westlake fans are already looking forward to the playoffs, with good reason: four of the school’s seven fall sports teams are ranked in the CIF Southern Section polls.
The football team is No. 8 and started 6-1 under coach Scot Ruggles, as sophomore quarterback Jameson Wang has thrown for 1,154 yards and 14 touchdowns and run for another 490 yards and five touchdowns.
The Wolverines girls’ volleyball team is 15-8 under coach Adam Black and is just outside the Division 1 top 10 rankings, at No. 11.
Harvard-Westlake’s water polo team is ranked No. 7, while the girls’ tennis team has dropped out of the rankings. The boys’ cross-country team is ranked No. 6 in Division 4.
LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL
The Cubs’ great 3-1 start has been followed by a 1-3 performance in the Mission League, but first-year head coach Rick Pedroarias’ team has been relying on young talent so far this year. Losses to Bishop Amat and Serra came by a combined seven points, showing how close Loyola is to rising in the league next season.
The Cubs’ water polo team is up to No. 8 in the CIF-SS Division 1 rankings, and the cross-country team is No. 3.
The Vikings football team dropped out of the Division 13 rankings but Dennis Keyes’ team is 6-2 as he continues to turn the CH program around.
The team of the fall on campus is the girls’ tennis program, ranked No. 3 in Division 1 behind powerhouses like Corona del Mar and Peninsula. The Vikings cross-country team is No. 5 in Division 5.
FLINTRIDGE PREP (LA CANADA)
The Rebels are on a CIF championship collision course with San Marino in the pool—the two teams have been No. 1 and No. 2 all season in the Division 5 CIF-SS rankings, and seem to be a lock for a late-November championship meeting.
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 volleyball team is down to No. 9 in Division 3 in the most recent rankings after a 12-10 overall start. Notre Dame is 3-3 in the Sunshine League.
Otto Lacayo’s volleyball squad is up to No. 7 in the CIF-SS’ Division 3 rankings, and the Tigers are rolling. After a 19-6 start, the Tigers are also 9-0 in the Prep League led by seniors Alison Martinez (4.3 kills per set) and Makana Meyer (3.4 kills per set). The Tigers’ offense is run by a talented freshman, as Emmie Barnard is averaging 10.4 assists per set.
The Mustangs girls’ volleyball team started 14-4 and 5-2 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.
IMMACULATE HEART HIGH SCHOOL
The Pandas girls’ volleyball team is off to a 5-14 start under head coach Jade Szcezepanski-Beavers and are winless in the Sunshine League.
Mike Guardabascio is the Prep-Sports Editor for the Long Beach Press-Telegram.