Basketball/ Apr 05 2022

La Salle’s Audrey Chen Named CIF-SS Division 3 John R. Wooden Player of the Year

Press Release: LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 4, 2022) – The Los Angeles Athletic Club today announced the fourteen outstanding Southern California high school boys’ and girls’ basketball players who will be awarded the 2022 John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award.  The boys’ winners are: CIF Los Angeles City Section, Kalib LaCount, King/Drew Magnet […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 24 2022

La Salle’s Audrey Chen & Flintridge Prep’s Ashley Chea Named 210 Prep Sports Girls Basketball Players of the Year

Pictured L-R: Audrey Chen & Ashley Chea Girls Basketball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor The La Salle and Flintridge Prep girls basketball programs went in diametrically opposite directions this season. The Wolves were decimated with injuries and had to rely heavily on a single player offensively, while the Lancers featured the SGV area’s most balanced offense, where […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 24 2022

La Salle’s Scott Wiard Named 210 Prep Sports Girls Basketball Coach of the Year; Lancers Won First CIF-SS & CIF State So Cal Regional Titles

Photos by Alex Veliz Girls Basketball By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor There aren’t enough superlatives to accurately describe the job that Scott Wiard did in 2021-22. The 31-year La Salle coach, in just his third year at the helm, led the Lancers to heights not reached in program history. La Salle won their first Camino […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 14 2022

Alex & Mario Veliz’s 106 Pictures From Saturday’s La Salle-Oakland Tech Showdown in CIF State D-3 Title Game

Girls Basketball: Thanks to Mario and Alex Veliz for this photo gallery of Saturday’s state final in Sacramento. La Salle fell just shy of a D- 3 state championship, falling to Oakland Tech, 39-33, but the Lady Lancers will return all five starters in 2022-23. The Lancers won a Camino Real League, CIF-SS D-3.AA & […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 12 2022

Oakland Tech Snaps La Salle’s 23-Game Win Streak & Defeats Lancers, 39-33, in CIF State Division 3 Title Game

Photos by Alex & Mario Veliz Girls Basketball: The sad news is that La Salle had its lowest scoring output of the season, and fell in the CIF State Division 3 championship game. The great news is: the Camino Real League and CIF-SS Division 3AA champions will return all five starters from this 2021-22 record-breaking […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 12 2022

Damien Wins CIF State Division 1 Championship; Kaleb Smith’s 23 Points Leads Spartans to 65-57 Victory Over Clovis North

Boys Basketball: To say that Kaleb Smith was at his best on the sport’s biggest stage would be an understatement. The Damien senior had a team-high 23 points in Friday’s 65-57 victory over Clovis North in the CIF State Division 1 championship game. Smith hit 9-of-11 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, and went […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 09 2022

La Salle Wins CIF State Division 3 So Cal Regional Championship; Lancers Defeat Porterville, 62-49 & Will Play for State Title

Photos by Alex Veliz Girls Basketball: In a span of 10 days, the La Salle girls basketball program has made some major school history. On Feb. 26, the Lancers claimed the program’s first CIF-SS Division 3AA championship, with a 13-point victory at Cerritos. And tonight, La Salle won its first CIF-State Division 3 Southern California […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 09 2022

Damien Wins CIF State D-1 So Cal Regional Title After 58-53 Victory Over Crean Lutheran; Spartans Headed to Sacramento to Play for State Championship

Photos by Jim McCormack for the OC Sports Zone Boys Basketball: Damien finished what it started on Tuesday night. The Spartans used five and seven-point advantages in the first and fourth quarters, respectively, to earn a spot in the CIF State Division 1 championship game this Friday in Sacramento. Damien edged visiting Crean Lutheran, 58-53, […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 07 2022

Game Preview: Damien Hosts Crean Lutheran in Tuesday’s CIF State Division 1 Southern California Regional Final

Pictured L-R: RJ Smith, Jimmy Oladokun, Spivey Word & Kaleb Smith Boys Basketball: Who: Crean Lutheran vs Damien What: CIF State Division 1 So Cal Regional Final Where: Damien High School When: Tuesday at 6 Damien and Crean Lutheran meet up Tuesday night in a much-anticipated sequel. Twenty-five days ago, the Spartans overcame a 20-point […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 07 2022

Game Preview: La Salle Welcomes Porterville Tuesday Night at 6 in CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional Final

Photo by Alex Veliz Girls Basketball: Who: Porterville vs La Salle What: CIF State Division 3 So Cal Regional Final Where: La Salle High School When: Tuesday at 6 The La Salle girls basketball program has already written itself into the history books after claiming the first CIF-SS girls hoops title in school history. They […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 06 2022

Audrey Chen & Ryann Riddle Combine For 33 Points in La Salle’s 52-36 Victory Over Scripps Ranch in CIF State Division 3 So Cal Regional Semifinal

Pictured L-R: Audrey Chen & Ryann Riddle Photos by Alex Veliz Girls Basketball: This La Salle team is special. The Lancers just won their 22nd game in a row. And it just happened to be in the CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional Semifinals. La Salle controlled throughout Saturday’s 52-36 victory over Scripps Ranch. […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 06 2022

Damien Earns Spot in CIF State Division 1 Regional Final; Spartans Defeat St. Bernard, 70-65, on Saturday Night

Pictured L-R: Kaleb Smith & Jimmy Oladokun Boys Basketball: Damien is now one win away from a spot in the CIF State Division 1 title game. The Spartans defeated visiting St. Bernard, 70-65, in the semifinal round of the So Cal Regionals. Damien got double digit points from four of its five starters. Jimmy Oladokun […]

By Brian Baiotto


Soccer/ Mar 04 2022

Hemet Ends Marshall Fundamental’s Season w/3-1 Victory Over Eagles in CIF State Division 4 Semifinal Round

Girls Soccer: The magical and historic 2021-22 season finally came to an end on Thursday night for Marshall Fundamental. Hemet avenged last week’s CIF-SS Division 5 title-game loss and defeated the Eagles, 3-1, in the semifinal round of the CIF State Division 4 playoffs. Bridget Arnold scored the game’s only goal in the first half […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 04 2022

Damien’s Second Half Surge Leads Spartans to 66-56 Victory Over JSerra in Second Round of CIF State Division 1 Playoffs

Boys Basketball: Damien won its 29th game of the season on Thursday. The Spartans got a balanced offensive effort in a 66-56 victory over JSerra in the second round of the CIF State Division 1 playoffs. All five of Damien’s starters had eight points or more. JSerra’s Robert Diaz hit five 3-pointers and had a […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 04 2022

La Salle Defeats Rancho Bernardo, 47-35, in Second Round of CIF State Division 3 Playoffs

Girls Basketball: Make it 21. The La Salle girls basketball program took out their 21st consecutive opponent on Thursday night. The Lancers defeated Rancho Bernardo, 47-35, in the second round of the CIF State Division 3 playoffs. Sophomore Audrey Chen led La Salle with 17 points. And freshman Kaden Cortes contributed 12 points in Thursday’s win. […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 02 2022

La Salle Cruises to 61-37 Victory Over Eagle Rock in First Round of CIF State Division 3 Playoffs

Photos by Alex Veliz Girls Basketball: The La Salle victory tour continued on Tuesday night. Three days after winning the school’s first CIF-SS girls basketball title, the Lady Lancers were back at it. La Salle cruised to a 61-37 victory over visiting Eagle Rock in the first round of the CIF State Division 3 playoffs. […]

By Brian Baiotto


Soccer/ Mar 02 2022

Marshall Fundamental Steamrolls Animo De La Hoya, 10-0, in First Round of CIF State Division 4 Playoffs

Pictured L-R: Marshall Fundamental’s Brianna Marquez & Skylar Atacador Girls Soccer: If anyone may have thought the Marshall Fundamental girls soccer program was going to have a letdown after winning the CIF-SS Division 5 title on Saturday night, those concerns were put to bed early on Tuesday. The Eagles scored five goals in each half […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 02 2022

Damien Opens CIF State Division 1 Playoffs With 31-Point Victory Over Mission Hills; Spartans Host JSerra on Thursday

Boys Basketball: It had been 10 days since Damien last played. The Spartans finished CIF-SS Open Division Pool Play 1-2, including consecutive losses to Centennial Corona and Bishop Montgomery. Damien, though, opened CIF State Division 1 play with an 81-50 victory over Mission Hills. Spivey Word and RJ Smith both contributed 19 points each. Jimmy […]

By Brian Baiotto


Wrestling/ Feb 27 2022

Girls CIF State Meet: Montclair’s Jo Forman, Walnut’s Anaya Falcon & Arroyo’s Brianna Gonzalez Win State Titles

Photos by RT Tolentino  Girls Wrestling What a weekend for the SGV area girls wrestlers. They left Bakersfield with 10 placers, including three state championships. Arroyo’s Brianna Gonzalez earned the 101-pound title by defeating Kaelani Shufeldt (Marina), 5-1. Walnut’s Anaya Falcon claimed a 5-2 decision over Nyla Valencia (Sobrato), 5-2, to win the 106-pound championship. […]

By Brian Baiotto


Wrestling/ Feb 27 2022

CIF State Wrestling: Walnut’s Ronnie Ramirez Places Second, Northview’s Adrian Limon & Julian Leon Finish Fifth & Eighth, Respectively

Photos by RT Tolentino Boys Wrestling: The 2021-22 boys wrestling season ended on Saturday night in Bakersfield. There were only four area placers, including a runner-up, fourth, fifth and eighth-place medalists. Walnut’s Ronnie Ramirez dropped a 10-1 decision to l Dorado’s Isaiah Quintero in the 106-pound title bout. San Marino’s Ryan Arrington (220) was fourth […]

By Brian Baiotto