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Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

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Brea proves too much for Lady Heralds

Posted on 15 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Erik Markus
La Habra Journal

Coming off a dominate win against Calvary Chapel, the Whittier Christian Heralds looked outmatched against the Brea Olinda Lady Wildcats.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

The Wildcats got off to a quick start and held off the Heralds to win three straight and sweep their way through the second round, 15-25, 21-25, 24-26.

The Heralds played their best game with their backs against the wall in game three, and pushed Brea past 25 points, but the Wildcats were too strong for the Heralds.

Early on you could see the nerves the Heralds were dealing with.

The Heralds had 19 errors compared to only 9 by the Wildcats.

By the time the Heralds reached the third game, they were playing better volleyball and looked composed.

“Third game, I thought we found it, back and forth battle, we’ve been in that situation so many times this year, its just a matter if we could just get that win, I think we could have at least challenged them again in the forth and fifth games

The Wildcats found a lot of success defensively up the middle, and generated kills with ease from their outside hitters.

“We had a gameplan going in to stop Abby Broadstreet, and I thought we did a pretty good job, we had some great digs on her. She’s gonna get her kills. What I don’t think we did a good enough job with was just playing up front against their middle,” Morrison said.

Brea’s striking power allowed them to change things up tapping balls just over the net as the Heralds were backpedaling.

The Heralds responded from a lackluster first game with a strong start to the second game.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

Tied 8-8 the Wildcats began to break away. They eventually stretched their lead to 11-18 before the Heralds again began to chip away.

An ace from Mandy Sides brought the Heralds within three points, but Sides’ next serve went into the net.

The Heralds responded winning the sideout, but were too far away to come all the way back. the Wildcats held on to win game two 21-25.

The Heralds stayed on pace with the Wildcats in game one staying within four points through most of the set.

With the Wildcats up 20-15, they turned up their intensity and won five straight points to finish the set 25-15.

“I thought the first game got away from us because the fact we were too pumped up,” Morrison said.

The Heralds had only three seniors left from a team who competed in the Division II state tournament last year.

“One of the best memories of my life, I was so blessed to be a captain this year and leading these girls, its the best part if the whole season,” Jeanne Reinis said about leading this team this year.

Though they had some experience, it was the youth that shined through in this game.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

“They’ll remember this next year, they will, and that’s what you love about it, because we got another shot, we always got another shot,” Morrison said.

With the loss, Whittier Christian is eliminated for CIF and Brea will continue on to play North High School from Torrance.

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Palm Springs knocks Lady Highlanders out of playoffs

Posted on 15 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

 

La Habra’s breakthrough season came to an end as they fell to Palm Springs, 3-0, in the second round of CIF playoffs at home Thursday night.

Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

After a close first set, the Indians took control and dominated the last two sets, 26-4, 25-10, 25-14, to secure the win.

 

“We came in with big hearts wanting to play big and we came in wanting to win the game, but we were outsized,” said La Habra head coach Adrianne Spear. “They have a number of kids that can hit the ball.”

 

Palm Springs went undefeated in the Desert Valley league and defeated Walnut, 3-0, in the first round of playoffs.

 

The Highlanders (22-9) swept Oak Hills in the first round of playoffs, but Palm Springs’ hitters kept La Habra from advancing to the third round.

 

“The second round is when you start seeing the big teams and it is what it is,” Spear said. “We played hard. We broke down a lot, a lot more than I expected, and we just couldn’t recover tonight.”

 

The score in the first set was kept close as both teams took turns adding points to the board.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

 

Down by one, Palm Springs (23-5) went on a 3-0 run at the end of the first set to give them the lead, 23-21.

 

The Highlanders responded with their own 3-0 run to regain the lead, 24-23, but the Indians regained control to close out the set, 26-24.

 

The close first set woke up the Indians who quickly took the lead in the second set with a 4-0 run.

 

Leading 8-4, Palm Springs went on a 12-0 run to advance their score to 20-4.

 

The Highlanders tried to come back but couldn’t make up the 16-point deficit before falling to the Indians, 25-10.

 

La Habra came out fighting in the third set and was first to put points on the board.

 

The Highlanders took an early 4-3 lead over the Indians, but faced a setback after Palm Springs took the lead with a 7-0 run.

 

La Habra fought to regain the lead, but the Indians kept control of the score to finish the set 25-14.Volleyball CIF 2nd Round 2014

 

“They played hard and they never gave up,” Spear said. “I’m proud of them for making it to the second round and for putting up a good fight. I can’t ask for anything more from these kids.”

 

The Highlanders finished their breakthrough season with an 8-2 record in the Freeway league, their best since 2007.

 

“I think they played outstanding throughout the whole season and I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids,” Spear said. “They were a joy to coach this year and I’m proud of them.”

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Cougars upset Highlanders in first round

Posted on 14 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

La Habra’s playoff-run was cut short after a tough first round loss to Capistrano Valley, 44-42, at home Friday night.

 

“They did a good job,” said La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta about Capistrano Valley. “They’re in a good league, they have a good team and they can do that.”LHHS vs CVHS 2014

 

The Highlanders (7-4) led 28-21 going into halftime and started the second half by returning the kickoff for a touchdown, but the Cougars (8-3) added on 20-points in the fourth quarter to regain the lead and secure the win.

 

“I think we got outplayed a little bit tonight but that’s the nature of the playoffs, they’re all good teams,” Mazzotta said.

 

Capistrano Valley started the game on top with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Pruett to Trevor Wise.

 

Minutes later, La Habra’s Eric Barriere faked a handoff to Carlos Martin and ran the ball in to tie the game at seven.

 

With under five minutes remaining in the first quarter, Martin ran 15-yards into the end zone to give the Highlanders the lead, 14-7.

 

At the end of the first quarter, Capistrano Valley recovered a La Habra fumble and scored shortly after off a touchdown pass from Pruett to Adam Gordon to tie the game at 14.

 

The game remained tied going into the second quarter.

 

The Highlanders regained the lead early in the second quarter when Barriere connected a touchdown pass to Martin in the back of the end zone.LHHS vs CVHS 2014

 

La Habra’s defense held the Cougars until Jordan Bocko scored off an 18-yard run for Capistrano Valley to tie the game at 21 with less than four minutes remaining in the second quarter.

 

The Highlanders regained the lead at the end of the first half when Barriere scored off a 13-yard run. La Habra led 28-21 going into halftime.

 

La Habra advanced its score to a two-touchdown lead when Eric Lancaster-Garcia ran the second half kickoff back 96-yards into the end zone.

 

The Cougars added three points to their score when Gordon kicked a 27-yard field goal, but still trailed La Habra, 35-24, going into the fourth quarter.

Seconds into the fourth quarter, Bocko scored off a touchdown run for the Cougars and added on a two-point conversion to make it a three-point game.

 

The Cougars regained the lead, 39-35, with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Pruett to Gordon.

 

Under pressure, Barriere was sacked in the end zone giving the Cougars another two-points to add to their lead.

 

Gordon kicked another field goal for Capistrano Valley to advance its lead to 44-35.LHHS vs CVHS 2014

 

La Habra made its way down the field and regained momentum when Barriere connected a touchdown pass to Edrick Flores with 42 seconds remaining in the game.

 

Trailing by two, the Highlanders couldn’t recover the onside kick and fell to the Cougars, 44-42.

 

The Highlanders went undefeated in the Freeway league, which advanced their record to 40 consecutive league wins, and clinched their eighth consecutive league title.

 

“I’m proud of the guys because nobody thought we’d even be league champions,” Mazzotta said. “The word around town was that this was the year to get La Habra in the Freeway league. The kids didn’t and we got better and better.”LHHS vs CVHS 2014

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Lady Highlanders sweep into second round

Posted on 12 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

 

The La Habra girl’s volleyball team swept Oak Hills in the first round of CIF playoffs at home Tuesday night.

 

“I’m so proud of them, and to be able to take them in three and come back from a deficit in game three, they did what they needed to do,” coach Spear said. “I can count on these kids to always fight.”Web_LH_LHJ WCHS_LHHS_Vball__0424

 

The Highlanders’ sweep over the Bulldogs (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) advances them to the second round of playoffs where they will face Palm Springs on Thursday.

 

“As a whole we wanted to make sure we got to the second round of playoffs,” said La Habra head coach Adrianne Spear. “They were pumped since this morning and they came in and they did what they needed to do.”

 

Alexis Kolschefski led the Highlanders with a match-high 13 kills and eight blocks and Ryana Murch followed with eight kills.

 

“Coach Adrianne always says we’re like a machine, everybody has to be working as hard as the next person so that’s what was going through our heads,” said Kolschefski. “We play for the person next to us and we’re all a family. We don’t want to let anybody down.”

 

The start of the first set was back and forth with scoring until the Highlanders went on an 8-0 run to give them a five-point lead over Oak Hills, 20-15.

 

The Bulldogs (15-12) tried to get the points back before the end of the set, but La Habra’s defense kept them from taking the lead.

 

The momentum carried over into the second set for the Highlanders.

 

“In the second set I was thinking, here’s that machine, that well-oiled machine and they stayed on that track for a long time,” coach Spear said. “They were able to fix the small mistakes that they made and that’s what this team is good at doing.”

 

La Habra took an early lead at the start of the second set, but Oak Hills came back with a 5-0 run to give them a two point lead over the Highlanders, 10-8.

 

The Highlanders quickly retaliated with their own 5-0 run to regain the lead 14-11.

 

Both teams went back and forth with scoring until the Highlanders went on another 5-0 run to take the set, 25-19.

 

“We went into the third game knowing that we weren’t going to take it easily,” coach Spear said. “Our passing broke down a little bit but we were able to recover and go from there.”

 

Oak Hills was first to put points on the board in the third set and stayed in the lead for the majority of the set until the highlanders until the Highlanders went on a 4-0 run at the end of the set to give them a two point lead.

 

La Habra used that momentum to finish the set and secure the sweep over the Bulldogs.

 

“We’re going to work on some out of system plays before the next game, but I also want them to rest,” coach Spear said.

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Lady Heralds soar past Eagles in first round

Posted on 12 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

The Lady Heralds came in focused to take their first victory in CIF playoffs.

They were on the road against Calvary Chapel, but started strong and swept all three games (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) to move past the Eagles.Web_LHJ WCHS_LHHS_Vball__0166

“It’s huge. Even though we have a lot of girls that have been there in previous years, this is a brand new team,” said Whittier Christian Head Coach Todd Morrison.

The Lady Heralds’ faced their biggest challenge in the third game, where the Eagles came with their best effort.

“For us to come out and just focus, concentrate, even to get through kind of the bumps there, it means a lot going forward, knowing who we could expect to see,” Morrison said.

Despite charging out to a 4-0 lead, the Eagles battled back to win 6 points in a row.

“I always tell the girls, your best effort is required all the time, and those little things that happen, you got to persevere,” Morrison said.

It went back and forth with 6 ties in just the third game, but the Heralds made went on an 8-2 run to separate themselves from the Eagles and position themselves to move on in CIF.

“I told them, I’m not going to burn a timeout on you, because I want you guys to figure it out, and that’s what it takes,” Morrison said.

Before that, the Heralds steadily separated themselves in game one, and dominated game two. Before the six-point run, it looked like the Heralds would cruise to their round one victory.

The Heralds were led by outside hitters Mandy Sides and Jeanna Reinis who led the team in kills.

Christa Evans was a key contributor in blocks, early in game one from the middle.Web_LHJ WCHS_LHHS_Vball__0226

Kiana Louie led the defensive effort and came up with big blocks and kills up the middle for the Heralds.

“I think for this team, sky is the limit for us, if we stick together and just, play volleyball,” Morrison said.

The Heralds will play Brea Olinda at home on Thursday night.

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LHHS vs Sonora 11_7_14

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Highlanders take city championship

Posted on 09 November 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

 

The La Habra football team took home the Mayor’s Cup for the 13th year in a row after beating Sonora, 56-26, at home in its last league game Friday night.

 

In addition to winning the City Championship, the Highlanders (7-3, 5-0) won their 41st straight league game and eighth consecutive Freeway League title.

 

“I was really happy with the way the guys played,” said La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta. “They came out and played hard from the very beginning. We’re getting better. We’re a lot better than we were 8 weeks ago.”

Junior Quarterback Eric Barriere passed for a record setting seven touchdowns against Sonora Friday.

Junior Quarterback Eric Barriere passed for a record setting seven touchdowns against Sonora Friday.

 

La Habra quarterback Eric Barriere completed 12 of 19 passes and set a school record with seven touchdown passes.

 

“We wanted to go out and finish off league with a 5-0 record,” said Barriere. “We wanted to come out with a victory to set a statement for playoffs. We’re ready for CIF and we want to make it to Anaheim Stadium.”

 

After defensive stops from both teams at the beginning of the first quarter, the Highlanders were first to put points on the board after Barriere connected a 46-yard touchdown pass to Justin Sun.

 

With a second remaining in the first quarter the Raiders (6-4, 1-4) tied the game at seven with a 52-yard touchdown run from quarterback Cole McDonald.

 

The Highlanders took the lead in the second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Barriere to Prince Ross with under 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

 

Sonora Quarterback Cole Mc Donald was 10 for 25  and  69 yards on nine carries Friday against La Habra.

Sonora Quarterback Cole Mc Donald was 10 for 25 and 69 yards on nine carries Friday against La Habra.

Halfway through the second quarter, Barriere connected another touchdown pass, this time to Edrick Flores to give the Highlanders a two-touchdown lead over the Raiders.

 

The Highlanders advanced their score to a three-touchdown lead when Carlos Martin scored off a 57-yard run with a littler over three minutes remaining in the first half.

 

After a 63-yard run from Barriere into Raider territory, the junior quarterback connected another touchdown pass to Flores to end the first half, 35-7.

 

Sonora came back in the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run from captain Jacob Fimbres to advance the score to 35-13.

 

La Habra quickly retaliated with another touchdown pass from Barriere to Ross.

 

Minutes later the Highlanders recovered a Sonora fumble. La Habra regained possession in Raider territory and Barriere quickly connected a touchdown pass to Amon Fellows to advance the score to 49-13.

Raider running back Jacob Fimbres had 167 yards on 26 carries Friday against La Habra.

Raider running back Jacob Fimbres had 167 yards on 26 carries Friday against La Habra.

 

Late in the third quarter, Sonora sacked La Habra’s backup quarterback, Chris Brown, and the Raiders’ Christian Dimas recovered a fumble on the next play to regain possession in La Habra territory.

 

The Raiders capitalized on it and Fimbres scored off another touchdown run to advance the score to 49-20.

 

The Highlanders scored their final touchdown of the night when Barriere connected a 35-yard touchdown pass to Sun with a minute remaining in the third quarter.

 

The Raiders were last to score when Fimbres ran in the final touchdown of the night with over six minutes remaining in the game.

 

Sonora was led by Fimbres with 167 yards on 26 carries and Mc Donald who completed 10 of 25 passes and had 69 yards on nine carries.

 

La Habra will play its first CIF-SS playoff game next week.

 

“Playoffs are here and we better be ready because we don’t have a choice,” Mazzotta said. “We’re playing next Friday night so we better be ready.”

 

 

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