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Highlanders start strong and crush Eagles in Saturday rout

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Highlanders start strong and crush Eagles in Saturday rout

Posted on 17 September 2017 by La Habra Journal

By Jason Burch
La Habra Journal

Photo by Paul Luna – La Habra’s Deavyn Woullard makes one if his receptions, en router to a Highlander touchdown Saturday.

La Habra’s 42 first-half points spoiled the Oak Grove Eagles’ trip south from San Jose abruptly Saturday afternoon at Mission Viejo High School.

Following a tough loss to Mission Viejo at home last week that capped a gauntlet three game stretch to open the season, the Highlanders(2-2) were able to even up their record behind Zach Fogel’s three first half touchdowns, with nine different Highlanders reaching the end zone.

“We’ve been playing some really good teams and I think we’ve been playing hard and doing what we are supposed to do,” La Habra Head Coach Frank Mazzotta said. “You know every once in awhile you’re do for an outing like this where things just kinda click and go your way.”

Skyler Taylor opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run on the Highlanders opening drive. It was Taylor’s team leading ninth touchdown this season.

Fogel then spread the ball around on 5-8, 155 yards passing. He found Mitchell Anderson and Deavyn Woullard early for scores, then capped off his impressive half by hitting Kelani Washington with an over the shoulder 29-yard touchdown with :07 seconds left.

Photo by Paul Luna – La Habra’s Skyler Taylor pushes through Eagle defenders Saturday in La Habra’s victory.

In a game where everything seem to go the Highlanders way, Mazzotta said he was most impressed with the offensive line and Fogel’s improvement at quarterback.

“I think Zach threw the ball a little better, and that’s one thing that we’ve been trying to impress upon.”

“I’m always going to put a lot of pressure on myself to get better every week,” Fogel said. “I got better this week and we’ll try to do it again next week.”

Special teams got in on the scoring as well. Isaiah Alcocer returned a missed fg 99 yards for a touchdown on the Eagles opening drive.

With the score being lopsided so quickly, Taylor gave way to linebacker Kobah Fuamatu in the backfield midway through the second quarter. Fuamatu carried the ball twice for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Aaron Young added the final score in the fourth quarter to make it 49-0.

La Habra and Oak Grove(0-3) were both CIF Champions in 2015.

The Highlanders will take on Colony(3-1) in Ontario next Friday in their final non-league game. The Titans are coming off a 41-20 victory over Norte Vista.

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El Segundo’s quick start, strong finish is too much for Lady Heralds

Posted on 18 April 2014 by La Habra Journal

Whittier Christian pitcher Hannah Gabriel was asked to make a relief appearance in an 8-1 loss to El Segundo, Friday afternoon at Whittier Christian High.

Whittier Christian pitcher Hannah Gabriel was asked to make a relief appearance in an 8-1 loss to El Segundo, Friday afternoon at Whittier Christian High.

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by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

After Thursday’s big win, the Whittier Christian softball team saw its momentum fall quickly in an 8-1 defeat at the hands of El Segundo, Friday afternoon at home in the second game of the Whittier Christian Tournament.

The Eagles turned two key hits into a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning, while the defense behind pitcher McCall James did the rest.

“We just weren’t here today,” said Dale Van Duyn, Whittier Christian head coach. “We had 15 pop ups, which made it easy for them. We tell the kids every day that we need to make the defense work. If anything, at least this wasn’t league play.”

Katelyn Wagner was given the start for the Lady Heralds, but struggled with her command in the circle and found herself behind in counts.

To battle back, Wagner needed to throw strikes and the Eagles waited for their opportunities. Shannon Brooker drove home leadoff hitter Rhianna Rich from second base with an RBI single to open the scoring.

Three batters later, Julie Roach brought home two more with a line-drive single.

In the second inning, the Eagles extended the lead to 4-0 on an RBI groundout by Allison Tatnal. After another pair of singles, Van Duyn turned to Hannah Gabriel to slow down El Segundo’s offense.

The switch worked as Gabriel retired the first nine batters she faced, however with two outs in the fifth inning, the Eagles struck again with a two-run home run by Roach, who finished with four RBI on the day.

“They made the adjustments,” Van Duyn said. “I give them credit, they made the adjustments. We weren’t all there and momentum is a lot in this game, it made a big difference.”

The Eagles added two runs in the sixth inning with an RBI single by Brooker and a fielding error.

The Lady Heralds’ lone bright spot offensively was Morgan Ryan, who went 2-for-3 with a single and a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Whittier Christian finished with seven hits, but couldn’t string them together like it did on Thursday in a win over Long Beach Wilson.

“Morgan was on today, she played great defense and she gave us something at the plate,” Van Duyn said. “I wish everyone else was at that spot too.”

The Lady Heralds will be back in action tomorrow with two games, starting in the morning with a 10 a.m. game against Bloomfield Christian. The second game time will be determined by the result of the contest.

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Heralds shut down Templeton, advance to second round

Posted on 19 February 2014 by La Habra Journal

Jake Rivera led Whittier Christian with 13 points in the Heralds' 43-19 win over Templeton in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs, Wednesday night at home.

Jake Rivera led Whittier Christian with 13 points in the Heralds’ 43-19 win over Templeton in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs, Wednesday night at home.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

In the first quarter of its CIF-SS Division 4AA first round playoff game at home, the Whittier Christian boys’ basketball team looked as if it was the team that had just made a five-hour trip, coming out flat and falling behind against Templeton.

However, after a brief talk from the coaching staff, the Heralds’ defense completely shut down the Eagles from the second quarter on, holding Templeton without a field goal over the final 24 game minutes in a 43-19 first-round win, Wednesday night at home.

“We definitely came out slow, I don’t know if it was nerves for playoffs, but Coach got on us right away and told us we needed to pick it up,” said Ryan Esslinger, team captain. “I think we responded well. I thought it was a really good defensive game for us.”

Offensively, the Heralds woke up in the third quarter, using its size advantage to bully its way to offensive rebounds and put-back points.

Stephen Nolin scored six of his eight points in the third quarter, while Shawn Stolt added half of his eight points in the quarter as the Heralds turned a five-point advantage into a 22-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We talked before the game about our size advantage and thought, ‘What good is it to have size advantage if you don’t use it?’” said Sherwin Durham, Heralds head coach. “I don’t think we did a good job of that in the first quarter, but then we got our posts some touches, which opened up the perimeter. We switched up the offense and focused on post screens to get our inside guys better looks.”

However, it was a five-point swing by Jake Rivera that gave the Heralds its initial separation. Rivera was fouled during a put-back and made the ensuing free throw.

On the next possession, Rivera snuck around the defense on the baseline. Ryan Esslinger lobbed a pass from the left side, which Rivera easily converted into a layup and a 22-13 lead.

“We knew we had a height advantage, so the coaches told us to move the ball and get our posts some touches,” Esslinger said. “Shawn and big Steve came up huge in the second half.”

Whittier Christian cruised to the win in the fourth quarter.

But the game wasn’t a runaway for the Heralds early on. After taking a brief lead in the first quarter, Templeton drained a trio of 3-pointers to take early control.

Guard Matt Ehrke hit two of those 3-pointers for an early 6-6 tie. He scored all seven of his points in the first quarter.

Guard Matt Jardini hit a late 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 12-9 lead after the first quarter.

Templeton, playing without leading scorer Will Mehring, was led by Jardini with nine points, five of which came from the free-throw line.

“I think we were a little overanxious, it being a playoff game at home,” Durham said. “We came out a little flat, but we really didn’t have to get on them, they knew and after that, we pretty much took care of business.”

After the discussion between quarters, the Heralds held Templeton to two points combined in the second and third quarters.

Meanwhile, Jake Rivera got going with a pair of baskets, scoring four of his game-high 13 points in the second quarter and leading Whittier Christian to a 17-12 halftime lead.

“It feels good to move on, last year was pretty disappointing,” Esslinger said. “This year, to move on and try to make a run at this, I think we have the talent to do it, so it’ll be fun.”

Ryan Esslinger added seven points for the Heralds. Stolt led the team with eight rebounds, while Rivera, Nolin and Jimmy West added six rebounds each.

Whittier Christian will head to either Laguna Beach High for a matchup with the Breakers on Friday at 7 p.m. Laguna Beach defeated Bosco Tech 58-42 in the first round.

“We know a little bit about Laguna Beach, they can shoot the ball, but they’re not as deep, they go about six players,” Durham said. “We just have to try to maintain against their shooters.”

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Whittier Christian, La Habra boys hoops pick up big tournament wins

Posted on 28 December 2013 by La Habra Journal

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

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Fueled by a fast start and plenty of outside shooting, the Whittier Christian boys’ basketball team earned a championship berth in the Leon Davis Christmas Classic after besting Riverside Prep of Oro Grande 47-40, Saturday night at Whittier Christian High.

Senior forward Jake Rivera put up the game’s first eight points and the Heralds (8-4) led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter. The Heralds hit seven 3-pointers.

“They are very athletic and quick, so we thought if put pressure on them and made them play faster than what they’re accustomed to, as crazy as that sounds, that would work in our favor,” said Sherwin Durham, Heralds head coach. “That’s what helped us to the big advantage in the first half.”

Rivera started the game with two 3-pointers and a layup to put the Heralds up 8-0 immediately. Christian Labadie and Shawn Stolt provided help with nine combined points as the Heralds led 17-9 after the first quarter.

Another long distance shot by Ryan Esslinger and a jumper by Rivera stretched the lead to 24-9, but back-to-back 3-pointers by the Silver Knights’ Cameron Woods and Vision Pluma late in the quarter reduced the lead to nine points at the half.

“We think it’s contagious, there can be a trickle-down effect,” Durham said of the multiple contributors in scoring. “It’s huge, we want to stretch the floor. We’re different, we want to play inside-out, but these guys love to shoot, so we play outside-in. We want to switch it, but if we can knock down some 3s, that’s going to stretch the defense and then we have a post game that can match that.”

Things slowed down for the Heralds from there as Rivera went cold from the field. Pluma hit another 3-pointer for Riverside Prep (8-2) and forward Chris Bailey added three baskets down low as the Silver Knights cut the lead to five points heading into the fourth quarter.

The Heralds maintained the lead thanks to long distance shots by Esslinger and Kaipo Villeza.

Rivera found his stride again in the fourth quarter and the Heralds controlled the boards in leading to the seven-point victory.

“We have athletes, guys that can jump and are physical down there,” Durham said. “We want to win points in the paint and the battle of the boards and if you can do that, usually you are on the winning side of things.”

Rivera led the Heralds with 21 points and Esslinger added 10 points, including a 3-for-4 night from 3-point range, to go with eight rebounds. Shawn Stolt added six points and picked up 10 rebounds.

Bailey led the Silver Knights with 11 points, while Elijah Woods and Pluma added nine and eight points respectively. Elijah Woods had a team-high eight rebounds.

The Heralds will move on to the championship game where they will play Troy, which beat Valley Christian 68-63 to earn its spot in the finals.

“They’re a good team, they’re solid,” Durham said of Troy. “When I saw them earlier in the week, I wasn’t sure if they were the team that would come out of that side, but they started to play better and better, it was good for us to see that. I think we’ll be up for the task, they’re sort of a carbon copy of what we do and they might be a little better at it, but the final score on Monday will let us know for sure.”

The game will take place at Whittier Christian High, Monday at 6 p.m.

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It didn’t take long for the La Habra boys’ basketball team to fix some problems that plagued the team in Friday night’s loss to Claremont in the Whittier Holiday Invitational.

Less than 24 hours after seeing their six-game win streak snapped, the Highlanders jumped out to an early lead, dominated the boards and forced a handful of turnovers in beating Glenn 81-49, Saturday afternoon at Whittier High.

Guard Zach Gray led the charge with 24 points while playing only the first three quarters. His 3-point shooting helped the Highlanders (8-3) score the first 10 points of the game.

“We shot the ball really well early on,” said Dave Ploog, Highlanders’ head coach. “When you get that going, it really helps. It spread the floor out, which opened us up inside. It’s good for Zach too because it helps his confidence, he’s one of our best shooters.”

Adam Cooley, who also didn’t play the fourth quarter, provided support with 14 points as La Habra scored more than 20 points in each of the first three quarters.

Michael Banks added eight points and led the team with 11 rebounds. As a team, the Highlanders outrebounded the Eagles 43-19.

“They were running zone, so we had two guys on the high post and low post,” Ploog said in regards to offensive rebounding. “They were able to crash in really well and that made a big difference because we always had one guy underneath their defense and that really helped over time.”

Gray scored 12 of his 24 points in the first quarter on four 3-pointers. He and Adam Cooley combined for La Habra’s 10-0 run to start the game.

In the second quarter, Justin Jaimez and Peter Hutchinson took over, scoring seven points each as the Highlanders enjoyed a comfortable 45-17 lead at the break.

Gray’s fifth 3-pointer pushed La Habra to its highest lead at 37 points in the third quarter.

Banks and Devin Melendez each had four points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter as the Highlanders cruised to victory.

“The fourth quarter gave us a chance to evaluate some of our bench players to see how we can use them in league if we need them to fill in for a few minutes,” Ploog said. “I saw some really good things in their defense and rebounding, so that’s good to know for the future.”

The 81 points scored by La Habra are a season high for the team and 17 points more than its previous season high of 64 in a tournament game against South Torrance.

Forward Alan Solorzano led Glenn (6-6) with 18 points while guard Sunny Bedi scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

The Highlanders wrap up the 4th Annual Whittier Holiday Classic with a 3 p.m. tilt against Warren, Monday at Whittier High.

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Defense leads Highlanders past Wild Card Round

Posted on 12 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

La Habra's Grant Harris led the offensive charge, with three goals in the first half of a 8-4 win over Etiwanda in the Wild Card Round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs, Tuesday at La Mirada Splash.

La Habra’s Grant Harris led the offensive charge, with three goals in the first half of a 8-4 win over Etiwanda in the Wild Card Round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs, Tuesday at La Mirada Splash.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

LA MIRADA – The La Habra water polo team continued a trend of shutdown defense in a 8-4 victory over Etiwanda in the Wild Card round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs, Tuesday afternoon at La Mirada Splash.

Behind a dominant first half, the Highlanders struggled in the second half while trying to force the ball into the two-meter man.

However, the defense more than made up for it.

“They really wanted to move the ball inside and we were able to shut them down,” said David Edwards, La Habra head coach. “The times they were able to move the ball down low, we just had the wrong matchup. I chewed out my players for it, because one player was coming back and the rest weren’t quite as quick.”

Maverick Chen led the defensive charge, hustling back to defend Etiwanda’s biggest scoring threat, Josiah Gordon, down low.

“I was ejected early, so coach told me to spin with him, I had a mental block early,” Chen said. “Coming back in the third and fourth quarter, I honed in on that. I felt good about it, it snowballed in terms of my confidence.”

On the offensive side, Grant Harris sparked the Highlanders in the first quarter with a pair of goals from the outside.

Harris scored three goals, while fellow senior Michael Weir added two goals and two assists as La Habra led 7-2 at halftime.

“They were dropping off early, so we could drive through and shoot from the outside, which worked a lot,” Weir said. “Sean [Pedersen] was fouled in the second quarter, which allowed me an opportunity to shoot a five-meter. I love those chances.”

In the second half, La Habra shut down Gordon and Dawson Hartwig, which were the Eagles’ biggest scoring threats.

Though the Highlanders were outscored in the second half, the interior defense swarmed Gordon inside when he got the ball.

Meanwhile, La Habra forced the issue on the other side, which caused fits for Edwards.

“We got a little too hung up on getting the ball into set in the second half, our movement slowed, which frustrated me,” Edwards said. “It’s where our scoring died out. We normally can finish strong.”

Harris put La Habra up just over a minute into the game with a shot from the outside. The goal came after Etiwanda’s goalie was forced out for the play after committing a foul.

Weir scored on an inside pass from Darin Moore and Pedersen added a goal on an assist from Weir to push the lead to 3-0.

La Habra (16-13) took advantage of fouls in the second quarter. Harris scored on a 6-on-5 and Weir converted on a five-meter penalty shot.

Moore closed out the half with an inside goal on a brilliant pass from Weir.

“We just needed to continue not letting them turn us and get advantages,” Weir said of the mindset going into the second half. “We needed to get better plays on [Gordon], who’s their best player. Once we adjusted there, things worked well.”

Both teams scored goals early in the third quarter, including Etiwanda’s Gordon, but both missed crucial opportunities down the stretch.

Hardwig closed out the scoring 30 seconds into the fourth quarter as La Habra’s defense did the rest.

“We’re really confident now, especially since I didn’t know how I was going to fare against this team,” Chen said. “Watching us do this, if I’m able to come back on defense, I’m the slowest guy on the team, it makes me believe that as a team, we can have success.”

Etiwanda finished the season at 14-10 overall.

The Highlanders head out to Santa Monica for a first round game scheduled for 5 p.m., Thursday.

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Red zone defense, Anderson’s big night not enough to lift Raiders

Posted on 05 October 2013 by La Habra Journal

by Jeremiah Girardsonora
La Habra Journal

The Sonora Raiders football team fell to the Estancia Eagles, 19-14, Friday night, at Estancia High School. The Raiders trailed most of the game, but almost battled back to pick up a huge win before they begin league play.

Late in the game, with the Raiders trailing 19-14, the Raiders handed the ball off to Jamaal Anderson from the Estancia 7-yard line.  Anderson already had over 200 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders.

He took the ball straight up the middle on a dive, but coughed up a fumble and the Eagles recovered it at their own 5-yard line. The senior running back finished with 250 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns.

“The kid played a heck of a game,” said Sonora head coach, Paul Chiotti. “I don’t think that we should take the game away from him because of the fumble.”

Sonora got one last chance late, but would have had to drive 95 yards in under a minute. Backup quarterback Cole McDonald threw an interception with only :37 left.

“We got to play better than we did tonight,” Chiotti said. “We made too many mistakes and they just made more plays.”

McDonald was in the game because the starting quarterback Brandon Ahrndt, went down late in the third quarter holding his right knee.

He did not return to the game but the exact extent of the injury is not known.

The Raiders defense came up with some big stops throughout the game.  On Estancia’s first drive, the Eagles drove all the way down to the 8-yard line for a first and goal. They ended up with a fourth and goal from the 4-yard line, and decided to go for it instead of taking the early points.

They were stopped short and the Raiders took over from there.

Down 13-0 late in the first half, the Raiders scored to cut the deficit in half on a 36-yard Anderson run with less than two minutes left.

Shortly thereafter, the Eagles’ Christian Laurent gave Estancia a 19-7 lead on a one-yard run with 46 seconds remaining in the half.

The Eagles recovered a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff, giving Estancia a chance for more points from the Sonora 9-yard line.

However, Sonora’s defense stood tall a second time as Estancia was not able to score on fourth and goal from the 2-yard line, and the score remained 19-7 heading into half time.

“I thought our defense played pretty well tonight,” Chiotti said. “They made some big plays when we needed to and really kept us in the game.”

The Raiders got the ball to start the third quarter, and did not take much time to get in the end zone. Anderson took a handoff and went off tackle for a 72-yard touchdown on Sonora’s first play from scrimmage in the second half.

However, that’s as close as the Raiders would get, as Sonora takes a 1-4 record into league play next week.

Ronnie Urquiza added a touchdown run and Eagles quarterback Connor Brown tossed a 53-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

The Raiders will kick off Freeway League play with a home game against the Troy Warriors, Friday, at 7 p.m.

“We have a lot of things that we need to tighten up,” Chiotti said. “We are not quite as far along as I hoped we would be heading into league.”

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Foul calls factor big in Highlanders loss to El Segundo

Posted on 26 September 2013 by La Habra Journal

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La Habra goalkeeper Corey Edwards rises to deflect a shot from El Segundo during the Highlanders’ 11-6 loss, Thursday at La Habra High.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

Frustration was a key word for the La Habra water polo team, which dropped to El Segundo 11-6 at home in a nonleague game, Thursday afternoon.

The Eagles manipulated their way into several exclusion scenarios, but while El Segundo struggled to capitalize on most of them, the team battled through enough in the first half for a comfortable lead that they held throughout.

“I still think it’s a good game for us this early in the season, we have to take our lumps,” said David Edwards, La Habra head coach. “I intentionally played El Segundo here so that our team could get used to small water, that way we’re not shocked when league play comes around. They were a little more aggressive than we were, the played to the refs well.”

Michael Weir led the Highlanders with three goals, while Garrett Roberts added two goals and two assists.

La Habra standout Sean Pedersen was held scoreless on nine shots and was ejected for most of the third quarter before coming back in the fourth.

“He’s been struggling a little bit out of set and you can see the frustration is setting in,” Edwards said. “It’s not from calls, it’s from a series of games where he hasn’t gotten the ball into the cage. We’re trying to get him back on track.”

The Highlanders struggled to connect in the middle quarters, putting up single goals, which led to a 10-4 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

While La Habra’s defense operated well in stopping El Segundo’s 6-on-5 opportunities, the Highlanders offense also struggled in 6-on-5 chances.

“Our outside shooters didn’t do as much as they did against Canyon and that’s where I felt we could have capitalized a little bit more,” Edwards said. “[El Segundo] was dropping back, they were limiting our amount of time possession in set. Our outside shooters were hesitant today.”

Both teams scored two early goals in the first quarter before El Segundo clamped down on defense and took a 4-2 lead on goals by Nickolas Paz and Joe Doucette.

The Eagles pulled away in the second quarter with two scores by Kurt Frerichs. The Highlanders scored with five seconds remaining on a shot by Weir to put the halftime deficit at 7-3.

In the third quarter, things boiled over for the Highlanders as El Segundo continued to find ways to gain the man advantage.

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La Habra’s Jacob Dodds has his eyes on the cage while El Segundo’s Nickolas Paz attempts to defend in the Highlanders’ 11-6 loss to El Segundo, Thursday at La Habra High.

“I think they were able to earn some exclusions that were unnecessary,” Edwards said. “Ducking under a guy who is just swimming, I think is a dumb exclusion when our guy is clearly showing he’s not swimming over the top. I don’t think they capitalized as much as they could have though, our defense did well.”

After Pedersen’s ejection, the Eagles tacked on two more goals to seemingly put the game out of reach.

Weir added a goal early in the fourth quarter, but defense took over once again as El Segundo held on for the victory.

The Eagles were led offensively by Paz, who scored three goals. Frerichs and Mattie Giglio added two goals each.

La Habra will play another tough nonleague opponent in Edison next Monday at Huntington Beach High.

 

PHOTOS BY SHANE MORINES, LA HABRA JOURNAL

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