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Highlanders roll past Indians

Posted on 17 October 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

 

La Habra continued its Freeway League winning streak by beating Fullerton, 42-7, at home Friday night.

 

The Highlanders (4-3,2-0) came off a big win in their season opener against Buena Park with a goal of improving against Fullerton (3-4, 0-2).

 

“We wanted to keep pushing to get better,” said La Habra head coach Frank Mazzotta. “That’s all we try to do every week, get a little better and improve the things we had some trouble with and eventually you end up being a really good team.”

La Habra's Carlos Martin breaks to the outside.  Martin rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns Friday.

La Habra’s Carlos Martin breaks to the outside. Martin rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns Friday.

 

The spotlight was on the Highlanders’ offense, which scored five touchdowns in the first half.

 

La Habra’s offensive leaders again were Eric Barriere, who threw two touchdown passes, and Carlos Martin, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 156 yards.

 

“We just wanted to go out there and do the same thing we did last week,” Barriere said. “We didn’t want to slow down, we wanted to keep on going. It was a really good win tonight. Everyone put in a good team effort to get the win.”

 

La Habra’s defense had a solid game a made some big plays to hold the Indians to only one touchdown.

 

The Highlanders’ defense held the Indians and forced them to punt on their first possession of the game.

 

La Habra started it off by making its way down the field and scored off a pass from Barriere to give the Highlanders the lead over Fullerton, 7-0.

La Habra Quarterback Eric Barriere looks for an open receiver.  He passed for two touchdowns Friday.

La Habra Quarterback Eric Barriere looks for an open receiver. He passed for two touchdowns Friday.

 

Minutes into the second quarter, Barriere faked a handoff and ran 12 yards into the end zone to put the Highlanders up 14-0.

 

Fullerton scored its first points of the game off a touchdown pass with a little over seven minutes remaining in the first half.

 

La Habra responded with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Barriere to Martin to advance their score to 28-7.

 

With less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Barriere connected his second touchdown pass of the night to Amon Fellows, advancing their lead to 35-7 going into halftime.

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“There’s always little minor adjustments that we try to make at halftime but no matter what the score is, the whole point is to try to get better,” Mazzotta said about his halftime speech.

 

Late in the third quarter Martin scored the final touchdown of the game off a 53-yard run into the end zone.

 

“They absolutely played the way I wanted them to,” Mazzotta said. “We’ve been playing the way I want them to play a lot. The mistakes are really starting to be cut down and that’s the important thing.”

 

La Habra will be at home again next week for their homecoming game against Sunny Hills on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Big third inning leads to lopsided win for Raiders over Fullerton

Posted on 28 April 2014 by La Habra Journal

Gavin Blodgett helped to get things going for the Raiders in the third inning by hitting a double to put runners on second and third base. The Raiders defeated Fullerton 11-0 at home, Friday.

Gavin Blodgett helped to get things going for the Raiders in the third inning by hitting a double to put runners on second and third base. The Raiders defeated Fullerton 11-0 at home, Friday.

by Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal

The Sonora baseball team is now 9-0 in Freeway League play, after an 11-0 win over Fullerton High School, Friday, at home.

The game was scoreless through the first two innings, but the Raiders’ bats erupted for six runs in the third inning. Evan Sonny started off the inning with a single. Gavin Blodgett doubled and Andrew Piraino walked to load the bases with no outs.

Jake Rosander, Jose Lopez, Justin Mellano and Gabe Armstrong followed that up with four consecutive RBI singles.

After a Henry Bustamante strikeout, Mauricio Guadaramma laid down an RBI-squeeze bunt with the bases loaded. Sonny capped off the third-inning scoring with an RBI single, his second hit of the inning.

“You’ve got to be happy with the way we swung the bats today,” said Pat Tellers, Sonora head coach. “If we keep hitting like we have the past couple games, with our pitching and defense, we will be pretty tough to beat.”

Fullerton’s (9-9-1, 3-6) starting pitcher, Randall Ortiz, only lasted three-plus innings. He gave up eight runs on nine hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Armstrong was also the Raiders’ pitcher for the day and continued his recent dominance. He went five shutout innings while only giving up three hits, walking one and striking out three.

“I felt good today,” Armstrong said. “I got ahead of a lot of guys and made some pitches when I needed to.”

It seemed as if he could have gone longer than five innings, but he was pulled to allow JonPaul Sarro and Corey Latvala a chance to pitch.

“His pitches looked like they were getting a little flat,” Tellers said. “At this point in the season, it doesn’t hurt to rest some guys and get other guys on the mound either.”

Jose Lopez was the offensive star for the Raiders. He went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored.

“I have been really happy with my at-bats of late,” Lopez said. “I have tightened up my approach and have been putting better swings on the ball.”

Sonora will now take on Buena Park, Wednesday, at home. The Coyotes sit at the bottom of the Freeway League standings at 2-7.

Evan Sonny is scheduled to take the mound on Wednesday and will likely only pitch five innings.

“We’re going to start taking the starters out after five innings,” Tellers said. “That will give guys a bit of a chance to get some rest and get ready for the playoffs. It also gives us a chance to get some guys ready to come out of the pen for us.”

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Late scratch hurts Highlanders in an attempt to sweep Fullerton

Posted on 17 April 2014 by La Habra Journal

Freshman Carlos Lomeli (pictured against Los Altos) was asked to move from third base to spot start for the Highlanders against Fullerton on Thursday afternoon. Lomeli pitched two innings in a 6-1 loss against the Indians on the road.

Freshman Carlos Lomeli (pictured against Los Altos) was asked to move from third base to spot start for the Highlanders against Fullerton on Thursday afternoon. Lomeli pitched two innings in a 6-1 loss against the Indians on the road.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

Opting not to start pitcher Andrew Gallegos due to arm tightness, the La Habra baseball team had to try to come up with a quick solution on the mound in its final matchup against Fullerton, Thursday afternoon.

While Gallegos still played center field, the pitching staff struggled to throw strikes in the third and fourth innings, issuing seven walks and allowing four runs as the Indians defeated the Highlanders 6-1 and avoided a sweep by La Habra.

“We needed to get this win, we saw the chance to battle for second place and La Habra is sitting right there,” said Tony Gonzalez, Fullerton head coach. “Right now it’s in our own destiny, whether or not we’re going to take second place. Right now first place is out of the question, but we’re still trying to get the kids to come out and compete every day.”

While La Habra’s pitchers struggled, Fullerton starter Randall Ortiz cruised through six innings and bounced back after giving up an unearned run in the first inning.

The senior right hander kept the Highlanders off-balance, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four batters and walking one.

“He was pretty good, he mixed his pitches really well,” said Gallegos, who scored the Highlanders lone run. “I think it’s really tough when he tries to go outside, then bangs it inside and comes back with off-speed, he has a really good combination of pitches.”

After Fullerton scored twice in the second inning, relief pitchers Tyler Holub and Ricky Garcia had problems keeping the ball down in the third and fourth innings.

Fullerton (9-7-1, 3-4) capitalized with three runs in the third, one driven in on a double by Ozzie Vazquez and two more from a single by Rocky Markanian.

“With Gallegos experiencing a little tightness in his arm, we decided to back him off and adjust as best we could,” said John Sothern, La Habra head coach. “With Nuanes being our No. 3 starter, we wanted to save him for the doubleheader on Saturday. They just didn’t throw strikes today, we were non-competitive in that aspect.”

The problems on the mound took away from what was a brilliant defensive effort for La Habra (9-8, 4-3). Though Gallegos didn’t start, he did play center field and collected two outfield assists.

In the second inning, Gallegos collected a line drive single and threw out a runner at home plate. In the fourth inning, he caught a runner making a wide turn around second base and threw to second baseman Kyle Schuh, who applied the tag.

Catcher Austin Saad picked off a runner at third base and Brad Hoffrichter made a diving catch in left field.

“I wasn’t expecting to get the runner at home, I just wanted to get the ball in as quickly as I could,” Gallegos said about his second-inning play. “Defensively, we had a good game, we made the smart plays, the plays we needed to make…. I feel like we’re pretty solid on defense, I think this was the best defensive game we’ve played all year.”

For the Indians, adjustments at the plate were key, as La Habra’s freshman starting pitcher Carlos Lomeli had a relatively easy first inning before struggling in the second inning.

With runners on second and third base, Fullerton’s Rowdy Granger plated a run on a squeeze bunt that turned into a single.

Two batters later, Tyler Place drove home a second run with a sacrifice fly to center field.

“In the beginning, I was a little upset with our approach because they were throwing first pitch fastballs outside and we were just taking them for strikes,” Gonzalez said. “I had to jump on my guys, that’s been the story of our season, but later in the game, when we got a hit here or there, I think the guys started to get a bit more confident.”

Fullerton added a run in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Turner Buis and threatened for more by earning five walks, but Gallegos’ outfield assist to second base and Saad’s pickoff at third base saved the Highlanders from allowing the inning to get out of control.

“Defensively, we were outstanding and that’s the only reason the score was even this close,” Sothern said. “Defensively, I was very impressed because with us being a young team, it’s been up-and-down thing for us. Today was very good, I was very pleased with that.”

La Habra’s first inning run was scored by Gallegos on an error by Fullerton’s shortstop Place, who bobbled a ground ball that could have turned into an inning-ending double play.

Ortiz earned the victory for Fullerton, while Lomeli was charged with the loss.

Nuanes pitched the final two innings for La Habra, retiring all six batters he faced.

La Habra will play a nonleague doubleheader on Saturday against Culver City at home. The first game will start at 11 a.m.

“There is some disappointment that we didn’t sweep because I would have liked to have finished them off,” Sothern said. “From our guys, I see the same thing, but it is nice to get a series victory. Playing on Saturday is an opportunity to get guys some at-bats and more opportunities to get other guys some work. I wouldn’t consider it a tune-up, but hopefully if we play well it will get us back on track.”

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Tellers earns win No. 400 as Raiders beat Fullerton at home

Posted on 22 March 2014 by La Habra Journal

Sonora baseball coach Pat Tellers is presented a banner after earning his 400th win during his 24th year as head coach of the Sonora baseball program. The Raiders defeated Fullerton 3-2 at home to earn Tellers the milestone.

Sonora baseball coach Pat Tellers is presented a banner after earning his 400th win during his 24th year as head coach of the Sonora baseball program. The Raiders defeated Fullerton 3-2 at home to earn Tellers the milestone. Photos courtesy of Victor Choe

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

The Sonora Raiders scored three early runs and survived a late rally by Fullerton to claim its second consecutive 3-2 victory and earn Head Coach Pat Tellers his 400th win as Raiders head coach.

The 24th year head coach joins boys’ basketball head coach Mike Murphy in terms of reaching milestones this year. Murphy, who has also coached at Sonora for 24 years, earned his 500th career coaching win in January.

Sonora scored single runs in the first three innings of the game and starting pitcher Evan Sonny outdueled Fullerton starting pitcher Randall Ortiz through six innings. JP Sarro earned his second consecutive save after pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

The Raiders’ Henry Bustamante drove home a run with a double, while Jose Gomez and Mauricio Guadaramma also pitched in with doubles in the early going.

Sonny kept the Indians’ offense in check until Fullerton put up two runs in the fifth inning. Sonny pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Ortiz pitched all six innings for Fullerton, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out two batters and walking two

The memorial banner hangs on the first base side of the backstop at Anderson Field, where Sonora varsity baseball plays its home games.

The memorial banner hangs on the first base side of the backstop at Anderson Field, where Sonora varsity baseball plays its home games.

batters.

The Raiders worked around three errors to earn Tellers the milestone win and, more importantly, a 2-0 start in the Freeway League along with La Habra, which beat Sunny Hills on the road, 11-2.

Sonora starts the Anaheim Lions Tournament on Saturday with an 11 a.m. contest against Kelso High out of Washington at home.

 

The Sonora baseball team poses with Head Coach Pat Tellers (left) and pitching coach Rich Lodding (right) in celebration of Tellers' 400th win at Sonora, Friday afternoon.

The Sonora baseball team poses with Head Coach Pat Tellers (left) and pitching coach Rich Lodding (right) in celebration of Tellers’ 400th win at Sonora, Friday afternoon.

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Highlanders jump on Fullerton early in league opener

Posted on 20 March 2014 by La Habra Journal

img_6557(rev_1)by Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

A strong first inning gave the La Habra High School baseball team the momentum needed to beat Fullerton, 6-2, in the teams’ Freeway League opener at Fullerton High School on Wednesday.

The Highlanders (3-3, 1-0) brought back their competitive drive, after losing to Mission Viejo last Friday, to jump on Fullerton early and maintain a four-run lead.

“I was very proud of them,” said John Sothern, La Habra head coach. “I jumped on them beforehand about competing. Last game, when we played Mission Viejo, I felt like we didn’t compete from the first pitch to the last pitch. All of practice this week was all competition based. I gave them a little reminder that we needed to compete and I felt like we did that today.”

La Habra came out strong at the beginning of the game, scoring four of their six runs in the top of the first inning.

With one out and a runner on second base, Garrett Molnar hit a ground ball to third base where an error allowed Chris Nuanes to round third and score.

The next batter for the Highlanders, Austin Saad, hit a fly ball to center field, allowing Molnar to score and advancing their lead to 2-0.

Later in the inning, Carlos Lomeli singled in Saad and, with the bases loaded, Cody Sciacca scored Michael Borg from third with a ground ball single.

The Indians (2-4, 0-1) came back at the bottom of the first inning and scored one run. Fullerton trailed La Habra, 4-1, going into the second inning.

At the top of the second inning the Highlanders added another run on an RBI single by Saad, scoring Molnar from third base.

La Habra led Fullerton, 5-1, going into the third inning.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Highlanders scored their last run of the game when Borg singled down the left-field line, allowing Andrew Gallegos to score.

“I thought we did a very good job of jumping on mistakes early in the count,” Sothern said “When we were on offense we put the ball in play hard and we capitalized on mistakes. Fullerton made mistakes defensively, but we did a great job of capitalizing on those and scoring runs on that kind of stuff.”

Fullerton came back in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored the final run of the game, trailing La Habra, 6-2.

La Habra’s starting pitcher, Robert Leffler, pitched until the end of the sixth inning when Ricky Garcia was put in to finish the game.

“We played great as a team,” said Leffler. “We jumped on Fullerton in the first inning, which was great and I felt pretty good. I could have done things better, but I’m happy that we got the win.”

La Habra’s next game will be against Sunny Hills on Friday at Sunny Hills High School.

“I think we need a couple more tweaks defensively,” Sothern said. “We made a couple of errors and that’s going to happen with young guys, but some of those plays have to be made. From an execution standpoint we were pretty good. I’d like to use the middle of the field a little bit better, but all in all I think it was pretty good.”

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Strong second half leads to Raiders win, Lady Raiders’ struggles continue

Posted on 06 February 2014 by La Habra Journal

Christian Rhodes {shown against Sunny Hills) started in place of Steven Murphy and tallied seven points, five assists and five rebounds in a 62-49 win at Fullerton, Wednesday night.

Christian Rhodes (shown against Sunny Hills) started in place of Steven Murphy and tallied seven points, five assists and five rebounds in a 62-49 win at Fullerton, Wednesday night.

by Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal

The Sonora boys’ basketball team overcame some key injuries to improve to 7-0 in Freeway League play, with a 62-49 victory over Fullerton High, Wednesday, at Fullerton High.

The Raiders (21-3, 7-0) headed into the game with both of their true big men hurt. Steven Murphy was out with the flu and Steven Riley missed another game and is likely out for the season with a shoulder injury.

With the two guys out, Sonora needed a group of guys to step up and they got just that.

“I thought Roy Saucedo did an amazing job tonight,” said Mike Murphy, Sonora head coach. “They had a couple good bigs over there and he did his job. Ben [Rico] also played really big for us today and I thought that he played the best defense I have ever seen him play in the second half.”

Rico led the team in rebounds, with six. Saucedo and Christian Rhodes both had five, while senior Nathan Mendrin had four rebounds.

Rhodes, who got the start in place of Murphy, had seven points, five rebounds and five assists.

The scoring was also really balanced for the Raiders. Despite a poor first half in which he only had four points, Rico bounced back and finished the game with 16 points.

Josh Rodriguez had 15 points. He did not have his best shooting night, but had a success whenever he tried to get to the rim.

Senior Adam Marlow also had 15 points, and he was the one who managed to score consistently throughout the entire game. The team got off to a slow start early but Marlow had seven points in the first quarter and carried the team for the majority of the first half. He also added seven assists.

“I just went out there and took what the defense gave me,” Marlow said. “We had two of our better players out tonight so we knew that we all kind of needed to step up.”

Fullerton (7-17, 1-6) did see a majority of their success come from down low. Their two big men Gerrit Beetstra and Dave Tsuda combined for 25 of the team’s 49 points.

“They were good down low, and I came out slow on defense in the first half. In the second I really made defense a priority,” Rico said. “On the offensive side we struggled with shooting, but we moved the ball well and found other ways to get it done.”

The Raiders will look to improve to 8-0 in league as they take on Buena Park, Friday, at home.

“I like our chances at this point being up two games with three to go,” Murphy said. “We still can’t look over any teams though and we are going to keep trying to improve every day.”

Lauren Nakahara hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead a late comeback attempt by Sonora in an eventual 55-45 loss at Fullerton, Wednesday night.

Lauren Nakahara hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead a late comeback attempt by Sonora in an eventual 55-45 loss at Fullerton, Wednesday night.

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The Sonora girl’s basketball dropped a tough game to Fullerton, 55-45, Wednesday at Fullerton High.

The Lady Raiders never were able to get going on either side of the ball. Luckily for Sonora, Fullerton was also unable to really get going in the first quarter and the Lady Raiders led 8-6 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Lady Raiders began to give the game to Fullerton. Both teams struggled from the field, but Sonora also fell into foul trouble. Of the 14 points the Lady Indians scored in the quarter, only two came on a field goal.

Fullerton capitalized on all the fouls and was able to go 12-for-16 from the free-throw line to take a 20-17 lead into the half.

The third quarter was Sonora’s strongest and Meghann Henderson began to try to get Sonora back in the game. After being held scoreless for the first half, she scored 11 points in the second half.

It was not enough though as Fullerton (10-13, 3-4) began to get open shots and outscore Sonora 18-12 in the quarter and expand the lead to 38-29.

In the fourth, Sonora (9-13, 2-5) fought back but was not able to pull it off. Lauren Nakahara tried her hardest to bring Sonora back into the game by making three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter alone.

Fullerton’s Lala Newman was able to convert on free throws when Sonora tried to foul late and finished with a game-high 18 points.

The Raiders will look to try to stay alive and improve to 3-5 in the Freeway League as they host Buena Park, Friday at 6 p.m.

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Sonora suffers tough road loss, La Habra evens series with Sunny Hills

Posted on 05 February 2014 by La Habra Journal

IMG_6681by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

For nearly 70 minutes, the Sonora boys’ soccer team made league-leading Fullerton look like just another league opponent.

The Raiders dominated the midfield, which led to an increased number of scoring opportunities, but Fullerton goalkeeper Cesar Herrera was up to the challenge in shutting out Sonora’s potent offense.

After weathering Sonora’s storm, the Indians finished on a flurry, scoring three goals in the final 11 minutes for a 3-0 win at Fullerton, Wednesday afternoon.

“These games are really hard because, for all intents and purposes, we dominated them,” said Cory Witt, Sonora head coach. “We didn’t give up 10 minutes, but after that [first] goal, it was very deflating. We must have had seven quality chances, maybe eight today.”

Fullerton (15-3-3, 5-1-1) tallied its first score in the 69th minute off a corner kick to the head of defender Sammy McKay, who was up in the box to redirect the kick to the far side of the net.

One minute later, Sonora midfielder Juan Villalobos got a through ball up to forward Giancarlo Oros, but the forward’s shot went directly to Herrera who bumped it over the cross bar.

The Raiders’ ensuing corner kick was cleared. Four minutes later, Fullerton bumped a long throw-in to forward Josh Pilvosky on the far side for an easy score.

Defender Clayton Mohler finished the scoring in the 79th minute when his penalty kick got past a diving Luis Gonzalez.

“I have to give them a lot of credit, they withstood the pressure,” Witt said. “Defensively, they held their ground. I thought they made some big mistakes that we couldn’t capitalize on. I give their keeper a ton of credit, he’s their MVP today, he made some great saves.”

To get to that point, Fullerton had to persevere through a relentless Sonora attack. The Raiders kept constant pressure on Fullerton in the first half to the point where Indians’ defenders scrambled just to clear a ball out of the defensive third rather than start a possession.

The Raiders (5-6-3, 2-4-1) started a string of attacks in the 21st minute when Jose Murillo baited Herrera to come out of the net, but missed solid contact on a cross from Eli Rico-Torres.

The next time Murillo touched the ball, he rifled a shot that was tipped by Herrera and bounced off the cross bar.

The Raiders continued to attack thanks to some extra help in the midfield.

“Our three-midfielder set causes teams fits,” Witt said. “If you don’t adjust your lineup to match it, you’re going to be in trouble. That’s our strength, we have three of the best midfielders in the league.”

Rico-Torres collected a through ball on the left side in the 29th minute, but Herrera came up with the stop.

Early in the second half, a shot by Murillo bounced off a Fullerton defender to the right foot of Rico-Torres, who missed a bit high on the near corner.

Forward Andy Araiza missed an opportunity in the 48th minute after failing to get solid contact on another great cross by Rico-Torres.

In the 56th minute, a header by Rico-Torres off a free kick by Villalobos was saved by a diving Herrera.

The Raiders fall into a fourth place tie with La Habra after the loss. Sonora will attempt to bounce back at home against Buena Park, Friday afternoon.

“We‘re going to get back to work tomorrow and we have to keep our heads straight,” Witt said. “I just told our guys that we just took it to the No. 1 team in our league and the No. 7 team in Orange County. They’re very good and we made them look mediocre and I don’t know what it was, we seemed to get up for this game, which was good. It’s a tough loss.”

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It was a day of redemption for the La Habra boys’ soccer team in a 2-1 victory over Sunny Hills, Wednesday afternoon at home.

For the second time in as many games against the Lancers, the Highlanders took a lead in the first half.

After receiving two yellow cards in the first matchup, forward Joe Salinas got his own personal redemption against the Lancers by scoring La Habra’s first goal.

Ray Flores added a score and the Highlanders led 2-0 at halftime.

La Habra (8-8-3, 2-4-1) shifted its attention to defense in the second half in order to hold on for the win.

“We were able to use the width of the field, when our wings got the ball out wide, they would go at them, which led to us getting balls in the box,” said Earvin Aleman, La Habra head coach. “Their goalie wasn’t coming out as much, which helped with creating our chances.”

In the 20th minute, Israel Alvarez put a solid touch on a corner kick to the near post, which Salinas redirected for a goal.

Later in the half in the 35th minute, Austin Nazer bumped a long throw-in to Flores on the far side for an easy tap-in goal.

“We told the guys that it’s not so much whether we win or lose, but how we come out and play,” Aleman said. “We’re at home, so we’re expected to play our game. I think that was a big thing for us from the very beginning and it carried throughout the game.”

In the second half, La Habra focused its efforts on defense, preventing Sunny Hills (10-5-5, 3-2-2) from executing its offensive gameplan.

“We knew they were a long ball team, so when we had a sense that they were going to send it, we had them drop,” Aleman said. “That’s what they did, they were teeing the ball up, but we were there every time. Ray and Israel really picked it up with second balls.”

The Highlanders will hope to keep the momentum when they battle Troy on the road, Friday afternoon.

“This win boosts us up big time,” Aleman said. “We haven’t been playing bad, but considering the results and the fact that we’re still in it, we still need to take it one game at a time.”

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La Habra basketball teams shut down Fullerton at home

Posted on 01 February 2014 by La Habra Journal

Adam Cooley (shown here against Buena Park) scored 18 points as the Highlanders defeated Fullerton, 59-36 at home Friday night.

Adam Cooley (shown here against Buena Park) scored 18 points as the Highlanders defeated Fullerton, 59-36 at home Friday night.

by Sarah Fenton
La Habra Journal

A physical game didn’t faze the La Habra boys’ basketball team as it beat Fullerton, 59-36, at home on Friday.

“The first time we played them in league, for the opener, they played like that so we kind of expected it and were preparing for it at practice, getting hit with that contact and pressure,” said Senior Adam Cooley.

The Highlanders (14-8, 3-3) came out strong on defense to start the game and held the Indians to only seven points in the first quarter.

Fullerton (7-16, 1-5) had a hard time pushing through La Habra’s defense, which resulted in turnovers. The Highlanders led, 12-7, going into the second quarter.

“We’re pretty banged up,” said David Ploog, La Habra head coach. “A lot of the guys are hurt so we did a lot of shooting but we looked at the tape and kind of figured out some of the plays they were running so we worked a lot on the plays they were running so we were prepared for them.”

The game became more aggressive, but La Habra continued to push the ball on offense and stayed solid on defense.  The Highlanders led, 30-14, going into halftime.

“A lot of times at halftime you can relax when you have a lead,” Ploog said. “We talked about putting more pressure on defense and just making sure we have that attitude. I thought the guys really stepped up and did it.”

The Highlanders didn’t relax in the second half and stepped up the intensity both offensively and defensively.

Justin Jaimez stole the ball early in the quarter and passed it down the court to Adam Cooley who finished the play with a layup.

La Habra held the Indians to only six points and continued to lead, 41-20, going into the final quarter.

The intensity escalated in the fourth quarter as both teams fought for the win. La Habra stayed solid on defense and kept Fullerton from taking the lead.

David Desatoff led the team in scoring with 22 points and Adam Cooley followed with 18 points.

“The big thing was defensively, we really put a lot of pressure on them,” Ploog said. “So we keep working on defense because that’s how we win basketball games and we had a low number again and that helps us just win. We’re not the most polished offensive team so we really focus on our defense and we stepped up since the last game.”

La Habra’s next game will be again Sunny Hills at home on Wednesday.

“They play a different style than a lot of the teams in our league,” Ploog said. “They play really fast. So we’re just going to look at tape again, look at some of the things they do, and some of the plays they run. But we really have to focus on getting back and match their speed.”

Speed isn’t the only thing Adam Cooley will be focusing on in their next game against Sunny Hills.

“I’m planning to shut down Max Thurman,” Cooley said. “But we just need to make sure they don’t shoot because they like to shoot threes, that’s their thing, so just shut down their shooters.”

Megan Chancellor (shown against Sonora) scored 14 points against Fullerton as the Lady Highlanders improved to 5-1 in league with a 52-28 win, Friday night at home.

Megan Chancellor (shown against Sonora) scored 14 points against Fullerton as the Lady Highlanders improved to 5-1 in league with a 52-28 win, Friday night at home.

GIRLS VARSITY

Strong defense and aggressive play helped the La Habra girls’ basketball team defeat Fullerton, 52-28, on Senior Night at home on Friday.

“I have never been so excited,” said Senior Megan Chancellor about senior night. “Honestly all my family was up there and it felt amazing and my heart was just pumping the whole entire time. I was just pumped up to play in the game tonight. It was crazy.”

The Lady Highlanders (12-9, 5-1) took control of the ball to start the game and Emma Zener quickly sank a three-pointer from the corner less than 10 seconds into the quarter.

“We just worked on ball handling and passing because that has been our weakness at times,” said Jim Bohn, La Habra head coach. “We ran a lot of full court transitioning to work on finding spacing to eliminate turnovers. ”

Fullerton (8-13, 1-4) tried to push the ball on offense, but couldn’t break La Habra’s defense and was forced to take outside shots. La Habra led, 14-11, going into the second quarter.

La Habra continued to play with the same amount of aggression in the second quarter and held the Lady Indians to only six points.

Early in the quarter, Larisa Maehera stole the ball from the Indians and passed it down the court to Zener who finished the play with a layup. The Lady Highlanders held on to the lead, 32-17, going into halftime.

“I had to keep them focused,” Bohn said. “I told them that we hadn’t won the game yet. They had to come out and play some good defense. We had a few defensive lapses in there where we didn’t rotate as well as we should have. I told them [to] be aggressive. That’s kind of what we went away from in the last couple of games. We were settling for shots rather than being aggressive towards the basket. We did that today and I think that kind of went in our favor.”

The Lady Highlanders came back strong in the third quarter and attacked the basket.

Megan Chancellor drove the ball down the sideline and sank the jump shot towards the end of the third quarter. La Habra led, 46-25, going into the final quarter.

La Habra’s defense stayed strong in the fourth quarter and held Fullerton to only three points.

“I thought we passed the ball a lot better today,” Bohn said. “We didn’t make long passes. There were a few in the first but around the half court set we had crisp passing. We didn’t do a lot of dribbling which I wanted them to do, make short passes and we had some great looks. Emma played big today and Megan played big also.”

Emma Zener was the leading scorer for La Habra with 21 points and Megan Chancellor followed with 14 points.

La Habra’s next game will be at home on Wednesday against Sunny Hills.

“We’re probably going to take a day off tomorrow to rest and then get settled and ready for them,” Bohn said. “It was a close game at their facility and it’s a big game for us because we want to keep that ball rolling. Sunny Hills is a great team and coached well and we’re ready for the challenge.”

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Defensive lapses cost Highlanders against Fullerton

Posted on 31 January 2014 by La Habra Journal

Ray Flores (pictured against Troy) returned to the field for the Highlanders and scored a penalty kick goal in the 4th minute.

Ray Flores (pictured against Troy) returned to the field for the Highlanders and scored a penalty kick goal in the 4th minute.

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

With its first league victory on Wednesday, the La Habra boys’ soccer team continued to control tempo early on in its home matchup with Fullerton, Friday afternoon.

The Highlanders took an early lead in the 4th minute on a penalty kick by midfielder Ray Flores, but the team became complacent in the middle portion of the game, which allowed the Indians to storm back and take the game 3-2.

Ultimately, defensive miscues in set pieces did the Highlanders in, as Fullerton (14-3-3. 4-1-1) scored two goals on corner kicks and a third on a free kick.

“I don’t know if it was fatigue, I’m not quite sure what played into that,” said Earvin Aleman, La Habra head coach. “The win on Wednesday reminded us that we still have a chance, I thought that when we scored the early goal we could continue to dictate the game.”

La Habra (7-8-3, 1-4-1) stormed out of the gates, pushing the ball into the offensive third. Ray Flores, in his first game back from injury, was awarded a penalty kick after the Indians fouled Joe Salinas in the box.

Flores promptly beat Indians’ goalkeeper Cesar Herrera to give La Habra an early 1-0 lead.

“It was great to have him back, especially for his leadership more than anything,” Aleman said. “When he’s here, it helps Israel [Alvarez] in the middle too because he doesn’t have to worry about so much.”

Midway through the half, La Habra’s energy dropped, which led to an increased number of fouls.

On the set pieces, La Habra’s defense missed the back side help. In the 26th minute, goalkeeper Richie Ruiz made a diving stop, but Fullerton’s Clayton Mohler was left unguarded on the back side and tapped in the rebound for the equalizer.

During the play, a whistle blew during the kick, which through the Highlanders’ defense off guard.

“I think that through everyone off,” Aleman said. “But still, whistle or no whistle, you have to defend properly.”

Mohler gave the Indians the lead in the 51st minute when he redirected a corner kick into the far side of the net.

Fullerton stretched the lead five minutes later off another corner kick. The ball bounced off a La Habra defender and found the left foot of defender Sammy McKay, who put it in on the near side.

“A mistake there and two mistakes here on marking cost us the game,” Aleman said. “We’re still in it though, we just have to worry about qualifying for CIF, because if we do that, anything can happen.”

It wasn’t until the 74th minute that La Habra found itself reenergized.

Driving down the right side, Israel Alvarez collected a loose ball and centered it to Austin Nazer, who used one touch to get it to Charlie Aleman on the left side for an easy goal.

The Highlanders lost another potential opportunity during the second half on a close offside call.

La Habra will try to bounce back with a home game against Sunny Hills, Wednesday afternoon. Sunny Hills defeated the Highlanders 3-1 in an overtime game earlier this season.

“We just need to come out, we should have beaten Sunny Hills the first time, I thought we dictated that game, but the red card killed us,” Aleman said. “We just need to remember our assignments on marking and we’ll be all right.”

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Sonora basketball teams execute well, push past Fullerton

Posted on 18 January 2014 by La Habra Journal

Sonora head coach Mike Murphy poses with his coaching staff and the varsity team after being presented with the game ball from his 500th win, which occurred Wednesday night.

Sonora head coach Mike Murphy poses with his coaching staff and the varsity team after being presented with the game ball from his 500th win, which occurred Wednesday night. Photos by Erik Markus, La Habra Journal

by Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal

Coming off of Wednesday’s milestone victory, the Sonora boys’ basketball team pushed the pace and never let up in an 83-52 league win over Fullerton at home, Friday night.

Before the game, the team presented Sonora Head Coach Mike Murphy with the game ball from Wednesday’s game with “500” written to commemorate his milestone win.

On the court, the Raiders started the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back as Josh Rodriguez and Ben Rico scored 21 points each. Steven Murphy set the tone early and finished with 16 points.

“We have so many guards that can score, Steven sometimes gets overlooked,” Mike Murphy said. “We wanted to establish him and he did a great job for us early on.”

Adam Marlow intercepts a Fullerton pass and drives toward the basket. He would make a layup on the play during the second quarter of Sonora's 83-52 win, Friday night.

Adam Marlow intercepts a Fullerton pass and drives toward the basket. He would make a layup on the play during the second quarter of Sonora’s 83-52 win, Friday night.

Sonora’s defense caused 14 turnovers, most of which were converted into points on the offensive end. The Raiders built a double-digit lead by the second quarter and held it the rest of the way.

Rico’s scoring was consistent for Sonora, he scored five points or more in every quarter. Rodriguez was limited in the first quarter due to foul trouble, but put in six points in the second quarter and seven points in the fourth quarter.

However, early on the Indians (6-13, 0-2) were so focused on Sonora’s dangerous guards that they forgot about big Steven Murphy in the paint.

The senior center scored eight points in the first quarter, all on easy shots after setting screens on the perimeter.

Taking an inside pass from Rico, Murphy rose for a strong two-handed dunk that prompted a timeout from Fullerton coach Scott Wilbur.

“We basically wanted to spread everyone out and then run a pick-and-roll,” Steven Murphy said. “I usually help with rebounding, so it felt good to help get things going early. We have so much talent on the team, anyone is capable of scoring. Early on, it just happened to be me.”

Josh Rodriguez hit this layup as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter during Sonora's 83-52 win over Fullerton. Rodriguez was fouled on the play and made the ensuing free throw.

Josh Rodriguez hit this layup as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter during Sonora’s 83-52 win over Fullerton. Rodriguez was fouled on the play and made the ensuing free throw.

The Raiders (16-3, 2-0) got balanced scoring from Rico, Rodriguez and Adam Marlow in the second quarter, but Fullerton’s Andre Quinn ended the half with a flurry for Fullerton. Sonora led 39-25 at the break.

Consecutive baskets by Fullerton’s Gerritt Beetstra brought Sonora’s lead down to 11 points late in the third quarter.

But the Raiders responded with a 3-pointer from Rico, forced a turnover and Rodriguez raced down the court for a buzzer-beating layup in which he was fouled.

Sonora added the first six points of the fourth quarter for a 12-point run.

“That run was huge for us, I thought it may have put the game out of reach,” Mike Murphy said. “Our team is good offensively, they just keep finding ways to score.”

After seven points by Rodriguez and five by Rico, Sonora rode out the rest of the fourth quarter using reserves.

Quinn led the Indians with 17 points and guard Gerardo Arellano added 10 points in the loss.

Sonora hits the road for the first time in league play when they play Buena Park, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

“Any time you face a league opponent on the road, it’s tough,” Mike Murphy said. “It all starts with our defense, we want these guys to keep up the pressure and let the offense be a result of our defense.”

Meghann Henderson puts in a layup for two of her 24 points during the first half of Sonora's 58-35 win over Fullerton, Friday night.

Meghann Henderson puts in a layup for two of her 24 points during the first half of Sonora’s 58-35 win over Fullerton, Friday night.

GIRLS VARSITY

After two tough games against quality opponents, the Sonora girls’ basketball team flexed a little muscle in a 58-35 league win over Fullerton, Friday night at Sonora High.

The Lady Raiders’ aggressive defense accounted for seven turnovers in the first quarter and Sonora opened a 20-6 lead.

Head Coach Melissa Barajas believes that coming off tough games against Woodbridge and Troy helped to prepare for the rest of the Freeway League.

“We’ve played a tough schedule, so makes them grow up a little bit, but we wanted it that way so they were ready for league,” Barajas said. “Tonight was a great learning experience for our girls, we were able to keep a lead and build on it. I really liked our pressure and offensively, they did the things we were looking for, it was great.”

Meghann Henderson was aggressive on the offensive end and finished with 24 points to lead the Lady Raiders. Lauren Nakahara scored eight of her 11 points in the first quarter and was on the bench for the majority of the fourth quarter to rest her ankle.

Henderson did the bulk of her damage in the second quarter, where she scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Sonora's Sarah Ornelas splits four defenders and attempts a shot during the first half of Sonora's 58-35 victory, Friday night.

Sonora’s Sarah Ornelas splits four defenders and attempts a shot during the first half of Sonora’s 58-35 victory, Friday night.

Sonora (8-9, 1-1) led 38-11 at halftime.

“We’ve been trying to get her to be aggressive,” Barajas said about Henderson. “Coming in as a freshman, sometimes they’re passive and want to defer to other kids, but we think she’s super talented, she has the potential to be something special, so we want her to be aggressive out there and we were happy that she was tonight.”

Fullerton’s Daisy Segura helped the Lady Indians (6-11, 0-2) keep pace with Sonora in the third quarter by scoring seven of her team-high 10 points, but Sonora pushed the lead to 18 points heading into the fourth quarter.

After five points from Henderson in the final quarter, Barajas sent in reserves to close it out.

Fullerton forward Marianne Gourd finished with 10 rebounds, eight of which came at the offensive end.

Sonora will head to Buena Park for a road game against the Coyotes, Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“Being on the road, no matter who it is, it’s tough,” Barajas said. “We’re going to need a lot of leadership from Lauren in making sure we’re staying focused. It starts with our defense, being able to pressure and just mentally executing on that side of the ball.”

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