La Mirada Blog
Articles by Tony Aiello
Matdores score 32 runs in two days
Palos Verdes~ The Matadores beat Peninsula 16-11 yesterday, in a slugfest, with Karl "Rocky" Perez hitting for the cycle and gathering six rbi's in the weekly Saturday Redondo Tournament..
The day before in league action, the Mats(12-8, 5-1) beat Artesia 16-2, behind another strong pitching performance by Kyle Harper.
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La Mirada~Around $80, and an IPod was taken from person at 13107 Ocaso Dr. in La Mirada this evening at around 8:00 p.m.
According to Lt. Kenney from the Norwalk Sheriff's Station, "According to the witness, four male blacks sporting Bandanas, drove up to the location and used bodily force-with no weapons involved- to take the money and merchandise."
Suspects were last seen northbound on Ocaso.
It is unknown at this time if the victim is a resident of the address where the alleged crime is being reported.
Las Vegas~After winning its first two games, the La Mirada boys basketball team lost this evening, bowing to Coronado in the third round, 56-55 in a heart-break thriller, at the 2009 Prep Championships in Las Vegas.
Josh Siemens had 15 points and Isaac Luatua added 13 in the frustruating defeat.
Luatua, who helped lead La Mirada to a CIF Football Championship (on both sides of the ball), just two weeks ago, has become a major player in the Mats basketball plans. The 6' 3" 290 lb. junior uses his wide body and soft shooting touch to his advantage.
Argonauts Lose Their First Game
Costa Mesa~Another exciting game-except this time it was for all the marbles.
La Mirada High School won it's second CIF football championship in school history tonight, 49-27 over Garden Grove.
The Matadores got out to an early 7-0 lead after they blocked a punt on Garden Groves first possession; and shortly thereafter, punched it in.
However, things quickly changed, as the Argonauts rattled off 21 straight points to take a 21-7 lead.
The season-long, brutal, hard-hitting defensive ways of the Matadores continued as RJ Lujan knocked Grove superstar quarterback Sean Young out of the game and into the hospital.
La Mirada scored before the half making the score 21-14.
With Young out of the game, the La Mirada defense smelled blood and pounced like a wild animal on its victim. The Garden Grove team was not the same without its senior quarterback as it was La Mirada's turn to rattle off 42 straight points of its own-to take a commanding 49-22 lead.
Garden Grove, trying to cap an emotional, perfect season , added a touchdown on a very nice catch in the fourth quarter, but the game was already over.
Final score: La Mirada 49 Garden Grove 27
La Mirada~The 2009 Knabe Katch almost didn't happen this year, but thankfully, last month, it did. The annual fishing derby, in its 13th year, usually takes place in August, but had to recheduled to November this year because of sick ducks and a biologically unhealthy La Mirada Lake.
La Mirada~La Mirada beat Laguna Hills tonight 27-24 in a semifinal contest, sending the Matadores to the final for the first time since 1992.
When Ralph Gramajo intercepted a Laguna Hills pass midway through the third quarter, it seemed La Mirada was on its way to a victory, leading 24-10.
However, Laguna came back, scoring two touchdowns within a span of around three minutes, including a recovered on-side kick, tying the score at 27 and sending into overtime.
The La Mirada defense, seemed dazed, tired, confused, like a prize fighter up against the ropes in the last rounds.
La Mirada~The La Mirada Boys Basketball squad opens the regular season tonight in a non-league contest vs. Tustin High at Matadore Gym.
The Mats are coming off a very succesful campaign in which they won the Suburban League title and advanced to the CIF Southern Division quarterfinals.
This will be the first game the Matadores are playing in their totally refurbished gymnasium. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
La Mirada~The annual Knabe Fishing Derby, a mainstay in La Mirada for many, many years, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21st, 2009-but do you know why?
This very popular event is hosted by County Supervisor Don Knabe and is in its thirteenth year.
Originally scheduled for August the event was postponed because many of the ducks became ill at Regional Park, and some even died. The cause has been determined to be a wildlife bird disease called Avian botulism.
According to the Wildlife Disease Information Node website, Avian botulism is a paralytic, often fatal, disease of birds caused by ingestion of a toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is widespread in soil and requires warm temperatures, a protein source and an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment in order to become active and produce toxin. Decomposing vegetation and invertebrates combined with warm temperatures can provide ideal conditions for the botulism bacteria to activate and produce toxin. There are several types of toxin produced by strains of this bacteria; birds are most commonly affected by type C and to a lesser extent type.