Matadores storm back in comeback thriller

Matadores storm back in comeback thriller

Battle for first place in Gateway League tonight in Downey

Calm, cool, and collected.

That 's how the La Mirada Matadores operate; as they defeated the Foothill Knights 53-50 in a comeback thriller at the MLK Dream Classic at St. John Bosco Monday night.

La Mirada started the night rough. They couldn’t get much going offensively and defensively they couldn’t stop Foothill’s bigs.

The Matadores (18-6), headed to the locker room down at halftime 30-21. However there was no yelling or screaming to motivate. Instead, La Mirada head basketball coach Randy Oronoz reiterated the team message of: don’t panic. (more)

 Defense shines in Matadores’ third straight league victory

Defense shines in Matadores’ third straight league victory

Lakewood~In their third straight game, the La Mirada Matadores Boys Basketball team held their opponent to under 50 points, as they defeated the Mayfair Monsoons at home 58-41.

The Matadores (16-6) controlled this one from start to finish as the Monsoons never led once. La Mirada started the game on a 13-2 run, with that culminating into a 16-point lead going into halftime. The rout was on in the second half as the Matadores led by 22 going into the 4th quarter, where the bench saw extensive action. (more)

Mats come up short in heartbreaking fashion

Mats come up short in heartbreaking fashion

On Friday night, the La Mirada Matadores (13-6) lost 70-69 on a buzzer-beater to the Campbell Hall Vikings (10-5).

It was junior guard Baron Bellamy for the Vikings who made the put-back shot to help lead Campbell Hall to the silver division title at The Classic at Damien.

The Matadores played a little uncomfortably in the first half, being down by 10 at the half. They clawed and fought back into the game, eventually taking the lead with 11 seconds left in the game on a layup by Sophomore guard Julien Gomez. (more)

Matadores advance to second straight tournament final

Matadores advance to second straight tournament final

Physical. That is the only word that can be used to describe the way the La Mirada Matadores’ play right now.

In a late Thursday night game at Bonita High School, The Matadores (13-5) defeated the St. Anthony Saints (8-6) 60-49.

This was the second matchup between the two schools, something rarely seen nowaday. “When you beat a team like St. Anthony twice, it is hard to do,” Coach Randy Oronoz of La Mirada said about playing teams twice. (more)

Matadores overcome slow first half, come alive in second

Matadores overcome slow first half, come alive in second

In the quarterfinal of the SIlver Division of The Classic At Damien tournament, the La Mirada Matadores (12-5) defeated the Orange Lutheran Lancers (8-4) by a score of 76-53.

An offensive explosion of 51 points in the second half propelled the Matadores to another victory as they had a tough time finding their rhythm, finishing the first half with only 25. (more)

Matadores too fast, too furious for the Dons

Matadores too fast, too furious for the Dons

In dominating fashion, The La Mirada Matadores (10-5) bounced back and defeated the Cerritos Dons (2-11), 83-48.

The Matadores came out swinging offensively and laid down eight three’s in the first half alone, “When it goes in, we are a three-point shooting team, when it doesn’t go in it hurts us at times,” Coach Randy Oronoz of La Mirada put it.

Sophomore guard #3 Julien Gomez started the Matadores off with their first five points of the game. Gomez finished with 16 points in a complete performance. (more)

Swordsmen Outduel Matadores in Exciting Finish

Swordsmen Outduel Matadores in Exciting Finish

In an exciting matchup between two of the best teams in the area, the St. Paul Swordsmen (8-2) defeated the La Mirada Matadores (9-5), 63-60.

La Mirada was riding high after a good performance at the St. John Bosco tournament last week, playing some good teams including the host in the finals. (more)

Matadores tip-off the season with busy week

Matadores tip-off the season with busy week

The La Mirada Matadores Boys varsity basketball squad began the 2022-23 season with a very busy week, playing five games in six days.

The 5th annual Rumble for Rosecrans, hosted by Sunny Hills High School features 32 different high school programs from around Southern California competing in four brackets. La Mirada competed in the West Region Bracket D. All games in this bracket were played at Fullerton High.

On Monday, La Mirada beat Huntington Beach 61-48. Sophomore guard Juliene Gomez led the Mats in scoring with 21 points; also contributing 10 rebounds and four assists. Senior Athan Sierra tossed in nine points. (more)

2018 Synchro America Open This Week at Splash!

2018 Synchro America Open This Week at Splash!

La Mirada~The top synchronized swimmers in the world have been gathering in La Mirada since Monday and will take on the best Southern California has to offer this week when they compete at the 2018 Synchro America Open Thursday June 7th through Saturday June 9th at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. 

A leg of the prestigious FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, swimmers will compete in solo, duet, mixed duet, free combo and highlight routines in junior and senior divisions. 

Participating athletes will be representing Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Serbia, Ukraine, and Puerto Rico. 

The event is part of a two-leg North American series, which includes the 2018 Synchro Canada Open. That event was held last week in Surrey, British Columbia. 

Splash! La Mirada continues to welcome top aquatic athletes from around the world. For more information about this award-winning state of the art facility, visit 

The Synchro America Open will be live-streamed by 

For schedule, additional details and to get your tickets for the Synchro America Open, go to

50th Annual 605 All-Star Game Saturday at Pioneer High

50th Annual 605 All-Star Game Saturday at Pioneer High

Whittier~For some, this will be their last competitive game, others will be moving on to play college ball.

The 50th Annual 605 All-Star game that features graduating high school seniors, will take place Saturday, June 3rd at Pioneer High’s Richard Torres Stadium.

La Mirada quarterback Tristan Meyer will lead the eastern squad after leading his Matadores to a CIF-SS Division 3 Final this past December.

Game time is 6:05.

East All Stars

WR Gabriel Bermudez St. Paul
WR Pervis Henderson La Habra
LB Chase Elliott Huntington Beach
QB James JD Rafkin Buena Park
DB Alan Giron La Habra
WR Stanley Berryhill Orange Lutheran
DB Jackson Lawce Esperanza
QB Tristan Meyer La Mirada
DL Josiah Gomez La Serna
TE Drew Platt Los Alamitos
WR Michael Magana Los Alamitos
PK Harrison Avila Laguna Hills
WR Matthew Roach Villa Park
LB Ronnie Cannon III Buena Park
DB Alfredo Reyes St. Paul
RB Michael Arredondo Orange Lutheran
DB Izayah Mora Los Alamitos
RB Joshua Avila Westminster
WR Anthony Lemos St. Paul
WR Shaun Colamonico Edison
DB Isaiah Lemos St. Paul
DB Robert Corner III Buena Park
RB Robert Arroyo El Dorado
LB Michael Noble Orange Lutheran
RB Juan Avalos Pioneer
NG Jonah Apelu Huntington Beach
DL Derrick Thomas Huntington Beach
P Eli Kasiano Los Alamitos
OL Nick Siatunu'u Kennedy
LB Levi McCallion Marina
OL Darice Tavita Garden Grove
DL Jeffrey Alo Western
LB Jonathan Moreida Edison
OL Andre Leomiti Los Alamitos
DL Eli Martinez La Serna
OL David Salazar Gomez St. Paul
DL Samuel Soto II Anaheim
FB Shane Darsow Villa Park
OL Cody Stewart La Serna
DL Shaquille Alapati Tustin
OL James Stanton Los Alamitos
LB Kenny Carmichael Edison
DL Joey Noble Los Alamitos
DL Blake Hehl Orange Lutheran

Head Coach: Ray Fenton of Los Alamitos

West All Stars

PK Clay D'Amico Valley Christian
WR Aaron Lopez El Rancho
RB Manuel Garcia Schurr
DB Amital Nieto St. Anthony
RB Jamaal Neal South Gate
LB Ziggy Tua St. Anthony
DB Abeje Bates Paramount
LB James Garcia El Rancho
WR Gabriel Huerta El Rancho
DB Angel Angel Bell Gardens
QB John Buska St. Anthony
DB Ka'Won So'fala LB Jordan
WR Gregory Shelton Lynwood
DB Caleb Griffin LB Jordan
WR Isaiah Remigio Bell Gardens
QB Tanner Frost LB Wilson
WR Anthony Dixon South Gate
RB Merrel Jasper Bellflower
RB Josh Cummings Lakewood
LB Bryan Rayas Lynwood
FB Jonathan Olguin Montebello
LB Jared Trautman Mayfair
LB Rudy San Jose St. Anthony
DL Andrew Madrigal Schurr
OL Penifea EJ Aching Paramount
TE Ramon Hogan LB Jordan
RB Baby Satuala LB Jordan
OL Chris Marcopoulos Lakewood
OL Isaiah Yepiz LB Jordan
DL Naki Mitai Lakewood
OL Mario De Laura St. Anthony
DL Andrew Vodiker Downey
OL Ravon Chambers Valley Christian
DL Charles Findley Lynwood
OL Jeremy Brown Mayfair
OL Christian Maalupe Bellflower
OL Heriberto Valdez Compton
DL Jeremy Chilin Lynwood
DL Fidel Mendez LB Jordan
DL Eric Schoonover Valley Christian
DB TJ Jones Lynwood

Head Coach: Woodie Grayson of Valley Christian