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Torres Wins Game for Matadores
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Torres Wins Game for Matadores

Anaheim~La Mirada’s baseball team wasted no time in taunting and thrilling its fans in the season opener of what could be a memorable one in a long history of great baseball squads at the campus.

Down and out not once but twice in a Loara Tournament game against Fountain Valley at Brookhurst Park, the Matadores got off the mat and escaped with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings.

J.T. Torres, fresh off CIF Player of the Year honors in football, came up Buffalo again by hitting a towering, game-winning double to the left-center fence for a 5-4 win over the snakebitten Barons.

Matadores Yet to Find Hitting Shoes
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Matadores Yet to Find Hitting Shoes

Lakewood~When the vast majority of the core of this year's La Mirada varsity baseball team were freshmen, they went and had their heads handed to them at Lakewood in a 10-0 loss.

The casts on both sides have changed little and, unfortunately, neither did the results Saturday in the second round of the Loara Tournament.

With a rainstorm blowing through just as the Matadores were going to take the field for warmups, getting in the contest was in deep jeopardy.  But the dark clouds disappeared and so did La Mirada's bats for a second straight game to open the season in an 11-0 shellacking at the hands of the Lancers.

La Mirada (1-1) will likely play a home game Tuesday in the third round against either Vista Murrietta or El Dorado, one of which will also carry a 1-1 record into the meeting.

Matadore Baseball Season Returns!
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Matadore Baseball Season Returns!

Editors note: Follow the Matadores quest for their eleventh Suburban League title in twelve years this season as we cover every game to the very end.

La Mirada~La Mirada's pitching was dominant in a two-game sweep of visiting Montebello and Whittier in a shortened official scrimmage this past Tuesday rescheduled from Saturday's rain bursts. The Matadores won both mini contests, 2-0, by allowing just one hit over seven innings.

La Mirada, ranked No. 20 in the Los Angeles Times' pre-season rankings, opens the promising 2010 season Friday in the Loara Tournament against Fountain Valley at 3 p.m. at Brookhurst Park.

La Mirada Boys Take to the Road
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La Mirada Boys Take to the Road

Los Alamitos~The CIF Southern Section playoff pairings were announced today and the La Mirada Boys will hit the road, the long road-85 miles to be exact.

In a Division IIIAA game this Wednesday, the Matadores (13-14, 7-5)  will play Granite Hills High School, located in the city of Apple Valley on the outskirts of Victorville. The school, part of the Apple Valley Unified School District opened in 1999.

The Cougars (15-11, 7-5) compete in the Desert Sky League.

Matadore head coach Larry Kaupang is scheduled to be on the "La Mirada Blog Radio Show w/ Tony Aiello", to talk about the match-up, and the season thus far, The show will air Monday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. on www.adviceradio.com, and available on podcast thereafter.

Matadores Beat Norwalk; Look to Playoffs
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Matadores Beat Norwalk; Look to Playoffs

La Mirada~In front of a packed Senior Night crowd, La Mirada boys basketball beat Norwalk Friday night, 62-55, sweeping the season series and sending the Mats into the playoffs as one of the Suburban League representatives.
Matadores Lose in Triple OT; Still Holding Last Spot
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Matadores Lose in Triple OT; Still Holding Last Spot

La Mirada~It was a game full of drama but somebody had to lose, as the Cerritos Dons beat La Mirada last night in 3 OT's, 77-75.

JobsWith a game remaining , the victory keeps the Dons within a game of Suburban League leader, Mayfair.

Earlier, Norwalk beat Artesia, 66-54, keeping the Pioneers one game behind the Matadores for the final spot.

  

Mayfair Beats Artesia; Mats Hold Last Spot
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Mayfair Beats Artesia; Mats Hold Last Spot

Lakewood~Mayfair High beat Artesia tonight in a cross-town rivalry game, 83-71.

The loss by Artesia gives La Mirada sole possesion of the fourth and final Suburban League playoff spot with two games to go.

La Mirada will travel to Cerritos, this Tuesday, February 9th and then wrap up the regular season against Norwalk the following Friday, February 12th, at home.

Since its loss to La Mirada on January 22nd, Norwalk has won four in a row, including a one-point thriller over first place Mayfair.

La Mirada Beats Mayfair; Playoff Hopes Re-Energized
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La Mirada Beats Mayfair; Playoff Hopes Re-Energized

La Mirada~In front of its largest crowd of the season, the La Mirada boys basketball team had an incredible victory Wednesday night.

With its playoff lives on the line, the Mats were down 51-45 with a little under three minute left in the game.

The Matadores (13-13, 6-4),  then reeled off  the last 10 points of the game in beating arch rival and co-Suburban League champ, Mayfair 55-51, handing the Monsoons only their second loss of the year.

Conner Gillett scored 24, Michael Davis added nine and Josh Siemens had eight, including two key free-throws and a short jumper at the end, to ice the game for the Mats.

Matadores Keep Playoff Hopes Alive; Hold On For Big Win
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Matadores Keep Playoff Hopes Alive; Hold On For Big Win

Lakewood~Whew! It's a good thing basketball games only have four quarters.

Despite being outscored 33-21 in the second half, and being ahead by as many as 16 points, the La Mirada boys basketball team barely hung on Monday night, beating Artesia 52-48- keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Conner Gillett iced the game with two important free-throws with 0.8 seconds left in the game-despite missing two seconds earlier.

At the start of the fourth quarter La Mirada led 40-29, but despite leading the entire game, the momentum seemed to be shifting to Artesia.

What an understatement.

Matadores Prey on Eagles
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Matadores Prey on Eagles

Mayfair loses to Norwalk, tightening up the league race

Norwalk~Josh Siemens scored 20 points, Isaac Luatua had 13 and Michael Davis added 12 as the La Mirada boys basketball team routed the Eagles of John Glenn tonight 69-45 in a Suburban League contest

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