Matadores Advance to Orange Final
Orange~The Matadores of La Mirada outscored Canyon 21-11 in the second half Monday night to advance to the finals in the 50th annual Orange Holiday Classic, winning 61-56.
The Matadores beat OL earlier this month in the Diablo Inferno 70-61 and it is also the former school/team of LM star Kendall Lauderdale.
123115 UPDATE: The Mats fell to Orange Lutheran in the championship game, 57-43 making their record 11-3 for the season. They open up Suburban League play at John Glenn Wednesday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m.
La Mirada has their final non-league game against Brea on January 9th and then return to league play for the rest of the season at Cerritos on the 12th.
Final Tournament Action for Matadores This Weekend
La Mirada~As we transition into the new year, the boys and girls basketball teams from La Mirada High will participate in their final tournament action this weekend, gearing up for league play.
The boys (8-2) will participate in the Orange Holiday Classic at Hope International University.
Their first game is tonight against Lynden (WA) at 8:30 p.m.
The Matadores are 8-2 to start the season after winning the Diablo Inferno Tournament earlier this month and finishing third in the North OC Championships last week.
The Lady Mats (2-6) will participate in the Lady Rebel Classic at Savanna High School.
Their first game is today as well, against Rancho Alamitos beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Annual Alumni Game Signals Start of La Mirada High Basketball
14:04 11/24/14: Admission is $5.00 but you can get in for FREE by participating in the programs canned food drive by contributing one or more of the following: can food (vegetables, soup, yams, etc.); pumpkin pies; salad dressing; bag potatoes; bag carrots; stuffing; apples and other fruit.
La Mirada~The annual Alumni Game will launch the 2014-15 campaign for the La Mirada High School Boys Basketball program Tuesday November 25th at 6:30 p.m.
The stars of yesterday play against the stars of today in the fundraising game and the fans get a sneak peek at this year’s Matadore squad.
Bryce Jones begins his fourth year as head coach with Charlie Torres and Shea Frazee returning as assistants.
The Mats advanced to the Division 3AAA semifinals last season before bowing to Santa Margarita.
Varsity players from years past are invited to come by and participate.
The Matadores open the season December 1st in the Mission Viejo Tournament vs. Saddleback Valley Christian beginning at 6:30 p.m.
League Title Game Moved to Goodman Stadium
La Mirada~One game will decide the 2014 Suburban League Football Championship and it has been moved to Goodman Stadium at La Mirada High.
The La Mirada Matadores (5-0, 8-1) will play the Norwalk Lancers (5-0, 7-2) this Friday November 7th with both teams undefeated in league and a title on the line.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Excelsior Stadium (Norwalk’s home field), but it was likely moved because La Mirada features a better turf and facilities.
The Matadores will be on the visitors side of the field. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
La Mirada 8u Girls All-Star Team Headed to Lancaster
|Back Row: Manager Charles Gandara, Coaches: Stacey Foote, Eddie Amezcua and Rick Gonzalez Middle Row: Jaclyn Ibarra, Kailey Vasquez, Katie Jaime, Madison Foote, Julissa Detrinidad, Lauren Amezcua & Rosalyn Gonzalez First Row: Taylor Parra, Jordan Vasquez, Mia Rafael, Madison Becerra and Gaby Gandara|
The La Mirada Girls Softball Association (8u Gold All-Star Team) continues its season with an extremely impressive record. The team of eight and nine year olds began the season with a second place finish at the Mirada Madness Tournament over Memorial Day Weekend.
The girls then lost in the semi-finals in the Field of Dreams tournament in La Habra but finished strong with a first place finish at the Summer Slam tournament in North Torrance.
The girls recently finished third in the LA/South Bay District tournament in Norwalk/Downey which qualifies them to compete in the state tournament in Lancaster from July 4th through the 6th. The team has an overall record of 15-5-1 and has had contributions from each and every player on the roster.
The team has had great pitching performances from Madison Foote, Kailey Vasquez & Jaclyn Ibarra who have a combined ERA of 1.90. They also have a great defense led by Katie Jaime at shortstop, Gaby Gandara at 2nd base and Julissa Detrinidad at catcher.
The girls average six runs per game and have had key hits in crucial situations from Jordan Vasquez, Lauren Amezcua, Madison Becerra, Mia Rafael, Rosalyn Gonzalez & Taylor Parra which has been monumental for the team.
City Council Recognizes Beatitudes Softball After Tournament Crown
|Mayor Larry Mowles (center) congratulates the CYO Championship-winning Beatitudes of Our Lord Girls Softball team at the June 24 City Council meeting. Also pictured are Team Coaches Bernard Edwards and Danny Acosta, Athletic Director Mary Forrest, and Reverend Anthony Page.|
La Mirada~The La Mirada City Council recognized the Beatitudes of Our Lord Girls Softball Team for their championship victory at the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Championship Tournament at this past Tuesday’s Council meeting.
The team placed first in the tournament featuring 66 catholic school teams competing for the CYO Championship title. The championship game was played against St. Louise de Marillac from Covina and was tied at the end of regulation play. The teams went into a California tie breaker and Beatitudes of Our Lord won the game 4-2.
The team includes Tatum Anzaldo, Delanie Delgado, Amanda Hernandez, Jackie Jimenez, Rhiannon Lewis, Katherine Machado, Ariel Medina, Eliana Pedroza, Alyssa Rodriguez, Nicole Saragueta, Audrey Tamayo, Cameron Vasquez, Colleen Wolfe, and Veronica Valadez. The team is coached by Bernard Edwards and Danny Acosta and Mary Forrest is the Athletic Director.
La Mirada High Baseball Falls in CIF Semifinal
Aliso Viejo~The season came to end for the La Mirada high baseball team today falling to Aliso Niguel, 8-0 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Semifinal.
The Matadores were held to two infield singles by the Wolverines pitcher Ryan Randel, one of them to the first batter of the game Ethan Lopez.
They end the season at 23-11 overall after winning their second consecutive Suburban League championship.
La Mirada again played without their head coach Kim Brooks after a recording of a profanity-laced tirade of him surfaced last month. He was placed on administrative leave before the playoffs started.
Matadores Advance With Victory Over Pasadena
La Mirada~Blake Wilson scattered seven hits over seven innings for a complete-game victory as the La Mirada High baseball team advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Divison 2 playoffs, beating Pasadena 4-2 earlier today in a sloppy defensive contest at La Mirada High.
Pasadena starter Niko Lopez was the victim as his team committed at least four errors leading to three of La Mirada's runs being unearned. La Mirada also committed at least two errors.
The Bulldogs had three of their seven hits in the seventh inning and had the go-ahead run at the plate, but Wilson was able to shut the door.
Justin Knight and Wilson each had an RBI apiece for La Mirada.
Pasadena seemed to run themselves out of innings; twice having a runner thrown out at third on grounders to the shortstop with a force play not being in effect and less than two outs.
The Matadores will now move on to play Glendora in the second round Tuesday at 3:15.
Long-time Matadore head coach Kim Brooks was absent, still suspended by the Norwalk-La Mirada School District after a curse-laden motivational recording of him from a few weeks ago, directed at his team, was released to the media by a still unknown source.
Third base coach and former La Mirada player Jimmy Zurn will coach the team while the district continues its investigation into the incident.
Lady Matadores Finish Second at Woodbridge Tournament
|After beating some of Orange County's top-rated teams in the Woodbridge Softball Classic, the Lady Matadores of La Mirada High are all smiles showing off their second-place plaque last night in Irvine.|
Irvine~The La Mirada High Softball team lost last night 9-0 to M.L. King of Riverside finishing in second place after an exciting run in the annual Woodbridge Softball Classic at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.
The Lady Matadores won their previous four games in the tournament including a 1-0 win over No. 4 Marina High and a 4-0 victory over Edison High, along with victories over Capistrano Valley and Fountain Valley.
Valerie Alvarado, Stephanie Baro and Jaslin Rivas earned all-tournament honors for La Mirada.
The next game for the Mats is against league rival John Glenn on April 15th. The game will be played at La Mirada High beginning at 3:15 p.m.
|Valerie Alvarado, Stephanie Baro and Jaslin Rivas of La Mirada were chosen for the all-tournament team.|
Lady Matadores Take Two in Irvine
UPDATE: 04/01/14 06:30-Valerie Alvarado pitched a no-hitter as the Mats continued their winning ways by beating Marina 1-0 as pool play continued. La Mirada will play Edison in the semifinals Saturday April 5th at 3:00 p.m.
Irvine~The La Mirada High Softball team won two games in pool play action Saturday at the Woodbridge Tournament at Bill Barber Park.
In the first game, The Lady Mats beat Fountain Valley 2-1. Starting pitcher Val Alvarado had eight strikeouts and Jaslin Rivas drove in both runs including the game-winning homer in the sixth inning.
In the second game, the Lady Mats won 3-2 over Capistrano Valley. All three runs for La Mirada (7-5, 2-0), were scored in the first inning behind back-to-back-to-back RBI’s by Rain Vega, Stephanie Baro and Jessica Gutierrez.
Pool play continues tomorrow (Monday) as the Lady Mats go up against Marina High beginning at 5:30 p.m. The finals of the tournament will take place Saturday, April 5th.
League play continues Wednesday for La Mirada as they travel to Artesia with game time at 3:00 p.m.