Lady Matadores Take Two in Irvine

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.

Matadores Topple Bucs In Suburban Opener

Matadores Topple Bucs In Suburban Opener


La Mirada~Blake Wilson shook off a rough first inning then helped his own cause with the bat as La Mirada beat Bellflower on a very windy day in La Mirada, 7-5, in the Suburban League opener for both teams.

Wilson gave up four first-inning runs to the Bucs but the Matadores battled back and put up a five-spot in the third inning highlighted by Wilson's bases-clearing double to take a 5-4 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Wilson gave up a solo home run to Brandon Polizzi to tie the game and than a single and a walk, but Wilson coaxed the Bucs into an inning-ending double play.

That fourth inning and the game might have been saved when Mats third baseman Devon Aldridge made a superb on-the-knees play and throw for the first out of the inning.

The Mats regained the lead 6-5 in the bottom of the frame when Ethan Lopez doubled home Aldridge. They added another in the sixth on an RBI single by R.J. Lan.

Tyler Charlton held the Bucs at bay by pitching scoreless fifth and sixth innings and Eric Tapper survived a shaky seventh to preserve the victory.

The two teams square off Friday at Bellflower beginning at 3 p.m.

John Glenn to Play Home Football Games at Goodman Stadium

John Glenn to Play Home Football Games at Goodman Stadium

Norwalk~The John Glenn High School varsity football team will play their home games at Goodman Stadium in La Mirada beginning with the 2014-15 season the school has announced.

Glenn Athletic Director Linda Parra confirmed to the La Mirada Blog that Glenn will play eight home games at La Mirada beginning August 28th against Magnolia High.

Four of the Eagles eight home games will be played on a Thursday night in weeks when La Mirada High is also playing at home.

The Eagles will also have Thursday night games on September 4th, 25th, and October 30th against Pioneer, Bellflower and Norwalk respectively.

Friday night opponents at home include Santa Ana Valley, Gardena, and Mayfair.

La Mirada will play Glenn October 13th with the Matadores playing as the home team.

La Mirada High Basketball Boys Fall

La Mirada High Basketball Boys Fall

Santa Margarita~The La Mirada High Boys Basketball season came to an end Friday night falling to Santa Margarita 66-51, in the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA Semifinal.

The Matadores fell behind early 9-0 and never seemed to recover in front of a raucous crowd at Santa Margarita.

La Mirada ends the season with a overall record of 21-10 including going 10-2 in the Suburban League with their two losses to Mayfair who lost to Mater Dei 77-59 in the Cif-SS Open Division quarterfinal.

Girls & Boys Soccer, Boys Basketball All Advance in CIF for LM High

Girls & Boys Soccer, Boys Basketball All Advance in CIF for LM High

022614 20:10 UPDATE: The La Mirada High Boys Basketball team advanced to the Division 3AA semifinals with a thrilling 54-50 victory over visiting Palm Desert Tuesday. Bryson Laverde sealed the victory with two clutch free throws down the stretch. La Mirada will be playing in the semis for the first time since 2009 and only the fourth time in school history when they face number one seed Santa Margarita on the road Friday February 28th at 7 p.m.

The Boys Soccer team fell to Sierra Vista earlier in the day by a score of 3-0. The Mats end the season at 16-7-3.

In girls soccer, The number one seed in Division IV Lady Matadores were shocked Wednesday by Lancaster 3-1. The loss snapped the Mats 13-game winning streak and was the only second time this season the girls allowed an opponent more than two goals. The girls end the season at 25-2-1.

La Verne~The La Mirada High boys basketball team beat Bonita Friday night 48-34 in second round action to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF Division 3AA Southern Section Playoffs.

The victory capped off a week in which the school went 4-0 in CIF action.

In the opening round on Tuesday the Matadores pummeled La Puente 65-41 behind Kendall Lauderdale’s 24 points and Vittorio Reynoso-Avila’s 13.

The Mats next take on Palm Desert in the quarter’s at home Tuesday February 25th starting at 7:00 p.m.

In other CIF action:

In Division 4, La Mirada High Boys Soccer (16-6-3) opened the playoffs at home this past Thursday with a 2-0 win over Bishop Amat.

The team advances to the second round where they will play on the road at Sierra Vista (21-0-2) on Tuesday February 25th. Game time is 5:00 p.m.

In Division 4, the La Mirada High Girls Soccer team (25-1-1, 12-0), continued their winning ways with a 3-0 win over Saddleback on Friday night at home.

The team advances to the second round where they will take a long road trip and play Lancaster on Wednesday February 26th at 3:00 p.m.

The Lady Mats have now won 13 games in a row after finishing 12-0 in the Suburban League. Their only loss of the season was to Mira Costa on December 28th.

In that 3-1 loss to Mira Costa it was the only time the Lady Mats have allowed more than one goal in a game and they have outscored their opponents 107-7 this season.

Playoff Week at La Mirada High

Playoff Week at La Mirada High

La Mirada~The CIF-SS high school playoffs begin this week with contests scheduled to take place at La Mirada High.

Tonight, boys basketball, led by third year head coach Bryce Jones, will take on La Puente after earning a first round home game.

The Mats are competing in Division 3-AA as a number five seed.

The Matadores (18-9, 10-2) finished in second place in the Suburban League, its only league losses coming at the hands of first place Mayfair.

The Warriors (13-12, 10-4) finished in third place in the Montview League. Game time is 7:00

Thursday, La Mirada boys soccer earned a first round home game and are competing in Division 4. They host Bishop Amat beginning at 3 p.m.

Friday, La Mirada girls soccer competes in Division 4 as the number one seed after finishing 12-0 in the Suburban League. They will host the winner of today's Don Lugo/Saddleback contest. Fridays game at La Mirada High starts at 5 p.m.

Alumni Game Signals Start of Season for Boys Hoops

Alumni Game Signals Start of Season for Boys Hoops

Competing in Division 3AA, Mats look to be one of top teams in area

La Mirada~It’s the signal of the start of another boys basketball season at La Mirada High as the annual Alumni Basketball Game was played this past Thursday featuring the stars of yesterday and the stars of today in front of around 300 fans at La Mirada High Gymnasium.

The Matadores beat the alumni 77-65, but the score didn’t matter.

The alumni games are always entertaining affairs as the teams play a little loose and the crowd gets its first glimpse at the new squad for the upcoming season.

The alumni players that participated in this year’s contest were La Mirada assistant coach Charlie Torres (class of 2002), Jet Soto (2009), Miles Aiello (2010), Connor Gillette (2010), Matadore JV head coach Mike Estrada (2010), Nicco Quinones (2011), Sean Nakahara and Cody Mahaffey (2012) and from 2013, Kane Fetui, Sean Porter, Charlie Reid and Tyler Payne.


The 2013-14 campaign will be the third at the helm for head coach Bryce Jones and his assistants are Charlie Torres (4th season) and Shea Frazee (3rd).

The Matadores lost in the opening round in last year’s CIF-SS Division 3AAA playoffs, 74-50 to Compton.

The first thing you notice about the Matadores this year is the addition of Kendall Lauderdale and Lucio Bolado.

Laudederdale, the 6’8” junior transfer from Orange Lutheran and Division 1 prospect is a strong player who faces up on the basket well, is good inside and can also hit a jump shot and is expected to make an immediate impact.

Bolado is a senior transfer from La Verne Lutheran. He possesses ball-handling skills that bring instant success to any high school program. His play in preseason has earned him a spot in the starting line-up as point guard.

Starting point last year Senior Deion Golffin is currently out with a broken foot. He told the La Mirada Blog he expects to be back, “when league starts.”

East, West to Battle in 46th 605 All-Star Football Classic

East, West to Battle in 46th 605 All-Star Football Classic

Norwalk~Some of the best high school players in Southern California will be participating in the 46th Annual 605 All-Star Football Classic tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College.

It’s a new day and time for the event normally held on a Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

The east is coached by Anthony White of Buena Park High and the west is coached by Matt Howard of Paramount High.

La Mirada High players on the roster include Gerry Myres, Hugo Correa and Johnny Hills.

Clicke here for the west roster and here for the east roster.

Things Are Going Swimmingly for La Mirada High

Things Are Going Swimmingly for La Mirada High

La Mirada~ Qualifiers for the 2013 CIF Southern Section Championships were learned recently for high school swimming, with La Mirada High garnering a number of spots.

The event will take place at Riverside Community College with preliminaries on Wednesday, May 8th and the Finals taking place on Friday, May 10th.

In boys, La Mirada had at at least one swimmer qualify in each individual event: boys 200 free (Shane Chambers, Anthony Melero), 200 IM (Christian Park) , 50 free (Evan Klansek), 100 fly (Ryan Poff, Sean Lundin) and 100 free (Evan Klansek).

Also, in the 500 free (Sean Lundin, Shane Chambers, Trent Beauchamp-Sanchez), 100 back (Trent Beauchamp Sanchez) and 100 breast (Ross Jasso)

Girls that qualified in individual events include:  500 free (Barbara Chumsatya) and 100 back (Jillian Peart).

Also, all relay teams made to CIF for La Mirada who will be competing in Division 4.

Real time race results Wenesdy and Friday can be found here:

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Mayfair Win Streak Halted by Bellflower Setting up Showdown with La Mirada for Suburban League Crown

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Mayfair Win Streak Halted by Bellflower Setting up Showdown with La Mirada for Suburban League Crown

La Mirada~Here we go again.

In what seems like an annual ritual, La Mirada and Mayfair will once again battle for a league championship this season after a miscue went La Mirada’s way in a game they weren’t even playing.

The two teams will square off (both at 9-1), in the final two games of the season Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

This past Friday, a mishandled throw at first base after Frank Armenta of Bellflower laid down a two-strike sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning, allowed the Buccaneers to beat Mayfair 3-2, ending the Monsoons 23-game Suburban League winning streak dating back to 2010.

The Soons last loss was to La Mirada on May 6, 2011 when the Mats beat them 5-3.

Mayfair (19-7, 9-1) is looking for their third straight league championship after sharing the league title with La Mirada in 2011.

Prior to that, the Matadores won the title four of the five previous seasons. Actually, no school has claimed a title in Suburban League baseball the last seven seasons other than Mayfair or La Mirada.

The Mats (18-9-1, 9-1)  are riding a eight-game league winning streak of their own, last losing to Bellflower 1-0 on March 26th.

The home-and-home series begins Tuesday at La Mirada, and shifts to Mayfair on Thursday. Game times are 3:00 p.m.