Rivalry week heats up Bay action

by Randy Angel
Published January 15, 2009

Mira Costa and Redondo square off against each other in the first of two meetings on the basketball court and soccer field as winter sports teams enter their second week of league action.
The rivalry week kicks off today on the wrestling mat when Mira Costa hosts Redondo in dual meet at 4 p.m.
Boys and girls basketball and soccer teams from Mira Costa and Redondo face each other Tuesday before the two rival schools hit the pool for what should be a highly contested water polo match at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mira Costa.
On the hardwood, Mira Costa’s basketball teams host West tomorrow before their home games against Redondo on Tuesday. The girls begin each evening’s action at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.
The boys from Mira Costa entered last Tuesday’s Bay League opener at Leuzinger with an 11-6 record after losing their final non-league game 75-43 to Santa Monica, the No 4 team in CIF Division I-A. The Mustangs are ranked No. 16 in Division II-A.
Redondo’ boys lost a heartbreaker at North last Friday, falling to the Saxons 79-72 in overtime. Jamar Cannon scored 27 points, including six 3-pointers for the Sea Hawks while Brandon Boyd added 11 points
The Sea Hawks (5-10) opened Bay League action Tuesday hosting Palos Verdes and will take on visiting Peninsula tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Other ranked teams in the Bay League include Leuzinger, who holds the top spot in Division II-AA and Peninsula, the No. 9 team in the Division II-A poll.
Mira Costa’s girls basketball team is ranked No. 3 in Division II-AA. The Mustangs entered league play against Leuzinger Tuesday with an 8-6 record after losing to Bishop Montgomery 57-51 in their final tune-up game. Bishop Montgomery (11-5) is ranked No. 3 in Division IV-AA. Amanda Johnson recorded 21 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals while Jasmine Rutledge added 14 points, gathered 10 rebounds and had three steals in the losing effort.
The Lady Sea Hawks (5-8) hosted Palos Verdes last Tuesday in their league opener and will host Peninsula tomorrow at 6 p.m. before meeting the rival Mustangs on Tuesday.
Other girls basketball teams ranked in the CIF polls include No. 8 Torrance and No. 12 North in Division III-AA, Palos Verdes at No. 9 in Division III-A and No. 5 Serra in Division IV-A
On the soccer field, Mira Costa’s boys (6-3-1) will host West tomorrow at 3 p.m. Redondo (0-2-2) entered league action after tying Torrance 0-0 with Kevin Tom making six saves for the Sea Hawks. Redondo hosted Palos Verdes Tuesday and will host Peninsula tomorrow at 3 p.m.
South is the only local team ranked in the CIF polls, holding the No. 9 spot in Division IV.
Mira Costa’s girls soccer team (9-2-1) plays at West tomorrow at 3 p.m. before their showdown with Redondo on Tuesday. The Mustangs two losses were to South, who is ranked No. 2 in Division V and, like its boys team, is the only South Bay team ranked in the CIF polls.
Mira Costa entered league play after shutting out El Segundo 2-0 behind Julia Barrow’s two goals. The Mustangs also defeated Marina 4-1 last week in a non-league match where Lauren Stillians scored two goals and Kelsey Braunecker and Kendall Richter added one goal each.
In aquatic action, Mira Costa’s girls water polo team travels to take on Capistrano Valley Monday at 3:30 p.m. before hosting Redondo Wednesday in a 3 p.m. duel. The Mustangs are ranked No 10 in Division II while Palos Verdes holds the third slot. In Division VI, Chadwick is ranked No. 4.
Redondo (8-9) placed 10th in the Western Tournament after a 10-5 loss to Laguna Hills. Shelby Haroldson continues to lead the Sea Hawks, scoring six goals in the final day of competition, including four in Redondo’s 8-6 victory over El Segundo earlier in the day that was helped by Tiffany Morales’ two scores.
After beating Burroughs 7-6 in the tournament opener, Redondo fell to St. Lucy’s 14-8 despite Haroldson’s four goals. The Sea Hawks proceeded to down St. Joseph 11-5 behind Haroldson’s five goals, Amy Wolfe’s three scores and goalkeeper Lauren Woods’ six saves.
The Sea Hawks dropped their league opener Monday with a 13-2 loss at Palos Verdes. Haroldson scored both goals for Redondo. ER