Alumni Game Signals Start of Season for Boys Hoops E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:05

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 E-mail
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Friday, 07 June 2013 04:25

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 E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:31

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 E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   

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.

Klansek Breaks La Mirada School Swimming Mark E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

La Mirada~La Mirada senior Evan Klansek broke a school record during the Suburban League swimming preliminaries this past Tuesday at Splash!

The Berkley-bound Klansek had a time of 1:52.50 in the 200-yard freestyle competition, with many Matadores setting personal best times as well.

The schools competing are La Mirada, Cerritos, Bellflower, Artesia and Mayfair.

The swimmers are trying to qualify for the CIF-SS Division 4 Championships next week, May 6th-10th at the Riverside Aquatics Complex.

Some swimmers have qualified for CIF at other meets, some have or will with automatic-in times today, and still some will be considered, and they will find out Saturday if they are in or out.

Here is a list of La Mirada swimmers who have qualified or have been considered:

Evan Klansek: automatic in 50yd free, 100yd free, 200yd free, consideration in 200yd IM; Shane Chambers: consideration in 200yd free, 500yd free and Trent Beauchamp-Sanchez: automatic in 100yd back, consideration in 500yd free.

Also, Sean Lundin: automatic in 500 free, consideration in 200yd free, 100yd fly; Ryan Poff: consideration in 100yd fly; Anthony Melero: consideration in 200yd free; Ross Jasso: consideration in 100yd breast

Also, all three boys’ relays and all three girls’ relays for La Mirada have qualified for CIF.

The Suburban League Finals are today at 3:00 p.m. at Splash! with free admission.


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