La Mirada Girls Develop a Lifelong Friendship Through Sports E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 17:21

La Mirada~ Actually, of course, it's just the beginning of their life journey for the young ladies on the La Mirada High Softball team, but, in many ways it is the end of a very special time for eight La Mirada girls.

When the Lady Matadores fell to Don Lugo in the CIF Division 2 semi-finals recently, it was the last time that the eight seniors on the team would play together.

On to the next step. La Mirada High's Lisa Perez, Shelbee Gomez, Mylee Macahilig, Rabecca Rice, Courtney Skogen, Jenevie Rivas, Rochelle Sablay, and Ambar Hickman

We spoke with Rich Trujillo, La Mirada's head coach for the past 13 seasons, via telephone. He was on the La Mirada High softball field preparing for an orientation about La Mirada softball for a new group of incoming current La Mirada eighth graders.

"It's bittersweet," said Trujillo, "we have known these kids, and their parents, personally, for a long time."

Lisa Perez, Shelbee Gomez, Mylee Macahilig, Rabecca Rice, Courtney Skogen, Jenevie Rivas, Rochelle Sablay, and Ambar Hickman have basically been playing together since they were about eight, playing in La Mirada youth leagues, travel ball, and then ultimately at La Mirada High School.

Many communities have children growing up together playing youth sports and in many instances, there will be two or three kids, who stay together and will play in high school together, in whatever sport. But, to have eight kids grow up playing ball, and graduate high school, together, is truly rare.

In fact, word is there would have been nine, but one girl chose not to play this year.

La Mirada Soccer Girls Star in Tournaments E-mail
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La Mirada~This year, the La Mirada Soccer Association had three La Mirada teams compete in the District Commissioners Cup. All three made it to the quarter finals, two teams made it to the finals and the La Mirada Blues won the Championship Game in Orange for the Fall 2011/2012 season.

La Mirada went 32 GF (goals for) and 2 GA (goals against), in the first round, 4 GF and 2 GA in the quarter finals and 5 GF and 2 GA in the semi finals.

Out of all the La Mirada GU10 (girls under 10) teams that competed this season, they selected one player from each team to fill out the LMSA GU10 All-Star team. This team competed against JUSA, OJSC, Canyon, Anaheim, FRYSC and surrounding recreational soccer clubs to win the all-star Championships Tournament. They had 15 goals scored, and did not allow any goals during the tournament.

The La Mirada Xtreme competed in the JUSA spring season, finishing  5-1-2 , and they made the playoffs. They went 3-0 in the playoffs, avenging an earlier tie against West Covina, and won the  Championship with a 3-1 victory over the OJSC Orange United team. During the playoffs they went 14 GF and 1 GA.

What an outstanding season for these young girls. Congratulations La Mirada Xtreme -Caitlyn, Katy, Valerie, Amanda, Nicole, Jessica, Julisa, Trinity, Megan, Maddy, Team Captain's Sabrina & Pam and our goalie Jazzy .

Lady Matadores Draw Home Game E-mail
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La Mirada~The La Mirada High School softball team are looking to take advantage of home cooking when they were lucky enough to get a home game for their next playoff contest.

The Lady Mats advanced the CIF Division 2 playoffs after beating Beckman last week 7-0, and will play at home in the second round Tuesday May 22nd, as they host  Los Altos High. Game time is 3:15.

La Mirada (21-7) is currently riding a five-game win streak and have won 9 of the past 11 games. They also finished the Suburban League undefeated at 12-0.




Matadore Boys Bow Out of CIF; Girls Play Thursday E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:32

UPDATE: The softball team beat Beckman, 7-0 Thursday to advance to the second round. They will play Los Altos Tuesday, May 22nd at La Mirada High beginning at 3:15 p.m.

La Mirada~The La Mirada High baseball season came to an end this afternoon, losing to Damien High, 5-2 in a wild-card game of the CIF Division 2 playoffs.
Also, in Division 2 action, the La Mirada softball team (12-0 in league) will take on Beckman (Irvine) Thursday, May 17th at La Mirada High beginning at 3:15

La Mirada Girls Claim Suburban Title E-mail
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Written by Loren Kopff   

UPDATE: The team  also won the regular season finale on Thursday May 10th vs. Cerritos at La Mirada, 5-4, again in extra innings, to finish the Suburban League campaign undefeated at 12-0. The Lady Mats finished 21-7 overall. They await their first round opponent in the CIF-SS playoffs which will be announced at 12:30 PM PT on Monday, May 14th at

From The La Mirada Lamplighter!

La Mirada~When La Mirada softball head coach Richard Trujillo scouted Cerritos for the first time this season on Apr. 27 against Norwalk, he hinted that he could have a secret weapon when his Matadores played Cerritos. Trujillo stuck to his word as La Mirada paid a visit to Cerritos this past Tuesday with the Suburban League championship at stake.

That secret weapon was freshman pitcher Valerie Alvarado and she was just as hot as the weather was on this early May Southern California day. Alvarado pitched eight and two-thirds innings and struck out 16 of the 34 batters she faced as the Matadores snuck past Cerritos 3-1 in 11 innings. After watching Cerritos and Mayfair share the league title last season, the Matadores reclaimed what had been theirs outright from 2001-2008. La Mirada, the eighth ranked team in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Division II poll, improved to 20-7 overall and 11-0 in the league.

Trujillo replaced senior Ambar Hickman with Alvarado with one out in the bottom of third following a walk to sophomore designated player Lilianna Herrera. Alvarado would strike out two of the three batters she faced in the frame as well as two in each of the next three innings. She fanned three in the seventh and eighth innings and never allowed a Cerritos runner to reach third base during her time in the circle.

"Whether you see her or not, she's effective," Trujillo said. "And that makes Ambar that much more effective. We still haven't counted [senior] Jenevie Rivas out but when they're not touching Val, why change?"


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