FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Matadores Start Out League Play With Dramatic Win; Should Coast Through Suburban E-mail
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Sunday, 23 September 2012 16:15

La Mirada~The La Mirada High School Football team beat Norwalk in dramatic fashion this past Friday night 29-23, in the opening game of Suburban League play for both teams.

Norwalk took the lead 23-20 with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter on a field goal by Jorge Perez.

However, La Mirada's Gerry Myres found Tyler Luatua for a 59-yard catch-and-run touchdown, securing the win for Matadores (4-1, 1-0).

Myres completed 9 of 15 passes for 178 yards, and saved his longest completion of the night for the winning score.

Adam Carrasco carried the ball 29 times for 165 yards, including all of his teams 66 yards in a grueling 3rd quarter 11-play TD drive.

After a tough pre-league schedule in which the Mats went 3-1, Norwalk may be the Matadores toughest foe in a notoriously very weak Suburban League, made even weaker this year with the recent announcement of the discontinuation of the varsity football program at Cerritos High School, another Suburban team.

The program was shut down due mostly from ongoing Cerritos parent concerns about player safety.

Now a five team league with Cerritos gone-don't look up-because the Mats have only four games remaining for the regular season.

Another key contest for the Mats will be the regular season finale November 2nd at home vs. rival Mayfair.

La Mirada next travels to Bellflower Friday, September 28th to take on the Monsoons (2-2, 0-0).

La Mirada High School Coaching Staff Offering Summer Basketball Camp E-mail
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La Mirada~Boys ages 7-14 can improve their skills and learn more about the game of basketball at the La Mirada High School Summer Basketball  Camp, July 16th-19th on the La Mirada High School campus.

The camp will be directed by La Mirada head coach Bryce Jones and his staff, and the emphasis will be on skill development and fundamentals.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each of the four days (Mon-Thur). The cost is $100.

You can register for the camp online by visiting and clicking "register for classes" or you can call (562) 943-7277 for more information.

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.





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