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2018 posts
  • Football
Lancers win Division 1 playoff over No. 4 Chaminade

If there's an individual matchup for this week's Southern Section football playoffs quarterfinals to get excited about, it's Orange Lutheran junior receiver Kyle Ford going against Mission Viejo senior cornerback Olaijah Griffin on Friday night at Orange Coast College.

Ford has caught 87 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. Griffin, a UCLA commit, is considered one of the best cornerbacks around.

"They're both great players," Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson said.

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GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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  • Football

There was a time when predicting which team would win the Southern Section's highest division in prep football came down to choosing between Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly.

In 1997, 1998 and 1999, those two teams played each other in the championshp game.

Poly won in 1997 by a score of 28-25, ending Mater Dei's 27-game win streak. Mater Dei won 33-26 in 1998, ending Poly's 27-game win streak. Then both teams won in the infamous 21-21 tie game in 1999, which forced a rule change requiring overtime in the final.

BOYS' WATER POLO

CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

DIVISION I

BOYS' WATER POLO

SOUTHERN SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS, Saturday

Division 1: Mater Dei 13, Oaks Christian 9

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GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

SOUTHERN SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS, Saturday

Division 1: Mater Dei d. Marymount, 26-24, 26-24, 25-20

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Saturday

Open Division: Granada Hills d. Palisades, 25-19, 7-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13

  • Football
Good grades, good athleticism for Chaminade receiver

Stanford-bound receiver Michael Wilson of Chaminade has been selected the Mission League player of the year by the league's coaches.

Running back Andrew Van Buren of Chaminade was offensive MVP, and Aaron Maldonado of Bishop Amat was the defensive MVP. Linebacker Merlin Robertson of Gardena Serra is the MVP lineman.

First-team all-league

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  • Baseball

The MLB Youth Academy in Compton is holding a signing celebration for a group of high school baseball and softball players who have been using experiences at the academy to further their skills. All are signing with colleges for athletics and academics.

Among the baseball players being honored:

Tristian Thomas (Ayala, headed to Pacific); Yuji Sakane (Temple City, headed to Pepperdine); Julian Boyd (St. John Bosco, headed to Nevada); Matthew Elizade (Tustin, headed to Loyola Marymount); Rhese Gomez (Chaffey, headed to Nevada); Julian Tristan (Northwood, headed to Santa Clara).

Receiver Marquis Spiker, left, celebrates with quarterback Hank Bachmeier after Murrieta Valley's 59-56 win over Santa Margarita.
Receiver Marquis Spiker, left, celebrates with quarterback Hank Bachmeier after Murrieta Valley's 59-56 win over Santa Margarita. (Jerry Soifer)

Washington-bound Marquis Spiker of Murrieta Valley has now caught more touchdowns as a receiver in his career than anyone else in state history.

On Friday night, he surpassed the record of 66 set in 2000 by Earvin Johnson of L.A. Cathedral. Spiker has 70 career touchdown catches after catching 13 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-56 upset of Santa Margarita in the opening round of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

It was quite a night. Cody Williams made a 45-yard field goal with two seconds left.