Two of the best high school football teams in the West will meet Saturday night when Bishop Amat, the top-ranked team in the nation, plays Bakersfield, ranked third in the state.
A crowd of 20,000 is expected for the game at Bakersfield, which will feature running backs Daylon McCutcheon of Bishop Amat and Steve Wofford of Bakersfield.
McCutcheon, a senior in his first season as a running back, has gained 504 yards and is averaging 11 yards a carry. He has scored 11 touchdowns. Wofford, a senior, has gained 512 yards and is the Central Section career rushing leader with 4,838 yards.
Bishop Amat is coming off a 30-0 victory over Damien. Bakersfield defeated Antelope Valley, 35-13, last week.
Maranatha setter Bethany Ishida was named most valuable player of the San Gabriel Valley girls' volleyball tournament after leading her team to the title at Temple City High.
Ishida had 31 assists in the 15-4, 15-7, 15-12 championship victory over South Hills. Darlene Avolio had 12 kills for Maranatha.
Gabriel Cisneros of Diamond Bar won the boys' race and Annie Ebiner of St. Lucy's won the girls' race at the Roadrunner Classic cross-country meet last weekend at La Mirada Regional Park.
Cisneros covered the three-mile course in 15 minutes, 35 seconds. Diamond Bar had 70 points to finish third behind Katella (35) and Edison (51) in the large schools division.
Ebiner, a junior who is the defending Division III state champion, clocked 18:23 to help St. Lucy's finish second.
Mt. San Antonio College will try to maintain its momentum Saturday when the Mounties play at Orange Coast College.
Mt. SAC is coming off a 58-18 Mission Conference victory over Southwestern.
Quarterback Cody Lee Smith completed 19 of 24 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns for the Mounties, who led 35-18 at halftime. Tony Campbell caught five passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
Nathaniel Jacquet returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown for Mt. SAC.
Citrus will be looking for its first victory under Coach Dean Karnoski when the Owls travel to Chaffey on Saturday.
Citrus (0-2-1) tied Victor Valley, 23-23, in a Foothill Conference game last week after taking a 20-3 lead in the first half.
Gabe Agredano passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yard scoring play to J.J. Johnson, who had three catches for 105 yards. Alex Gonzalez gained 97 yards for the Owls.
Pasadena City College, which had a bye last week, resumes its Mission Conference schedule Saturday against Fullerton. Pasadena is 1-0-1.
Citrus won the men's and women's portions of the Foothill Conference pre-conference cross-country meet at Bonelli Park.
Laura Bermudez won the women's race in 20:14. Rachel Krause of Citrus was second in 21:19.
Ricardo Perez of Citrus finished second in the men's race in 22:22.
La Verne's football team will attempt to improve its record to 3-0 Saturday when the Leopards play host to Pomona-Pitzer in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.
La Verne had a bye last week after defeating Azusa Pacific, 47-7, on Sept. 17. Ryan Campuzano has passed for 480 yards and three touchdowns for the Leopards. Darren McLellan is averaging five yards a carry and has scored three touchdowns.
Pomona-Pitzer (1-2) is coming off a 39-15 loss to Redlands. Jack Ramirez has passed for 630 yards and three touchdowns. Robert Hicks has gained 285 yards in 68 carries and has scored three touchdowns.
Claremont (0-2) plays host to Trinity (Tex.). Claremont is the SCIAC's top-passing team, averaging 329 yards a game. John Shipp has completed 41 of 74 passes for 658 yards and six touchdowns. He has had five passes intercepted. Mike Cook has 22 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
Azusa Pacific (0-3) is at Whittier. Azusa Pacific lost to Humboldt State, 33-14, Saturday. The Cougars surrendered touchdowns on Humboldt State's first two plays and were behind 26-14 at halftime. James Dixon gained 60 yards and scored on a three-yard run and one-yard dive for Azusa Pacific.
The Azusa Pacific men's cross-country team is the only National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics team and one of only three non-NCAA Division I teams that will compete in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday. The Azusa women's team will compete in the open division.
Cal Poly Pomona will also compete in the Stanford Invitational.
The Cal Poly Pomona women's volleyball team, ranked 20th in Division II, will compete in a 16-team tournament at the Air Force Academy in Colorado this weekend.
Pomona's pool includes Air Force, Nebraska-Omaha and Alaska-Fairbanks. The top two teams from each pool advance to the championship round.
PREP OF THE WEEK
Patrick Nieves, Alhambra--Nieves, a senior running back, gained 130 yards in 28 carries and scored a touchdown on a seven-yard pass from Aryn Hart to lead the Moors to a 21-19 victory over previously unbeaten Pasadena.
COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cody Lee Smith, Mt. San Antonio College--Smith, a sophomore quarterback, completed 19 of 24 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns in the Mounties' 58-18 Mission Conference victory over Southwestern.
Smith threw scoring passes of 21, 37 and 38 yards to Tony Campbell and 12 yards to Larry Brown.
Magic Johnson is among the celebrities who are scheduled to play in a charity basketball game that will raise funds for athletic scholarships at Cal State L.A. The Tiny "Zeus" Lister Benefit Celebrity basketball game will be played Saturday at Cal State L.A. Lister is a former Division II shotput champion who competed for the school. Information: (213) 343-5308. . . . Nonprofit youth groups from the San Gabriel Valley are invited to participate in the 1994-95 Athletics for Youth program sponsored by the UCLA Athletic Department. The program includes complimentary tickets to UCLA athletic events and sports instructional clinics. Information: (310) 206-6744.