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CIF Softball Title Leads List Of Accomplishments!

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

cif-champs2013As was the case the previous two seasons, it was again the Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball team that stood out at the school during the year.

There was no doubt that the Guards were dominant in the Santa Cruz League this past season. Bell-Jeff captured its fourth straight league championship, going undefeated with an 8-0 record. The closest game the Guards experienced in league play was a 5-1 victory over St. Matthias.

That success carried over into the playoffs. The Guards capped their season June 1 by defeating Mary Star of the Sea, 8-4, in the CIF Southern Section Division VI championship at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, giving the program its first title.

The Guards were able to win a title after losing the Division VII championship game the previous two years.

It was the first championship at the school in four years across all sports. It was also only the third crown in school history (the previous two were in girls’ basketball).

monique_CIF-hsWith that kind of success, it’s not surprising that Bell-Jeff cleaned up when the All-Santa Cruz League awards were handed out. In fact, seven Guards earned all-league accolades.

Leading the way was senior shortstop Monique Landini, who was named the league’s player of the year. In addition, Landini was named the Division VI Player of the Year,

Landini batted .410 (41 for 100) for the Guards, drove in 25 runs, scored 31 runs and had six doubles, seven triples, four home runs and a .730 slugging percentage.

The senior carried her league success over into the playoffs. In the Division VI championship game, Landini belted two home runs to pace the Guards to victory.

The team also had a standout in junior pitcher Mia Acosta. She compiled a 16-3 record with 102 strikeouts and had a 1.68 earned-run average in 116 2/3 innings. Opponents hit just .192 off her. Acosta was also accomplished at the plate, hitting .446 (37 for 83) with 38 RBI, 24 runs, six doubles, four triples and five home runs.

taryn-all-cifAnother tradition for Guards teams occurred in the fall, as the girls’ volleyball team put together another outstanding campaign behind senior outside hitter Taryn Nelson.

Nelson was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Division IV-A first team and was named the Santa Cruz League Player of the Year.

Nelson was a driving force for a Bell-Jeff (17-10-1) team that captured its seventh consecutive Santa Cruz League championship and ran its league unbeaten streak to 52. In addition, the Guards advanced to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

A tough player to contain from the outside, Nelson was often double- and triple-blocked. Nevertheless, she still tallied 315 kills, 89 aces and 282 digs. She ended her tenure at Bell-Jeff with 840 career kills.

Also during the fall, the Bell-Jeff football team went 4-7 (2-2 in league). Bell-Jeff qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division Northeast playoffs, losing to No. 2 Rio Hondo Prep, 57-6. Rio Hondo Prep went on to win the division title, downing Mission Prep, 28-21.

josh_all-cifThe team had an outstanding player in senior running back Josh Martinez, who earned All-CIF first-team honors. Martinez had 237 carries for 1,813 yards (181.3 yards a game) and averaged 7.7 yards a carry. In addition, he tallied 26 rushing touchdowns. In total, Martinez chalked up nearly 2,100 total yards and had 29 touchdowns and 38 two-point conversions for a total of 250 points on the season.

During the winter season, it was the Guards’ boys’ basketball team that enjoyed a prosperous campaign. The squad was paced by junior Malcolm Regisford, who was an All-CIF second-team pick in Division V-AA.

Regisford, who earned All-Santa Fe League first-team honors, averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds a game.

Bell-Jeff (17-12) was runner-up in the Santa Cruz League and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs, falling to talented Village Christian, 70-63.

The Guards also took part in a nonleague game at Staples Center against San Gabriel Academy. Bell-Jeff came away with a 64-51.victory.

malcolm_cifIn girls’ basketball, Bell-Jeff saw its string of five straight Santa Cruz League championships snapped. The Guards placed second in league, finished with a 12-9 record and fell in the first round of the Division IV-AA playoffs to St. Bernard, 66-32.

In the spring, the softball team was the lone Bell-Jeff squad to qualify for the playoffs.

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Bell-Jeff Again To CIF Softball Title Game!

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landini-2013SANTA PAULA: Guards get past Santa Paula, 5-1 in semifinal and will take part in their third straight championship contest. Read more

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Acosta Ready For Her Shot!

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Burbank – Mia Acosta wasn’t part of Bell-Jeff’s run to the Southern Section Div. VII softball final last season, but she gained plenty of motivation from the Guards’ 7-6 loss to Pomona Catholic.

Acosta, a sophomore transfer from Birmingham, attended last year’s title game to support her friends on the Bell-Jeff roster, since they play offseason travel ball together with the So Cal Monsters.

With Acosta leading the way this year in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate, No. 2 Bell-Jeff (23-5-2) gets its rematch with top-seeded Pomona Catholic (25-7) at 3 p.m. today at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.

“It feels really amazing being in a championship game. I really want to win it all for my team,” Acosta said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to be out there with my team.”

Bell-Jeff has outscored its postseason opponents 56-0, with Acosta (13-2) and Amanda Maalouf (10-1) overpowering hitters — allowing eight hits and striking out 34 — in preparation to match up with Pomona Catholic’s Amber Padilla (23-7), who also hasn’t allowed a run in the playoffs, with the Pacers scoring 103 runs in their four postseason victories.

“I think we’re prepared to play against anybody,” Acosta said. “I kind of know how it feels playing in a big game like this having been in (14-under nationals in 2010). I don’t just want to do it for me, I want to do it for my team. It’s not just me, it’s all of us put together.”

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Guards Surge To Third Title!

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It was anticlimactic, but momentous nonetheless.

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All-Area Softball Team Announced!

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Congratulations to the Bell-Jeff Softball squad who had 4 players named to the Burbank Leader All-Area Team. Read more

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Plenty Of Spring Success For Locals!

June 19, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

BURBANK — Deep CIF playoff runs, league championships and individual titles highlighted list of accomplishments for area schools. What a way to end the 2009-10 school year.

The spring sports season was one of the most productive for the local schools — Burroughs, Burbank, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence highs — in decades. Deep CIF Southern Section playoff runs, league championships and individual titles were only some of the accomplishments that highlighted the spring campaign.

The accomplishments read like a laundry list of success:

•Two squads were able to advance to CIF Southern Section championship contests for the first time.

•Three teams captured league crowns, two going undefeated in the process.

•Another team advanced to the playoff semifinals for the first time in program history.

•Yet another squad moved on to the playoff quarterfinals for the first time in four years.

•An area golfer advanced through three CIF postseason tournaments and came a step away from qualifying for state competition.

•All four softball teams qualified for the postseason.

•Athletes won nine individual titles in track and field and Burroughs boasted both the singles and doubles champions in boys’ tennis.

Leading the way in the spring was the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team. Under Coach Joel Brinton and led by talented brothers Tyler and Lucas Yanez, the program — which has been in existence for just five years — trumpeted its arrival on the Southern Section scene.

The Indians rolled to a Pacific League title, going undefeated in the process. Burroughs then marched its way through the Division III playoffs, advancing to the championship match against Cerritos Valley Christian at Cypress College. Although the Indians lost, 27-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-16, just getting to the title contest is a huge accomplishment.

It was the Indians’ first trip to the finals after previously not getting out of the second round of the playoffs.

Burroughs also participated in the Southern California Regional Championships for the first time. The Indians showed they belonged in state competition, upsetting Thousand Oaks, 25-22, 25-12, 23-25, 25-23, in the first round.

It was also a record-breaking season for the Bell-Jeff softball team. The Guards posted an undefeated record in the Santa Fe League to claim their second straight championship.

Bell-Jeff also made its way to its first CIF title game. Unfortunately for the Guards, they fell in the Division VII championship to Pomona Catholic, 7-6.

Staying with the record-breaking theme, the Burroughs boys’ tennis squad also enjoyed the finest postseason run in the history of the program. Led by singles player Garrett Auproux, the Indians pulled off some upsets and advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs, losing to eventual champion Paul Desert, 14-4.

Auproux also won the Pacific League singles title and advanced to the round of 16 in the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament. In doubles, Indians Oscar Lam and Wen Yao Lin took the league doubles crown.

Another Burroughs athlete, Kelsey Danzeisen, enjoyed a successful postseason, advancing to the Southern California Golf Assn. Regional Qualifier on May 31. In the event at Brookside Golf Club, he shot a one-over-par 73 to finish 27th, missing the cut for the state tournament.

Despite placing fifth in the Pacific League tournament this year, Danzeisen did well in the first two playoff tournaments. He took part in the CIF Individual Final on May 24, which took place at Industry Hills Golf Club’s Babe Zaharias Course. Danzeisen fired a three-over-par-74, tying him for the fifth-best score of the day and a tie for 17th place.

Danzeisen qualified for the final by earning a spot out of the CIF Southern Section Northern Individual Regional at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo on May 16. Danzeisen fired a five-over-par 76 to finish tied for 20th in the event.

Burroughs also secured a share of a Pacific League title in softball.

Providence enjoyed a solid playoff run with its boys’ volleyball team. The Pioneers placed second in the Liberty League and won two matches in the Division V playoffs before falling to Pasadena Poly, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22.

Burbank didn’t have much team success in the spring, but its track and field athletes were able to pick up individual league accolades. Pacing the group was McKenzie Paul, who won crowns in the girls’ 800- and 1,600-meter races. The championship in the 800 was her third straight. She also advanced to the CIF finals in the 800.

Bulldogs also earning titles were Brandon Weiss (boys’ discus) and Jordan Card (girls’ discus).

For the Indians in track and field, Shannon Kermah was a double league champion in the girls’ triple jump and the long jump. Teammates also winning league championships were Austin Allen (boys’ pole vault), Justice Shank (girls’ high jump) and Amoni Alexander (girls’ 100 hurdles).

In boys’ swimming, Burbank’s Alex Lambert advanced to the CIF Masters Meet and broke two school records along the way. Burroughs’ Chad Wilson also qualified for the Master’s Meet.

Although the schools did lose their share of talent to graduation, there are a number of athletes from these teams who will be returning next season.

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Squad Could Be New Top Dog!

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Comeback Just Not Enough!

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IRVINE – Bell-Jeff battles to get back into game, but its second attempt falls short in 7-6 loss to Pomona Catholic Read more

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Dramatic Comeback Lifts Guards!

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GROSS PARK — Bell-Jeff scores winning run in final inning to punch ticket to first championship game. With a swing Read more

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