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.

Jeff Tully

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Three Local Players Earn All-CIF Football Honors!

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josh_all-cifBURBANK – The Burbank High football team accomplished something in 2012 it hadn’t done the previous Read more

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Seven Guards Earn All-League Honors!

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BURBANK – Bellarmine-Jefferson High senior running back Josh Martinez was one of the most dangerous offensive football Read more

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Bell-Jeff Gets Big Night From Josh Martinez!

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BURBANK— Guards claim home win over St. Anthony behind explosive night from senior running back. Josh Martinez called it the best game he has had Read more

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Guards Can’t Match Up With Mustangs!

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BURBANK – A good start, mixed with mistake-free football was needed for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football  team to stay Read more

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Martinez paces Bell-Jeff past Pasadena Poly!

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SOUTH PASADENA – Bellarmine-Jefferson High senior running back Josh Martinez wasn’t going to be denied Friday night. He gains Read more

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Win Is Wild Affair For Bell-Jeff Football!

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NORTH HILLS — Martinez paces Bell-Jeff to victory in opener against Monroe on the road, 65-35.
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Football Begins Practices Under New Coach!

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Burbank – New Guards football Coach David Machuca is optimistic and hopes Bell-Jeff will get back on winning track. David Machuca Read more

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Guards Lose Wild League Shootout!

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Bell-Jeff not able to keep pace with St. Genevieve in suffering 64-40 loss. With the score tied and Read more

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Bell-Jeff Has Tough Start To League, 53-6!

October 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES — Salesian proves too tough in defeating Guards in Santa Cruz League play.

The Bellarmine-Jefferson High football team ended up on the wrong end of the scene that unfolded after Friday night’s game at Salesian.

One team celebrated at midfield, ringing a victory bell on the 50-yard line and entertaining a packed homecoming game crowd. The other, limped off the field dejectedly, the end result of an ugly blowout game marred by injuries and penalties.

The latter team was Bell-Jeff, the victim of a 53-6 Santa Fe League loss at the hands of the Mustangs (5-2, 1-0 in league).

“We met a very explosive team,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre. “All their kids played hard. They’re just a good team. But I’m proud of how we played.”

The Guards (3-4, 0-1) showed resiliency, continuing to play tough throughout the contest despite scoring just once. Bell-Jeff put six points on the board with a quarterback sneak by junior Mitch Kellogg early in the second quarter. The touchdown came as the result of a labored and hard-fought drive, in which the Guards’ offense managed to convert a trio of third downs and a fourth down, showing their resiliency.

Sophomores Eric Agaverdyan and Demitri Moreno were prime examples of that work ethic. Running back Moreno, a running back, had 73 rushing yards on 13 carries after suffering an injury on a kick return early in the game. Agaverdyan, a fullback, ran for 42 yards on 10 carries. The duo helped Bell-Jeff outgain the Mustangs, 163-119.

“You know who rose to the occasion on our team? Our sophomores,” Aguirre said. “I’m so proud of them. They were tremendous. All the sophomores stepped in and did it. They did a great job.”

While Moreno was able to return to the game, Agaverdyan saw more carries as the unfortunate result of Joshua Martinez leaving the contest in the first half. The tailback was the victim of a helmet-to-helmet collision so vicious it drew a loud gasp from the crowd. Martinez was the Guards’ second-leading rusher at the time with five carries for 14 yards.

“We didn’t come fully prepared to hit, and that’s what happens,” Aguirre said.

The Mustangs came ready to hit right from kickoff. After going four-and-out on their first possession, the Guards’ Alejandro Marroqin had his punt blocked by Luvon Lucas and it was recovered on the Bell-Jeff 27-yard line by the Mustangs.

On the first play of Salesian’s first drive of the game, Jihad Vercher hooked up with Keishawne Rowe on a 27-yard touchdown pass at 10:20.

The Mustangs would score again before the Guards finally got on the board, but Salesian then scored on its next drive. Another blocked punt was returned it to just outside the goal line but a personal foul penalty gave Bell-Jeff another chance with a 1st down at the 50.

But a fumble on a first down at their own 37-yard line led to a turnover. Armando Valdez scooped up the ball and ran it back the other way for a touchdown, putting Salesian up, 26-6, with 5:53 left in the opening half. Salesian scored again with 43.3 seconds left in the frame, leaving the Guards down, 33-6, at the half.

The second half began with Salesian’s Shakare Ina returning the opening kickoff for an 80-yard touchdown, which effectively doomed the Guards, leaving them in a 39-6 deficit. One more long, laborious drive failed to materialize and the Mustangs went on to score two more times in its homecoming victory.

By Abbey Mastracco, Special to the Leader

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