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

Boys’ Basketball All-League Accolades

March 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

malcolm_cifBURBANK –  Boys’ basketball players from Burroughs High, Burbank, Providence and Bellarmine-Jefferson were honored with all-league awards in their respective leagues.

Leading the Burbank area in scoring this past season was Pioneers junior Christian Ware-Berry, who was an All-Liberty League first-team selection. The junior averaged 22.2 points a game to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

Ware-Berry had to step up when reigning All-Area Player of the Year Marcus LoVett Jr. was sidelined for a period and then departed from the team.

“He was our best defensive players a year ago, but this season he was forced to be our leading scorer after Marcus went out,” Providence Coach Ernest Baskerville said of Ware-Berry. “And he just worked hard to do that. He never complained and he was willing to do whatever we needed of him.”

The Pioneers (9-18) placed third in the Liberty League Tournament and qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs as an at-large team.

The Guards had four selections, as junior Malcolm Regisford, sophomore Abid Oses and senior Jalen Henrywere named to the All-Santa Fe League first team and seniorWil Morales was a second-team selection.

abidBell-Jeff (17-12) was runner-up in the Santa Cruz League and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

In the Pacific League, Burroughs senior Lawrence Whitewas the lone first-team selection among the locals. Lawrence averaged 18.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, three assists and two blocks a game.

“Lawrence led us in all the major categories and it’s very rare to have a high school player do that on a team,” Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. “He really led us and he showed what can happen when you put in a lot of hard work and you’re dedicated to improving as a player.”

Burbank senior Richard Elmoyan was a second-team honoree, while senior teammate Sarkis Karaian landed a spot on honorable mention, as did Indians senior Kalen Verhoeven.

Burroughs (15-11, 5-9 in league) placed sixth in the Pacific League and qualified for the playoffs.

Burbank (16-13) finished fourth in the Pacific League and won a game in the postseason.

Young athletes get chance to shine in annual meet: Some of the finest youth track and field athletes from the area will be in action next month in the Burbank All-City Middle Schools Track Meet.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on April 13 at Burbank High.

All three middle schools — John Muir, Luther Burbank and David Star Jordan — will participate. Muir is the host this year.

jalenThe high-jump competition will begin at 8:30 and running events will start at 9.

The meet has been going strong since 2002, when it was resurrected after not being held for 12 years.

There will also be results available from past meets, going back to the 1950s and ’60s, and they can be obtained for free.

For more information, call Bronco Sevic at (818) 558-5320.

Baseball exhibit runs through the end of the month: The Baseball Reliquary launched its 2013 season of exhibitions and programs with “A Glorious Baseball Attic,” at the Burbank Central Library (110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.) The exhibition, which runs through March 28, offers viewers a glimpse into a strange but wonderful baseball attic.

Unlike most Reliquary exhibitions, “A Glorious Baseball Attic” features limited curatorial text, but it is a visual feast guaranteed to delight baseball fans young and old.

willOn the closing night of the exhibition, Jon Leonoudakis will host a screening of his documentary on the Baseball Reliquary, “Not Exactly Cooperstown.” The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Burbank Central Library Auditorium with a $2 trivia contest. A prize will also be awarded to the person wearing the best baseball attire.

DVDs of “Not Exactly Cooperstown” will be available for sale for $20. Incidentally, if individuals are unable to attend the screening on March 28, but wish to purchase a DVD, they can order it directly through the Baseball Reliquary. Go to the Reliquary website home page athttp://www.baseballreliquary.org, where there are links to the DVD order form and “Not Exactly Cooperstown” website.

Jeff Tully

Bell-Jeff Shines At Staples Center!

December 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

STAPLES CENTER — The members of the Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team walked into Staples Center on Wednesday afternoon and took some time to enjoy the moment and marvel at the arena that is home Read more