La Serna girls maintaining tennis legacy

first_imgThe road to the Del Rio League girls tennis championship has gone through La Serna High School for the last decade. The Lancers have won 10 league titles in a row, doing so in dominant fashion, going through league play undefeated the last nine years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The kids have really stepped it up,” La Serna coach Mike Gimbel said. “They want to win and are putting in the time it takes to be competitors. Everybody is playing well.” The team’s five returners have all played major roles in the Lancers’ success. Top singles player Tiffany LeCong is undefeated in league as are the doubles tandems of Larissa Van Lockner and Lucia Prieto, and Gabby Gottlieb and Allyson Rudolph. La Serna’s next league match is Thursday against El Rancho. For the Lancers to secure their 11th consecutive league crown, Gimbel believes the team needs to keep its concentration. “We need to continue to play at the level we have been playing at,” Gimbel said. “We need to stay focused, and take it one match at a time.” – Schurr, which has won three Almont League titles in a row, dropped a hard-fought contest against Mark Keppel on Tuesday. The Spartans and Aztecs tied 9-9, but the Aztecs won with a 81-70 edge in games. But going into the 2005 season, the Lancers appeared headed for a transition year. They lost standout players Irene Burga, Nicole Cormier and Jenna Lyons to graduation and were returning only five players. With league play near its halfway point, the Lancers have experienced no letdown thus far. After Tuesday’s victory over California, La Serna improved its record to 4-0 in Del Rio play, and 10-1 overall. center_img The loss dropped the Spartans’ league record to 4-1, one game behind Keppel’s 5-0 mark. Schurr, however, will get a quick chance at payback as they host the Aztecs on Thursday. The Spartans are led by senior singles player Tiffany Kang, a four-year varsity starter, and the junior doubles tandem of Trisha Asada and Tammy Lee. “They have been our strong points so far,” Schurr coach Mike King said. “They have done really well in the first round (of league play). We’re really proud of them.” – Pioneer, which features a youthful squad consisting mostly of sophomores, is experiencing its share of growing pains. The Titans, who lost to Whittier on Tuesday, have a record of 0-4 in the Del Rio League and 3-7 overall. “We’re kind of rebuilding,” said Pioneer coach Bob Dubesa, whose team features five sophomores, two juniors and two seniors “We’re pretty young. In league, we’re kind of overmatched but we are improving. The program has grown the last five years.” The Titans’ top players include singles competitors Xochitl Delgado and Celia Medina, and the doubles teams of Jenny Fabela and Letty Dorme, and Laura Medina and Anali Conde. Pioneer continues league play Thursday against Santa Fe. “We’re looking toward the future,” Dubesa said. “Our junior varsity program has increased (in numbers). Hopefully, more of our girls can play year-round. That would be something we can build on.” — Eric Terrazas can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2801, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Knicks block LeBron James at the finish, rally to beat Lakers

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director James’ shot didn’t go in. Didn’t even get to the rim.Mario Hezonja blocked James’ shot with 2.3 seconds to play, allowing New York to complete a late rally and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-123 on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“To beat a great player, sometimes you’ve got to do the unexpected and you’ve got to make big plays,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said, “because you know that they’re gearing up to make a big play.”The Lakers led by 11 with under 3 ½ minutes remaining before the Knicks charged back largely because of their defense against James. DeAndre Jordan also blocked one of his shots in the final minute, and James also missed a jumper with the Lakers clinging to a one-point lead. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Knicks: Fizdale said starters Dennis Smith Jr. (sore lower back) and Noah Vonleh (sprained right ankle) were day-to-day and that G Frank Ntilikina (groin) was progressing, though there’s still no timetable for his return.ON THE JOB TRAININGThough rookie Kevin Knox has shot miserably in his first season, Fizdale thought games like Sunday and then Monday against Toronto were good for the first-round pick, no matter how he shot, because they were learning experiences.“Back-to-back games, I think it’s going to be good for him. LeBron today and obviously Kawhi (Leonard) tomorrow, so welcome to the league, kid, and this is what it’s about. This is why I wanted him in this,” Fizdale said. “Take those lumps now and later on in his career no one will remember this stuff, when he now is the guy that’s beating up on the kids. So this is all good for him.”INGRAM’S INJURYLakers coach Luke Walton said he was “thrilled” for Brandon Ingram, who had thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm Saturday. The forward was ruled out for the season earlier this month after he was diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis. A blood clot caused shoulder pain for Ingram, and Walton said he hadn’t been comfortable talking about Ingram’s health while he and the team were gathering information on treatment options.“I’m thrilled for him,” Walton said. “He’s a young man that has his whole future ahead of him so it was good to hear that everything was successful.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit Milwaukee on Tuesday.Knicks: Visit Toronto on Monday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The West will be wild, but in the end, Duke will win title PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja (8), right, blocks what could have been the winning shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — LeBron James drove left, the No. 4 scorer in NBA history needing a basket to beat the worst team in the league.Defending him was a journeyman who hadn’t even gotten off the Knicks’ bench in a month.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIEScenter_img James sat out Friday in Detroit on the second night of back-to-back games and had plenty of energy for his lone visit of the season to Madison Square Garden. And it appeared his Lakers would ease to the victory when James’ jumper with 3:44 to play gave them a 122-111 lead.But everything changed from there and the Knicks ended up with just their NBA-low 14th victory of the season.“We didn’t close the game out. Being the competitor that I am, it bothers me that I didn’t make enough plays down the stretch. It bothers me that I didn’t even get a shot at the hoop. Of course that stuff bothers me,” James said.“But what’s the difference between their record and our record? Two teams out of the postseason. So it’s no difference. We could have a couple of more wins than them but both teams right now are looking on the outside looking in.”James’ trip to one of his favorite arenas was his first in a long time where his team has no championship hopes, where instead of All-Star teammates, his Lakers had as many mismatched parts as the Knicks. James got the usual big cheers for an exciting play, but also the type of criticism he has rarely faced during his career.Cameras showed James sitting all the way at the end of the bench during first-half play, far from some teammates. Knicks TV analyst Walt Frazier criticized James for not publicly being more part of the team, saying James “doesn’t really care” about the perception.The Knicks made 11 of their 15 shots, and even when they missed it wasn’t because of great Lakers defense. Of their four misses, two were unsuccessful dunk attempts by Jordan.They finished 16 of 22 in the period to lead 41-30, but the Lakers outscored them 36-22 in the second to bring a 66-63 edge into halftime.TIP-INSLakers: Josh Hart returned after missing a game with right knee patellar tendinitis. Lance Stephenson missed a fifth straight game with foot/toe injuries. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte James finished with 33 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his return after sitting out a game, but the Knicks spoiled it with a closing 13-1 burst. James shot just 4 for 15 in the final quarter.“He just missed shots,” Hezonja said. “If you are saying that you are the reason that he is missing shots, you are an idiot.”Actually, Hezonja was one of the reasons after getting the assignment in his return to the rotation after not playing since Feb. 13, sitting out 12 straight games.Emmanuel Mudiay had 28 points and eight assists for the Knicks, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. His two free throws with 22 seconds remaining were the final points of the game.Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of nine.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivinglast_img read more