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Articles by Ted Apodaca

Kennedy High’s boys basketball team has struggled in preseason as the Fighting Irish are transitioning with several young players moving into the varsity team. The Fighting Irish are starting several sophomores and using freshman as well this year.

Cypress High’s girls volleyball team dominated the first set, but Kennedy High regrouped, forcing the Centurions to scrap for a 25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20, Empire League victory last week at Cypress High.  

The Los Alamitos High girls volleyball team reached the semifinals of the Tae Kim Molten Tournament at Lakewood High, before falling to the host Lancers in three sets. Lakewood advanced to the title match with a 27-25, 25-21, 25-21 win over the Griffins.

The Cypress High football team jumped out to a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 49-21 win over Santa Ana Valley last week at Western High. 

Issac Hurtado rushed for two touchdowns, Dominique Thompson had two punt returns for touchdowns and quarterback Alex Ashcraft threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns as the Centurion offense built up a 42-0 lead by halftime.

The Los Alamitos Girls Softball All-Stars have been hard at work in tournament play to get ready for this weekend’s ASA B District Championship in Aliso Viejo. Early in the warmup tournament play, the Los Alamitos teams had five teams reach the semifinals at the Memorial Day Classic at Penasquitos Tournament in San Diego.

The Los Alamitos High softball team had a shaky start but after they settled in the Griffins rolled to a 7-3 win over Long Beach Wilson in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs on Thursday at Los Alamitos High.

Sophomore pitcher Brianna Jewett came in in the second inning and ended up pitching six innings with two runs allowed and three strikeouts to get the win. Meanwhile the offense needed a couple of innings to zero in on Wilson pitcher Joette Vega, but soon had their plan.

After defeating Harvard Westlake in the CIF-SS team tennis finals last year, the Griffins knew the Wolverines would be out for revenge when they came to Los Alamitos last week for a second round match.

Last year, the Griffins defeated the Wolverines 14-4, but losing several seniors from last year, the Griffins knew they would have a target on their backs as people would expect them to be more vulnerable.

Against the pitching of Pacifica High’s Hannah Boos, the Cypress High softball team needed to play a disciplined game. While, Boos was solid all game, the Centurions had a chance to put some on the Mariners, but ran into trouble. Trailing 2-0, in the third, the Centurions had runners on first and second with no outs. When catcher Dejah Mulipola caught the runner off second base, the Centurions were let off the hook when the ball was dropped on the tag, leaving Cypress with runners on second and third with no outs.

The Los Alamitos High baseball team had been on a roll heading into a showdown with top-ranked, and defending CIF-SS Division 1 champion, Huntington Beach. The Oilers grabbed a first inning lead, while the Griffins lost starting center fielder Jack Keller at the same time.

The Oilers would eventually hang on for a 4-2 win in the Sunset League game at Los Alamitos High. Despite the loss, the Griffins remained locked in a three-way tie for first place in the league race at 2-1, tied with Huntington Beach and Edison.

The Western High baseball team is grinding out eight games in 12 days as they prepare to open up Empire League play next week. The Pioneers were 10-7 heading into this week, while still in the midst of the Beach Pit Tournament. They were 2-2 in the Anaheim Lions Tournament just prior to getting into the Beach Pit. In a 4-2 win over Culver City, the Pioneers were led by pitcher AnthonyEquiarta, who pitched seven innings, scattering seven hits with three strikeouts. Equiarta also had a hit, run and RBI. Shortstop Jeremiah Vison was 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs.