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Articles by Ted Apodaca

Los Alamitos boys soccer coach Donovan Martinez knows that the season is long and tough. But at least the Griffins got off to a good start with a 2-0 win over Warren High in their first game of the Aliso Cup Tournament, on Monday at Los Alamitos High. The Griffins had goals by senior Kevin Herring and freshman Louie Arellano in the first half and the defense kept Warren out of the net to hold on for the lead. Ryan Ayale had assists on both goals. Warren was a solid test for the Griffins to start the season. The Bears won 21 games last year and were the San Gabriel Valley League champions.

Despite a strong start, the Cypress boys water polo team could not hold down Ocean View, as the Centurions fell in a CIF-SS Division 6 playoff match, 10-7, last week at Ocean View High. The Centurions scored the first goal and would end the first quarter trailing just 2-1, but Ocean View went on a 4-1 run in the second quarter and were able to keep the Centurions at bay down the stretch. Six different players scored for Cypress, led by two goal by senior Ripken Saldana. Sooho Choi, Ben Navarro , Garrett Potter, Alberto Cortes and Nolen Verdun each scored a goal.

Cypress held off a game Western squad to close the Empire League boys water polo season with a 15-12 win over the Pioneers last week at Western High. The win clinched third place for the Centurions, who opened the CIF-SS playoffs on Tuesday at Ocean View High. Cypress was led by Ripken Saldana who had five goals and Sooho Choi, who added three. Marko Ilincic, Garrett Potter and Alberto Cortez each had two goals for Cypress. The Pioneers were led by Raul Gonzlaez, who had four goals and Parker Stephenson and Nick Dergel, who each chipped in three goals.

It’s the game that both teams want more than any other on the schedule. Cypress has gotten the better of their neighbors in the past seven years, but it was clear on Friday at Handel Stadium that the Fighting Irish were the better team this year. Cypress had a glimpse of hope early, but Kennedy turned it away, en route to a 43-28 win in the Empire League game. The Cypress defense could not contain the Kennedy run game, as Anthony Johar rushed for 334 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Irish to the win.

Los Alamitos had been struggling with some key injuries and had played its way into a must-win situation. The Griffins have gotten the needed wins and are very much alive for a playoff spot as they head into the final week of the regular season. Los Alamitos was in control early and never let Huntington Beach into the game as they defeated the Oilers, 56-10, in a Sunset League game on Thursday at Long Beach Veteran’s Stadium. Behind a solid performance by the offensive line, quarterback Jack Telenko was able to throw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, as well as run for two more.

The Los Alamitos High girls volleyball team has struggled with consistency at times this year. But the Griffins had little trouble staying on task as they defeated Fountain Valley, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 on Thursday at Fountain Valley High. Los Alamitos improved to 4-3 in league play with the win and are looking maintain their momentum as they close out league play. The Griffins can lock up third place in the league with a strong finish in their final three games. Griffin coach Dave Huber said the team has struggled to maintain focus in some key league, which has led to some struggles.

The Los Alamitos High football team enters Sunset League play this week on a three-game losing streak, but certainly not lacking the ability to turn things around and defend its league title.

Last week’s loss came at the hands of defending LA City Section Division 1 champion Narbonne, which rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Griffins a 35-28 loss at Long Beach Veteran’s Stadium. The Griffins came out strong and kept the explosive Gauchos offense at bay through the first half and looked to have the game in their control.

Three sets were battles most of the way, but it was Kennedy High that finished stronger in all three to grab the win from Pacifica, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21, in an Empire League girls volleyball match on Tuesday Oct. 6, at Kennedy High.

The Los Alamitos High girls tennis team opened defense of its Sunset League title with a 13-5 win over Edison on Thursday at Edison High.

The Griffins were up 10-1 after the first two rounds, which allowed the Griffins to get some playing time for their reserves.

“I was impressed with our doubles play in this match, every team had great energy and worked well together,” new head coach Hannah Holladay said.

Los Alamitos scored 21 first quarter points and never let Paramount High get into the game, as the Griffins cruised to a 49-12 victory in their season opener of the prep football season.

Quarterback Jack Telenko threw for 266 yards and rushed for 52 more to lead the Griffin offense to a big first game. Telenko rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more, connecting with Drew Platt and Holden Edmondson. The Griffins rushed for nearly 200 yards, using several backs in addition to the running of Telenko.