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Photo Courtesy of El Camino College Athletics 

(Original piece from L.A. Trade Tech College Atheltics, Nov. 16, 2017)

By Dan Gudino

PASADENA, Calif. – The Los Angeles Trade Tech College Men’s Basketball team tipped-off the first game of the inaugural William “Skip” Robinson Classic Tournament with a hard-fought, high-scoring loss to El Camino College, 116-104.

The Purple & Gold Beavers started with an excellent display of hustle and scoring from Rayshawn Bulger who nearly booked his double-double in the first half, 15 points and nine rebounds

Bulger finished with 22 pts and an impressive 18 rebounds, two steals and an assist. His presence inside the box will benefit the Beavers this season as he leads the team in rebounding.

But the turnover bug bite the Beavers hard as it turned the ball over 45 times to El Camino’s 22.

“They did an excellent job. They did what they wanted to do and it was about us not being able to control the tempo, with pace and space. We were erratic and sporadic. We got work to do,” Associate Head Coach Ervin J. Monier said.

Tech was able to come up with the lead early in the second half at 60-59, yet after El Camino’s   three-point scoring was tough to keep up with as it finished 17 of 54 (31%) from behind the arc, while the Beavers missed all 10 of its attempts.

Beside Bulger, Tech finished with four other players in double figures; Treshawn Knowles, 12 pts (5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK) and Maxim Peranidzewith 15 pts (3 REB, 4 AST) both off the bench. Starters Maurice West was one rebound short of a double-double with 14 pts (9 REB, 3 AST. 3 STL) and Lawrence Carter, 16 pts (3 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK).

“We’re relatively young with our basketball experience at this level (nine freshman), so we’re just figuring out how to play together. We’ll be alright, it’s early in the season and we’ll eventually execute our game plan,” Moneir said.

Tech moves on to the consolation bracket of the Robinson tournament and will face-off with South Coast Conference-North rival Mount San Antonio College, 1 p.m at its neutral site Pasadena City College.

Article by: Daniel Gudino (Sports information Office) 

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10.9.172

(Original piece from Whittier College Athletics, Sep. 2017)

By Dan Gudino 

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women’s Soccer team took a vigorous match into overtime Saturday morning, but came up short, 1-0 to Claremont-M-S.

This was Whittier’s first overtime match of the season and their first since its 1-0 loss to Puget-Sound back on September 9, 2016.

Throughout the game Poet goalkeepers Stella Thermos (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Lyla Matar (Glendale, Calif.) fought to keep everything in front of them, combining for six saves.

But in the final minute of OT, a breakaway attack slipped through the Poet defense forcing a penalty in the box providing the lone score of the contest by CMS midfielder, Sarah Malott. Thermos was injured in the first half and replaced by Matar before the second half start.

Matar was risky during her time at goalie, once sliding into a one-on-two breakaway, risking her body for a save in the 77th minute.

Whittier had its chances with 16 shots, yet only four would threaten the opposing keeper. One of the opportunities came in the 17th minute, when Whittier’s Kanoe Morihara (Mililani, HI) blasted a shot right in front of goal, but the strike would go right into the chest and arms of the CMS keeper.

Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif.) had the perfect look on goal in the 72nd minute, which would have been the game-winner as she took the ball between two defenders and into the box having a 1v1  with the goalie.  But her ensuing shot would go straight into the chest of Athena keeper Claire Hamson.

Opportunities continued for the the Purple & Gold, with shots that thumped the crossbar, twice. Once in the second half in the 86th minute, by Gomez, whose header was set-up by an impressive long touch pass by Andrea Aldama (Gardena, Calif.).  Nevertheless, the header was cleared as the home crowd stared in disbelief with their Poets coming so close.

A minute later though another opportunity presented itself off the foot of Clarissa Field (Whittier, Calif.) who sent her shot too high, by a foot, ending regulation and sending the game into OT.

Whittier moves to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, (SCIAC). Poets will host Cal Lutheran University this Wednesday, October 4 beginning at 7:00pm.

At the half, 14 former, women’s soccer players, were honored for their achievements and contributions to the Poet program.  These soccer alumni included:

Lead Muller, ’88, Forward, New Hope, PA

Kirsten Davis, ’13, Midfielder, Hilo, HI

Andrea Smith, ’11, Center Mid., La Mirada, CA

Corrine Cleveland, ’14, Forward, Whittier, CA

Kristina Velasco, ’17, Forward, Placentia, CA

Kaela Reisfelt, ’17, Center Mid., Beverly Hills, CA

Alexi Cruz, ’17, GK, Long Beach, CA

Leila Afrasiyabi, ’17, Forward, Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Mayeda, ’17, Midfielder, San Pedro, CA

Maegan Garcia, ’16, Forward, Hacienda Heights, CA

Kim Ibarra, ’16, Defender, Whittier, CA

Ashley Stanford, ’16, Defender, Walnut, CA

Dana Bergstrom, ’15, Defender, Riverside, CA

Madison Shipherd, 15, Forward, Whittier, CA

Article by: Daniel Gudino (Sports Information Office)

10.9.17
Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

(Original piece from Whittier College Athletics, Sep. 2017)

By Dan Gudino

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Football team hosted an instant classical Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opener, losing to the Claremont-M-S Stags, 41-34, on Saturday.

It was a tight game that came down to the last two minutes, where all game long the defense was called upon and was not able to respond, until it forced a late turnover on downs, as a diving Stags quarterback was stopped short of a first down.

It gave the Poet offense a chance to tie the game with under a minute left.  Sophomore quarterback Miguel Avina (Indio, Calif.)looked like he was ready to mount the comeback as he raced for five yards before hitting freshman wide out Moises Gonzalez(Long Beach, Calif.) for 19 yards.  But on the ensuing 1st down play, the Purple & Gold elected to go deep as Avina looked down the sideline for Bryson Sanders (Manteca, Calif.), who he connected with earlier in the quarter on a 23-yard strike in stride to the corner of the endzone. But the big pass play would be picked off by Cade Moffatt at the Stag 11 allowing CMS to hold on for the victory.

The Poet one-two combo of Avina and Sanders combined eight times for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Avina accounted for all four Poet TDs, three on the ground and one to Sanders in the air. His last was a 10-yard dash, where he first searched for an open receiver, then the lefty scrambled to his weak side, put his head down for a last yard and barely crossed the goal-line.

Sanders is proving to be a reliable target down field. The senior wideout currently leads all Poet receivers with 17 receptions, 236 yards and two TDs.

The Poets offense totaled 438 yards (267 Passing/171 Rushing), its highest production in five games, since last year vs. Occidental College (538 yards total offense).

The Stags run game was effective and recorded 227 total yards on the Poet defense. Like Avina, the Stags had their own runner with three TDs, in running back Spencer Sheff.

Whittier played catch-up all game long and was within striking distance thanks to senior kicker Eric Voss (Temecula, Calif.) who knocked through a 41-yard field goal that put the Poets down 21-17 at the break. It was Voss’s third-career longest field goal and his longest of the season thus far. (Career long 45 yards)

Voss added another 40-yard field goal that capped off a decent 10 play, 73-yard Purple & Gold drive to start the fourth, 34-20 with 14 minutes to go.

Whittier managed to put up 17 points in the 4th, however a 34-17 deficit proved to be too large.

Cooper Allen (Visalia, Calif.) led the defensive unit with 11 tackles (8 solo/3 assisted), while Andrew Rosales (Pico Rivera, Calif.) totaled six solo tackles.

The Poets move to 0-3, 0-1 SCIAC and will now go on the road to face Chapman University this Saturday, October 7 (1-2, 1-0) starting at 7:00pm.

Article by: Daniel Gudino (Sports Information Office)

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

By Dan Gudino

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Football team gave a valiant losing effort in the home opener on Saturday, against Arizona Christian University, falling 56-38 at Memorial Stadium in front of almost 1,500 strong.

The Poets matched its highest scoring output since last year’s “Shoes Game” against rival, Occidental College, where Whittier fell by the same score, 56-38.

Whittier Head Coach Mike Neale stayed true to his hard-nose attitude with a run game that rendered 39 carries for 163 yards, while staying balanced with 233 yards through the air, on 40 attempts.

The Purple & Gold found the endzone on their second possession as they went 60 yards in 6-plays highlighted by a Miguel Avina(Indio, Calif.) to Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) connection down the sideline for 32 yards, which led to the Avina two-yard touchdown run.

On the very next series for the Firestorm, the Poets earned great field position as junior Natnael Yitayew (San Diego, Calif.)would collect his first interception of his career returning it 12-yards to the ACU 40.  But Whittier couldn’t capitalize from there giving the ball right back.

The second quarter proved to be a high scoring affair as a combined 38 points would be scored. The Poets trailed 14-7 to start things off but came down on their ensuing series again with Avina connecting with Williams Jr., this time for 41 yards down to the ACU 31 but again the Poets would have to settle with a 22-yard field goal from Eric Voss (Temecula, Calif.).

Later in the frame, freshman Chance Trammell (Chico, Calif.) got into the mix finding open space with a 17-yard touchdown, putting Whittier within striking distance at 28-17 with under two minutes to play.

After a three and out forced by the defensive unit, Whittier had an opportunity to keep it at a two score game going into the half but they had a major mistake.  On a third down conversion, Avina tried to dump off a quick pass outside but he was hit as he threw sending the ball right into the arms of Arizona Christian defensive lineman, Jared Landseade, who made his lineman’s dream a reality with a 42-yard pick six making the score 35-17 at halftime.

Whittier was shutout in the third as ACU extended their lead to 32 but WC never backed down making a huge comeback in the final 15:00 outscoring the Firestorm 21-7.

Trammell continued to truck along with another score from four yards out making the score 49-27 at the start of the fourth.  Whittier’s defensive unit stood strong on the next series once again this time with Nickolas Perez (Shafter, Calif.) picking up a fumble recovery giving the Poets another opportunity deep in ACU territory.

Whittier would capitalize on this turnover as Avina would find Brian Phelan (Chino Hills, Calif.) from seven yards out, which pulled the Poets within 19.  Then with under five minutes to play the Poets would find the endzone one more time, this time with an Alex Tejeda (Chula Vista, Calif.)-Phelan connection from six yards.

Avina finished the game 12-29 for 194 yards and a touchdown.

Trammell finished with three team-highs, 19 carries for 96 yards and 105 All-Purpose yards, as he recorded a catch for nine yards. He leads all Poet runners this season with 174 yards rushing.

Phelan proved to be a trustworthy target on the evening, leading all receivers in receptions with eight for 47 yards, matching Trammell with two TDs of his own.

The Poets defense got some action as well and kept it close early in the game with interceptions from Nicholas Markarian (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Yitayew both their first career interceptions at Whittier.  The defensive unit also recorded three tackles for losses, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and two break-ups.

Arizona Christian proved to be a powerhouse program, as they came in ranked No. 12 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) polls making it the second straight game the Poets have taken on a National Top 20 opponent.

The SCIAC opener will take place at home this Saturday, September 30 at 7:00pm against the Claremont Mudd-Scripps Stags (1-1). The Stags are coming off their home-opener, a loss to Washington and Lee University. Poets move to 0-2.

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

(Original piece from Whittier College Athletics, Sep. 2017)

By Dan Gudino

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men’s Soccer team hung tough with the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands Saturday as they fell 3-0 at Memorial Stadium.

The Poets slip now to 1-5, 1-4 SCIAC, while Redlands improves to 6-3 and a perfect 6-0 SCIAC.

Whittier managed just one shot on goal for the game and failed to challenge Bulldogs goalie Josh Haskill, while UR forward, Kayon Parsa was involved in all three scores with two goals and two assists.

Parsa capped off his performance when he managed to sneak into the box and tap an assist to the near post to Chase Boone for his second goal of the day.

The Boone and Parsa connection accounted for all scoring plays.

The Poet offense managed to get a number of opportunities throughout the contest but they couldn’t connect as they finished with 10 shots. Within a seven minute window in the first half the Poets were able to get off three shots with the best look coming in the 20th minute when Poet forward, Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA), took a shot on goal, but fell unlucky as it went straight into the arms of Haskill.

The trend for the Poet soccer ball was “fly high or miss wide” as Whittier went down 1-0 at the half with several shots off the mark as they continued to match Redlands stride for stride. Aggressive play was seen early in the second half, with three straight shots from the Poets within the first nine minutes of play, but again none would get on frame.

Parsa of Redlands scored the first goal in the 13th minute, of the first half, when Whittier tried to defend down in the box, but Parsa managed to sneak in off a poor pass that was ricocheted into his possession, which he then tapped in for the eventual game-winner.

Nathan Armas (Montclair, Calif.) finished the game with three saves playing all 90:00. Loi led the offense with three shots, while Connor Tait-Mole (Livermore, Calif.) added two. The shot differential was close as Redlands edged the Poets 11-10, same with corner kicks at 4-3.

Whittier continues their home stand this Wednesday, September 27 against Caltech with game time set for 7:00pm.

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Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

 

(Original piece from Whittier College Athletics, Sep. 2017)

By Dan Gudino

EAGLE ROCK, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team bounced-back and reclaimed its winning ways with a hard fought conference victory, over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival, Occidental College, 25-22, 25-22, 25-27, 25-16.

Despite going up two-sets to none, the Poets struggled in the third, as they faced their biggest deficit of the entire meeting, 17-10.

Poet head coach Chris Duarte-McDermott, said teams can really turn things around in a match when you agitate a team” as the Poets did in the second — Occidental came within a point of tying the second game at 24, however, Whittier hung on.

“When you win a set the way we did in the second, by escaping and allowing a team to nearly take it back, it could potentially rile-up a team,” Duarte-McDermott said.

But efficient setting from Camryn Purdom (Moreno Valley, Calif.), who had a game-high 30 assists, setup 17 more players than any Poet, and proved to be a major difference in the entire match.

“(Setting) it’s always been the best part of my game, without a doubt. I want to be that player that gets you a set. It’s something I’ve always worked on,” Purdom said.

Purdom’s passing skills and two excellent serves put the Poets within a sweep of the match when they came back to tie the third at 20, and then immediately took the lead, 21-20.

Yet, the Poets slipped with three consecutive ties and lead changes, setting up Occidental for the third-set victory.

The Poets were instantly motivated by the third set loss and reawaked as they cruised to a nine-point win in the final fourth game, 25-16.

The Poet offense was aided by Purdom feeding Makenzie Thieme (Corona, Calif.) and Ashley Whittall (Norwalk, Calif.) in the final game, who both finished with a team-high 14 kills.

“We definitely played down to a team tonight when we allowed the third to slip, but we know it’s us and not what the other team did. We can’t allow ourselves to get too cocky next time. We just have to finish,” Whittall said.

Whittier, now 8-3 and 2-1 in SCIAC is back home this Saturday, September 23 as it faces off against Cal Lutheran University, at 6:00pm. Cal Lutheran is currently on a five-game losing streak.

Whittier finds itself just shy of the top 25 at No. 30.

“It means a lot to get a victory tonight,” explained Duarte-McDermott. It means a lot to our program that we’re in the top 30 and just outside of the top 25. But, in the end, rankings are just opinions and what matters is every single set.”

Article by: Daniel Gudino (Sports Information Office)

GAME LEADERS
WHITTIER
K: 2 Players (#12, #24 – 14)
B: Alexis Mills – 5
D: Clarissa Standafer – 15
SA: Camryn Purdom – 3
OCCIDENTAL
K: Claire Strohm – 15
B: Cassandra Guidice – 3
D: Claire Strohm – 10
SA: Cassandra Guidice – 3

Roosevelt High School and Garfield High are bitter rivals that mimic USC-UCLA clashes and are better known for the East Los Angeles Football Classic, one of the more historic prep football games in the country.

On the gridiron, Garfield has been the dominant team, but on the diamond its been all Roosevelt over the last three years.

This year, Roosevelt swept GHS in their two-game set, culminating on May 2, in a 11-10 win.

Here is a condensed / edited version of the May 2, game: