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Chaminade delivers 1-2 punch for victory over Long Beach Poly
11/17/2016

It was last February when Ryan Stevens was a freshman at West Hills Chaminade, and highly touted Brevin White transferred in from Mission Hills Alemany. Stevens was supposed to be the odd man out in the quarterback competition. He could have pulled a LeBron James and said, “I’m going to take my talents . . .” Instead, he stayed and decided to compete for the starting job.  “My parents taught me to always fight even when I’m facing adversity,” Stevens said.  On Friday night in a Southern Section Division 1 playoff opener against Long Beach Poly, it was the left-handed Stevens starting for the third consecutive game and guiding the Eagles (8-3) to a 50-14 victory at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  He completed 16 of 21 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown. Except for giving up an interception to Desmond Talley that was returned for a touchdown, Stevens was masterful in running the Eagles’ no-huddle offense.  “He’s a smart guy and understands the offense,” Coach Ed Croson said. “He can go fast.”  It also helps to have a running back with the powerful running skills of junior T.J. Pledger. He scored five touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards in 26 carries.   “T.J. in the backfield is insane,” Stevens said. “He runs over anybody.”  And the offensive line, which has no seniors, was magnificent.  “This game was about the offensive line,” Stevens said. “They held their own. The line was incredible.”  When is the last time a Chaminade offensive line was able to outmuscle a Poly defensive line near the goal line? The Eagles accomplished that feat repeatedly.  What eventually won the opportunity to start for Stevens was his knowledge of Chaminade’s spread offense. You have to read coverages fast and know where to place the ball. His ability to get the offense into a rhythm and run off plays quickly helped neutralize Poly’s size and experience advantage.   Meanwhile, Poly (7-4) struggled on offense. Quarterback Nolan McDonald was intercepted three times and had minus-five yards passing until the fourth quarter. He finished with 55 yards. Chaminade defensive back Jahlil Pinkett had an interception and defensive back Steve McIntosh had a sack.  This game might have been a sneak peek of what Chaminade could be like in 2017. The Eagles are loaded with outstanding sophomores and juniors. And White played in the third quarter and remains an important insurance policy for the Eagles.  “Unbelievable,” Croson said of inflicting a running clock on 19-time Southern Section champion Poly. “We didn’t expect this. A lot of kids stepped up and made plays.”  Next up is No. 2-seeded Corona Centennial at home in the quarterfinals. Centennial defeated Chaminade, 70-29, last season.  Asked how many points his team might need to score against the Huskies, Croson said, “More than 50.”  Eric Sondheimer

 

Chaminade tennis edges Elsinore to make CIF-SS final
11/10/2016

It was nervous time for the Chaminade High School girls tennis team.  The doubles team of Lauren Lombardi and Tatiana Hajjar just produced an improbable comeback victory to forge a 9-9 tie on Wednesday and the Chaminade players braced themselves as coach Ron Franklin tried to do some quick math adding up the total games.  “I was shaking, I was so scared,” Chaminade’s Lombardi said.  When Franklin revealed Chaminade had prevailed over top-ranked the previously undefeated Elsinore by the thinnest of margins, 77-72 on games, the girls let out a yell and rushed the court following their victory in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 semifinals at Warner Center.

CIF finals, here comes Chaminade.

“We were jumping up and down, we were so excited,” Chaminade’s Sofia Lazzaroni said. “We were stressed out when he was reading the numbers, but we were so excited when we heard the final score.”

Chaminade (18-7) has won CIF titles in 1983, 1986 and 1997 and will now try to cap a resurgence when it takes on Thacher on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at The Claremont Club.  But the program had been off the radar since the 1990s and Franklin was tasked with reviving the once-proud program.  Adding five top-notch freshmen certainly fast tracked the rebuilding effort, including three tournament players in Sofi Debelles, Lazzaroni and Lombardi. “I took over a totally dead program,” Franklin said. “We scratched out a team of nine girls that first year. We lost every match, but I kept them happy and we kept getting better and better each year.”

Debelles swept her three sets, losing just three games to aide the team’s tiebreaker cause.  “We just wanted to stay positive,” Debelles said. “This was really exciting. We felt very accomplished today.” The doubles team of Brittany Balouzian and Annie Cygan also swept three sets. Lazzaroni won two of three sets, and the lone win by Lombardi and Hajjar loomed large, particularly when both teams surrounded the court at the end. They rallied from a 5-3 deficit to keep the dream season alive. “We were nervous; all the pressure was on us,” Hajjar said. “We knew we had the ability to beat them and we gathered together and showed what we can do.”

Elsinore’s Deisha Hughes and Gabby Gross shined in singles, but Elsinore (20-1) nearly won the match with its doubles, particularly from Morgan Star Glover and Kayla Brannen for an Elsinore team that never made it past the second round before this season. “I’m trying to keep my composure,” Hughes said. “It was our senior year, and this was the fartherst we’ve ever gine,and I;m proud of the team and the girls and everyone else involved.”

By Tony Ciniglio, LA Daily News

Girls Golf shoots lowest score of the season, beats Alemany
10/5/2016

The Chaminade Girls Golf team beat Alemany 243-271 on Tuesday October 4 at Encino Golf Course.  Hannah Bundschuh and Katie Calderon each shot 42 and Genny King shot 48 on the par 37 course to lead the eagles.  

Cross Country runs well in the first League Meet of the season
9/29/2016

The Crystal Springs Cross Country course at Griffith Park was the site of the first League Meet of the season.  The boys team competes in the 7 team Mission League and the girls team competes in the 5 team Sunshine League.  There are 3 league meets in the season which determine each schools place in league.  The top 4 teams in the boys league and the top 3 teams in the girls league following the 3 meets will advance to the playoffs.  The second League meet in October 11 at Crescenta Valley Park.

The boys were led by Jaidin Tharandee with a time of 17:19.00 on the 3.1 mile course.  Rex Helm ran 17:31.88, Michael Morrone posted a time of 17:57.78, Chris Robles finished at 18:01.22, and Camillo DeSantis completed the scoring with a time of 18:34.92.  The team finished 4th with a score of 120, only 28 points behind 3rd place Alemany.  

The girls were led by Alyanna Jalbuena's time of 22:08.64, Olivia Miele posted a time of 24:07.68, Elizabeth Zimmerman ran 24:21.02, Christina Rosa finished at 25:41.88, and Mariah Britt completed the scoring with 25:52.39.  The team finish in 4th place with a score of 85, just 3 points behind 3rd place Notre Dame Academy.

Great job to all the runners as they continue to improve individually and as a team.  Good Luck the rest of the season.

Girls Volleyball continues to roll with 3 set win over Birmingham
9/16/2016

The Girls Volleyball team won for the 5th time in 6 matches with a 3 set victory (25-11, 25-11, 25-7) over Birmingham on Wednesday September 14.  Maddie Jenkins had 19 assists, Sofie Sullivan had 10 assists, Elyse McKinney collected 6 kills, Eryn Fabian tallied 5 kills, and Kasi Wolfe finished with 8 kills and 4 aces.  The JV and Frosh teams both won their matches in 2 sets.  The Varsity plays in the Scorpion Classic in Camarillo on Friday September 16.

Girls Golf earns first victory of the season
9/16/2016

The Chaminade Girls Golf team beat Hart 263-276 at TPC Valencia on Thursday September 15 to earn their first win of the season.  The eagles were led by Hannah Bundschuh's 7 over par 43.  The next golf tournament is the Mission League Mid-Season Tournment on September 20.

Field Hockey defeats Fountain Valley 8-1
9/14/2016

The Chaminade Field Hockey team defeated Fountain Valley 8-1 on Tuesday September 13.  The eagles were led by Tessa Martin with 4 goals and 1 goal each by Maya Sobchuk, Lindsey Hebert, Carlie Daquino, and Lauren Nemeh.  They improve to 2-2 on the season.  The next game is Thursday September 15 at Newport Harbor.

Girls Volleyball sweeps Village Christian at home
9/14/2016

The Chaminade girls volleyball program went 3-0 on Tuesday September 13 at home against Village Christian.  The Freshman (6-1) and JV (3-3) teams both won in 2 games and the Varsity won in 4.  The varsity improved to 4-3 on the season winning 25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22.  The Eagles were led by Damani Harvey with 16 kills and 8 digs, S'mara Riley had 13 kills, 9 digs, and 3 aces, Eryn Fabian contributed 11 kills and 4 blocks, and Maddie Jenkins collected 41 assists.  All 3 levels play at Birmingham on Wednesday with the Frosh and JV starting at 4:00 and the Varsity starting at 5:30.

Chaminade football rides inspired defense to win over Valencia
9/12/2016

WEST HILLS   Chaminade’s defense earned praise after its win against St. Bonaventure but it needed a statement performance against Valencia. Valencia had driven to the Chaminade 1-yard line in the fourth quarter Friday night and as Aaron Thomas tried to dive in, Steve McIntosh stripped the ball for a key turnover. On the next play, TJ Pledger raced 92 yards for a touchdown and Chaminade (2-1) went on to win 42-15 in nonleague action at home. “In the first half, we didn’t play as well as we should so when they made it down to the goal line, I said they’re not going to score,” McIntosh said. McIntosh, whose older brother JoJo won a state title with Chaminade, was part of an inspired Eagles defense that had four sacks and held Valencia scoreless after halftime. Valencia was down 28-15 after Thomas connected with Brendan Adam for a 36-yard pass. The Vikings quickly set up a play as Thomas lunged for the goal line but he was stopped and then stripped. “I thought he clearly got in,” Valencia head coach Larry Muir said. “But Chaminade is a great football team and they capitalize on missed opportunities.” Andrew Van Buren scored on Chaminade’s opening second-half drive on a 22-yard run and after forcing Valencia (1-1) to punt, the Eagles added another score as Brevin White scrambled before finding Pledger for a 49-yard touchdown catch. Pledger then saved his best for last. After the Valencia turnover, he found daylight on the right sideline and ran for his third overall touchdown of the game. “After we got that play, we had to put them away and put the dagger in their hearts,” said Pledger, who had 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Valencia led 15-14 at halftime behind a physical effort that stymied Chaminade’s run game. Thomas, who finished 19-for-29 with 160 passing yards, had a 5-yard rushing touchdown and Moises Haynes added a 2-yard run just before halftime. White also had a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Wilson, who had eight catches for 139 yards. Valencia’s offense suffered a blow when senior captain Tim Wiggins suffered a head injury in the second quarter and did not return. Ethan Bain and Zion Dunson (nine catches, 88 yards) shouldered most of the load at wide receiver but the Vikings lamented their inability to stop Chaminade’s big plays. “We had missed opportunities not wrapping up on tackles and that’s stuff we have to take care of,” linebacker Tariq Speights said. “When you don’t, big plays happen.”

By Evan Barnes, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Girls Volleyball continues to roll, beats Canyon 3-1
9/7/2016

The Chaminade girls volleyball team beat Canyon in 4 games (25-16, 25-14, 22-25, 26-24) on Tuesday September 6 at home for their 3rd win in a row and improve to 3-2 on the season.  Damani Harvey had 12 kills and 14 digs, S'mara Riley had 16 kills, 8 digs, 3 blocks, and 3 aces, Eryn Fabian had 7 kills and 4 blocks and Maddie Jenkins collected 40 assists, 3 kills, and 13 digs.  The JV and Freshman teams each won in 2 games.  All 3 teams play again Wednesday September 7 at Granada Hills starting at 3:00pm.  Come cheer the team on as they try to keep the momentum rolling.

Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar thrilled by Clemente nomination
9/7/2016

NEW YORK - Blue Jays centre fielder Kevin Pillar learned some valuable lessons in high school -- Chaminade College Prep -- beyond math, science, history and geography. "I went to a Catholic high school and community service was required. It was something that was taught to us, preached to us and was important to us," said Pillar inside the Blue Jays clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. Pillar takes his community service seriously, and that's why he was thrilled to be nominated by the Jays for the Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing the player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, on and off the field. Since joining the Jays in 2013, the West Hills, Calif., native, along with his wife Amanda, has been active in a number of good causes in the Toronto area, including the Jays Care Foundation, the Jays Winter Tour, as well as some individual endeavors such as visiting hospitals. "There's a lot more my wife and I are planning on doing," said Pillar, who has helped set up an MLB Action team at Chaminade as a resource to help students take part in good causes in the community. When he was in high school, Pillar visited the homes of sick kids, and worked in sports camps and an animal shelter as a volunteer. It's something he enjoys. Clemente won the NL MVP 50 years ago and reached 3,000 hits before he passed away in a plane crash while on a relief mission. He led Pittsburgh to a pair of World Series titles and earned 15 all-star selections. "To be associated with that name is special," said Pillar. "He stood for great things and I think he's more remembered for what he did off the field even though he was a Hall of Fame player. His impact to the community was something that was important to him and it's something that's important to me."

By Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

 

 

T.J. Pledger, Chaminade speed past St. Bonaventure
9/6/2016

WEST HILLS.  From the moment the ball touched his hands, T.J. Pledger was in control and his speed was in full display Saturday night The junior running back had three touchdowns, including a highlight 40-yard score for Chaminade in a 49-7 rout of visiting St. Bonaventure. “We practiced really hard all week, and it showed tonight,” Pledger said. “I just want to thank my offensive line for blocking for me, and I’m glad everything turned out good.” The Eagles defense clamped down in the first half recovering two fumbles. Then in the second half Jahil Pinkett picked off Mason Quandt and took the ball 91 yards into the end zone as Chaminade led 42-7 with 9:32 in the third quarter. “We’ve just been working all week off of a big loss last week (to Oaks Christian) and we knew that we had to improve,” Pinkett said. “Honestly our defense is full of dogs. That is what we showed here tonight and we are going to keep showing it all year.” After giving up 65 points last week to Oaks Christen, coach Ed Crosen felt his team answered the challenge. “We were a little bit embarrassed about what happened last week,” Croson said. “We went back to the drawing board during the short week, and it made the difference.” It was a big win for Eagles and now they are hoping to continue to play the brand of football that was on display against the Seraphs. Chaminade possesses one of the strongest juniors classes with Pledger, wide receiver Michael Wilson and quarterback Brevin White. “We start at 60 non-seniors, and this junior class is tremendous to us -- as good of a class as we have ever had,” Croson said. “They are football players, they play hard and they want to win.” Chaminade (1-1) hosts Valencia next Friday.

By Ethan Hanson - Daily News

Girls JV Volleyball wins Consolation Championship in Camarillo Tournament
9/6/2016

The Chaminade girls JV Volleyball team won the Consolation Championship in the Camarillo Tournament on Saturday September 3.  They played Oak Park, Westlake, Alemany, and Bishop in the early rounds and beat St. Bonaventure in the Finals.  Congratulations to the team on a great weekend.  The volleyball teams play again on Tuesday September 6 at home against Canyon.

Girls Volleyball has epic comeback win over El Camino
9/2/2016

The Chaminade Girls Volleyball team lost the first 2 sets to El Camino on Thursday September 1 before rallying to win the last 3 games and take the match (27-29, 22-25, 25-11, 27-25, 15-13) in an epic comeback that included being down 2-10 in the final set.  The Eagles inproved to 2-2 on the season.  They were led by Damani Harvey with 15 kills, 21 digs, and 3 aces.  S'mara Riley tallied 23 kills and 18 digs.  Maddie Jenkins contributed 40 assists and 19 digs.  The JV lost in 2  and the Frosh won in 2.  The JV plays in a tournament at Camarillo this weekend.  All three teams play Tuesday September 6 at home against Canyon.

Girls Volleyball defeats Chatsworth in 4 games
8/31/2016

The Chaminade Girls Volleyball team earned their first victory of the season with a win over Chatsworth in 4 games (25-22, 27-25, 20-25, 25-17) on Tuesday August 29.  S'mara Riley led the way with 14 kills and 10 digs.  Damoni Harvey had another great match collecting 14 kills, 5 digs, and 2 aces.  Maddie Jenkins did an amazing job setting up her teammates with 35 assists and 13 digs.  The eagles are now 1-2 on the season.  The JV team won their match 2-0 (25-11, 25-17) and the Frosh/Soph team won again in 2 (25-10, 25-6).  All 3 teams play next at El Camino on Thursday September 1.

The future arrives when Oaks Christian beats Chaminade in a thriller
8/28/2016

Those marketing geniuses at Nike, Adidas and Under Armor should have dropped by Westlake Village on Friday night for the football opener between host Oaks Christian and West Hills Chaminade and fought it out to be the sponsor for what could have been called “The Future Bowl.” No. 12-ranked Oaks Christian started nine sophomores. No. 6-ranked Chaminade started nine juniors. In another year, they’ll have teams and players hyped as being among the best in the nation. And what a game it produced in terms of offensive firepower and fan excitement. No lead was ever considered safe.In the end, Oaks Christian came away with a 65-55 victory in a game that had video-game like qualities.Brandon LaBrie, one of the few seniors in Oaks Christian’s starting lineup, scored four touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards. Quarterback Matt Corral passed for 419 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He also ran for a touchdown.Brevin White of Chaminade passed for 317 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Wilson caught seven passes for 200 yards.“Every time we had the ball, we thought we had to score,” Oaks Christian Coach Jim Benkert said.By halftime, Corral, a USC commit who’s only a junior, had passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns to give Oaks Christian a 30-21 advantage. He also ran for 52 yards.Standout running back T.J. Pledger scored two first-half touchdowns for Chaminade but struggled with cramps. Chaminade hurt itself with too many penalties — nine. Wilson caught passes of 55 and 44 yards from White. But the Eagles also struggled with protecting White, something Coach Ed Croson knew could be an issue. Oaks Christian finished with eight sacks. “We have a good group of young players,” he said. “Last year was tough to get through and now hopefully we enjoy the benefits. The whole thing is how fast does the offensive line develop.” It was an insane third quarter. Oaks Christian appeared ready to pull away at the outset, getting a blocked punt, with Bo Calvert scoring the touchdown for a 37-21 lead. Then came the stunning play of the night as White scrambled 83 yards for a touchdown, and suddenly Chaminade had momentum.  “I was going to run off the sideline and try to tackle him,” Benkert said.  White rarely runs with the ball, but after running for his life at times, he just took over and never stopped running until he reached the end zone. By the end of the quarter, it was Oaks Christian 51, Chaminade 49. Among the touchdowns in the quarter were a 56-yard screen pass to LaBrie; Chaminade’s Isaiah Richardson catching a 50-yard TD pass from White; a TD run by LaBrie; and TD runs by Chaminade’s Pledger and Andrew Van Buren.  Oaks Christian finally got a little breathing room in the fourth quarter. Corral had a four-yard touchdown run and Zach Charbonnet added a four-yard touchdown run.  eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

Girls Tennis looks to have a strong season after starting 2-0
8/28/2016

With the best collection of talent (both Varsity and JV) at one time in several seasons the Chaminade Girls Tennis program is looking at the next 3 to 4 years of high finishes. The two seniors on Varsity will anchor top caliber returning sophomores and 5 very capable freshmen.  After some tweaks to the team chemistry the Eagles will be hard to beat.

With and abundance of incoming accomplished players our JV team is the strongest ever.  Many players would make most schools Varsity squads. Both teams start the season 2-0 with their most recent wins againt Saugus on Friday August 26.  The varsity won 12-6 and the JV won 15-3.  

Girls Golf drops its season opener to Crescenta Valley, 292-242
8/26/2016

The Chaminade girls golf team lost its opening match of the season 292-242 to Crescenta Valley at Balboa GC, par 38 on Wednesday August 24.  Chaminade was led by Katherine Calderon 48, Genevieve King 53, Hannah Bundschuh 54.  They have a rematch with CV on Thursday August 25 at Hansen Dam.  Good Luck this season.

Girls Volleyball drops their home opener to Westlake in 4 games
8/26/2016

The Chaminade girls volleyball team played well in their home opener losing to Westlake in 4 games (18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 14-25) on Wednesday August 24.   S'mara Riley led the way with 17 kills, 5 digs, and 2 blocks, Maddie Jenkins collected 23 assists to go with 5 digs, Eryn Fabian had 7 kills and 6 blocks, while Damani Harvey had 8 kills and 8 digs to lead the Eagles.  The JV lost in 2 games while the freshman fell in 3.  All 3 teams play on Thursday August 25 at home against Hart.  Good luck on the season and GO EAGLES.

Girls Tennis Starts off season with a win
8/26/2016

The Chaminade girls tennis team beat Cleveland 6-1 on Wednesday August 24 to begin the season with a win.  The JV team also won their first match of the season on Thursday August 25 over AGBU, 13-5.  Both teams play Saugus on Friday August 26.  Good luck this year and have a great season.

 

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