Multiple Teams · The Wow Factor: Fall Sports Wrap

The fall season is coming to a close. It’s time we celebrate the incredible triumphs of our athletes and our coaches!

The Warren girls’ golf team boasted the 2019 San Gabriel Valley League Champion–Joshlyn Ayala. She represented the SGVL in CIF competition, qualifying for the 2nd round of playoffs and narrowly missing the 3rd round of playoffs by a few strokes. She and her teammates had a tremendous amount of success this season. Joshlyn is only a sophomore and she leads a young team, so Warren is excited about the bright future they have.

The Warren girls’ volleyball team snagged 3rd place honors in the San Gabriel Valley League. The Bears were able to return to the CIF playoffs in 2019 after getting edged out by Paramount for the final CIF berth in 2018. Although the Bears were knocked out in the first round, they showed incredible grit and resilience throughout a season that was riddled by adversity and injury. The girls’ volleyball team also welcomed two new assistant coaches, Coach Jessie Holder and Coach Kendall Sonico, who were instrumental in developing the Freshmen and JV teams. With Coach Lane’s continued tutelage at the helm and the increased development of the lower levels, we are looking forward to our girls’ volleyball team earning continued success in the coming years.

The Warren girls’ tennis team secured another San Gabriel Valley League Championship, boasting an 11-1 league record and a 14-4 overall record. The Bears found incredible success on the courts, taking a lot of opponents by surprise considering the team did not feature any seniors on the doubles side of the court. Victoria Recinos captured the league championship for the singles players, and the pair of Allanah Soriano and Giselle Cantoran captured the runner-up title for the doubles players. Recinos, Soriano, and Cantoran will be representing the SGVL in CIF Individual Playoffs on Monday, November 25. The Bears are elated to continue the proud tradition of sending representation for singles and doubles players to CIF Individual Playoffs.

The Warren boys’ water polo team boasted one of the most successful seasons on record by clinching the San Gabriel Valley League Championship for the first time in over a decade. The Bears went 4-0 in league, with their final victory coming over the crosstown rival Vikings. In what proved to be a thrilling showdown, the Bears secured an 8-5 victory over Downey. The Bears jumped out to an early lead, but the Vikings were relentless, closing the margin to 6-5 midway through the fourth quarter. As Downey pulled within one goal, the Bears responded with composure and authority surging ahead to an 8-5 win. The boys’ water polo team advanced to the 2nd round of the CIF playoffs, where they came up just short of advancing by falling to South Torrance 12-9.

The boys’ cross country team secured another San Gabriel Valley League Championship with a strong performance. The scoring 5 finished 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 12th! Although the Bears seemed to run with ease, their victory is a testament to their fortitude and strength in the face of a season plagued by injuries and illnesses. The Bears fought through all hardship to secure a commanding win, with the next closest team finishing nearly 20 points behind the Bears. This was a senior-laden group for the Bears, with the illustrious careers of Leonardo Acevedo, Fabian Gomez, Owen Franco, Gerardo Rubio, Aaron Garcia, and Zeus Flores coming closer to a conclusion, but the Bears will work toward another resurgence in 2020 led by current sophomore Emanuel Corona. It’s also not over yet, as the boys’ cross country team will represent the SGVL in CIF Prelims this Friday, November 15.

The girls’ cross country team garnered similar success, clinching the San Gabriel Valley League Championship in dominant fashion. The scoring 5 finished 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 9th, besting the second place team by 20 points. This outstanding league performance brings us one step closer to the finish line for the high school cross country careers of some of our dominant seniors–Nadine Gomez and Alicia Liera. They have been tremendous leaders for the Bears, both on and off the course. They will leave the program in the more than capable fast feet of a talented junior class (N. Esparza, S. Gutierrez, K. Chavez, and P. Gomez) along with a freshman phenom–Michelle Huerta. The Bears will also continue their season with a performance this Friday at CIF Prelims in Riverside.

Finally, our football team had an incredible year under the leadership of first-year head coach Kevin Pearson. Coach Pearson came to the Bears after 23 years as the head coach at Cathedral High School, where he had amassed tremendous success. The Bears were facing what could have been best described as a rebuilding season, after having said goodbye to an incredibly talented graduating class of 2019; however, the Bears exemplified relentless determination and inspiring tenacity en route to a wonderfully successful 7-4 season. The Bears finished second in league, falling only to Paramount (the #1-ranked team in Division 4). The Bears faced a very formidable opponent in the first round of CIF playoffs, falling to La Serna 56-29. However, there were a number of highlights throughout the season, and none better than the comeback victory over the crosstown rival Downey Vikings. The Bears were down 32-13 early in the 4th quarter, but the athletes and coaches never gave up on themselves. The Bears chipped away at the lead with a total team effort–impressive offensive drives and dominant defensive stops…32-20…then 32-27. Finally, with only 1:27 left in the game, the Bears secured the 33-32 lead with a well-designed play featuring QB Dylan Guerra and RB’s Eimajah Hunter and Jahsiah Sheffield. Through the deafening roar of the crowd, the Vikings managed to advance downfield to the 8-yard line; however, the Bears put up a tremendous red zone stand, forcing the Vikings to settle for a field goal. Downey secured the 35-33 lead with only :16.5 left on the clock.  That’s when, as described by Assistant Principal–Russ Heicke, “the magic happened!” A 49-yard Hail Mary pass from Dylan Guerra to WR Keison Evans. The stands erupted as the Bears pulled off arguably the greatest rivalry game comeback of all time, clinching the 39-35 victory! This will go down as one of the most remarkable high school football games to date. In these pivotal final minutes of the game, the Bears showed us the power of sport. Our athletes may be forever changed by one game. They will believe in themselves even if others doubt them. They will bet on themselves even if others discount them. They will staunchly fight for what they want until the sweet (or bitter) end. They will never give up on themselves. They will take pride in who they represent and how they represent. They will carry themselves with confidence and self-assuredness. They will expect nothing other than that which they are willing to work for. They will believe in their ability to do more, be better, and demand greatness. Greatness is exactly what they gave us!

It has been a phenomenal season as the Fall 2019 sports conclude. Now, we begin to look forward to 2019-2020 winter sports action!