Football: Westlake's Isham, Spruce pick up where they left off
After helping lead Westlake Village Westlake to a 14-0 season last year, quarterback Nick Isham and receiver Nelson Spruce aren't going to rest on past accomplishments.
That was clear on Saturday when they helped the Warriors defeat their newest Marmonte League rival, Ventura St. Bonaventure, in the championship game of the Pierce College passing tournament.
Westlake has too many good skill-position players this summer to lose very many seven-on-seven competitions, with Isham and Spruce at another level. And another receiver, Tre'shon Wilson, made some key grabs.
Next weekend, Westlake plays in the Saugus tournament and could end up facing another new Marmonte League rival, Oaks Christian. And on July 10, Westlake is going to the Edison tournament, which could produce a showdown against Santa Ana Mater Dei, which won the Dana Hills tournament Saturday.
"Every week, we're going to play like it's a championship," Isham said.
St. Bonaventure played well in the 24-team tournament, knocking off Mission Hills Alemany and Canyon Country Canyon in the playoffs. Cody Kurz, a tight end and defensive end, is a top player for the Seraphs, and cornerback Tanner Souza came out after taking the ACT to be a major contributor.
Los Angeles Dorsey made it to the semifinals and could have the top quarterback in the City Section in Joseph Gray, who passed for more than 2,000 yards last season. He was connecting with receivers Jaydon Mickens and Marvin Hall.
San Fernando defeated Sun Valley Poly in the consolation final.
-- Eric Sondheimer