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Volleyball: Mira Costa outlasts Loyola in five sets [Video]

On Friday night, the best of high school sports was on display in the annual neighborhood volleyball match between Southern Section Division 1 powers Los Angeles Loyola and Manhattan Beach Mira Costa at Loyola Marymount.

“It’s two of the best volleyball programs in the nation,” Loyola Coach Michael Boehle said. “We put on a pretty good show.”

Mira Costa dropped the first two sets, then rallied to secure a rousing five-set victory before an energetic crowd of more than 2,500. The scores were 24-26, 18-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-11.

“It’s an amazing atmosphere,” Mira Costa’s Grant Chalmers said. “Both teams have amazing crowds.”

Turning the match around for the Mustangs was 6-foot-6 junior Connor Inlow, who recorded consecutive blocks in the fourth set and was a dominant figure in the middle. He had 10 kills. Scott Stephanoff had 14 kills.

“I think the reason we came back is we believe in ourselves,” Chalmers said. “We worried about what we could control. Connor stepped up. I’ve never seen him play so well in his life.”

Loyola has seven players on its roster who live in Manhattan Beach. Many are friends on both teams and play together on club teams or at the beach. Some will become teammates next season at the same college.

In the stands, a couple of Loyola students were wearing tanktops, “Beat Costa.” A Mira Costa fan waved the sign, “Boyola.” There was a beach ball being thrown around by Mira Costa fans. It was a party atmosphere as students waved to each other knowing community bragging rights were at stake.

“I see Loyola fans I’ll probably be barbecuing with in the next week or two,” Mira Costa Coach Mike Ninnis said.

“It’s a good, clean rivalry,” Mira Costa assistant coach Sean Shoptaw said.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Boys' volleyball: Bragging rights and more are at stake in Loyola-Mira Costa

One of the great sporting events in Southern California takes places on Friday at 7 p.m. at Loyola Marymount when volleyball powers Los Angeles Loyola and Manhattan Beach Mira Costa face off in what is always an entertaining event on the court and in the stands.

There are players from both teams who are best friends and even neighbors. Ten players _ five from each team _ have already committed to colleges. Two future UCLA players on Loyola will be taking on a future UCLA player on Mira Costa. One future Ivy Leaguer on Loyola will be taking on a future Ivy Leaguer on Mira Costa. It's going to be that kind of a match.

"It's a spectacle," Loyola Coach Michael Boehle said.

Loyola's top player is UCLA-bound Jackson Bantle. Mira Costa's top player is Long Beach State-bound Scott Stephanoff.

Loyola is ranked No. 2 and Mira Costa No. 3 in the Southern Section Division 1 poll.

Admission is $6. There's also a parking fee if you park on the Loyola Marymount campus.

Boehle talks about the match in an interview on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable's Varsity Roundup show on Channel 101.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Harvard-Westlake junior earns medal at Cadet Fencing World Championships

Jake Raynis, a junior at Studio City Harvard-Westlake, has received a bronze medal in men's epee at the Cadet Fencing World Championships in Porec, Croatia.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Golf: Long Beach Wilson wins prestigious tournament

Long Beach Wilson has sent a clear message that its boys' golf team will be tough to beat in Southern Section competition after winning the 54-hole Champions Invitational last week at the Golf Club at Terra Lago in Indio.

Wilson finished at 890. Loyola was third at 895. Diamond Bar was fourth at 897.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Volleyball: Loyola-Mira Costa showdown is on April 12

Mark it down on your calendar. On Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at Loyola Marymount, Loyola High School will take on Mira Costa in their annual boys' volleyball showdown.

It's not just any sporting event. It's for supremacy in the South Bay, even though Loyola is far away from the beach. Lots of Loyola players live in the area, and it makes for one of the most entertaining nights of the sports season.

Loyola is ranked No. 2 and Mira Costa is No. 3 in the latest Southern Section Division 1 volleyball poll with two weeks to go before the match.

Just watching the crowd is entertaining enough, let alone the intensity of the players involved.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Wrestling: Royal to host City Section vs. Southern Section all-star event

Simi Valley Royal will be the site for an all-star high school wrestling event on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature 14 Ventura County wrestlers against 14 City Section wrestlers.

Royal, Simi Valley, Buena, Moorpark, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks will be participating from the Southern Section. San Fernando, Granada Hills, Bell, Sylmar, Carson and Birmingham will represent the City Section.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Softball: Great Oak is No. 1 in Division 1 poll

Great Oak remains No. 1 in the Southern Section Division 1 softball poll. Cypress is No. 2 and Corona Santiago No. 3.

Here's the link to complete rankings.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Boys' soccer: L.A. Salesian standout Steve Martinez commits to UCLA

Junior soccer standout Steve Martinez from L.A. Salesian has committed to UCLA.

Martinez scored 27 goals for Salesian and is a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy U16 team.

"Steve is an exceptional athlete and young man," Coach Mark Johnson said.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Prep golfer shoots nine-under par 62

Justin Pagila, a senior at Concord De La Salle, shot a nine-under par 62 on Monday at Diablo Country Club in Alamo.

He tied the course record.

Pagila will attend West Point in the fall.

Here's the link to a story from Yahoo Sports.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Wrestling: Joey Davis is NCAA Division II champion

Joey Davis, a Santa Fe High School graduate, has become an NCAA wrestling champion as a freshman at Notre Dame College.

He won the Division II championship at 165 pounds.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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