Category Archives: St. Bernard Catholic High
Below is today first round girls basketball games involving westside teams. Seeding is in parenthesis. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated
LA City Section – Division I: (16) Maya Angelou at (1) Fairfax; (14) Taft at (3) Palisades; (10) Hamilton at (7) South Gate
Division II:(14) Bravo at (3) University; (13) Sotomayor at (4) Westchester; (5) Dorsey at (12) Venice
Below is the scores from the first round of the boys basketball playoffs from yesterday.
Yorba Linda 63, (6) Beverly Hills 58 (OT)
(3) Mission Prep 82, Milken Community 58
(7) Pacific Hills 65, La Salle 48
(3) Windward 100, California Military 51
(6) Crossroads 63, Sage Hill 44
(7) Brentwood 81, CAMS 25
(10) St. Monica 75, Crean Lutheran 49
St. Bernard alum and former Santa Monica College assistant coach David Banuelos was officially named the new football coach and athletic director at Verbum Dei, yesterday.
Banuelos spent last year in charge of Compton College where they were 0-10 in his only season. Tarters have gone 2-48 in the last five years including three winless seasons.
Banuelos had two stints as head coach at Pierce College in 1999-2000 and 2002-05. He has also been an offensive coordinator at LA Southwest, LA Valley and Santa Monica College.
St. Bernard was hurt by Serra’s length and was unable to match them in the rebounding category, losing 79-57 on Monday night and extending their losing streak to three.
The Vikings (7-16, 1-6 Del Rey League) had a hard time battling on the boards with the taller Cavalier players giving up easy second and third chance scoring opportunities. St. Bernard’s inability to rebound led to a 33-20 halftime deficit.
“I thought where their size bothered us was second chance points for them, we really had a tough time rebounding the ball. Some of their best offense was a missed basket,” St. Bernard head coach Mitch Runco said.
LA Sports Journal’s All-Westside Football Team:
Coach of the Year: Angelo Gasca, Venice
Player of the Year: QB – Alexander Diamont, Venice, Sr; RB – Kwame Duggins, Santa Monica, Sr
Offensive Player of the Year: Stanley Norman, Culver City, Jr
Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Dews, Venice, Sr
Quarterback of the Year: Myles Bowen, Fairfax, Sr
Running Back of the Year: Joey Velez, Palisades, Sr.
Wide Receiver of the Year: Austin Webster, Windward, Sr
Linebacker of the Year: Terrance Jackson, Santa Monica, Sr.
Defensive Back of the Year: Kevin Person, Santa Monica, Sr
Offensive Lineman of the Year: John Dewig, Venice, Sr
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Jameal Baker, University, Sr.
This week we at the Los Angeles Sports Journal will announce the 45 players selected to our first-ever All-Westside Football Team.
A list like this has not been done in more than 15 years and it was a difficult process to highlight only some of the great players in the area.
Throughout the fall, our reporters and photographers have watched all 13 football teams on the westside. From some of the larger schools such as Culver City, Santa Monica and Venice, to the small ones in St. Monica, St. Bernard and Windward.
Though we did use the All-League teams that are selected by the coaches as a guide, we did not always agree with their choices especially when it came to the top awards.
However out of the 45 players selected, only one did not make first-team All-League.
Eleven people were highlighted for the following awards: Westside Player(s) of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Quarterback of the Year, Running Back of the Year, Wide Receiver of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, Defensive Back of the Year, Offensive Lineman of the Year, and Defensive Lineman of the Year
Here is the following announcement schedule for the Los Angeles Sports Journal’s All-Westside Football Team:
Girls Basketball: St Bernard’s Demoria White has 39 points including game-winner in OT win over Buckley
After coming back from an 11-point deficit to force overtime, St Bernard senior Demoria White had only two thoughts going through her head.
“First off we can’t lose in our home gym,” she said. “[Second,] what do we do as a team to come back?”
White had the answer for both.
The point guard scored 39 points and single-handedly put the team on her shoulders including making the game-winning shot in the Vikings’ 61-60 victory over Buckley on Thursday.
Trailing by a single point with under 20 seconds remaining in overtime, White dribbled down the court slashing through the Buckley defense for an acrobatic lay-up giving her team the lead for good.
Their last tournament of the year didn’t turn out quite how head coach Mitch Runco expected from his young team as St. Bernard showed their youth dropping their latest game against Centennial 52-45.
Julian Ross had 14 points in the game for St Bernard as they held a one-point lead at halftime, but their inability play solid defense in the second half proved costly.
Centennial had more points in the third quarter (20) than the entire first half (19).
Boys Basketball Roundup: Westchester’s Elijah Stewart has 37 points; Azzam one victory short of tying LA City record
Elijah Stewart had the hot hand for Westchester and the Comets needed every point in a 66-58 over St. Edward (OH) to advance to the semifinals of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.
The LMU-signee had 37 points and eight rebounds while making four-five shots from behind-the-arc. He had 21 points at halftime.
Layon Gooden also finished in double-figures for the Comets with 13 points.
The victory puts head coach Ed Azzam only one victory behind Willie West for the most wins in LA City Section history. Azzam can break the record of 803 wins if Westchester can takes the tournament title.
Next up is Capital Christian who defeated Beverly Hills 62-49 and had a win over Etiwanda yesterday.
Other westside scores…
Edison 68, LACES 51
Julian Ross scored 18 points, grabbed six rebounds and, for good measure, jammed in a monster dunk as St. Bernard defeated Culver City 69-64, Friday night and extended their winning streak to three games
“This win right here it did a lot for us,” Ross said. “This was a good team that we were facing and we came out with a lot of intensity. So we just kept it up, we kept the lead up and just pushed forward from there.”
St. Bernard head coach Mitch Runco was very pleased with his young team’s performance and gives credit to their home-court advantage.
“Our kids we just had a lot of energy,” Runco said. “And I thought we just had a little more energy than them. We played a little bit harder so I give credit to that. I think us being at home played a good role in that as well.”
It would not have mattered if the Vikings were the visiting team from the awful performance Culver City was putting on. The Centaurs had 10 turnovers in the first quarter which put them in a 43-32 hole at halftime.
Even with Harvard-Westlake’s Derrick Newton out, St. Bernard had difficulty defending the paint and rebounding in their 64-52 loss Tuesday night in the Jim Nakabara Classic at University High.
St. Bernard head coach Mitch Runco wasn’t pleased with his team’s defensive performance.
“I thought this was as bad a defense as we’ve played all year,” Runco said.
The Wolverines’ Alex Copeland gashed a weak Viking interior, frequently dashing by defenders on his way to an easy lay-up. So Runco tried doubling the junior guard, which proved to be of no effect, as he passed to open teammates for jump shots. Copeland stepped up in Newton’s absence and finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
University had blown two double-figure lead in the game, but all of that was forgotten when Christopher Tafoya jumper with 30 seconds left help them beat St. Bernard 60-59 in the opening day of the Jim Nakabara Classic.
Terrence Powell tip in gave St. Bernard a late lead until Tafoya drilled a wide-open jumper near the free throw line for the game-winning shot.
That basket was the only one Tafoya made in the second half. He finished with 12 points.
University’s “Jim Nakabara Classic” eight-team tournament begins today at will run through Saturday December 14th.
Windward, St. Bernard are among the westside schools participating in the tournament.
The schedule is below:
Boys Basketball: Westchester No. 1 in westside basketball poll; Fairfax, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Windward round out top five
Westchester’s second-place finish at their home tournament put the Comets on top of our initial westside boys basketball poll.
The Comets have early season wins over Long Beach Poly, Serra and St. John Bosco.
Fairfax’s third-place finish at the Santa Monica tournament earned the Lions the number two spot. Brentwood is third as their only loss on the year was to Fairfax.
The full westside top ten is below:
After keeping everyone in suspense for the last few months, including her own family and teammates, Windward center Kristen Simon made a dramatic announcement early yesterday morning on Instagram when she selected to play college basketball at USC next year.
The move came on the first day that seniors could signing their National Letter of Intent to colleges.
Simon had kept quiet about her debate between Cal and USC before saying she was going to be a Trojan at 9 a.m. along with tweeting a picture with teammate Jordin Canada who will play at UCLA next year.
“USC felt like family. It was a pretty close decision that is why it took so long. There were days I was leaning toward Cal and others it was USC,” Simon said.” [It's an] up and coming program with a lot to prove and want to put them on the map like we did at Windward.”
The move even caught Canada by surprise.
“Personally, I thought she was going to Cal,” Canada said.