Girls Basketball: Sierra Canyon is 5-0 to start the year

Trailblazers have won five consecutive games

By Jacob H. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon girls basketball team had a successful trip to the Lone Star state.

The Trailblazers improved to 5-0 overall after two wins against South Grand Prairie and DeSoto in the Thanksgiving Holiday Hoopfest at Duncanville HS.

First up was a 56-34 victory against South Grand Prairie.

MacKenly Randolph scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had three assists to lead Sierra Canyon.

Jerzy Robinson poured in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Emilia Krstevski had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Both are only sophomores.

In a 52-43 victory against DeSoto, again it was Randolph leading the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Robinson had 15 points and eight rebounds, New Jersey-transfer Ashley Redd had eight points, three rebounds and three assists. Krstevski added 10 points and three blocks.

Coach Alicia Komaki takes her team to the Fresno-area for a game against Clovis West this Saturday before a trip to Hawaii to play in the Iolani Classic.

Boys Basketball: Sierra Canyon starts the year 4-0 overall

Sierra Canyon has won four consecutive games

By Jacob H. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team has won four consecutive games to start the new year.

In the past week, the Trailblazers knocked off Highland of Palmdale 97-41 and easily outlasted Clovis North near Fresno 79-39. Both games were running clock.

Justin Pippen scored 24 points and Majok Chuol added 20 points to lead Sierra Canyon over Highland. Cal St. Northridge-bound Noah WIlliams had 11 points, Jayden Alexander had 11 points and Bryce Cofield 10 to lead five players in double figures and nice, balanced attack for the Trailblazers.

The mid-week game was a tune-up for a trip to Fresno. Sierra Canyon played at the Save Mart Center (home to Fresno St.) and had no issues in an easy win. Williams scored 22 points and was named game MVP as the Trailblazers overwhelmed the Tar Heels.

Alexander had 19 points, including three 3-pointers, Cofield had 16 points and Pippen 11.

Sierra Canyon led 38-16 at halftime.

The Trailblazers return home for a nonleague game Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Moorpark and then will travel to Arizona for a game against Desert Mountain at Chaparral HS in the HoopHall West event.

The team is still awaiting the return of six key players.

Arkansas-commit Isaiah Elohim is injured, Ethan Johnson and Stephan Kankole will be available around Christmas. Michael Baba from San Gabriel Academy and Alemany could be cleared this week, Bryce James will be back Wednesday and Kamron Martin is back after a short stint at Cleveland HS.

Girls Tennis: Sierra Canyon duo of Betty Chen and Lyric Wilson advance to next week’s championships in Claremont

Chen and Wilson keep winning

By Jacob H. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon girls tennis twosome of Betty Chen and sophomore Lyric Wilson keep winning matches.

The outstanding duo has had no issues in winning its first three matches of the Southern Section individuals doubles tournament and has advanced to next week’s championships.

Chen and Wilson knocked off Esther Oyadela and Maribela Cosico of California High without surrendering a game and did the same to Chloe Bronilla and Mia Rafael of Cerritos.

Up Next was a sweep of La Canada’s Kaylee Thornburgh and Jessica Simonian 6-3, 6-1.

“To put it in perspective, the doubles journey started about a month ago with 900 teams across So. Cal.,” Sierra Canyon girls tennis coach Carlo Bertumen said. “The three matches the girls won today was the top 200 teams spread across five different sites. Now, the girls will play Nov. 29th in Claremont in the final 20.”

Chen and Wilson winning is nothing new.

Both girls dominated singles play during the regular season to help Sierra Canyon claim a second consecutive Angelus League championship and teamed up to win the league doubles title.

Now, the duo has bigger fish to fry trying to win the school’s first ever tennis title in any individual/team competition.

Girls Basketball: Sierra Canyon wins Harvard-Westlake tournament

Sierra Canyon wins three games at Harvard-Westlake tournament

By Jacob H. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon girls basketball team started the season off right with three consecutive wins and won the championship of the Harvard-Westlake tournament.

The Trailblazers (3-0) knocked off Santiago of Corona 72-52 in the final.

Mackenly Randolph had 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocks to lead the championship win.

Louisville-bound Izela Arenas had 16 points and eight rebounds. Jerzy Robinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

In earlier victories, Arenas had 27 points and five rebounds in a 75-56 semifinal win against Brentwood.

Randolph had 15 points and six rebounds. Robinson had 18 points and four rebounds.

In the season opener against Mark Keppel, Arenas had 28 points, four rebounds and four steals. Randolph had 24 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

Robinson poured in 15 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The girls head to Texas over the Thanksgiving holiday for a game.

Boys Basketball: Sierra Canyon starts the year with two wins

Sierra Canyon wins two games in the opening week

By Jacob H. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team took care of business with two victories in the opening week of the season.

The Trailblazers had no issues with St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs and Rancho Christian of Temecula.

In the 102-42 thrashing of St. Paul, Justin Pippen had 24 points, Noah Williams had 22 points and Bryce Cofield 20.

Sierra Canyon made 16 3-pointers in the contest. The halftime score was 63-25. It was 82-36 after three quarters. A running clock was used in the fourth quarter.

Osami Maciel had 14 points and Tong Mawein 12 to lead Patrick Roy’s club. Roy was the head coach at Inglewood when Paul Pierce was there as a standout player.

Saturday’s game against Rancho Christian was played at Pierce College in Woodland Hills and the Trailblazers won 79-50.

Pippen had 23 points, Cofield had 21 points and Jayden Alexander had 17 to lead Sierra Canyon (2-0).

Brian Amenueke had 23 points to lead Rancho Christian.

Sierra Canyon is still without the services of Arkansas-bound Isaiah Elohim and transfers Ethan Johnson (Chaminade), Stephan Kankole (Crespi) and Michael Baba (Alemany).

Elohin is nursing a knee injury.

Sierra Canyon hosts Highland of Palmdale Tuesday before a tough road game against Clovis North in Fresno at the Save Mart Center (Fresno St.)

Football: Sierra Canyon loses to Mater Dei in Div. 1 semifinal at Santa Ana Bowl

Sierra Canyon loses to Mater Dei 42-14

By Jacob h. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon football team’s first ever Division 1 semifinal appearance didn’t go well Friday night at Santa Ana Bowl.

The Trailblazers fumbled on its opening possession and Mater Dei never looked back in an easy 42-14 victory.

The win puts Mater Dei in the top division championship game for the seventh consecutive year where it will face powerhouse program and Trinity League rival St. John Bosco.

The game will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at LA Memorial Coliseum.

Stanford-bound quarterback Elijah Brown completed 13 of 20 passes for 199 yards, including two touchdowns. Brown threw one interception.

Jeilani Davis forced a fumble, Chuck McDonald returned it to the two-yard line and Ajon Bryant scored two plays later. That was effectively it.

Bryant’s 55-yard touchdown run a short time later made it 14-0 and it felt a lot worse.

Dane Dunn scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter but the Monarchs (11-1) responded with a Jordan Davison rushing touchdown and a 14-yard Brown to Marcus Harris touchdown pass.

It was 42-7 at the end of the third quarter and a running clock was used for the final 12 minutes.

Bryant finished with 106 yards on 9 carries and two scores.

Wyatt Becker was 18 of 39 for 196 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown to Jae’on Young. young also had an interception.

Dunn finished with 88 yards on 16 carries.

Sierra Canyon was hampered not having 6-foot-8, 360-pound tackle Ashdon Wnetrazk and freshman phenom Jaxen Stokes.

Mater Dei lost to St. John Bosco, 28-0, during league play.

Mater Dei is 4-2 against SJB in finals.

 

Boys Basketball: Sierra Canyon 2023-2024 season preview

Sierra Canyon Boys Basketball ready for new season

By Jacob H. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team is ready to forget about last year and focus on the new season.

After a third-place finish in the Mission League and zero wins in the Open Division, the Trailblazers are looking forward to making things right.

Isaiah Elohim, Justin Pippen and Noah Williams are the senior leaders. Elohim is committed to Arkansas. Pippen is drawing huge interest from Division 1 schools and Williams recently pledged to Cal St. Northridge.

7-foot center Majok Chuol will be counted on to rebound, alter shots and be a huge presence in the paint. Bryce Cofield is back and primed for a big junior year. Cofield has all the tools necessary to become a next level talent.

The team will be bolstered by some impact transfers.

Ethan Johnson is a 3-point sharpshooter from Chaminade, Stephan Kankole is a big sophomore guard from Crespi, Jordan Askew is sophomore guard from Corona Centennial and Donovan Averitte is a guard from Utah.

Jayden Alexander and Chris Cain could provide valuable minutes off the bench.

The Trailblazers have made the Southern Section Open Division every year it has been in existence, the only school to do so. It will have to knock off Notre Dame or Harvard-Westlake to keep that streak possibly alive.

The schedule will see the Trailblazers travel to Fresno, Arizona, Florida and Santa Barbara.

Sierra Canyon will have quality games against Rancho Christian, Clovis North, Desert Mountain and the Mission League gauntlet. The team will play in tournaments hosted by Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara.

The Mission League tournament is Feb. 5-9. The playoffs start Feb. 16th.

Football: Sierra Canyon wins first ever Division 1 playoff game, 37-20 over Santa Margarita

Sierra Canyon is now 11-0 overall

By Jacob H. Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon football program’s first time in the Division 1 playoffs got off to a great start after a 37-20 victory against Santa Margarita Friday night in Chatsworth.

Wyatt Becker completed 13 of 18 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Trailblazers (11-0). Becker threw a 48-yard scoring pass to Jae’on Young but also threw two interceptions.

It was Sierra Canyon’s defense that came up big several times stopping scoring threats by the Eagles (5-6).

Ruben Gamboa knocked away a pass from John Gazzaniga on fourth down with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter with the Trailblazers clinging to a 21-14 lead.

Terrell “Choppa” Cooks scored a touchdown from four yards out early in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 27-14.

Santa Margarita had a chance to pull within a score but Trent Mosley was topped a yard from the end zone with 7:39 remaining.

The Eagles had many chances. Santa Margarita was in the red zone several times, recovered a muffed punt, recovered an onside kick and had two interceptions.

Sierra Canyon had a good, balanced offensive attack. Dane Dunn rushed for 113 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns. His 10-yard scoring run capped the game with three minutes remaining.

Cooks had 102 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 28-yard scoring run to open the night.

Sierra Canyon got off to a quick start leading 21-0 on Cooks’ run, Becker’s pass and Dunn’s 3-yard run just 10 minutes into the game.

Sierra Canyon coach Jon Ellinghouse won his 170th game.

The Trailblazers now face Mater Dei of Santa Ana in the semifinals Nov. 17th.

 

Girls Volleyball: Sierra Canyon finishes 34-8 overall, another solid season under coach Stefanie Wigfall

Sierra Canyon girls volleyball finishes 34-8

By Jacob H, Pollon

 

The Sierra Canyon girls volleyball team had its season come to a close Wednesday night after a 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-14 setback against Mira Costa in the Open Division state regional playoffs in Manhattan Beach.

The loss was the third in the last four matches for the Trailblazers (34-8) which won the Mission League for a second consecutive year and participated in the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

Last year, Sierra Canyon won the SS Division 1 crown with a sweep of Mira Costa.

This year, the Trailblazers went 1-2 in the SS pool-play, losing to league-rival Marymount in five sets and eventual SS champion Mater Dei in a sweep. Sierra Canyon’s lone playoff victory came against Palos Verdes in five sets.

Sierra Canyon graduates seven seniors, including Boston College-bound Danica Rach, George Washington-bound Taylor Treahy and Hawaii-bound Maddie Way.

Also departing are Sade Ilawole, Halie McGinest, Lola Brown and Rachael Reyes.

Sierra Canyon returns libero Lauren Lynch and Hanna McGinest as key pieces going into next year. Big things will be expected from rising freshman Eva Jeffries.

The Trailblazers had an 18-match best of-five sets winning streak and hadn’t lost in California until the playoff match against Marymount. Their only previous losses came in tournament matches in Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada.

Equestrian team makes great strides

The SC Equestrian finished strong after the first two shows of the school year on October 28 and 29. With 69 schools participating and over 175 riders, four members of the SC Equestrian Team excelled amongst stiff competition.

Eleanor DeForest, (6th), Helena DeForest (8th), Cate Lewin (7th) and Lucy Russell (11th) each rode well. Cate and Helena carried the team on the first day, each placing third overall in Novice dressage and Freshman divisions, respectively. Eleanor and Lucy pulled through on day two, placing third overall in the Novice division and champion in Varsity dressage, respectively.  As a result of their combined efforts, Sierra Canyon is tied for 4th out of 69 schools in the high point rider category.

The next shows are March 23 and 24, 2024 at Hansen Dam Horse Park. With more team members likely to compete, we are hopeful to do even better and improve on our current standing.