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La Habra’s dream comes true against Los Alamitos

La Habra's Eric Lancaster-Garcia comes down with the game-winning catch on a 44-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass with no time left on the clock in Friday's game against Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.

La Habra’s Eric Lancaster-Garcia comes down with the game-winning catch on a 44-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass with no time left on the clock in Friday’s game against Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.

LONG BEACH – It was a moment scripted in Eric Barriere’s dreams and it came true in dramatic fashion Friday night, sending La Habra into a CIF championship-worthy celebration in September.

And who could blame the No. 8 Highlanders after the stunning finish to their nonleague game against No. 7 Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium.

Barriere threw a 44-yard touchdown on a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game to wide receiver Eric Lancaster-Garcia to lift La Habra to a 37-32 victory.

In typical Barriere fashion, he scrambled across the field to his left on the play, then hoisted a half-the-field pass toward the opposite front, corner of the end zone to Lancaster-Garcia, who caught the ball cleanly in a crowd of about five players.

La Habra (3-1) stormed Lancaster-Garcia in the end zone in a wild celebration.

“I dream of feeling like this, a game like this,” said Barriere, whose TD pass came out of a timeout with two seconds left. “Before the play, I just felt confident. I knew we were going to win this game.

“This is my first (Hail Mary). Finally doing one is pretty crazy.”

Barriere’s heroics capped a back-and-forth second half. Los Alamitos (2-1) took a 32-31 lead with 47 seconds left as Randall Gonzalez scored on a 11-yard touchdown run – on his only carry – and tight end Drew Platt caught a 2-point conversion pass from quarterback Jack Telenko.

The Highlanders started the ensuing drive at their 19. Despite a sack on first down by Joey Noble and a near-interception on second down, Barriere completed two passes to reach the Griffins 44 with two seconds left.

“Very overwhelmed,” said Lancaster-Garcia, who hugged a reporter afterward. “I just did what I was coached to do. I went up for the ball. No regrets. Came down with it. … I didn’t catch any other ball but I came down with it when it counted.”

La Habra led, 24-7, at halftime, passing up a short field goal attempt to take an unsuccessful shot at the end zone.

Los Alamitos surged in the second half behind its defense, Telenko and running back Schuyler Whitehead.

Whitehead scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 14 yards in the third quarter, the latter coming off a fourth-and-1 stand by the Griffins at midfield. Early in the fourth, Whitehead knocked Barriere out of the game for one play, which La Habra fumbled away at its 45.

Los Alamitos drove for a 25-yard field goal by Jacob Gasser with 7:38 left in the fourth, tying the score, 24-24.

Penalties were costly for the Griffins. On the drive, Whitehead had a touchdown run negated by a holding call.

La Habra flexed its ground muscle on the ensuing possession, driving from its 8 for a 12-yard TD run byMadison Wheeler with 4:50 left in the fourth. The extra-point by Holden Remme gave La Habra a 31-24 lead.

But the Highlanders still had to push to the final play to beat the Griffins and show what they learned from a loss against Mission Viejo.

“It just shows how tough we are, especially from last week (against Mission Viejo),” Barriere said. “I felt we should have won that game.”

Before Friday’s game, La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta said, “You can’t leave the door open against good teams.”

Barriere slammed the door on the Griffins on the final play but he also ran for two touchdowns in the first half and threw another.

His two touchdowns were separated by about two minutes in the second quarter. The second one came after an interception by cornerback Michael Walters at the 50 as the Griffins mixed up a pass route. Two plays laterd bat the Griffins 44, Barriere ran right on an option, faked a pitch to juke Whitehead and burst into the secondary. He broke a tackle at the 25 and raced into the end zone for 21-7 lead.

La Habra hitting the links with first girls golf team

By Shanin Thomas
La Habra Journal

The La Habra High School Highlanders will field their first women’s golf team for the 2015 season.
Last year, La Habra High School created a women’s golf club in preparation of creating a competitive team for this upcoming fall season.

2015 LHHS Girls Golf Team

About 15 girls joined the club with little to no experience but lots of enthusiasm and interest.
Head Coach Cody Verdugo said that most of the girls had never played before. “Only three girls had golf clubs, but at least 10 took a liking to golf. I am very pleased with the growth we have seen,” he said.
The golf club at La Habra High School included instructions for the basics of the sport. Not only did the girls in the club learn to hit a plastic golf ball in the football stadium, Coach Verdugo also taught the girls golf etiquette.
“Golf is like an onion. There are layers to the sport. It is not just about hitting the golf ball,” Verdugo said.

Interest in girls golf has not only sparked at La Habra High School but in other Freeway League schools as well.
Fullerton, Sunny Hills and Buena Park have decided to field a girls golf team this season. They will join Troy, which already had a team in place.

Troy High School will be the most competitive women’s golf team this upcoming season because they previously fielded a girls’ golf team and have competitive returners.

Mandy Arriola finishes a swing during practice. The lefty looks to help lead the Lady Highlanders during their inaugural season.

Mandy Arriola finishes a swing during practice. The lefty looks to help lead the Lady Highlanders during their inaugural season.

In fact, last season Troy’s women’s team ranked No. 1 in Orange County, No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section, and No. 5 in the state of California.

Preseason will begin in late August and league competition will start on Sept. 13.
For Verdugo, the decision to move from being on the coaching staff of La Habra Football to take up the challenge of starting a girls golf team was to follow his passion.

Verdugo fell in love with the sport of golf in his senior year of college at Chapman University. Although he has played football his entire life, golf has become a sport he has become passionate about.
Additionally, Verdugo’s son and three daughters have also taken a liking to the sport and participate competitively as golfers.

Coach Verdugo proved his coaching ability last season as the La Habra men’s golf team finished eighth in the Southern division, the best finish in the school’s history. The Whittier Daily News honored Verdugo as 2015 Coach of the Year.

The amount of money invested in women’s golf college scholarships is another reason Coach Verdugo has created a women’s golf team to accompany the men’s team.

Although the growth rate of participation of women has almost tripled men in the last few years, women still make up less than 25 percent of golfers, according to athleticscholarships.net.

According to scholarshipstats.com, in 2014 the number of male high school golfers is double the amount of female golfers. However, Division I universities offer six scholarships to female golfers as opposed to the four and a half to male golfers.

Alyssa Heidrich takes a swing during practice.

That growth rate was shown during the first day of La Habra’s women’s golf tryouts Wednesday afternoon at Westridge Golf Club.

Twelve returners from the golf club were present as well as eight additional girls. The additional girls who showed up at tryouts did not know much golf etiquette, but they were athletic, Coach Verdugo said.

“It would be rare for someone to show up and be completely ready,” Verdugo said.

Coach Verdugo is looking to field a team between 15 and 20 girls. Although only seven players compete in a match for both varsity and junior varsity, 20 girls is a good number to manage girls who are still developing their skills as golfers, he said.

“Returners will be the foundation of the varsity team,” Coach Verdugo said.

The Lady Highlanders hit the links for the first time on September 9 against Empire League champion Valencia at Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia at 4 p.m.

 

2015 Lady Highlander Golf Team Roster

Mandy Arriola
Alex Barber
Nikki Chamberlain
Kira Cauley
Alyssa Enriquez
Haylee Enriquez
Alyssa Heidrich
Aurora Heuermann
Charlotte Irirzarry
Samantha Parr
Janet Romero
Julia Sanchez
Jena Schuh
Dominique Tosunian
Galina Tressler
Frankie Valencia

Sonora’s Simon Lamar is Swimmer of the Year

Swimmer of the year, Sonora's Simon Lamar in La Habra, Calif., on Friday, June 12, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Swimmer of the year, Sonora’s Simon Lamar in La Habra, Calif., on Friday, June 12, 2015.

First impressions go along way, and no one in recent years had an opening impression like Lamar did in 2015.

Lamar’s adaption to high school competition included winning a CIF-Southern Section individual title and leading the Raiders to a top 20 finish in Division 2. For his efforts, Lamar is the Whittier Daily News Boys Swimmer of the Year.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Lamar said. “I’ve just tried to swim as hard as I could. Once league came around, I was still a little bit skeptical about my races, but I (set personal records).

“This season overall was pretty fun. I was really glad that I could swim well.”

Lamar did more than just swim well. He was stellar.

The freshman qualified for two events at the Division 2 meet, taking 12th in the 200-yard freestyle, before sharing the 500 free title at 4 minutes, 29.63 seconds, which was a personal record. Read more

Dear College Grads: Start Saving for Your Dream House Now and Other Unsolicited Advice for Your Future

Grads HouseCongratulations, new grads: You’re free! After four long years at college, it’s time to move on to the next stage of your life: adulthood.

That means you get to start thinking about exciting things like your first job, a 401(k), and—sexiest of all—homeownership. And while you might still be sleeping off those Jell-O shots from last night, it’s time to wake up, chug some water, and start preparing yourself financially—if buying a house happens to be one of your long-term goals.

Start preparing now, and buying a house won’t be a struggle. “If you make good money, you have a clean credit rating, and you’ve got enough money set aside for the down payment, buying a house is not really a big hassle,” says Stewart Koesten, the chief executive and executive chairman of KHC Wealth Management in Overland Park, KS.

Sounds easy, right? Make money, save money, have good credit. Ta-da, a house! Not so much: Getting your finances in order for homeownership can be a challenge, even if your goal isn’t a luxury mansion. Here are seven ways to start achieving those goals right now.

1. Get your credit score in order

Sure, your mailbox may be overflowing with credit card offers and the idea of “paying the bills” still seems a bit confusing, but now’s the time to start getting your credit score in shape. One simple way to start building a history: Get your first credit card, because the credit bureaus consider the average age of your accounts when evaluating your score—and you’ll want a great score when it’s time to buy a house. Read more

MLB Baseball Draft has it’s eye on Josh Staumont, La Habra High grad

Josh Staumont - La Habra Highschool

Josh Staumont – La Habra Highschool

The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has become a prime-time TV event, with only the first two (and subsequent compensation) rounds taking place on Monday beginning at 4 p.m. Rounds 3-10 take place Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m., with the final 30 rounds taking place Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. Several players from Southern California could be picked before it gets dark Monday.

Headlining that list is UC Santa Barbara junior right-hander Dillon Tate, a Claremont High product, but Cal Poly Pomona junior right-hander Cody Ponce (Damien) and San Dimas High right-hander Peter Lambert are all ranked among the top 50 draft prospects by MLB.com. Read more

La Habra High School Students Announced “Think Green Contest” Winners

La Habra High School students, from left, Joseph Luna, Rachel Kirylo, Amber Peterson, took home awards for their ideas on energy savings, which they demonstrated through essays and drawings.

La Habra High School students, from left, Joseph Luna, Rachel Kirylo, Amber Peterson, took home awards for their ideas on energy savings, which they demonstrated through essays and drawings.

RighTime® Home Services a residential heating and air conditioning company serving Orange County and Los Angeles and its partner, the La Habra High School announced today the winners of its Think Green Contest. The contest encouraged students from grades 9 through 12 to submit written essays, drawings, models, etc. between March 1 and April 30, 2015 demonstrating energy-saving ideas for a chance to win cash prizes.

The three winners selected include: Read more

7 PAINLESS WAYS TO KEEP THE HOUSE COOL & YOUR ENERGY BILL LOW THIS SUMMER

Keep Cool This SummerWhen the weather heats up this summer in SoCal, we’ll all be desperately trying to keep the temperature down at home. If you don’t have air conditioning, or if you’re trying to save on the cooling bills this presents a particularly sticky situation.

Some rooms are naturally hotter than others based on their location and size but fortunately there are some easy ways to keep the hottest room cool this summer. You don’t have to sweat it out to save money or pay an arm and a leg to keep the air conditioning running all day – there’s plenty of painless tricks that can keep you cool.

Let’s take a look at a few. Read more

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