GRIFFIN SPORTS: Los Al BB falls to Tesoro at CDM Beach Bash, Girls BB improves to 6-1


The Los Al Griffins Boys basketball team fell to undefeated Tesoro 63-49 in a second-round match at the Corona Del Mar Beach bash Tournament on Wednesday night at Newport Harbor gym.

Tesoro improved to 10-0 while Los Alamitos fell to 6-3.  Los Al, which still has a chance of finishing in fifth place in the 16-team tourney, gets a day off before playing Edison on Friday afternoon at 4:30 on the Corona del Mar court.

The Chargers fell to Mater Dei 66-54 yesterday, but at one point led 43-40 in the third quarter before Mater Dei outscored the 26-11 to put the game away.

Friday’s championship round semi-finals have the county’s No. 1 team, Mater Dei (4-1), playing against No. 14 Tesoro (10-0) at 6 p.m. at Corona del Mar, and JSerra (4-1) takes on Etiwanda (8-0) at 7:30 p.m.  JSerra advances because their scheduled opponent, Crean Lutheran, had to withdraw from the tournament because of some Covid test results. The tourney director got a quick substitute — undefeated Foothill — and the Knights defeated JSerra 69-64.  But because of other schedule commitments, Foothill could not move on.



The Los Al Varsity Ice Hockey team will play Damien High on Friday at 5pm at the Great Park Ice Arena in Irvine.  The Griffin Varsity current sports a 6-4 record, fifth best in the 12-team conference. Cooper Laws is their leading scorer with 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists), followed by Tristan Winterscheid (13 points), and Benjamin Nyssen and Troy Smith with 12 apiece.

The JVs sport a 6-1 mark, second best in the Lincoln Conference.  Peter Fabian and Omar Mohammed lead the team in scoring with 6 points.

High School Ice Hockey is a club sport sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks.  Los Al fields a Varsity team in Division 3, and a JV team,  Both are composed primarily of Los Al students along with a few students from nearby schools that don’t offer hockey programs.


The Los Al Boys Varsity Wrestling squad competes on Friday and Saturday at the Mann Classic at Marina High School. The Girls JV Wrestling squad travels to Mater Dei on Saturday for a match against the Monarchs.  Their full schedule can be seen by clicking the image to the left.




The Los Al Girls Water Polo Varsity downed Foothill 9-7 on Tuesday  to even their season mark at 1-1.   The Griffins, who opened the season on November 30 with a tough 9-8 loss to Orange Lutheran, next play against Los Altos in the Wolfpack Holiday Tournament.

The Griffins feature some seniors who have committed to pay in College Division I.  Center Lindsey Harris has signed to play at Cal (UC Berkeley) next year and sisters Sofia and Sydney Munatones have signed to play at UC San Diego, which this year joins the Big West Conference and will move up to Division I.   Sofia Munatones and Harris have both been two-time All County selections.

Harris, a 6-1 center from Rossmoor, Calif., is a two-time member of the U.S Development National Team, and upon her signing day, Cal Coach Coralie Simmons said, “Lindsey is a quintessential center with tremendous upside,” Simmons said. “Her strength and explosiveness will blend well with our returning squad. We look forward to her growth and presence in and out of the water. She’s a natural leader, who leads by working hard and creating strong relationships.”




Both the Varsity and JV Song & cheer head into their competition season this weekend with competitons at the Song & Cheer Winter Classic at Segerstrom High School.  Song and Cheer both have dual track season with a CIF competition and a national-level “season” to qualify for the Nationals held each February in Florida.


Courtesy photo Pictured back row, left to right: Head Coach Maya Kennedy, Emy Chen, Sydney Boyd, Alex Tarver, Tamila Fanene, Lael Sells, Megan Lee, Kayli Liew, and Assistant Coach Ava Yale. Front: Theresa Fernandez, Emie Fell, Kassidy Beach, Kaitlyn Koehler, and Elise Marquez.

The Los Al Griffins girls basketball team improved their record to 6-1 with a 52-22 win over Oxford on Tuesday night.    More details are unavailable at this time.  The Lady Griffins, who broke into the OC Top 25 this week, return to action with a home game against Canyon this Saturday at 2pm.

The Griffin starters are all sophomores, with four returning payers from last year’s team: Kayli Lew, Megan Lee, Sydney Boyd, and Kassidy Beach.  Newcomer Elise Marquez rounds out the starting five,

The team’s only loss so far has been to Sage Hill, a team ranked among the Top 12 in Division 2AA. That came in the opening round of the Villa Park tournament, but the team rallied to reach the Silver Championship, defeating Villa Park behind Liew’s 19 points.  Lee and Beach added 14 and 13, respectively.

Los Al will compete in the Garden Grove Tournament during the holiday break.

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