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The Southeast Lousiana-commit notched back-to-back hat tricks in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Division 3 girls soccer playoffs to help her team reach this weeks semifinals for the first time in school history.
The 5-foot-3 midfielder was a big part of helping the Titans reach the CIF-SS semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Jurupa Valley Patriot. She assisted on Skylar Cleveland’s goal that gave the Titans the lead in the second half and leads the team with 13 assists, while also scoring six goals.
Lara won a state championship at 150 pounds Saturday night in Visalia with a win over Tokay’s Madisen Bozovich in the final round of the two-day tournament. The All-American finished the season undefeated and is the back-to-back CIF Southern Section champion.
Tanabe’s clutch free throw shooting helped West Torrance secure its third straight trip to a CIF Southern Section final. The senior knocked down four free throws in the waning minutes of a comeback win over Valencia in the CIF-SS Division 1AA quarterfinal and capped her team’s semifinal victory over Redondo with two more late free throws.
The defensive standout has played an intergral role for the Cougars (18-1-5), who have advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. She starts at center back and has been part of a defensive that has posted three straight shutouts in the playoffs, two of those coming last week as the Cougars beat Foothill 1-0 and Long Beach Poly 2-0.
Redlands East Valley
As far as varsity debuts go, Carey couldn’t have been much better. The Wildcats’ catcher was one of the big keys to REV’s season-opening 16-6 comeback win over La Mirada in the Brea Olinda Tournament. REV trailed 6-1 to start before taking the lead in the fifth inning with 11 runs. Carey gave REV the lead for good with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth. She went 3 for 4 including a double and 4 RBIs.
Castillo captured the CIF state title in the 170-pound division by pinning Tokay’s Alexis Cavero. Castillo’s performance helped Birmingham record a fifth-place team finish, the best area finish in the meet’s seven-year history.
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