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HS Football: Murrieta Valley Blasts Past Moorpark 28-7

Published on: Sep 26, 2015

The Nighthawks Defense Bends but Finishes Off the Musketeers

12063875_542284462585511_2720936346457495213_nThe Murrieta Valley defense was on the field all night long as Moorpark controlled the ball with their slow, pounding running game. The Nighthawk 's dodged several Musketeer scoring opportunities as they held Moorpark to a single touchdown. Big defensive plays and a efficent offensive attack were the keysto last night's victory.


11227599_542284585918832_655093681832313471_n“The team came together and we finished strong” said MVHS Head Coach George Wilson. “The defense found a way to shut down Moorpark’s offense all night long. They adjusted, made the big plays. I’m really proud of their performance tonight”.

12019867_542282672585690_7900327602469003259_nThe Murrieta Valley offense was amazing when they got the ball. The Nighthawk offense only had the ball for 10 minutes and ran only 25 plays in the whole game. In fact, except for a kickoff return for a touchdown, the Nighthawk offense didn’t touch the ball in the entire third period.

The Musketeers offense started the game with a 10-minute drive in the first quarter to set the tone of the game. Ball control and keeping the potent nighthawk offense off the field was Moorpark’s strategy. Murrieta Valley’s defense forced many key turnovers and made huge plays to stop the Musketeers all night long.

12020025_542284319252192_3488143980217370556_nThe Nighthawks scored first in the second quarter when freshman uarterback Hank Bachmeier drove MVHS to the three yard line. He then hit Maurice Bell with the touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead.

12027590_542284172585540_3766918528666744897_nJulio Robles intercepted quarterback Derrick Rodriguez ‘s pass on the Musketeer 23 yard line.  Murrieta Valley took the ball and scored on a trick play. Bachmeier threw the ball behind the line of scrimmage to wide receiver Ryan Mascarenas. Mascarenas then tossed the ball to Marquis Spiker, who slipped untouched into the end zone for the touchdown.

In the third quarter, Moorpark scored their lone touchdown on a 9-yard run by running back Tyler Riehs to make it 14-7.  The Nighthawks’ Maurice Bell answered immediately as he returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and a 21-7 lead.

12038156_542282902585667_8343234865899514462_n12002349_542282835919007_5904642588483343185_oThe Murrieta defense rose to the occasion again late in the fourth quarter. The Nighthawks stopped the Musketeers on the 1-yard line on fourth down. Two plays later, running back Quincy Wimbish blasted up the middle and sprinted 99 yards for the Nighthawk’s final score.

Murrieta Valley is now 4-1 and the Nighthawks have a Bye next week to get ready for Southwestern League play. The Nighthawks will face off against Cross-city rival Murrieta Mesa on October 9. The Rams are 3-2 and coming off a huge 49-10 victory over Jurupa Hills.

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HS Football: Great Oak Beats Corona 24-17 with Fourth Quarter Rally

Published on: Sep 26, 2015 @ 13:14

The Wolfpack Score Twice in the Final Quarter to Slip past the Panthers

12029147_1177271465622936_612834905_nGreat Oak won its second game of the season in front of a packed Home coming crowd Friday night. The victory improved the Wolfpack to 2-3 as they ended their non-league schedule with 2-consecutive victories as they head into league play.


The game started as a defensive battle with both teams trading field goals in the second quarter.  Great Oak’s Tanner Kuljian nailed a 35-yarder followed by Corona’s John Cross who put one in from the 27.

Both teams scored in the third quarter as Connor Strode hauled in a 11 yard TD pass for the Wolfpack. The Panthers then drove down field to score on a Malik Walker’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone with under a minute to go in the quarter. It was all tied up at 10 apiece as the Final quarter began.

The Wolfpack pulled away from the panthers as they scored twice with four minutes left in the game. CJ Ly intercepted Corona quarterback Jake Sparks’ pass and took it 30-yards for a touchdown. Minutes later a Demetric Felton blasted past Panther defenders for a 83-yard run to make the score at 24-10.

12033817_1177271442289605_1613689640_nWith under a minute left in the game, Corona came back to score on a pass from Sparks’ 17-yard TD pass to Keyon Gibson. It was too little, too late as the Wolfpack ran out the clock and celebrated Homecoming with a bunch of smiles.

Great Oak is off next week with a bye and will begin Southwestern League play against defending Champion Vista Murrieta on October 9. The Broncos los to Orange Lutheran 29-14 last night and will face St. Augustine next week.

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HS Football: Chaparral Can’t Stop Santiago’s High Octane Offense, Lose 56-34

 Published on: Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:26

The Pumas’ Lloyd Hightower’s Heroics Not Enough to Lift Chaparral over the Sharks

12042654_1203176436376352_5546944542616647767_nThe Pumas showed they have an array of good offensive weapons when they faced Santiago Friday night, but their normally solid defense had a breakdown. It was a long night with several defensive breakdowns that resulted in multiple broken plays for big yardage and key touchdowns for the Sharks.

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The game was back and forth close through 3 quarters, but Santiago pulled away in the final quarter to win 56-34. Turnovers killed the Pumas.

Key interceptions and 3 lost fumbles spoiled an otherwise productive night by the offense. In the end, the heat and humidity seemed to slow the Pumas in the 4th quarter and they could no longer trade long punches with the Sharks.
12039550_1203176093043053_6667186453463287724_nLloyd Hightower scored three times for Chaparral. He had a spectacular 65 yard TD run, caught a short pass for another and returned a kickoff  for his third TD. Isaiah Hall ran for two touchdowns and Austin Bacher had a two yard TD. Bacher's TD came on some strong blocking from guard Bryce Quasney.

12032075_1203176319709697_3688656062938162453_nSantiago quarterback Jacob Hennie found seams in Chaparral’s defense all night long and beat them with long plays. He sliced up the Pumas secondary as he threw for four touchdowns and over 300 yards. Sharks  running back Mason Hale also had a great game against the Pumas racking up huge yardage and scoring twice on the ground.

11260521_1203176279709701_2326452523099803212_nThe Pumas find themselves with a record of 2-3 as they head into Southwestern League play. Chaparral has a week off to get ready and will open against the Golden Bears at Temecula Valley on October 9. Temecula lost to Paloma Valley 34-21 last night.

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Published on: Sep 26, 2015 @ 09:18

12042883_1629513860637029_2743220227955884242_nThe Fourth Annual Murrieta Lobster Festival kicked off with a splash Friday night and the fun, great food and music has begun. The festival is continues today and tomorrow at the Murrieta Town Square Park.

The Festival combines local popular artists, Musicians and vendors to entertain you. Listen to the sounds of Swing, Salsa, R&B, and several Decades (70s/80s) Dance Bands while feasting on Fresh Live Maine Lobsters steamed to mouth-watering perfection. Come see the world’s largest lobster steamers, right here in Southern California.

All lobster is flown in nightly from Maine’s salty Atlantic Ocean.

The Festival also features the award-winning Lobster Shack which will be serving up Lobster Rolls and Bisque.

The, Lobster Fried Rice is incredible here. There is also be a food court, delicious desserts, a beer & wine garden with special themed cocktails.

The festival also has arts & crafts booths and a Live Sports Tent from Direct TV so you won’t miss any sports action while your at the festival. There are storytellers, and magicians and performers for the entire family.

Admission is $13. Free general admission for Children under 12 and to all active U.S. military personnel .For more information

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

HS Football: Week 4 Friday Night Scores & Results

Published on: Sep 25, 2015 @ 23:09

Southwestern League

Vista Murrieta 14
Orange Lutheran 29

Murrieta Valley 28
Moorpark   7

Murrieta Mesa 49
Jurua Hills 10

Temecula Valley 21
Paloma Valley 34

Chaparral 34
Santiago 56

Great Oak 24
Corona  17

Sunbelt League

Temecula Valley 21
Paloma Valley 34

Elsinore 21
Summit 38

Heritage 56
Etiwanda 14

Temescal Canyon 43
JW North 14

Lakeside 12
Vista del Lago 34

Perris 25
Banning 45

OTHER Local Teams

Linfield 45
Marnatha 0

Rancho Christian 36
Horizon Christian Academy 14

Calvary Murrieta 47
Holtville 14

Lighthouse Christian

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HS Football: Tonight's Local Christian School Pigskin Previews

Published on: Sep 25, 2015 @ 11:33 

Linfield Christian in Pasadena against Maranatha

12002035_1907582582799410_5301015608172640926_nThe Lions are off to a great start after improving to 4-0 with a 37-21 thrashing of the Sunbelt league’s Temescal Canyon last week.

 Led by quarterback Clay Maranville, running back Zach Archer and all purpose back Lorenzo Burns, the Lions can strike quickly and often. Linfield is seeking to keep the streak moving forward against the Minutemen.
Maranville is 2-2 and narrowly fell to Arcadia 21-20 last week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Calvary Murrieta at Holtville
11057467_1650591578530006_205259235276962641_n-610x400Wherever Holtville is, that’s where Calvary Murrieta is headed Friday night. The Warriors are storming through their pre-league schedule racking up an undefeated 4-0 record. Leading the Warrior offense are quarterback Adam Schwab, WR Brayden Campos and running back Micah Roth

Holtville is looking for its first victory of the season and is 0-4. It’s going to take divine interference to beat the Warriors.

Rancho Christian at Horizon Christian

11987116_497967877038718_4230831855648501506_nRancho Christian is shaking off a huge 51-10 loss to Santa Fe Christian at home last week and the Eagles are headed to San Diego to take on Horizon Christian Academy. Rancho Christian is led by quarterback Carter Treadway and
running backs Malosi Napoleon and Jesse Roman.

The Panthers have a record of 1-3 and are coming off a 49-7 thrashing by Santa Clarita Christian.

Cornerstone home against Lighthouse Christian

The Crusaders are 2-2 after beating Palm Valley 48-7 last week. The primarily running offense is led by freshman quarterback Ayden Sotello and running back Wayne Simmons.

The Saints are looking for their first win of the season and are 0-3. LCHS is coming off a disappointing 44-42 loss to Ribet Academy.

Temecula Prep-BYE

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Vista Murrieta Recognized as America’s Most Spirited High School 

Published on: Sep 25, 2015 @ 10:18

Varsity Brands Awards Vista Murrieta High School with $25,000 grant to Recognize and Reward the Power of School Spirit

10631279_382597295220896_7676266713320250626_oVarsity Brands, the recognized leader in team athletic gear, the driving force in cheerleading and dance, and the most trusted name in celebrating student milestones, today announced Vista Murrieta High School, from Murrieta, Calif. as the winner of its America’s Most Spirited High School Contest. The announcement today coincides with National School Spirit Day, which was recognized by Congress last year.

“Our students feel connected to Vista Murrieta and have an engrained sense of school pride,” said Mick Wager, Principal of Vista Murrieta, “The family atmosphere and sense of community is apparent and genuine.”

1969289_382597231887569_2935230537824558648_nHigh schools across the country were invited to enter the contest, which called for each school to submit a 90-second video, a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation and several photos demonstrating its school spirit. High schools from 33 states were represented in the contest.

10471019_379806452166647_3594165386817921213_nVista Murrieta’s video submission won based on a nationwide vote and included footage from games, pep rallies, and student activities that epitomize a robust school spirit environment that seeks to include all students. Vista Murrieta estimates that 85% of their students are involved in at least one activity, club or sport, and their video was a true testament to the power of school spirit and its effects on high school students.

Vista Murrieta made the list of finalists September 10, along with Enterprise High School in Enterprise, Ala., Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Ark., and Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Fans across the country – from nearly every state–were then encouraged to vote online at through September 22, when Vista Murrieta earned the title of America’s Most Spirited High School.

10679755_382597595220866_565020049181825812_o“We’re proud to host this contest after our research last year confirmed the connection between school spirit and student achievement, involvement and confidence,” said Varsity Brands CEO Jeff Webb.

“We are on a mission to expand student involvement and promote school spirit in America’s high schools, and we’re pleased to honor Vista Murrieta’s pride and achievements. Their submission truly represented their unique school spirit and dedicated student body, in every activity from marching bands and pep rallies to community service and student government.”
16110_382596251887667_2204647665656053802_nNational School Spirit Day was first founded in 2009 by Varsity Spirit as a way to shine a spotlight on all the ways cheerleaders and dancers make a difference in their schools and communities.

1795143_382597671887525_7629884070393637260_oAnd while cheerleaders and dancers are still drivers of school spirit, Varsity Brands has conducted additional research which illustrates a direct correlation between overall school spirit, community and school involvement, academic achievement and self-confidence. 

According to a Harris Poll and subsequent white paper published last year, 92 percent of principals agree that high school spirit is tied to high academic achievement, and 90 percent of students with high levels of school spirit are more likely to be leaders. This search for America’s Most Spirited High School went beyond spirit teams and sporting events and included the important roles academics, community involvement and overall engagement played in driving school spirit.

Full details regarding the contest and the finalists are available online at

Press Release Provided by National School Spirit Day .org

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HS Girls Volleyball: Southwestern League Scores & Highlights

Published on: Sep 25, 2015 @ 10:12

Vista Murrieta Rallies Past Rancho Cucamonga, Wolfpack, Rams, Pumas & Golden Bears Win

Vista Murrieta 3 Rancho Cucamonga 2

10710879_387404631406829_7650852085658147641_nThe Broncos overcame a 0-2 deficit losing the first 17-25 and then the second 20-25 before turning things around. Led by sophomore Lexi Hadrych Vista Murrieta came back to beat the Cougars 25-23 in the third and then took the pivotal fourth set 30-28.

Rancho Cucamonga continued to play the Broncos tough but fell 15-13 in the final set. Hadrych had 25 kills and Rachel Woody scored15 and had 21 digs for Vista Murrieta. Brianna Doehrmann came up with 25 digs.

The Bronco victory was in a big part due to the team's outstanding back-row defense. Doehrmann, Sara Lillie and Holley Persson’s defensive play was key in stopping Rancho Cucamonga and handing the Cougars their first loss of the season.

14Chaparral 3 Anaheim Canyon 1

The Pumas dropped the first set to Anaheim Canyon 20-25 but Dana Burkholder’s team came fighting back, taking the next three 25-21, 25-21, and 26-24. The victory improves Chaparral to 6-3 overall.
Alyson Moriarity led the Pumas with 18 kills and Karli Koza came up with 26 digs.

Murrieta Mesa 3. Temescal Canyon 0

12039468_530458457106899_4368564962237710300_nThe Rams improved their 2015 season record to 8-4 with a convincing 3-set sweep of Temescal Canyon.

Murrieta Mesa took  all three sets easily, winning the first 25-12 and then taking the next two 25-19 and 25-16. Freshman Kali Uhl led the Ram attack with 17 kills and 12 digs. Savannah Esteban had 16 assists for Murrieta mesa.

Temecula Valley 3 Hemet 0

1214The Golden Bears overwhelmed the Bulldogs Thursday afternoon sweeping Hemet, 25-18, 25-21and 25-21. Temecula Valley has won 10 matches in a row and they seem to be getting stronger as they get ready for league play.

Sophomore Peyton McBride led the Golden Bears with 11kills against Hemet. Freshman Jasmine West had 12 digs for TVHS and Jordyn Amoy finished with 31 assists. Temecula Valley is 13-1.)

                                                                  Great Oak 3 Marymount 1

10411029_419886971533729_4614217735093478443_nThe Wolfpack offense led by senior setter Cindy Marina defeated Marymount in four sets. Great Oak took the first two 25-23, 25-17 before dropping the third 21-25. The Wolfpack took the final set 25-16 to improve to 5-0.
Marina had 36 assists for Great Oak against the Sailors. Senior Bailee  Huizenga had 12 kills and 13 digs. Amy Underdown also had 12 kills. Samantha Rice had14 digs.

Murrieta Valley 0 Santiago 3

12009722_863047383784977_5946045940429447991_nSantiago extracted a little revenge against the Southwestern league beating Murrieta Valley in a 3 set sweep Thursday. The Sharks were still stinging from a 3-1 loss to Great Oak Tuesday when the Nighhawks arrived.

Murrieta lost 25-20, 25-19 and 27-25 and fell to 11-7 overall this season. The Nighthawks were led by senior captains McKenna Miller’s 15 kills and Faith Woodward’s 14 digs.

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