With 114 schools already on board in the CIF-Southern Section, it looks like girls flag football is off to a successful start among SoCal high schools. So much so that the OC Register’s Steve fryer already has a big article about it.
Locally, 28 girls have already signed up to play for Los Al and coach Laura Hart held tryouts in early August.
Interest in a flag football program at Los Alamitos was already strong even before the CIF approved it as a sanctioned port last spring. The Griffin Gazette student newspaper reported that in late 2022 then sophomore Rylee Robles Los Al sophomore, Rylee Robles, approached the Los Al administration about the process to make it a school sport. Many local girls were already playing in the Friday Night Lights high school division.
The Griffins were supposed to have their first scrimmage today but there were some issues as their opponent, Long Beach Millikan, doesn’t begin school until next week and there were questions about whether they would have enough there to field a team. They host their first league contest on September 6 against Edison. All of the Sunset League school will be fielding a team.
Here is the initial roster of the first Griffins to play official CIF-sanctioned flag football.
Paitlyn Lam Sam
Persia Lam Sam
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Los Al opens its 2023 season this Friday against Western at Myron Handel Stadium in West Anaheim (near Knotts Berry Farm) in what looks to be one of opening week’s better match-ups.
The Western Pioneers (10-2 last season) appear on paper to be one of the top teams in the area. Last season, the Griffins won the Orange League title and advanced to the CIF-SS Division 7 semifinals. The OC Tribune has a good preview.
Old school Los Al grads will recall that Handel Field was the Griffins home field for its first 12-15 years after the school’s founding in September 1967. Coming back to more current times, the Griffins opened the OC Register OC rankings at No. 2 and are favored by the Register in their Sunset League preview to win their fourth straight Sunset League championship.