The Los Alamitos Griffins won their season opening football game, impressively thumping a strong Western High school team 63-25.
The Griffins were led by junior running back Anthony League who rushed for 287 yards and scored six touchdowns in the win which took place at Pioneers home field, which had once also been Los Al’s home field for the first fifteen years of the school’s existence when it was part of the Anaheim Union High School District. (Los Al even held graduations there.)
Also turning in a strong debut performance was junior quarterback Alonzo Esparza who completed 21 passes in 26 attempts for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
League picked up where he left off last year when he had several strong showings in a back-up role. His 38 points off six TDs and a two-point conversion broke Los Al’s single game scoring mark, eclipsing the previous high set by Josiah Doby against Dana Hills in 1998. (Doby is now a frequent attendee of Los Al games, and is married to Los Alamitos Mayor Tanya Doby.) But as good as it was, League’s 276 yards is only good enough for sixth place in the Griffins single game record books. Chris Soto ran for 371 yards against Long Beach Wilson in 2006. Right behind Soto were Cortes Rice (343, 2004), Nick Richardson (310, 2010, Damian Henderson (303, 2022) and Nick Richardson again (295, 2009).
Steve Fryer of the OC Register has more details.
RECUITING: Anna Sanzaro commits to play VB at Sonoma State
Los Al senior Anna Sanzaro has committed to play volleyball for the Sonoma State Seawolves next season. Sanzaro is a 6-2 middle blocker/opposite. She played her club ball last season for Seal Beach Black 17s. At bottom are highlights from her recent play at the Ann Kang Tournament in Hawaii.