Ferragamo relives an era of dominance

first_imgOslund out West Torrance quarterback Marc Oslund will miss this week’s Bay League opener against Mira Costa after aggravating a knee injury in Friday’s 42-7 win over North Torrance, according to West coach Greg Holt. Ronnie Clark will start in Oslund’s place. Holt said Oslund went to a doctor on Saturday and underwent an MRI on Monday, but did not know how long Oslund might be shelved. “It’s the same injury he had,” Holt said. “He did not get it checked earlier, but maybe it’s something he can take care of now. “The only thing I know for sure is that he’s out this week.” No more McDonald The Torrance boys water polo team had expectations of doing well in the Ocean League and reaching the CIF playoffs this season. But those expectations took a big hit when leading scorer Ryan McDonald went down with a broken hand in an out-of-pool incident more than a week ago. McDonald led Torrance with a school-record 103 goals last season and was on pace to shatter that mark. He had 89 goals before league play even started. “I’m still not sure exactly how it happened, but he’s out for the season,” Torrance coach Scott Peppard said. “I believe we would have been a CIF team with him. Without him, we’re looking at third or fourth place in our league.” Adler, Kalinowski in leading roles Heading into Wednesday’s second Bay League cross country meet at Entradero Park (starting at 3 p.m.), the Mira Costa boys are one of the area’s biggest surprises. The Mustangs won the league title last season, but did it without a frontrunner. But it is clear that Alex Adler (the South Bay Cup champion) and Danny Kalinowski have become bona fide leading men, battling Leuzinger’s Jose Lezama for league supremacy. “They’re showing the entire South Bay that they’re not going to sit back and let anyone win,” Mira Costa coach Matt Harris said. “Step for step, they’re fired up. And physically, we still feel like they have a lot to give. We’re very excited about them.” Harris said that Mitchell Giles, William Hollingsworth, Martin Ensberry and Adam Conover have made a difference by continuing to tighten the pack. “We knew we were going to be good this year, but the second pack has been the difference for us so far this season,” Harris said. Bump on the road, head No. 1 doubles player Natasha Bothwell tumbled head over heels defending a return in her second doubles set in Thursday’s 10-8 Bay League victory for the Mira Costa girls tennis team at Peninsula. She kept playing with partner Casey Reed, helping the duo win its final two sets, but started experiencing dizziness and dilated pupils later in the day. Bothwell was diagnosed as having a mild concussion and was told to suspend all tennis-related activities for 48 hours. “We basically had to make her go,” Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said. “I think she suspected the doctor was going to tell her to take time off. She would have been really bummed if she had to miss a match.” Marquee matchup on hold Redondo’s Della Taylor and Mira Costa’s Nicole Gibbs are the only two girls tennis players with unblemished Bay League records. It will likely stay that way for another three weeks. Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said he does not expect his freshman standout to play in Thursday’s match at Mira Costa so she can be fresh for her tournament schedule as a nationally ranked junior circuit player. “I certainly wouldn’t count on (her playing in the match),” Ciasulli said. “The showdown with Taylor will have to wait until the last match of the season.” That season finale will be Oct. 29 at Redondo. Shake-ups West Torrance and South Torrance have new assistant principals, new athletic directors and new boys and girls basketball coaches. Karim Girgis, a 10-year boys basketball coach at West, has been promoted to assistant principal in charge of athletics, replacing Ben Egan, who became principal. Bill Atkinson, an assistant under Girgis, takes over as both girls basketball coach and athletic director. Vince Comparsi, another Girgis assistant, takes over the boys program from Girgis, who had a 233-124 record in his 13-year career. South also reorganized its basketball program. The Spartans hired Leo Klemm, a former St. Monica coach who also won a state title in Indiana, to replace Leonard Butler. Mike Caporaso takes over the girls team from Mario Trutanic after serving three years as an assistant. Former South pitcher Dana Kuwahara takes over as softball coach. Kevin Van Waardenburg is South’s new athletic director, and Chad Mabery is the new assistant principal in charge of athletics. Back on top Mira Costa returned to the top national rank in PrepVolleyball.com’s national poll. The Mustangs (6-0) are the fourth different team to be ranked No. 1 by the Web site. The Mustangs began the Bay League with an easy victory over Palos Verdes before heading to the Durango Tournament in Las Vegas last weekend, which featured four teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Redondo slipped to No. 35 nationally after being ranked as high as No. 13 to begin the season. – Dave Thorpe, Tony Ciniglio, David Saunders, John Klima160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It seemed like the Banning football team turned back the clock Friday when it stunned previously unbeaten Venice, 21-19, to boost its record to 5-0 heading into Marine League play this week. Ferragamo said the win reminded him of the old days when he guided Banning to eight of its 11 L.A. City titles, including six in a row from 1976-1982. “Great defense, pounding it on the ground, winning by one or two points, that’s old-school football,” Ferragamo said. When Ferragamo retook the reins of the Banning football program last season, the team struggled, particularly in two losses to Venice, a 39-20 defeat in Week 5 and a 55-7 beating in the first round of the L.A. City Section Championships. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe losses stuck with Ferragamo, and that is why the win was such a big deal. “For me, it’s real sweet,” Ferragamo said. “Last year in the playoffs we lost, 55-7. I wanted to erase that from my forehead.” Banning’s strong offensive line and its strategy of keeping the ball away from Venice star running back and kick returner Curtis McNeal paid dividends. The Pilots defense created three turnovers, another key to the victory. “We teach defense first,” Ferragamo said. “Knock it down, strip it, grab it and pounce on it.” last_img

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